Hope springs eternal at Denton Town

DENTON Town officials remain confident things will come good after a shaky start to the season.

Things at Whittles Park started swimmingly with a win and a draw from Town’s opening matches in Cheshire League League One.But three losses and a draw from the following four matches in August, including a 6-1 loss at Windle Labour and a 5-2 defeat at home to Vulcan, took the shine off the start.

At Windle, Denton Town had eight players missing because of various reasons for the midweek game.

And it did not get better once the match started as Darren Green and Phil Cooper’s side had a man sent off.

Despite that, joint-manager Phil is adamant things can turn around.

He said: “We started the season well with a win and a draw but since then things have gone downhill.

“August is a tough month with holidays and things like that but we’re confident we have the group to turn things around.

“It is a slow burner, this is a new group of players and it takes time to get used to playing together.
“When we do, we’ve no doubt well start picking up results.

“It’s a strange league and everyone is beating each other. If we put a good run together we will be back in the mix.”

Despite the shaky start, Darren and Phil still have no problem in attracting players to Denton Town – ones that made an immediate impact in the much-needed 7-4 win over Maine Road Reserves, which was followed by a 3-2 success against Orford.

New striker Jake Massey grabbed a hat-trick on his debut and Phil added: “We’ve added two or three to the squad which will strengthen us.

“There’s Jake, a centre forward who has been at a few clubs during his career.

“Then we’ve brought in Lewis O’Connor and Harry McLellan, both from Stockport Town.

“Jake has been brought in to add goals, which is something we’ve been lacking, while Lewis and Harry are both young lads.

“Lewis brings energy to the side, Harry is good on the ball and can find a pass. All three should be good additions to the squad.”

Denton Town’s veterans side, which was promoted to the Cheshire Veterans Football League Premier Division, starts its campaign on Sunday, September 15 with a game against Broadheath Central.

They won a pre-season match against Manchester Gregorians 4-2 on Sunday, September 1 while the reserves side continues its Lancashire and Cheshire AFL, Division Three campaign with a match against Chadderton Cott AFC’s first team on Saturday, September 14 after a 4-2 away win at Hooley Bridge.

Town’s newly-formed Under-18s side celebrated its first match with a 4-2 win at Failsworth West Lions.

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