Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Cammell Laird will be our inspiration - Ossett Town boss Craig Elliott

Ossett Town boss Craig Elliott
By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Craig Elliott wants his Ossett Town side to replicate the heroics of Cammell Laird in the Evo Stik Division One North this season.
Town begin their campaign at Prescot Cables on Saturday and after finishing in 12th spot in the last campaign, Elliott is aiming to improve on it.
And his plan is to use Cammell Laird, who defied all expectations to finish in second place, as the “inspiration” for success.
“Realistically you have to try and improve on what we did last season,” he said.
“We had a couple of good cup runs in the County Cup and Trophy that have been well-documented so it would be nice to have a good cup run.
“If we can push on and be a top ten, I’d be over the moon.
“You have to be realistic and realise that there are quite a few teams with financial backing, but you have to look at yourselves and improve on last year.
“We have had to build a new team and we don’t have the biggest fan-base.
“We don’t have the world’s biggest budget so if we’re mid-table to top then we’re doing well.
“You have to take inspiration from Cammell Laird did last year. They don’t have many fans, but something worked last year.
“They found a formula that worked for them and they exceeded all expectations.
“I was impressed by them and that is the copybook for me.
“They are very similar to us. They don’t have many fans through the gate and not many resources.”
During a successful pre-season, Elliott has used over 20 players in a bid to build a successful side and the Ossett manager has dismissed claims that the figure is too high.
“Using a lot of players are what friendlies are for as you don’t want to miss anyone and not give anyone a chance,” he said.
“Some people do it in different ways and keep a smaller squad, but I like to have a look and it has worked out ok so far.
“It can have a negative effect, but this year there has been a lot of people on holiday of the regular team so I have had to get bodies in.”

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