Bedford Town boss Craig Adams has issued a rallying cry ahead of the club’s Southern Division One Central opener this weekend.
Eagles travel to Beaconsfield SYCOB on Saturday and Adams said: “If we all pull together – players, supporters, officials, the management team and the chairman – I feel we can achieve something good this year.
“I won’t make predictions but if we stay united we have got a chance of surprising a few people.
“The players have worked hard in pre-season. We aren’t the finished product but we are an honest set of lads who will ensure teams in our league will know they’ve been in a game.
“I’ve also learnt in my time here, Bedford Town supporters love this club and have a lot of passion for it which I respect.
“This is a well-run club which relies solely on the chairman. He is the ultimate professional and puts his heart and soul into it.
“Now is the time for us for show our character.
“You find out a lot about people once league points are up for grabs. I will get a good insight into my lads and I am sure they will be up for the fight. I want us to be resilient, to compete and give everything on the pitch, to start as we mean to go on.”
Robbie Parker is out with tweaked ankle ligaments along with Josh McGoldrick who slipped a disc in his back and is awaiting an MRI scan.
Eagles also visit Rugby Town on Tuesday.