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Godbold looking forward to Royals' kick-off

PUBLISHED: 10:12 04 July 2014

Kirkley and Pakefield manager Jamie Godbold.

Kirkley and Pakefield manager Jamie Godbold.

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With the start of pre-season less than a month away, Jamie Godbold's Kirkley and Pakefield side began preparations for the upcoming season on their brand new third generation facility at Walmer Road.

Godbold and his team are about to take on their second season in charge at Walmer Road, and are eager to improve on last season’s 12th placed finish in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

“Certainly league position is a great measure of whether we have improved or not,” said Godbold.

“However, it’s not our only measurement of success.

“Our discipline record last season was one of the best in the league, our playing style has improved and developed as the season went on, numbers at training enable us to work on things that will help us improve – those were the real successes last season, which is a credit to both my staff and my players’ attitudes for buying into how we want the club to run.”

He added: “If we can continue to improve and develop off the pitch, I have no doubt that that results will improve on it. The project we have going on at Kirkley & Pakefield is an exciting one.”

There is an extra buzz in the air with the opening of Walmer’s very own ATP.

The £700,000 scheme to transform Walmer Road field into a modern training facility was completed early last month.

Godbold is very happy with the new addition to his already outstanding training equipment.

“This will take the club forward. There is no doubt we have some of the best facilities in the league and the leagues above.

“What this facility can offer the club and the community is massive. It will allow the adult section to train on the same evening, which will give more exposure to the U18 squad as they mix in with the senior players.

“It will also provide further opportunities for the youth section to train and play their matches, as well as bring the whole club closer together as we strive for a ‘one club philosophy.”

Whilst no massive changes have come to the squad, the loss of last season’s number one, Hayden Rogers is a blow.

Godbold explained: “Hayden will be a big miss as he heads off to university, but he will have brought in James Bergin, who was at Diss last year.

“James is a good size, excellent shot stopper and good with his feet, and will be fighting it out against the other goalkeepers at the club for the No 1 jersey.”

With the addition of new facilities, and his second year in the job, Godbold is confident his side will be more than ready for August 9, when the campaign gets underway in earnest.

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