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Heybridge Swifts boss Hawkes has confidence in his side
2:44pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in Local Sport
HEYBRIDGE Swifts’ season kicks off at Dereham Town on Saturday with boss Mark Hawkes sure in the belief his team will prove their mettle.
Swifts just failed to make the Ryman League division one north play-offs last season and Hawkes believes that the near miss can provide the ammunition to fire them on.
He said: “We’re an established team in this league and a lot of the other teams are not going to fancy playing us.
“Coming close last season can give us the motivation to go one better this year.”
Newly-promoted Dereham Town provide the first real test for Hawkes’ side.
He added: “It’s the longest trip we’ll have to make this season in the league, so it’s good to get it out the way.
“They’ll want to keep their momentum going, having come up from the Thurlow Nunn, but we’re going to be thinking the same thing.
“We have to believe in ourselves and know that we can match any team in this league.
“I’m sure Dereham will be fired up for it and we have to make sure that we match them in every area.”
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