Bedford Town sets the bar high and aims for promotion Bedford News

New Lewis Miccio signing with Bedford Town manager Gary Setchell

IMAGE: Impressive triallist Lewis Miccio, 22, with manager Gary Setchell after signing for the Eagles last week. From Sydney, Australia he started his career with Central Coast Mariners and Manly United and was selected for

New Zealand U23. The left-back moved to the UK in 2019, playing for Kidderminster Harriers and Solihull Moors.

Bedford Town is setting the bar high this season and is aiming for promotion.

And after a few promising friendlies and strengthening his squad with summer signings, manager Gary Setchell believes it’s possible.

“It’s been a good preseason, she slowly started to get injured, but since the two big games against Luton and Peterborough we’ve had some really good performances and results,” he said.

This weekend, the Eagles lost 1-0 on a Stratford Town penalty in their final warm-up ahead of Saturday’s opener in Southern League Division One Central at Waltham Abbey (3pm).

A busy first week will also see Harlow Town head to Eyrie on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Both are new to the fixture list following the FA’s recent out-of-league restructuring.

“Waltham Abbey was at the top of his league before the Covid hit and is a high quality team,” the Eagles boss said.

“From what people are saying Harlow is expected to go well this season too but hopefully we can get off to a good start and it will be great if we can get more of the city for us support, it will really help the boys.

“I hope we have a team that people will be proud of this year.

“We think we can push for promotion, that’s the goal, we’re not going to deprive ourselves of it. If we don’t make the top five, it will be disappointing.

“With the squad we’ve put together and the performances we’ve had, we think we can be a game for anyone in this league.

“Everyone at the club, from top to bottom, has set our goal of trying to push for promotion.

“The fans are huge for us. It’s a big city with a lot of football fans and if we play well we hope we can generate a lot more interest and numbers that this city deserves.

“The club have been underperforming for six or seven years and only made the playoffs once since relegation and we want to change that.

“It will be difficult and there will be great and bad results, it’s like that over a season, but if we stick together, everything will be fine.”

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