THE WITTON COLUMN – by Paul Harper

IT’S exciting to be back to business and have a game of football to look forward to. However, the lack of supporters inside the ground is rather disappointing.

To simply to be able to stage a game is a phenomenal triumph of the hard work of a number of key individuals and volunteers enabling us to sanitise the stadium and ensure everywhere and everything is spotless.

To those people, we thank you and hopefully we’ll be in a position to offer you some live football to watch in the near future.

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We have a nominated Covid Officer, Jo Heffey, who has done sterling work in ensuring that all the guidelines are adhered to and that the players can focus on the football side of things.

It will be eerie without any supporters inside the ground, but hopefully, we will have some good games and we will attempt to bring you the best coverage possible of all the matches via our social media and website, so please keep your eyes out for that.

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New signing Josh Gregory was in action on Tuesday. Picture by Karl Brooks Photography

Last week, we were delighted to announce a few signings.

Steven Tames has returned to the club from fellow Northern Premier League outfit Ashton United and should be a really good addition to the squad.

We know what he is all about from his first spell at Wincham Park, and those assets will complement what we already have really nicely, I think. He’s a goalscorer, and you can’t have enough of those.

On top of Tamesy’s arrival, we were pleased to confirm that four of last season’s squad had committed to stay on for 2020-21, with Danny McKenna, Chris Renshaw, Tom Owens and Will Booth all signing on the dotted line.

The four of them have been important players for us in recent times, and it’s great news that they will continue to be going into the new campaign.

Elsewhere, the Under-21 side played their second game of pre-season last weekend and once again, it was a successful outing.

As I mentioned in last week’s column, the management team are really pleased with the progress the team has made since they started back training a few weeks ago, and their hard work is showing in the fixtures they’ve taken part in so far.

Last Sunday, they defeated FC St Helens 3-1 and put in another impressive performance to make it two wins from their two pre-season games.

Well done to all the lads and keep up the good work.