Scott Rogers cannot wait for Aslockton and Orston FC to arrive at the Van-Elle Welfare Arena for Saturday’s opening fixture in the Central Midlands South Division, after taking up his first senior management position during the summer.
The ex-Mansfield Town performer oversaw Sherwood Colliery Reserves’ dominant title win last season and the step up to senior football is one that he is desperate to get his teeth into.
Rogers is confident in his own ability to manage in the Central Midlands and he cannot wait for the challenges ahead during the next nine months.
The 24-year-old said: “I wouldn’t say I am nervous ahead of Saturday but certainly there is an element of excitement.
“I will be happy to get started and hopefully we can kick things off with an important win.”
The opening day throws up a visit from something of an unknown quantity to sides in the Central Midlands, with Aslockton Cranmers – as they were known last season – making the transition to the division from the Notts Senior League, where they played their football last season.
Rogers, however, won’t be taking anything for granted against the Central Midlands debutants.
On this weekend’s opponents, he said: “They have added some good players during the summer months and they have picked up some very positive results during their pre-season campaign.
“We will clearly respect them as we do with all sides in this division and we know that only our best performance will be good enough to claim a win on Saturday.”
Pinxton had something of a disjointed campaign last season, finishing in a lowly 11th place in the league and that simply won’t do this time around for the club’s highly ambitious manager.
Rogers added: “I want to win trophies and with the squad we have got we have to be asking serious questions of other teams.
“The challenge to the players is to be going out there and being competitive and if we aren’t challenging for honours come May then we will be disappointed – there is no point in lying about that.”
Rogers has been pleased with the pre-season work his players have done and has faith his side wioll be challenging at the top.