Saints skipper wants back-to-back titles

TALISMANIC St Neots Town skipper Lewis Webb reports back for pre-season training tonight (Tuesday) with one sole aim - promotion.

Central midfielder Webb, 21, who will be handed the captain's armband permanently following Glen Fuff's departure, said he expects a repeat of last season's UCL title triumph by lifting the Southern League Division One Central trophy next May.

“I'm anticipating we'll go up again, if I'm honest - that's my aim - and I'll be very disappointed if we don't achieve that,” he said.

“The way I see it, we were too good for the UCL last season with the players we had.

“Last season we also played and beat teams who finished at the top end of the league we're going into.

“We beat Arlesey and Biggleswade, while Daventry went up from the UCL and very nearly got promoted again in their first season in Southern Division One.

“I expect us to be doing the same.”

On returning for what will be a rigorous pre-season, Webb said: “Having the break was nice and I needed it.

“I played a lot of games last season – around 60 I think - so by the end I was hanging on a bit.

“But I'm glad to be back. I've been doing bits and pieces and ticking over in the gym over the summer, but it'll just be nice to get back playing some football.

“This will be the most ever games I've ever played in a pre-season [11].

“I said to Dennis [Greene] that it seemed like a lot of games, but I think the idea is to use and rotate the whole squad and there are some good games in there.

“The signings we've made will improve us as a squad and we're all eager to hit the ground running to ensure we get a good start in the league.”

The ex-Peterborough United youth team captain was described by his manager as the “standout” choice to lead the Saints next season – and Webb says he'll lead by example.

“I jumped at the chance straight away when Dennis asked me and it's a real honour.

“I've got a really good relationship with the St Neots fans and I'll be there to give the lads a kick up the backside when need be.”

Webb also said he hopes to repeat his goalscoring exploits from last season, revealing his initial target.

“I've set myself a target of 15 and we'll see where it goes from there,” he said.

“The target was the same last season and I managed to get 20, but I suppose being the penalty taker does also help.”