Rovers look to the top

Wren Rovers 2013 first team. Back L-R Mark Williams, Tom Watson, Ric Seear, Michael Clark, Conn Methven, Andy Speight, Alex Pickering, Jack Sharples, Danny Pickering, Ant Pearson and Scott MacNeill.  Back L-R Nick Coless, Jordan Wood, Chris Corless, Nick Greenall, Ben Seear, Mark Fiddler and Alan Grieve.

Wren Rovers 2013 first team. Back L-R Mark Williams, Tom Watson, Ric Seear, Michael Clark, Conn Methven, Andy Speight, Alex Pickering, Jack Sharples, Danny Pickering, Ant Pearson and Scott MacNeill. Back L-R Nick Coless, Jordan Wood, Chris Corless, Nick Greenall, Ben Seear, Mark Fiddler and Alan Grieve.

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Blackpool Wren Rovers are hoping to claim their place back at the top of the West Lancashire League.

The School Road club have enjoyed huge success in recent years, but have had to settle for the runners-up place for the past two seasons behind rivals Charnock Richard.

But a host of summer signings and a fully focused side leaves MacNeill in no doubt his side will be back at the top of the table this season.

“Wrens won back-to-back league titles, and Charnock have done the same in the past two seasons,” he told The Gazette.

“So this year is our time to return to the top.

“Let’s hope we start well and we can get back to the top of the league where we belong.”

In MacNeill’s first season in the hot seat, Wrens finished second in the league and got to the final of the Richardson Cup.

But finishing second clearly isn’t good enough for their expectant boss.

He said: “Last season was a very good year, considering it was my first as manager.

“We started a little slow and was caught cold, that left us playing catch-up for most of the season.

“But we stuck at it and put up a fight in the end.

“In the end the gap was just too big, but we almost pulled it off.

“Charnock took four points off us last season, which is one of the main reasons why we could only finish second.

“But we weren’t a million miles away and I’m confident we’ll be good enough this season.”

Wrens have raided fellow West Lancs side Norcross with the additions of midfield man Michael Clark and free-scoring twins Ben and Ric Seear.

“We’ve added some good players this summer who will really make a difference to our team.

“Also we’ve promoted reserve team captain Andy Speight to the squad, along with our regular faces. We have a strong base of players who played last time we won the league.

“People like Chris and Nick Corless, Nick Greenall and Ant Pearson have been there and done it.”

Wrens have no settling in period this season, they welcome champions Charnock to School Road this weekend for the opening game of the season.

“We start the season with a massive game so we have to be ready.

“We will be up there, how we do against Charnock will have a big say.

“They only lost one game last season, their form was relentless to be honest, so they are the aim for us.

“We have to start well against them.”

It’s manager MacNeill’s second season in charge of the School Road club. He also works for Blackpool’s youth system as U11’s boss.