Brennan Wants Cutting Edge And More Goals

Hemel Hempstead are one of many teams in the National League South this season who will have hopes of being in the top seven come May next year, writes Tom Scott.

After suffering a play-off defeat to Bradley Quinton’s Braintree last time around, the Tudors kicked off the new season with a 4-2 win against Chippenham Town, a result that will have no doubt pleased manager Dean Brennan.

The Irishman caught up with the National League’s Oli Osborn in pre-season and spoke about his desire to add goals to his team after a far from satisfactory return last season.

“We played Braintree in the play-offs and we lacked cutting edge, we were better than them in 90 minutes and we lost on penalties,” he said.

“We missed too many chances so that was something we needed to address straight away, I think we only scored 70 goals last year which is not really like us, we usually score much higher than that so that’s something we’ve addressed and hopefully it’ll work for us this season.”

Recruitment has been promising so far this season with the likes of Charlie Sheringham and Sanchez Watt returning to the club and Brennan feels it’s important to strengthen as the league will be tougher than ever.

“I think we have stronger clubs in a sense of fanbase,” he said. “It’s going to be a bigger fanbase this year and I think it’s going to be a very competitive division.

“There’s a lot of seasoned managers within the division this year which makes it an exciting division, we really are looking forward to it.

“You can never give in, you can never stop believing and I think that’s what we need to do a little bit more of here because there’s a lot of big clubs in the division but we’re nowhere near the biggest club in this division but we’re looking forward to it, it’s exciting.”

Hemel Hempstead go up against Hampton & Richmond Borough next on Tuesday night.

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