Brightlingsea Regent FC boss James Webster: Money can’t buy team spirit

Brightlingsea boss James Webster, under no illusions it will be tough for his side in Step 3 next se

Brightlingsea boss James Webster, under no illusions it will be tough for his side in Step 3 next season - Credit: Archant

Brightlingsea Regent boss James Webster is under no illusions about the task facing him and his team in Isthmian Premier next season.

Brightlingsea Regent celebrate promotion at the end of last season

Brightlingsea Regent celebrate promotion at the end of last season - Credit: Archant

The North Road side were comfortable winners of Isthmian North in the last campaign and deservedly take their place at Step 3.

It’s a big jump for the Essex club but Webster is confident the excellent team spirit in the Regent camp, will count for much.

“We have a great team spirit, that has always been key not just last season but in seasons before,” Webster said.

“We know how tough Isthmian Premier is going to be.


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“There is a lot of money in the division but we don’t have the budget to compete with it.

“Almost all the squad from last season will hopefully sign up, apart from a couple who have already left. We only have a few more to go and if we can take advantage, as I said, of our team spirit, it’s something money can’t buy.”

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Regent and their fans can now look forward to some cracking teams coming to play at North Road next season, including the likes of Billericay, Dulwich Hamlet, Enfield Town, Tonbridge Angels, as well as former Eastern Counties sides, Leiston, Needham Market and Lowestoft Town.

“I must admit I look at Sudbury getting relegated last season and that makes you realise how tough our job next will be,” Webster added.

“They were promoted the season before last, in almost the same manner we were this season, winning the league easily.

“There is alot more commitment and time required from everyone, but we must look forward to it.

“There are some superb teams coming to play us and we are looking forward to travelling to excellent stadiums.

“If we can stay in this division next season and then build on that in future seasons, hopefully more sponsors will get on board with us.

“We just need that big sponsor to kick us on.”

Webster admits he has taken a break from the game since the excitement of last season’s promotion, to re-charge his batteries.

It promises to be a challenging season for him and his team. But a challenge to relish.

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