Soham Town Rangers boss Steve Fallon believes there will be plenty of managers looking at the play-offs this season, and he is no different.
Ahead of the opening weekend of the new Ryman League Division One North season, Fallon revealed he will be one of the managers aiming for a top-five finish in 2015-16.
“Every manager has got to be looking at that (play-offs),” the Soham manager said. “Everyone should be thinking they can finish in there.
“For us we’ll see how the season is going at Christmas. I think Harlow will be challenging up there again, they were unfortunate not to go up.
“Sudbury were really going for it towards the end of last season, and then you’ve got the teams who have come down like Hornchurch, and you never know about the sides who have come up.”
Rangers finished 21 points short of the Division One North play-offs last season in 11th place, with Fallon admitting there will need to be an all round improvement in 2015-16.
“I think we’ll do better than last year, but we’ve still got room for improvement in the squad,” he said. “Although I’m far more pleased after this pre-season than I was last pre-season.
“We’ve made some new signings and will look to bring in maybe one or two more.
“But we may well wait until players who other clubs don’t want anymore become available.”
Soham head into their season opener away at Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday (3pm) with one of their new signings Ben Sawyer a major doubt.
The former Soham striker returned to the club from Barton Rovers during the summer, but was left on crutches after a pre-season friendly at Wisbech Town two weeks ago.
Former Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Harry Reynolds could make his competitive debut for the club this weekend, while fellow new signings Dave Theobald, Simon Swinton, Dale Archer and Robbie Nightingale are all likely to feature at Burroughs Park.
Elsewhere, highly sought-after striker Luke Stanley has re-signed for a fourth season at the club, and Fallon knows he will once again be a key player for Rangers.
“Luke will get you 20-odd goals a season and will be an important part of the team,” he said. “Dave Theobald is a centre half who joins from Royston and brings plenty of experience. He will be the skipper for us this year.
“Harry Reynolds comes in after being released by Cheltenham and is a great signing for us, as we didn’t really have a goalkeeper last season.
“All the managers will be looking at the top five, for us we’ll see how well we start and take it from there.”
Following Saturday’s season opener at Great Wakering, Soham host Waltham Abbey for their first home game on Tuesday night (7.45pm).