WARMINSTER Town boss Andy Crabtree has targeted a top-half finish in Toolstation League Division One as they aim to carry on the form that secured them sixth spot last term, writes JONATHAN LEIGHFIELD.

The Maltmen have endured a tough pre-season, though, suffering defeats to nil against three higher-league opposition in Frome Town, Bemerton Heath and Highworth Town.

Crabtree joked that fitness will not be a problem for his men this season, and after not making many new signings – other than former Melksham Town manager Kieran Baggs – the Warminster boss is happy to ‘go with what we’ve got’ in 2019-20.

Crabtree said: “We’ve had a tough pre-season because we’ve played a few teams from higher leagues.

“So, if nothing else, we’re going to be fit because all we’ve done is chase the ball for 90 minutes over the last three games!

“But it’s good to get everyone back together and hopefully we can carry on from where we left off last season.

“No two seasons are the same. If we could finish in the top half, I’d be quite happy with that, but you can’t tell in this league.

“Most teams have strengthened –there’s a lot of money flying around. We haven’t got it, but we’ll go with what we’ve got.”

Following a 1-0 victory over Toolstation Premier Division side Westbury United in their final pre-season fixture, Warminster get their league campaign under way on Saturday at home to Welton Rovers (kick-off 3pm).