DEVIZES Town assistant manager Olli Gee is hoping his club can dare to dream of promotion this season after years of underachievement at Nursteed Road.

Devizes - like the rest of the Western League and Hellenic League clubs - have endured a frustrating past two seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Gee’s men have high hopes of producing a positive season at least this year.

Speaking to Devizes Town radio, Gee was asked if the coming campaign can be a season where the club can dare to dream.

Gee said: “I certainly hope so. We’ve made a few changes at the club this year in preparation for a return.

“I think every club is keen to get back to playing football properly, and we’re going at it with a little bit of confidence this year, that we can do a little bit better than the last few years at Devizes.

“We had a lot of players turn up at pre-season, there was a lot of interest in Devizes this year. It’s been really difficult to narrow our squad down a little bit and some difficult conversations have to take place, but we feel that we’re pretty much there now.”

Devizes opened their Western League Division One campaign with a 2-2 draw to Bishops Lydeard last Saturday.

In a slow start for Gee’s men, Lydeard went 2-0 up inside the first half an hour before the fightback began.

Jordan Kirk pulled a goal back before half-time, and with Devizes fighting for a point, they eventually found the equaliser through new signing Rhys Talmash with eight minutes to play.

Devizes travelled to Radstock Town in midweek before hosting Sherborne Town on Saturday in a busy start to the new season.