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Suspended midfielder hopes Chasetown FC will shine without him

Dave Egan. Pic: Dave Birt

Dave Egan. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown FC’s Dave Egan has admitted he hopes he won’t be able to win his place back in the team straight away when he returns from suspension.

A red card towards the end of last season means that the influentional midfielder will be absent for the first three games of this term.

And with the Scholars starting against Bradford Park Avenue tomorrow (August 21), Egan admits he’ll be disappointed to miss out, but is hopeful the rest of his team-mates get off to a winning start and make it impossible for manager Charlie Blakemore to drop them.

The midfielder told The Lichfield Blog:

“I’m absolutely gutted to be missing the first three games, although I’m still excited for the boys and hope they can win the lot. I actually hope I don’t have to play when I’m available as that will mean the boys are winning without me.

“Pre-season has gone well and everybody is looking forward to starting. We are all at a good level of fitness but I’m sure we’ll find out for sure once the season begins – there’s still no training or friendlies that can match up to competitive games.”

A trip to an historic footballing name like Bradford Park Avenuewill give Chasetown fans an a mouth-watering glimpse of what lies ahead for them in the highest division they have ever played in.

But with the challenge of fixtures like FC United, Colwyn Bay, Halifax Town and Northwich Victoria ahead of them, Egan knows the Scholars will need to hit the ground running. He added:

“It will be tough against Bradford Park Avenue but that’s what is exciting – along with all the other big names in the league.”

Boss Blakemore has so far kept faith in the squad that got Chasetown promoted, with only a handful of new additions to the playing staff.

But Egan believes the manager’s faith will be repaid. He explained:

“I do believe the fact that we have not made lots of signings will benefit us. We all know how to play together and team spirit is at an all time high which I think will see us do well this season.

“I don’t like to predict where we will finish in the league because we won’t know how good the standard is until we’ve played a good few games.

“But our target is obvious – we want to win it!”

Bradford Park Avenue versus Chasetown kicks off at 3pm tomorrow (August 21).

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