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Goalkeeper John Bateman insists promotion push is on the cards for Chasetown FC

Chasetown FC goalkeeper John Bateman believes the Scholars will “cause teams problems” this season.

John Bateman. Pic: Dave Birt

John Bateman. Pic: Dave Birt

Last season’s player of the year is one of the latest names to commit his future to the club following the arrival of new manager Dave Stringer.

And he has backed the boss’ belief that Chasetown can produce a promotion push this term, despite finishing mid-table in the last two seasons.

“I just feel that with the players the gaffer has bought in he has strengthened us in areas we were maybe just a bit short last year,” he said.

“The way he [Stringer] wants us to play will cause teams problems.”

Bateman added that he had no hesitation in signing up for another season at The Scholars Ground.

“Although it was a tough season, I really enjoyed myself at Chasetown with a good bunch of lads and I feel that we have what it takes to get out of this league,” he said. “I was more than happy to stay.”

Bateman’s performances last year saw him keep 10 clean sheets for a side that had been battling relegation towards the end of January until the arrival of former boss Marcus Law steadied the ship.

But the keeper is refusing to set his sights on a certain number of shutouts, instead focusing more on the points total of the team.

“I can’t say I set a target,” he said.

“Clean sheets are great, but ultimately it’s only the points column that counts come the end of the season.

“With more clean sheets you will normally pick up more points, but I never set myself a target.”

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