Great Yarmouth Town boss won’t rest on his laurels ahead of opening league game against Wroxham
Archant, Norfolk 2017
Great Yarmouth Town must avoid “second-season syndrome” as they kick off their Thurlow Nunn campaign amid one of the strongest Premier Division line-ups in years.
Joint managers Adam Mason and Martyn Sinclair kick off their third league campaign in a row tonight when they travel to relegated Wroxham, one of the pre-season favourites following relegation.
The Bloaters followed up promotion to the top flight in 2016 with a fine fifth-placed finish, but Mason knows they cannot afford to rest on their laurels.
“You can get that second season syndrome that kicks in with promoted sides where we are now expected to do better, whereas last season everyone considered us to be massive over-achievers,” said Mason who admits to a mix of confidence and reservations about the campaign ahead.
“I think you have to have some reservations,” he said.
“I think you are naive to go in thinking we will achieve better than we did last season without managing a few things, without re-evaluating our objectives, as a team and as a club.
“We have taken a step back and looked at what is realistically achievable – and consider the fact that the league this season, in every opinion that I have heard, is dramatically stronger.
“When you think Wroxham, who have recruited every man and his dog, have been relegated, and Histon have been relegated and the sides that have come up, Coggeshall and Stowmarket have seemingly got lots of money to spend as well, it means straight away there are four teams you would expect to finish above us on paper.
“Does that make us a mid-table side? I am not sure. I certainly don’t have aspirations of finishing any lower than we did last season and neither do any of our players.
“We set high standards with out players in everything we do and we do not allow them to drop. We had huge inconsistencies with regard to personnel last season and that meant every game where we had the changing with a few different faces in we had to realign everyone to the standards we set, and we managed to do that.”
Yarmouth thumped Diss 5-0 in the FA Cup extra preliminary round on Saturday, while Wroxham went out after losing 1-0 away to Southend Manor.