Coagh United

COAGH United wrapped up their pre-season campaign with a defeat to Ballinamallard United last Saturday and joint-manager Stephen Uprichard admitted that this season will be a huge challenge to the Hagan Park outfit.

“We knew coming to Ballinamallard would be a big test but it was one we were looking forward to. It was a step up in class but I thought we conducted ourselves well and at times played some good stuff.”

The Hagan Park side have yet to make any summer signings but Uprichard did not rule out adding some fresh faces to the squad.

“We want to stand by the guys who won the league for us and work upon the fantastic work of last season. This division is a step up in class and we know it won’t be easy. No manager is ever 100% satisfied and if we can make additions that will improve the squad we will do so.”

Uprichard acknowledged that the Championship One is a step up in class and stated that staying up is his number one priority.

“Our sole objective is to stay up. There are some big sides with some big budgets, much bigger than ours. It would be a tremendous achievement if we could stay up this season and at the moment that is our number one objective.”