Kemp's eyes on the future

Bournemouth Echo: HAMMERS BOSS: Graham Kemp HAMMERS BOSS: Graham Kemp

FORWARD-thinking boss Graham Kemp is already considering his plans for next season as he attempts to plot a path to success with Hamworthy United.

Kemp is keen to quickly rack up the necessary points to ensure his men do not get involved in a Wessex Premier relegation battle.

But with Hammers already well clear of the drop zone following their good form since Kemp’s appointment, the ambitious manager is also looking to the future.

Kemp, who was named as Simon Browne’s successor in November, is determined to bring silverware to the County Ground in the years ahead.

And the former Christchurch manager is assessing his current squad and considering how best to build a team capable of challenging for honours next term.

Kemp told the Daily Echo: “It is about getting enough points on the board to ensure we don’t get dragged into a relegation battle but it is also about next season.

“It has been hard work since I have been here and it has been all about climbing the table to finish in a relatively respectable position.

“We are looking at the players for their attitude, ability and work-rate. The lads have responded well to what we have asked and the new signings have helped.

“We have made it clear that we don’t want to manage a club which finishes 10th to 15th in the table. We want to progress and challenge for trophies. Next season, we would expect to be a couple of steps closer.”

Kemp’s men will be big favourites to continue their decent run when they host bottom club Romsey Town tomorrow (3pm).

Kemp added: “We have to approach the game professionally and make sure we don’t slip up.”

Russell Cook and Paddy Hester are unavailable for Hammers.

Elsewhere in the Wessex Premier, lowly Bournemouth Poppies face a trip to high-flying Newport (IOW). Verwood Town visit Horndean and Christchurch travel to Totton & Eling.

In Wessex One, New Milton Town visit Fleet Spurs, while Ringwood Town host Hayling United.

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