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SOUTH DEVON LEAGUE: Chairman Gary Lobb hands Dartmouth AFC managerial reins to Mark Forrester

GARY LOBB believes the new Dartmouth AFC manager Mark Forrester is the right man to win his club a place in the Peninsula League.

Lobb is the chairman of the South Devon League Premier Division club and was the manager last season when they finished third.

Forrester, 34, has been playing and coaching at Longcross, but has now been handed the reins by Lobb who sees the former Torquay United trainee as the club’s bright spark.

Dartmouth’s first pre-season friendly was against the Gulls, and they lost 5-2, but on Saturday in a game against Peninsula League side Teignmouth, the Darts won 3-2 with the Andy Turner on target twice and the prolific Karl Baker also on the scoresheet.

Lobb said: “Mark has a lot of friends in the game and he is very well respected and he knows far more about football than me.

“He wants to go up and be challenging himself at the next level so we will be applying for promotion again – that’s what every manager should want.

“Myself and Terry Chalk will be looking after the ground and we do that with a lot of enthusiasm. We enjoy doing that. It’s all a plus for us and the club.”

Forrester (left) has already pulled off one coup – he has persuaded the midfielder Clay Bond to pull on his football boots again, and having kept more or less last year’s squad together, Bond is a key addition.

The manager said: “There hasn’t been massive changes here, the majority of last season’s squad have stayed and we are having a look at one of two extra, and they are having a look at us.

“We are looking to go up this year. It was disappointing not to be going up last season so hopefully we will have a good season and it will go well.

“I had been a coach for the last two years as well as playing, so this was a natural progression really.”

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