Manager Lee Donafee looks ahead to his first competitive game in charge of the Rams.

Lee Donafee will take charge of his first league game as manager this coming Saturday when the Rams travel to the Vauxhall Sports Club to take on City of Liverpool FC.

The new Rammy manager admits it’s a difficult way to start the new campaign, and he can’t wait to be back involved in a competitive game with supporters.

Ahead of his first game at the helm, Donafee said: “Saturday’s game is a tough away fixture to get the season going. I think it will be a great moment for both teams and their supporter as it’s been a long time coming for all involved due to the past 18-months.

“Myself and the lads are desperate to get going in what we know will be a tough game. Mark Ellos’ sides are always well drilled and organised to so we know it’s going to be tough.”

Despite this, the gaffer believes the lads are capable of beating anyone on their day and has been pleased with what he has seen during pre-season.

Many key players have been retained ahead of the new season including captain Tom Kennedy and long-term players Jamie Rother and Richie Baker, and Donafee believes the new additions brought in alongside have enhanced the quality of the squad as a whole.

Talking about the new addition Donafee insisted: “We ourselves have had a good pre-season and added some exciting quality to the squad and I believe we can be a match for anyone.

“As we know, it’s a long season so I’m being quietly optimistic about the season ahead.

“I know the clubs and my own ambitions are the same and with that, I’m excited and looking forward to the test.”

Donafee once again reaffirmed his pride in being the new Rams boss, and his delight at the way the players have responded to his appointment.

“I’m delighted to be managing this squad of players at Ramsbottom United, from day one they have all shown me unbelievable support and commitment and I cannot thank them enough.

“I’m honoured to be starting the season as manager of this special club.”

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