ROSS-ON-Wye will start their new season without a first team manager after Keith Scrivens stepped down due to personal commitments.

Following their return to Gloucester 1 this season the club have been building towards the new season with their three club coaches organising the team as they prepare to return to competitive action this weekend.

“Our pre-season was slow to start with but has picked up in the last couple of weeks,” said Ross-on-Wye coach Lee Osbourne.

“We have the vast majority of last year’s team losing one or two and gaining one or two but will have the crux of the same team."

Ross-on-Wye will be without Marcus Barnard this season who has moved away from the area.

Last season the Ross-on-Wye outfit completed a historic unbeaten season which included league and cup success. Osbourne says they will need to keep a fit squad again this campaign to stand a chance of repeating a similar feat.

“We don’t know about the opposition this year as we haven’t been promoted in a couple of years,” he added.

“If we have our strongest squad we are strong enough to hold our own as long as we get lucky with injuries.

“Our squad isn’t the biggest and we’ve been very lucky in the past three years that our side most Saturdays has been unchanged.

“If we do pick up injuries that will be a big test as we haven’t got strength in depth.”

Ross-on-Wye will be in cup action at home this weekend before starting league action against Cheltenham North the following week.