PRESTEIGNE St Andrews have appointed a new management pairing as they aim to push on up the Mid Wales League next season.

Former Hay St Marys manager Gareth Jenkins will team up with Rob Evans who has recently been in charge at Radnor Valley.

Last season Presteigne sat second from bottom in the Mid Wales League Division Two when the league was halted due to the coronavirus.

Presteigne’s chairman Mark Weiland said that the club are hoping to be more competitive next season.

“Gareth and Rob fit the bill perfectly as far as we are concerned as they both have a lot of experience and contacts within local football,” said Weiland.

“Everyone on the committee accepted that we could not go on the way we were as there was a very real danger of the club stagnating and none of us wanted that.

“I am sure the players we have will see this as a positive move and will stay with the club for the coming campaign as we are aiming to be much more competitive in the MMP with Norman Lloyd League, second division.

“I would like to thank Alan Stocker who really helped us out when stepping up to run the first team last season. It was a really tough challenge he took on but he did well to rally the squad when spirits were low and we’re very much hoping Alan will remain involved next season.”

Jenkins and Evans are hoping to help bring through young local players into the side.

“We feel there is plenty of potential at Presteigne as they have some good young players coming through,” said the pair.

“Yes, we will be looking to add players to the squad but we have stressed throughout our discussions with the committee that we want to keep the local players very much involved.

“We would like to thank the committee for giving us this opportunity and we can’t wait to get started as soon as life returns to some degree of normality.”