Carl Macauley says he expects this season to be challenging for Witton Albion but that only makes him more determined.

The manager is working with a reduced budget and won’t be able to rely on Steve Tames after last season’s leading goal-scorer left to play in Wales for Bala Town.

Rather than feel hard done by, Macauley told the Guardian it has increased his motivation.

“It will be tough to improve on finishing seventh last season but that won’t stop us trying,” he said.

“The standard we have to be at is higher because there are some big, big clubs that have been promoted from the level below and it’s a bit scary to see how much they’re prepared to spend to meet their ambitions.

“I want to test my ability, and to improve, by pitting myself against them.

“My players should feel the same.”

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