Kemp promises improvement after Cromer Town lose friendly at Buxton
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Cromer manager Jordan Kemp isn't reading too much into the result of his side's first pre-season friendly.
The Anglian Combination Division One club lost 8-0 away to Division 3 side Buxton at the Rec on Wednesday night - losing six goals in the first half.
Kemp, who only joined the club this month, pointed out his side had only had three training sessions together since he joined and he was confident they will improve.
The club is also holding open training sessions as they continue with their summer recruitment.
Kemp said: 'We are making ground in terms of getting players signed on and getting players in to training which was really important. We've only had three training sessions so far so it's hard to gauge where we are.
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'After the first half (against Buxton) and 45 minutes of getting to know each other it was immediately better. The real key for us now is to continue the hard work in terms of recruitment, getting them to gel in training and then playing more friendlies, and I think we'll see an improvement.'
The club is holding an open training session at Cabbell Park on Wednesday, August 9, at 7pm. Anyone interested is invited to contact Kemp on 07899676774.
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Cromer's first home friendly is against Reepham Town on Saturday, August 5, kick-off 2pm.
Buxton boss Nick Gaston, who is entering his 22nd year at the club, has offered the new team at Cabbell Park some words of encouragement. He said: 'They (Cromer) struggled last season and they did struggle at times tonight.' But he added: 'When I first took over here we were exactly the same, so it takes a while to build it back up.'
Cromer Town could become one of the first community-owned football clubs in Norfolk.
The new-look committee has invited James Mathie, Head of England & Wales and Club Development at Supporters Direct, to discuss the benefits of the new model at a public meeting at Cabbell Park on Wednesday, August 9, at 7.30pm.
Off the field, Cromer has confirmed the return of its weekly car boot sales, which is one of the club's biggest fundraisers, as it attempts to drive the team to success.
The first will be held at Cabbell Park on Tuesday, August 8 - and then every Tuesday after - from 8am to 1pm, with pitches for sellers available at £6 from 7am.