Promotion Confirmed




I am delighted to say that I have joined Carlton Towns media team ahead of the opening game of the 2017/18 season. I will be reporting each and every Thursday, looking ahead to the weekends football fixture.

Wayne Scott has announced Aaron Hooton as Carlton Town club captain and Eddy Schoenecker as vice captain as he attempts to freshen the team up ahead of the opening game of the season against Sheffield FC.

Hooton, who was instrumental in the Millers survival last year, will look to lead from the front after a destructive 2016/17 campaign, scoring a brace in the Senior Notts Cup final and later being awarded Man of the Match.

The Millers, who narrowly escaped relegation last season, have only lost one of their six pre-season friendlies, picking up a 2-0 victory over a Mansfield Town XI as well as clinching a draw against Kevin Nolans Notts County.

Carlton Town face Sheffield this Saturday (3pm KO), before travelling south to face Stamford on Tuesday evening, and the worlds oldest club is all too familiar with Scott.

“My first game in charge was against Sheffield, away from home, and we won.”

“They have changed their manager since then and have a different squad, but theyll be organised,” he said.

“They will be in a similar position wanting to make a mark.”

He added: “We believe in where we are at.”

Scott has brought in a mixture of youth and experience to the squad that won the Notts Senior Cup last year, including former Nottingham Forest youngster Wilfried Gnahore, who has represented Ivory Coast at age group level, as well as defender Darol Lucas, a key figure in the Osett Town side that reached the division one play-offs last season.

And he insists the new arrivals have all “ticked the boxes.”

“Darol Lucas is a big talker, a good communicator. Robbie McNicholas is someone who we have looked at for a number of years and he has brought in to what we want to achieve here.”

Speaking about latest arrival Gnahore, he said:

“Hes fitting in really well. Along with the other new signings, he has really enhanced the squad.”

Despite the strong signings, the Millers have struggled in recent years with their opening fixtures. In 2016/17, they picked up just 1 victory from 8 fixtures and the season previous to that, only collected 6 points from a possible 24.

Yet, Scott insists the squad are both physically and mentally prepared for the start of the season.

“We have discussed the poor starts and adjusted our training accordingly,” he said.

“We work the same number of hours that we normally do, but split it up over different sessions.”

“It tests out the concentration levels ahead of the season.”

He added: “I think were ready. We need a real game now, and were looking for a positive start. We have a full squad to pick from, and everyone will be attending, so everyone is looking forward to it.”

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