THREE Bridges manager Paul Faili is looking for a fresh start in the Ryman League after being cleared of violent conduct by the Sussex FA.
Faili had been charged following a confrontation with Peacehaven & Telscombe forward Scott Ramsey on April 28.
However, the manager always denied headbutting the player, and is pleased the Sussex FA came to a not proven conclusion.
"I always said the truth will out and I'm glad they have come to this conclusion," Faili said.
"I'm happy to start in the Ryman with a clean slate and I've decided that this is the year I become a proper adult football manager and wear a suit and tie to all the games."
As Bridges prepare for their first season in the Ryman League Division One South, they have organised an exciting pre-season fixture list, including hosting Crawley Town on Wednesday, July 25.
Full pre-season: July 14 – Beckenham Town (a), July 17 – South Park (h), July 21 – Bournemouth (a), July 25 – Crawley Town (h), July 28 – East Preston (a), July 31 – Gillingham (h), August 4 – Hastings Town (h), August 12 – Essex United (h).
Bridges also have two competitive charity shield matches in August. They play Whitehawk in the Roy Hayden Memorial Trophy on August 7, which pits the Sussex County League winners against the Sussex Senior Cup winners. They then play Lancing in the Norman Wingate Trophy on August 14, a match that is normally between the Sussex County League winners and the John O'Hara League Cup winners, but as Bridges won both, it is against the league runners-up.
And manager Faili is looking forward to the new season with all of last season's league champions' squad staying at the club.
"I gave the players a deadline that I would have liked them to sign by but I needn't have; they were queuing up, which is brilliant," the manager said.
CRAWLEY Down Gatwick and Three Bridges have chosen to enter youth teams into the Ryman Youth League South next season.