Tunbridge Wells taking on Rusthall on Tuesday.

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Martin Larkin is hoping the competitive nature of his new squad will give them the edge in the coming season.

While five departed the Culverden, seven were recruited to give Larkin options which he’s hoping will fire his side to the top of the league.

Wells finally got their pre-season campaign underway this week after rain postponed matches in recent weeks. A 3-1 win at Bearsted on Tuesday night was a pleasing start, even more so as they came from behind to win due to to goals from Andy McMath in the first half, and Ryan Rook and Joe Fuller in the second.

They host local rivals Rusthall on Tuesday before the George Piper Cup next weekend where they will play Crowborough Athletic on Saturday, and the winners of Tonbridge Angels and Rusthall on Sunday.

He has earmarked Joe Fuller and Jason Barton, arrivals from Chatham Town, and James Russell and Matt Foreman, who have re-signed to be regulars in his squad. But Chris Oladogba, a keeper previously at Bromley and Charlton, Tom Carr and Stuart Thorley will have to fight for their place in the side.

“We have a very competitive squad, everyone is aware we have got a strong squad,” he said. “Four will be in the side, and the others will be pushing for their starting places.”

He revealed he will be aiming to apply a tried and tested formula for promotion from the league.

“We have got three very good wingers, and two powerful centre forwards, and in the middle of the pitch they like to play as well,” he said. “It’s not rocket science that the guys that have gone up in recent seasons have got it back to front quickly and have been able to play.”

He said he will be giving his first team time to gel on Tuesday night while rotating things next weekend in the cup.

“We will give our strongest side a run out and the others will have minutes to push for their place,” he said. “We have got the two games next weekend so everyone will be given game time.”

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