MALMESBURY Victoria boss Kevin Bridgeman believes the Hellenic League will present a different brand of football to his men, following the club’s switch from the Toolstation League.

Victoria’s move occurred after the Football Association announced changes to lower the number of teams in the fifth-tier of English non-league football.

But despite believing the Toolstation League offered slightly better quality, Bridgeman remained under no illusions that his side are in for a tough season ahead.

He said: “I would say the Toolstation League is of a marginally better quality, however we played Carterton in pre-season last year and lost 5-0.

“So we are under no illusions that next season will be a good test for us.

“With any season, we have to be looking at mounting a serious challenge for promotion.

“We didn’t build on a decent first year last season, however I am happy with the nucleus of last year’s squad coming back for pre-season with a few additions.”

A shift in leagues means Bridgeman faces the problem of convincing players to remain with Malmesbury for another year.

He said: “As we have been in the Toolstation League, we have been looking at and speaking to players from this area.

“It will be difficult to attract these players to the club and having to ask them to travel to Malmesbury and then in the opposite direction.

“It might be that I have to think a little more outside the box.

“But I know the committee share the ambition to play at the highest level we can, so they are supporting me with my ideas.”