Witheridge seek to ease pressure on goalscorer Jordan Charran
MANAGER Chris Vinnicombe has called on Witheridge's players to take the goalscoring pressure off Jordan Charran this season.
Charran, the former Torquay United striker from Bideford, struck 37 goals last season – including five hat-tricks.
Steve Ebdy, his strike partner, weighed in with 24 as Witheridge enjoyed their best season in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League.
But only one other player – Richard Blake with nine – scored more than four goals.
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Vinnicombe, who returned for a second spell as manager in October, told the Mid Devon Gazette: "We do give individual targets to players. To the strikers, it is to score as many goals as possible.
"Jordan Charran got 37 last season so it is going to be tough for him to match that, but fair play to him if he can.
"The rest of the squad will be trying to chip in with goals from all around the park to try and take a bit of pressure off his shoulders."
The signing of Luke Cole, the former Taunton Town attacker who was on trial at Bideford during pre-season, should help.
Vinnicombe admitted it would be difficult for Witheridge to better last season's club-record seventh place in the Premier Division.
"We start with the same target pretty much every year and that is to end up in the top 10 – that is a decent target for any team," he said.
"Last season anything above 10th was a bonus because we had never finished that high before and we managed seventh.
"If we could finish seventh or higher, or get more points, then that would be brilliant.
"But I don't set major targets like a top-two finish or a top-five finish because I think it puts too much pressure on the players to perform."
Witheridge might have finished even higher last season but for the bad weather around Christmas.
After taking charge following the departure of Mike Taylor, Vinnicombe started with five wins in a row. But the momentum was lost as nine of the next 10 games were postponed.
Witheridge begin the new campaign at champions Bodmin Town on Saturday (3pm).
Witheridge 2013-14 fixtures – Carlsberg South West Peninsula League – Premier Div – Aug 10: Bodmin Tn (A). Aug 17: Falmouth Tn (H). Aug 20: Cullompton Rgrs (H). Aug 24: Liskeard Ath (A). Aug 26: Ivybridge Tn (H). Aug 31: Camelford (H). Sep 14: Elburton Villa (H). Sep 17: Exmouth Tn (H). Sep 28: Camelford (A). Oct 2: Bovey Tracey (A). Oct 5: Saltash Utd (H). Oct 8: Torpoint Ath (A). Oct 12: Godolphin Atl (H). Oct 19: Launceston (H). Oct 22: Ivybridge Tn (A). Nov 2: St Blazey (A). Nov 9: St Austell (A). Nov 12: Tavistock (H). Nov 16: Plymouth Parkway (H). Nov 23: Newquay (A). Nov 30: Falmouth Tn (A). Dec 7: Cullompton Rgrs (A). Dec 14: Bodmin Tn (H). Dec 21: Liskeard Ath (H). Dec 26: Elmore (A). Jan 11: Elburton Villa (A). Jan 25: Saltash Utd (A). Feb 1: Godolphin Atl (A). Feb 8: St Blazey (H). Feb 15: Plymouth Parkway (A). Feb 22: St Austell (H). Mar 1: Newquay (H). Mar 8: Exmouth Tn (A). Mar 15: Launceston (A). Mar 22: Bovey Tracey (H). Mar 29: Tavistock (A). Apr 5: Torpoint Ath (H). Apr 18: Elmore (H).