Malmesbury Victoria boss Andy Wicks has targeted a top four finish in the new year.

The Vics have spent the majority of the season in the top half but have had a mixed bag of league results over the last month or so.

Wicks believes his side are capable of being a real force in the Hellenic League Division One West and has revealed his hopes for 2019.

“We’re hoping to push for a top for finish this year,” he said.

“With a few additions and if we keep everyone fit we can do something.”

Malmesbury have had a number of issues to deal with so far this season. They’ve had a number of key players injured while they’ve also had to cope with a run to the second round proper of the FA Vase before a change of manager after Kev Bridgeman’s departure at the start of November but Wicks feels having a full compliment of players will be key.

“We’re just looking forward to getting everyone back fit,” Wicks commented.

“There are also other lads who have just got back from bad injuries as well like Sam Parker and Jack Ellis so if we can have those lads fully, 90 minute match fit we can push on.

“Those returning will solve some of the problems we’re having at the moment so that would be one hope heading into the new year.”

After their cup game at home to North Leigh United was called off on Tuesday, December 18, Victoria’s next game isn’t until Saturday, December 29 when they take on Newent Town at the Flying Monk in the league and Wicks is pleased to have a prolonged break at Christmas having been spared a Boxing Day fixture.

“It was nice to get a refresh over Christmas,” added the Malmesbury boss.

“The Western League always had a Boxing Day game so it made a nice change for me.”

Malmesbury's last game was a 5-2 win over Tytherington Rocks.