Friday, January 4, 2013
London APSA boss Zakir Hussain hopes the club’s return to the Terence McMillan Stadium will spark an upturn in his Essex Senior League side’s fortunes.
With the stadium in use as an Olympic training facility loast year, APSA played their home matches at Clapton last season and at Aveley in this campaign.
And they have finally been given the green light to return to their natural home when they entertain Takeley on Saturday.
APSA ended 2012 sitting just two points and three places off the bottom of the table.
And their manager believes that playing in their natural environment will help to bring out the best in his players.
Hussain said: “Psychologically it will make a big difference for us to be playing at the Terence McMillan Stadium again.
“It’s our proper home and it’s where we belong.
“We’re grateful to Clapton and Aveley, but it was never quite the same and we’re looking forward to going home again.”
Hussain is also keenly anticipating a return to league action after seeing three games postponed prior to the Christmas break.
APSA have not played since losing 2-1 to Sawbridgeworth Town on December 4.
And the manager admits it has been a period of disappointment.
Hussain said: “It’s been very frustrating. The players get motivated by playing regularly and it’s been a long time.
“It’s also much more difficult to build up any kind of momentum.
“So we’re really looking forward to playing again.”
The manager is also expecting his side to start moving up the league table.
He said: “It’s very tight at the bottom and so we need to start dragging ourselves up the table.
“I want us to push on and get a few wins on the trot.
“We have lots of games in hand on most other teams but we need to start putting more points on the board.”
In the other Essex Senior League games on Saturday, London Bari head to Basildon United, bottom outfit Clapton entertain Haringey & Waltham Development, Bethnal Green United visit Hullbridge Sports and Sporting Bengal play at home to Barking.