Darr determined to have a good season

PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 August 2015

The Essex Olympian League campaign is underway

The Essex Olympian League campaign is underway


Newham boss discusses first two games of the campaign and what lies ahead

Newham joint-manager Shamrez Darr believes the club’s start to the Essex Senior League has been perfect and insists they can go on to surprise a few sides this year.

After drawing 1-1 with local rivals Sporting Bengal United last Wednesday, Newham picked up a first win of the season against Greenhouse at the weekend.

That 3-1 success has given Darr and fellow manager Kevin Lucas confidence ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sawbridgeworth Town.

Newham’s fitness may not be at its peak yet, but the management team have been pleased with how things have gone so far.

“It has been the perfect start really, if you had offered me four points out of six from our first two matches I would have snapped your hand off,” said Darr.

“I’m quite confident about our team. Me and Kevin will go about our business quietly, but I am confident we can beat anyone on our day.

“We don’t have a budget, but we have a lot of experience and somebody who has won this league before, so I am happy and hopefully we can surprise a few this year.”

Newham hope to continue their decent form at Sawbridgeworth, who started their season with a draw against Sporting Bengal and a win at Greenhouse.

Those results, strangely enough, are identical to Newham’s first two league matches, but Darr expects his side to be involved in a tough encounter on Saturday.

He added: “It will be a sterner test compared to our first two games. They will be organised and beat us twice last season I believe.

“I have been doing some digging on them and it sounds like they have got a lot of firepower up front. After them we face Bowers & Pitsea and I think me and Kevin will have a good idea about what we can do this season after those games because Bowers are favourites for the title this year.”

Something Darr has noticed already is that Newham’s fitness is lacking behind the rest of the teams in the league.

During their season opener against Bengal, Vlad Sighiartau scored from the penalty spot to earn a share of the spoils.

He was also on target in the victory against Greenhouse, with Aaron Harriott scoring twice before earning two yellow cards and getting himself sent off.

A pattern in both games, however, was Newham tiring towards the end of those matches and needing to hold on.

“We always knew that Sporting Bengal would be a tough game, being a local rival,” added Darr.

“I think we did well in the first half, but their fitness showed in the end and for the last 20 minutes we needed to hold on. But we did and it was good to show that spirit.

“We took that into Saturday’s game and could have wrapped that up in the first half. We should have been five or six goals ahead.

“In the second period, credit to Greenhouse, they came back and might have got level. If they had a better forward they would have taken something from the game, but again we held on.

“We could only get everyone together halfway through pre-season so I think we are two or three weeks behind the rest of the teams at the moment in terms of fitness, but that will come.”

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