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Darr felt final scoreline was harsh on Newham

PUBLISHED: 10:30 05 January 2016

Newham joint-manager Shamrez Darr

Newham joint-manager Shamrez Darr

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Newham tasted defeat at Wadham Lodge last weekend after finishing the game with 10 men

Newham joint-manager Shamrez Darr was disappointed after his team lost 5-1 to Wadham Lodge in their first match of 2016.

Neither Darr or Kevin Lucas were present for the match, but chairman Zulfi Ali took charge of the Essex Senior League fixture.

It was only 1-0 to the home side at half time, but they soon went ahead by three goals midway through the second period.

Francisco Etame-Mabela pulled one back for Newham before they had to play the final 10 minutes a man down and Lodge scored twice to seal a 5-1 success.

Darr said: “I wasn’t at the game myself because of the job I do, but my chairman took the match after I picked the team.

“From speaking to him it sounds like the better side won the game, but it just wasn’t a 5-1 really.

“I think at 3-1 we had a goal disallowed which would have made it 3-2 so if that had gone in it would have been a different match.

“The last 10 minutes we had to play with 10 men as well because we had made all our substitutions and our captain got injured.

“Wadham Lodge went on to score twice in the final five minutes to make the scoreline worst than what it probably should have been.”

Darr was disappointed that his team couldn’t build on their two positive results before breaking up for Christmas.

Newham drew 0-0 with Southend Manor and then beat Tower Hamlets 1-0 during December after signing various new players.

They are still gelling, but the signs are positive for the east Londoners going into the New Year that they can move up the table.

“We had the two clean sheets and four points from the matches we played before Christmas, but we knew Wadham Lodge would always be a hard game,” added Darr.

“When we drew with them before they were a good side and they have kicked on even more since then so it was always going to be difficult.

“We have a new young team with lots of energy and it is a process for Newham. It will take a little bit of time for us to get our feet again in the league, but we need to stay positive and try to do as well as we can on the pitch.”

Next up for the club is a difficult clash against third in the table Barking tomorrow (Wednesday) at Chadfields.

The fixture could be in doubt, however, if more rain arrives between now and kick-off and with Tilbury set to play on it this evening.

Darr added: “I will be there on Wednesday so hopefully being back in the dug-out can help the boys.

“I hope the game goes ahead. I think Tilbury have a fixture before so hopefully it can be on and they won’t want our match off if it rains too much.”

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