Darr wants Newham to end on a high

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 December 2015

Newham joint-manager Shamrez Darr

Newham joint-manager Shamrez Darr


East Londoners hoping to build on stalemate with Southend Manor last time out

Newham joint-manager Shamrez Darr has targeted four points from his teams final two matches of the year after halting their poor form.

The Chadfields outfit make the short trip to Tower Hamlets this weekend, before hosting Eton Manor on Tuesday (December 22).

Darr got his boots on the last time Newham played and helped them to a goalless draw against Southend Manor on December 5.

That result was all the more remarkable considering they only had 11 players available for the match and finished the game with just 10 after captain Ricky Slaughter had to go off injured.

Now Newham are looking to continue that momentum when they face Hamlets and Manor over the next week.

Darr said: “We are looking forward to it. The place is a lot more positive now than a couple of weeks ago after the changes we have made behind the scenes.

“I had a chat with the players and my other management staff recently and said the minimum we want from these two games is four points. Ideally we would like six, but the minimum is four.

“We have got rid of a lot of players over the last few weeks. We have had a whole host of changes and you will see a new Newham team now. The chairman has helped us out a lot and people behind the scenes are working so hard to make us stronger.”

Last weekend was a catch-22 situation for Darr and the club as they were without a game due to landlords Tilbury being in action at Chadfields in the FA Trophy.

Although they would have like to build on their momentum, the number of people available was quite light.

Darr added: “We might have only had 14 if we had played so in the end it wasn’t the worst thing in the world to have the game called off.

“I have looked at Tower Hamlets results ahead of this weekend and they seem like a Jekyll and Hyde team, they can beat the big boys and then lose games they look favourites to win.

“It seems one thing you can definitely say about the Essex Senior League this season is that anyone can beat anyone in the division.

“We hope the draw at Southend Manor can be a massive turning point because you could see the relief on the players faces at full time. It was nice to walk off having not lost again on a Saturday.”

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