Derby win the perfect early Christmas present for Darr
PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 December 2015
Newham boss reflects on first victory for quite some time and the positivity back at the club
A fine strike by substitute Charlie Parker earned Newham a first victory since October 21 against Tower Hamlets on Saturday and joint-manager Shamrez Darr is confident they can start moving up the Essex Senior League table.
Parker’s 82nd-minute goal was enough to give his side a 1-0 victory at Mile End Stadium and Kevin Lucas and Darr’s men were set to host Eton Manor at Chadfields for their final match of 2015 last night (Tuesday), but it was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
They do not play again now until the new year when they visit Wadham Lodge on January 2, but Darr is positive the second half of the season will be successful.
He said: “Our aim is to keep moving on up. My target at the start of the season was to finish in mid-table, but obviously after 20 games we were in the bottom three.
“The aim right now is to avoid relegation. We want to get to the 30-35 point mark as quickly as possible. I guess we aren’t too far away from that, but hopefully with the new squad we have we can get some more encouraging results and move away from the bottom.”
Prior to beating Tower Hamlets on Saturday, Newham hadn’t won in nine league matches.
They did halt a poor run of form with a goalless draw at Southend Manor at the beginning of the month and Darr believes an improvement in defence is key.
He was thrilled they managed another clean sheet in the derby and delighted their recent new signings have paid off.
“Saturday’s game was really scrappy,” added Darr. “Both teams defended really well and I wouldn’t even say it was a chance for our goal – it was more a moment of brilliance from Charlie.
“But that is what can happen if you are keeping clean sheets. We seem to finally be getting some luck that we deserve because there have been a lot of times this season where we have been one or two up and gone on to lose, so thankfully we got the win.”
Newham will be without a match on Boxing Day and Darr admits that will be a strange experience for him.
He said: “Normally when I was a player in the Ryman League I’d always be involved in games on Boxing Day. It’s quite weird for me not to have anything to prepare for.
“I think the plan is to give the boys this week off and then come back next week with two training sessions and get ready for the first match of the New Year.”