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Essex Senior League table doesn’t lie says Darr

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 April 2016

Joe Pearman gets in a shot for Barking as Newham's Akil Clarke (yellow) looks on (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Joe Pearman gets in a shot for Barking as Newham's Akil Clarke (yellow) looks on (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Newham boss discusses frustrating campaign and what has made it so difficult this year

Newham manager Shamrez Darr concedes the Essex Senior League table doesn’t lie and they can have no complaints at the end of the season.

The east Londoners only have three more matches remaining, but it would take a small miracle for them to finish anywhere other than bottom.

It has been an extremely difficult campaign for the club with just 21 points obtained from 37 games. Darr accepts they haven’t been good enough, but thanked the players that have been loyal to him.

He added: “With the squad we have had this season, we shouldn’t be in this situation, but the table doesn’t lie. I have always been a big believer that where you are after a 40-game campaign is where you deserve to be.

“The disappointing thing is looking at the team we started with compared to what it looks like now. I have to thank the players that have stayed here throughout the season.

“Even when they got seven day approaches, they are the ones who have always remained committed to the cause and I really appreciate that.”

Darr hasn’t been able to attend many of Newham’s matches recently after a family bereavement plus his work schedule, but was at the 7-1 reverse to Ilford last week.

Assistant Arif Ahmed has been filling the void, after joining in February, and was on the touchline during Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Barking.

The last two seasons have been tough because they’ve not been able to play at their Terence McMillan home. Ryman North club Tilbury have allowed Newham to use their Chadfields Stadium, but it has been difficult.

“I haven’t been at the last eight or nine games due to a family bereavement, but my assistant has been taking the matches and feeding information back to me,” added Darr.

“We don’t pay any money at Newham and the club has just about been going this year finances wise. Our home games are at Tilbury and for an east London club that is so difficult.

“Every match is away and that has been hard. We lost Kevin Lucas, my joint-manager, halfway through the season and with my work that was hard to take.

“I do shifts so obviously can’t be at every game and having to bring a new face in to take the team was difficult at first for everyone.”

Only a Newham win at Eton Manor this weekend would prevent relegation to the Essex Olympian League being confirmed, but even that might not be enough.


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