Newham boss Darr doesn’t fear favourites

PUBLISHED: 17:30 26 August 2015

Newham joint-manager Shamrez Darr (pic: Shamrez Darr).

Newham joint-manager Shamrez Darr (pic: Shamrez Darr).


Unbeaten in the league, Newham now visit the team backed to earn promotion this year

Newham joint-manager Shamrez Darr insists his side have nothing to lose this weekend when they visit Essex Senior League title favourites Bowers & Pitsea.

Darr and Kevin Lucas take their team to the Len Salmon Stadium, while other teams in the division compete in the FA Cup.

Although Newham haven’t lost in the league yet, Bowers are the only side to have a 100 per cent record from their matches so far.

But the east London outfit have nothing to lose according to Darr, who said: “Their results so far have been impressive and they are favourites for a reason.

“It will be a hard game and they have a 100 per cent record so we have nothing to lose, but we won’t fear them.

“They have a good side and added players again this year. I don’t know if they have a budget or not, I don’t know the ins and outs of each team yet.

“No doubt it will be our hardest game of the season, but it will be a good challenge for our players and hopefully we can get a result and send a message to other teams in the Essex Senior League.”

Newham go into the match with five points from three games, but it would have been better had they not conceded late on against Sawbridgeworth Town last week.

Goals from Aaron Harriott and Simi Obileye cancelled out an early opener from the hosts and seemed set to secure three points.

But Newham conceded in the 90th minute and had two of their players sent off after the final whistle.

Darr added: “The boys worked really hard and we dominated the game from the first whistle. Sawbridgeworth had somebody sent off early, but went 1-0 up against the run of play. They must have had two shots on target all game and scored two goals.

“We conceded late on, but the referee should’ve given us a free kick, it was definitely a free kick. They played to the whistle, though, and the lad has put it in, so fair play to him.

“I’m pleased we continued our unbeaten run, but gutted as well like the boys. We were so close to getting another win, but we have to be positive.

“We lost to 5-1 and 6-0 to them last season and this time we have taken a point, but with the referee’s decision it caused our players emotions to run high.

“Two of them got sent off after the full time whistle because of what they said to the referee.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Newham Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Newham Recorder