Newham hoping for better 2016

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 January 2016

A Newham player (yellow) looks to keep possession from a Tower Hamlets rival (pic: Tim Edwards).

A Newham player (yellow) looks to keep possession from a Tower Hamlets rival (pic: Tim Edwards).


Terence McMillan club want to get back to their home by the start of the 2016/17 season

Newham joint-manager Shamrez Darr is positive about what 2016 will hold for the Essex Senior League club.

Kevin Lucas and Darr’s men were set to face Barking this evening at Chadfields, but the fixture was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

It means they aren’t in action again until next Wednesday (January 13) when they are meant to entertain Hullbridge Sports.

“I am positive about what is going on behind the scenes as well, like the player recruitment we are doing at the moment alongside developing our youngsters,” said Darr.

Newham are still trying to move back into their Terence McMillan home at some point in the future this year.

The club haven’t played there since the 2013/14 season and Darr admits that needs to change as soon as possible.

He added: “We need to find a training pitch that we can access whenever we want and we need to get back to our ground this year.

“That way we can play whenever we want and not be dictated about when we can get matches on.”

Newham have been playing at Tilbury’s Chadfields Stadium this season, but have had a lot of postponements already.

Darr revealed that, understandably, the Dockers don’t want the east Londoners using their surface on a Wednesday if they have a Ryman match at the weekend.

“Obviously we are thankful to Tilbury for allowing us to use Chadfields, but if they are playing on a Tuesday night and it rains then they are sometimes reluctant for us to use the pitch the next day,” said Darr.

“If we do, it will just cut up the pitch even more for their fixture on the Saturday.

“They have to put number one first, I appreciate that, but all these things like the training pitch and getting back to the Terence McMillan are things going on behind the scenes that we will hopefully have sorted out for the start of next season.”

Newham are without a match this weekend and Darr revealed they would be training anyway, regardless of their game with Barking being off.

Going into their fixture with Wadham Lodge last weekend, they had not been able to train at all over the festive period and that could well have contributed to them losing so heavily.

Lodge only led 1-0 at the break, but despite a goal from Francisco Etame-Mabela, Newham ended up well beaten.

Darr added: “We will have to train on Saturday because where we have been training during the season, that venue was closed during the festive period.

“It shuts during half terms so we haven’t been able to train. That meant going into the Wadham Lodge match we couldn’t train at all.”

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