Tough summer for Welwyn Garden City but boss Adam Fisher excited for challenge
PUBLISHED: 10:30 01 August 2018
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Welwyn Garden City manager Adam Fisher has admitted the summer has been difficult in parts as he gets his team ready for their biggest ever challenge – but there was still no hiding the excitement of the year to come.
Winning the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division title last season elevated the Herns Lane football club into step four for the first time in the club’s history.
And while that in itself has presented a number of challenges, Fisher says the club are progressing well towards August 18 and their opening Southern League East Division fixture with Didcot Town.
“It’s been quite difficult,” he said. “We’ve lost a few that we knew would move on and a few that ideally we would have liked to have kept.
“And it’s a case of not just replacing players like for like technically but also their characters and we’ve lost two or three big characters.
“But from the technical side we’ve replaced them with good footballers and I think the game against Hertford [on Saturday which City won 1-0] was the first time we’ve seen them start to click and believe in their ability.
“It’s all very new but hopefully we can push on from here.
“From the club’s point of view everyone is really excited. It’s a new challenge for us and a completely different challenge.
“We’re going into a league where we are not the big club, we’re the small fry as such and we’ve got to try and use that to our advantage while still keeping that momentum from last year.”
Fisher has made a number of signings to help improve his title-winning squad but has found that change in the club’s status has come with some problems.
He said: “Last year we realistically had the pick of the best players from the South Midlands League because, if I’m being honest, our budget was slightly bigger and we set our stall out early that we wanted to win it.
“This year I’ve spoken to players who’ve ended up going to clubs for three times the amount. We can’t compete with that.
“The ones we’ve got in are a mixture of experience. Dan Green and Adam Hunt haven’t played at this level but I felt they were probably the best in their positions, bar ours, in the league.
“But Brett O’Connor, Tony Williams and Lee Close have played at that level.”
For part two of our interview with Adam Fisher, see next week’s WHT.