Boss backing WGC to thrive in the higher division as title success starts to sink in

PUBLISHED: 12:02 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:06 08 May 2018

Danny Payne is one of those Welwyn Garden City players to have experienced the higher level. Picture: Kevin Lines

Danny Payne is one of those Welwyn Garden City players to have experienced the higher level. Picture: Kevin Lines

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Adam Fisher says what his Welwyn Garden City side have achieved this season is only just starting to sink in - although he insists this is the not the end of success story.

Welwyn Garden City manager Adam Fisher believes the club can compete at step four. Picture: Danny LooWelwyn Garden City manager Adam Fisher believes the club can compete at step four. Picture: Danny Loo

The Citizens finished their title-winning campaign in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division with two wins, 3-2 against Leighton Town on Saturday and 2-0 at Leverstock Green on Monday.

It left the Herns Lane-based football club on 100 points and with 100 goals scored.

But the City boss has already turned his eyes to next season when they take their place in the fourth step on non-league football for the first time in their history, despite the scale of this year’s triumphs just starting to seep into the consciousness.

“It started last Saturday,” said Fisher. “It was a great day and night and it was almost a bit of relief to finally lift the trophy.

“The day we won the league was great but when you get the trophy and the medals in your hand and then you’re having a good celebration, it dawns on you.

“That was the moment we all realised what we’ve achieved.

“The next time will probably be the first game of next year when we start going to some unfamiliar grounds.

“Everything will be different and then it will sink in that we’re a step four club.”

But Fisher is adamant that the Citizens are not just going there to make up the numbers.

He said: “There are teams that have come out of this league and within two or three years have gone again.

“We’ve now got to sit down and decide what the next plan is for the club, on and off the pitch?

Whether that’s two years or three years we’ll see, but the first thing to do is establish ourselves like Hertford have done this year.

“But that’s not a gimme and we know we’ve got to regroup and probably add a few new faces.

“We’ve already got some in there like Dan Payne, Dave Corran and Jon Clements [who have played at that level] but to play that level week in, week out, we need to have that little bit more experience.

“We’ve got to find our feet and with the squad we’ve already got, I’d back us to go up and compete.

“We’re just going to enjoy a different challenge; different faces, different grounds, pitches and for me coming up against people that I’ve never managed against.”

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