Hatfield boss Lloyd looking forward to new season
PUBLISHED: 11:45 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009
MANAGER Trevor Lloyd is looking forward to the new season with Hatfield Town - and is hoping the club can be just as successful off the field as on it. After a very positive pre-season, which included a superb 4-1 victory over Spartan South Midlands Premi
MANAGER Trevor Lloyd is looking forward to the new season with Hatfield Town - and is hoping the club can be just as successful off the field as on it.
After a very positive pre-season, which included a superb 4-1 victory over Spartan South Midlands Premier side Oxhey Jets, Lloyd is eager for Town to reproduce last season's championship-winning form.
He said: "Pre-season has gone really well, and even though we've been missing a lot of players, and picked up injuries, the lads who have come in have done brilliant.
"I've got to be happy with the way things are going to be honest.
"New signing Louis Evans is a good player and has fitted in brilliantly, and the youngsters and fringe players have all done well."
However, Trevor knows that for the club to progress in the future, it is vital Hatfield get their future sorted off the field - namely by securing a new ground.
Town have been in discussions for some time with the council in the hope of securing a new home, but as yet nothing has been decided.
As a result, the club have been playing their 'home' games at Herns Lane, the home of Welwyn Garden City.
They also shared Harpenden Town's ground last year.
This is not the ideal situation, as Lloyd explains.
"The main thing is the more successful we are on the field, the more we can push the council into making the provisions that we require," said the former Town centre-half.
"More success also means more money, and that is what this club needs to progress into the future.
"We knew that to play at the level we found ourselves at, we have to play at a certain level of facility, which for this season will be Herns Lane.
"But in a way it's sad that we are in this situation, in that we don't have our own ground, and I think by winning games and getting results, we can apply more pressure on the council."
As far as Lloyd is fully focused on on-the-field matters, as a former Town captain he is passionate about the direction he wants to see the club head in.
And it seems that passion is shared by many of his players, who have committed themselves to the Town despite attracting interest from other clubs.
"If we keep suspensions and injuries down, then I am positive for the new season," said Lloyd.
"A lot of the players we have at the club can play at a higher level but they have wanted to play for Hatfield Town."
The latest site that has been looked at as the council begin to realise the potential of the football club is at Cornflower Way, but as ever with the cases, discussions are still on-going.