“James is a big loss but we’ll push on” - Hatfield Town boss reflects on striker Millard’s absence

PUBLISHED: 17:04 19 August 2015 | UPDATED: 17:04 19 August 2015

Manager Kev Pearman

Manager Kev Pearman

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Kev Pearman believes his Hatfield Town side can still thrive despite the “massive” loss of James Millard.

The striker will miss at least half the season after sustaining a broken fibula and dislocated ankle which brought a premature end to their opening Spartan South Midlands League Division One game against Brimsdown.

Just moments before, Millard had notched his first goal of the season, and although Pearman knows the front man is worth his weight in goals, others can step up in his place.

Pearman told the WHT: “It’s massive losing James. He’s worked hard pre-season and is a quality player who has been scoring regularly. James is irreplaceable but the squad is full of quality, so we have to just push on without him.”

Town took a while to get going on Saturday before a dominant second-half performance saw off the advances of 10-man Arlesey Town Reserves, a result that in the end satisfied the new boss.

He continued: “We were lacklustre in the first half, but Ryan North chased a lost cause to give us the lead and that helped to settle us.

“The boys sorted themselves out and put in a fine second half performance. It’s great that the goals were shared around and we made the most of opportunities given to us.”

The Blueboys are faced with their first big test of the SSML Division One season tonight (Wednesday) as they travel to early pacesetters Chesham United Reserves.

Chesham have won their first three games but, almost a year to the day, Hatfield, under the tutelage of then manager Ashley Purser, thrashed the current league leaders 4-0 on the road.

Pearman said: “Going to Chesham will obviously be tough, but we go full of confidence and will look to knock them off the top.

“A similar performance to Saturday’s second half and we’ve got a great chance.”


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