Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield Town gear up for 2012

PUBLISHED: 09:05 31 December 2011

WGC FC boss Simon Braine

WGC FC boss Simon Braine


BOTH Hatfield Town and Welwyn Garden City Football Clubs will be determined to get off to winning starts in 2012.

The two teams are in Spartan South Midlands League action on Monday (Janaury 2) and getting three points on the board is vital for the pair of Times Territory clubs to revive their stuttering campaigns.

Hatfield are on Premier Division duty away to Leverstock Green.

Town will be hoping to complete a league double over Green this season after Trevor Golder’s free-kick handed them a fine 1-0 victory at The Gosling Stadium over the side from Pancake Lane in November.

The Blueboys have amassed 17 points and are third bottom of the table.

Town joint manager Darryn Stewart said: “We would have liked to get to around the 23-point mark before Christmas, and we should have got to that, but it didn’t go our way so we have got to pick ourselves up and move on.”

Stewart is confident his, and fellow boss Kevin Pearman’s, troops can lift themselves up the standings.

“I definitely think we can get out of the position we are in at the moment, but it’s obviously a bit of a worry when teams in and around us are winning games and we’re not,” he added.

“If there’s a message I would send out to the lads it would be that we all need to stick together, in playing and in training; we should all want to give our all for the club.”

Over at Herns Lane on Monday WGC entertain their Division One rivals London Lions.

Manager Simon Braine guided his side to a fine 2-0 win in their away clash with Lions, played at Broxbourne Borough’s ground, back in August thanks to goals from Dominic Hinds and Daryl Smith.

He is keen for the same result once more.

“It would be nice to go on a winning streak in the New Year,” said Braine, whose side are 15th in the Division One table.

“We are starting to get a few players back from injury which is important as we have lots of games coming up.”

City have a very busy January scheduled with seven matches pencilled in.

Oddly six of these, including Monday’s clash, are to be played at Herns Lane, so if home advantage is anything to go by they could be in for a fruitful period.

Braine has now been in charge of the Citizens for a year, at the same point of last season City had already had two different managers, Rob Pattwell and Phil Reid.

Braine’s tenure has added stability to the club, however, he is quick to admit that is more than a one-man job.

“It’s important to have my assistant Charlie Marshall and Phil Lovell and Mark Zienkowicz, who look after the reserves, with me as without them we couldn’t do the job,” he said.

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