Welwyn Garden City keen to create reserve side

PUBLISHED: 17:27 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

WELWYN Garden City have pressed ahead with plans to extend the development of home-grown talent by securing a reserve side for the coming season. The idea of having a second team was thought to be a dead duck, with the club not having a suitable ground fo

WELWYN Garden City have pressed ahead with plans to extend the development of home-grown talent by securing a reserve side for the coming season.

The idea of having a second team was thought to be a dead duck, with the club not having a suitable ground for the team to train and play at.

And with Hatfield Town ground-sharing Herns Lane, it was decided that the playing surface as well as fixture clashes would be a problem.

However, manager Dave Cooper appears to have got his wish, and a reserve side is to be set up within the next few weeks.

Speaking to the WHT on his appointment in May, one of the first changes Cooper wanted to see at Herns Lane was the creation of a professionally run and organised reserve set-up.

However, that was always going to be difficult given that City had entered into a contract with Hatfield Town that sees the two clubs playing on the same pitch.

Yet the latest news to come out of WGC is that the second string will be in place for the upcoming campaign, with the finer details still set to be ironed out.

Former Hitchin coach Cooper said: "We should have the reserves ready for the new season, and they will play their games on the Sir Frederic Osborn's playing fields.

"I felt we have to have a reserve side if we are to progress and am pleased that this looks set to go ahead."

The creation of a reserve structure is seen by Cooper as vital for the long-term success of the club.

It is hoped that with a second string, local players can be developed and retained by the Herns Lane club.

Anyone interested in playing for the reserves should contact the club and get involved.

If you're interested in having a try out with the Citizens' reserves you can contact the club on 01707 328470.

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