Welwyn Garden City staying level headed but Christmas could herald fun-filled times ahead
PUBLISHED: 16:30 03 December 2018
The notorious Christmas period could prove pivotal for Welwyn Garden City according to manager Adam Fisher.
The Citizens’ 3-2 win away to Kempston Rovers lifted them into sixth place in the Southern League Division One Central table, just one spot outside of the play-offs and in their first campaign at step four, that is a position that slightly exceeds Fisher’s expectations.
But the busy run of festive fixtures should give WGC a clue as to what may happen in the New Year.
The boss said: “When we came up we probably didn’t know what the league was about but we’ve played half the teams now and we want to be in the top half after New Year to give us an opportunity.
“We’ve put ourselves in a great position, especially over the last few games and if we can maintain that over Christmas, then we can start looking [further up].
“At the moment it’s still too early and you’re only as good as your last game.
“If we go and lose the next two, all of a sudden you’re nine points or so off the play-offs.
“I think we’ve got to keep level-headed and stay realistic. We’re not expected to be in the play-offs but we’re now ahead of teams who perhaps are expected.
“We want to keep winning games but then we want to win every game and see where that takes us.
“But staying realistic there are a lot of good sides and I think Kempston are one of them.
“The win on Saturday was a good result because teams will go there and drop points.
“But we’re delighted. If somebody had said to me we would be on 23 points after 14 games and be sitting in the top eight, I would have taken that all day at this point of the season.”
There were signs in Saturday’s victory that the new-look City side are starting to click.
And having such a talented squad, while keeping Fisher on his toes, will go a long way to deciding their fate in this campaign.
Fisher said: “We know we are still a work in progress but the signs are positive that the lads are fitting in so well and so quickly and they are only going to get better.
“We’ve got good strength in depth. If you look at our bench, everyone that comes on is making a difference, whether that’s a bit of energy or a bit of quality.
“That’s what we want.
“Last week Nick Elliot was left out but I thought he was probably our best player.
“Danny May was left out [against Kempston] and of course they want to be playing but they know we’ve got a good squad and everybody isn’t going to be playing every week.
“And when they do get an opportunity I want to see people take it.
“Nick did that today and I’m sure Danny will do that on Tuesday against Berkhamsted.”
That game at their old rivals is in the third round of the CSS Southern League Challenge Cup.
It is followed by more league action when City host Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday at Herns Lane.