Plenty to smile about at Hobbs Way

PUBLISHED: 09:56 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009

ANDY Riley believes there is plenty to smile about at Welwyn, despite a tough season on the pitch in London 2 North for the first team. With the Hobbs Way club looking for a more consistent run of form on and off the field, the former Welwyn prop believes

ANDY Riley believes there is plenty to smile about at Welwyn, despite a tough season on the pitch in London 2 North for the first team.

With the Hobbs Way club looking for a more consistent run of form on and off the field, the former Welwyn prop believes it is far from doom and gloom.

The head coach said: "This club has lots of potential, there's no doubt about it.

"We have a booming youth section as well as a highly successful girls' section, so there is plenty going on at the club.

"The mini/junior section is massive, and the Colts are doing very well also, which is brilliant for the community.

"There are also not many clubs at this level who can run five senior teams, which is a credit to everyone who works so hard for the club."

With relegation for the first team not an option after the league decided to review its restructuring, the pressure is off and Riley can feel easier about giving some of the youngsters competitive action at a good level.

The 40-year-old former 1st XV front row added: "We are definitely looking at recruiting players in for next season but the young players we have used have done well and will benefit from playing.

"Our main aim next year is obviously to have a good season with the first team, but to also keep the other teams here.

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