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Ewyas Harold hit three past Shobdon in Herefordshire League Premier Division
3:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
EWYAS Harold manager Rob Calderhead is hoping Dave Whitson will make a return to the club.
Calderhead wants the former joint-boss to help him guide Harold to another tilt at the title.
“The first six games have been quite tough on my own, with training and the other bits that are involved with management,” said Calderhead. “I’ve got Tommy Taylor on board now as a sort of number two, and that’s greatly helped. “I’ve spoken to Dave and we are looking to get him back involved, so things are looking good. “Dave was a massive part of last season’s success and it will be good for the team, Tommy and me, as a management team, to have Dave’s knowledge and presence around the place.” Harold have had a solid, if not spectacular, start to the season, currently sitting fourth after seven games and Calderhead believes that the team have reacted well to last season’s bitter disapointment having been narrowly pipped to the title, “We’ve got a little bit of a different squad, a few players moved away a couple of other boys moved on to new teams but all we can do is just focus and put a consistent run together then we will be up in the chasing pack,” said the manager. Ewyas Harold diirector Andy Smith thought that the league would be as tough as ever to win this season. “We’ve got a few injuries, a few people away travelling but hopefully that will come to a conclusion in the next three or four weeks, which will give us a real depth to the squad.” he said. “It’s going to be a tough league, it always is. “The Premier Division takes a bit of winning but we will keep on going right until the end and see where it takes us, it’s a long old season.” Smith also attributes a lot of the success the team has had in recent times to having ex Yeovil Town player Calderhead on board. “The real difference has been in the training, the areas that he’s working on and the style of the training both in fitness and ball work,” said Smith. “It’s given us a new dimension and it’s a big move for us with him being UEFA B qualified. “I think it’s been hard for him to balance local football with people working shifts and getting all the boys together at the same time but it’s been superb for the reserve team players to work with him as well. “You can see the difference with how well both sides are coming on.” Last Saturday’s opponents Shobdon also have their very own ex-pro, Mark Jones, on the coaching team, and the former Hereford and Aston Villa full-back is having a big impact, says manager Ian ‘Knocker’ Lawrence. “It’s absolutely invaluable,” said Lawrence. “It doesn’t matter what I’ve done, when you’ve got someone in who’s been there and done it, who can argue with him. The boys have taken him on board brilliantly and I think he’s a superb asset to the club.” Like Harold, Shobdon have had a solid start to the season, sitting fifth after six games, and Lawrence believes its where the club deserve to be. “It’s good to be having competitive games every week,” he said. “We got off to a cracking start with three wins on the bounce, followed with a couple of defeats which I’ve been disappointed with. “We should have got something out of those games but, all in all, we are really enjoying it. “This is where we believe we’ve worked hard to be as a club for many years and that’s where deserve to be. “I’ve got a good bunch of boys, all up for it, they’ve all upped their game, all really enjoying it.” Shobdon made the home team work for the three points in a very hard fought game, with Harold going on to win 3-1. For most of the first half, the game was contested in the middle third of the pitch. But, with five minutes remaining, a long throw-in found its way to Richie Sevenoaks at the back post and he duly put the hosts 1-0 up from three yards out. Shobdon came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half and it took them 10 minutes to find the equaliser as Tom Hooper was played in to net his first goal for the club. Harold’s response was almost instantaneous as Matt Norton lashed home an unstoppable shot from outside the box, giving Andy Price no chance. Shobdon pushed on for an equaliser, but were caught on the break as Rob Chandler raced from inside his own half to seal the win.
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