Recharged Derek Williams loving life back in charge at West Midlands League Premier Division Wellington (From Hereford Times)
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Recharged Derek Williams loving life back in charge at West Midlands League Premier Division Wellington
9:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Football
WITH more than 20 years’ experience at the club, it was a natural choice for Wellington to turn to Derek Williams in a bid to get their season back on track.
Williams, who has now been back in charge for just over a month, seems to have justified that decision as the team’s form has picked up dramatically.
There has been just one league defeat, and that away to top-of-the-table Lye Town, in their last six games.
Captain Steve Brotherwood believes that Williams’ experience is key to how the team has responded since his return.
“Derek’s been around football, around the club for a long time and he’s slotted straight back in like he’s never been away,” he said.
“All the boys seem to get on really well with him and they have a great respect for what he’s done in the past which certainly helps.
“We are doing well at the moment which makes it a good place to be.”
Williams attributes the up-turn in form to how well the players have responded since his return as boss.
“The boys have been brilliant,” said the manager.
“Training has been really good and I can’t complain about the effort at all.
“It’s really tough trying to get them all for training and for match days, with their work commitments, but they’ve tried and everyone has given 100 per cent when they’ve been available.”
Despite the success he’s achieved in such a short time, replacing Dave Priday and returning to management wasn’t something Williams had been thinking about.
“I love it,” he admitted. “Although it wasn’t something I was really going to do - I was quite happy to come and watch, perhaps help out here and there but didn’t really expect this.
“I originally left to recharge my batteries, I’d been doing it for so long that I needed to sit back and take a look at it, get my appetite back, which I have now, and I’m really enjoying it.”
Without the financial power of some of the other teams in the league, bringing in fresh talent will be one of the challenges that Williams will face as he looks to build the team for the future. “I think that really is the only way forward,” he said. “We can’t pay any players so the only way forward is to bring young players through.
“You’ve got to keeping looking to see a young lad, who isn’t getting a game somewhere, that we think has got a bit of potential and try and get him involved with the club.”
Williams would like to see a restructuring of the promotion places in the league to give the clubs, who can’t pay out money, more to play for deeper into the season.
“Only one team goes up, which is the big problem in our league, so it makes it difficult for everybody else.
“There isn’t a lot to play for half the time which isn’t good for the players in any team.
“It’s a tough league and if they could do something like that it would be better for it, attract better players and better teams.”
With the club now sitting 11th in the West Midlands League Premier Division table, following a 1-1 draw at home to Shifnal on Saturday, Wellington are now back on course to hit their season’s aim of a top-10 finish, as Brotherwood explained: “If we can finish top-10 then we will have had a good season, last year I think we finished 13th or 14th so anything a couple of places higher than that will be seen as a good improvement.”
Saturday’s game was a drab encounter with neither side able to get a foothold in the match.
With chances at a premium in the first-half, it was Welly who made the break- through. Josh Hunt brilliantly controlled a long ball into the box before feeding Dave Price who neatly curled the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net.
The story of the first-half was replayed in the second as both teams again struggled to dominate and create clear-cut chances.
However, as the final whistle drew nearer, a momentary lapse in the Wellington defence allowed Shifnal’s Tom Worthington to stab the ball home to earn the travelling side a hard-fought point.
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