Madden relishing new Town challenge
DANIEL Madden is relishing his new challenge as manager of Spartan South Midlands Division One outfit Amersham Town,
Madden has replaced Simon Damery, who has moved up to become club chairman.
He arrives on the back of a highly successful 2013-14 season when he led Wanderers to a London League and Cup double.
“I felt I had taken them about as far as I could and I was keen to step up a level with a really positive club who are clearly on the way up,” said Madden.
“The Spartan Midland League has a reputation as a very strong competition and it will be a bit of a learning curve for me and the players, but it is one I am really relishing.”
Madden has had to complete quite a big rebuilding job after just four players remained from last term, but he is delighted to have kept the large majority of the U18s squad.
“There are some exciting youngsters who I am hoping we will be able to move up when they and the situation is right,” said Madden, who is delighted to have brought in exciting former Hayes & Yeading midfielder Ryan Jones, who he has made club captain.
New goalkeeper Billy Sharp had experience with QPR Juniors, while centre back Craig Drew has played for Hillingdon Borough and British Airways.
In their pre-season build up, Amersham have beaten Milland Sports 3-0 and Belstone 2-0.
Their two defeats have come against Aylesbury and Aylesbury United, who play at a level above, and ‘even then we showed quite a lot of promise’ added Madden.
The build-up concludes with a visit to Chalfont Wasps on Saturday and a home game with Cockfosters on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Amersham Town Vets lost 3-0 to Watford Legends in the Dave Bewley Memorial Cup in front of a big crowd at Spratleys Meadow on Sunday.
The score might have been closer had Amersham taken their chances, especially in the first half, but the superior skill of the former professionals won through in the end.
Elsewhere, Dean Allen hit a hat- trick as Holmer Green continued their warm-up for the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division season with a 6-1 win over Broadfields United on Saturday.
Tom Fifield, Ryan Tackley and Ryan Forbes were also on target for the Greens, who visit Risborough Rangers this weekend.
EX-GREAT: Watford Legends Tommy Mooney lifts the Dave Bewley Memorial Cup