Mad­den rel­ish­ing new Town chal­lenge

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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.

Photo by Alan Palmer

EX-GREAT: Wat­ford Leg­ends Tommy Mooney lifts the Dave Bew­ley Memo­rial Cup

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