Loakes’ team mates a chip off the old block
Veteran Town player joined by sons and nephew in team
MARTIN Loakes admitted it was a special day on Saturday when both his sons and a nephew turned out alongside him for Amersham Town.
Jack, 18, and Harry, 16, pulled on the black and white stripes along with their old man, while nephew Ashley Smith donned gloves between the sticks.
To make it even more of a day for celebrations, goals from Dean Aldred and Keiran Knight earned Amersham their first Spartan South Midlands League Division Two win of the season.
Loakes said: “It was a good day, if a bit unexpected. I came back to the club as a coach first and foremost, but signed on as a player for when we are short, which we were on Saturday.
“I’ve played alongside Jack for our Sunday League side, Belmont, and he and Ashley have played for Amersham all season, but it was the first time playing alongside Harry.”
Loakes, who has also played for Chesham United, Berkhamsted and Tring, returned to Spratleys Meadow this summer following a spell as assistant manager at Chesham United Reserves.
manager moved on at Chesham and I was wondering what to do when I got the call from Amersham.
“It’s a young side and a lot have come straight from youth to men’s football, which is a big step up.
“But putting trust in our youth is the way ahead and we will see the fruits of our labour over the next couple of years.
“Amersham had always had the infrastructure in place to be successful, but there’s been a lot of managers in recent years, which means a high turnover of players and having to rebuild every time, but the current manager (Vince Baiarda) has been told he’s got time.
“From being thrashed on the opening day to losing 3-2, drawing 2-2 and now winning, at least we are seeing signs of progression.”
Elsewhere, Chesham United Reserves were knocked off the top of Division One after losing 3-2 at home to Winslow United, despite goals from Chekin To and Callum Woodcock, while Holmer Green had no game.
Amersham host Tring Corinthians on Saturday, while Chesham welcome Brimsdown, and Holmer Green are at home to Wellingborough Town in the FA Vase.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Martin Loakes (left) in action for Amersham Town