Loakes’ team mates a chip off the old block

Vet­eran Town player joined by sons and nephew in team

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

He added:

“The

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

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