Date: Thu 09 Aug 2018

By David Simpson

Citizens ready for Step 4 Football

Build a platform to succeed

Adam Fisher - WGC

Adam Fisher - WGC

The Citizens will play in step four of the non-league pyramid for the first time in their history this term after winning the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division title.

But while he would take another triumphant year, any success should be part of a longer plan and uses AFC Dunstable as a prime example of what he means.

Fisher said: “If you ask me now would I say finishing third bottom but staying up was a successful season, I would probably say no.

“However, if we’re the second bottom with five games to go then yes, it would be.

“It’s about finding our feet at that level but I’ve spoken to other managers in that league and seen at what other sides [who have gone up] have done and for me a good example to follow would be AFC Dunstable.

“They went up and came 10th in their first year and that allowed them to build for the next season.

“Players weren’t put off from signing and the next step was reaching the playoffs which they did but unfortunately they didn’t go up.

“They’re a good example for us and not Kings Langley say who went straight up again.

“The playoffs are probably over our expectations but not impossible, but if we can finish around mid-table, then that would be a successful season, especially if we can add an FA Cup run.”

He also admits that the Southern League Division One Central is a step into the unknown for both his side and himself, as they attempt to get used to new faces, new grounds and a different style of football.

He said: “As a management team we’re not going into games like we did in the South Midlands League knowing what to expect.

“People I’ve spoken to say the northern and central leagues can be a little bit more physical at times compared to the Bostik.

“But they are not thugs, they are good footballers and that is something we need to be aware of.

“It may take six or seven competitive games to find the right mix but it’s a good opportunity to test ourselves.

“This is all new and we have to come to grips with that.”

Source Welwyn Times - Neil Metcalfe