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Hawkinge Town FC - Reflections of a successful but 'frustrating' season

Contributed by editor on May 13, 2017 - 04:55 PM

 

By Grant Wilbur

After another challenging season Hawkinge Town are now taking stock after losing their last game of the season away to New Romney in Kent County League Division One Central & East.  

 

 

The defeat handed the title to their local rivals.

However, Hawkinge chairman Rob Lawford was upbeat: “I know that result put everyone on a little downer but I want to say a big well done to Danny, Damian and the squad in what was another excellent season for the club! This season has seen the club build on the strong foundations that former manager Jake Taylor worked so hard to lay in the past three seasons.

“Under Danny’s leadership this year we have won the clubs first ever cup (Weald of Kent Senior Charity Cup) and finished a very close second to a well - established club in New Romney. Bearing in mind this is just our fourth season, I think we can all reflect of a job very well done!”


Danny Regan with the trophy

Every season Hawkinge have managed to make a progression on the previous season.

Last season saw Hawkinge lose only five matches in the league. Two of those defeats were against New Romney. They lost an early season fixture they were expected to win at home against K Sports Reserves and defeats at East Kent College and then at lowly Deal Community Sports cost the club dearly.

In addition to this two draws at home against Rolvenden and away at Sutton Athletic Reserves were significant.

Manager Danny Regan was left frustrated: “Annoying results against teams like Deal Community Sports away & K Sports Reserves at home earlier in the season came back to bite us big time! I am pleased we gave the club a cup but we, (myself and Damo my assistant manager) really wanted that league title!”

Assistant Manager Damien Abel was in agreeance: “I totally agree however, I am absolutely gutted. Unfortunately lack of discipline along with some lack of commitment from certain players cost us overall. We didn't lose the league title at New Romney we lost it in a small selection of games where we were left short of players or where player indiscipline was evident.”

One of the difficulties of last season was fielding a regular squad of players. A total of thirty seven different players pulled on the blue and yellow shirt.

This is not unusual at this level of football as the players, who are not paid, have to balance their commitments to family and work with their passion to play football. Injuries also play a significant part.

Hawkinge formed in 2013 and under the guidance of former manager Jake Taylor have risen from Kent County League Division Three East which they won losing only one game. The following season they were promoted from Division Two East and finished in a respectable fourth place in Division One. The challenge for Danny Regan was to continue the progress made on the field.

Former manager Jake Taylor emphasised the clubs progress: “I'd like to echo what Rob Lawford says in that it has been a brilliant season for the club. I know how frustrating it is to go so close to winning the league. Finishing as Runners-up is a credit to Danny and Damo."

The club not only drew attention on the field but also off the field with the Hawkinge Town FC calendar which generated national interest. The calendar a spoof of the famous Dieux du Stade rugby player calendar featured photographs of the players in tasteful naked poses.

The club in conjunction with Hawkinge Youth Football Club are looking to improve the already excellent facilities at the Hawkinge Community Football Sports Trust Ground. So exciting times are ahead both on and off the field.

As the club reflect on a successful season they eagerly look to next season with a positive view.

Hawkinge Town FC is always looking for volunteers to take up various roles particularly on match days. If you would like to get involved then contact Rob Lawford 07734911362.


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