April 24, 2018, 8:12 p.m.
The 2016/17 season was not, in terms of results for the first team (leading to relegation), or the withdrawal of the Reserves and the Veterans, what the Club would have hoped for – this much is obvious. The club as a whole, remained positive, with good personnel in place at both team management and committee levels, and the difficulties faced by Hempnall FC are typical of those faced by many grassroots clubs.
We, as a club, were happy to provide football for a great, affable set of players in both First team and Sunday team, (the latter brought to the club by Nick Talbot for the start of the 2016-17 season).
Recruitment was vast during the summer adding both quality and depth throughout the club. The first few months of the season had passed and it soon became apparent we would need to deal with the same struggles facing Grassroots game. Both the Reserves and the Veterans, despite Matt and Bruce’s best efforts, began to struggle for players due to injuries and other commitments. Both teams had a core of players who were available each week, but this was increasingly becoming an uphill battle to raise a side.
At this point, it was unanimously agreed by the Club, the Managers and the Players, that the sides could not continue to operate under these circumstances and were withdrawn due to a lack of players. This was a disappointing time for all involved and we will continue to explore options to re-introduce both teams into the club.
Matt and Bruce have served the Club admirably, and we would like thank them both for their effort and hard work throughout a difficult time.
The First teams season was full up of ups and downs and whilst decisions and results didn’t always go our way, the team fought to the end. It would be fair to say that a lack of consistency, especially against the teams around us, added to by injuries of key players, sealed our fate. Division 2 has had some real quality this season and lacking the required clinical edge in front of goal and not taking chances when the opportunities arise, has cost us.
The Sunday side has been very committed throughout with some solid performances securing them a mid-table finish in Division 3A. With a good balance of youth and experience, the club has no doubts they will continue to grow and develop into a very successful Sunday side. Well done on a good season to Nick Talbot and his team.
Looking on to next season and we very pleased to say we have secured the services of two experienced and well-known local managers to jointly run the first team next season, we are very optimistic that the tide will turn. Welcome to Aaron Bunn, and Jason Trett.
Greg has been exceptionally helpful to both our Chairman, and Secretary, in securing the Managers, and was determined that despite the relegation, he would do his best to ensure a good and stable future for the Club. We are genuinely indebted to him for everything he has done during his spell with the Club.
So, it’s onwards and upwards. Already, preparations for next season are underway, pre-season training arranged, as are several pre-season games. Full details will be added to the website.
As a club management committee, we know that Hempnall FC will continue to operate successfully as a Club and look forward to welcoming your support in the 2017/18 season.