I've taken Meridian as far as I could with no budget, says ex-manager Richard Dimmock

Wednesday 14th December 2016

RICHARD DIMMOCK says he has taken Meridian VP as far as he could after quitting the Charlton based club.

Meridian VP travel to second-placed Glebe on Saturday sitting in the bottom five in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division table with a league playing record of six wins and 14 defeats.

“To be honest myself and Mike Jones had taken the club as far as we could with no budget,” said Dimmock.

“We had far too many injuries and we had a good chat together and we want to go up a level for a new challenge.

“I was appointed three years ago and the club had finished in the bottom two three years’ in a row before I was appointed as manager.  It’s a great club.”

The club have today announced that James Brown has been appointed manager and the former Phoenix Sports coach will be assisted by Joe Diggins, while chairman/secretary Dwinder Tamna retains his place on the management team.

Glebe host Meridian just a point adrift of leaders Rusthall, but the Chislehurst based club do have three games in hand.

“Dimmo’s gone from Meridian, so they’re going to be up for it on Saturday with a new gaffer in charge Saturday,” said Glebe manager Adam Woodward.

“Then we’ve got the Holmesdale game, which is going to be a tough, tough game. We was very, very lucky to get away with a point when we played them at home and that is going to be a nice game on the 27th.”

Reflecting on the club’s FA Vase exit at the hands of Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division side Croydon, Woodward said he was disappointed not to be facing Team Solent away in the last 32 on 7 January 2017 after losing 3-2 at The Arena on 3 December.

“We had a good run in The Vase, we’ve got to play catch up in the league and win as many games of football as we can,” said Woodward.

“Croydon have got some good players down there.  I know you put in they’ve got no money but they’ve put a couple of players on contact so they must have some money!

“They had a big forward (Jeff Duah-Kessi), he tore us a part for about 10 minutes. We conceded two goals but we were 1-0 up against them and they had three shots and scored three goals.

“But it was fun while it lasted and our main focus is the league. That was a bit of a distraction. Our main focus is the games of football in the league.”

Glebe  v  Meridian VP
Southern Counties East Football League First Division
Saturday 17th December 2016
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Foxbury Avenue, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6SD