If we can give the supporters and ourselves more good days than bad days that will give us a good platform to move the club on, hopefully, says Welling United assistant Hugo Langton
WELLING UNITED assistant manager Hugo Langton says he wants to give their fans more good days than bad this coming season.
The Wings endured a challenging season last time out as they finished in sixteenth-place in the Vanarama National League South under a handful of managers and now that Jamie Coyle, Jack Parkinson and Langton have been installed things are looking up.
The Wings open their new campaign with a trip to Truro City on Saturday 5 August 2017.
“We’re delighted, great trip, great start for us, get us on the road,” said Langton.
“A lot of people have said to me ‘you’d get that one out of the way.’
“It’s not about getting that one out of the way. I’ve been to Truro when it’s windy and stuff like that. It’s a long way we would rather go there at the beginning of the season when it’s a big nicer and we’re pleased with it.
“I don’t think you can complain who you get on the first day of the season. We’re pleased with it. Now we know what we’re building towards, we’ll look forward to it. Nearer the time I’m sure we’ll look forward to the long journey down.”
Langton’s hopes are higher this season after a disappointing campaign last time out.
“First and foremost we want to make sure the club improves on last year, that’s the most important thing,” said the former Bromley and Eastbourne Borough coach.
“We don’t want to be looking over our shoulders at the trap door.
“Someone asked me the other day about Bromley and things like that. When I went to Bromley with Mark Goldberg we finished third and then we won it and if we can come close to emulating anything close to that over the next few years we’ll be really, really happy.
“I think the important thing at the moment is to build some stability to the club on and off the pitch. Mark’s working really hard off the pitch and we’ll work really hard on it.
“It will be nice to make the Welling fans happy at times and give them something to smile about. I’ve said a few times now they’ve had a rough few years with not a lot to shout about. They won this league a few years ago with Daisy (Jamie Day), Frosty (Dean Frost) and Barry Ashby and they did brilliant to stay up but it was always going to be tough for them and last year was difficult when you come down and they’ve had a few managers here.
“The important thing is stability. We’re pleased with our recruitment. If we can give the supporters and ourselves more good days than bad days that will give us a good platform to move the club on, hopefully.”
Welling United began their pre-season campaign by sending trialist sides to Welling Town (2-0) and Bedfont Sports (5-2) and they travel to Bostik South Phoenix Sports on Tuesday night, before League One neighbours Charlton Athletic visit Park View Road next Saturday, 15 July (15:00).
“Looking forward to going to Phoenix, they’re a nice club, a nice pitch. I know Boylie (Steve O’Boyle) very well, known each other for a long time and it will be a good occasion, as will the Charlton game.
“It’s an annual fixture between the two club’s, so hopefully we’ll have a nice big crowd there and try to give Charlton a good game.”
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