Goal scoring legend Danny Williams take sover at Greenway Lane.
PUBLISHED: 14:52 28 June 2011
Copyright: I Hitchcock
BUDLEIGH Salterton have moved quickly to replace former boss Alex Freer by appointing Greenway Lane goal scoring ace Danny Williams as their new boss, writes Steve Birley.
Freer left the club at the end of last week after deciding that it would be better for all concerned if he made the move now to give the club plenty of time to appoint a successor before the forthcoming start of pre-season training.
Freer, who made the step up from Robins Reserves boss to take charge of the 1st team at Greenway Lane, and made a real success of it, was thought to be disillusioned with the clubs decision not to take promotion after finishing as runners-up last season to Liverton United in the South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division.
The Robins moved swiftly to fill the void and have gone for a pairing who have the Robins way of doing things firmly etched into their own make-ups.
Williams will be assisted by Anthony Osbourne who played in the same Budleigh Youth team as the new boss.
Williams and Osborne look like facing a battle to hold onto their players as a number of them are being made offers from teams with larger budgets than the Robins have.
Already goal keeper Chris Wright, defender Sam Woodin and talented central midfielder James Turner have moved on, the trio making the short trip to Exmouth Town, but don’t bet against Williams being able to bring in similar quality.
It’s a badly kept secret that clubs up and down the football pyramid have budgets of all shapes and sizes.
Most clubs will never let on precisely how much they pay their players and nor should they, but money is the major issue in the break-up of good old-fashioned values like playing for the shirt of the club you love!
It’s difficult not to feel very sorry for all concerned at Greenway Lane. The Robins are a very well-run football club and are adamant that they are not prepared to flirt with the very existence of the club’s future for the sake of throwing money at a one season project.
If Williams and Osborne can keep, certainly the developing group of younger players they had last season, then there’s no reason why the Robins can’t enjoy another successful campaign.
One thing’s for sure, with someone as deadly in front of goal as Danny Williams in charge of team affairs, supporters can expect free-flowing and attractive football at Greenway Lane this coming season – with plenty of goals!
Budleigh begin a new season of South West Peninsula League football on Saturday August 20 at Teignmouth Town and play their first game at Greenway Lane the following weekend (Saturday, August 20) when the opposition will be another side with a new management team in place, Ottery St Mary.
●Meanwhile, the Robin’s are set to report back for pre-season training next week.
The first session of a busy pre-season schedule is being held at Greenway Lane on Thursday, July 7 with a 7pm start.
There will be twice weekly sessions at the Robins’ headquarters thereafter until the start of the season proper in August.
With two teams running again next season, there’s sure to be healthy numbers at the sessions.
The first team, who will now be under the stewardship of Danny Williams and Anthony Osborne, have lined up a number of pre-season friendly matches, the first being a July 16 home game with neighbouring Exmouth Amateurs (3pm).
They then entertain Seaton Town on July 23 (2pm), host Ivybridge Town on July 30 (3pm) and go to Heavitree United on August 6 (3pm), before rounding off their schedule with an August 13 home meeting with Vospers Oak Villa (3pm).
The Robins reserves, under new boss John Pannell, begin with a July 23 (4pm) home game with Seaton Town and there are to be other Reserve team games to be announced as the warm-up period continues.
New players are always made very welcome at Greenway Lane and anybody interested in attending the pre-season sessions can simply turn-up at them or indeed call John Pannell (07779021676).
●The Robins are also very keen to say a great big thank you to departed boss Alex Freer who has done so much for the club in his time with them.
Nick Pannell says: “The club would like to express their thanks to the outgoing management team of Alex Freer and Pete White for all their hard work over the past few seasons”