Willington not getting carried away despite good start

Willington FC may be flying high at the top of table but they are not getting carried away as they try to gain promotion to the Northern League.

They have yet to lose a game in the Wearside League this campaign and have only dropped two points all season.

But manager Robert Lee knows that it is too early to be predicting his team, who finished fifth last season, will be going up this term.

He said: “I’ve never been a bragger, because once you start bragging things start to go wrong and football is a funny game.

“It’s a long season and you never know what’s going to happen with injuries and players being missing.

“We had a bad patch last season when we had people missing through injuries and we dropped points.”

And Robert has already gone some way to accomplishing one of his goals which was to get people back watching the club.

“When I became manager my ambition was to bring people back to Willington. When we started we were getting five men and his dog and now we are averaging around 100.”

And he hopes that the progress can continue and the club can get back to the Northern League, in particular for Chairman Bob Nichols.

“The Chairman’s been here a long time and has put a lot into the club and he’d love us to get back in the Northern League,” he added.

“And I’d really like to get up for him and so would the lads.”

Robert was Under-18s manager for more than 15 years and a lot of the players in the current senior squad have come through the ranks at the club.

And he thinks the players knowing each other so well has been key to their early success this season.

A good understanding of each other has obviously developed at the back with the team only conceding eight goals in 13 games, the fewest in the league.

“The back four has been the strength in early games. We went down to ten men on Saturday so it was a really hard fought point,” he said.

Willington’s point on Saturday came away at Jarrow and they face a further away test against Seaton Carew this weekend.

Robert said: “I’m a bit concerned about Saturday’s game against Seaton Carew because we’re going to have four players missing.

“Our goalkeeper and three of our main defenders will be missing so we might have to bring some lads through from the under-18s.”

Willington are at home to Easington Colliery on Wednesday, kick off is at 7.30pm.



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