0 v 2
Thursday 31st July 2014
The 1st team played their final pre-season friendly before Saturday's Herts Charity Cup tie away at Welwyn Garden City. We travelled to Codicote FC, of the South Midlands League Division One, and came away 2-0 winners. We took a 1-0 lead into half time after triallist Idriz Adedoja scored from the penalty spot after being fouled in the box. A whole new team came out for the second half, to give the management team another chance to look at all players, and an excellent long range strike from another triallist, Ali Yaslem, made the final score 2-0 in another good workout.
Saturday 26th July 2014
Pre-season continued with two games - one making the trip to Langford from Division One of the Spartan South Midlands League, and a 2nd XI travelling to Pancake Lane to face Leverstock Green reserves. Both squads included a mix of first team players, triallists and younger players who have joined following the recent appointment of Sav Fusco as reserve team manager - all of which impressed. Both games followed a similar pattern with us taking a 2-0 lead at half time, and both final scores finished 2-0. The goals against Langford were scored by Kieran Smith and Tommy Hunn. Both goals against Leverstock Green were scored by Dave Pigden.
Reserve Team Management
We are pleased to announce Saverio Fusco as the new Reserve team manager. Sav is a Level 3 (UEFA B) qualified Football Coach who spent the end of last season with Hoddesdon Town FC and has previously been 1st Team Head Coach at Kentish Town FC. He currently also works for Brentford FC Development Centre as a Youth Coach/Scout and is also manager of Enfield Town FC Under 18's.
Sav will be supported by Chrys Michaelides (Level 3 UEFA B Qualified Football Coach), Marcus Archer (Level 3 Personal Trainer) and John Theodoulou (Level 2 and Youth Award 1 Coach).
We welcome Sav and the rest of the new management team to the club and look forward to the new season.
Tuesday 22nd July 2014
The first team continued their pre-season schedule with a trip to Bushey Sports Club who play in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division. After going 1-0 down to a wonder strike from about 40 yards out, Dave Pigden equalised from close range early on in the second half after some good work down the right wing from Ben Luck. Neither side managed to break the deadlock after that and the game finished 1-1 in another good workout for the team.
Saturday 19th July 2014
The first team kicked off their 2014-15 pre-season campaign with the short trip to near neighbours London Lions. After going 1-0 down, we came back to win 5-2 thanks to goals from Ivan Machedo (2), Nick Chrysanthou (2) and Josh Noyes in a good team performance that included a mix of last year's squad and also some new faces. Our next game is on Tuesday evening, 6.45pm kick off against Bushey Sports Club.
New 1st team management appointed
We are pleased to announce a new first team management of Micky Hazard, Franco Sidoli, Lewis Dommett and Hector Varela. As a player, Micky was a member of the Tottenham team that won the 1982 FA Cup and UEFA Cup in 1984. He also went on to play for Chelsea, Portsmouth, Swindon Town and then Tottenham for a second spell. Since the end of his playing career, Hazard was Youth Academy Coach at Crystal Palace and has more recently been involved on the management team of Sevenoaks Town and Hoddesdon Town. Micky will be supported by Franco Sidoli, Lewis Dommett and Hector Varela who are all well-known to the club as, along with Alexis Nicolas (Alexis will also be returning to the club as a player), they formed our 1st team management team during a successful 2012-13 season in which we reached the final of the Premier Division Cup and built up a good reputation within the league for playing attractive football. The club believe this is an important step in the restructuring of the club team management. We hope to retain all of last season's playing squad and also welcome the addition of some new players to strengthen it. Further details about plans for pre-season will follow.
Chairman, Hadley FC