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ben sadler hellenic footballManagement Team Confirmed At Wantage - 19 June

Wantage are delighted that last seasons’ management team of Ben Sadler and Paul Braithwaite have committed to the club for the coming season.

Sadler (right) took the reins in December 2016 and although he was unable to secure the club’s Southern League status that season he did steer the Alfredians to a fourth-place finish in the Hellenic Premier last term, as well as securing the Reading Senior Cup.

Assistant Braithwaite, who joined midway through last season to replace the departing Joe Wood, has previously management experience at Fairford Town and Royal Wootton Bassett Town.

Preparations are already underway for the new season with training commencing on Thursday, 21st June. Wantage will begin their pre-season games at Western League Chipping Sodbury on July 7th and have fixtures lined up against Southern League sides North Leigh, Kidlington, and Thame.

 

New Wantage Town Development Team - 31 May

Wantage Town will be re-establishing a Development team at the club for the 2018-2019 season after not having had one for the last year. And the club are able to reveal that three experienced former players will be at the helm.

tom austin hellenic footballTom Austin (pictured) and Matthew Biddle will take on joint management of the side, while Roy Clark will assist with coaching and mentoring. As well as playing for Wantage 31 year old Austin has Southern League experience with Abingdon United, and has represented Kidlington, Witney and Milton at Hellenic level. He has the FA Level 2 coaching badge, and is co-owner of Serious4Sport.

Biddle, 29, also has a Southern League pedigree with Abingdon, and Market Drayton, but his playing career was unfortunately cut short due to a triple ACL injury. He has coaching experience in America, and assisted at Milton United two years ago.

Clark is a former Oxford United professional and as well as Wantage has represented Hungerford, Aylesbury and Witney and is keen to use his vast experience to help guide the young management team in the right direction.

The trio are excited to have been given the opportunity to take up the reigns at Wantage and are looking forward to pushing as many young players up to the first team as possible.

Club secretary Mike Skinner said "After the disappointment of losing our development side just a couple of weeks before the start of last season we have chosen the new management team carefully. All three are local, and have a good knowledge of the local football scene, which we believe is key in giving local players a pathway to first team football.”

Any potential players can contact Tom at tomserious4sport@gmail.com or on 07826 855723

 

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