Kingfishers train their eye on the future
MONMOUTH Town's game at Pontardawe was washed out last Saturday as a heavy downpour flooded the Swansea Valleys, leaving the club time to reflect on a season which has had some highs, and admittedly, some lows.
The Kingfishers have four home games left at Pen-y-Pound starting this Saturday against Aberdare and are still confident of a top six finish, which may improve, if they keep their recent form which has seen them chalk off three straight wins and three clean sheets.
They are in cup semi-final action against Tredegar Town on April 8 and still hope to land some silverware. Town Chairman Lee Robson confirmed that manager Andrew Smith would continue in the role for 2015/16.
Robson explained, "It was always going to be difficult following our title win in 13/14 and moving to a new ground. We had a pretty poor pre-season and a lot of disruption with fixtures but Smudger has kept his nerve and the team have done well in patches. Clearly we need to improve in some areas and Smudger is the man to lead us into the next phase of what we want to do."
The Kingfishers will soon be releasing dates for Academy Trials at age 12, 14, and 16, and are also planning to enter a development side at under 19 level who will compete against Welsh Premier teams.
Robson added, "It's still very difficult to run the academy without UEFA funding which other clubs get, but we're still here, just! There are a lot of issues that still need to be resolved but parents and the players have been very supportive, despite things not going quite as well as we'd like."
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