Takeley interim boss Alex Martin sets target for rest of season

Alex Martin in action for Takeley. Picture by Jamie Pluck

Alex Martin in action for Takeley. Picture by Jamie Pluck - Credit: Archant

Takeley interim boss Alex Martin is keen to take the job full-time and set his players a target of securing 22 Essex Senior League points from the 16 games left of the season when he was handed the reins.

With two games under his belt at the helm, and two points from two draws, the former Bishop’s Stortford player is pleased with the start.

Martin told the Broadcast: “The first thing we needed to do was shore up the defence and stop letting in goals.

“I’m not expecting miracles, we drew [0-0] with Sawbridgeworth who had beaten us 3-0 earlier in the season and drew [1-1] with Greenhouse Sports who we previously lost to 3-1.

“We really should have won on Saturday [against Sports], but they equalised in the last minute.

“The players came off feeling like that draw was a loss.”

Takeley substitute Scott Smith had given his side a 71st minute lead, however, Vasileios Panos’ 89th minute effort ensured the points were shared.

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“If we can get a decent run together, with a few wins, that would be good for the club,” said Martin.

“I took over with 16 games to go and ideally I’d like 22 points, that’s reachable with the players we have brought in.”

The player-boss is new to being in charge and is taking things slowly.

“I coach, but management is new to me,” he said.

“It’s been stressful, but I have enjoyed it and had great support from the players and everyone at the club.

“I have lived in Takeley for eight years, played for the club for eight years and spend most of my time here and have a love for the club.

“I’d take the job if I was offered it, but equally would support someone else if the club decided to bring someone else in.

“I’m just taking each game as it comes and seeing how things go.”

There’s a derby test for Takeley on Saturday as they visit Stansted.