Abayomi happy Williams is set to soar with Eagles but calls for league focus
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Mile End Stadium boss admits his players need to concentrate on the division despite Randell Williams move to Crystal Palace
Tower Hamlets manager Ade Abayomi is delighted one of his youngsters has earned recognition of late, but admits his side need to remain focused on their Essex Senior League campaign.
Talented winger Randell Williams has been making the news recently after going on trial with Premier League outfit Crystal Palace and is set to sign for the Eagles after impressing over the past week.
But while Williams is getting ready for Palace, his soon-to-be former team-mates are looking ahead to hosting Greenhouse at Mile End Stadium on Monday.
Abayomi said: “This Saturday we were supposed to be playing Hullbridge Sports, but they are in the FA Vase this weekend. We have Greenhouse next on Monday and it’s a very important game for us.
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“Every fixture is important at home because we are in the lower leagues so most of the players are working or at university.
“We need to work with what we have got at times for midweek games. You can’t always have your best team available and it is not easy, but it is the same for every club at this level and we have to do our best against Greenhouse.”
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Hamlets’ form had been good of late before they came up against London Bari on Saturday.
Abayomi’s men had beaten Clapton and Enfield at home and went into the clash at the Old Spotted Dog in confident mood.
But Bari took the lead early on and didn’t look back, adding a second goal after the break to seal the points.
Conditions weren’t great for a passing game and Abayomi added: “It was disappointing for our run to come to an end on Saturday. We had lots going on with Randell Williams and one or two players missing, so maybe the result could be down to that.
“But having said that, we didn’t deserve to win the game and we didn’t deserve to take anything from it either.
“We went behind and the pitch wasn’t good for our football, but it is the same for both teams so I can’t use that as an excuse.”
Hamlets are preparing to say goodbye to Williams after Palace boss Alan Pardew praised the youngster last week.
Although the Eagles manager didn’t name him, Abayomi confirmed Williams will be joining the Premier League side.
“He’s done very well, so we’ll see how he goes,” said Pardew.
“He’s a left winger, but I’m not going to tell you his name, in case that gets passed to somebody else.”
O’Neal Rowe and Omar Rowe left Hamlets after impressing at the start of the campaign and with Williams set to be the next to move on to a club at a higher level, it leaves Abayomi with another place to fill.
He added: “What people forget is we have lost a lot of our players already this season. Randell is about to go to Crystal Palace. He’s a good footballer so I’m delighted, but we need to replace him.
“When they do move on, we have to bring in more youngsters, so it is tough for those guys and the rest of the team at the moment.”