Hamlets won’t ditch style despite defeats

Tower Hamlets manager Ade Abayomi (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Tower Hamlets manager Ade Abayomi (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo). - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Talented youngsters at the Mile End Stadium are on a poor run of form at the moment

The Tower Hamlets goal comes under pressure against Stansted (pic: Tim Edwards)

The Tower Hamlets goal comes under pressure against Stansted (pic: Tim Edwards) - Credit: Archant

Tower Hamlets boss Ade Abayomi will not be changing his playing style despite their recent run of defeats in the Essex Senior League.

After conceding twice late on against Waltham Forest on Monday, the Mile End Stadium outfit are without a victory since December 14.

Tower Hamlets keeper Joe Biscoe denies a Stansted rival (pic: Tim Edwards)

Tower Hamlets keeper Joe Biscoe denies a Stansted rival (pic: Tim Edwards) - Credit: Archant

They have lost their last four matches and only scored once during that time.

Missed chances has been key to that run, but Abayomi says he will not be ditching their philosophy of promoting young players and passing the ball.

Action from the Essex Senior League clash between Tower Hamlets and Stansted at Mile End (pic: Tim E

Action from the Essex Senior League clash between Tower Hamlets and Stansted at Mile End (pic: Tim Edwards) - Credit: Archant


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He said: “Win or lose, we stick to our style. If we are losing games and not creating chances, I will say to myself maybe we have to change something. But we are creating plenty of opportunities at the moment and just not taking them.

“For a young side trying to come up, we have to stick to our playing style, but at the same time we don’t want to get sucked into a relegation battle, so it’s catch-22.

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“We had games in hand recently and I hoped if we could win them we would move away from trouble, but we haven’t.”

Hamlets are currently 14th with 25 points from their 24 games and Newham sit at the bottom of the table with just 15 points.

It appears Abayomi’s men are still in a good position when it comes to trying to stay away from last position in the division.

But with a trip to 17th-placed Southend Manor coming up this weekend, now would be a good time for their forwards to start rediscovering their shooting boots.

Hamlets entertain Hullbridge Sports at Mile End on Monday (January 26), which is another clash where they will hope to get more points.

Abayomi added: “Southend are close to us in the table and we lost to them when they came to our ground earlier in the season.

“I’m looking forward to hopefully beating them if we can keep our concentration and take our chances. If we do that it will be a really good day for us.

“The main thing at the moment is we are creating a lot of chances, but not taking them and that is so frustrating for me.”

Hamlets lost their focus against both Stansted and Waltham Forest this past week.

On Saturday they hosted the Airportmen and once again created a host of opportunities, but conceded in the 81st minute to lose 1-0.

When Forest visited two days later, things were going to plan when O’Neal Rowe put them ahead just before the half-hour mark.

But the visitors equalised on the stroke of half time and scored twice in the final 10 minutes to seal a 3-1 victory.

“I don’t mind conceding goals if we are trying to win, like when it is a sucker punch,” said Abayomi.

“But our reaction to going 2-1 down to Waltham Forest and going behind to Stansted wasn’t good.

“We need to work more on that and I will be talking to the players so they know if we concede a goal, we keep going until the end.”

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