Mitchell excited to take on chairman role at Halstead

STOOD DOWN: Former Halstead Town chairman and assistant manager Jimmy Holder has left the club due to health reasons
STOOD DOWN: Former Halstead Town chairman and assistant manager Jimmy Holder has left the club due to health reasons

Darren Mitchell is hoping to continue the momentum at Halstead Town after being

announced as the club’s new interim chairman.

After long-standing chairman Jimmy Holder stepped down from the role on health grounds last month, the vacancy became available at Rosemary Lane for the first time in 11 years.

Mitchell, who has taken on the position on an interim basis, was quick to praise the work of the former Tottenham Hotspur and Heybridge Swifts player down at the Essex club.

“I would like to extend my best wishes to Jim and his family,” Mitchell said in a statement on the club’s website. “Having worked with Jim for a number of years I can, as can many others, attest to his levels of commitment, effort and professionalism at all times.”

The Humbugs have made a promising start to the season on the pitch and are one of the early frontrunners to compete for promotion in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division.

Mitchell’s plans as chairman are to help continue the club’s success on the pitch, as well as off it, and he has outlined his vision for the future.

“I think it is important that we maintain the momentum that we have created recently on and off the pitch,” he said.

“Not only in the short term, but also looking to build on this for the medium and formulate longer terms plans for the future of the club.

“We need to ensure the club remains at the heart of the community for generations to come.

“We have a good foundation from which to build with over 200 youth team players across all age groups. We also have a midweek under-18s team as well as reserves, first team, vets team and the recent addition of walking football.

“There have and will be setbacks along the way, but what is undeniable is the spirit that runs through the whole club.

“That gives me the confidence that we will achieve and surpass all of our ambitions.

n Halstead Town dropped out of the top three after a 4-1 defeat away at Leiston Reserves on Saturday.

Leiston were out of the traps the quickest and forced a number of corners, but it was Halstead who felt aggrieved when Cameron Storie’s header was adjudged not to have crossed the line.

Salt was rubbed into the wound minutes later when former Humbug Kevin Inglis gave Leiston a 1-0 lead.

Halstead pressed for an equaliser but were unable to create any real clear-cut opportunities.

With 10 minutes to go a defensive mix-up in the Halstead defence allowed the hosts to double their lead, and with it effectively kill the game off.

It opened the floodgates as Leiston added two more to go 4-0 up, before Storie grabbed a consolation for the visitors.

n A Halstead Veterans team will take on Colchester United’s double-winning team from 1991-92 at Rosemary Lane on Sunday (1pm), for a charity match in aid of Shaun Bailey, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year.