9:00am Friday 7th March 2014
By Stuart Amos
Manager Tony Reid has revealed securing two wins from his first two games in charge at Walton & Hersham came more by luck than judgement.
The former Surrey Senior Cup winning Kingstonian striker took over the reins at Stompond Lane last week in the wake of James Cameron’s resignation.
His arrival had an immediate impact as the Swans first beat his former club and Ryman Division One South strugglers Eastbourne Town
3-1 on Saturday and followed that up with a 2-0 win at Hythe Town on Tuesday night.
The weekend success featured a hat-trick from Swans reserve team assistant manager Nehemiah Adams, while goals from Tom Nudge and Matt Reece got the win in midweek.
It was Adams’ exploits that sparked Walton into life after a miserable run of form that saw them collect one point from their previous 11 games, prior to the new manager’s arrival.
And Reid admitted his debut had left him drooling.
“I saw him in training and the reserve team manager told me he’d come down as his assistant, so I thought we’d just give him a go,” he said.
“There were a load of trialists we were looking at during my first training session on Thursday and there was something about him that I quite liked. He seemed a good player and could score goals.
“It was a massive gamble that paid off and wow, did it pay off.
“If a professional player had scored one of the goals he did at the weekend, the pundits would be talking about it for years.
“He is a good example for the rest of the players that you can come from absolutely nowhere and make an impact.”
Reid, who featured as a player at Stompond Lane last season, was interviewed for the Swans job in the summer, but concerns over his work commitments saw him overlooked in favour of Steve Baker.
And with his new team still fighting for Ryman Division One South survival, the journeyman striker is confident a back to basics approach can guarantee their safety.
“I’ve always been a character in the dressing room at every club I’ve played for. I’m a bit from the old school and a bit from the new school,” he added.
“Because I’m fresh out of the game I think I understand what this league is about and what you need to win games.
“The key thing is motivation and making my players believe they are the best thing since sliced bread, even though the table might not reflect that.
“Confidence was clearly down. That can be like a cancer in a team. You have to find a cure for it.
“The boys have got their buzz back now, but there is still work to do.
“We need to strengthen the squad and I will be looking to do that, but we have the basic tools to do the job.
“It is a case of not worrying about the teams around us, getting the points on the board and getting up the table. It is as simple as that.”
Swans host Hastings United on Saturday.
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