First Management Role For Former Claret Glen Little
Wingate & Finchley manager Glen Little has two reasons to celebrate this week after his side dumped Chippenham Town out of the FA Trophy and were finally handed a home draw in the next round. Glen Little joked, “We have spent hours on the motorway in this competition already. The round before last we were drawn against Tiverton and trekked for five hours down to Devon and then did the three-hour trip to Chippenham last week so being at home will certainly be a refreshing change.”
Little’s side endured a nerve wracking final fifteen minutes to hold onto a 3-2 victory over Chippenham in Tuesday night’s replay, which has now set up a tie against Dulwich Hamlet in the next round.
The former Burnley midfielder added, “We put in a battling draw at their place on Saturday and I knew that if we played to our potential then we could get a result at home. Those final few minutes were rather tense because Chippenham Town were throwing absolutely everything they had at us and we were camped inside our own box. Our keeper made an absolutely brilliant save at the death and it was a joy to hear the final whistle.
We have now set ourselves up with a game against another National League South side and there is no reason why we can’t go out and create another upset. Dulwich are a team which I know well and I have some great memories of playing against them so I am sure it will be a good game.”
The Wingate boss, who originally arrived at The Maurice Rebak Stadium as Nicky Shorey’s assistant in October, but has taken over managerial duties last month following the latter’s departure and Little is the first to admit that his time at the club has not quite gone to plan
Little, never really had any intention of going into management despite doing a bit of coaching alongside Jody Brown at Welling and Heybridge. But having spoken with the chairman the club took a chance and installed Little as manager. Under Little’s leadership Wingate have lost three leagues games and won once, which has left them perilously close to the Bostik Premier drop zone.
Little added, “With the victory on Tuesday night and the increasing size of the squad it definitely feels as though things are beginning to come together. It would be great to have a good run in the cup but we can’t get ahead of ourselves and I certainly won’t be getting my suit measured for Wembley anytime soon. Anyway the league has to be our priority and hopefully we can use our great performances over the past week as a springboard to launch ourselves back up the table.”