New Harpenden boss Martin Standen targets top five

PUBLISHED: 06:21 21 May 2019 | UPDATED: 08:20 21 May 2019

Martin Standen played for Welwyn Garden City against London Colney in 2016. Picture: MARK LONG

Martin Standen played for Welwyn Garden City against London Colney in 2016. Picture: MARK LONG

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Martin Standen is the man chosen by Harpenden Town to lead the club into the new season.

Martin Standen played for Welwyn Garden City in 2016. Picture: MARK LONGMartin Standen played for Welwyn Garden City in 2016. Picture: MARK LONG

He takes over from Danny Plumb who stepped down after five years in the role and while it is relatively early in his managerial career, the experienced former midfielder believes he is more than capable of flourishing in the role.

The former Cambridge City and Royston Town man also had spells at Hatfield Town, Welwyn Garden City and Colney Heath among others but in his first job at the helm he steered Bovingdon to the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two title.

Martin Standen in action for Colney Heath back in 2013. Picture: DANNY LOOMartin Standen in action for Colney Heath back in 2013. Picture: DANNY LOO

"I've really enjoyed it," he said. "Management seems to suit me.

"The Harpenden job looks a good role for me. It seems like a really good club but I wouldn't take on a job or unless it's something I can achieve."

Martin Standen scores for Nicolas Breakspears Old Boys in 2015 against AFC Rangers. Picture: BRIAN HUBBALLMartin Standen scores for Nicolas Breakspears Old Boys in 2015 against AFC Rangers. Picture: BRIAN HUBBALL

Bovingdon's record showed 22 wins and two draws from their 26 league games last season and they finished four points clear of the nearest rivals.

That effort over the year should have gained them promotion to Division One as well but Bovingdon fell foul of ground grading rules.

Martin Standen in action for Colney Heath back in 2013. Picture: DANNY LOOMartin Standen in action for Colney Heath back in 2013. Picture: DANNY LOO

Standen admitted he will bring some players with him and is in no doubt about what he can achieve with Harps.

"I want the top five at least", he said with confidence. "With the players I'll have that's a definite possibility.

"People thought I woouldn't last the season at Bovingdon but I stuck it out and won the league.

"I have a winning mentality and that's what will help me at Harpenden."

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