DACORUM’S top sides are busy preparing for 2012 as the football season nears its half-way point.
Hemel Town have had a difficult time so far this season, but the Tudors are hopeful that the new year will bring about a change of fortunes for the side.
After a rocky start to the campaign, manager Colin Payne left the club in September with the side sitting rock bottom of the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division.
Chairman Dave Boggins acted swiftly and installed former Southampton player Tommy Widdrington as manager – and the Tudors’ performance levels have seen a marked improvement.
Despite still languishing in the bottom four, there are signs that the Tudors could be able to drag themselves out of the relegation mire – and a win over Hitchin Town in their last game before Christmas came as a welcome early gift.
There is still much to do for Widdrington as he attempts to lead his Tudors away from danger, but there is hope that there will be reason to celebrate at Vauxhall Road come the end of the season.
Elsewhere, Dacorum’s MMSML Premier Division sides have all enjoyed topsy-turvy seasons so far but are still hopeful of achieving their pre-season targets.
Levy Green currently lead the trio in fourth place, after a blistering start to the year that saw them win their opening 10 games.
They then struggled for form before a five-match unbeaten run from the end of November put them right back in the mix.
Manager Steve Heath has always stated his aim to finish in the top six this season, and Levy look set to meet their target.
Tring Athletic, meanwhile, currently occupy seventh place, in Julian Robinson’s first season at the helm.
Robinson was forced into a reshuffle of the squad after a number of players left the club in the summer, but Tring have managed to rebuild well.
A run of three consecutive defeats is not what the side would have wanted going into Christmas, but Athletic will look to build on their league position as the season progresses.
The team sitting directly below Tring in the league is Berkhamsted, who have endured a torrid time over the last few weeks with a sorry string of six defeats on the bounce.
Mick Vipond’s side had been as high as second in their debut season in the Premier Division but have slipped to eighth following their poor run.
The Broadwater faithful will hope for a change of fortunes once a number of players return from injury.
Elsewhere MSSML Division One side Kings Langley have been plagued by inconsistency so far this campaign, but find themselves in sixth place and will be keen to build on that position as the new year progresses.