Hard yards at the heart of Chambers Park progress

Training sessions for Portadown's recently-formed women's team will take place each Wednesday night at Chambers Park from 7.30, with players aged 16 years old and above welcome to attend.
Training sessions for Portadown's recently-formed women's team will take place each Wednesday night at Chambers Park from 7.30, with players aged 16 years old and above welcome to attend.

Portadown head coach Richard Hedley is putting his faith into time spent on the practice pitch as central to season-long progress.

The seniors returned to Championship One play last weekend at home to Carrickfergus following a blank weekend in the fixture list.

Portadown recorded success over Carrickfergus by 43-17 at Chambers Park.

Despite the frustration of a free day so early in the season, Hedley’s focus remains on the in-house hard yards clocked up between matchdays.

“We have around 30 or so at each sessions and, to be honest, we may not have had that beyond a handful of times in my previous six years with the club,” said Hedley. “The seconds have started the season well and the more opportunities we have to work a group together at training the more beneficial it will be for the two teams.

“If everything falls into place then we can approach the run up to Christmas now playing every weekend.

“Training is crucial to helping us juggle those commitments and the opportunity to work on the small details because of decent numbers can make the difference.

“I have no doubt we will improve as the season continues and we still have players to become available for training time beyond work commitments.

“There is a real commitment this season from the firsts and seconds.

“Home form will be so important this season as I expect so many games to prove tight.

“However, that comes back then to the positives from training and genuine competition for places.”