Latimer targets promotion with Fencies

It has been a stellar start to the season in the Lotto NRFL Division Two for Fencibles United, with Daniel Rattray’s side unbeaten after eight rounds.

Leading the front line for Rattray’s side is former Portsmouth FC and Torquay United striker, Sean Latimer.

The new signing is proving to be crucial to Fencibles’ promotion hunt into Division One next season, with 10 goals next to his name already.

“I’m happy to be leading the Golden Boot race and I hope to make more of an impact in the coming games,” Latimer said.

“The work we are doing in training as a team makes us understand the game plan we have and we stick to it together, not just as one, and that is showing by having three of our forwards in the top four of the Golden Boot race with Lebon and Scott both on my tail.

“Scoring is all about confidence and I have that in my team mates just as they have in me.”

Turning out for a club in New Zealand seemed impossible for a boy who started his football at Aldershot Town FC in Hampshire, England but the impossible turned to reality thanks to former coach Paul Harkness.

“Paul Harkness, an old coach of mine, recently moved over to New Zealand and got me in touch with Roger Wilkinson about coming to play here, which I owe them a lot for.

“Being asked to come to New Zealand was a very exciting time as I have always wanted to come here but I didn’t think it would be possible.

“Having heard all the great things about this club and the location made it easy for me to make a decision very quickly on coming here.

“The family feel I get from the club and all the people involved from top to bottom is incredible, and the togetherness this year is showing both on and off the field.”

The table toppers impressive start to the season comes off the back of a hefty turnover of players from their 2016 side, with many departing for Manurewa and Beachlands Maraetai.

“We have a few new faces this year compared to previous years, with myself included, and I’ve never seen a team gel together so quickly.

“I have been told several times about the club coming close to promotion in previous years, and this year our goal is no different; everyone in the club believes it is possible.

“Everyone understands their role in the team, whether it’s starting or coming off the bench. They understand that it’s a team game and we need everyone to come together to achieve our goals.”

Latimer and his team mates have a good chance to take their unbeaten streak to nine matches this weekend, as they face a trip south to Ngongotaha.

Despite the Bay of Plenty club being at the opposite end of the table to themselves, Latimer says they treat every game the same.

“We go into every game like it is a cup final no matter what team we play against,” Latimer said.

“Ngongotaha have had a few good results recently and I’m sure they’ll be up for it just as much as us. We will work hard and focus on the job that needs to be done to come away with all three points.”

The match kicks off at 2:45pm on Saturday 6 May at Stembridge Road.

Photo courtesy JLSPhotographs.