Hallen have made a statement of intent by announcing a new third team for the 2020-21 season, writes Andrew Clayton.
The Western League stalwarts had up to four senior sides playing at one stage, but had to cut back in order to safeguard the club’s future.
However, the South Gloucestershire side will now bring back an ‘A’ team to play in Division Four of the Bristol and District League with former firsts skipper Scott Thomas serving as manager.
Speaking to The Independent, Hallen chairman, Lee Fairman, said: “Our ex-first team captain, Scott, said that his time was up playing at his level so he approached us and asked if we’d be interested in starting a third team up. “Up until about six or seven years ago, we had four teams playing, and that was always the intent, when we got to a state where we could start one up again.
“It all fell into place really. Obviously, the decision was made prior to Covid-19, but we felt that, club-wise, we’ve done a lot of things in the last few years to turn the club around and we were in a good position to bring through more players.
“It’s a bit opposite to what some clubs are doing, by dropping their reserves, but we’re in a good place and it is a good way to press on. It would be good after all this Covid-19 business is over, and we can get back to playing football, if we’ll be one of the clubs who are going in the right direction rather than dropping teams.
“Hopefully, the third team can get some success and progress, which will help the reserves and the firsts.”
Meanwhile, Hallen’s highly-successful reserves are looking for a new manager. Under the stewardship of James Snook, the second string outfit were fifth in Division One of the Bristol Premier Combination League when play was brought to a halt.
They have since been promoted into the Premier Division for next season and need a new figure at the helm. Applicants for the role are invited to contact Richard Stokes on 07791 492 640, or email email@example.com.