Following a recent committee meeting, we have notified Development Team manager Josh Williams that he would be replaced with immediate effect. We can confirm that Chris (Wes) Benson will now oversee the Witney & District Division One side until the end of the season, assisted by Robbie & Derren (Dezza) Harrington.
The club would like to place on record its thanks to Josh for his efforts over the last 18 months, which included winning the 2021 W&D Division Three title. Josh has tried to make it work this season, but with ongoing player unavailability, along with a two-league promotion he has accepted the club’s decision. FTFC believe it is the right time to make the change during this two-week festive break to try and entice new or old players back to the club and gain some stability within the side for the second half of the season and climb up the league table.
Wes is looking forward to getting back into management and working alongside 1st Team & A Team Managers Chris Homer and Ben Stratford to harmonise the three senior sides. Wes was previously 1st Team manager prior to Covid but has continued to be involved at the club as Football Secretary for both senior and junior football. We wish Wes, Robbie and Dezza all the best for the rest of the season.