Mac departs after mid table season

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Despite some inevitable ups and downs, Hailsham’s first season since being promoted to Division One must be considered a success after they achieved a credible 12th-place finish.

The Stringers endured a difficult start to life in the higher division, losing eight of their opening 11 domestic fixtures.

However, Kenny McCreadie’s men eventually found their feet and went on to enjoy varied success that propelled them up to mid-table, with relegation never a serious concern.

In the end, though,the season finished almost as it had started with Hailsham struggling to pick up points - losing seven of their eight matches during the close season.

This was little surprise when you consider the fixture congestion they were faced with - playing ten games in less than a month after a series of postponements earlier in the year.

The high demands took their toll and the club couldn’t field a full side for their final game of the season against Redhill - a disappointing and unfitting end to a respectable season.

One undoubted positive to emerge from the year was the form of Danny Leach, who finished the campaign as the second highest goal-scorer in Division One, notching an impressive 27 goals - only two behind the leader Philip Gault of Hassocks.

A battling domestic season came at the expense of any trophy success, with the Stringers failing to win a single cup match all season.

Now, the club hopes to establish itself as a serious Division One contender after this season of stability.

However, they will have to hope the transition between managers will be smooth after waving goodbye to boss Kenny McCreadie at the end of this campaign ready to start a new era in the new season.