Under 14 End of Season Review

 

It's a cruel twist of fate that when you are in the middle of a season that you never want to end, to have it all taken away by a global pandemic, the effects of which nobody could have predicted. However, health and family come first, football will return, and we will all get back to doing what we enjoy, be that training, playing or coaching.

At the start of this season we welcomed several new players to bolster our squad from previous seasons, having lost a couple of players over the summer to other sports. We would like to thank the new players for the way they have adapted to our squad, our training methods, and their new teammates, it's been as if they have been with us for years. It also speaks volumes of our remaining players from last season who have taken their new teammates into their football environment and allowed them to settle so quickly. We also sadly lost one of our 'Year Dot' originals halfway through the season, deciding football was no longer for him, and thank him for all his efforts, not just this season, but for the many seasons he has have been a part of our squad.

It's fair to say that this season for the u14 squad was a good one. 10 league games played up until the enforced stop to the season, which consisted of a draw in our 1st game followed by 9 wins on the bounce left us joint top of the league and only requiring 2 wins from our last 6 games for guaranteed promotion. Everything was heading for a final showdown in early May with Sawtry, a game that would have been a winner takes all for the league title. Regardless of this result, Div 2 football would have been just reward for the efforts of this squad of players.

The most pleasing aspect of the season has been the attitude of each and every member of our squad. Training has been very well attended, players have been committed to learning, from us as coaches, and from each other, reflected in performances and results on the pitch. The attitude every match day has always been spot on. Even in games where we have been winning comfortably, our squad has always shown full respect to each other, supporting and encouraging each other, and to their opponents. There has been no sign of complacency or 'showboating'. A testament to you, well done and thank you.

We would like to thank all of our squad for your hard work, effort, commitment, the humility and respect you have shown, to us as coaches, to each other as teammates and friends, and to your opponents. It has been a pleasure to see you all develop as a team and as young adults, and our only regret is not being able to complete the season with you all and to celebrate your achievements.

Thank you to the parents for your commitment and support, and appreciation of everything your young adult has achieved in what ultimately would have been a promotion achieving season.

Thank you to our kit sponsors CSM Carpets. As we all know, grassroots football lives in the shadows of the professional game, provides it with many of it's academy and lower league players, yet doesn't see any of it's money (a discussion for another day), so the support received from any local business or individual is gratefully received and wholly appreciated.

On a final note; to our squad of amazing young adults. We appreciate recent times have been hard, that life has changed, football and friendships placed on hold. We appreciate that this season has ultimately not finished how we all hoped and expected it would. We hope the League may look at moving teams accordingly. We are pleased that you have all chosen to stay together next season to continue our journey, and to, if needs be, finish what we started this year.  We look forward to seeing you all as soon as we are permitted, but in the meantime, stay safe and keep kicking a ball about whenever possible!

Baz and Dave