U15A 2009-10 Review

posted 21 Feb 2013, 05:39 by Mike Gettings

Pre-season went well, we reached the final of the Redcar Town Tournament playing against Real Winlaton, whom we had beaten 2 nil in the earlier group stages, our tough semi final win against Cleveland and the longer rest Real Winlaton had were to be key factors in us narrowly losing 2-1 in the final. The new TJFA season was soon upon us and we had our usual slow start, in the league eventually getting back on track looking solid.

By mid February we were in a good position to make a late charge on the league title and were in the quarter finals of both the League cup and North Riding county Cup. We had played all our major competitors and had not been out played by any of them we had nothing to fear and were quietly confident. The last weekend in February saw us comfortably beat South Park Rangers 3-0 nil away in the league ,however the loss of two players after this game, one to a broken ankle the other to Darlington ended up being detrimental to our League and Cup challenges. Our lack of squad numbers saw us play our last league game with only 10 men which we still won 3-1 despite going 1 nil down, the team spirit to do this must have been immense, a credit to all those who played.

Positives from the Season are that we beat eventually League Champions Norton in the league away and should have beat them at home we also knocked them out the League Cup. We also be Marton three times as we managed to reach the TJFA League Final at Hurworth beating them in a tense affair on penalties after drawing 1-1 AET a fantastic achievement by the team. The winning of the League Cup this year means this team over the years has now won the TJFA League Div 1, League Cup, Challenge Cup and NR County Cup not many players can say that!.

I will definitely be without two players of this seasons squad next year, both have been with me since they joined the Saturday Club 10 years ago and will be greatly missed by me and the rest of the lads. Brad Halliday and Matthew Crust have signed for Middlesbrough and Darlington respectively and I sure they will both do extremely well, not only is it great news for them but also for Redcar Town. Thanks to all the parents for their support, especially Chris Brooks for getting lads to matches and training and Davey Halliday (although I do not know what for !!!!! ) also credit to the lads who train hard and still after all these years have the desire and capabilities to challenge for silverware on all fronts.