This season has seen our highest number of players in the under 11’s with 27 boys signing up for the season. This gave us the opportunity to create 2 new 9 aside teams, The Tigers and The Lions. Our first season as 9 aside has been very promising with all the boys working incredibly hard together in their teams and jointly through training sessions. Both teams saw 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the season cups which is a great achievement and they should be very proud of themselves.
The League campaign produced some promising performances, with close encounters against several local rivals. The results didn’t always follow, which was frustrating for players and management alike. One of the focusses this season was on developing a ‘pressing game’, pressurising the opposition when in possession. Whilst this was evident in patches, a few lapses in concentration and positional awareness were costly at vital times, leading to preventable goals being conceded.
For our home tournament we were able to split into 3 teams with one team getting to the final and only loosing on penalties. We saw their team mates cheering them which show the great comradery they have built up together. We are all looking forward to our second season of 9 aside and building on our successes of this season.
Impressed by the determination and ‘never give up’ attitude the teams displayed in every game lead to a very exciting season!