2008 2009 Under 13

MANAGER:

Sean Gibbons

PLAYERS:

Lewis Cowper, Tom Simmons, Jack Richards, Jack Gibbons, Kyran Leech, Jake Griffiths, Ryan Hill, Charlie Paxton, Liam Sulaman, Simon Fatimehin, Lewis Tierney, Jamie Livy, George Warrell

Final Position

P, W, D, L, F, A, D, P

Cassiobury Rangers U13 Clarets 16 14 2 0 61 22 +39 44
London Colney U13 16 12 1 3 70 30 +40 37
Oakhill Tigers U13 Warriors 16 12 1 3 71 32 +39 37
Berkhamsted Raiders U13 16 8 1 7 58 44 +14 25
London Maccabi Lions U13 16 7 1 8 42 58 -16 22
Nascot Wood Rangers U13 16 5 2 9 40 60 -20 17
Finchley Revolution U13 Green16 4 2 10 57 57 +0 14
Alexandra Park U13 West 16 3 1 12 38 61 -23 10
Aldenham Juniors U13 Panthers 16 1 1 14 23 96 -73 4

End of Season Report

The end of my fifth season as manager of a great bunch of footballers saw us survive with a squad of 13 and playing good football in a competitive WFL Green division where we won more League matches scoring more goals & conceding less than in previous seasons.

The lads acquitted themselves well in the vast majority of matches (there were a couple where we could have played better!), adjusted to a new formation and played with a level of determination, skill & application of which they can be proud.

We did struggle to come to terms with the formation & required discipline in the early part of the season but between October & Christmas, we played great football & deserved to be fourth in a division where the top three were virtually untouchable and that left the other six clubs fighting for fourth place.

From Christmas, however, we had a nine week break from football that meant we had to effectively re-start our season whilst all the other clubs were able to improve week-on-week. That allowed other teams to gain ground on us but we managed a very credible League record of five wins & two draw for a 6th place finish – our highest ever.

Our Herts County Cup 1st round defeat away at Bengeo Tigers was perhaps a blessing in disguise; we were only able to field 8 players due to late withdrawals and it was here that despite a defeat, I think the lads really began to feel like a team who could achieve. It took a few more matches for the team to appreciate how we need to play & why players need to play where they are asked. Once that started to make sense to them, we really did look a classy outfit.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Tyran Sulaman, Gary Griffiths & Jeff Cowper for helping at training & to Paul Hill for arranging a session with Phil Gridelet; I learned a lot from being able to stand-back & watch session for a while & see where I may be able to make changes to my own drills. Training is a key part of any footballer’s life; you need to show-up ready to listen, work hard & improve.

Tyran & Gary also helped-out massively on match days which allowed me to ref or run the line; thanks, gents – it’s appreciated.

To all the supporters that turned up in every type of weather imaginable: THANK YOU! I’m not sure you appreciate how much it means to the players to see you there each week.

Next season, we make the switch to the West Herts League to see if the grass really is greener; as long as the League is less unfriendly than the Watford Friendly, then I think we could do very well. I’m really looking forward to another season with you all; let’s push on & improve once again.

We have new players lined-up in Tom Franklin, Craig Ince & Nick Purser plus others asking to join. I’m hoping it will allow me to rest players one weekend a month so you stay fit, healthy & full of fire.

A huge “cheers!” to the squad: Lewis Cowper, Simon Fatimehin, Jake Griffiths, Ryan Hill, Kyran Leech, Jamie Livy, Charlie Paxton, Jack Richards, Tom Simmons, Liam Sulaman, Lewis Tierney & George Warrell. And before he notices he was missing from the list, I’d like to say thank you to skipper Jack Gibbons, our only ever-present this season. Like the rest of the lads, he puts in 100% every weekend and has to deal with me always wanting more.

And, as always, thank you to Karen & Thomas for putting up with wet football kit everywhere!

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