Our Under 12 Select squad was managed by Kesh Sharma for this season which was played in Division C of the Arun & Chichester Youth Football League.
The season started off with a long trip to Bracklesham Youth where they lost 5-2 followed by a cup defeat away to Eastbourne Town Yellow 10-4. Their first win came at the end of September beating AFC Worthing Youth Atoms 4-2 in yet another away which saw Liam Floate, Mbulelo Nkala and Safi Humma (x2) on the scoresheet.
A first home game of the season at the beginning of October saw our Under 12 Selects narrowly beat Chichester City Youth Green 4-3 with Safi Humma scoring alongside teammate Liam Floate bagging a hattrick.
Another long away journey was next up for the Under 12 Selects who just lost out 3-1 to Petworth with Mbulelo Nkala scoring the consolation.
The second and last home game of the season was at home to Bognor Regis Town Youth Black who won 3-1, followed the week after by a 2-1 away win to Littlehampton Town Youth Black before the November lockdown.
Two more away games in December finished the season with a 5-5 draw away to Worthing Minors Athletic (Liam Floate: x4, Louie Brice), and an 8-1 loss to Chichester City Youth Green with Safi Humma getting the final goal of the season.
A lot of travelling to away games for Kesh and his squad eventually finishing the season in 7th place with 3 wins out of 8 scoring 20 goals along the way.
I’d like to congratulate the Under 12s Select team for their performance during the somewhat shortened 2020 season. We do tend to be late starters in terms of performance & with the lockdown restrictions being imposed so early on we perhaps didn’t really get the opportunity to shine as we have done before. Also, having been promoted following their success from previous years & also possibly the ‘knock-on-effect’ of COVID-19, I have to say that it’s been quite a tough year for us all.
Since managing the majority of this squad for almost five years now & being a team of mixed abilities it hasn’t been an easy task. That said we still managed to battle our way to yet another cup final last year which unfortunately we weren’t able to play due to lockdown. This achievement in itself shows that the team has significantly improved over the years.
The coming 21/22 season brings even more challenges as we’ll soon be playing 11-aside. As they all grow & mature I feel they should be able to engage their own footballing brains a little more & make the right decisions for themselves. This is something which we all need to work on together alongside their fitness in general. I appreciate that achieving this will be quite a task, but no doubt we’ll get there in the end..
Once again, many thanks to Guy Parkinson for helping me out with the coaching side of things over the last couple of years. I couldn’t have done it without him & his support has been invaluable. I’d also like to convey my thanks to Kevin Murray for organising our new kits & sorting out the financial side of things within the team.
Finally, a big thankyou to all the team’s parents, especially those who have helped run the line on several occasions. Although it can get stressful at times, it’s great being part of the club & being able to give something back into the community. There have been many memorable & entertaining times, both on & off the pitch, which I’m hoping at some point we’ll all look back on & cherish forever..
Over the season all managers choose two players from their squad to win awards; the first being the Most Improved Player which was awarded to Mbulelo Nkala and Luke Harste:
The second was awarded to Connor Parkinson as Managers Player: