Our Under 13 Select squad were managed by Reece Coleman and Spencer Cannon for this season which was played in Division C of the Arun & Chichester Youth Football League.
The season started off with 2 wins out of 2 in the league with a comfortable 3-0 win away to Wick Dynamos Juniors (Finnley Evans x2, Henri Reeves) followed by a 6-2 home win over Littlehampton Town Youth White with Finley Evans opening the scoring followed by Jem Routh and two braces from both Henri Reeves and Andrew Igbokwe.
The cup run ended at the first hurdle after a tough game against Worthing Dynamos Red from Division A who ran out 11-1 win winners with Andrew Igbokwe scoring the consolation goal.
Cup disappointment was soon wiped away the following week away to Midhurst & Easebourne Youth Blue with a hattrick from Andrew Igbokwe helping the Under 13 Selects to an 8-3 win (Dylan Parr, Henri Reeves, Jem Routh x2, Zac Shiangkwang).
A tight 3-2 home win against Worthing Town Red (Andrew Igbokwe, Henri Reeves x2) followed by a 7-2 win away to Felpham Colts Yellow (Billy Maybury-Pelham, Finley Hunt, Henri Reeves x2, Jem Routh x3) completed October, with the boys able to fit a 3-2 home win versus Wick Dynamos Juniors before the November lockdown. Top goal scorers Andrew Igbokwe and Henri Reeves both on the scoresheet in the match.
A 5 week break was just too much for our unbeaten Under 13 Selects who lost out at home to Felpham Colts Yellow 4-3 with Andrew Igbokwe and Jem Routh both on the scoresheet. A week later however they were back to winning ways with a 2-1 away win against Barnham Trojans Blue which saw Billy Maybury-Pelham opening the scoring followed by Henry Searle in the dying moments of the match.
An almost unbeaten part-season saw Reece and Spencer driving their team to 7 wins out of 9 scoring 35 goals along the way. This squad would have no doubt lifted a trophy had the season been allowed to finish but they look forward to returning next season aiming for that silverware.
We started this season with a lot of confidence as we knew with our players that 11 a side would suit them much better, despite the bigger pitches and of course the bigger goals.
The lads were all raring to go with the longer break from football the first game couldn’t come quick enough and we stormed into our first win away from home 3-0 just brilliant and a real lift.
We followed this with another good win 6-2 at home before we were brought back down to earth with a heavy loss in the county cup, but we learnt a lot from that game and the boys were being well beaten but did not drop their heads at all, the following game back in the league and we thumped another 8 goals in ourselves to get back on track.
We continued and won the next 3 before having an off day and being narrowly beaten 4-3, again though the lads picked themselves up and we bounced back in the next game to turn that narrow defeat into a narrow win in the last minutes of the game as well, showing really good character and determination to get the win.
That was it for the season though not that we knew at the time, and we were sitting top of the table a game in hand on the next team who had played 2 more games and 5 points above the 3rd team who had played 1 more game, we were pretty confident we could have gone on and won the league this year but as with many things COVID prevented us doing that, we will now just have to do it all again next year.
A big thanks as always to the Parents who provide great support for the boys, and in all weathers.
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 Zak Enticknapp:
The second was awarded to Finley Hunt as Managers Player: