Well here we ago again the start of the 2012/2013 season under 11s and it’s been a summer of change, last year’s manager Andrew Senior retired due to mental heath problems after 4 years at the helm we wish him all the best in the future (I blame James wilkes!!!!!!). On the playing front we lost 2 or 3 and gained a couple or so but the squad was mainly the one that finished last season. Graham Mcdonald stepped up from reserve team coach to take the helm and brought in James Smith as his assistant from Leeds United, their was also a promotion for Marcus Wilkinson to taxi driver, pitch inspector, trainer and sounding board.
What the team didn’t need was for the manager to be called to the big smoke for a job interview for the England team manager’s role on the eve of the new season, even though the winner of the Paralympics marathon looked somewhat like our coach Graham Mcdonald. So the team was left in the more than capable hands of Marcus and I.
As the long barmy summer continued to meander into mid September so the new season began.
Under clear blue skies, 9 versus 9 and now sixty minutes a game to chew my nails and shout, started well for the now not so young lions, with a starting formation of 3 3 2 we looked compact and kept our shape well, the first ten minutes passed without any real danger to either goalmouth a couple of great corners from Aidan Wilkinson went without the final touch being applied but the team worked hard at their game, with chances hard to come by. It was Almondbury who started to apply more pressure as the half wore on, with Jacob Costello guilty of shooting when Cain Wilkinson was left unmarked in the box, with half time approaching the young lions finally got what their possession deserved, after what seemed the longest goalmouth scramble it was finally poked home at the far post, by J Costello, it was to stay one nil till the break.
After a team toilet break and drinks the second started much like the first but with the young lions more in the ascendancy with Harry Smith guilty of failing to test the goalkeeper when put clean through, other chances came and went, as our back four looked calm and measured and Joe Moutell saving anything that did get past his defenders. As the game entered the final quarter Almondbury started to convert their chances with J Costello on hand to finish off a move for his second and the team’s. With the game all but won some last ditch tackling from a Wyke corner made sure their were no butterflies in the last 5 minutes, but as the team broke up field H Smith let fly the ball hit the crossbar and the outstanding Luke Broadbent was in the right place at the right time to make it 3-0 and on the stroke of full time the same player started and finished his own move for his second and the team’s fourth.
FT Wyke 0 – Almondbury 4
Well done one and all a fantastic team performance you all take credit, you all worked hard from Goalkeeper to the front men long may it continue.
Well done boys proud of you.
Chief Editor j.s