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Under 10 Boys Yellows hit the mid-season heights in 2011-12


U10 Boys Yellow News


It’s a scary place to be! After a 4-0 home win against Wilford Lions Blue yesterday in our 8th League game of the season, the Under 10 Yellows are currently sitting 2 points clear atop Division 5 of the Saturday Young Elizabethan League.  It’s a fantastic credit to the boys that they have generated a rich vein of League form by improving their style of football from week to week.

In our last update in the September Newsletter, the team was already showing great strength of character and no small attacking flair having won 2 out of their 3 matches in which they scored 10 goals and conceded just 2.  At the time of writing (4th December 2011), the Under 10 Yellows have extended that run by winning 7 out of their 8 league games, having scored a total of 31 goals and conceding 7.

Click here to view the latest league table

It’s terrific to see the smiley faces that such a run of good form inevitably promotes (and that’s just on the parents and grandparents).  Whilst it’s not always been plain sailing (we’ve been narrowly knocked out of the Shield and YEL Cup by teams from much higher divisions who told us that they felt genuinely fortunate to have taken the honours), the boys can’t wait to start the next game.  This is what football should be all about – having fun and wanting to come back at the earliest opportunity to be with their teammates.  Although it shouldn’t matter whether a team wins or loses (and we certainly experienced our share of losing last season), it naturally gives everyone a boost to be on the winning team.  Part of this enthusiasm is likely to stem from our inclusive philosophy which means that every squad member plays in every game.

Of course, the hardest test now remains – maintaining the standard of football that has led the boys to this lofty position.  Hopefully, our Thursday night training sessions guided by Tony, Mick, Craig and myself will help to cement the team’s already good features and steadily improve them in line with the vision outlined by Chris Freestone, Arnold Town FC’s Football Development Officer.

We were able to welcome a new recruit to Saturday’s game in the form of Andrew Gomersall who has joined us from Carlton Town.  Andrew’s brother, Matthew, already plays for the U12 Yellow boys’ team here at Arnold and so it’s nice to “keep it in the family”.  Note to all managers: it is possible to sort the paperwork for transfers within 4 days of a request – many thanks to Ian Hewitt for getting the job done.

The full happy squad of 11 is: Jack Ball (Captain for the season), Tyler Cook, Sam Fuller (keeper), Andrew Gomersall, Sam Greener, Ben Kilpatrick (currently the top scorer in the entire division; Go Ben !), James Kind, Aaron Lamb, Troy Nolan, Nathan Richards and William Stirland.  Most of the players are encouraged to play in a variety of positions both to develop their skills and allow flexibility in team selection.

Of course, we are grateful to our sponsors, SAM Solutions Ltd., a local computer build and repair company, who have generously sponsored our new kit.

Finally, we look forward to the visit next week of Beeston Park Rangers, currently lying just one place below us, who should offer a great test. Let’s hope that we can report similar good news from this and following games in the next edition of the Newsletter.