MATLOCK Town Blues Under 18s have rounded their time together in successful fashion, coming from behind in their final three games to clinch the Rowsley and District Youth Football League Under 18s Division One title.
This followed on from their Division Two victory last season and they also managed to get to the cup final this time too.
Now they will go their separate ways but manager Bryan Wilkinson says the team has gone out on a real high after many years together.
He explained: “We were called Matlock Pumas from under eights/under nines right up to under 16s level and then Keith Brown from Matlock Town asked if we could take it through to under 18s level and feed into the club’s under 19s, which I was pleased to do.
“Now the team has reached the upper age limit of the league but they really went out in style, particularly in the last three games.
“Against our big rivals Alfreton, we were behind twice but drew 2-2, against Clay Cross, the team many considered champions-elect, we ended up being the only team to beat them as we won 4-3, having been 3-1 down, and against Matlock Town Eagles we won 4-2.
“It’s been a pleasure to manage them and what a way for them to finish.
“They showed so much character, particularly in those last three games. There was a lot of pressure but they rose to the occasion and I’d like to thank coach Nick Jenkins for his efforts too. He has come on board for the last two years and really galvanised the lads. He’s been terrific to work with, and so have they. Some of the lads already play for under 19s sides with Matlock, Buxton, Sheffield FC and Pinxton so that’s the way forward for them now.
“They may progress into the Matlock under 19s and and reserves next season.”
It’s all about the link-up and the progression and indeed James Travis and my son Matthew have made it onto the bench for the first team a couple of times this season.
“I’m now going to help Ian McDonald, who was running this season’s Matlock Town Tigers under 16s, to take that side through the next two levels.”