Lions look back on unforgettable year

Matlock Lions U15s
Matlock Lions U15s

MATLOCK Town Junior Lions u15s may have recently completed an unforgettable season, but there’s no chance of them resting on their laurels over the summer.

The lads won every single game they played in the 2011-2012 season, 18 in the league and six in the cup, meaning they scooped the Rowsley and District Youth Football League Under 15s Division One and the Unison Primary Cup.

But they intend to keep training throughout the summer and are now on the lookout for players who could strengthen the squad as they make the move up to under 18s level next season.

Manager Steve Woolliscroft was understandably very proud of the players.

He told the Mercury: “We won the league and cup double, had a 100 per cent record and we don’t think it’s ever been done before by a Matlock Town team at this level.

“We have been working towards this over the past three season, shaping the team, getting the right players in.

“Last season, we won the Primary Cup and missed out on the league title by one point so this season we were hopeful of going one better and we did.

“The long-term plan was put in place and it paid off because we ended up winning the league by 11 points.”

He continued: “The strengths of the team are the speed of movement of the ball, the triangular passing and the speed of that passing.

“We are very proud of the lads. They are extremely committed to training and we’ve got lads coming not just from Matlock but also from Chesterfield and Belper, among other places. Some are now on the radar for representing at Derbyshire county level.

“We are now moving up to under 18s level next season, which will be a challenge as we obviously won’t win as many games but it’ll give us three seasons at that level.”

The team, which plays its home matches at Cavendish Fields, travelled down to Devon at the weekend for a national 11-a-side tournament, where they came third and won the sporting team award for the two-day tournament , also managing to beat the sides who eventually came first and second.

There will be a couple of weeks off before training starts up again for the new season.

The team would like to thank Twiggs and Premier Gas for their support this season.

Any potential new players interested in coming along for a trial are asked to get in touch by calling Steve Woolliscroft for details on 07765 238769.