THE 2010-2011 football season may have finished some two months ago, but Matlock Town under 19s have managed to gain an extra piece of silverware for their efforts during the campaign.
Although the team, mainly made up of 16 and 17-year-olds, was relegated from Divisione One of the North Midlands Under 19s League, they did end the season on a high by lifting the league cup.
And now they have managed to add the league’s Fair Play award to their collection.
Assistant manager/ secretary Andy Baker said: “I had a feeling we’d do quite well in the Fair Play award because we play short, sharp, passing football and in no way are we a kicking side. But we ended up winning not just the Fair Play award in our own division but also for the whole North Midlands League set-up so we’re very pleased with that.
“We only picked up two bookings in over 20 games and we are always drilling it into the lads not to argue with the ref or anything like that because they never change their mind. and it’ll cost you.”
Looking ahead to life in Division Two of the North Midlands League, the new season starts in early September and Andy says the team has a number of pre-season friendlies lined up.
These are against Mansfield (away) on July 16 (with the game to be played at Forest Town’s ground), Staveley (away) on July 18, Worksop (away) on July 28 and Buxton (away) on August 30.
In between those last two fixtures is a home match against Sheffield Wednesday, on August 8, from 7pm at Matlock Town’s ground.
Andy Baker added: “I think we’ve got some good friendlies lined up and we are also hoping the lads will form the bulk of Matlock Town’s reserves side for this season, which will provide them with some valuable experience.”
so all bodes well for the season.”