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Season report 2015-16

‘Words from the Gaffers’

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Under 7

Wildcats

Wildcats

Parents John and Tom joined the coaching team and helped form the Wildcats and the Panthers

Its fair to say that after the promise of a 9-4 victory in our first game we were brought back down to earth, losing 4 of our next 5 games. We seemed to be great going forward but leaked goals at the back! We were offering no protection for ‘The Bear’. So much like the magnificent Foxes, once we organised our defense we went on a fantastic run winning 6 of the next 9 games, only conceding 6 goals in that period and concluding with reaching the semi final at the end-of-season competition, only to be narrowly beaten by the eventual winners 1-0.

Congratulations must go to all the boys for making our first season so successful and enjoyable. They have been impeccably behaved and keen to learn. My champagne moment of the season is Lawrence’s goal at Thurlaston with my 2 standout performances being Archie’s 6 goals and Henry’s goal keeping heroics in our 7-1 win at Sileby. With great industry and tackling from Joel, skills and flair from Gui, contributing goals from Reed and overall work rate and desire from OJ we have the nucleus of a fantastic team. With new players joining I am already looking forward to the next season. That said we do need to improve especially in our passing.

Thanks goes to my right hand man Tom who is always there to pick up the reigns when required. The footballing year has been a memorable one  in Leicestershire, no more so than for the beginning of a group of  boys called the Wildcats

John Lawrence, Wildcats Manager

 

Under 9

The U9 Foxes had a very good year this year, improving on last year in both results and their general play. The hard facts were as follows:-

Played 18, Won 8, Drawn 2 and Lost 8. Goals for 58 and goals against 59.

That doesn’t tell the real story though. After a slow start to the first three games of the season (a draw and two losses), the team really started to click, winning three out of their next four games. There was a noticeable improvement in their teamwork, the players held their positions better, and there were some great passing moves at times which really made the coaches proud. The team played for each other far more, with midfielders coming back to help in defence and sometimes even without having to be “encouraged” to do so by the coaches!

It’s been a really rewarding season for myself, Chris and Noah this year seeing the team progress. All the enthusiasm and hard work the lads put in at Saturday training and in the games on a Sunday is great to see. Added to that, the superb support of all their parents has made this a very enjoyable season for all.

The team entered the Fleckney Festival of Football on Sunday 8th May finishing 3rd in their group having won 1 game and lost 2, so just failed to make it to the quarter finals but had an enjoyable day in the sunshine!

The lads have one final game to play to try to make this a winning season, however this will be a tough local derby against… their parents! I predict a strong start from the parents before their fitness tells and they fade!

One final thing is to say a big thank you to Noah for helping with training this season and to wish him luck for the future – he’s off to do a Football Management and Coaching course at the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City. Hopefully he’ll come to see us when he’s back home in between terms and show me and Chris how it should be done!

Nick Hayes, Foxes Manager

 

Junior Section

 

Under 12

Falcons

It has been another roller-coaster season for the U12 Falcons. In their second season in the Foxes League the team have now adapted to the larger pitch and utilised the extra space playing some fantastic flowing football.

Their set-piece practice in training has paid dividends towards the end of the season with the vast majority of the goals coming from corners. The continued rotation of players has made for some interesting formations but the team have coped with the changes extremely well.

The parents and the coaches are extremely proud of the positive attitude and sporting nature with which the team has played their football all season. They are a real credit to the club.

Guy Cotton, Falcons Manager

 

Under 15

Borough under 15 Pumas finished exactly half way in 5th position having played some nice attacking football throughout the campaign. The highlight of the season beating top of the table Kegworth Imps away 5-2 after being 2-0 down.

The league position could have been better having endured  some avoidable defeats and suffering a long list of injury problems. Other notable games included 2 cracking games against St Patricks resulting in a 4-3 win and a 4-3 defeat on a quagmire of a pitch.

Overall it was a competitive and enjoyable campaign with 6 teams in the running for the title until the last month of the season. The boys played the season with a great attitude always giving 100% effort, and the lads are already looking forward to the new season having made a couple of additions to the squad for their first campaign in the Leicester Youth League.

Grant Bailey, Pumas Manager

Read about the 2014-15 season here
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