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2016-17 Season

 

It’s been another great year for Borough Alliance!

After committing nine years to Minis Football, Mark Christison steps down as Minis Chairman. Mick Draper and Jason Doughty have stepped up to help Mark, and were involved in organising the excellent FA Skills Session in the Easter Holidays, and are taking bookings for the next session planned on 2nd June 2017.

 

Minis Section

 

 

Ages 4-7 years

Buffalos

Parents Aaron Buffery and Ben Lewsey have joined the coaching team, helped by Tom and Harry. Aaron and Ben have thoroughly enjoyed the effort and enthusiasm that all the players have constantly demonstrated. As the Buffalos enter into their maiden league season we are all excited to see then grow as a team. We would like to welcome RLM Racing as our main sponsor for next season.

The U7 group continue to develop as a superb group of lads playing their first friendly on the coldest day of the year in sleeting conditions and coming back to win from 2-0 down. Next season they will be the U8 Jaguars, all the coaches are confident that they will become a great addition to the BAFC family.

 

Under 8

A season of great achievements and massive progression for the Panthers. Following early season setbacks and changes to the squad, the lads have built and developed a team character and have learnt so much more about themselves and the game. Above all they have learnt that together they are stronger as a team instead of individuals. This saw them unbeaten from October to late March. New additions for the 7v7 format next season will strengthen and develop the team further.

Big thanks to Nick Penney and Matt Thompson in their first season as coaches.

Mick Draper, Panthers Coach

Wildcats

great season for the Wildcats with wonderful performances and memorable matches including 12 wins and 5 draws from 20 matches. Our best game being a 2-2 draw that saw us come from behind twice.

The boys have really started to understand the game, resulting in the progression of both passing and tactics. Next season will bring new challenges, a bigger pitch and 7-a-side. As long as the boys continue to listen, learn and enjoy their football then their development and success will continue to prosper.

John Lawrence, Wildcats Coach

Taz and I have enjoyed the Cobras debut season and the boys should be very proud of themselves. It has been a massive learning curve for coaches and players. After a fantastic initial result, we played some difficult fixtures against well-established teams; the team listened and learned and most importantly enjoy their football, cheering each other on no matter what. This has been a major factor in the team’s development. We ended the season unbeaten at our last four fixtures, which is fantastic!

Thank you to the players and parents for their support and enthusiasm.

Tim Goss, Cobras Coach

 

Under 9

Sharks

A fantastic first season for Sharks with some great results, and more importantly the team are developing and working for each other in every match and training session. We have been joined in training throughout the year by several new players who have fitted into the group brilliantly, this all leaves us in a great position going into next season. Coach Steve Pilkington also passed his FA Level One!

Jason Doughty, Sharks Coach

 

Under 10

Foxes

It has been a hard season for the Foxes who have a large split squad to play weekly league 7v7. Also supported by Chris Saleh, the lads have been tremendous, putting in plenty of effort, despite losing more games than they won, although the losses were just by one goal! The highlight of the season, was scoring 5 goals in the second half after conceding 2 goals in the first half to beat Harborough Town 5-3!

Nick Hayes, Foxes Coach

 

Under 11

The Eagles have had another great season, moving to 9-a-side in the Foxes League playing 30 mins each way with the offside rule. The children have taken it in their stride. 

Supporting me with the 26 children training and 13 playing in the leagues, were parents Grant and Vaughan, and young sports leaders James and Joe. Next season I will be standing down from managing the Eagles, but Vaughan will still be there to assist, we are looking for a parent volunteer to take on the management of the league team.

Mark Christison, Eagles Coach

Junior Section

 

 

Under 12

Hawks

The Hawks were in a tough league this season and took time to settle. Eventually the team closed out the year with some great results including a County Cup run ending in penalty shoot-out anguish in the quarter-finals.

Credit to all the players who have ridden the rough with the smooth. Best accolade came from the Sileby Juniors manager after we had knocked his side out of the cup: “thank you … for the way that you, your players and supporters conducted themselves. Your boys were brilliant, very gracious in victory and especially nice in trying to console some of our boys”. 

Trevor Arthur, Hawks Coach

 

Under 13

Falcons

My first season coaching the Falcons has exceeded my wildest expectations playing at 11-a-side. By working on building confidence, the team became organised battle-ready heroes, who finished runners up in the league with 13 consecutive wins! The boys got to the 3rd round of the county cup and semi-final of the league cup by playing our brand of expansive football, scoring 112 goals and conceding 53. 

My personal highlight was to see 15 boys believing in themselves, being focused to get better and most importantly loving their football. They have made me extremely proud and I look forward to next season. 

Zeb Murray, Falcons Coach

 

Under 14

A great performance by the Wolves has seen us finish second in division E. We pushed the winners all the way and even led the league for long periods, but were eventually pipped at the post. Eleven wins from 15 games, is a great effort and I’m a proud coach. To cap off the season, we entered a 6-team tournament at Glenfield FC and I’m delighted to say we brought home the trophy as winners. Well done lads!

Dave Oakley, Wolves Coach

 

Under 16

Pumas

Was the seventh and most successful season for the Pumas finishing second in division 4, grabbing promotion on the last game played. But promotion seemed a long way off in September, after a 5-0 hammering to champions Stoneygate. The team regrouped, achieving some great victories in the league, and a narrow defeat after a penalty shootout against Harborough Town 1st Team in the cup.

The season has been a real squad effort, we’ve come a long way and I am so proud of every single one of them. Hopefully the lads can carry on enjoying football and winning more medals.

Grant Bailey, Pumas Coach

Read about the 2015-16 season here, and the 2014-15 season here
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