Probably (no definitely!) the wettest day of the season with pitches turning into muddy pits. As we get towards the climax of the season, we expect an increasing number of critical games and today was no exception. I always like to win more than we lose and today we managed 7 wins, 1 draw and unfortunately 6 defeats.
The two biggest games of the day were games that would strongly influence the eventual league winners. Nidal and Richards U9’s went to Claygate knowing that a win would set up a ‘winner takes all’ title showdown with Meadow Sports next Sunday at Palewell Park. I am delighted to say they managed a narrow 2-1 win which is enough to put them top with their last game next week. Whoever wins will be Champions. A draw will favor Meadow Sports who have two games to play. Lets get lots of support behind the team next week!
The second ‘game of the day’ was Trevors U14 Lions away at Hanworth. A win for either team would put them in pole position for the Championship but unfortunately a very narrow 1-0 defeat for Trevor elevates Hanworth as favorites to win the league.
Both U16’s had big wins. Brian’s U16 Lions had an excllent 6-2 win v Claygate with a Jonathon H hat-trick and Matts U16 Pride warmed up nicely for their forthcoming Cup Final with a solid 6-3 win at Tooting. Jesse W also managed a hat-trick in this game.
It was a day of contrasting results. The U10’s had slightly mixed fortunes. Last weeks team of the week, David’s U10P carried on their form with a good 2-1 win v Hampton Youth. Martin and Michael’s U10 Lions did everything but win v Carshalton Athletic but had to settle for a 1-1 draw. The runners up position is still a possibility but the two points lost might be costly.
The U12’s also had contrasting results. Mel’s U12 Lions were missing some key players but eventually lost 2-0 to a strong Ascot Utd team. Bernie’s U12 Pride may have left it a bit too late for runners up but had a good 4-2 win at Esher Colts. Saying that, a key game v Ballers next week can keep them in the mix.
The U13 also ended up with a win and a defeat. Terry’s U13 lions beat a good Kew Association side 5-3, whilst Matthew and Russell’s U13 Pride team were pipped 2-1 by Elm Grove.
With Trevor U14 L losing, Ricks U14 Pride provided good news for the U14’s with an excellent 3-1 win away at Manorcroft Utd.
John ‘s U18’s lost 4-0 against table toppers Barnes Eagles and it wasn’t the best day for the U11’s with David’s U11 Pride finding table topping Chipstead a bit too strong and with Jon and Alastair’s U11 Lions going down 3-1 at Sutton.
TEAM OF THE WEEK have to be Richard and Nidal’s U9 Lions for creating such an exciting end to their season next week.
Team Of The Week
We are looking for lots of support at Palewell Park next week with two massive games. The U9’s attempt to win the league for the first time and at mid day Michael and Marks U15 Lions face Farnborough Elite in the semi final of the Surrey County Cup and attempt to get the first Sheen Lions team into a Surrey CC Final.
We have had great success from our U7 (YR 2) and Under 6 (YR1) Open days and now have a very strong U7 infrastructure and we are still looking for more Year 1 boys with potential. If you know any year 1 boys that you think would be right please send me contact details as we are running an U6 and U7 development squad EVERY SATURDAY 10.15 to 11.45 during MARCH at Palewell Park.
Putting all games aside THE BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT of the week is Sheen Lions nomination for the National Respect and Fair Play Awards. This is a FA National competition and is fantastic reflection of all the great work Sarah, you the Managers and Coaches and all the boys have done. WELL DONE TO YOU ALL