Horwich football team end winless streak
COACHES, players and parents of a Bolton and Bury District Junior Football League club were celebrating more than usual last weekend.
Horwich St Mary’s Under-14s had not just won a cup game, or even the league.
Instead they banished a disappointing run of 18 matches without a win.
Manager Carl Cheston said: “Last year we struggled with numbers and we are in an 11-a-side league.
“Some of the players would not be available due to various commitments so it meant we were down to nine or 10 players.
“Often we would take on opposition that had 11 players and it would take its toll on the lads – the extra men.
“Some clubs decided to reduce it to eight against eight which was good but we lost our matches.
Most clubs may have gone by the wayside but not the coaches and players of the u14s who instead wanted to battle on.
So they started a recruitment drive in a bid to boost their numbers.
Carl said: “We wanted to get new players in and that has meant we have a squad where we don’t struggle.
“We have only played three times so far this season.
“We lost our first match then drew 3-3 in the second game.
“However, the highlight was winning 5-2 against our rivals Aspull.
“Commitment and dedication with my fellow coach, Ady Gittins, and the support from the management within Horwich St Mary’s, plus the addition of a couple of new recruits means that we now have a squad of 15 and a positive outlook. “After going 1-0 up after a goal by Charlie Hicks in just 11 seconds, the lead was extended by Robert Kelly and Billy Moss. A rallying goal by Aspull, led to a 3-1 half time lead.
“In the second half, a tremendous second goal from outside the box by Robert Kelly and a fifth by defender Mattie Brindle meant that we led 5-1. “A late goal by Aspull threatened a late comeback, but in the end a 5-2 win meant that the spell without a win was over.
“A respectable handshake at the end of the game between the two sets of players hid the obvious delight from the Horwich players.
“A big thanks go to Glynn Brown and the team from Aspull for another game played in good spirit. “Aspull soon have the chance to revenge – a Players Cup first round game away to the Tigers.”