The 2016/2017 season was split into 3 parts:
The Red League (September 2016 – December 2016):
The first part of the season went well and the boys were successful in winning the Red League undefeated with a record of: P-8, W-7, D-1, L-0, POINTS 22.
There was a goal difference of 40 with 51 goals for and 11 goals against. This meant the boys went the whole of 2016 undefeated in all competitive league and cup games which, was a brilliant achievement.
Winter League, a non-competitive league and the Lancashire Cup (December 2016 – February 2017):
Quite a few fixtures were cancelled in the Winter League as the boys became more successful in the Lancashire Cup. My favourite team performance of the season was against Rishton.
The Rishton game was played on a horrible night on Darwen Aldridge Community Academy’s 3G pitch. Rishton were playing to win the league and our boys had nothing to play for because of the number of fixtures that had been cancelled and which had been recorded as draws. I just wish the boys would have had the same attitude and commitment they had that evening in some of our previous games.
The Lancashire Cup went really well. The boys won 5 games against teams from around the county before getting beat in the semi-final against Mellor. Mellor deserved to win on the day because they battled, harassed us and did not allow us to play our normal football. I believe the boys were capable of beating them but unfortunately it was not their day.
The Cup (March 2017 – May 2017): The boys won their group easily undefeated with a record of:
P-7, W-7, D-0, L-0, POINTS 21.
Unfortunately, because they won most of the games in this group easily they became complacent, stopped doing the right things on the pitch and were training poorly which led to a semi-final defeat against Mill Hill. Mill Hill put us under a lot of pressure and didn’t let us settle on the ball. Their team obviously wanted the win more than we did.
Overall, despite the semi-final defeats, it was a good season and the boys played some good football. The team played 4-3-3 which worked well when they played at a high intensity and pressed the opposition high up the pitch. We dominated possession in most games and having 3 forwards which allowed us to score over 180 goals.
Our front 3 players scored 137 goals between them. Hammaad Khalid being the leading goal scorer with 57, Jack Bolton scored 46 and Joe Smith 34.
Midfield scored 32 between them with Harry Hulme getting into double figures with 17. They boys played some good football and were rarely out battled.
Generally, our defence worked well playing with a sweeper. The boys played out from the back pushing our fullbacks on as much as possible and on the whole played really well.
Goal Keepers Charlie McKee and Ben G Weston had good seasons in goal, making some good saves at times.
PLAYER’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Hammaad Khalid.
Hammaad has had a great season as our centre forward scoring 57 goals. As well as his goal’s his link up play and overall game has been very good.
MANAGER’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Harry Hulme.
Harry has had a great season in midfield. He is good at passing the ball, has good vision and has scored 17 goals. Harry is also a good competitor who has a great attitude both in training and in games.