Emerson and Randles Look Back On Their Respective Seasons
Following a hugely successful season, we sat down with Development Squad manager, Rosie Emerson.
“What a fantastic season it has been for our Development Squad, finishing runners up in the league and becoming Challenge Cup champions. With over half of the squad still being 16/17 years old, and it being their first year out of junior football, the girls have worked really hard and demonstrated their potential for the future.
Remaining unbeaten at home for all league fixtures, scoring a total of 74 goals and having lost only two fixtures secured the girls’ runners up position in the League campaign.In the Challenge Cup Final, the girls gave up a comfortable 2-0 lead to see the game go to penalties. Fortunately, some great goalkeeping and calm penalty taking gave the girls the upper hand and saw them crowned Challenge Cup Champions.From the start, it was important that we focused the girls and instilled a real professional attitude to our work this season, I was keen to bring about a hunger and desire to be the best each and every player could be, of which the girls responded to and rose to the challenges set. Many of the girls have experienced playing for the First Team on occasions and just proves how the pathway we have tried to set up is beginning to fall into place.I am extremely proud of all the girls involved and having said all along they have all played a massive part in what had been a very successful season for SCLFC.” – Roseanna Emerson, Development Team manager.
This year was never going to be easy for the under 18’s with it being their first venture into the pathway for senior football.With the majority of the previous season’s under 16’s progressing to the development team and even the first team meant the under 18’s would be made up from this seasons under 16’s. It was a difficult start and for the first few games we played without a recognised goalkeeper, which meant leaking a number of goals, thankfully we are blest with a number of players who can score goals. The opening games were against teams that finished below us however 2 victories were clinched before facing both Crewe and Chester who won easily. This all began to change with the signing of a goalkeeper and another centre back which gave us a settled back four. The turning point in the season was when we were 3-1 down with 15 minutes to play against Upton LFC and ended up winning 4-3.With the league being over we took the positive of being second highest scores and went with in to the league cup full of confidence. After a win against Wirral we came up against Crewe after losing 9-3 to them earlier in the season we wanted to see how much we had improved and with a 2-2 draw it was a game we could have easily won. The performances continued to improve and this was rewarded by getting to the final. Unfortunately we lost narrowly in the final but overall a fantastic season. With the team maturing we are looking forward to the 2019/20 season and the prospect of competing for all competitions. – Martin Randles, Under 18s Manager