15TH MAY 2018 AND THE FIRST OF THE FRIENDLIES FOR THE NEWLY FORMED MSA U13s,INCLUDING A COUPLE OF TOURNAMENTS THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE.A MIXED BAG OF RESULTS,A PROPER BEATING,A WIN OR TWO AND A FINAL APPEARANCE IN THE STAFFORD TOWN TOURNAMENT.NOT A BAD START AT ALL,THE BEATING AT THE HANDS OF THE BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE WAS NOTHING MORE THAN CHARACTOR BUILDING STRANGE AS IT MAY SOUND,YOU LEARN A LOT ABOUT THE LADS PERSONALITY,ATTITUDE AND ATTRIBUTES AND WE ALL LEARNT ON THAT DAY THAT WE WERE NOT AFRAID TO LOSE AND WE CERTAINLY NOT ABOUT TO LAY THE BLAME AT ANYONES FEET,WE WERE A TEAM.

OUR SEASON COULDNT HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ANY BETTER WITH A HOME GAME TO START THE SEASON AGAINST NORTON CANES,LOTS OF FRIENDLY RIVALRY (WELL THIS STATEMENT IS ALMOST TRUE) BETWEEN PLAYERS AND PARENTS. WE GOT OFF TO THE BEST START WITH A 5-2 VICTORY THAT SHOWED A REAL DETERMINED APPROACH FROM THE LADS AND A GREAT FEELING OF SATISFACTION FOR EVERYONE ELSE. THE HIGH DIDNT LAST LONG THOUGH WITH A LEAGUE BEATING BY BURNTWOOD DRAGONS.THE LADS STRUGGLED IN THIS GAME AND THE NEWNESS OF THE SIDE WAS NOTICABLE,BUT AGAIN THERE WAS NO BLAME ON ANYONE,LOTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE COACHES AND PARENTS ALIKE.THESE BOYS REALLY DO HAVE A FANTASTIC ATTITUDE TOWARDS EACH OTHER. WITH SO MANY GAMES AHEAD IT WAS GREAT TO BE INVOLVED IN SOME INTERLEAGUE GAMES,PLAYING TEAMS FROM THE WALSALL LEAGUE AND THE STAFFORD LEAGUE AND HAVING HIGH SCORING GAMES AGAINST THE TWO TEAMS WE PLAYED,SCORING 23 AND CONCEDING 2. A GAME AGAINST ANOTHER TOP TEAM IN HEATH HAYES SAW US LOSE 8-2 BUT PUT IN A PERFORMANCE TO BE PROUD OF,THE SCORE REALLY DIDNT REFLECT THE PERFORMANCE.THIS AND MANY OTHER PERFORMANCES WERE REAL STAND OUT MOMENTS FOR THE BOYS,AFTER LOSING TO STRIKES WITH A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO GO A FEW WEEKS EARLIER, THE HOME PERFORMANCE AGAINST THEM WAS A REAL END TO END AFFAIR WITH BOTH TEAMS BATTLING TO LAND THE WINNER,MSA WINNING 4-3 AFTER BIENG BEHIND.CHARACTOR AND DETERMINATION SHINING THROUGH, A GREAT END TO THE YEAR.
2019 AND THE NEW YEAR STARTED IN SIMILAR STYLE WITH A 4-1 WIN AWAY AGAINST NORTON CANES(MORE SATISFACTION)
THEN, BRERETON AT HOME IN A GAME THAT WE NEEDED TO WIN TO HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN THE LEAGUE AND WE WERE 5-2 DOWN AT HALF TIME,MANAGING TO PULL 2 BACK IN THE SECOND HALF AND PUTTING IN A REAL PERFORMANCE,BUT SADLY THE WHOLE GAME WAS OVERSHADOWED BY A TERRIBLE INJURY TO FRASER DUNN.THE SCORE 5-4 TO BRERETON , THOUGH IT WAS AN IMPORTANT GAME, JUST SEEMED IRRELEVENT.MOVING ON THROUGH THE SEASON SAW GREAT WINS AGAINST LICHFIELD, COLRON AND WHITTINGTON AS WELL AS A DEFEAT IN ANOTHER NEEDLE GAME FOR A GROUP OF THE OTHER LADS AND PARENTS AGAINST WALSALL WOOD(NOT SO HAPPY PARENTS IN THIS ONE) AND ALSO A CUP SEMI FINAL APPEARANCE AGAINST HEATH HAYES THAT QUITE POSSIBLY BOUGHT THE MOST COMPLETE PERFORMANCE FROM OUR BOYS, WE BATTERED A BATTERED US EARLIER IN THE SEASON,WITH GRIT AND DESIRE , GOING 2-0 UP AND THEN HAVING A PERFECTLY GOOD GOAL DISALLOWED FOR THE MOST ONSIDE OFFSIDE GOAL THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN,THE PENDULUM SWINGING THE OTHER WAY WITH HEATH HAYES EQUALISING AT THE DEATH AND WINNING IN EXTRA TIME 3-2. THEY KNEW THEY WERE LUCKY ,WE KNEW WE HAD BEEN ROBBED. NEEDING TO BEAT STREETLY TO GET THE RUNNER UP SLOT IN THE LEAGUE AGAIN SAW US BATTLE HARD BUT NOT QUITE MANAGE,AGAIN LOSING IN THE LAST MINUTE,THIS GAME SAW TEARS AT THE END, I LOVE TEARS BECAUSE IT SHOWS THEY CARE.A REVENGE VICTORY AGAINST BRERETON WAS VERY SATISFYING AND A THIRD WIN OF THE SEASON AGAINST NORTON(OOOHHHHH YET MORE SATISFACTION….ALMOST BORING NOW) AND FINISHING WITH A DEFEAT AT THE HANDS OF A VERY STRONG SHELFIED TEAM WRAPPED UP A VERY SUCCESSFUL FIRST SEASON.

IN A FIRST SEASON THAT BOUGHT TOGETHER A LOAD OF LADS FROM DIFFERENT TOWNS,MOST OF WHOM HAD NEVER MET EACH OTHER,3 FANTASTIC COACHES WHO HAVE GIVEN EVERYTHING TO MAKE THIS TEAM A SUCCESS WITH NOTHING BUT ENCOURAGMENT,COACHING AND CREATING A FANTASTIC ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR BOYS TO FLOURISH,THANKS STEPHEN,LEE AND MIKE. A BAFFLING LEAGUE STRUCTURE THAT SAW US FINISH JOINT TOP BUT ACTUALLY FINISH 3RD,AND THEN FINISH RUNNER UP IN THE MEDAL LEAGUE AND NOT FORGETTING THE SEMI FINAL BATTLE ROYAL. ITS BOUGHT TOGETHER THE NICEST ,MOST ENCOURAGING PARENTS THAT IVE COME ACROSS AND ALSO SAW ONE OR TWO TOP MOMENTS,SCORING OVER 100 GOALS WAS ONE,THE OTHER BEING THE ARRIVAL OF CENTRE CIRCLE PETE(ILL SAY NO MORE ON THIS )ALL IN ALL A GREAT SEASON AND HEARS TO HE NEXT ONE.WELL DONE BOYS, ITS BEEN AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE TO WATCH YOU ALL IMPROVE WEEK AFTER WEEK.ROLL ON THE 18TH MAY

ONWARDS