Staines Town Academy Season Review 2016/17
So, the season has finally come to an end again for our U18 Ryman Youth League, U19 National League Youth Alliance, U19 English Colleges League & Futsal Academy. It has been another successful year, from winning tournaments, being involved with the first team, scoring for the first team and signing professional contracts.
Our U18 squad have once again been exceptional this season. Last year we managed to secure the double, winning the Ryman West Youth League and the Lucas Fettes Cup. However, this year we were just edged out on winning the league again only for Hampton & Richmond Borough to snatch it off our hands. We did manage to finish runners up but you could say we let ourselves down this season with results that should have brought back the title. Some would say that Mark Fabian’s side was stronger last year, but he has done an incredible job once again with the boys he has recruited for this season as they were so close to winning the league. The boys were also on the end of some bad luck in the Middlesex Cup Final, the young swans were up against Barnet’s full time U18’s academy side only to have lost out on penalties. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful experience and night for the ones involved to play against a Professional academy and they made a great account of themselves with Nebay Haile equalising with the last kick of the game to send it to extra time. The boys should have won the game in 90 minutes and extra time with enough chances not being taken but it was a massive learning curve for them all. Mark Fabian & Jim Wigmore have done a fantastic job with these boys finishing second in the league and reaching the Middlesex Cup Final. We now hope that we can go on further next season and achieve bigger and better things.
Our U19 have had a very good season this year competing in the Conference Youth Alliance League for the second time. It was the second season in this league, having lost the first four games of the season last year the boys were determined to put things right this year. The U19’s started off the season with a 4-1 thumping over last year’s winners Brentford Griffins with Deshane Dalling contributing with a hat-trick. The U19’s managed to secure 7 points from their first 3 games and things were looking promising from Martyn Spong’s young side. Having lost top goal scorer Deshane Dalling who had signed his first professional contract with Huddersfield Town things looked to be a little shaken during midway of the season. A few bad results and predicted wins wasn’t enough to guarantee the title or a play-off spot even though it looked like it was going to be after the performances from the start of the season especially against Brentford! In the end, the U19’s managed to finish 6th, the same as last year which isn’t something to be disheartened about because there is always room for improvement next season. Hopefully next season the boys can build on from where they started at the beginning of the season and give it a good go challenging for the league and maybe a higher position in the league!
This year Martyn Spong brought back the U19 Kingston College / Staines Town side into the English College’s league. We took a year out last season to bring something new to the academy (Futsal), but because of having such a large squad there was lack of game time for certain players last season this was one of the reason’s Martyn was so keen to enter us back into the league. Charlie Croydon, one of our coaches took the responsibility of taking charge of this year’s college side and has done an excellent job with the boys finishing in 3rd place. They also went a massive 7 games unbeaten run conceding 1 goal and scoring 41 goals in 7 matches which is an incredible achievement for an academy side. Charlie has really worked hard this year with his squad and we hope next year that the U19 ECFA can challenge for the league title and the College’s Cup.
Our Futsal Academy was our new setup last year introduced by our coach Andy Maciel and Paul Jones. We were put into NCA NATIONAL FUTSAL LEAGUE (South) last year which was held in Swindon every month. We managed to win all our games and finish top of the league unbeaten! This year due to our other commitments around the academy, our Fustal side had only entered the Surrey FA Fustal Tournament in Reigate which we had won last year, so we were looking to achieve the double this year. and we done it! Paul Jones took his side down to East Surrey College hoping for some more success. A 3-0 win, 1-1 draw and two 4-1 wins saw the boys finish the group unbeaten! Only a Nescot win by 5 or more goals would stop them from being crowned champions again. Nescot manage to lose the game and the boys celebrated in fashionable style when they heard the final whistle go that crowned them champions for the second year running. An incredible achievement which I don’t think is easy winning back to back Futsal titles. Massive thanks to Go4Goal, Andy Maciel and Paul Jones for the challenging work preparing and helping the boys to victory again this year.
It has been a very successful year for our Academy and it can only get better next year. Also, our twitter account set up just over a year now has blown up massively with all the latest gossip, fixtures and news about the academy so make sure you follow our every move by following @Staines_TownFC
We would like to thank Martyn Spong, Mark Fabian, Jim Wigmore, Andy North, Charlie Croydon, Clive Offer, Andy Maciel and Paul Jones for all their hard work and commitment this year otherwise it wouldn’t be possible to have one of the best Academy set up’s running here at Staines Town Football Club.
Just some special congratulations to some our Academy boys this season!
MIDDLESEX FA UNDER 18 – Nebay Haile, Rhys Jones
FIRST TEAM APPEARANCES/INVOLVEMENT-
RHYS JONES, NEBAY HAILE, JOSH WOODCOCK, BILLY ORAM, JEREMIAH CHONG, HENRYK BIELINIK, NHOJ WITTER, KARL USHER, DAVID IKAC, DESHANE DALLING, JOSH BURROWES, BRADLEY WILSON, KRISTIYAN GROZDANOV, MICHAEL DWANE-HOLDEN, SAM WOOLFORD, LEE WYATT.
DESHANE DALLING ON HIS GOAL AGAINST HARROW BOROUGH ON HIS DEBUT IN THE CUP AND SCORING 3 LEAGUE GOALS FOR THE FIRST TEAM.
TERRENCE VANCOOTEN FOR SIGNING A PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT AT READING FC
DESHANE DALLING FOR SIGNING A PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT AT HUDDERSFIELD TOWN FC
ACADEMY GETTING MENTIONED ON THE BROOKLANDS RADIO FOR WINNING THE FUTSAL TOURNAMENT AND FRIENDLY WIN AGAINST UNIQUE FA.
NEBAY HAILE SCORING A PENALTY FOR THE FIRST TEAM.
U18’S MAKING THE JEFF RITSON CUP FINAL FOR THE SECOND-YEAR RUNNING.
RESERVE SQUAD INCLUDING 7 U19 PLAYERS BEATING WORCESTER PARK 6-0 AND MAKING THE QUARTER FINAL OF THE SOUTHERN COMBINATION CUP AGAINST BEDFONT & FELTHAM.
NEBAY HAILE MAKING THE FA COUNTY YOUTH CUP FINAL WITH MIDDLESEX AND SCORING AND ASSISTING IN THE 2-1 WIN IN THE FINAL HELD AT BARNET FC.
FANTASTIC TURNOUT FROM ALL THE ACADEMY SQUAD THAT TURNED UP AT THE STAINES TOWN FC PRESENTATION EVENING.
STAINES TOWN ACADEMY PRESENTATION EVENING WINNERS:
STAINES TOWN / KINGSTON COLLEGE U19 ACADEMY MANAGER’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR – ALEX ROSS
U19 CONFERENCE YOUTH ALLIANCE ACADEMY MANAGER’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR – BILLY ORAM
JACK HANSON YOUTH [U18] TEAM MANAGEMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR – GEORGE SMITH
DEREK PERRIN YOUTH [U18] TEAM PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR– MICHAEL DWANE-HOLDEN