SPAL is excited to be backing local youth football team through sponsoring the team kit and they gave this account of the season’s highs and lows:
Our season started at the tail end Summer 2016 with gruelling pre-season training - all players eager to impress in the forthcoming campaign, since last season ended on a massive high after being crowned league champions.
After being promoted to Division 1, nobody was under any illusions as to the task ahead. Key additions to the squad were made.
All additions settled in well bringing talent, enthusiasm and character to the team. Banter and hard work ensued as the first few games kicked off the season.
Bit of an eye opener as the first 4 games were lost under pretty close margins but the team were never seen to be shirking a challenge or feeling sorry for themselves.
A cup match provided welcome diversion from league duties in a thoroughly entertaining and energetic meeting with local rival Nunnery Wood. Although the match was very tight Nunnery came away victorious with a couple of goals only a few minutes from time.
The squad pulled together the following week and gained the first points of the season with a resounding 3-1 win at home to Bewdley Town. Could this be a turning point in the season for us to gather momentum and push forward?
Unfortunately the following game ended in defeat but that was a minor blip in what was to be possibly the best team performance ever against title challengers Kempsey Colts, on what was miserable, wet and dull Sunday afternoon.
That was the only thing dull about this encounter. Chances created at either end saw WCT take the lead and gain a foothold in the game.
Soon a leveller arrived 1-1 at half time. The Manager (Craig Davis) inspired the team to go out and not let energy levels drop and push for a 2nd goal. They duly obliged only to be cruelly denied three points by practically the last kick of the game and finished 2-2.
That result has primed the team so they are good ready for a full schedule of upcoming fixtures.