One day my name will be spelt correctly, it was only wrong in about the lst 6 programmes last year.
As syrup said, Paul was asked to run the team for the remainder of last season and I was asked to help out. As it goes it was a fantastic experience, hearing Paul gee the guys up before the games, give them a bollocking at half time v Harlow at "home" and rationalise the implosion of the Wealdstone game.
This season as you know Dave McDonald is running the 1st team with Paul becoming his number 2, I have helped out the pre-season training and games (although running the line at Hadley wasn't ideal) and now am getting to grips putting together a senior youth team which has only one or two players from last year. I shall be around at occasional games offering my many words of wisdom and laughing at Paul's comical abuse of linesmen. I shall be at the Chalfont game this Saturday at5 the very least.
The senior youth team is coming together. After patching a side together and being stuffed by Potters Bar, we more than competed with Cheshunt before some late mistakes and a missed penalty.
Last night with played almost our strongest side, the addition of our new keeper Sam made a big difference. With a few players playing positions they'd never played before or within the last 3 years we looked very well balanced, dominated the game against Harlow, who apparently had a very strong side out, and eventually won 1-0 (would have been 2-0 if the ref had awarded the penalty rather than blow up for full time).
There are at least 5 players who could step up into the reserves immediately and who will do with a few of the others next year, before claiming regular places in the 1st team in the years to come.
The board members have been very encouraging since they took over, something the club has needed since I used to watch them as a teenager.
It's also pleasing that the managers and coaches of the youth teams have been especially generous and forward looking in pushing their places up through the ranks.
Jason Kilby (Senior Youth Manager)