Monday, May 09, 2011

Football: Youth success for Salvation Army

by Martin Cobbold
Salvation Army FC’s new youth training scheme has been progressing fantastically well since it started in March.
Current Salvation Army players and coaching staff, with Football Association-recognised coaching qualifications have been providing coaching for about 20 youngsters each Saturday morning and are now looking to register an Under 8s side for next season.
The club are still looking for players of this age and welcome any interest. If your child would be interested in this exciting new venture for an award-winning, Charter Standard club, get in contact with either Mark on 01449 677539, or Ian on 01449 614805. Alternatively, you can contact the club via
Salvation Army First XI finished the season in style with a 5-0 drubbing of the already relegated Elmswell.
After having other sides’ results go their way in previous weeks to secure Division 2 SIL status for the coming season, the final game was a chance for the Chilton Fields-based side to relax and play the type of football they were capable of.
Manager Sam Dickie expressed his desire before the game to finish the season with a positive win and so it turned out thanks to goals from Lewis Stannard (2), Paul Gunton (2) and Neal Whitford.
In truth, the final result could have resembled a cricket score had Army been more ruthless in front of goal, but the season has ended on a high and with signs of promise to push on next season.
Unfortunately, the end of the season compounded a tough year for the Reserves as relegation from Division Four was confirmed, despite an end of season rally, where the side has only lost twice since mid-March.
However, the side will be intent on improving on this season when the 2011-12 campaign gets underway.
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