Following yesterday’s announcement that all football leagues in the NFL are to be ended and the results expunged for this season, with this in mind it is time to look back and realise we shouldn't let the abrupt end diminish what has been achieved this season by all of the Stocksbridge Park Steels Senior sides.
Our first team have had an excellent season, Manager Chris Hilton accepted the reduced playing budget from the start, and put together a young and exciting squad who have had a togetherness and commitment throughout, and credit should go to them all for showing it’s not all about money.
Throughout the season they have been in and around the play off places playing exciting and for most of the campaign really good football, and with fixtures still to be played against teams around them scheduled for April who knows what might have been achieved?
Seventeen year old Lewis Whitham stepped up and followed past junior players Ben Rhodes and Brodie Litchfield to become a regular first team player and has been an example of what can be achieved with good management and coaching, credit must go to Chris and his management team for bringing another one through the fantastic player development pathway we have within the club.
Our Reserve side, Led by Richard Holmshaw and his Management team, and mainly youngsters have been robbed of the opportunity to play in two cup finals, with both semi- final ties cancelled.
The reserve squad have been made up of players from both under eighteen squads and have also held their own in a strong Premier Division of the County Senior league. So hopefully we will see more coming through to get a chance in the first team.
Both our under eighteen Yellow and Blue squads sit second and third in the Premier Division of the under eighteen league, with a good chance of challenging for the top spot, both squads have provided players for the reserves and they should get even more opportunities next season, Well Done Warren and Stacy for your hard work.
The club would like to take this opportunity to thank all our managers, coaches, secretaries, committee members and most of all our loyal supporters for all the hard work they have put in during the season to make everything go so well.
At this time the most important thing is that people stay safe and well, so look after yourselves and be ready for the start of next season whenever that may be. Graham Furness Chairman