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Chipperfield Corinthians Under 10s

20th of June 2008

Well what a season. It seems like years ago when the campaign was started at home against Tring Tornadoes. Tring were lucky to get 0 as we scored 7!, the U10’s were off! The following cup defeat against Rickmansworth was a minor blip, it was the league we wanted. Errors cost us 2 points in the next game against bogey team Little Gaddesden, we had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The following 4-3 home win against fellow challengers Leverstock Green was the start of a magnificent run of 8 wins in a row that saw Maccabi beaten 2-1 away from home with a late late winner . Harpenden away brought a 6-1 win, and the double over Tring was achieved with a 3-1 win. The next home game was the ‘derby’ against Bovingdon. A lot had been said about how we seriously needed to win this one. No one should have worried as Bovingdon were sent packing with a 6-0 thumping! We then played home and away to St Albans, and although we looked a bit cocky in the home game which we won 5-3, the away game led to an emphatic 8-1 win. Needless to say words were exchanged between myself and the players after the 5-3 win. Sun Postal were the next victims of a thrashing 6-1 at home on a mud heap of a pitch, same for both teams of course, we were just simply unstoppable.  The game against Little Gaddesden produced a poor performance and the first defeat of the season by 2-1. Worse was to follow as we crumbled 3-0 at Bovingdon, we were simply outgunned although their goal led a charmed life. The knives were out, panic set in, could we get back to winning ways? The pack were catching us! Again words were spoken, changes made, training became rather important. The following 4-1 defeat at Woodhall in the league cup was perhaps not as surprising as the way the team played. Wholesale changes in the team were made for this game, yet it looked like we had lost the knack of stringing two passes together. The defeat didn’t matter, the performance did, and it was very bad. The next league game was a ‘must win’, Hemel Town were no mugs and we were severely tested in a tense 2-1 win, but the losing streak was over. Sun Postal then gave us the points, they had remembered how we had dumped them earlier in the season. Next up were Harpenden and a 5-0 win put us right back on track, although it was a bit of a canter, top form was not reached. The next game at then top Leverstock Green would in our eyes almost be the title decider. Leverstock were a tough team who had themselves been on a good run, to play them on their tiny home pitch was going to be a real battle. And so it proved, an evening kick off with raucous parents on both sides provided great entertainment and no end of high drama and tension. The only thing it didn’t produce was a goal. How we didn’t win it I am not sure, we had six good chances to their none, but they held out. I sensed that we had broken them after this game, I saw the winning post ahead. I had reminded the boys that to win the league they had to win the last six games, two games in and we had a win and a draw. Now with four games left total focus was needed. Four cup finals beckoned. We went to Hemel Celtic and after a tense game we were comfortable 2-0 winners. With other results going our way we knew that a maximum of 4 points were needed from the last three games. On the Saturday we played Hemel Celtic again, we won 3-1, and although we were not at our best, we were 1 point from the championship. The best was yet to come. Maccabi were the visitors on the Sunday afternoon, they wanted to finish 2nd, in fact if they had beaten us and won their last two games and we had lost ours they could’ve been champions. Fortunately our boys were having none of it and produced an incredible performance of strength, skill and desire. The Mums and Dads roared, the boys responded, and Maccabi were left with a 4-0 defeat. Maccabi are a good footballing side, but we simply demolished them. So there it was and with one game to go against Hemel Town, the championship delivered on a plate. The boys ran a lap of honour, Melanie sprayed them with bucks fizz, the boys danced, dived and screamed with delight. They deserved it totally, I am so proud of them, they worked their socks off. Well done Danny, Cameron, Ben, Sam, Christian, Evan, Ben, Justin, Tom, Henry, David, James, Oliver and Tom. Special thanks on behalf of the team go to our wonderful new sponsors Jeff, Jaquie and ‘Alfie’ and to Alex our assistant coach, to Chris our Ref and to all the parents and supporters and of course ‘Melanie Manager’. Well done everybody. Barry Coleman

A final word from ‘Melanie Manager’: I would just like to echo the thank you’s mentioned, and add a thank you from myself and the team to our Coach Barry! WELL DONE U10’s, YOU’VE DONE US PROUD!

 
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