Riverside Kestrels Season Review
This season has been a difficult one for obvious reasons, but one that has seen the team continue to develop and progress into a really good football team. The Kestrels started in September, but only managed to play three games before the season was called off, winning one. The Kestrels returned following the third lockdown, entering the U14’s Spring league in division D. The league offered us a great chance to get back to a degree of normality and get back to playing football. Having only had one weeks training the team unfortunately lost their first game against Borough Alliance.
They won their next game emphatically against Kibworth and it was great to see the lads come back and show what they do with a fantastic performance. The team continued to show their strengths with a 5-0 win against Desford, a 5-1 win against North Kilworth and a guttsy 2-1 win against local rivals Sileby. Borough Alliance remained ahead of us by a point, but all the team could do was to continue to put pressure on them by winning their games.
With only two games left we visited Market Bosworth and probably put in our performance of the season with the lads winning 3-0, but it could have been so many more. Surprising Borough lost their next game and this meant if we won our last game against Market Harborough we would be Champions. The game was very tense and went one nil down against the run of play, but goals in either half meant we won the game 2-1 and were crowned champions.
With all the stops and starts this year, it has been great to see the lads continue to develop and play some fantastic football in the process with everybody contributing during the year, and winning the league, a great way to cap off the season.
We now look forward to the new season in September with new players welcome.
Riverside United Junior FC U14 Kites season has now come to an end!…
and as we look forward to a well earned rest during July, we also look forward to coming back stronger next season!
The 2020/2021 season was the first season we faced together as a team. The Kites were formed with players from two teams already within the Riverside football club, and a few new additions from elsewhere. The aim of the Kites team being formed was to give players game time that they were lacking, or to give players game time to play against better opponents. With this in mind the Kites were entered into division 5 for the first half of the season, with our first game being a massive test against Syston Town. Half of the Kites team had played this fixture in previous seasons, and had always found themselves on the losing team.. including watching Syston Town win the league against them… so confidence wasn’t high entering this fixture. However, we had a game plan and decided as a group that we wanted to put all previous fixtures in the past, and start our new team on a level playing field with any opponents we would face. After a very hard fought game, we came out victorious with a 1-0 win, which, looking back now, was a massive step in the right direction. It was just what we had visioned of what this team could achieve. We followed up the Victory over Syston with a couple of draws against Kegworth and Glenfield, before a couple of defeats against the teams occupying the top spots of the table. Unfortunately, the first half of the season came to a sudden end due to the lockdown being imposed on us all. For the second half of the season we were entered into division 6, due to some teams not wanting to play during the current situation. This wasn’t what we would have chosen, but knew we could make a good impression on division 6 if we could carry on the hard work and progress we had made in the first half of the season. With this in mind, I set the lads a target of finishing within the top half of the table. Our first game was against Glenfield and following a very close battle we came out victorious with a 2-1 victory. Up next for us was Braunstone where we went 1-0 up, then 2-1 up before conceding three late very disappointing goals to a team who then went on to win the division comfortably. Although we found this defeat disappointing, we could see the positives from this performance, and took that into our next fixture. This was where we beat Kegworth 4-0. This was a team we drew against in the first half of the season, which for me was a massive indicator of how far we had come as a team and the togetherness we had created. Our next fixture was a 2-1 defeat, followed by two victories over Ashfordby and Wigston. We scored 5 goals, which was our biggest amount of goals in a single game. Once again, this shows the progress we were making as a team. Our final game of the season was against Burbage, where we managed a 4-4 draw, scoring in the last few minutes of the game. This was enough to secure us 2nd place in our division, which in my eyes is a massive achievement from a team put together only 10 months previous to this result. We’re already excited and looking forward to next season. With a few new players in the pipeline to improve our squad, we’re very optimistic that as a team we can progress even further.