Mens football season Review

It has been a very exciting 2016/17 season, which has seen the emergence of some great new first-year talent. The squad consisted of a vast majority of new first-year players, and they have gained invaluable experience through the season which should stand them in very good stead for 2017/18.

The season started exceptionally well; as a team we won every fixture through the months of September, October, November and December, progressing well in both the ESFA Cup and the British Colleges National Cup. This included a standout performance away to Farnborough (winning 5-0), whom eventually won the British Colleges National Cup itself. At this point, the players were playing to a very high level, and although we often conceded in games we were providing a high standard of attacking play to dominate the teams we had played against in this period. Two players, Alfie Rogers and Joel Daley, also advanced to the latter stages of England Colleges trials, which was a fantastic personal achievement for both players. This was coupled with Luke Emberson and Billy Barker making the Sussex squad too.

Post-Christmas, injuries set in and this is where the group struggled a little more; our unbeaten run came to an end and Brockenhurst ended our ESFA Cup competition hopes in the last 32 of the competition. There were still some superb performances – most notably away to Cardinal Newman which was a fantastic team display in which Newman were beaten 4-1.The players rallied towards the end of the season, and the result of this was that we won the Sussex League East Division. This meant that we progressed to the semi-finals of this competition, which unfortunately resulted in a defeat to Lewes FC Academy.

All-in-all it was a really great squad performance this academic year, and one in which all of the players involved will have gained important experience for the forthcoming season. Considering so many games were won with a fledgling side, it stands us in very