Norsemen u13s entered 4 competitions this season, having joined the Watford League from the Mid Herts in September and have had an exceptional season, winning the AFA County cup, Watford (WFL) White Division League, finalists in WFL Challenge cup and quarter finalists in WFL League cup. In all competitions the team played 30 games, winning 26, drawing one and losing three (two of those to the top division (Red) London Maccabi Lions who have swept the board in the WFL and Herts county.
AFA County Cup
On Sunday 15 April, Norsemen defeated Old Bealonians 7 goals to 2 in a one sided final. The hard work was done in the earlier rounds and tougher side of the draw, laying the ghost of an agonising last minute loss in the semi final the year previous
With extended runs in the three cups, poor weather, Norsemen u13s had racked up a number of league games to play and trailed by some margin of points following the County cup success. The team had to play three Weds evening away games and two double headers against high placed opposition, one of those away games was gainst the league leaders AFC Oaklands who were running away in points total at the time and had inflicted the only league defeat to Norsemen 1 – 5 in September, so the task looked beyond the team. With some amazing football, bravery, last minute goals the team arrived at Oaklands on Weds 2 May, a point behind with two games remaining knowing they had to win and produced their best performance of the season in a cracking match winning deservedly 1 – 2 which clinched the league
WFL Challenge Cup Final
Having defeated three Red Division teams Norsemen u13s deservedly reached this final to meet London Maccabi Lions who had knocked us out in the Legaue cup quarter final 2 – 3 in February, this was a tight game and it was felt we could give them a real game and potentially land an incredible treble. We conceded early and the effects of the Oaklands game caught up with the team, eventually going down 4 – 0 to the better team on the day. We will play London Maccabi again next year as promoted so we will look to reverse these results.
The team has represented Norsemen valiantly and gallantly this year and we are very proud of their efforts. The County cup was their first meaningful trophy which is always the toughest. The squad set the two competitions won as their objectives for the season and topped these with their other cup runs, they have trained really hard and have deserved their success which will be celebrated on 16 June.
We return to training on Thursday 14 June, with the majority of our squad, possibly one or two more places available if anyone is interested in trialling.
Well done Norsemen u13s
James Corbett OBE