A Promising New Year Start

Happy New year to All

An excellent start to the New year in terms of both weather and results. Fourteen games played, 9 wins, 2 draws and only 3 defeats. The Under 10's, Under 14's and Under 15's led the way with 100% success.

Martin and Michaels U10 Lions maintaining their position at the top of the U10 Premier league with a 2-0 victory over Raynes Park, whilst David's Under 10 Pride replicated the success with a 4-1 win against Whitton. Trevor's Under 14 Lions faced a Hanworth team that had won every game this season in a top of the table clash and a late goal gave Trevor a fabulous 1-0 victory. Ricks Under 14 Pride gained revenge against a strong KPR side beating them 4-1 to put them in contention for a top two finish. In the Under 15's, Dean and Sam's U15 Pride had a good 4-1 win at Worcester Park helped by a Jadyn C hat-trick. Michael's Under 15 Lions had time out from the WSY League to see if they could make the Quarter Final of the Surrey County Cup for the 2nd year in succession. An impressive 7-0 win over Kingstonian's was enough to put them into the last 8 of the competition. The Surrey County Cup is a competition that Sheen Lions has never won in any age group in the clubs 25 year history. Can this be our year?

Both the Under 12's teams had vital games today. Bernie's 3rd placed Under 12 Pride faced 2nd placed Dorking and a 1-1 result keeps both clubs in the same positions. Mel's Under 12 Lions played a high flying Crusaders side and a well deserved 7-2 victory for Mel keeps them also in contention for a top two finish. Nick and Gavin's Under 9 Pride had a very narrow 1-0 defeat at Twickenham but Nidal and Richard's Under 9 Lions had a great day moving into 2nd place in the U9 Div 1 with a very impressive 5 -1 win over Old Isleworth. It was good that Trevor had the opportunity to give the boys some guidance prior to this game. It was also a really good day for the Under 11's, Jon and and Alastair's Under 11's Lions produced a good 0-0 draw against a Links team sitting a number of places above them in the league. Yet surely the most exciting game of the day had to be at Ashford where the top two teams in U11 Div 1 faced each other. David's U11 Pride came out victorious in a fantastic 4-3 victory to take U11 Pride well clear at the top of the league.

The Under 13 may want to forget the first Sunday of the New Year as Terry's 13 Lions found table topping Junior Bees a bit too strong and Matthew and Russell's 13 Pride lost a game they would have been favourites to win.

Both Julian, Jason and Eric 's Under 8's also had games and will be pleased with the progress that the boys are making.

TEAM OF THE DAY is very hard as there were so many crucial games and really excellent results across a range of age groups. As such I will give TEAMS OF THE DAY to the two Under 8 squads that we have developed. It has been a fantastic first 4 months for Julian and Jason's Under 8 Lions and the new Under 8 Pride managed by Eric Capp. Michael does great credit and has done a terrific job in developing this age group.and this has given us great inspiration to continue to increase the focus on the development side of the club. If I had one New Years resolution for Sheen Lions it would be to enhance our reputation (it is already very good) for attracting young talent and providing the very best development program in Surrey for young footballers (particularly in the vital Under 7- 10 age groups). I have no doubt we will achieve this and this will provide the foundation for continued success as boys move to 9 v9 and 11 v11 football.

Team Of The Week
U8 Lions
Our U8 Pride have only just started and we hope to have a photo soon.

Shortly we will be announcing our SHEEN LIONS Open day on Feb 4th 2012 at Palewell Park for all boys currently in Primary school Yr 1 to Year 5 for next years Under 7 to Under 11. We will increase the focus on the development side of the club and want very much to continue the success we are seeing to date.

Keep up the good work and WELL DONE to all.


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