Crusaders cap superb debut season

PUBLISHED: 10:37 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009

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POTTERS Bar Crusaders Blues Under-10s have finished their first season of youth football as league runners-up. With almost 40 nine-year-olds approaching the club to play football last summer, the popular Potters Bar Crusaders club based at Furzefield in M

POTTERS Bar Crusaders Blues Under-10s have finished their first season of youth football as league runners-up.

With almost 40 nine-year-olds approaching the club to play football last summer, the popular Potters Bar Crusaders club based at Furzefield in Mutton Lane decided to set up another Under-10 team for the 2007-08 season.

Ten new players joined together to form Potters Bar Crusaders Blues.

This completely new squad, which had never played together before, had a remarkable first season in the Under-10 Green Division of the 7-a-side Mid Herts Rural Minors League (MHRML) finishing in second place in a league of 12 teams.

After a slow start, the Blues quickly got into their stride, including a 17-game unbeaten run which stretched from September to April.

They lost just three matches from 22 league games all season, with nine clean sheets and scored an astonishing 79 goals.

The team's impressive scoring record can be attributed mainly to their two main strikers, Brandon Reid and Thomas Brown, who developed an exciting partnership up front.

Between them the deadly duo netted over 40 goals.

Defensively the team have been very effective. Tommy Almond, Rob McCarthy and Jack Cowell have alternated in the two defensive positions for most of the season and together with the keeper, Joe Clegg, the fab four let in just 10 goals in their last 18 matches.

The team's midfield maestro has been Matthew Milne.

Whether working tirelessly for the team, bending his trademark free-kicks into the opposition net or creating scoring opportunities for himself, Matty has been ever present.

Miles Vivian, energetic and hard-working, also played in midfield as well as the team's captain, Harry Trudgill, who has been a stalwart both on and off the field, playing mostly the holding role in midfield.

Crusaders provide football for young people from ages five to 18.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the club secretary via the club website at www.pottersbarcrusaders.com


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