Clipstone’s starting line-up against Teversal on Saturday (11th January) had an average age of 20, with goalscorer Jack Lowe (16) receiving the title as Clipstone’s youngest goalscorer on record.
Manager Dave Hoole selected eight players under the age of 21 in his XI – including Sam Ogden, James McConnell, Tom Weaver, Liam Carrington, Connor Emery, Ethan Knowles, Josh Ing & Josh Devereux with two more on the bench in Solly Limb and Jack Gibb, who came on in the closing stages of the 2-0 victory. Goalscorer, 16-year-old Jack Lowe, was the first of the substitutes used.
When asked about the stat, Dave replied: “It’s been a rollercoaster season, we’ve had a lot of player progress and our results recently show we are improving (after losing just one game in six). There were no surprises that we came out with the win today.”
“Maturity will happen naturally and they need this men’s experience to improve. We’ve got vital experienced lads helping them too: Jason (Foster), Lewis (Warwick), Ethan (Knowles), and the two Jack’s (Warwick & Siddall) are another level and are fully behind our plans.”
Stability has been something Clipstone has lacked in recent years and the Football Club are thrilled to see the progression of these young lads, vice-chairman, Brad Rutter said: “Our player pathway is simple, if your good enough you’ll get your chance. Dave (Hoole) & Tim (Wainwright) work brilliantly together at different stages of player development all with the same principles.”
Brad was appointed vice-chairman early spring and is heavily involved with the local junior side Clipstone Colts. He said: “The Clipstone Colts develop good players season on season and these lads tend to end up at other local clubs. Now we have set up a clear pathway for progression. Going from the under 8’s all the way to the under 16’s. The next level for the Colts is join our under 18’s group.”
“We appointed Tim Wainwright in October as under 18’s manager, his enthusiasm is contagious. We are safe in the knowledge the training sessions are to a top level and he has been using his contacts to bring in former football league players to help coach”.