What a season it turned out to be for the lads from Belfry Football Club. In a disastrous end to the previous season, when the manager suffered some health problems and the team lost several players, they were forced to reassess their whole outlook.
They got in touch with the league and after assessing all the evidence, and with some compassion, allowed them to take a step back to allow them a chance to rebuild. They did that with some style during the summer, recruiting well and having a proper management structure put into place to help Barry through some tough times.
But don’t underestimate the commitment of the players that stayed and helped integrate the new guys into the fold and create a new era for Belfry.
By season end, the strides they made saw them claim the Division One title amongst some very strong opposition, being tested every week. They made it to the semi-final of the Premier Cup, losing a thriller at eventual champions Global. Those two teams met in the final of the Ernie George Trophy, and even though they were once again the better team, found themselves unable to get it over the line. In county competition they chose the one day in the season to have a nightmare. An unexplained blip saw them exit in the Semi Final when expectations were high.
And finally to the final of the West Essex Charity Cup and a narrow defeat after a tense & tough season, losing to the Corinthian Premier Division champs, Repton Park.
All in all, this was an exceptional season and I know the guys are hurting from not getting a trophy or two into the cabinet to join the league title but that’s what makes a successful outfit……..never being satisfied and always wanting more.
Well done to Belfry. On to the Senior Division and every chance to make more memories in 2019-2020.