Departing Boss Proud Of Under-18s Progress
Stowmarket Town Under-18s’ departing manager Peter Mayhew has issued the following statement:
“When myself and Wayne took over the club’s under-18s in January 2018 the team were at the bottom of the league, having played nine games and with 0 points.
“I was being informed that the team couldn’t postpone another game or risked being taken out of the Thurlow Nunn Youth League, and we turned up at our first training session with just seven players!
“It was going to be an uphill battle, but with the goal of establishing a team which was bringing only local players in who were from Stowmarket Town’s youth section, this proved difficult through youth managers not always looking to push players through, and with limited opportunities for players moving into the adult section.
“But over the next two seasons we managed to bring players through and created a pathway into the adult section. Taking away the last two void seasons because of Covid-19, we managed to have 11 players moving into the adult section, with three players playing for the first team.
“It was a tough start, but with commitment from us and the club we managed to get the under-18s in a stable position and ready to help the adult section with player recruitment, which is what an under-18s team should be doing.
“It’s been a great pleasure for myself and Wayne to manage the team, and with the help of Liam Da Silva coming on board last season as coach only helped with player development.
“But with the last 12 months being what it has been, and the difficulties that has created for the club and for me on a personal level, it’s time for the club to move on. Without being able to fully commit, it’s right that the club develops a new era for the under-18s, developing the youth section through and creating a one club mentality.
“Myself, Wayne and Liam wish the club and under-18s great success in the coming years, and I would personally like to thank Neil Sharp for for the help and support he has given me personally and with the team over the past three years, and especially the last 12 months.
“I’m sure I will see you all at the club for a beer. Fingers crossed we can actually get back to watching football at Greens Meadow soon.”