Worcester City Youth Under 15s’ management team have been reflecting on a successful campaign after the team was crowned Junior Premier League national elite champions.
City beat Guiseley 1-0 in the final at Oxford City FC earlier this month to lift the crown contested by 108 teams over the season.
In a cagey encounter, the Yorkshire side started the brighter before City began to dominate from the midway point of the first-half after being fired up by a dubious back-pass decision. Shortly afterwards, Dexter Dudley-Toole struck the decisive goal when he sidefooted a half volley home from 10 yards.
After the break, Archie Mears had a shot cleared off the line and Alex Watts had a goal disallowed before Guiseley pressed for an equaliser but were repelled by some formidable Worcester defending with City's man-of-the-match Toby Wakefield at the heart of the action.
"After losing five players last summer and having five new ones to bed in, we didn't know what lay ahead so to have the season we've had with just one defeat and the inaugural JPL national elite title in our hands is truly remarkable and testimony to a truly amazing squad of young footballers," explained manager Darron Hobbs.
Coach Andy Wheeler said that it had been a tremendous team effort both on and off the pitch with parents clocking up hundreds of miles travelling to games across the country as City progressed through the competition.
"Darron and I are immensely proud of what has been achieved as a group but especially the lads for their dedication and hard work," he added. "They have put Worcester City on the map and the club has a bright future to look forward to with these fantastic players coming through."