Season 2012-13 may well go down in history as a 'water-shed' season for the Adders and we could be looking back in years to come and say that it was the turning point in the Clubs fortune.
We invested in a full-time coach for the Ladies and Mens 1st X1, we made sholarships available to students in order to strengthen both teams and for the first time in 10 years we put a second team into the Mens League. The scene was set for the forthcoming season and all looked good. How could we fail?
Well by Christmas it looked pretty bleak; The Men had failed to record a league victory and had thrown away several good leads in matches. They had also got a 12-1 battering at the hands of Coalville (who went on to take the League title). All seemed well when they took a 3-0 lead against local rivals, Nuneaton, but three goals in the second half drew the sides level at 3-3. The second half of the season was also disappointing, with the team playing well but failing to record that elusive League victory - until the very last game of the League season, when they overcome Derby Asterdale 4-0.
Similarly, the newly promoted, Ladies didn't win a league game until 15th December when they scraped a narrow 2-1 victory over Stratford. However from then on the side clicked and they went on to record another 7 victories in 8 games and finsihed comfortably in mid-table. Surely based on last seasons performance they will do well next season.
The Mens 2nd X1 were also brought down to earth by the quality of their opposition as they began their first league campaign in over 10 years. Newly returned Kevin Guest and Brent Glover gave them midfield strength and firepower respectively, but the side looked poor against much younger and fitter opposition. As the season progressed, however, and players began to get used to the playing formation and their roles, the side began to compete more and they finished on a high with two great results as the season ended.
All the match reports from last season can be selected from the list on the right.....
Next season brings more promise as the Club brings in some younger players from the Junior section, secures the services of the Player Caoch for another season and provides scholoarships for more players. - Bring it on!
Ladies Final League position 2012-13
Mens 2nd X1 Final League position 2012-13