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Nobody said winning would be easy…

Nobody said winning would be easy…

Proudly sporting their SE10 emblazoned football strips, the team members of the Hemel Hempstead Town under-13 football team were looking forward to the 2017/18 season with great confidence. Just promoted to the Premier League of youth football – League 1 – they were champing at the bit to show what they could do.

Sport can be cruel

Alas, the season has not started well. In fact, it started badly. Very badly. Six games in and not a game won. Not even a game drawn. And to make matters worse, the boys threw away a 4:0 halftime lead in a Cup game against a team in a lower division and went down 7:8. 

It was mostly silly errors, but as football legend Johan Cruyff once said: ‘Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins’.

Surprisingly for teenage boys, they are not overly downhearted. The team spirit is good, the boys like each other, and know that if they can expand on the flashes of brilliance they have shown in the games so far then they will be able to turn the tide and start winning again.

Football is like life – it requires perseverance, hard work, sacrifice and dedication. All of these attributes will be needed in the coming weeks. More news to follow…

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