Uppermill U16s set to repeat treble success

UPPERMILL U16s are on course to repeat last season’s treble in the North Manchester Girls’ League.

The team has already won the league and knockout cup and is still competing in the league cup after another memorable campaign.

Uppermill have been unbeaten for three years and coach Andy Thorp, from Carrbrook, estimates that sequence extends to about 100 matches.

The title winning girls’ team with coaches Andy Thorp and Andy Gregory, club vice-president Max Lawton and Tony Gothard, the club’s girls’ and ladies’ co-ordinator

Andy added their success is a tribute to the perseverance of the girls.

He explained: “The girls have been together since the age of seven, and we were bottom of the league for our first four seasons.

“The girls stuck at it in training and we have always tried to play the right way with pass and move.

“We didn’t have the biggest team but, when everyone levelled out size wise, the better football won as we have proved.”

In the current campaign the team has scored more than 100 goals – 13 was their highest total in a game – with Andy’s daughter Nicole reaching a half century.

Andy, joint coach with Andy Gregory, explained: “We have been averaging nine or 10 goals a game, though there have been games when we have only won 2-1 or 1-0.

“When we play the weaker teams, I play girls out of position and weakened teams, but we still win by big margins.”

After winning the league with games to spare, they completed their league campaign with an 8-0 victory against Chaddy Park, Nicole scoring five of the goals.

They also won the knockout trophy in style defeating Moston Brook 9-0 in the final, Nicole scoring the first four goals.

In the current league, it is nine-a-side and Uppermill has won at U14,15 and 16.

Andy, who says six of the girls are Mossley/Carrbrook based and five live in Saddleworth, is hoping to keep the team together next season when they will compete either in an U17 or open-age league.

Though Nicole’s  goalscoring exploits have caught the eye, Andy says the success has been down to a team effort.

He points to Megan Brierley keeping nine clean sheets adding centre-back Ella Trow has also been outstanding.

The team is to visit Spain at the end of the season as it did last year.


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