Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League
Published 4th August 2012
....(Cambridge Regional College), is anticipating an exciting time.
“The boys have been working really hard over the past month of pre-season, and having played in a number of fixtures are looking forward to the league season starting this weekend,” he said.
“For many it will be their first season for CRC in the Thurlow Nunn Premier and having experienced their first taste of adult football in the past few weeks, they know the challenge ahead will be difficult.
“It’s always exciting this time of year with our new intake of scholars, and we understand the time it takes for them to adjust to the wholesale changes that brings to their lives. We do though, want them to adjust quickly and push themselves.”
Over the next eight or nine months CRC will face games in league, The Red Insure League Cup, the FA Vase, the FA Youth Cup and the Cambs Invitational Cup.
Dependant on cup progression, there is scope for over fifty matches to be played throughout the season, and whilst the demands physically on the young players are great, it is by no means impossible to achieve a successful result.
But what is success for CRC?
“Clearly, progression in cup competitions and league placing success is down to the ‘simple art’ of winning football matches,” Bonner explains. “This in itself is a skill that needs experience, nous, work, character and quality. These are the traits we will need to develop in the players and the group to enable us not only to compete, but achieve.
CRC will line up with a young and inexperienced team this season and Bonner is aware this will inevitably lead to inconsistency and moments of struggle in certain games.
“We must learn fast and we must show in abundance the qualities a young side can bring,” he said. “We have to be energetic, tireless and persistent. These three qualities will make us an enjoyable side to watch.”
CRC’s season begins with six matches in August, all in the league, starting with a trip to FC Clacton. It will be a tough start to the season Bonner admits it could be an “eye-opener to the first year scholars, but a game we need to use as a marker for where we are, and where we need to go.”
Explaining the aims and goals of the CRC side, Bonner continued: “We will combine the difficult task of needing to win with developing players who can be successful higher up the football pyramid.
“We aim to provide excitement for those who watch us, we will try to learn from our mistakes, and we endeavour to work all year to improve and be successful. If you can support us along the way, we believe we have a group of talented players who can progress over the next two or three years.”