Whitby football team ‘The Untouchables’

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A junior football team in Whitby has been dubbed “The Untouchables” after a remarkable double-winning campaign

Whitby Fishermen’s under 11s team captured the Specsavers U11 League title with 17 wins and a draw from their 18 games, finishing seven points clear of nearest challengers FC Seamer.

They also won the district cup by seeing off local rivals Goldsborough 1-0 at the recent finals weekend.

Coach Phil Stabler said: “This is the boys’ third season together.

“In the first two, we have always finished in the top three and reached the cup final on both occasions, winning it once before.

“The whole squad have being fantastic this season, pulling together to reach their ultimate goal of winning the league and cup in the same season.

“For me, they have gone one step further by only dropping two points all season with a home draw against a Hesleton team who simply came to Whitby to park the bus.

“In that game, we had well over 80% possession and well over 30 shots at goal but simply could not get the lucky break and get a winner.”

Phil attributes his young team’s success to a solid defence which only conceded a handful of goals, a midfield tracking back, moving forward and attacking as a unit and supplying a very potent strike force.

“The boys have simply been too good for the other teams in the league this year,” he said.

“They have used the full width of the pitch to simply pass other teams off the park and this shows with some fantastic results, capped by a 10 -0 home victory mid way through the season.

“I am very proud to have looked after this team.

“The boys have been a pleasure to work with and deserve nothing more than winning the league and cup double.

“I never thought they would go through a full league season and a hard cup run undefeated – they simply are the untouchables.”

Phil thanks the Whitby Fishermen’s Club for supporting the youngsters with “fantastic” equipment, Mark Storr who keeps the team together, the referees through the season and the parents who are “the best set of parents a coach could wish for”.