Celebrating a top three finish, Chipping Football Club will recall the 2014/15 as having been a great success.
After Matthew Ireland stepped down, new manager Matt Eccles took charge of the team in June knowing the side had potential, but needed a bit of guidance and someone to get that potential out of the players and onto the pitch on a consistent basis.
Matt brought in a few players he had worked with previously, whilst keeping the core of the team together.
After a great pre-season (courtesy of OTP Fitness, Longridge) results on the pitch showed all the hard work the side had done was beginning to pay off with the results being achieved.
The players managed to go on a 10 game unbeaten run in the league and that’s one of many statistics showing how impressive this group of lads have been throughout 2014/15. Chipping have conceded only 21 goals in 22 games in the league, and kept an impressive 10 clean sheets.
They have remained unbeaten at home throughout both league and cup fixtures and reached the semi-final of the William Shakespeare cup, as well as securing a top three finish for the season.
Manager Matt Eccles said: “I did not know fully what to expect when I took over as Chipping manager back in June, I had expected a challenge given that the team had spent the last four seasons wallowing around the lower reaches of the division.
“The lads I inherited worked hard through preseason and have continued to do so for the entire season. I was told on my arrival that any finish higher than last year’s ninth place would be seen as a positive result for the year, so to have finished third is fantastic! It was a slight disappointment to miss out on promotion on goal difference but I’m extremely proud of all the lads’ efforts, it’s been an incredible season.”
Next season the side will be training hard again and undergoing another tough pre-season campaign.
The squad and manager will work on certain aspects of their game, trying to change the games drawn into wins with the squad they have and the young lads coming through - a key part of Eccles’ plan for the future, which has been proven this season with three of the under 18s getting regular runs in the team.
So, 2014/15 has seen a lot of changes; both with the club returning to their home pitch in Chipping after a two season absence and the appointment of a new manager, but all signs look positive - all in all a bright future ahead for Chipping Football Club.
Chipping FC end of season award winners; Most Improved – Jake Catt. Clubman of the year – Mark Ross. Young Player of the year – Joe Harrison. Player of the year – Bartek Rosinski. Players’ Player of the year – Jake Hollis.