Revitalised Jesmond FC seek local support for tomorrow’s top-of-the-table clash
Jesmond FC will aim to maintain their lead of the Tyneside Amateur League tomorrow (18th of November) as they tackle top-of-the-table rivals Ellington FC, who are just one point behind.
Jesmond have got off to a strong start this season winning 10 of their 12 games, heading the league with 31 points. Ellington FC and Stobswood Welfare AFC lie a point behind, with the former enjoying a better goal difference.
Jesmond FC captain Charles Young is confident the team can keep up their success. “We’re now treating every single game like a cup final … one game at a time, but we’re certainly keeping our heads screwed on.”
The team won their last league game 4-1 against current champions Ponteland United Reserves. Jesmond FC’s Louis Tiplady and Adam Duckworth struck up a potent partnership during that match, scoring all four of the team’s goals with Duckworth claiming a hat-trick.
Club coach and manager Simon Mooney has had to recruit heavily after many of last season’s players moved on to other clubs or for work. “We now have an extremely solid squad for every Saturday encounter, whereas last season we sometimes struggled,” explains Young. “The gents have all gelled together really well, and so far, it’s paying off. It’s be difficult to single anyone out, as everyone has stepped up to the plate so well.”
The changes seem to be paying off as already Jesmond FC have almost surpassed last year’s total points haul of 39, when they finished ninth out of 19 teams.
Although the club is riding high in the Tyneside Amateur League, the team has hit a few bumps elsewhere, losing 3-2 against AFC Newbiggin Reserves last Saturday in the Stelrad Minor Cup.
Jesmond FC currently play their home matches in Walker due to a lack of football pitches in the local area. However they are encouraging more Jesmond locals to come along and cheer them on at matches. For more information regarding the team, check out their Twitter account.