Season Climax RAF Wittering Football Club News
With both teams hoping to finish in a respectable fourth place in their respective divisions, and the 1st team in with a chance to avenge last year’s disappointment of losing the RAF Plate final, it was understandable that both managers were in an upbeat mood as the season drew to a close.
The 1st Team faced difficult opposition over the past few months, however still found a way to reach a second consecutive RAF Plate final while maintaining a respectful league position in the process. The team reached the RAF Plate despite missing out on top spot in the group, losing out to Marham on goal difference. The team then battled to a 1-0 victory away at Honington, which has been the standout team in Division 2 this year to reach the semi-final. The semifinal was then forfeited by Cosford meaning Wittering went through to this year’s final where, despite putting on a great performance, the 1st Team lost 3 – 0 to a well-organised RAF Benson team.
Speaking afterwards Sgt Tippett, RAF Wittering 1st Team manager said: “Overall the performance and attitude of all the squad was exceptional and I am proud of the team that we dominated the game so much. For me if I had to pick out a man of the match performance it would have to be SAC Shaun Sanderson a real colossus at the centre of our defence. It was probably one of the best performances of the season against a very good side.
“The two standout performers this season have been SAC Marshall and SAC Purdy while we cannot forget the achievements of SAC’s Freeman, Dickinson and Olive being chosen to represent the RAF U23 Squad and SAC Croft representing the RAF Men’s Squad.”
The 2nd Team saved its best form for the second half of the season, winning four out of the last five games and convincingly beating Waddington 5-0 in the last game to the delight of the manager.
FS Day, RAF Wittering 2nd Team manager was equally positive about the season as a whole. He said: “We have seen some excellent football from the 2nd Team this season and providing we can gain three points from our remaining two games of the season we will be guaranteed fourth position in the league which is a great achievement for a team that is ever changing each week due to the demands of station life.”
FS Day singled out SAC’s Moore and Bromley as two consistently strong performers in the heart of the midfield.
He added: “SAC Moore has chipped in with four goals in recent matches playing from midfield, while SAC Bromley has been voted man of the match during his last three games for his competitiveness in midfield battles which have been a huge factor in our recent good form.”
FS Day also congratulated SAC Ashmore for being undefeated as captain and scoring his first ever goal.