Wragby end and era on a high with win over Horncastle

Wragby boys u16 football team beat Horncastle boys u16s 5-3 at Wragby.This was the last game of the 2011-12 season with Wragby finishing about fourth, subject to other results in the Mid-Lincs Youth League Division 16c. The winning team are pictured with the joint managers Kim Waters and Murray Smedley. Photo: John H Edwards.
Wragby boys u16 football team beat Horncastle boys u16s 5-3 at Wragby.This was the last game of the 2011-12 season with Wragby finishing about fourth, subject to other results in the Mid-Lincs Youth League Division 16c. The winning team are pictured with the joint managers Kim Waters and Murray Smedley. Photo: John H Edwards.

Wragby FC u16s 5

Horncastle Town u16s 3

WRAGBY FC u16s played their last game on Sunday with a 5-3 win against local rivals Horncastle Town.

This ensured a happy end to seven seasons of junior football for long standing manager Kim Waters.

What began as a request from his son, James, to play his favourite pastime, Kim started the team at under 8s in the 2004/5 season with seven players.

Other than an enforced year out at u11 level – when all teams have to move to 11-aside - the squad has stuck together since.

Remarkably, four of those first players (James Waters, Joe Smedley, Dan Reeves and David Leffler) took to the pitch for the last game having stayed with the team for all seven seasons.

Running the team with Murray Smedley, both on and off the pitch for the last five years as joint managers, they both agreed that a cup final appearance at Lincoln United’s Ashby Avenue ground was one of many highlights.

Another is seeing the players grow in confidence, footballing ability...and height.

Most of the team intend to continue playing, with some joining Wragby men’s reserve team whilst others are to move further afield to join u18s teams.