Boston United’s impressed board of directors gave the club’s pioneering football academy scheme a big pat on the back.
Chairman Sydney Burgess said the club’s board was ‘absolutely delighted’ by the success of the scheme and the youth development programme in general.
In a report to the board, assistant manager Chris Cook, who coached the youngsters and administered the scheme, told of the turmoil in setting it up and how he and his brother decided to buy a house for some of the boys and moved their mother in to look after them. At one stage, due to a misunderstanding about when grant money would be available, Chris even had to find money from his own pocket to pay bills. But he said it had all been worth the effort.
“The course has been a magnificent success,” he said.
“I’m proud of what the lads have achieved, especially Leigh Taylor and Daniel Seagar who have signed full time contracts,” Chris said.
He added that local lad Taylor had interested the likes of Manchester United, Derby and Tranmere.
He added: “I know Leigh could be a big asset to the club financially if we sell him, but football-wise if not.”
l Teenage cricketer Jon Lamyman had a remarkable week with both bat and ball to help his teams to victory.
The 18-year-old produced the performance of the week in the South Lincolnshire and Border League Premier Division when he took all 10 wickets for Boston First XI against Lincoln Lindum.
Lamyman returned career-best figures of 10-29 from 17 unchanged overs as Boston gained their first league win on the season.
Just 24 hours later, he was on top form for his village side, Graves Park, as he scored a century in their opening Friendly League match against Wainfleet. He hit three sixes and seven fours in a total of 108 before being caught in the final over as Graves Park amassed 175-6 after 40 overs.