On Monday night, Jake Mawford, in his debut season as the Weston U18s manager, has the chance to lead his side to Somerset Floodlight Youth League Premier Division glory. Mawf’ and his side make the journey to Jerry White’s Clevedon Town, who currently sit 2nd in the table.
The ‘Young Seagulls’ go in to the fixture top of the table, just three points ahead of rivals & opponents Clevedon. With the league’s top scorer Sol Wanjau-Smith, who to date has racked up 17 goals this season, and will be hoping to add to his tally as well as strike partner Jamie Irwin, who has also been prolific with a tally of 11 goals, who has been a consistent performer when used by Mawford this season.
Ahead of the final tie, Jake Mawford told us, “Our aim for the season was development and I believe we have achieved that goal. Tomorrow night is our 42nd match of the season but this will be different to every other that has gone before.
“We are going to do everything and try everything to get the win opposed to the usual developmental approach.
“They are our rivals and seeing them win the double would hurt, but I would like to offer congratulations to them for their achievements so far.
“We have played them twice and watched them several times, we know what they are going to do and we are ready for the challenge. It’s been an absolute pleasure and privilege to work with my players this season, whatever happens I am proud of what we have created. The whole club is backing them and I have every faith we can get the result we need.”
Clevedon have done well themselves this season and have been chasing hard to get to second in the league. Just last week beating divisional rivals Radstock Town 5-1 after extra time in the Roger Stone Memorial Cup (League cup). After producing a number of players in the last two seasons who have gone on to play for Clevedon’s first team.
The last time these sides met was back in December at the Woodspring Stadium. Tom Frampton, Sol Wanjau-Smith and a Jamie Irwin brace helped complete a comeback when Weston were 4-1 down. The Clevedon goals on that evening came from Fraser Linnitt, Sam Downe and an Alex Camm brace.
Kick Off is 7:30pm at Hand Stadium. Jake and the squad would appreciate as much support as possible. Hope to see you there.