Ross McNeil has hailed King’s Lynn Town’s treble-seeking youth team ahead of their play-off semi-final on Thursday night.
Lynn’s young guns host Biggleswade Town at The Walks having already won the Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division title and after booking their place in the Thurlow Youth Cup final.
McNeil, who along with John Stocker is joint manager of the side, said: “We’ve had a fantastic first season and that is testament to all of the hard work which has gone on behind the scenes at the club.
“We’ve got a group of young lads who never know when they are beaten. You have to give them so much credit, as they have dug deep and beaten some really good teams.
“They have played with so much passion for the club and we are so proud of what they have achieved.”
Lynn’s young fledglings won the Western Division crown by five points, scoring 72 goals and conceding just 15, on their way to the title.
A penalty shoot-out saw the under-18 outfit through to the Youth Cup final against Walsham-le-Willows.
They fell behind after half-an-hour but a leveller from Jordan Chapman, with his first-ever goal for the team, saw the tie eventually go to penalties.
Walsham-le-Willows had progressed through the previous two rounds on the spot, but not this time with Callum South scoring the winning penalty to clinch Lynn’s place in the final on May 12.
South, along with Josh Lowe, are two players to link-up with the team from the King’s Lynn Elite football programme.
The future continues to look bright for the club with almost 50 boys attending trials for the under-16 and 18 sides last week.
“The core of our squad are under-17 and we were overwhelmed by the turnout at the trials,” admitted McNeil.
“I knew we would be competitive and develop the players this season, but it has gone better than we ever imagined.
“We’ve delivered some really big performances and the snowball has just kept rolling. Dylan Edge and Kodie Turvey have been superb all season.
“It really has been a remarkable season.
“I’m so proud and happy with everyone connected with the team.”
If the young Linnets are to reach the play-off, they will have to overcome a stiff test against Cambridgeshire champions Biggleswade Town, who bagged 82 goals in 18 matches on their way to the title.
McNeil added: “It would be fantastic to see another big crowd on Thursday.
“The support we’ve had this season has been unprecedented.”