A GLOOMY season loomed for Meltham Moor.
Especially when they were hammered 9-0 in a pre-season friendly.
Having finished third bottom last year, losing one game 16-1, and taken a beating by derby rivals Netherton, things were looking bleak for the Under 11s in their first year at 11-a-side football.
Now, just a few months on, Meltham Moor have won eight of their nine league games in the RCD Junior.
They also got revenge on Netherton, defeating them 5-2 in the cup.
They are now second in Division IVB with a game in hand.
Managers Adam Sanders and David Lawton said the youngsters had taken on board the ‘pass and move’ style of play and the backing of their sponsors had also been a big boost.
“They play football the way it should be played rather than kicking it long,” said Sanders.
“This team, if it sticks together, is really going somewhere.”
Sanders said he put the surge in form down to hard work and listening to the coaches.
“It’s the fact that 19 lads in the squad train hard, listen and try to play the game properly.
“There are no star players, they’ve all contributed and we’ve got six or seven scorers.”
Lawton said sponsorship had been a big help.
The youngsters were given two dozen Powerade bottles by Coca Cola which were used by the England squad at the 2010 World Cup.
They have also received cash from restaurant Cinnamon Lodge and Excel Self Storage, along with a grant from Meltham shop Crossroads.