Clipstone FC U19 manager wants his side to be a 'go to side'

Clipstone U19’s manager Tim Wainwright wants the club to be the go-to place for aspiring footballers across the Mansfield area.

By Stephen Thirkill
Monday, 22nd June 2020, 3:49 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd June 2020, 3:50 pm
Clipstone U19 boss Tim Wainwright says joining the Notts Youth League is a great stepping stone.
Clipstone U19 boss Tim Wainwright says joining the Notts Youth League is a great stepping stone.

The team will ply their trade in the Notts Youth League next season as they embark on their first foray into league football.

The Cobras hope the move will help them develop more players and provide a pathway to first-team football.

“It is something the club have looked to do for a number of years and it is an exciting time for us,” said Wainwright.

Clipstone's U19's celebrate a goal during a friendly last season. Pic by Dan Walker.

“It is a stepping stone for the players. Our main aim is to develop them and provide them with a clear pathway into the first team.

“We hope being in the league will be a pull to other players. We need to be the place to be in Mansfield for U19 players.

“We want players to say let’s take a look at what Clipstone are doing.”

And Wainwright has vowed Clipstone will not be entering the league just to make up the numbers.

“I don’t think there will be a team in the division as organised as us, in terms of the way we set up as a team and the way we do our research on the opposition,” added Wainwright.

“We are not mucking about, we are going full throttle.

“Hopefully as well as developing players and getting them into the first team, we can be competitive in the league we are playing in and have some success.

“It can be a rough and tumble league. It is a league that we have looked at in quite a lot of detail.

“As a management team we are going to try and be as organised as we can for each fixture.”

Wainwright believes that the future is currently bright at Clipstone with a number of players already not far off being able to step up to the first team.

He said: “There are a couple of players that I am sure the first team will have their eye on. There are certainly two or three players in the squad who don’t realise how good they are.

“Hopefully a good pre-season and some solid games under our belts will provide them with a platform to realise how good they can be and the ability will shine through.

“Hopefully we will have two or three in the first team as soon as we can. We are heading in the right direction with it all.

“The players of last year know what to expect and everyone has bought into what we are doing in terms of the standards we are setting.

“We have gone from having 15 players at our first session to 32 players and we hope to have a good pre-season numbers wise.”

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