Gomersal and Cleckheaton FC’s juniors don’t have much luck on the pitch.
This season alone, the under 14s B team has been thumped 21-0 by Northowram and 14-0 by local rivals Heckmondwike among other thrashings.
But, after four years of misery, the team finally recorded its first win in 73 attempts on Saturday.
Man-of-the-match Matthew Cousen scored all four goals in a 4-2 victory over Brighouse, and was greeted by scenes of pandemonium at the final whistle.
“They were so chuffed after the win,” said manager Nigel Cardwell. “You’d think they won a cup final. I remember looking at the match against Brighouse, and I told the lads about four weeks ago that if they worked hard, they would get a draw, so to win the match the way we did was fantastic.”
The team recorded its historic victory at the club’s home ground in Nibshaw Lane. With the scores level at 2-2 at half time, the boys turned on the style in the second half and proved too much for Brighouse.
“They show great character to come and play every week and I think they have the right attitude to football,” said Nigel.
“They are a great bunch of lads and are all good friends – they are the B team, so they play because they love the game, and that’s how it should be.”
The team had lost every match for the past two seasons, and their last meeting with Brighouse resulted in a 12-0 defeat for Gomersal and Cleckheaton.
Nigel said: “I think the reason we often get beaten so heavily is because some of the teams from round Huddersfield way have a lot of big, physical players – they look more like under 17s!
“But the win had been coming – we have had spells in matches recently where we have dominated for spells but conceded silly goals, so it doesn’t surprise me that we managed to turn it round against Brighouse.”
The team have been busy preparing for their final match of the season tonight against third-bottom Howden Clough B.
Nigel said: “It would be great to keep the winning run going on Friday, but I have to make sure the lads don’t get too cocky after their win!”