Harvest FC Champions of Lincolnshire League 2018/19 season without a single 11 vs. 11 training session…………

Harvest FC 2009/10 Lincolnshire League Champions without a training session; so just how did they do?

Most of the credit goes to the management Mathew and Jon Bryant for getting a team out every week. Many a Saturday morning they spend chasing for a replacement player due to a late injury or last minute work commitment. Not once did team get to have a ‘football’ training session. They did not need one; 90% of team was playing two games of futsal every week; did it help? Just look at the statistics, team was top with a goal difference of +82; which does not tell full story; a second Louth Town dropped out with four games left to play; had they remained the goal difference was pushing 100 off 28 games played. With three games left we travelled to Skegness assured by LFA that we would be collecting league winners trophy after game. Hour before kick off, with a bare eleven squad, LFA rang to say Louth Town had been removed from league along with our 6 points. We now needed a point against Skegness to be Champions. With bare eleven players it was decided I should sign (players could sign up until kick off as long as referee signed form) just in case; just in case of what I have no idea. The referee was astounded to be given a signing on form with date of birth 1946, making me 64! Thankfully everyone stayed fit and I missed making my debut.

The serious point here is that Harvest won the County League scoring with an average goal difference of 3 goals per game; if we had hit 100 goals scored target that would have represented 3.6 goals per game; it does not show on table but team conceded less than a goal per game. And we never trained football once; but we did play futsal. Draw your own conclusions.

1              Harvest  FC                    28            23          1             4               82           70

2              Hykeham Town               28           20           4              4              68           64

3              Sleaford Town Res’         28           18           7              3              35           61

4              Ruston Sports                 28             18           5              5              38           59

5              Skegness Town               28           14           7              7              21           49

6              Lincoln United Res’         28           14           5              9              16           47

7              CGB Humbertherm         28           14           4              10           13           46

8              Louth Town                     28             11           3              14           -13          38 *

9              Skellingthorpe P.F.C.      28           10           6              12           -1            36

10           Heckington United          28           9              6              13           -21          33

11           Horncastle Town              28           9              5              14           -11          32

12           Lincoln Moorlands Res’    28           5              2              21           -45          17

13           Grimsby Borough Res’    28           4              5              19           -73          16 *

14           Boston Town Reserves    28           3              6              19           -54          15

15           Cleethorpes Town Res’    28           3              4              21           -55          13