Coal Exchange find the fuel for a winning season

Coal Exchange celebrate winning the Bareham Trophy
Coal Exchange celebrate winning the Bareham Trophy

A great season for Emsworth-based Coal Exchange ended with them winning three trophies in a week.

At the start of the season, the club took on a new management team – Patrick Mattison, Sam Doran and James Laycock – who quickly brought in new players and a new playing philosophy.

They started the West Sussex League division four south season well, enjoying a fantastic string of results. The first time they dropped points was their eighth league game and they dropped points only one more time.

The team finished the league season undefeated, with 14 wins and two draws, and were crowned champions, finishing seven points clear of nearest rivals The Crown.

Alongside their fantastic league form, they enjoyed success in two cups. They reached the finals of both the Division 4 Cup and the Bareham Trophy.

Milland were beaten 4-3 in the Division 4 final and three days later, The Sportsman were dispatched 5-1 in the Bareham Trophy to seal a memorable treble for Coal Exchange.

They were strong all over the pitch with a determined back-line, a creative midfield and a dangerous attacking unit. Luke Slade and Andrew Ricketts scored 58 goals between them in a hotly-contested race to be the club’s top scorer.

Thanks go to the two club sponsors, the Coal Exchange pub and the Emsworth Delicatessen.