So yesterday saw the Derby County Community Trust Adult CP Team travel to the beautiful City of York to play two regional fixtures.
Having spent a couple of hours on the road we arrived at our destination, the York St John Sport Complex a great new facility, which scored particularly high in my eyes as it has a Costa Coffee Shop.
Back to the football and we had our own spacious dressing room, with a welcoming sign on it, a lovely touch from our hosts, North East and Yorkshire CP Team.
On the pitch our first fixture was against Cerebral Palsy North West, whose team included George Fletcher, a current England international. In a very physical encounter, we held our own for large spells of the game before eventually going down 2-0.
Our goalkeeper, Freddie Lamb was in sparkling form, making a number of crucial blocks and saves, including one from the penalty spot.
Following defeat, we regrouped and readied ourselves in preparation for our second game, against the hosts.
An entertaining game saw us create numerous chances which on another day would have seen us score several goals but unfortunately despite our best efforts, North East and Yorkshire CP ran out 3-0 winners, which included a rather fortuitous opening own goal.
Despite the disappointment of losing both games, I really cannot fault the effort of the boys. We are a young squad who I believe have a very bright future ahead of them. Jordon Taylor, at just 17 years of age worked tirelessly on the wing before playing centre forward towards the end of our second game.
Meanwhile Dan Hardy, who has recently turned 18 continues to impress and his versatility of being capable to play in several different positions is of huge benefit in the 7 a side form of the game.
Owen Millington, another teenager is maturing into a very strong defender, whilst in Freddie Lamb we have in my opinion one of the best CP Goalkeeper in the country.
We may not have got the results we desired but our players still have every reason to have their heads held high.