Long takes plenty of positives from Sharlston’s tough campaign

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SHARLSTON Rovers may have suffered a disappointing climax to their campaign but head coach Gordy Long says there are still plenty of positives to take from the season.

The Weeland Road club brought their season to a close with defeat against old foes Queens in the final of the BARLA National Cup.

It followed a sixth-placed finish in the Pennine League and semi-final exit in the Yorkshire Cup - competitions Rovers go out to win at the start of the season.

Victories in the two Wakefield Cup competitions at least added some silverware to Rovers’ ever-growing cabinet.

But Long is looking beyond the results this season and says the emergence of bright young talent in the club’s second team paves the way for a bright future.

“It may have been a largely disappointing year results-wise but for the club it’s probably been the best season for about ten years,” said Long.

“The second team have been brilliant all season, both teams have really come together to help each other out.

“We’ve been able to blood six or seven young players from the second team into the first time this season and it’s been no hassle at all.”

“A lot of that credit must go to Jonny Brewerton [second team head coach], he’s been fantastic.”

He continued: “There are a lot of lads aged around 17 or 18 who will get more time in the first team next season so it’s a great thing for the club.”

Long says he and his squad will take a well-deserved break over the summer months and return fresh to make an assault on the league title.

“It’s been hard going this year but we’ll refresh over the summer and look to win the league next season,” Long commented.

“Our finish this season wasn’t a true reflection of the league as a whole.

“We shouldn’t be finishing outside the top two or three but had to prioritise the cups once the league had gone out of our grasp.”

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