Kidlington's reserve side, mentored by Nick East, are about to embark on their third season in the uhlsport Hellenic League Division One. Playing at step 6 in the football pyramid after two strong mid table finishes in the last two campaigns.
The side have also reached four cup finals in four years and were in the quarter final of the Banbury Litho Floodlit Cup when the season got curtailed back in March.
Once again the side will be in uhlsport Hellencc Division One East and will be coached by Barry Hiles (pictured right with Easty left) who is also the overall Director Of Football at Kidlington Football Club. Paul Harwood will also help out on the coaching side and the future of the club looks very rosy. Nick gave his thoughts;
“It has been a really tough period for all non league clubs during the pandemic but the long lay off has given us all at Kidlington FC time to hit the reset button. The way everyone has pulled together and volunteered their precious spare time to make our stadium, pitch and club house one we can be proud of is truly inspiring. Materials and labour have been supplied free of charge by players, management, supporters and committee members. On the footballing front and for the first time in our history we will be operating with four adult teams which will offer tremendous support to the first team and added support to us at step 6. Last year we saw a few of my lads step up from our team to the firsts and they added some real energy to the first team group and Ben Sadler was very pleased with their contribution. This year has seen us sign on a new batch of young players and they have been told that last year was clear evidence that the pathway to Southern League Football is very clear at Kidlington Football Club if you have the talent and are prepared to work hard. With Simon Grossmann leading an under 23 side in uhlsport Division One Two North as well this year it further emphasises our commitment to developing young talent. Simon has a very committed group of young players and I am sure some f those can step up to my team this year also”
The quartet of sides Kidlington start with this season is Kidlington A team who will be managed by Phil Parker and will operate in the Oxfordshire Senior League Division One.
Easty added “ I also look forward to supporting Ben and Braiths in their Southern League campaign, pre season has been really positive with their team training with mine and I have to say they are helping to build a fantastic team spirit throughout the club which we at Kidlington FC are very proud of”
Kidlington’s Division One Hellenic side have played one friendly so far with Easty fielding an experimental squad during a 2-1 loss to Senior League Premier outfit, Hanborough.
Next friendly is Mansfield Road in a home match at Yarnton Road Stadium, tonight 7.45 kick off