Dunmow Rhodes look back on days as Barnston Youth

Dunmow Rhodes Lions Under-14s and all of the club's age group teams were presented with trophies at

Dunmow Rhodes Lions Under-14s and all of the club's age group teams were presented with trophies at The Foakes Hall in Great Dunmow for the 2013/14 season by former West Ham United player Tony Cottee. The under-14 Lions with Cottee are, back row from left, George Alexander (assistant manager), Christian Roles, Zak Jagathesan, JP.Alexander, Russ Alexander (manager), Frank Luckin, Oscar Turner, Adam Griggs, Liam Demmon, Sam Hockley, front, Dominic Roles, Nathaniel Steed, Luke Turner, Ben Fisher, Sam Duberry - Credit: Archant

Dunmow Rhodes will enter their third season in adult football in the Braintree & North Essex Sunday League later this year.

But their journey began 10 years ago in 2010 as Barnston Youth under-10s, when they had the first of three seasons in the Blackwater & Dengie League.

In 2012, they travelled to Galleywood Youth Eagles and dominated from the start with an early goal, after great build-up play involving Alex Clayden, Frank Luckin and Christian Roles.

Sam Duberry fired under the Galleywood keeper and Adam Griggs struck twice more, from a curling corner kick and well-placed penalty.

Jake Lander set up Sam Hockley for the fourth, before the hosts rallied to net a well-taken shot.

Barnston man of the match Frank Luckin headed home from a looping corner to make it 5-1 and Duberry got his second on the stroke of half time.

Roles fired home from Matthew Green’s cross in the second half and Griggs completed his hat-trick in a scramble, before Lander tapped in number nine.

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Green and Christian Roles then broke from midfield to set up Dominic Roles to bring up double figures, before Galleywood grabbed a late consolation as Barnston ran out 10-2 winners.

After one more season at Barnston, the team went out as Dunmow Rhodes Lions under-14s and moved to High Easter, where they are still playing today.

*A Special General Meeting between the BNESL Committee and clubs agreed to end the 2019/20 season with all results declared null and void.

No decision was made with regard to cup competitions as clubs await developments as to when the 2020/21 season can start, with the possibility of concluding cups in the early part of the new season.