A local football team who suffered a devastating defeat of 26-0 this weekend are crying out for new players.
Cavaliers FC in Gatley went into Saturday’s clash against Avenue FC from Heywood without a goalkeeper and only one defender.
Manager, Ben Gage, 42, says the landslide defeat has led him to the realisation that he needs better players – and fast.
The amateur football club, which play in Division Two of the Manchester Football League, train on a Thursday night and play on a Saturday.
Ben is urging anyone who thinks they might be up to the standard, which he says is at the highest end of amateur football, to come along to training.
Players don’t have to be from the Stockport area, with many already travelling from as far as Burnley.
“On Saturday we were missing quite a lot of players. We didn’t have a goalkeeper and we only had one defender,” Ben said, speaking to the M.E.N.
“We have come to the realisation that we need a whole new squad.
“There are only two Stockport teams in this league so there must be plenty of people who would want to join.”
Ben says he is ideally looking for people who have played at this level before, or who think they are up to the standard.
“We are willing to let anyone come down to training but experience would help because that is what we don’t have,” he said.
“We have some young players coming through but they need some more experienced players around to help them.
“Players can come from anywhere they don’t have to be from Stockport. Currently we have people coming from as far as Burnley.”
This is the club’s first season, but so far they have got off to a pretty bad start, losing 14-1 the week before.
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Ben, who used to be on the committee at Wilmslow Albion, said he wanted to start the club to help young players coming through the ranks.
“There are 10 or 12 players at the club at the moment that we would keep but the rest of players are just not at the right level,” said Ben.
“We just don’t have the organisation. That is why we lost by so much.
“Hopefully we do have a coach joining now but we are still looking for coaches too.”
For more information, email Ben Gage at firstname.lastname@example.org.