Somerset Senior Cup win will help in quest for league believes Clevedon's Selway
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Clevedon United manager Mark Selway believes their Somerset Senior Cup triumph will be able to help them in their quest to win the Somerset League Premier Division title.
United last gained promotion to Western League Division One in 2003, where they would spend seven years before suffering relegation back to the Somerset League in 2010, where they have remained ever since.
But Selway, in his fifth year as manger, insists his side are ready to compete with the best after leading Clevedon to their first ever Senior Cup, saying their success will give them confidence going forward.
“We want to try and push Nailsea & Tickenham, Mendip and Chilcompton next season and have a go at trying to win the league now,” he said.
“A few years ago we weren’t quite ready but now we believe we can do it and this cup performance proves it. We are going to do our best to try catch up with the rest of the boys at the top.”
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Selway revealed he can take “great pride” from Saturday’s win against Mendip Broadwalk and admitted to being “really proud” of his side for the way they conducted themselves in getting the victory.
Doubles from Tim Parker, making it eight goals in six games, and Jack Thorne, 23 goals in 13 games, gave them the win and Selway was full of praise for the pair.
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“It’s a great partnership those two, they click,” he added. “They are lethal and hopefully they will take the league by storm next season.
“No one deserves it more than them. We have had some bad results over the years, we've had some hammerings because we are a really young side but we are gradually coming into it now, I am dead chuffed.
“(I am) over the moon, (it was) absolutely superb. The boys worked their socks off and they thoroughly deserved it. We have been growing as a young team for the last four, five seasons and today was the icing on the cake.
“Mendip are a very good side. I respect them a lot, I know a couple of their players, I know their fans because I am from Hengrove, sort of around that area, so I know a lot about Mendip. They are gracious in defeat. It’s brilliant, I am just really happy.
“It’s my first senior trophy with the club and it’s the best, the first one is always the best and hopefully there will be plenty more to come."
Selway left special recognition for the “superb” support from their fans, after around 300 people attended the final, held at Worle Recreational Ground.
“I can’t thank them enough. We have got a great junior section and our chairman has got the juniors involved and we had a Facebook post where all the kids have turned up in their kits,” he said.
“We have a great community where we live and all the lads who played today have all come from the junior section as well, there are not many teams that can boast that. It’s absolutely superb.
“I’m now afraid to play the young lads. We have got five teenagers playing. If they are good enough they play it’s as simple as that. They learn quickly and they are good lads, they have all had good coaching throughout their junior section, they have had some great coaches in the junior section and it’s fantastic.”