JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Arsenal’s Spalding side are new Invincibles

Invincibles: Arsenal Soccer School under-10s won all 18 of their league games. Back (from left) ' manager Mark Murfet, Callum Thornally, Oliver Murfett, Nathan Stevens, Nathan Rudman, Jake Gadsen, assistant manager Grant Stevens; front ' Ben Britton, Charlie Beecham, Ruben Cave, Ollie Machin, Kyle Oakes and Joseph Prince. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG290312-126TW (to order call 01775 765433 or visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto)
Invincibles: Arsenal Soccer School under-10s won all 18 of their league games. Back (from left) ' manager Mark Murfet, Callum Thornally, Oliver Murfett, Nathan Stevens, Nathan Rudman, Jake Gadsen, assistant manager Grant Stevens; front ' Ben Britton, Charlie Beecham, Ruben Cave, Ollie Machin, Kyle Oakes and Joseph Prince. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG290312-126TW (to order call 01775 765433 or visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto)
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AN Arsenal Soccer School team from Spalding have emulated the Gunners’ legendary ‘Invincibles’ by going the entire league season unbeaten.

Newly-formed this season under the charge of manager Mark Murfet, Arsenal Soccer Schools under-10s won all 18 of their league matches en route to landing the league title, finishing with a goal difference of 72.

Remarkably, only five of the 12-strong squad had played football competitively before signing for the Spalding High School-based side.

Callum Thornalley led the way with 21 goals, while Ben Brittain added 17.

At the other end, keeper Oliver Murfet and the defence of Nathan Stevens and Kyle Oakes helped Arsenal keep 13 cleans sheets.

After their final league fixture, for the most improved player award went to Reuban Cave, while Ollie Machin picked up the most sporting player gong.

Boss Murfet said: “The mentality in the team isn’t a win at all cost approach and more about working together as a team to achieve the result.

“There is also a great atmosphere from the touchline with a great group of parents who watch the game and encourage the kids in the right way.

“We are looking forward to next season with the challenge of learning the offside rule, 16 by seven goals and playing nine versus nine.

“Hopefully the whole team will move straight in to the under-11s, although we will need a couple of players to booster the squad.”

It remains to be seen if the young guns can emulate the Arsenal senior team of 2003/04 and stretch the unbeaten league run to 49 matches in the coming seasons.