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Coatbridge Rovers look forward to new challenge

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Monklands based football side Coatbridge Rovers are planning for a repeat of last season’s title success, when they managed to secure the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth under-15s B League by a whopping 13 points over nearest rivals New Stevenson. On their way to being crowned league champions, Rovers managed to keep a 100% winning record and scored an astonishing 136 goals in the process.

A large part of that success is down to the hard work of team manager Gary Flint and his coaching staff. Flint has been involved with the team now for three years and brings with him a wealth of experience, not only is he team manager at Coatbridge Rovers but he is also involved with SPFL League Two champions Albion Rovers where he is kitman and a first team coach.

A proud Flint told Youth Football Scotland that “last season was a very successful season for the club, with the team winning the league playing 21 games and winning 21 games. It’s a great achievement.

"This season we are aiming to keep the squad together and continue on from last season."

The good news for Rovers is that 18 of last season's squad have signed on again for the coming campaign.

The side are back into their pre-season training regime early and as Flint explained: "At the moment the boys are back training two nights a week and have put in a lot of hard work for the season ahead."

The players have been developing their skills for the step up to a different league in which they are unsure of the opposition at the moment as the league lineup has yet to be confirmed. This should not prove to be a problem as Flint has a simple aim for the season ahead.

"Our ambition is to go into the A league and win as many games as we can and see what comes of it at the end of the season," he said.

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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