Chris Woods takes on U21s development role

MOSSLEY have appointed Chris Woods as new manager of their U21s development team.

Chris Woods

Chris has extensive experience in Manchester youth football and coaches the highly successful West Gorton JFC. 

He has previously worked as a coach and manager at various levels with the likes of Glossop North End and Cheadle Town, the latter where he was first-team coach earlier this season.

Lilywhites’ chairman Gary Dean said: “We have a strategic plan for the club for the next three years which is very focused on integrating the teams at Mossley AFC so there is a clear pathway for talented footballers of any age.

“The first step is to ensure the U21s is a platform for first-team opportunity while also playing in their own league and furthering our success on the pitch. At the same time players get to come back from injury or to match fitness through the development squad which will strengthen our bench. 

“Chris is experienced in this development arena while also buying in to our vision for the squad, and we are happy to welcome him into the MAFC family.”

Ryan and Liam Smith, who had been running the team, revert to their coaching roles with the club’s junior teams.

• Portuguese sports analyst Micael Cairns has been appointed to two positions at the club, to support the activities of the first-team management in providing expert advice on sports and strength development and also coach for the U21s.

Micael has previously coached at Portuguese club Guia FC, Manchester University, Cheadle Town and Didsbury Juniors FC.

MOSSLEY Football Club’s youngsters have endured a frustrating time with only one game played since mid-November, a 2-2 draw at home to Widnes in Sports Traider division of the Northern Premier League Football Academy.

In an evenly-contested fixture, Widnes took the lead slightly against the run of play but Mossley struck back quickly with a well-worked goal straight from the training ground when Dylan Fitzgerald put Aaron Barrow in to score his sixth league goal of the season. 

Widnes again took the lead midway through the second half before Fitzgerald equalised with his eighth goal of the campaign.

It was another good display from the Mossley academy boys that ensured the team will be going into the Christmas break in third place in the league.

It has also resulted in Bruno Camara, Adam Howarth, Jake Dunford and Dylan Fitzgerald earning call ups into the U21 development squad, a further stepping stone towards the first team.

The team also has an outstanding first-round League Cup match at Ossett United, from the Joma division, which was postponed twice because of waterlogged pitches and will probably be played early in the New Year.

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