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Date Added 21/04/2017

AFTER seeing his side run out convincing 5-0 winners against AFC Wulfrunians on Thursday night, youth team manager, Mike Dunn, spoke of his admiration for his players and the club.

"It was an emphatic victory," he said. "It was a performance that I know we have been capable of all season.

"The players are maturing every week; they worked very hard at training in the build-up to the game and to carry out the tactics and game plan as they did fills me with pride and confidence. 

"It's been a tough ride since I took over the youth team a couple of seasons ago. Last season we struggled as we were a young side and it was our sole aim to stay in the Premier Division,which we achieved.

"This season I knew that experience would carry the squad a long way and it's proved to do so.

"My ethos has always been to develop players on the pitch but also to try and be an influence off it.

"My biggest pleasure is to see young lads playing above their age group, I'm really pleased to say that we have a lot of quality coming through the ranks, which is testament to the hard work in the club's development section.

"The young lads I've included in recent weeks have been a credit to Rushall Olympic FC, along with ambitious young lads that have come along from other areas. This mix of older and younger lads keeps the competitiveness and hunger in the team.

"The club itself has some tremendous people that have given me a lot of help and backing at crucial times. I'd like to personally thank them for helping my development as well as that of the players.

"The opportunity to move to Under-21s next season is brilliant; hopefully it will bridge that gap to the first-team, which can only be a positive for the club going forward for years to come."

I'm looking forward to the final 2 games of the season, although going top, there are teams that could also lift the trophy. Hopefully with the desire we're showing and for once a slice of luck, we can bring it back to Dales Lane but, I'm genuinely happy to be in with a shout, thanks to my squad.