Adams delighted & surprised with standard of quality ahead of Taverners U18s final trial

Taverners U18s coach Lewis Adams says he is delighted and surprised by the level of talent on show at the first two trial sessions for the newly formed side and is looking forward to the final trial on Monday night. 

Adams, 18, has joined forces with Manager Mark Cook to lead the new side ahead of their debut season in the Midland Junior Premier League for the 2019/20 season and has spoke to Severn Sport about how the trial dates have gone so far.

“The trials have gone well, Mark Cook and myself have been surprised by the level of talent on show already. We have got plenty of quality and expecting even more on Monday which is fantastic!

Out of the sessions the only difference we have had is numbers and this is due to GCSE exams that are on going at the moment, but that is understandable. But the dedication of the guys has been great to turn up and show us what they have got.” Adams added.

Just 12 months ago Adams was in a similar position to the players who have turned up at Taverners’ trials when he attended the open trials for Slimbridge U18s.

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A year later and Adams has won the Reg Davis Cup at former side FC Barometrics, became Slimbridge First Team’s number 1, won trophies with Hartpury College and won the Severn Sport Player of the Year in a whirlwind of a season and Adams believes he can pass on his experience to his young side.

“I would say I have already been able to use my 18’s experiences with Slimbridge in a number of ways. Being a younger coach I understand the lads’ attitude more and also the more modern youthful playing styles which you see younger teams wanting to play now a days.

Having teamed up with Mark, who has plenty of years of experience of coaching in youth football, it’ll be good to continue to bounce ideas of one another. I have no doubt this side will give a good account of themselves and be competitive this season.” Adams said.

Taverners U18s final trial session takes place on Monday 20th May with a start time of 18:30 at the Owen Harris Memorial Ground in Eastington and we asked Adams to tell us why any prospective player should attend the trial.

“If you are ultimately looking for a Saturday morning U18s team then Taverners is a brilliant stepping stone into a Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One First Team. The league we play in, the MJPL, is a challenging league but brilliant for development.

Having played in the league myself you play at some top venues and top teams which was amazing for me, so I encourage any player from all backgrounds to come on down and give it a go.” Adams said.


Any interested players ahead of Monday’s trial date, please contact Mark Cook on the details above.