LAST weekend’s North Wilts Youth Football League U17-18 Division 2 fixture between Robins and Shrivenham Youth marked the end of an era for the latter as boss Sean Coxhead signed off his association with the club with a nervy 4-3 win.

Having announced his intention to retire back in March 2018, the conclusion of the current season brought to an end a hugely enjoyable era in his life – one which he has seen a group of children get together and transition into capable and confident young adults who are about to embark on an adventure in to the senior game.

Coxhead said: “It’s always been enjoyable, but last season was perhaps my favourite of all as we won the North Wilts Youth League U16 Division 2 title.

“We’ve also had great seasons where we’ve been runners-up, so we’ve been progressing each year, which has been fantastic to see.

“The first year I took over, the players were like rabbits in headlights and we finished bottom of the league, but I leave a group of capable players who can carry on and play at a reasonable level in the future.

“I hope they stick together as they have done all these years and step up with Shrivenham’s senior sides.

“They really are a great group of lads who have kept me young and we’ve had a really good laugh along the way.

“I’d also like to thank all of the parents – not only have I had a great group of lads, but also a fantastic group of parents too which goes a long way in junior football.

“They’ve been really supportive of everything I’ve done and have played their part in the success.

“I wish everyone connected to the side my sincere thanks and best wishes for the future.”

Club chairman Matt Hirst added: “Myself and his players have all tried to talk him into continuing again, but Sean thinks the time is right for him and I respect his final decision.

“We’re not just losing Sean at the club, we’re also losing his assistant manager and wife, Karon, too.

“On behalf of everyone at Shrivenham Football Club, we thank you for everything you have both done for the boys and the parents. You should both feel really proud of your achievements.”