His­tory-maker De­bo­nis starts with draw

Gloucestershire Echo - - CHELTENHAM TOWN -

NICKY De­bo­nis’ spell in charge of Bishop’s Cleeve De­vel­op­ment kicked off with a 1-1 draw against Pittville United at Kayte Lane.

The 20-year-old is the first fe­male man­ager in the 119-year his­tory of the Chel­tenham Foot­ball League.

Her team fell be­hind in the first half from a cor­ner, but they re­sponded pos­i­tively.

Af­ter hit­ting the bar and hav­ing more than one effort cleared off the line, they were awarded a penalty in the sec­ond half.

Fynn Carter was tripped in the box and the 16-year-old stepped up, dusted him­self down and con­verted con­fi­dently from the spot to en­sure the Mitres started their Di­vi­sion Four cam­paign with a share of the spoils.

“We worked hard through­out and looked like a strong team both on and off the ball,” De­bo­nis said.

“We con­ceded an un­lucky goal, but this gave the team the mo­ti­va­tion to keep push­ing.

“We created a num­ber of very close goal scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and Fynn’s penalty was well taken.

“It was a very good first match from the team with good po­ten­tial go­ing into our next match.

“We still have a lot to work on through­out the sea­son, but I am very proud of the team af­ter their first com­pet­i­tive game.”

Cleeve De­vel­op­ment’s next game is away to An­dovers­ford III on Sat­ur­day (2.30pm).

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