Triumphant times for Robins

If you are associated with Reepham Town Football Club at the moment these are eventful times. The Sunday team has already gained promotion, and last Wednesday the score in the Cyril Ballyn Cup final at Wroxham was Norwich CEYMS 2, Reepham Town 3 as the Robins won their first trophy in 25 years.

If you are associated with Reepham Town Football Club at the moment these are eventful times.

The Sunday team has already gained promotion, and last Wednesday the score in the Cyril Ballyn Cup final at Wroxham was Norwich CEYMS 2, Reepham

Town 3 as the Robins won their first trophy in 25 years.

The first team followed the cup win with league wins over Norwich CEYMS away, 2-1, last Saturday and a 2-0 home win over Hellesdon on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Robins have won 23 games out of their last 24, and three more points from their last three games will give them promotion to senior football.

The U16s are in the cup final on April 26 against Old Catton at

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North Walsham and need one point from two games to be champions of their league.

First-team manager Shane Lutkin was asked why he was at Reepham and he replied: "The big difference between Reepham and any other club I have been associated with is the chairman Marcus Wilkinson and the committee he heads up.

"People make clubs, and there a lot of good people here. Marcus has created an infrastructure that is better than any I have seen."

He added: "This club is moving forward and a winning culture is developing here. When Marcus took over three years ago, there was just the first team and the reserves.

"There are now three men's teams and next year an A team will be added to make it four. The youth section has five teams and is growing to eight next season, including an under 13 girls' team."

He admitted that it was a lot of work and more help was needed.

"We are looking for managers, coaches and players at all levels. In fact, anyone who wants to join a vibrant and progressive club in any capacity is more than welcome. We need a physio, and as the club grows we need other volunteers".

Lutkin added: "The chairman has asked me to help put together a progressive football management line-up for five teams over the next couple of years going from the under 18s through to the first team."

Asked whether he would move on, he said: "I have had a couple of offers to manage at a higher level but, I'm not going anywhere, even when I cease to be first team manager I shall stay and move the club forward. The facilities are tremendous and they will get better.

"I am only really interested in winning and I want to fill the club with winners, from top to bottom.

"People say to me what about enjoyment and I respond by saying people who win are happy people, the team spirit here is unbelievable."

Lutkin concluded: "We all love to win and hate to lose, but you would be very hard pressed to find a friendlier club."

Reepham's next game is away to Hellesdon 6.30 kick-off on Wednesday April 22, followed by home fixtures against Poringland on Saturday 25 and West Lynn on Tuesday 28.

The Robins' end-of-year celebration party is at Stimpson's Piece on Saturday, May 16.

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