Robson Already Focussed On Next Season

One of a handful of long-serving players at Debdale Park, defender-turned-midfielder, Ewan Robson, is celebrating promotion to the Northern Premier League after his club, Sherwood Colliery, recently won the United Counties League Premier North title, at the expense of Lincoln United.

At 25-years-old Robson, has already been at the club for a number of years, and it would be he who got the ball rolling when scoring the opening goal of what has been a title-winning season, away to Skegness Town, in a 3-1 win, back in late July 2023.

Despite others ‘jokingly’ saying that the opening goal of the campaign was in fact an own-goal, deflecting off a home defender, Robson insists that it was his, telling the Nottingham Sport: “I got the last touch on it so I’m definitely claiming it.

“Plus, I was first to the corner flag celebrating,” he laughed.

In all seriousness though, it has been a great season for both Robson, and the Wood, that opening goal of the season being the first of nine goals he’s bagged, along with several assists as well, making close fifty appearances for the club along the way.

Robson, alongside that of Kieran Knight, Jacob Pearce, captain Jobe Shaw, Grant Marley, Riley Starbuck, Craig Westcarr, Ethan Wiesztort, Jamie York, and Jake Wright, have all played more than forty games this season as well.

Looking back at the season now finished for the champions, Sherwood Colliery, midfielder Robson added: “We’ve had a good season, and personally, chipping in with some goals, and some assists, it’s been great.

“It was a little weird when dropping those points around the turn of the year (defeats against Lincoln United and Kimberley Miners Welfare, and a goalless draw with Skegness) but it shows how hard it is as you have to have some consistency over thirty-plus games in the league, and go out there and grind out results.”

A huge factor in the on-field success the Wood have had this season was the additional, experienced heads brought in to advance their push for promotion – mind, that was the aim, the title-success was the icing on what has been a rather tasty cake for them.

“Bringing in (Craig) Westcarr and (Jake) Wright, that experience, helped with our main goal, which was promotion,” explained Robson.

“But to win the league as well, that’s a huge bonus for us – every department though, on the football field, they’ve chipped in all season long and it does actually feel as though it’s been one that was shorter than it really has been.”

Meanwhile, Robson’s thoughts have already been turning to next season, in the NPL, but also paying tribute to his fellow team-mates who have had longevity with the Wood.

“Our strength, more in recent years, has been the strong defence in which we’ve built ourselves on,” continued Robson.

“That and there’s a core of 4 or 5 lads that have been here since/around the start (Jobe Shaw, Riley Starbuck Jamie York, Ewan Robson) and I’d say we’ve racked up over 800 appearances between us.

“As for myself, I’m already looking forward to going again next season, ready for the challenge which it’ll bring.

“When you see Long Eaton United getting promoted again, and Anstey Nomads making the play-offs, then a realistic goal has to be for us making the play-offs at least.

“The travelling though, irrespective of which division we are in, it won’t be a problem, but I’d prefer to be in the Midlands; personally, I’d rather drive to Loughborough than to Newcastle.”

Robson, and his Sherwood Colliery team-mates, do still have one more outing, they welcoming the Premier Division South champions, Wellingborough Town, to Debdale Park, on Saturday 20 April, in the UCLs Champions Cup match; Town sit twelve points ahead of Aylestone Park in the South with one game remaining.

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @SCFC_08 Ewan Robson has been a reliable stalwart for Sherwood this season.

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