September 30th, 2016

Austin Ex Apprentices goal ace Nicol aiming for 100 goals in a season

Austin Ex Apprentices goal ace Nicol aiming for 100 goals in a season Austin Ex Apprentices goal ace Nicol aiming for 100 goals in a season
Andy Nicol (right) with Michael McGrath and the Birmingham FA Roger Wood Memorial Cup. Picture: ACACIA DIXON
Updated: 12:58 pm, May 18, 2016

AUSTIN Ex Apprentices sharpshooter Andy Nicol is aiming to score a century of goals in a single season before his days of playing in the Redditch & South Warwickshire Combination come to an end.

The 28-year-old striker, who bagged 55 goals last season and notched up 67 this campaign (excluding ten goals that were scored against now defunct teams) has helped the Apprentices to the quadruple this season.

Nicol and the rest of his team-mates won the Redditch Premier Division, the BRT Terry Cup, the Keith Turner Cup and the Birmingham County FA Roger Wood Memorial Cup.

“At the start of the season our main aim was just to win the title from Black Horse who won it last season,” Nicol said.

“Last season we did not do as well as we hoped but we’ve turned it around and won everything we have entered.

“It’s a fantastic achievement as we have great squad spirit and take Sunday league very seriously.

“To have scored 55 goals last season and win nothing was disappointing but it’s nice to know that this year, with my 67 goals, the Apprentices have won everything. It means alot to me.

“I’ve probably got another two or three years left in me now and I hope in one season I can score 100 goals. That would be just incredible.

“We’ve entered the FA Sunday National Cup too so there’s more games for me to score in and we hope we can win all five trophies next season.”

Nicol, who played for Midland League Premier Division side Alvechurch last season and made ten appearances for Division One outfit Cadbury Athletic this season – where he scored ten goals in 10 appearnaces – was forced to give up playing Saturday football due to work and family commitments.

However, Nicol told the Standard  that he loves the scene surrounding Sunday league football.

“Apprentices are not your average Sunday team,” he added. “We take everything seriously. We do proper training sessions, proper warm ups and arrive at games an hour early.

“We actually get a lot of grief for how seriously we take it but all credit goes to the manager Colin Jones who runs the club very professionally.

“We’re run like a Saturday team. We’ve got great backroom staff and everybody helps out. It’s great.

“I get a huge buzz from Sunday league. I’m talking about it all week and I’m always in contact with the manager.

“I’m proud of the achievements both the club and I have made and I hope that success continues.”