Sanderson's eight great years in charge

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:32 15 June 2010

Brian Sanderson

Brian Sanderson

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Honiton FC U16s manager Brian Sanderson has completed eight years with the same side.

Honiton FC U16s manager Brian Sanderson has completed eight years with the same side - from under-8s to under-16s. They finished with a defeat in the Juventus League Knockout Cup final and will now break up. In that time, Sanderson, 43, has twice led them to league cup finals at Exeter City's St James's Park, finishing as runners-up in 2006 to Heavitree and narrowly losing in 2007 to Pinhoe Spartans. He was also youth football club chairman in 2007 and 2008.After Saturday's defeat, Sanderson said: "I've enjoyed my eight years with the boys. They're a great bunch and they have been great fun to work with. It's been a privilege to play a part in their development and to be able to have encouraged and supported them through sport. I'm proud of every single one of them."Families and friends of the Honiton players gathered at the team's Mountbatten Park clubhouse after the final and paid tribute to Sanderson and his assistant, Jason Fahy. Their enthusiasm and commitment has been appreciated by parents and players alike. Despite a spirited second-half performance they were unable to provide manager Brian Sanderson with the dream ending to his stint in charge. Exeter side Stoke Hill ran out 3-0 winners following a whirlwind 12-minute opening spell which saw them net three times and take charge of the game.The final was played in blustery conditions at the Royal Marine Commando training centre near Lympstone. After the interval, Honiton enjoyed more possession and might have pulled one back with 15 minutes to go Jack Fahy made two great saves to deny Stoke further goals but the Exeter side ran out worthy winners.Josh Tunstall was Honiton's Man of the Match and Sanderson, the manager's son, gave a powerful performance at the back.

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