Cheltenham Town U18’s manager Ashleigh Hopkins is optimistic that his team can continue their fine start to the season and bring success to the club.
While the first team are hovering just above the relegation zone in League Two, Hopkins’ side are on a run of three straight wins, with the most recent coming over Portsmouth at the weekend. Goals from Taylor Cordell, Ben Hailwood and James Hancocks secured the 3-0 victory.
“The goal is to win the league.” Hopkins said. “We need to set the standards high. The lads know that’s out target and we’ll do our best to try and get there.”
Hopkins has had an impressive career, working with the likes of Premier League clubs such as Leicester City and Swansea.
He said: “The way the lads are training and the performances at the matches have been outstanding and we’ve got a right good team cohesion at the moment, so fingers crossed we can maintain at the top of the table.”
The academy play their next match at the Cheltenham Town training ground on Saturday morning against Bournemouth, whose academy have produced the likes of Sam Vokes and Danny Ings. Hopkins seemed to question playing against another Premier League team:
“You’ve got Premier League teams in there, but I think that’s because their first team are in the top division and it takes time for the academies to catch up sometimes.”