Changing of the guard: Doncaster Town appoint youngest ever captain

Alex Gosney sits in the Doncaster Town Cricket changing rooms with his kit, after being named new first team captain. Picture: Andrew Roe
Alex Gosney sits in the Doncaster Town Cricket changing rooms with his kit, after being named new first team captain. Picture: Andrew Roe

ALEX Gosney is a young man not short of confidence, writes Paul Goodwin.

The 22-year-old all-rounder will become the youngest first team captain in Doncaster Town’s history this summer - and the quantity surveying graduate is already measuring up the big job in front of him.

Town finished bottom of the pile in the Yorkshire League last term and won just three games all season.

But Gosney, of Bessacarr, hopes to oversee a huge turnaround in the club’s fortunes - and he wants his youthful coolness and courage to rub off on his team-mates.

“I’ll bring confidence and a new approach,” said Gosney.

“I want us to finish top five in the league and win a cup.

“York, Rotherham and Scarborough will be strong this season, but apart from them everyone else is there for the taking.

“We’ve got Jimmy Stuart coming back to the club and we’re hoping to sign a proven international player.

“All of a sudden then the squad looks a lot stronger, and the younger lads have a year’s more experience under their belts.

“I don’t think we’ll be anywhere near the bottom half.”

Gosney, who has moved up through the Doncaster junior teams, replaces Nick Morley as first team skipper.

And despite his youthfulness, the strike bowler and big-hitting batsman insists he is ready to step up to the plate.

“I’m ready for the challenge,” he said.

“I’ve been offered money to play in other leagues but Doncaster Town is my team.

“I’ve been vice captain for three years so I’ve had the chance to think about what I think is good and bad.

“The team spirit here is pretty decent.

“We just need to get people down to training and approach things a bit more professionally.

“This is my hometown team and I feel very privileged to be made captain.

“I’ve played here since I was ten and back then I used to look up to people like Simon Widdup and Pete Ellis.

“As a youngster you wanted to play in the first team - that’s something I want to bring back to the club.

“At the moment the kids are just turning up and playing.

“Last season it wasn’t really a privilege to play for the first team.

“The young lads coming up through the juniors should be hoping that one day they get picked for what is the best team in Doncaster.

“We’re all good mates here which helps,” added Gosney.

“Last year there was a bit of conflict when Jimmy left but it’s a massive signing to get him back because he’s been playing for Yorkshire seconds.

“He’ll be key for us.

“The club’s in a much better financial position than it was two years ago and we’ve got a new fourth team this year.

“The older guys are getting behind the young players.

“And some of the young players coming through - like leg-spinner Aiden Hall - are showing real promise.

“The club’s going from strength to strength.

“We’ve got the base to build and I’ll be annoyed if we don’t finish top five.”

n Town’s senior winter nets are held on Thursday nights at Rossington All Saints School (8-9pm).

New players are welcome.