Clee Hill's Josh Carpenter has been in prolific form since the Shropshire outfit made the move into the Herefordshire FA County League, scoring at a phenomenal rate. His 57 goals in just 25 appearances last season helped fire Clee Hill to the Premier Division title in their debut campaign and he is showing no sign of slowing down with 17 in 10 already this season. We took the chance to speak to Josh about his experiences playing 11v11 football and the reasons he looks forward to playing (and scoring!) each week.
Hi Josh, firstly can you let us know how long you have been playing football?
I've played football from the age of 5/6 until I was 17 and then I took a break from it like a lot of people may do. I got back involved with football 3 seasons ago when I joined Clee Hill and haven't loved it and not looked back since!
What are Clee Hill aiming for this season?
We are looking to build on last season so we are aiming to win everything we play in. Personally I'd like to win the Herefordshire FA County Challenge Cup or play one of the top regional clubs to see where we are as a team.
What has been your best moment playing football?
I Haven't really got a best moment really, just playing football every weekend is what I look forward too.
In that case what is the best thing about being part of a football club?
We are lucky at Clee Hill as we have a team which are all good mates; we've grown up together since we've been 4 years old. 9 times out of 10 most of us will either have a few drinks or a night out after games which is a big part of being part of a club. Without football we would all stay in so football is the main reason we socialise which is great.
What would you say to someone considering getting back involved in adult football?
If I had to say one reason for someone thinking of getting back into football, it would be just to enjoy it - there are so many people who would like to be able spend their weekends playing football but can't for one reason or another so if you are given the chance to play then do it!
We are sure there are a number of people out there who are in a similar position to Josh was 3 years ago and have taken an extended break from playing football. If this sounds like you, now is the time to get your boots back on and give football another go. For help finding your nearest club, fill out your details and a member of our team will be in touch!
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Clee Hill currently sit second in the County League Premier Division table and are through to the semi-finals of the County Challenge Cup where they will face Hellenic League side Hereford Pegasus FC. Josh is currently out injured for a few weeks and we would like to wish him a speedy recovery; we hope he is back on the pitch as soon as possible.