The 2009/10 season was the year of the Sloth.
By the time the season had concluded, Team Sloth were league and cup champions, an impressive double which had the rest of the league wondering how they would be able to compete the following season.
With a relatively unchanged squad, Sloth struggled to reach the same heights of the previous season, with a shock first round cup exit to Singleton Park Rangers (SPR).
This was followed by a disappointing fourth placed league finish.
Owain Harries an ever present member of the team in recent years is now captain of the side.
He is hoping Sloth can make amends for their below par showing last season by winning everything there is to win this season.
“We’re hoping for the double, in a repeat of two years ago,” Harries said.
“The main priority is the cup after last year’s shock exit.
“We all really want to play at St Helens under the floodlights.”
This is a common feeling among the intramural league who all dream of scoring that last minute screamer at the new cup venue, and Harries hopes he has the squad to make that dream a reality.
“Our key players for the season are centre-back Sam Powell, midfielder James Mahoney, and our new signing Lewys Thomas, who has been banging in the goals for fun all through pre-season.”
According to Harries, Thomas has managed to score more goals in pre-season than former striking legend Richard Fouracre managed in two whole seasons with the club.
Sloth will face tough competition from all teams in the division but Harries is fearful of one team in particular.
“From what I’ve seen and heard, Ajax are the biggest threat to us,” said Harries.
“That being said, they seem quite good at missing open goals so we’ll put our keeper outfield for that game.”
How Team Sloth will finish the season remains to be seen, but with a strong squad, as well as the pressure to achieve, you wouldn’t bet against the boys in blue lifting the cup come May.