2009/10 season was the second for CSKA Carnabys, and with a whole summer to prepare this time round, Chairman Chris McCafferty set to work on improving facilities for the upcoming season.

The Mods said goodbye to the temporary Victoria Park ground, and hello to Mossdale Meadows, a fine shaded ground near Braunstone in Leicester with surrounding trees and a bridge over a small stream leading to the pitch. The CSKA lads would soon discover a second entrance from Meridian Park, making the post-match trip to The Observatory for (sometimes) celebratory pints much easier. Training facilities at Rawlins College in Quorn were also preserved, and a new red away kit was launched, along with official training-wear for the first time.

Manager Luke Williamson had a whole summer this time to prepare his squad, the majority of whom now had a full season under their belts. Williamson dipped his toes in the transfer market with three new signings, John Hatfield, Jacob Cooper and Sam Daley. Shaun Dyer returned to training, but reduced his capacity to back-up goalkeeper, fearing his days as a winger were numbered following his unfortunate injury the previous year.


The season began with the traditional midweek evening fixture, as CSKA hosted Exeter Arms who had been relegated from Division 4 the previous season. New club captain Lee Scaysbrook, John Brice and Dave Line were unavailable for the curtain raiser, so Jacob Cooper made his debut at centre-back alongside Paul Iliffe, with Jay Karsandas being pushed into a holding-midfield role allowing debutant John Hatfield to partner Williamson in attack. A trademark Paul Iliffe header got the campaign underway, as well as goals from stand-in skipper Sean Ward, and John Hatfield (2) giving CSKA a comfortable 4-1 victory in their first competitive game at their new ground. And this was followed by another home win against Red Arrow 4 days later by 3-1 with McCafferty and then Williamson with two in the dying minutes, bagging their first goals of the campaign.

The following week was Billy Walton Cup Round One, with CSKA given a favourable draw against West End United Reserves, a team that CSKA had beaten twice in their inaugural campaign. Williamson recalled Scaysbrook and Line to the starting XI, whilst Brice and Kieran Williamson were also available for the first time that season and named as substitutes. A poor showing saw CSKA fall at the first hurdle, losing 1-3 as Andy Pettitt got the only goal for The Mods. A week later, CSKA played host to the same opposition, and Williamson went for an experimental system that saw Lee Scaysbrook implemented as an unorthodox striker with John Hatfield ruled out. Williamson grabbed a consolation goal as CSKA lost again 1-3.

And the month was rounded off by win a third consecutive 1-3 defeat away at Sparta Parva on a windy morning in Oadby. McCafferty grabbed the goal for CSKA, the game was remembered for Shaun Dyer finally making his CSKA debut following his horrible injury at the start of the previous campaign. What looked like a promising start to the campaign seemed to have fizzled out before the end of the first month. New signing Jacob Cooper was awarded the Player of the Month Award as reported here in The Mod Mag.


October began with CSKA playing their first ever County Cup game, having failed to register in time in the previous season. Broughton Rangers were the victims as two goals from substitute Luke Williamson ensure passage into the second round with a 2-0 win.

Next up was back-to-back league fixtures against Niffy Rangers A. The first encounter at Horsewell Lane in Wigston, saw Williamson tweak his system slightly. Moving Jon Brice into the defence, with Paul Iliffe slotting in at central midfield. The game ended 2-2 thanks to goals from Pettitt and Scaysbrook, and Brice winning Man of the Match for a commanding performance at the back.

The following week was the Niffy came to Mossdale and a rampant CSKA stormed into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from McCafferty (2) and Pettitt. But a disastrous second half saw The Mods completely squander the lead with Niffy equalizing with just ten minutes to spare. But the drama wasn’t over, as in the 89th minute, McCafferty fired in the winning goal to complete his hat-trick and give CSKA their first league win since the opening week of the season. McCafferty becoming the first CSKA player to score 3 in a single match. John Hatfield added his name to this list the very next week with his very own hat-trick in a 5-2 win at home to LK Old Boys. The now established centre-back pairing of Jon Brice and Lee Scaysbrook contributing the other goals.


November began with CSKA’s Second Round County Cup tie away at SIleby Athletic who were leading the way in their Division in The Charnwood League. With CSKA under the cosh throughout the entire game, they had goalkeeper and Man of the Match Kieran Warner to thank for restricting the opposition and keeping the final score to a flattering 0-2.

Back to Division Five, and CSKA played host to FC Komrska. A dull affair saw CSKA draw 1-1 after Andy Pettitt had headed home in the first half. With the drama saved for the following week as another John Hatfield hat-trick helped CSKA to a 6-5 victory over Sparta Parva. Further goals from Williamson, Scaysbrook and Brice helped CSKA to their highest number of goals in a match.

The next game was another first for CSKA, unfortunately it was the first time a CSKA player was dismissed in a game. With CSKA trailing 1-3, Chris McCafferty was introduced from the bench and just minutes after setting up Andy Pettitt for his second goal, the Irishman was shown a straight red for “Foul and Abusive Language” after telling the referee to “p*** off” after being instructed to retake a throw in. It was deja-vous a week later against bottom of the league FC Kibworth, with McCafferty dismissed once again, this time for handball on the line in the first half. Kibworth scored the resulting penalty, to cancel out Sean Ward’s opener, the game ended 1-1 to CSKA’s frustration, especially after having a last-minute winner ruled out for offside.


A better showing the following week at LK Old Boys as goals from Williamson (2), Scaysbrook (2) and Line helped CSKA to a 5-2 victory and a 6th win of the season, and a first outfield run out for Shaun Dyer having fully recovered from knee ligament injury. But The Mods were humbled the following week in the Stokes Cup by runaway Division 5 leaders Trinderbox, a final score of 2-11 despite CSKA taking the lead in the first minute with Williamson scoring direct from a corner. But the game was marred with the unfortunate injury of Jacob Cooper who suffered cruciate ligament damage in the last moments of the game.


A snowy start to 2010 meant CSKA would only play three times between late December and early March, beginning with FC Komrska away. McCafferty (2), Williamson (2) and Karsandas with the goals in a 5-1 romp. Two weeks later it was another, this time a 2-0 victory at home to Hat & Beaver thanks to goals from Scaysbrook and Coulton. Coulton made it two in two the following week against The Wheel, Jon Brice this the other as CSKA won 2-1.

MARCH 2010

Into March, and CSKA made the lengthy trip to Exeter Arms’ unusual pitch. Latest signing Michael Tooley would debutise between the sticks. Sean Ward was in scintillating form scoring a hat-trick to add to goals from Iliffe, Hatfield, Karsandas and Williamson (2) in a record 8-2 victory. Followed up by a 2-0 win away at West End United thanks to a John Hatfield brace, his 10th and 11th goals of the season, becoming only the second player to hit double figures in a season.   

It was a fantastic start to 2010, five consecutive victories had passed and CSKA found themselves now joint top with of the league with Trinderbox, albeit with a significantly worse goal difference and having played five games more. CSKA returned to the scene of their last defeat to face Trinderbox in the league. The hosts, top of the league having won every league game, inspired by Himan and Gomez to name but a few of their recently acquired star players. The Mods put in one of their best ever displays, and through goals from Williamson and Karsandas managed to battle out a 2-2 draw against the favourites and with it put an end to Trinderbox’s 100% league run.

The first defeat of 2010 came the following week however for CSKA, a windy encounter at Knighton Park saw Phoenix United convincingly win 3-0, despite being reduced to 10 men.


The bad winder and poor pitch conditions meant it was to be a hectic April schedule with 6 games scheduled to be played. Compare that with the previous season where one match was played!

The first encounter was on Easter Sunday, and CSKA resurged to grind out a 4-2 win against Harrow thanks to goals from Scaybrook, Brice, Williamson and Karsandas in horrendous conditions at Gypsy Lane. Kieran Warner saved a penalty late in the game to secure the points.

The following week, CSKA hosted Phoenix United, this time at Loughborough University due to terrible pitch conditions at Mossdale Meadows. The game ended all square at 2-2, the highlight of the game a 30 yard strike from Matt Whitaker, his first goal for the club. Jay Karsandas adding to his tally also.

The fixture congestion meant midweek evening games would be in place for the end of the season. The first of which was a Wednesday evening battle at Uplands Park against The Wheel. Karsandas and Williamson were once again on the scoresheet but wasn’t enough as the hosts were victorious by 3-2. Quickly followed up on the following Sunday with an impressive 3-1 victory over promotion rivals Harrow, with two goals from Williamson, and McCafferty’s long range volley that would earn him the Goal of the Season award.

Midweek again, and it was an inconvenient journey all the way to Market Harborough to face FC Kibworth. Top goalscorer Luke Williamson finally got his first hat-trick for the club, the fourth player to achieve this feat. Lee Scaysbrook headed home his 8th of the campaign, a very impressive return from the skipper. The final score of 4-0 kept CSKA in 2nd place, but would just have to play a waiting game as the remaining pack would complete their games, namely Phoenix United and FC Komrska catching rapidly. CSKA didn’t help themselves in their last two fixtures, with back-to-back 2-5 defeats away at Hat & Beaver away (Brice and Karsandas with the goals) and Trinderbox at home (Hatfield and McCafferty).


With the season all wrapped up, CSKA final position was confirmed as fourth, just 6 points separating 2nd from 6th.

It was an entertaining season for all involved. This tight-knit squad was really starting to bond in their second season, and despite some poor performances (and stupid red cards!), CSKA were starting to grab attention from their rivals. Losing Jacob Cooper to injury in December was a big loss after a promising start to his CSKA career, and deserved lots of praise along with fellow newcomer John Hatfield who contributed an impressive 12 goals in his first season.  Jon Brice was awarded both the Players’ Player of the Season and Manager’s Player of the Season awards at the end of season gala. Sean Ward was voted the Most Improved Player and would be announced as captain for the next campaign. Chris McCafferty was voted Clubman of the Year for the second time, as well as scooping the Goal of the Season award for his strike against Harrow at Mossdale Meadows. Andy Pettitt was awarded Fans Player of the Year, and Luke Williamson retained his Golden Shoe with 18 goals in all competitions.





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