A COLLEGE football team has proven that practice makes perfect after they won their division without losing a match.

Priestley College won six of nine matches, drawing the other three, to comfortably take the second division in the North West Colleges Western Conference.

Looking back over the campaign, coach Josh Greaves said the results were reward for the players’ dedication to training overseen by himself and Priestley’s football academy manager Dan Jordan.

“The lads have taken training very seriously and really developed as players,” he said.

“Myself and Dan have enjoyed working with them as they are so coachable and absorb all the information we have been giving them like sponges.

“It is no coincidence they have been unbeaten this season, as the work they have put in on the training ground has been nothing short of exceptional.”

Priestley’s second team scored 31 goals and conceded just 10.

Their standout results were a 6-2 win away to St John Rigby and a 3-1 victory at Winstanley.

They finished four clear at the top, ahead of Sir John Deane’s, with a game in hand that will now not be played.

Captain Mo Essa said: “We have improved a lot as a team and we are more than just teammates, we are like brothers.”

Josh said the team’s success was a good sign for the college’s football programme next year.

“They have dominated possession of the football in every game this season and the philosophy that myself and Dan both share is clearly being displayed on the pitch,” he said.

“The fact that most of them are first year students means we are very excited about next season and the future of football at Priestley.”