U11 Colts win their division cup final

08/05/2017 at 10:02 am | Posted in Match Reports, Under 11s | Leave a comment

Our U11 Colts team playing in the Yellow Division of the South Bucks league, have won their league cup final.

The final was played at Thame football ground and we were designated the home team. 10 minutes before the match we were taken into the home dressing room to give our final team talk before kickoff. Then the boys made their way into the tunnel before being lead out onto the pitch where each player had their name called out over the announcement system.

The first ten minutes was a nervy affair with Wendover starting the brighter team. Wendover packed the middle of the park and this allowed them to pick up all the 50/50 balls as we struggled to get into the game. The boys slowly built themselves into it but we still came under threat from the large Wendover centre forward as they looked to release him early. Samuel, Jasper and Srijith worked hard to neutralise this but Wendover looked the more threatening with a shot which came of our post after 12 minutes. As the game went on we began to look more dangerous with Patrick making a run down the left to win us a corner which he delivered perfectly into the box, but we failed to get a runner on the end of it. Wendover countered quickly and again put us under pressure at the back, forcing Leo into a fine reaction save, but he wasn’t quite able to keep hold of the ball which left us with hearts in our mouths as it looked to be rolling over the line but he recovered quickly to keep hold of the ball. It was about six minutes from half time when we were finally undone when Wendover caught us on the break and lashed one home to go ahead.

At half time we explained to the boys that they had to be patient and to keep working hard. We asked Charlie to take responsibility for their striker to try and minimise his impact from the long ball goal kicks. He did this superbly during the second half sitting a little deeper during the attacks and quickly picking him up during the transitions. This turned the tide of the game in our favour as Wendover looked to struggle without a target player to aim at. As Wendover began to tire we began to look like the better team with our passing game getting into full swing. Chris managed to get on the end of a loose ball and saw his lobbed effort go narrowly over the crossbar. Patrick also had a good effort on the left forcing the keeper to tip it over the bar. We were just beginning to think about making changes when Yuvva-Raj snatched an equaliser keeping his cool to slot one home, so for the last 10 minutes we held our nerve and kept with the formation. The boys kept the pressure on Wendover and another opportunity came when, under pressure from a goal kick they passed back to their goalkeeper who picked it up and conceded a free kick for a back pass. It was indirect and so Patrick rolled to the ball to Chris whose shot went just over the crossbar. Minutes from time Yuvva-Raj pressed a ball out from the back and Charlie cleaned up the loose ball and played it into the middle. It came back out to Zac who found himself in enough space to have a go and smashed it into the bottom corner to take us up 2 – 1 only minutes from time. For the last few minutes the boys held their composure to see out the game.

Well done boys on becoming the Yellow Division Cup winners. A fantastic end to a great season for the Colts.

Thame Tournament

14/07/2014 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Tournaments, Under 11s | Leave a comment

Photos of the Thame tournament that the U11s won in June 2014.  Photos of the squad with the trophy.  Left to right: Charlie, Kian, Aaron, Guy, Sam, Chris and Alex (receiving the trophy at tournament) and second photo at training with Kaushal who had to leave before the semi final, but played all the league matches at the tournament.  Third photo with other U11s at training.  Manager Nick and coaches Wayne and Martin.

The boys played 6 league matches, won 3 and drew 3.  Topped the group.  Won semi 2-0.  Won final (after 0-0 extra time) 6-5 on penalties!





U11 v Wendover (away) Sunday 15th December 2013

20/12/2013 at 11:33 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 11s | Leave a comment

Alex W; Akshay, Robert W, Milan, Guy, Chris P; Aakash, Archie, Charles, Kian ; Sam, Luke

This was our last match before Christmas and our second match against Wendover this season, having lost 3-2 to them at home in September. The pitch at Wendover is very big and so we agreed to play 10v10.

After a closely matched first 10 minutes we took the lead when Luke took a through ball on, chipped the ball over the onrushing keeper and nodded the ball over the line. After this both teams had their chances, with Archie shooting wide after Luke’s through ball and Alex tidying up well at the back after several Wendover attacks. H-T 1-0. We were playing well and the coaches encouraged the team to carry on where they had left off for the second half.

We started the second half well and soon we got a free kick outside the left hand corner of the box. Luke took it and put the ball onto the 6 yard line where Sam met it with a thundering header, giving the keeper no chance; 2-0 and a wonderful goal. We were now playing really well, with everyone passing the ball. After good passing, Milan, now playing in centre midfield, found himself in possession and placed a sublime pass through the Wendover back four for Archie to finish coolly; 3-0.

Wendover are a very strong side though and were also creating chances; after a swift break produced an overload at the far post, Alex was finally beaten, 3-1. They had by this stage built up a bit of pressure and another goal would have put them right back in the game but Luke broke through the back line again, heading the ball over the keeper. 4-1. Injuries at various times to Chris P, Robert W, Archie and Akshay meant we had to rotate the players in various positions and with 5 minutes left Robert W was posted up front. Soon after he broke away down the left, cut inside the defender and shot just wide of the near post. In our next attack, Robert W found himself in the perfect spot and headed in for 5-1. Four headed goals in the match was testament to the hard work done in training under Adam’s guidance.

This was the best performance of the season so far with all the players comfortable on the ball, pressing the opposition when required and bravely contesting the headers. Most of the players got to play in at least two positions continuing our policy of developing the players’ experience rather than pigeon holing them in specific areas. Alex was tidy in goal. the back three was solid, well marshalled by Robert, with Akshay playing a starring role in the first half against Wendover’s very pacy striker and Milan and Chris P their usual calm & solid selves; the midfield two (mainly Archie, Charles, Kian and Milan) won the ball and used it well. Our wide players (Charles, Guy, Luke, Aakash) were always available. Sam, after a shaky start , scored the goal of the game and Luke was an ever willing striker, who was man-marked throughout the game and followed his instructions to the letter to take his marker away into wide areas to leave room for Sam and the midfield to attack.

Well done boys.

U11 v Prestwood, Sunday 8th December

13/12/2013 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 11s | Leave a comment

This was the return match from the first game of the season back in September. After several cry-offs, we were down to 10 players and Rishi had to depart without starting due to an injury suffered the previous day. However, the starting 9 players were determined to put on a good show.

Team: Alex W; Guy, Milan, Chris P; Akshay, Charles, Sam, Archie; Luke

The first half was fairly even although we had the better chances overall. Luke scored direct from a corner after 10 minutes and we had a couple of other half chances, mainly from Luke’s right wing crosses to Archie coming off the other wing at the far post and from the third of these, Archie finished well; 2-0. Prestwood were creating chances of their own with incisive passes through the middle of our defence but a combination of Milan’s defensive skills and Alex being very sharp off his line prevented them scoring. Prestwood then had a good spell, Alex making several fine saves before Prestwood finally scored. Another though ball reached Alex on the edge of the box, their striker into Alex and the ball; the ball broke to one of their players who tapped into the empty net. It was harsh on Alex who very bravely reached the ball first and was injured in the process. However, our two goal lead was soon restored when with 5 minutes to go to half time, Luke added his second and our third with a cross shot from the right into the far corner of the net.

Half time: 3-1.

The second half was similar to the first; our attacks were more patient, with Sam and Charles solid in central midfield, while Prestwood played longer balls over our defence and it was Prestwood who scored next; 3-2 and still 12 minutes remaining. Prestwood hit the cross bar twice and looked like they might score again. We were under more pressure when Chris P took a ball straight in the face and had to leave the field with a severe nosebleed which took 10 minutes to stem. We played on bravely with only 8 players and this was probably our best spell of possession football. Indeed, with 5 minutes remaining, Luke broke clear on the right and crossed for Archie to hit the ball high into the roof of the net. 4-2. Chris bravely returned for the last couple of minutes and we held on for the win.

Well done to all the boys, especially Alex and Chris who continued playing despite their injuries. We have had two close games against Prestwood this season and both games could have gone either way. This has been the story of our season so far, with 3 defeats by the odd goal.


U11 v Penn & Tylers Green, Sunday 1st December 2013

13/12/2013 at 2:59 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 11s | Leave a comment

Penn and Tylers Green FC vs. Westwood Park FC

Squad: Rob W, Akshay, Aakash, Archie, Kian, Chris, Milan, Alex W, Sam, Charles and Joe

On Sunday morning, our Westwood Park team arrived at the pitch and luckily the weather was on our side. After a half hour warm up, we kicked off at 10:30am with Akshay and Aakash as our subs.

The match started off fairly even with some fantastic attacking skills from Sam. About 10 minutes into the match, Penn and Tylers Green had an attempt on goal but with Kian and Charles working together in midfield, our defence was as strong as ever. Westwood Park managed to get the ball further up the pitch and an excellent header from Sam, just missed the target. A quick substitution was made with Joe coming off and Akshay taking his place. The match carried on fairly even with a few more attempts at goal from both teams. With half time drawing closer, Penn and Tylers Green opened the scoring with a fine shot; 0-1. Even though the boys were a bit disheartened, they still carried on playing really well. After their goal, P&TG continued to press forward but our defence stayed strong. Half time soon came and the coaches gave the boys a team talk.

The second half started fairly even but a few minutes in, a goal was scored by P&TG, another fierce shot from outside the area. Twice we failed to press the ball in central midfield and twice we were punished. We were rolling our subs trying to get a breakthrough but when we did create chances, the P&TG ‘keeper was in excellent form to deny Archie, Sam, Kian and Charles. We were playing well now but P&TG always looked dangerous going forward and with 15 minutes remaining scored again, 0-3. We kept plugging away and seemed to improve as the game went on but a corner after a quick break gave their substitute a tap in at the far post. Alex W then made a tremendously save from a low shot but we were now playing the better football and with 5 minutes left, Archie scored from a short pass from Sam but was just offside and didn’t count. We did finally score though a couple of minutes later; Sam beating their ‘keeper to a cross to head a fine goal; 1-4. We had time for a couple more attacks but the whistle soon blew for full time without any further addition to the score.

Even though Westwood Park didn’t win, this was a really good game and although P&TG deserved the win, we created several chances to score and the scoreline could easily have been much narrower.

Well done to all the boys; with a bit more belief against a strong side and a bit more luck in front of goal the result could easily have been different.

Report by Meera Patel


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