Update 8 Oct
Back to the league with an away match against Swindon Village Bowmen , always a close game .There was drama before KO as Josh somehow managed to twist his ankle in the warm up from a Luca shot , out with the icepack and a contingency plan if he couldn’t continue , thankfully not required . In the first 15 mins we played really well getting behind their defence and creating a few chances that we just couldn’t put away . Some of the stuff we were playing was great , exploiting the spaces down the wings so a little unlucky to be 0-0 at half time.. We started the 2nd half well and a foul just inside their half , Tom free kick partially cleared to Luca to calmly chest down just in side the box and right foot slot home . The rest of the game was really about who wanted to win more , our desire was greater, Luke chased absolutely everything and we clean sheeted to gain a hard-fought 1-0 win, The whole matchday squad had some pitch time , everyone played their part, 2nd in the league going well. Well done.. see you Tuesday
Update 1 Oct
Another cup game this time the GFA Cup away at a strong Ruardean side .The weather was miserable and with only 12 players available it was always going to be tough. In the 1st half we had chances but they were much stronger and when we has to withdraw Ethan and Tom through injuries to be down to 10 men and looking a little tired in midfield it would only get tougher. so 6-0 down at half time . In the 2nd half we swapped a few positions around , hit the bar through Ollie and good skill by Henri earning us a penalty scored by Ollie. Towards the end there was a really bad injury to one of the Ruardean players following a challenge with Kieron so we allowed a walk through goal to finish the match and all go home, lets hope he’s OK, Well played Josh in goal today and some nice skills from Henri and battling from Kieron. Back to the league next week
See you Tuesday
A game in the Matthew Wyatt memorial cup today ( Matthew was Jim’s Wyatt the old chair of CCFC who played for the club but died as a teenager) against Prestbury Spirits who were promoted to Div 1 last season. We were all looking forward to playing against George but he was sick! , A few of our players looked a little tired , that said in the first half we were more than a match for them 0-0 at half time . Our defence and keeper were playing brilliantly but unfortunately Charlie picked up a groin injury causing us to reorganise. We had a couple of decent cgances but the Prestbury team scored 4 decent goals to make the score 0-4 in the end . Solid debut from Olle and a couple of yellow cards ( Tom and Ollie!) .
We have another cup game next weekend then back to our priority , the League .
Training on Tuesday is at th Winchcombe Astro . meet there 18.15 for a prompt 18.30 start to.19.30 finish
Update 17 Sept
An away game today at Slimbridge and a good chance to test our squad strength . We started really well and went close a couple if times until eventually John got free down the right to cross for Harry to squeeze home on the near post . Then a 2nd, Toms corner for Owen to head home , 3rd Kieron free down the left and a cross for Owen to roll home then a 4th with a Kieron Cross shot following through ball from Oscar . So 4-0 at half time and cruising , to be fair to Slimbridge they really had a go at us in the 2nd half , getting back to 4-2 with a long range shot and an unfortunate OG. . Then the key moment of the match a dubious penalty brilliantly tipped over the angle by Josh . We then got a 5th with a Harry pass for Owen to shoot home , a 6th with John forcing home a Tom corner , Slimbridge managed to get back to 6-4 but we finished the game stronger , a keeper fumble forced home by Oscar and our final 8th with Hubert stealing off their defender to get to the bye line and cross for Oscar to roll in. 8-4 in the end. In summary excellent in the 1st half , a little complacent in the 2nd but a well deserved comfortable win.
Well done everyone , see you Tuesday
Update 10 Sept
First home game against the team who finished 3rd in our league last season – Redmarley.. We won the toss and with the wind behind us we totally domimated the first half . A Luca corner sidefooted home by Owen , A Luca Cross shot tapped in at the far post ny Kieron , then a nice pickup by Kieron on the left wing from a Luca pass a jink into the penalty are and curled over the keeper from the edge of the box, nice goal. So 3-0 at half time and everyone winning their individual battles. In the 2nd half it was important not to concede early but we went one better with a Luke throughball to John first shot saved but John there to fire home the rebound, Redarley managed to score against the play but we finished the game with another Luca through ball finding Luke to slot home 5-1 .
We has another goal disallowed and some good positions enthusiastically flagged offside but nothing could spoil a really good performance throughout . Good 1st game for Josh in goal, he is a true sweeper keeper seeing danger quickly and snuffing it out.
Well done everyone , see you Tuesday
Update 3 Sept
Following a very good friendly performance against Eckington it was back for out first league game of the season away at Abbeymead Yellows. It was a horrid rainy September day played on a pitch where the grass was 3 inches long , almost unplayable . We started the game pretty slowly and were quickly 2-0 behind following 2 borderline penalty decisions ending the half 4-0 behind following a scrambled goal and a long shot . In the last 10 mins of the first half we created some chances with Charlie hitting the bar and a couple of nice moves. In the 2nd half we played much better Owen heading against the bar and tapping the rebound , Oscar hitting the bar again , We fell 5-1 behind following a good goal , back to 5-2 folowing a Charlie free kick for Owen to force home but one more long shot finished the game 6-2. Plenty to work on in training , free kicks and corners , through passes and finishing. So dissapointed – yes , signs of promise – yes.
Squad was a bit stretched today so thanks to Hubert, Kieron, Sam and Luca for taking a turn in goal , our new keeper will be available for our next game !