Manager: Matthew Morey, Graeme Roe (coach), Michaela Thorn (admin)
Bradley Leech (GK), Matt Thorn, Joash Nembhard, Cameron Quinn, Charlie Armitage, Paolo Deritis, Jake Swaine (Capt), James McGarry, Jack Stevens, Michael Stapleton, James Yallop
Woken by the torrential weather, I wasn't sure where it would be boots or wellies today. I couldn't have been more wrong as the sun came out for the duration of the tournament. With the introduction of a few new faces, and a couple of old friends, we fielded two teams at the tournament. Both teams set about their campaigns with some attractive pass and move, the pitches were big which suited our style of play. Both teams topped their groups and went into the quarter finals. A 3-0 and 1-0 in extra time saw both through to different semi-finals. The semis were nervy affairs with both teams grabbing 1-0 victories meaning an all Nascot Wood Eagles final! The game was played at a cracking pace with some excellent attacking play in both directions, it could have been 3-3 at the final whistle. Instead it was 0-0! Extra time followed and Michael grabbed the winner in the last seconds to seal a cracking tournament display by the squad. Celebrations ensued and the collection of the trophy completed a memorable morning of football. Well done to all involved today.
'A' - Bradley, Joash, Matt, Paolo, Joe, Jake, James McG, Jack. (Runners Up)
'B' - Sonny, Cameron, Marek, James Y, Charlie, Josh, Michael. (Winners)
Our home from home at the end of the season, we were back at Sun Postal for their 6 a side tournament. Always one of our favourite places to play, we were in buoyant mood in the sunshine. The team looked confident and played some terrific pass and move to knock up four wins scoring a hatful and conceeding just the one goal. Needing a point from our last group match to top the group we were beaten 1-0 and not helped by the odd dubious decision! Still, as best runner up we made the semis and had to play the same team again. We went close on two occasions and hit the bar. It took another close decision to win the match. The ref giving us a penalty that Michael slotted away in extra time. The final was a repeat of last year against Aldenham and we put up the same scoreline winning 2-0. A fantastic morning's entertainment and our third trophy in three years at the Sun Postal 6 a side. Well done to all today for some excellent football. Front to back we were the dominant team and deserved the trophy.
Congratulations to all of the boys.
A fitting end to a great season as we signed off with our third win against Finchley this season. Unfortunately for Finchley a couple of players did not make it to the ground leaving them with only six players. With an extra man we were always going to dominate possession and this was evident from the kick off. Finchley did well to restrict our attacking chances and it was not until midway through the first half that the deadlock was broken. Michael flighted a corner for Jake to meet at the penalty spot and send flying past the keeper and men on the line. Half time saw us 2-0 up. Paolo linked up well with Charlie and Joash to get himself free and his finish was emphatic across the keeper and into the far corner.
Second half saw Finchley tire as we began to spread the ball wide and make use of the space. Our third goal was Matt's first of the season. Meeting a corner first with his foot, then his knee, he finally forced the ball over the line with his chest! Not a classic but a well deserved goal for all of his efforts this season and numerous surging runs during this match! Cameron was next to score finishing a nicely worked move. Michael played out from the back to Jim who touched out of his feet and found Cameron who slotted cooly. The last goal of the season was a curling effort from the left by Jim. The swerve beating the keeper high at the near post.
An enjoyable match in the sunshine and a pleasing way to finish our last season in 7 a side football. The individual skills on the ball, the movement off it and the teamwork you showed today was a fitting tribute to the last two seasons. I have enjoyed this season immensely and hope that all of you and your families have had fun and learnt how to improve your own footballing ability. Training will continue for the next few weeks on Saturdays. I will see you all there! Well done and congratulations to all of you!!
Our third game in ten days against Whetstone and unfortunately our second league defeat of the season. We started really well tonight and deserved to take the lead when Michael latched on to Bradley's pass and Jake fired home the rebound. We looked physically and mentally strong at the back and were linking up well going forward. Still 1-0 at the break we looked to hang on to our advantage and sneak a second. Again, Whetstone came back at us in the second half with some good width to their attacking play. Maybe thinking back to Sunday, when they got the equaliser we lost our heads a bit and were put under pressure. Some tidy finishing from Whetstone gave them a two goal advantage and we could not get back at them. Credit to their players for the football they have played all season, as a squad they have that bit more than us and they deserve the Red Division title.
Once again we have proven ourselves against the best team in the age group and shown how far we have come in the last two seasons. The panic and actions of their supporters should be taken as praise because it shows that they fear our football. Last game of the season on Sunday, lets sign off with some of that excellent football that has seen us finish as runners up in the Red Division this season. Well done to the whole squad.
Another Sunday morning up at Sun Postal. Scorching weather and a big support turned out to cheer on the Eagles as they looked to do the cup double! Relaxed and confident before the match, the boys started really well, they passed and moved well putting the pressure on Whetstone. We deservedly took the lead when Jake curled a left foot strike into the bottom corner. With two forwards we continued to counter and scored our second shortly after. James beating his man and firing in a cracking cross for Michael to smash in at the back post. As with all good teams, Whetstone came back into the match and pulled one back before the break.
Second half we played on the counter but struggled to get out of our own half. We held firm at the back and limited Whetstone to long range efforts. Unfortunately, three minutes into added time a deflected cross found the back of our net and made it 2-2. The final whistle blew at the restart. Extra time and the heat told, we looked jaded and were hanging on for penalties. With a minute to go Whetstone found a winner from a corner and the match was over. More gracious in victory than defeat, Whetstone did well to come back and claim the cup.
A cracking game for the neutral but not so much if you're an Eagle! We outplayed Whetstone in the first half and deserved the win today. Everyone was superb and gave it their all which is all you can ask. Well done again guys, a good experience to feel the other side of a cup final, I was incredibly proud of the way we took the defeat. You're a credit to me and the club.
Lets take our first half performance to them again on Tuesday. Well done to all and thank you parents, friends and families for your fantastic support in both finals. It's great to see you all encouraging the boys.
The big day had finally arrived as the Eagles played Whetstone at Sun Postal to decided the League Cup Final. We arrived early and warmed up with composure. Everyone looked focused on the task at hand - competing with Whetstone. We kicked off and started to knock the ball around well. However, Whetstone soon showed why they are a top side and began to dominate possession. Both teams had a couple of chances before the break. Jake hit the bar with a terrific strike from distance, Michael shot wide when Jim flicked on. At the other end Cameron made a superb last ditch challenge to deflect a certain goal over the bar.
Second half we shuffled the pack and changed the formation to try and get more possession. Both sides again created chances, Whetstone hit the bar and their keeper pulled off a super reaction save. The deadlock was broken midway through the second half. Jake turned to hit a left foot strike right into the bottom corner sending the Eagles support over the moon! Whetstone pushed hard for an equaliser but failed to find the back of the net. The final whistle was greeted by jubilation, crowd euphoria and the odd tear of joy!!
Bradley was organised and kept a cool head. Cameron and Matt were immense at the back to protect our goal. Joash, Paolo and Charlie worked well to challenge and win possession to develop our attacking play. Jim held the ball well and ran the defenders as did Michael. James Y came on to terrorise their defense in the final stages. Lastly, captain Jake was up and down all game and took his goal really well.
A truly fantastic performance and result. Each of the boys has worked with determination and focus to reap the rewards today. They all deserve to be able to call themselves League Cup Winners!!!! To be the first team to beat Whetstone in normal time is also a wonderful achievement. I am extremely proud of the squad who deserve to take something from what has been a thoroughly enjoyable season of high quality football. Superstars, the lot of you! Well done guys.
A second clean sheet in three matches sees us continue to push for that top spot in the league! In a frantic match in the wet we put together some composed football in patches to score twice and win the match.
0-0 at half time we had failed to create too many clear cut chances and had been slightly rushed in our build up play making too many poor decisions. After the break we were more decisive. Jake broke the deadlock with a neat left foot strike from the edge of the box to send the travelling support wild. We were strong at the back and held out limiting Hadley to few chances. With seconds left on the clock Jake beat the midfielder and struck for the far corner, the defender got a touch to the ball sending it looping over the goalkeeper. The ref blew up and we returned home with yet another win.
Well done guys for another composed performance in tricky conditions. Lets really focus this week for the big matches to come.
Our second match against Hadley this season and our second 2-1 victory. We seemed to catch them cold this morning and raced into a two goal lead. Maybe thinking it was game over, we took our foot off the gas and played some sloppy football failing to make the most of the space and coming in 2-0 at the break. Second half Hadley shuffled it around and played the better football. They pulled a goal back early in the second half from a crisp shot across Bradley. We got tackles in and the game degenerated into a scrappy affair as we cancelled each other out. Paolo had our best chance of the second half, beating two defenders and narrowly missing the target.
Not a classic but another win and three more points. This week has seen us pick up enough points to guarantee a top two finish this season. An excellent achievement from everyone involved with the team. Lets see if we can challenge for that top spot!! Well done guys.
No rest for the wicked as we played our third game in five days this evening. Our 'home' pitch at Little Green was not quite the cricket club but it did the job. With a school trip taking Brad, Joash and Michael out of the squad, we were down to the bare bones of seven. Bravely Charlie volunteered to keep for us and he did a fine job keeping a clean sheet! He was well supported by Cameron and Matt who were excellent at the back again limiting Abbots to very few attempts on goal. Midfield saw Paolo resort to his holding duties allowing Jake to push on and support Jim and James. We started ok and tried to get the ball down, we were a little rushed in our approach play and were resorting to long range shots rather than being patient. 0-0 at half time we talked about what we could do to nick a goal. Abbots continued to play three at the back but we got the breakthrough shortly after half time. Jake, with his ninth shot on goal finally broke the keepers resistance. The goal caused Abbots to push forward and we looked more deadly on the counter. The second goal was a neat diagonal from Jake splitting the defence and allowing James Y to calmly finish under and across the keeper. We created plenty of chances but failed to take anymore finishing the game 2-0 to the good. A good team performance on a warm evening without subs. We learnt the importance of making the ball do the work today.
Well done guys.
Our second game in four days saw us away to Pinnacle in the Challenge Cup Semi Final. As with our previous meeting, we found the large pitch a bit of a struggle and it was Pinnacle who took the lead. They made better use of the space and pulled us apart to open the scoring. Credit to the Eagles, they stuck together and started to play the football they are capable of. We went close a couple of times before finding an equaliser, Jake finishing well inside the box. 1-1 at half time we discussed what was going wrong and how we could improve. The team talk worked and we came out to put together some of the best passing moves all season. Our second goal was fantastic, a six pass move finished by Michael beating his man and crossing for Jake to volley home. We continued to play well going forward and the third came soon after. A deflected shot fell to Jake who lifted it over the sprawling keeper to complete his hat-trick.
Looking comfortable, we shuffled the pack and Pinnacle began to get back into the match. Our defence held, Bradley making some tidy saves. Pinnacle scored in the last minute to make it a nervy finish, we countered well and could have finished the game off but missed the target.
A wonderful achievement from the whole squad; Bradley organised us well, Cameron and Matt were terrific against two powerful forwards, Joash and Jake ran the midfield with good skills and excellent vision, Charlie, Paolo, James and Jim showed great strength to win the physical battles and Michael was up to his usual, turning defenders inside out! We've made our second major final of the season - what a truly brilliant achievement by the boys. I am incredibly proud of you as a group. Well done!
What looked like a lovely summers day turned out to be a bitter spring evening in Abbots. Fortunately the boys gave the parents plenty of reason to jump about and keep warm! The football has gradually improved in the last two weeks and we were back to some of our best pass and move in parts today. Lots of excellent link up play and great vision in midfield to spot runners created some excellent chances. In control at half time, we pushed the wide players further up the pitch and created a big pitch and lots of space to exploit. Jake and Joash ran the midfield and gave excellent service to Michael and James McG. Abbots battled bravely but tired in the second half and the goals kept coming. Cameron deserved his goal for another tidy game at the back, James Y looked lively and took his goal well. Jake and James McG chipped in, Michael, as we expect of late, was clinical again scoring another 4 today. The pick of the goals was saved for late on, Joash catching a volley from 15 yards that flew like a rocket into the top corner. A fantastic strike, will he ever score a tap in?!
Well done again boys, the football is improving and at the right time of the season. Lets keep this excellent run going. Great stuff!
Man Utd followed in the Eagles footsteps, managing a 2-1 win to keep up their title challenge. The only difference being the quality of the opposition. Hardly a top of the table clash, Evergreen are bottom of the table. Credit to them they tried to pass the ball but were found wanting against our resolute defending.
We took the lead early on, Jim following in as the keeper failed to hold a shot and slotting calmly. The link up play was much better than midweek and we created several good chances but failed to put them away. Michael, Jake and James all going close. They tried to outmuscle us, Bradley taking a nasty challenge midway through the first half, but we rose to the physical challenge and played some tidy football. Second half, Evergreen pulled level against the run of play. We failed to clear a corner and it was bundled in at the back post. The Eagles responded well and had a couple of great efforts, Michael hitting the bar and Jake going close across the keeper from distance. It was Jake who got the winner. Poor marking allowed him to rise in the box to meet a cross from Michael and head in to the far corner. The ref tried to influence the game, with some interesting decisions and a 25 minute second half, but we hang on and got what we deserved from the match.
Cameron was immense at the back, making some great tackles and playing out from the heart of the defence. Jake played the captains role bossing the midfield. Another valuable three points that will keep the pressure on Whetstone in these final few weeks of the season. Well done to all of the squad for playing the game in the right fashion today - you're a credit to our club.
Our first midweek evening match sees us progress to our first major cup final! Maybe still suffering from the day at school (I know I was!), we were slow to start and found ourselves 0-1 early on. It didn't take us long to get even and we began to wake up. A flurry of goals just before half time saw us come in 4-1 at the break. A team shuffle in the second half slowed our goal scoring down and Finchley battled well to stop us from dominating the match. The pass and move was better and we capped the scoring. Some nice play in patches from all the boys. Another great example of team play has given us the opportunity to test ourselves at the highest level in a cup final. A fantastic achievement to get to the final. Well done to all of the boys for this super cup run!
With the Easter break and some awful weather, this was our first match in 4 weeks. Maybe we were rusty, or maybe Aldenham did not let us settle, as we struggled today and were fortunate to win this match. We started brightly and got an early goal, Michael hitting a powerful shot across the keeper who could only parry straight to James to tap in. The second goal before half time was a rocket from Jake which the keeper tipped onto the bar, as it bounced down Michael was there to finish.
Second half Aldenham pressed us and moved the ball around well, they pulled a goal back with a tidy finish over Bradley. We hung on and despite the pressure, limited Aldenham to few clear cut chances. With our only real attack of the second half we finished the game off late on. Michael finding himself unmarked 4 yards from goal and calmly slotting past a stranded keeper.
Not a great performance by any means today, but you must be doing something right to play that badly and win 3-1! Well done guys.
A pleasing result if not performance that sees us through to the semi finals of the Challenge Cup. Having been taken to penalties in the same competition by APN last season, this was always a potential banana skin! We played like we had trained on Saturday and were far from convincing today. However, it's the result that counts in cup competitions (jusk ask Portsmouth!). Michael took his goals well, Jake supplying him both times. We played around with formations which probably did not help the situation. Credit to APN, they tried to play football and put us under pressure when we had the ball.
Glad to be in the next round, but a bit worried about the lazy football we played today. Still, it's a lesson learnt with a chance to up our game next week. Well done guys.
The sun was out, the wind died down and the pitch as always was in excellent condition. Perfect for footy! Unlike previous weeks where we've been slow to start, we got about our task and were focused from the kick off. Some tidy movement on and off the ball created space and we used it well. Jake completed a first half hat-trick with some tidy finishes to cap his excellent control of the midfield. Michael slotted the fourth before the break. Second half we carried on playing at pace and used the width of the pitch well. Michael scored another 3 to complete the scoring. Although we had only two goalscorers, today was very much a team performance - Brad, Joash, Matt and Cameron were organised and controlled at the back allowing Jake, Paolo and Charlie to dominate the midfield. Michael, James McG and James Y were a handful all morning and could have scored more.
The win puts us in the League Cup Semi-Finals, a great achievement by all of the squad. Another cup and another quarter final next week, lets make sure we maintain our current good run. Well done guys.
Back to the league after our cup efforts last week, we chalked up another 3 points with some tidy football away to Finchley. We had to play on the smallest pitch we've seen with a balloon for a football but we tried to stick to our game. We got 1-0 up with Michael scoring his second in two matches. Finchley answered straight back when we failed to clear a cross. Michael added a second before half time, we came in 2-1 having played our game in patches. A quick chat about areas to improve at half time and we came out focussed. We got the ball on the deck and spread it around with some of our best pass and move of the season. Charlie came off the bench to inject some urgency and accuracy to our play leaving the field with 3 assists. James Yallop grabbed a tidy brace also coming on in the second half. Michael was at his predatory best finishing with 5 goals. Everyone played their part in one of the more pleasing performances of late. It was nice to get the goals to go with our build up play which was fantastic in parts of the second half. Lets continue to push on and maintain our standards. Well done guys.
Our re-arranged Challenge Cup match was in danger of being postponed a second time as we were greeted by a frozen pitch first thing. Fortunately the sun did the job and we were underway twenty minutes later than scheduled. Despite the extra time to warm up, we started slowly and struggled to find our usual pass and move. We had a couple of chances, Jake putting in some great through balls but Michael and Paolo were unable to finish. It was Hadley & Wingate who took the lead, some poor defending and a shot back across Bradley found the back of the net. Second half we woke up and played with more control finding passes and winning tackles. Jim got us level with a nice strike rising past the keeper from his trusted left foot. The confidence came back and we kicked on. Michael slotted calmly to give us the lead and Jake powered home a third late on from an acute angle. Hadley & Wingate had a few corners and battled hard but we gained control of their forward second half and got back to winning ways.
Not the best game of football you'll ever see, but we got the result that matters and responded well to a poor show in the first half. We need to be at our best at the business end of the season regardless of who we play - a lesson we need to learn if we want to capitalise on our excellent football.
Strangely not covered as part of Sky Sports Super Sunday, this top of the table clash had it all! (Well, no penalties or cards but lots of high quality football!).
The first half was a close affair, both teams had chances. Bradley pulled off a couple of great saves and closed down the forward to keep them out at half time. At the other end some good composure from Michael and Jim saw us hit the post and get in behind Whetstone on numerous occassions.
The deadlock was broken midway through the second half. A poor goal kick and bad positioning left their winger free to fire past Bradley. We responded really well and dominated parts of the second half. Joash, Cameron and later Matt held their forward and our midfield did well to find the forwards and support our attacking play. With seconds to go a quick ball from Bradley found Paolo who flicked on to Jake to race on, as he was about to pull the trigger, a defender managed to nick it off his boot and Whetstone hung on.
A tough result to take given the performance today, on another day we could have taken the points. Still, we're showing once again how much we have improved and we're looking forward to the return fixture in a few weeks time. Focus on the good points from today guys, they will keep us up there until the end of the season. Well done all of you.
A narrow victory but a deserved one in an entertaining game against a top side. We started positively and dominated much of the first half. Our passing was neat and tidy allowing us to put Omonia under pressure. The goal came from a strong break from midfield, Paolo running the ball to the box and not closed down he rifled his shot into the top corner. The keeper got a hand to it but could not keep it out. Second half was a closer affair as Omonia pushed and put us under pressure. We were strong at the back giving away only the odd chance but Bradley was at his best in goal to keep another clean sheet with a couple of great saves. We had a couple of chances on the counter and on another day might have nicked a second to take the pressure off.
Another really good squad effort from the ten available today, everyone played there part. Lets keep this good form going into the next match.
Well done guys.
The Eagles made it 2 wins in 2 matches in January with a comfortable win over Hadley Wood & Wingate. We started well and knocked the ball around without creating too many attempts on goal. Hadley looked lively on the counter with a skilful forward much like Evergreen in our last match.M
It was the Eagles who broke the deadlock. Joash receiving the ball from James Y to rifle in a screamer from a good 20yds out. The confidence started to flow and we came in 2-0 at the break. Jake did well to find space and hit a shot too strong for the keeper to keep out.
Second half we moved the ball with a bit more urgency and began to find the gaps. Cameron and Jack added goals in the second half and Jake grabbed his second of the match with a peach from outside the box curling into the far top corner.
Hadley had chances in the match but again Bradley was at his best to turn a shot round the post and spread himself at the forwards feet with Matt helping him clear. Hadley were rewarded for their endeavour with a late consolation goal.
Some nice football in parts from all as we got all 11 players into the action today. A good squad performance with some great individual and team moves. Well done lads.
A happy start to the new year as we resumed our league campaign with a narrow victory over Evergreen. On a frosty and bumpy pitch our normal pass and move was a bit shaky and we struggled to hit top gear. Evergreen set up with 3 at the back and played deep giving us little room to work with. Resorting to long range efforts both Jake and Jack went close. The breakthrough came from some nice link up play. Michael finding space to play a 1-2 with Jake who got the ball across for Paolo to calmly tap in at the back post. Despite dominating the play Evergreen had a lively forward who worried us on the counter and so it was that they got level just before the break.
Second half was again a nervy affair but we played our football and began to find the holes in the Evergreen back line. With 3 minutes left to play, James Yallop cut in off the right beating a defender to the ball and cracking a shot past the keeper, the defender on the line could not stop it and the game was won at 2-1. Tightening up at the back we saw out time to pick up another 3 points. Not a classic performance but a battling one that I am proud of. Well done boys.
A good contest between two of the better sides in the age group and two of the meanest defences about, this was never going to be a nine goal thriller! Both teams had chances with Aldenham putting us under some pressure down the hill in the first half, we weathered the storm and went close with several counter attacks. Second half saw us turn the screw on Aldenham but it just would not go in for us today. Still, another clean sheet and we remain undefeated in the Red Division for 2007. Well done boys.
A good start for our new sponsor and the new kit as we over ran Harvesters in the Challenge Cup Third Round. We've worked hard in training the last few weeks and the pass and move is really improving. We knocked the ball around for much of the game and dominated possession. Half time saw us 3-0 up, it could have been more as Harvesters struggled to get out of their half. Second half and the heavens, along with the flood gates, opened. Despite the weather we kept up the tempo and piled in the goals.
More cup action next week I'm afraid. Anyone remember which division we're playing in? It's been so long!
Are we ever going to play a league game?! League Cup this week and only our second encounter with Edmonton (the previous being a last minute 4-3 win away 2 yrs ago). Still with a giant goalkeeper and some physical players, we knew this would be a tough match. The first half was a scrappy affair and we were guilty of trying to do too much with the ball. We eventually broke the deadlock as Michael cut in from the left and fired for the far post, the keeper could only parry the shot and Jake calmly slotted from close range. Half time saw us go in 1-1. Some neat wing play and a low cross converted by Edmonton. A swift chat at half time and we went with the game plan second half. Making good use of the width, we found James unmarked to cut in off the right and nutmeg the keeper to give us the lead. The game was put to bed by some individual brilliance from Jack. A clever turn and acceleration saw him break from half way, some good movement ahead of him pulled the defence apart, and Jack found the bottom corner with a driven shot from the edge of the box. Edmonton worked hard second half and earned themselves a penalty, but super keeper Bradley dived to his right to turn a strong shot round the post at 1-1. A magnificent save.
Yet another cup we're still in. Wouldn't it be nice to play a league game one day!! Well done guys.
Another week, another cup fixture! This time at home against an unknown Tring side. Their warm up suggested they would try and play football but we were quick to pressure them and play our own game. Our football was tidy and we came in at the break 3-0 up. Michael with some tidy finishes and Jake with a neat shot that slipped through the keeper. The second half saw a shuffle of the side and a chance to try some things. The pass and move was much quicker and although we failed to score we were much the better side second half. Cameron came on and impressed at both ends of the pitch as did Charlie getting involved in the midfield battle.
Another win and a clean sheet. Well done guys.
Hadley again, only this time it was their second team in the Challenge Cup. First division v seventh was never an even contest and despite their best efforts Hadley couldn't manage an Exeter v Man U style shock! We took a while to settle and failed to hit top gear but it was not necessary as we ran out comfortable winners. With a full squad at the match, rotation was frequent and everyone contributed as we shared the goals around. Michael managed a ten minute hat-trick whilst James had to come off and wait before grabbing his third late on. We're in the hat for the next round, well done guys.
After the excellent result last week confidence was high in the squad and maybe there was some complacency as we started slowly and Hadley pushed the ball around well. Not helped by Michael limping off in the first 5mins, we had to rely on Bradley making an excellent stop to keep us level and we started to come back into the match with Jack going close on a couple of occasions. 0-0 at the break we again started slow and found ourselves 0-1, Hadley converting a low cross from our left. This seemed to wake us up and most of the rest of the game was played in the Hadley half. Our equaliser came from a set piece we've been trying for over two years! Joash latching on to a pulled back corner and sending a powerful strike over the keeper from 20 yards out. With more confidence we found our feet and started to move the ball well. The winner came from a great tackle and piece of skill from Charlie to release James McG on the left, quick head up and a neat ball to Jake who touched out of his feet and drilled past the keeper. We continued to dominate and held out to record our second win of the league season. A good test of character from a team who will be up there by the end of the season. Well done guys.
First league game of the season and we get last years undefeated league champions away! The potential baptism of fire failed to materialise and Omonia are maybe not as strong as last season. Having said that they are still organised and play some good football. In a scrappy first five mins we battled well and deserved the opener, Michael slotting home across the keeper. Omonia came back at us and we held out a period of pressure to hit on the counter, Paolo racing clear and cutting in off the wing to finish in the bottom corner. We started to edge the physical battle in midfield and our pressure lead to the third, Michael completing his brace.
A shuffle in the second half saw Matt battling with illness coming off and James joining the midfield, Jake sitting alongside Joash at the back. The new set up worked well and we read the game playing some attractive football out of the back. We dominated much of the second half, Paolo lobbing the keeper from a loose ball in the box after a corner, and Jack hitting a clean strike to complete the scoring. A positive start to our return to the Red Division and hopefully one to build on. Well done lads.
Our first game in the County Cup and our first game up at the cricket club. Not a bad start. We didn't quite click today but still showed in parts what we are capable of. Some nice pass and move together with some really pleasing individual skills saw us into the next round. Jim opened the scoring looking dangerous coming in off the left wing, his second also a cool finish from a narrow angle. Michael again was the predator in the box slotting home after great work by Charlie and Jim. Charlie was box to box and took his goal well. Michael completed the scoring and had it not been for their keeper both him and Jim could have scored hat-tricks. Paolo and Matt came on to tighten us up and help us play out from the back. Overall a good win and another clean sheet. Well done guys.
A much tougher task compared to previous matches, we stuck to our football and won the physical battles across the pitch. Michael was at his predatory best with a terrific hat-trick, and Jack did well to complete the scoring. Everyone played their part to keep our third clean sheet and ensure we topped our league qualifying group. A pleasing performance, well done guys.
Some sound pass and move with a touch of flare and composure in the final third saw us score some excellent goals today. Never an even contest, we piled on the pressure from the start and never looked back. There were some great performances across the pitch with some tidy footwork and the results of training evident.
Our good start to the season continues. Well done guys.
Another solid display to follow on from last week. Maybe a bit rushed in front of goal, we struggled to take our chances in the first half coming in 1-0 at the break. A team shuffle at half time and more composure infront of goal saw us pull Hertsmere apart and score some excellent goals. James McG and Jack running the show. Well done again to all involved today.