Charlbury U18 Ladies Win Thames Valley Counties League

Charlbury Ladies bounced back into action after a long lay off due to the Covid break to complete their debut season in the Thames Valley Counties League U18 Northern Section. The ladies remained unbeaten all season and won the league by 3 clear points from rivals Abingdon United.This now completes back to back titles after winning last years OGFL U16’s league.

With a predominately young squad of players, mainly 15 & 16 year olds we went into the season not knowing what to expect but after a few games we realised that we were going to be challenging for the title. A fine 6-0 away win at Abingdon in the late autumn sunshine was the standout game of the season which cemented our position at the top. After the lay off the ladies resumed at full speed and remained unbeaten through to the end.

We have now taken the decision to enter the full ladies league and expect to compete in the ladies 3rd division west. This will be a great challenge in stepping up to full ladies football but who knows… a 3rd title??

Charlbury Introduce New Girls U8’s Team

Charlbury Town Youth Football Club have further strengthened their girl teams with the introduction of a under 8 team to add to their already existing under 18 & under 12 teams.

After a stop start last 18 months of training the U8 girls finally got to play some competitive matches agains Witney Vikings and Kiddlington recently. The girls had a great deal of fun and gained much needed experience of playing football against opposition.

Plans are now to enter into the OGFL for next season 2021/22 in the under 9’s league.

Anyone interested or if you have any queries (must be in years 3 & 4 for the next school year) please ring Phill Heath 07809867282

U14s REGAIN WDYFL ‘A’ LEAGUE TITLE

Charlbury Town Youth u14s provided a bit of good news for the club in what has been a difficult football season for all so far in winning the WDYFL ‘A’ league title for the 2020/21 Autumn/Winter season.

With football ceased in January, the league took the view that points per game was the fairest way to conclude matters – and although it would have been nice to finish things off on the pitch in the final game – Charlbury had already beaten the second place side and the chasing teams still had to play each other so it feels fully deserved.

This means that the lads achieved their primary aim of winning back the title that they won as u12s – and made it four major trophies now as a group together in the last 3 seasons (with one or two others robbed by COVID!). From the coaches viewpoint, the best thing about the success has been the significant contribution of all members of the squad – they all hold themselves to such high standards and it is a joy to be involved.

Witney & District Youth Football League – u14 A division

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1Charlbury Town761019
2Bampton Town650115
3Hook Norton641113
4Tysoe United640212
5Ducklington731310
6Eynsham63039
7Deddington Town Colts61053
8Faringdon Town71063
9Brackley Athletic70161

Football activities for the rest of the season – Under review

The CTYFC committee will be meeting on 24th February to map out the clubs plans for participation in football until the end of the season.

We will need to liaise with the OFA, WDYFL, OYFL, and the TVGL. Coaches will be contact with all parents as soon as we have received guidance and have a clear road map back to football.

Football activity still remains suspended until 29th March but we anticipate to start training and games shortly afterwards.

Further updates to follow….

Charlbury U15s win WDYFL

The postponed final of the WDYFL took place on Sunday 6th September at Clanfield against arch rivals Ducklington.

Whenever we play Eddies team, the game is always close and yesterday was no exception going into extra time with the score at 0-0. Whilst Charlbury had the greater possession and better chances, Ducklington could have stolen it with the very last kick of extra time, with the ball just going past Charlbury’s post.

However a dominant spell, by the fitter side in the first half of extra time saw Lewis Pretorious and Billy Sweet hit two amazing goals to give Charlbury a deserved and comfortable lead.

However, although Charlbury continued to press they got caught with a long ball over the top that fell between the defence and goalkeeper leaving the Ducklington striker to tap in the ball to create a nervous 2 minutes finale.

Charlbury held on and lifted their first cup ! More to follow….

Charlbury Girl League Winners

OMGFL U16 League Winners

Charlbury U16 Girls were recently awarded the OMGFL League title. After the suspension of the season the OMGFL committee met to determine who the league winners were throughout the age groups. Many formulas were discussed, many calculator buttons were pressed and the decision was to award the title to the team that had the won the highest average points per game played through the season.

With 30 points from 11 games Charlbury Girls were the clear winners, they have added the league title to the County Cup which they won in 2018 and a treble of the League Cup is still up for grabs, Covid-19 permitting.

Well done girls, thoroughly deserved!!

U13s progress to KO Cup Final

CTYFC u13s 6 Brackley Athletic 1

The u13s hosted Brackley Athletic for a KO cup semi final on Sunday. Despite constant rain and some delicate negotiations with the groundsman and officials, the game got the green light to go ahead.

Charlbury started well, and had the upper hand in the early exchanges, the breakthrough coming following a fine cross field pass from Tyra Aitken, which was finished clinically by Toby Ball. A couple of glorious chances were missed by Charlbury in search of the second goal, before the key moment in the match just before the end of the half. A rasping volley from Harry Hinton was bound for the top corner, but the Brackley centre back threw out a hand and tipped it over – resulting in a straight red card and a penalty kick. After a little bit of discussion over who fancied it, Tyra stepped up to smash it in the top corner – 2-0 at half time.

Brackley came out strong in the second half, and got their reward with a fine free kick struck in from 20 yards, reducing the arrears to 2-1 and threatening to make it a typically nervy affair. However, the comeback did not last long, with a Toby corner volleyed in by Tyra almost immediately, restoring the 2 goal cushion.

After this Charlbury completed the match in resounding fashion – Tyra adding two more goals to his tally to make it 40 for the season, and Ollie Jarvis scoring the final goal with a great header from a Toby free kick.

An impressive performance from the whole squad, defensively rock solid throughout and pacy and dangerous on the attack. Great credit to the players in reaching a major final in 3 straight seasons, and the attitude and teamwork of the squad is a pleasure to be part of. This will (hopefully) be played under lights on 27th April, and hopefully like the last two they can finish up with the trophy!

Final under floodlights beckons for U14s

A scintillating 70 minutes saw Charlbury U14s edge a very competitive game vs Bampton Town at Enstone.

Bampton arrived at Enstone having previously being unbeaten in all their games played this season however soon realized that they were in for a battle. With the normal Enstone wind prevailing and Charlbury kicking down hill, the first half was a tense affair with neither side showing dominance.

However after the break, Charlbury got stronger and missed two or three very reasonable opportunities to take the lead. Backed up by the defense that ensure the leagues top scorer never got a shot on goal, the game looked to be heading for extra time when in the very last minutes of the game, doggid determination saw Lewis battle through and bundle the ball over the line.

A richly deserved win, in a hugely competitive game. The final, v Ducklington is scheduled to be played on Tuesday 28th April at 6.30pm at Clanfield FC

Charlbury Girls Make Their Point

Having not played a league game since the end of November Charlbury U16 girls finally completed their fixtures. Needing a point away from home at Hinksey Girls to top the table Charlbury opened the scoring in the first half with a fine 20 yard effort from leading goalscorer Ruby Colleton after excellent build up play from Tiye and Gaby

Charlbury dominated play on a very heavy wet pitch with stand in goalkeeper Sophia having very little to do. Several chances went begging with Charlbury falling to kill off Hinksey, especially from the excellent corners of Emily. In a very competitive game no inch was given by both teams with skipper Abbie often showing the battling qualities of the Charlbury girls. A tense final five minutes was the order of the day after Charlbury conceded a sloppy goal late on but Charlbury’s back three of Nayah, Ella and Georgia stood firm and the game petered out in a 1-1 draw.

All the girls put in 100% effort and excellent performances on a poor playing surface and to top the league at this stage is a fine reward for all their dedication and commitment to training and playing, especially some of the monsoon conditions that they have encountered in their Monday night training slot!!

Charlbury Girls now take their points and leading position into a new league of the top 6 teams but with the suspension of the OMGFL due to Covid-19 until early April maybe they might be crowned champions without kicking another ball ???

New guidelines on heading footballs that will be adopted by all Charlbury Youth teams

Children banned from heading footballs during training

The training guidelines are effective immediately but do not recommend a heading ban during matches. Primary-age children have been banned from heading the ball in new guidelines issued by the football associations in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Heading restrictions for all age groups under 18 were also announced with a graduated use between 12 and 16.

The guidance, which will not yet apply in Wales, will affect training only.

It follows Glasgow University research that showed former footballers were  three-and-a-half times more likely to die from brain disease.

The Football Association of Wales said its guidance on children heading the ball was currently under review with the findings being made available later this year.

Does heading a football cause dementia?

In a joint announcement from the FA, Scottish FA and Irish FA, coaches were advised that there should be “no heading in training in the foundation phase”.

FA chief executive, Mark Bullingham, said: “This updated heading guidance is an evolution of our current guidelines and will help coaches and teachers to reduce and remove repetitive and unnecessary heading from youth football.

“Our research has shown that heading is rare in youth football matches, so this guidance is a responsible development to our grassroots coaching without impacting the enjoyment that children of all ages take from playing the game.”

The University of Glasgow study, published in October last year, found that former professional footballers were more likely to die of degenerative brain disease – and five times more likely to die from Parkinson’s disease.

There was no evidence in the study that linked incidences of the disease with heading the ball, but the FA said the new guidance had been issued to “mitigate against any potential risks”.

Updated heading guidance

  • Heading guidance in training for all age groups between under-six and under-18
  • No heading in training in the foundation phase (primary school children)
  • Graduated approach to heading training for children in the development phase between under-12 to under-16
  • Required ball sizes for training and matches for each age group
  • No changes to heading in matches, taking into consideration the limited number of headers in youth games

Scottish FA chief executive, Ian Maxwell, said Scottish football had a “duty of care” to young people and those responsible for their wellbeing.

“The updated guidelines are designed to help coaches remove repetitive and unnecessary heading from youth football in the earliest years, with a phased introduction at an age group considered most appropriate by our medical experts,” he said.

Irish FA Chief Executive, Patrick Nelson, said: “Our football committee has reviewed and approved the new guidelines. As an association we believe this is the right direction of travel and are confident it will be good for the game, and those who play it.”

Media caption ‘I think my dementia has been caused by heading’

Dr Willie Stewart, the consultant neuropathologist who led the University of Glasgow study said he was “encouraged” to see the new guidelines.

He added: “A lot more research is needed to understand the factors contributing to increased risk of neurodegenerative disease in footballers. Meanwhile it is sensible to act to reduce exposure to the only recognised risk factor so far.

“As such, measures to reduce exposure to unnecessary head impacts and risk of head injury in sport are a logical step.”

However, Dr Steward added that he would like to see the new guidelines adopted by the wider game and not just in youth football.

A similar ban, that also includes restrictions during matches, has been in place in the United States since 2015.

The rule change there came after a number of coaches and parents took legal action against the US Soccer Federation.