U11s. A really good start to the season saw the U11s score four goals away to Ducklington; two from Owen Woodley, and one each from Thomas Corbet and Euan Griffith. There was some really good football played by the whole team and the players adapted well to the new 9v9 format and bigger pitch. One of the most pleasing aspects of the game was watching the team implement some of the things we had been working on during pre-season as well as the fact the defence kept a clean sheet. A special mention for Owen who was exceptional in a new midfield role (having played most of last year at the centre of our defence) and still managed to score two very well taken goals.
U12s. The U12s traveled to Brackley for the opening game of the season with only 9 players. They put in a fabulous performance against a physical team and came away with a tremendous 2-2 draw following a real humdinger! ( not sure how you spell that Paul) All the players showed great character and really worked well as a group. There was some lovely passing football on show and the players should be very proud of themselves for not giving up at any point and working very hard for each other.
U13s. The u13s began their title defence with a home match against Bampton. Despite a classy first minute goal with Tyra Aitken finishing Jacob Hayes’ through ball, a number of other chances created and spurned, and two breakaway second-half goals saw the visitors run out 2-1 winners. A brilliant game to watch but just fell short.
U14s. After an excellent preseason and the addition of 4 new players from Chippy Swifts, everything went to plan for the first 60 minutes. Charlbury dominated play and went 3-0 up with a screamer from Matt Greasby, and early second half goals from Billy Sweet and Tom Hart. However a very spirited fighback from Carterton and perhaps not the best team defending saw the lead erode away to 3-3. Note to coaches – session on defending the long ball.
U15s. The U15s kicked off their season with a fine win against a very strong Yarnton Blues team and it was great to be back in Charlbury playing on Nine Acres. The game started really well for Charlbury with a string of chances but the Yarnton keeper pulled off some great saves to thwart us, eventually Luke Zaheer did manage to tuck the ball into the net and we were on our way. It was then that Yarnton started to get back into the game and the match swung from end to end, it was becoming a fantastic game of football with both sides playing some excellent football. The second half started as the first one finished with both sides pressing forward and chances coming at both ends, Charlbury keeper Aaron Denton pulled off some amazing saves to keep us ahead and Yarnton were now marginally on top in the game. We made a few changes to be a lot more defensive but Yarnton kept banging on the door, we did still have a few chances of our own and a fine long range effort from Harris Kilburn put us two up. We could now relax a bit and our third goal soon followed with another excellent long range strike from Billy Cooper. Our man of the match was Aaron Denton but we would also mention some special performances from Harris Kilburn, Will Sherrington and Thomas Cross.
U16s. A good start to the season in the Oxford Mail League was marred by a slightly unfortunate sending off for Will Pulham on his debut. The U16s started brightly against Launton, going 1-0 up very early as Fred Leydon converted Charlie Maudsley’s cross from close range. We then had another debutant, Ben Collins, in goal to thank for three outstanding saves to keep us in front. We gradually got back into the game and were creating plenty of chances at the other end. Will Pulham scored a second with a powerful drive from the edge of the box and then added a third shortly after. The second half saw a determined Launton side start to tire a bit although Ben had to produce another couple of brilliant saves to preserve our clean sheet. At the other end a sublime through ball from Felix Robertson (happily back in red and black stripes) gave Archie Hawley an opportunity from close range which he took with aplomb. Max Sulik scored two further goals, both excellent long range shots, and had another couple well saved by the Launton keeper. Unfortunately a good run from Will Pulham saw him fouled on the edge of the box and then pushed by the Launton defender as he got to his feet. Will pushed him away and the referee, rather harshly, sent both players off, which was a shame as the game had been played in really good spirits until then. Excellent performances all round from all the boys.
U16 Girls. Playing a spirited team from Abingdon, the U16 girls made it 4 out of 4 wins, with a well deserved 6-0 win. 3 goals in each half from Abbie, Ruby C (2), Sophia, Rachel and Gaby ensured a comfortable morning but it still needed excellent work in the defence led by Ellla and an important save from Ruby P, early on to ensure the comfortable passage. great credit to Abingdon who played good football throughout and their excellent goalkeeper who made a number of outstanding saves.