Week 13 Ruby Sparkles

Charlbury U13 3-1 Launton

After beating Launton in the County Cup last weekend, the u13s welcomed them back to Enstone for a league encounter on a pretty damp and gloomy afternoon. A solid first half performance saw Charlbury lead 2-0, both goals scored by Tyra Aitken, the second an excellent curling finish from a sharp team move, following a lovely through ball by Ben Hornblow. The second half started perfectly, with Clyde Kay driving into the box and winning a penalty that Jacob Hayes duly converted to leave the home side comfortable at 3-0. They were however unable to add to the lead despite a few good chances to do so – and Launton kept battling to earn a late consolation goal with a couple of minutes to play – final score 3-1. 

Charlbury Under 11 Girls

The U11 Girls played on a drizzly Saturday morning against a strong Mansfield Road side.  Captain for the week was super Izzy. The match was slow to start but soon warmed up and included a number of fantastic moves from the girls that led to chances being created. Molly J played a strong first half in central midfield, Libby and Grace were assured in defence and Fran continually ran through Mansfield Road’s defence. The match ended in a narrow 0-1 defeat with the Mansfield Road coach agreeing a draw would be a fairer result. Great credit to the opposition who played good football and were exceptionally team spirited. Player of the match was Fran. The second match of the day – played as an 8 a side friendly was again an even match but did see Charlbury playing some super attacking football in the second half. The match ended 2-4 with super goals from Fran and Molly W.

Enysham 3-2 Charlbury U14

Missing David and Billy and playing a strong Enysham side was always going to be a challenge. The team got to half time with only a 1-0 deficit but didn’t really compete to the levels we are used to. The second half was very different! With Tom W struggling after his morning efforts on the rugby pitch, Henry Wheeler moved into midfield from goalkeeper and dominated play. The majority off the play was in the Eynsham half and despite conceding a sloppy goal from a corner, the team drew back to a deserved 2-2 draw with Henry firing in from 18 yards. Heartbreak however had a trick in store as a lucky rebound, in the very last minute, fell to their forward who ran through on goal leaving Tom to carry on his rugby morning antiquities and concede a penalty by rugby tackling their forward. 3-2 loss, but lots of positives!!

U16 Girls Charlbury 5-2 Swindon Spitfires

It was high fives all round on Saturday with the Charlbury Girls scoring five goals and going five points clear of their nearest rivals in the OMGFL. A scintillating first half performance from Ruby Colleton with clinical finishing saw her fire in four goals before the half time break, Ruby sits now five goals clear in the Golden boot award! The game was put to bed when Gaby Heath added the fifth in the second half. Charlbury’s defence were at their best with Shannon Smith, Abbie Thorne and Nayah Aitken snuffing out any threat but after a flurry of substitutions Charlbury lost their shape and Swindon were quick to pounce, scoring two late goals to remind Charlbury what an attacking threat they can be. A lesson learned for the coaches ” don’t mess with defence!”