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.
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 ???
Both of the girls teams took on their parents in the Xmas challenge this week resulting in wins for both parents and girls.
First up were the U16’s facing a mixture of both dads and mums. The parents with a formidable defence led by Cindy, Kim, Michelle and Lauren were able to keep the girls strike force quiet whilst the dads in midfield and attack were too much for the girls defence. Highlight of the night was a hatrick from Ian S and a solo goal from Rachel which gave the parents a convincing 7-3 win.
Next up were the U11’s where four 7 a side matches were played. Daughters against mums was the format except for dad Richard who was in goal and he was often the saviour of the mums team, with the young starlets showing their opponents their fantastic skills! The girls were victorious in two matches, losing one and drawing one so a overall score of 2-1 was recorded on the night.
Brilliant fun was had by all and both losing teams look forward to the end of season rematch for their revenge!
Charlbury U16 girls Abbie Thorne, Gaby Heath & Nayah Aitken gave Charlbury a strong presence representing Oxfordshire Girls in the English Knockout Cup against Nottinghamshire. Oxon took the lead when Gaby rounded the keeper nicely with practically her first touch after coming on as a 1st half sub. Nayah played the full 80 minutes and produced a solid performance in the heart of the defence with Nayah playing up 1 year against 16 year old girls. Abbie went on several 2nd half runs down the left wing and was unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions. However Notts were the victors and go through to the quarter finals with a 3-2 win. All three girls gave good accounts of themselves and look forward to playing Dorset in the New Year.
Charlbury Under 16 girls produced arguably their best performance of the season against fellow title chasing opponents Summertown. After heavy rain overnight, the fixture was reversed to Charlbury and was played out on a glorious sunny morning! The opening period was a tight affair with no side really dominating but it was Charlbury that were the team to break the deadlock after a fine solo run and cross from Abbie Thorne that was tapped in at the far post by Imi Taylor. An inspired substitution prior to half half time resulted in Eadie Robson stabbing home a cross to give the home side a comfortable 2-0 advantage. Early in the second half Charlbury stepped up a gear with 2 goals from their jewel of a striker Ruby Colleton and two goals from girl of the game Abbie. A six nil win was a fair reflection of the game and the girls now sit at the top of the OMGFL table, 2 points clear.
A special note to Ruby C who now sits as top goal scorer chart of the league with 13 goals
Charlbury Town Girls football goes from strength to strength with the introduction of a new girls U11 team this season. The U11’s join the U16’s in competing in the OMGFL and hope to achieve the same level of success as their elder teammates who went on to win the Oxon County Cup in 2018.
The team formed back in September 2018 with 3 girls showing up to the first training session but over the past year the numbers steadily rose and with the current coaches Steve Jenkins and Shelley Parsons taking the realms they now boast an impressive, talented 14 girl squad.
Charlbury’s opening fixture is this Saturday away at Banbury Irish. Good luck girls, enjoy and have plenty of fun!
On Monday evening kitted out in their new change strip of Blue & White, Charlbury Girls made the journey into Wiltshire to play a friendly match versus Ashton Keynes. Against opponents a year older and on a superb playing surface Charlbury produced some excellent football, goals from Gaby Heath and Darcey Cheung with a very late reply from the hosts resulted in a fine 2-1 victory.
The only blight on the night was a serious injury to defender Nayah Aitken, a visit to hospital was required with the diagnosis of a severe ankle sprain …get well soon Nayah!