Week 2 (Sept 13/14) : Wilson Wonder Strike secures victory at Yarnton

U9s. Charlbury U9s traveled to Witney Vikings for their first away fixture of the season. A commanding first half performance from Alfie at the heart of defence. Izzy produced some great footwork to get the game back to 1-1. A very good midfield display from Oscar, Stan & Henry.A few changes at half time saw the Introduction to our second half goal scorers. Some strong forward running out of the defence from Bailey saw him finding the back of the net. Robson’s classy footwork and determination resulted in 2 goals for him.Harvey put in a fine display of football which saw him scoring 3 goals. One stand out goal was a great bit of quick thinking seeing the goal keeper off his line and a first time strike into the bottom corner.It was a great team performance which saw each player contributing to a great win.

U11s played a difficult match against Eynsham on a very hard Nine Acres pitch. Although there was a lot of effort and we had goals from Thomas Corbet, George Ferguson-Hand and Harry Hayes. They were cancelled out by goals from three corners for Eynsham. Another tough match this weekend away at Bampton

U12s. No game. Midweek fixture scheduled re Yarnton

U13s. The u13s returned to winning ways with a comfortable 11-1 win over Banbury United. There were braces for Tyra Aitken, Toby Ball, Ollie Jarvis, Clyde Kay and Vernon Cox, with Jacob Hayes scoring the other goal.

U14s. Two first half goals from Tom Wilson secured a hard earnt victory for the Under 14s at Yarnton Blues. The first half was dominated by Charlbury with slick passing and some excellent finishing. However, as the Charlbury fitness faded, Yarnton mounted a number of attacks that required Henry Wheeler to be at his very best! Great effort however secured with a 2-1 victory in the end!

U15s. As expected we had a very competitive game against a very strong Banbury Irish team on Sunday, After two highly charged games last season this was no different although the referee did keep things in check nicely. We got off to a flyer with Billy Cooper seizing on some indecision in the Banbury Irish penalty box to put us in front. Banbury Irish then scored an equaliser and missed two penalties before we went 2-1 up with Luke Zaheer scoring a fine goal for us. Banbury Irish then pushed on and benefited from a very unfortunate own goal to equalise. We were then largely untroubled and created a number of good chances and the game looked like finishing with a 2-2 draw which would probably have been a fair result but Banbury scored from a breakaway goal right at the death resulting us losing the game 3-2. A great effort from the lads against a team that a favourites to lift the A League title at the end of the season and a performance that should give us confidence.

U16s. After last week’s good win, next up was an away fixture at Wallingford, who had come down from the A League and who we had very narrowly beaten in a tense County Cup game last season. Without three strikers (Joe, Will and Fred) we started with Charlie Maudsley and Archie Hawley up front and it was the Archie who gave us the lead with a beautifully taken finish. We were creating chances and goalmouth scrambles aplenty but couldn’t get a second until a lovely piece of interplay from Max Sulik and Jamie Youngson set the latter free down the right and having beaten the full back, Jamie’s cross was converted from close range by Charlie. At the other end some excellent defending meant keeper Ben Collins wasn’t troubled too much by a lively Wallingford front line and we added a third early in the second half with another excellent move finished by Charlie. Max then got the goal his play deserved to put us 4-0 up. A penalty for Wallingford gave them some hope, but with our defence outstanding throughout and our midfield winning their battles all over the pitch we saw the game out for another excellent victory.

U11 Girls The U11 Girls first match of the season was played in an enthusiastic spirit against Banbury Irish Girls. The match started well, with some fantastic play from the girls but we needed excellent work in defence led by Libby and Matilda and many important saves from Gracie. A great goal was scored by Molly W at the start of the second half. Again some lovely moves were played by the girls throughout. Great credit to Banbury who played good football and were exceptionally team spirited, making us feel welcome. A very special mention to Tilly who was having a tremendous game and unfortunately had to go off injured. The injury turned out to be a fracture to her arm. We wish you a speedy recovery – and need you back on pitch soon…!

U16 Girls No game

Week One (Sept 7/8th)- Full of Wins, draws and losses!

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.