Week 14 – Christmas comes early for U13s

Charlbury U13s 3-0 Ducklington

The u13s welcomed an unbeaten Ducklington side to Enstone for a KO Cup 2nd round match. The usual fast start for the home side was matched by the usual profligacy in front of goal, with several good chances missed leaving the coaches fearing the worst at 0-0 at half time.However, early in the second half a pacy burst from Tyra Aitken won a penalty, and a great chance to open the scoring. Although Jacob Hayes effort was saved low by the Ducklington keeper, Toby Ball reacted quickly and smashed in the rebound. Shortly after, clever play on the right from Toby resulted in a low cross converted by Ollie Jarvis for a 2-0 lead, and control of the match.  As always, Ducklington kept the ball well, but failed to create much in the way of clear cut chances with the Charlbury defensive unit outstanding, and the scoring was completed with Alex Cocks-Hope scrambling home from a late corner – 3-0 and a place in the Quarter Finals awaits.

Bloxham 1-4 Charlbury U14s

For the second week running, the squad was some what depleted but this did not stop the team putting a first class first half display which saw numerous passing moves and a progression to a 3-0 scoreline, against a good Bloxham side that were unbeaten in the league. Joe Whitehead was involved in all the first half goals with two crosses onto the head of Billy Sweet and then hit a ball from 30 yards into the top corner. The second half was a much closer affair, with Bloxham being award a penalty only for Charlie Chadwick to move forward after being released into midfield and secure the 3 goal cushion. Excellent display.that was orchestrated by Billy Sweet.

STREETS AHEAD : Tower Hill 0-4 Charlbury U16 girls

Charlbury continued their excellent recent run of form and swept aside their nearest title rivals Tower Hill in a first half blitz. Dominating the opening exchanges Charlbury were to be denied twice by some fine Tower goalkeeping. Then it was the reverse with Charlbury’s stand in goalie Sophia Cox making excellent saves to thwart Tower who started to come back into the game. However Charlbury made the break through midway through the 1st half with Emily Mumford, on her return to her former club smashing one in from 25 yards. Three further quick fire goals from Ruby C (2) and Gaby put Charlbury 4 up by half time. Charlbury’s dominant midfield led by girl of the game Georgia Street, Abbie Thorne and Rachel Appleton gave Tower no hope of getting back into the match and further excellent saves from the Tower keeper denied Charlbury from adding to their total.
A 8 point lead at the top of the league means the Charlbury girls go into the Xmas & New Year break with a guaranteed top spot.

Charlbury Under 11 girls

The U11 Girls played away in Oxford on a frosty Saturday morning against a strong Blackbird Girls.  Captain for the week was Bea. The match was fast paced from the off and included a number of strong moves from the opposition. Our defence of Libby and Matilda supported from Molly W in centre midfield was resolute. Blackbird Girls were a strong team, haven’t lost a match all season and were only 1-0 up at half time.They scored their second early in the second half but Charlbury then bounced back through a super free kick from the edge of the area that flew into the net by Molly W. The match ended in a 3-1 defeat and great credit to Blackbird Girls who played good football. Player of the match was Libby for her strong defensive display throughout. Plus well done to Gracie, Adelaide, Millie and Bea who all had a time in goal during the two matches.

The second match of the day – played as a 9 a side friendly was again an even match and did see Charlbury playing some super football in the first half.

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!”

Week 11- Under 16 Girls Go Clear at Top

Charlbury 6 Summertown 0

Saturday Nov16th

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

Week 10 – U15s overcome flood to go 2nd

U15s – Ducklington 0-4 Charlbury Town Youth

On a wet weekend we reversed the fixture from Ducklington lake (see below) to our home fortress at Nine Acres. Charlbury started very poorly and Ducklington had the better of the first half exchanges, stand in keeper Lewis Jarvis pulled off a number of good saves and Charlbury struggled to create any real chances against a well organised Ducklington team, we were certainly relieved to get to half time at 0-0. The second half saw Charlbury wake up from their slumber and start playing some good football, creating good chances and deserved our goal from the edge of the penalty box from Kieran Willis. Then our talisman captain fantastic Harris Kilburn slammed home a second goal and a third followed shortly afterwards from Luke Zaheer. We were now looking in command although a spirited response from Ducklington saw them get a consolation and well deserved goal just before the end of the game. The win took us to the lofty heights of 2nd in the A league, the sign of a good team is winning when you don’t play well they say. Some outstanding performances from Billy Cooper, Lewis Jarvis and Man of the Match Harris Kilburn

Blackbird Leys 3-1 Charlbury

A very stern test for the u14s this week as they faced Oxford Mail League A opposition in the Country Cup. Blackbird Leys played some very attractive football throughout the game and showed the level of possession required to play at a high level but the Charlbury team battled and were very unfortunate to go in 1-0 at half time, with the opposition scoring a free kick just before the referee blew for the break. The second half started poorly as Charlbury then conceded two quick goals before playing their best spell and Tom Hart battling to reduce the deficit.Very strong performances from Billy Sweet, David Jenkins, Jack Fagan and Charlie Chadwick,

Charlbury U13s 4 – 6 Hook Norton

For the third time this season, the u13s gave up a half time lead to end up somehow losing a match that was there for the taking. A dominant and vibrant first half display saw them lead old rivals Hook Norton 2-0 near the half, through goals by Toby Ball and Jacob Hayes. Several other missed first half chances for Charlbury were to prove pivotal, with Hooky scoring via an own goal just before the break to come in 2-1 down when the game should have really been all over. 
The second half became stretched, flowing from end-to-end, with Charlbury contriving to miss a further three golden chances from about a yard out combined. Hook Norton however were clinical in front of goal, and ended up winning 6-4, sealed by a high quality volley from the edge of the penalty area in the last minute of the match. 
Charlbury’s second half goals were scored by Tyra Aitken and Jake Willis – but scant consolation for the bulk of the squad who have to put up with their Hooky schoolmates having bragging rights on Monday morning for the first time in a few years…….

Charlbury Progress To Semis – Charlbury U16 Girls 9-0 Launton

On a white frosty pitch Charlbury soon put the heat on Launton. A fortunate O.G.  and goals from Abbie and Emily in the opening exchanges quickly  put the tie beyond Launton. Charlbury went into the half time break 5-0 up with Ruby and Imi adding to the total. The second half followed the same pattern with Launton struggling to get out of their own half but all credit to the Launton girls who continued to try to play their excellent passing football, their heads never dropped. A brace from Gaby and further goals from Ruby and O.G. meant Charlbury eased through 9-0

U11 Girls

The U11 Girls first cup match of the season was played on a frosty and then soggy Saturday morning against a strong Blackbird Girls.  Captain for the week and back from injury sustained in the first match of the season was Tilly. Welcome back Tilly….. J The match was fast paced from the off and included a number of strong moves from the opposition. Blackbird Girls were a strong team and scored a number of fine goals.The match ended in a defeat and exit from the cup but all enjoyed their soggy morning. Great credit to Blackbird Girls who played good football. Player of the match was Millie for her strong running from midfield into attack and defence. Plus well done to Bea who had a super first time in goal during the second match.

The second match of the day – played as an 9 a side friendly was again an even match until the last 5 minutes but did see Charlbury playing some super football in the first half.

Week 8 – Under 11s hit teens early!!

The U11 girls played their match on Saturday morning at a very wet and soggy Charlbury Cricket Club against Heyford. With half term and a number of the team being away, we began with just seven players. The game started well and got better…! Several super moves were built out from defence that resulted in a flurry of goals, in fact a lot of goals…..The scorers on the day were Molly White (6), Molly J (4), Fran (5), Matilda (1) and Gracie (1).

The girls played fantastically well and deserve great credit for the way they continued to play terrific passing football with great goal scoring….! Great credit to Heyford who played good football and were exceptionally team spirited. Player of the match was Molly J flowing a strong performance throughout…..

Captain – Molly J

Under 16 Girls – Charlbury 11 Launton 0

The senior girls team also hit double figures on a wet and windy morning in Enstone. An emphatic display saw Charlbury race into a 3-0 lead within 10 minutes,kicking downhill in the first half. All players contributed to a festival of good passing and running off the ball and when called upon Ruby made a first class save from a long driven free kick. Goals from Ruby C (4), Gaby (3), Emily (2), Sophia (1), Abbie (1) saw the half time lead increase from 5-0 to 11-0. Create to Launton, they continued to play football and competed well but just caught Charlbury on a more clinical day than normal!

Under 14 boys friendly Witney Vikings 3-6 Charlbury

A chance to play a team in the Oxford Mail league in a friendly turned into a very competitive and sometimes unfriendly game, as the U14s battled back from a 3-2 deficit to win 6-3. Charlbury took the lead early on after the award of a penalty, converted by David Jenkins but then conceded two soft goals from set pieces. Action went from end to end resulting in a 3-3 scoreline at half time.

Playing uphill, Charlbury defended well some early pressure then the game opened up and Lewis was able to break away and restore the lead at 4-3. Charlbury did well in containment and broke several times through the heart of the Witney defence to extend the league to 3 clear goals. Thanks for Tom R and Tom W having half a game in goal whilst Henry was away on a Spa weekend (or so its said!!)

Scorers : Lewis (3), David (2), Tom H (2)

U13s No game – coaches sabbatical

Week 7 – Goals galore for U13s as they chase down Hooky

Under 13 Charlbury 7-0 Freeland

The u13’s overcame a spirited Freeland side this weekend, securing the three points with a 7-0 win. Toby Ball led the way with a hat-trick, supported by a brace by Vernon Cox, one from Tyra Aitken, and Scott Neal also scoring on his return from long-term injury. A slow start to the season (as usual) has left them with too much to do as defending champions, but a win against current leaders Hook Norton after half term would bring them to within two points of their old friends/rivals. After a very inconsistent start, both coaches are looking forward to a weekend off next weekend!

U16 Girls – Kidlington 0-4 Charlbury 4

After last weeks disappointment of losing in the last minute in the county Cup, normal service was resumed with a dominating and impressive display against Kidlington. First half goals from Imi and Nayah, set a good platform with Imi adding to her tally in the second half and Tiye getting on the score sheet.

Girl of the game : Sophia Cox

Under 11 Girls

The U11 girls played their match on Saturday morning at a soggy Banbury against Easington. The game started slowly but then built into a great game. Several super moves were built out from defence with both Evie and Fran going close. We reached half time without any goals being scored. The second half was a different matter. Fran scored two super goals that were the pick of a number of great moves from the girls that kept the Easington keeper very busy. Other highlights included Molly W hitting the woodwork again and a Millie shot that went close…!

The second match of the day – played as a 9 a side friendly was comfortably won by Charlbury playing some super football. The match ended 1-0 with a goal from Matilda following a corner by Molly W.

Captain, player of the match and double goal scorer was Fran…

Week 6 : (Oct 12/13) U13s :Toby on the Ball with assists!

Charlbury U13 3-3 Ducklington

The u13’s welcomed a high quality and in form Ducklington team to Nine Acres. A fast start from the home side was rewarded with an early lead from a Tyra Aitken goal, lobbing the keeper when put through by Toby Ball. Midway through the second half the away sides excellent passing game began to take control, and they scored twice to go into the break 2-1 ahead. Charlbury came back with another Tyra goal, finishing off a Toby cross, only for Ducklington to then retake the lead with a speculative 20 yard shot. Charlbury however continued pressing, and finished the game the stronger side, earning a deserved point with an Ollie Jarvis goal late on – Toby completing his hat trick of assists. A very entertaining game of football with some real quality on show

U11 Girls

The U11 Girls second home match of the season was played on a soggy saturday morning against a strong Didcot Casuals side.  Captain for the week was our super defender; Grace. 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 W had a fizzing shot tipped onto the bar, Molly J hit the post, Evie had a chance cleared off the line and Fran continually ran through Didcot’s defence. The match ended in a narrow 0-1 defeat with the Didcot coach agreeing a draw would be a fairer result. Great credit to Didcot who played good football and were exceptionally team spirited. Player of the match was Matilda with an exceptional second half performance, reliable at the back and strong in bringing the ball out of defence.

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 football in the first half. The match ended 2-2 with super goals from Molly J and Molly W.

U14s Charlbury v Bampton

Match cancelled due to water logged pitch

U15s

Whilst there was no game for the U15s this weekend we all took a well earned break in readiness for some crucial matches coming up. Starting this weekend with a must win match away at a rejuvenated Combe   

U16 County Cup – Tower Hill 3-2 Charlbury U16 Girls

Charlbury came just the wrong side of a pulsating game in West Witney. Sophia Cox got the game off to a fantastic start with a low drive into the corner of the Tower Hill net. However, Tower immediately replied with a long range effort that hit the top corner of the Charlbury net . 1-1 within 10 minutes! It stayed that way with Charlbury having slightly more of the possession until Abbie Thorn followed up her shot from a corner to toe poke the ball over the goal line. Charlbury should have then closed out the game, hitting the bar and seeing the ball run right across the Tower goal line without going in. They then got caught twice with blistering pace from the Tower front line running from wide on the left to cut in and somehow get the ball over the Charlbury line, the last goal being scored with 39 mins 45 seconds gone. Heartbreak all round but a great performance.