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
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
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.
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!!)
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…
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
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
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.
It was a local derby for the under 9’s this weekend as they hosted Stonesfield.
We got off to a cracking start with Robson scoring 3 very quick goals to put us ahead which set up a very strong performance from the whole team.
The goals just kept coming with Henry, Harvey, Bailey all contributing to the score line.
The second half consisted of more goals and some great football being played. A few performances to mention was Bethany with a great display of defending, Izzy with her great control in the midfield, some cracking goals scored by Robson, Alfie scoring against his old team which he was very happy about and Stan with a cracking goal.
The game ended with a Charlbury win and some very happy faces.
Under 11 girls
A mdday kick off away at Cumnor Minors was this week’s match for the U11 Girls. Captain for the week was our super goalkeeper; Gracie. The match was slow to start but built into a terrific tussle in the later part of the first half and through the second half. There were, again, some lovely periods of play by the Girls throughout, with confidence beginning to grow across the team. The match ended in a narrow 1-0 win for Cumnor but we had some stand out performances this week in particular from Evie, Bea, Izzy, Matilda and Gracie in goal.
The second match of the day – played as a 9 a side friendly – allowed the girls more game time against a quality opposition. This match was largely controlled by a superb Charlbury display and was comfortably won 2-0 by Charlbury with goals from Molly W and Fran.
The player of the match trophy was deservedly won by Bea.
U12s Grendon 3-4 Charlbury
U12s travelled to Grendon Underwood and came away with a hard fought 4-3 victory on an interesting pitch! ‘Never give up’ was the phrase for the day and the team battled to the end scoring a late winner. Special mention for Arran Powell who scored a superb hat trick.
U13s –Deddington 2- 6 Charlbury
The u13s returned to winning ways at Deddington this weekend. A first-half brace from Toby Ball saw them go into half time level at 2-2, with Deddington battling hard to stay in the game. The second half saw a much improved Charlbury display, and three goals from Tyra Aitken and a brilliant headed goal from Ollie Jarvis saw them run out comfortable and deserved winners by 6 goals to 2.
U14s No game.
U15s – Charlbury 2 – 1 Brackley Athletic
A hard fought win by the U15s at the weekend against a strong Brackley Team that won the A league last season. We started the game well and it was immediately clear that this was going to be a close one, Brackley went ahead mid-way through the first half with a very well taken long range effort that gave our keeper no chance. Our captain Harris Kilburn worked tirelessly to keep the lads effort up and gain back some momentum for us and this was rewarded just before half time when we were awarded a penalty. With our usual penalty taker not present Tayler Kendall bravely took the ball and calmly scored a well taken penalty sending the keeper the wrong way and take us into half time level. The second half was again end to end and Brackley were starting to wrestle back the advantage before Billy Cooper scored what was to be our winner. We held on to the final whistle, parking the bus on the edge of our penalty box to gain a very good victory. Our Man of the match was Tayler Kendall but it was a close run thing with both Will Sherrington and Archie Carreras Jago also giving very strong performances in the centre of defence.
Harwell and Hendred 1-2 Charlbury U16s Girls
After a disappointing result last week, Charlbury travelled to Harwell who have had an excellent start to the season. Lessons learnt from last week saw the competitive nature of the Charlbury midfield win major battles and Charlbury took the lead in the 14th minutes with an excellent run by Abbie Thorne finished by Annabel, attacking the ball at full pelt. A fortunate bounce then opened an opportunity for Abbie who made it 2-0 to Charlbury, who were well in control. However, nothing is easy and Harwell put a ball into the box that the defence did not attack and Harwell got back into the game with a simple finish just before half time.
After the break, Charlbury again got on top of the game and should really have extended the lead with chances falling to Sophia, Gaby and Ruby (from distance). Harwell pushed forward trying to get an equalizer but the defence and midfield held firm and Charlbury ended up worthy winners in a very competitive game.
U14s. With a full squad available, Charlbury cruised to an easy victory against a spirited Wroxton team. First half goals from Alfie, Tom W, Billy (2) and Tom Hart put the result beyond doubt quite early on, and the score line was extended to 8-0 by the end of the game, with Tom W , David and Billy adding further goals, kicking uphill, and Billy of course, completing his first hat-rick of the season.
On a sunny Saturday morning, the U9’s traveled to Deddington.
With a quick start from Charlbury, they found themselves 2 goals up within the first 5 minutes with goals courtesy of Robson.
All through the first half it was an end to end game with both sides playing some very entertaining football. Alfie and Bailey with some great defending and at the other end of the pitch some entertaining attacking play from Robson, Harvey & Oscar.
The second half started exactly the same as the first but with Deddington getting back into the game. The score went to 4-3 but some great attacking football played by Charlbury was 5-3 up with 5 minutes left. Deddington kept attacking but some great defending again from Alfie, Bailey & Maddoch with Ted behind them in goal (which I must say, he made some cracking saves all through the game). Then out of nowhere Deddington got the game back to 5-4 and with just seconds left the referee pointed to the spot and a penalty was given and Deddington stepped up and scored.
The game ended in a very exciting draw.. A very entertaining and hard fought game with both sides playing football in the right way.
The U11 girls played their match on Saturday morning away at a windy Witney. The game started at a frenetic pace with an early goal slotted home by Molly J following a corner by Molly W. The match ebbed and flowed with Witney putting the defence of Libby and Adelaide under constant pressure. Two more goals followed scored by Molly W. The game ended 6-3 to Witney Vikings but both sides playing some great football and was played in great spirits. A notable performance in midfield from Millie, and Fran again showed her attacking skills up front. Welcome to Grace, who made a strong debut for Charlbury Town.
The second match of the morning – played as a 9 a side friendly – allowed the girls more game time against a quality opposition. Molly W scored another cracking goal – her third of the morning – and the winner was put away, following a persistent run thorough the defence, by Adelaide. That winning goal and her strong defensive performance, earned Adelaide the player of the match trophy this week.
A frustrating local derby ended in a 2-1 loss to Chippy. The boys had to work hard for an hour with no substitutes and just came up short towards the end of the second half. On we go to the next game!
U15s No game.
U16s No game , therefore still unbeaten!
U16 Girls Charlbury 1-3 Grove
The U16 team suffered their first defeat of the year against a strong and well organised Grove team. With Gaby and Imi injured and Ella and Tiye away a number of girls were asked to play in different positions and we never really got going to the second half, at which time we were already 2-0 down. Chances came and went, with a goal being disallowed (no VAR at Enstone) , hitting the bar and missing one or two good chances, That said, Grove deserved credit for a solid performance and never looked like they would surrender their first half lead.