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.

Week 5 : (Oct 5/6) CTYFC U16 Girls – Abbie becomes thorn in Harwells side

U9s

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.

Week 4 (Sept 28/29) U14s Billy hits the Sweet spot!

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.

U 9’S

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.

U11 Girls

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.

U12s

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.

Week 3 (Sept 21/22) Tyra’s tirade hits 5!

The U11 Girls first home match of the season was played on a hot sunny Saturday morning against a strong Abingdon Youth side.

The match started well, with some fantastic moves from the girls that led to a many chances being created.

A great first goal of the season was scored by Fran in the first half. During the second half, Molly W hit the bar with a fizzing shot and Adelaide hit the post with a lovely strike.

Really strong play by the Girls throughout the match and great credit to Abingdon who played good football and were exceptionally team spirited. Player of the match was Libby flowing a strong performance in defence…

U9s.

It was a sunny Saturday morning at Charlbury Cricket Club and the U9s welcomed Middleton Cheney for what was a very close and well fought game of football.

A very good game was played with both sides creating a lot of chances and scoring some impressive goals. There was a number of standout performances with Ted making some fine saves in goal, Alfie, Bailey and Bethany with some great defending and Robson and Izzy with a lot of hard work and very impressive football played in the midfield which was creating chances for Harvey and Oscar upfront.

The game ended 3-2 to Middleton Cheney but both sides playing some great football and was played in great spirits.

U11s No report

U12s

U12s Cup day for the U12s welcomed a team from two leagues above. However, a strong never give up approach resulted in a fabulous match that Charlbury lost 2-1 late in the game. The team were excellent but a special mention goes to Jackson Brewer in goal who made a selection of astonishing saves. Great promise all round. 

U13s Charlbury 6- 1 Witney Vikings

The u13s overcame a lacklustre first half to eventually win 6-1 against a well-organised Witney Vikings team. Tyra Aitken continued his excellent goalscoring form with 5 goals, Ollie Jarvis netting the other.

U14 boys no game.

U15s Charlbury 1-2 Banbury JPL

were involved in a fantastic Oxfordshire County Cup Round 1 match against a very strong JPL team Banbury Utd Youth. With four players out Ill or injured our 11 available players lost 2-1 at Nine Acres. It was an entertaining and competitive match, after going behind in the first half a great long range effort from our inspirational captain Harris Kilburn pulled us level before Banbury grabbed a second half winner. Man of the match Archie Carreras Jago was brilliant throughout and also Aaron Denton deserves a special mention for some outstanding saves and some well judged sweeping up behind the defence throughout.

U16 Girls Crowmarsh 1-6 Charlbury Town Youth

A brace of goals by Ruby Colleton and Tiye Swabey saw the girls run out comfortable winners at a very dry Crowmarsh pitch that saw the ball bobble and bounce around all morning.. The girls cruised into a comfortable 4-0 lead at half time but somewhat lacked the energy to take the game further in the second half although they did benefit by a further own goal and Gaby scoring from close range. The Crowmarsh goal;keeper was outstanding and kept the score to a respectable level.

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

Ready, Steady, Go

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!

Trainings Tuesday 6-7 pm

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.