After a couple of months of playing Futsal and having a hundred percent record through out, it was back to the league this week against Carterton. Bearing in mind it was the first proper 9v9 game on the grass since December, the whole squad did really well and got to grips with the bigger game very quickly; there were some really good performances throughout the team. Although we had a number of good opportunities to score in both halves, and despite a very competitive display from Carteron, Charlbury finished the game winning 1-0 after some great pressing from Wilf Robertson and a good finish by Euan Griffith from just outside the box midway through the second half. Having said that, Henry Ferguson-Hand pulled off a stunning save with two minutes to go to keep the score to 1-0. Next week sees the start of the cup with a home game against Banbury Irish.
U14s 3-2 Ducklington
Amid fixtures congestion, the U14s hosted top of the table Ducklington at Charlbury on a very muddy pitch. It was always going to be a battle and Charlbury edged a tight encounter with goals from Lewis Preterious (2) and Billy Sweet. Charlbury were always ahead and looked comfortable at 3-1 before conceding an own goal with 10 minutes to go. Great effort from both teams but top of the table honours back to Charlbury – for now at least!!
The U11 Girls second home match of 2019 was played on a frosty morning against a strong Wantage Town side. Captain for the week was Isla.
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 free kick against the post, Molly J had a shot into the side netting and Evie had a chance cleared off the. Gracie scored our only goal of the game after a goalmouth scramble. Our defence was solid led by Millie, Izzy and Libby. Grace made two super saves in the first half too.
The match ended in a 1-4 defeat. Great credit to Wantage who played good football and were exceptionally team spirited. Player of the match was Molly W with an exceptional midfield performance.
The second match of the day – played as a 9 a side friendly was again an even match but did see Charlbury playing some super football in the second half.
A wet and cold afternoon in Oxford Road saw Charlbury edge a tight encounter with Enysham, who themselves also have a semi-final date in the County Cup. Charlbury probably had the better of each half and perhaps the better chances and were regularly thwarted several times by the excellent Enysham goalkeeper. Lewis, coming on at half time was seen to make the difference with an excellent driven shot into the corner to allow Charlbury to take the lead within 5 minutes of the restart. Charlbury then camped in the Eynsham half but failed to add to the score further. Next up Cup semi final v Bampton in March
U13s Charlbury 5-2 Banbury Irish
The u13s travelled to newly promoted Banbury Irish on a cold and wet afternoon. Early team news was not good – goalkeeper Kerr Griffith out with a late gym injury, and key creative force Toby Ball missing due to illness. Irish started strongly, with a very powerful and physical attacking lineup, but their high defensive line proved to be their undoing. Clyde Kay opened the scoring with a wonderful lobbed finish from 20 yards, before Tyra Aitken made it 2-0 midway through the second half racing onto a through ball. Irish responded well, and deservedly clawed one back, before Tyra restored the two goal advantage just before the half finishing a classy Finn Ab Lorweth through ball.Charlbury remained composed in second half, largely content to soak up and counter, and Tyra scored two more via a free kick and a lovely solo effort, to extend the lead to 5-1. A late consolation goal for Irish completed the scoring at 5-2 in the closing stages. Many excellent performances, but a shout-out to Vernon Cox for deputising so ably in goal, and Finn for answering a late SOS call having initially been omitted from the matchday squad.That makes it 4 wins from 4 in the Spring ‘A’ league, with a break next week for a KO cup quarter final.
Grove 0-3 Charlbury Girls U16s (Friendly)
Charlbury Girls without a league fixture since November traveled to Grove , who currently sit on top of the OMGFL, for a competitive fixture.The Saturday fixture played on an excellent surface saw Charlbury ease into a 2-0 half time lead and playing football, back to their pre-Christmas best. Goals from Abbie Thorn (2) and Imi Taylor saw Charlbury win 3-0 even with a further goal correctly disallowed for not calling a name when running to the ball. Things are looking good for the rest of the season which recommences belatedly on 8th February.
The u13s made it two wins out of two in the Spring ‘A’ league with a 6-3 win at Witney Vikings. Charlbury opened the scoring after just 40 seconds, Tyra finishing a Toby through ball. Further goals from Clyde, Vernon and Toby saw them comfortably lead 4-0 after 20 minutes. Team focus slipped at that point however, and Vikings fought back to make it 4-2 just before half time. After a few stern words, Tyra completed his hattrick with two goals midway through the second half to make it 6-2, with Vikings notching a consolation goal with the last kick of the game to complete the scoring
Charlbury U14 1-2 Chesterton Colts
After a comprehensive win against Chesterton the week before, a revamped Chesterton team took a 2-0 within the first 11 minutes through blistering pace by their No 8. Charlbury slowly got back into the game with Billy scoring a delicate lob midway through the first half. Both sides then had chances with Charlbury hitting the bar and the post in a frantic goal mouth scramble. The second half was a similar affair with again chances for both sides but no goals were added. Well done Chesterton.
With no league match arranged for the 8th weekend in a row, Charlbury traveled to Witney Vikings for a friendly. The narrow pitch led to a competitive game with Charlbury really unable to capitalize on their strength of using the wide players and having challenges to spring the offisde trap. That said, the girls did enough and played some neat rondo style football to carve out a number of openings. The finishing was clinical with Abby ratching up 4 goals and Ruby the other 2. Witney, playing a year up kept battling and got a consolation goal with the last kick of the game.
Charlbury Under 11 girls
The U11 Girls played their first home match at the Cricket Club of 2020 on a drizzly, chilly Saturday morning against a strong Summertown Kookaburras Team. Captain for the week was super Libby. 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 played a strong first half in central midfield, Libby, Millie and Izzy were assured in defence and Grace continually ran at Summertown’s defence. Our goalkeeper in the first half was Gracie and in the second half was Adelaide. Both made some terrific saves.The match ended in a narrow 0-1 defeat with the Summertown 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 Libby.The second match of the day – played as an 9 a side friendly was again an even match but did see Charlbury playing some super attacking football in the second half. The match ended in 1-0 win a super goal from Molly W.
Charlbury U16 Update
We have not played much since December with opponents cancelling four of our six scheduled games. We did progress in the Oxford Mail trophy beating Headington 2-0 in a game played in excellent spirits, and then suffered heartbreak at Bampton in the County Cup quarter final, losing a marathon penalty shootout 8-7 having come back from 2-0 down to equalise in the last minute.
A trip to top of the table Highfield proved Charlbury have come a long way. Despite losing, a large portion of the first half was played in the Highfield half but the goal just wouldn’t come. Some lovely football on show again, keep it up team.
Chesterton 3-8 Charlbury U14s
A strange day at Bicester Sports Association saw the U14s remain top of the U14 WDYFL but the scoreline somewhat flattered the team. Although winning by a 5 goal margin, the man of the match was Henry Wheeler, Charlburys goalkeeper with some outstanding saves. Goals from Tom Hart (2), Jamie, Ed, David, Billy, Thomas R and Joe showed a team performance but plenty of work to do… and Chesterton are coming back next week.
Charlbury Under 11 Girls
The U11 Girls first match of 2020 was played in an enthusiastic spirit against Summertown Jayhawks. The match started well, with some great defence from the girls playing uphill on an uneven pitch. We needed some excellent work in defence led by Grace and Molly J and from Libby in goal. She made some important saves during the first half. The second half again had some lovely moves played by the girls throughout. Great credit to Summertown who played good football and scored four well taken goals. They were exceptionally team spirited, making us feel very welcome and sharing sweets all round at the end!
Charlbury U13s 2-1 Eynsham
After a shellacking at the hands of Oxford City in the County Cup pre-Christmas, the u13s returned to league action against newly promoted Eynsham. A disjointed first half performance still saw Charlbury miss their usual host of clear chances, including a couple from about two yards out, and a weak Jacob Hayes penalty that was saved. After 25 minutes they did eventually manage to take the lead, Jacob finding the top corner from the edge of the box with a powerful strike to make amends for his earlier miss. However, in typical fashion, Eynsham then broke away in the last minute of the first half and equalised with their first shot of the match – 1-1 at half time.The second half was a much more even affair, with chances limited for both sides, and Eynsham continued to play some tidy passing football. A draw looked the likeliest result until a moment of magic from Tyra Aitken with ten minutes left resulted in him finding the bottom corner with a composed finish to secure the lead. Charlbury managed to see out the game without too much alarm after the goal, but they will need to improve performance levels in future weeks.
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!
The U11 girls played their last match of 2019 on Saturday morning at a very wet and soggy Grand Pont Park in Oxford against Hinksey Park. The rain was heavy up to kick off, making the pitch extremely difficult to play on but the girls coped well with the wet and cold conditions. The game started well and got better…! Several super moves were built out from defence that resulted in a flurry of goals…..The scorers on the day were Molly White (2), Molly J (3) and Fran (1) with just one in reply. 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 Hinksey Park who played good football and were exceptionally team spirited. Player of the match was Eva following a strong performance in defence throughout…..Captain – Dolly
U11 Girls v Quarry Rovers -7th December
The U11 Girls last home match of the 2019 was played against a strong Quarry Rovers side. Captain for the week was our super striker; Evie. 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 into the side netting, Evie had a chance cleared off the line and Fran continually ran through Rovers defence. Our defence was solid led by Matilda, Grace, Izzy and Libby. Grace made two super saves in the first half too. The match ended in a narrow 0-1 defeat with the Rovers coach agreeing a draw would be a fairer result. Great credit to Rovers who played good football and were exceptionally team spirited. Player of the match was Matilda with an exceptional first half performance, reliable at the back and strong in bringing the ball out of defence. The second match of the day – played as a 9 a side friendly was again an even match but did see Charlbury playing some super football in the first half. The match ended 3-2 with super goals from Gracie, Libby and Molly W.
U13 Charlbury 4- 0 Kingston
The u13s continued their recent good form with a comfortable 4-0 win at title chasing Kingston, despite a couple of key absences due to sickness and poor behaviour. Toby Ball’s excellent delivery at corners found Jake Willis for two smartly taken goals, either side of a classic Tyra Aitken finish following a lovely through ball from Harry Hinton, leaving Charlbury 3-0 up at half time. Toby completed the scoring himself with a long range effort midway through the second half, and a second consecutive clean sheet was very well received, with strong performances in particular from Lex Cocks-Hope and Alastair Weeks as a new centre back pairing. The u13s thus look likely to finish in 4th spot in the Autumn/Winter season A league, surrendering their title, with a couple of half time leads thrown away against rivals earlier in the season costing them dear. Success in either the Spring/Summer league, or the KO cup, now looks imperative if the coaches are to save their jobs for 2020/21……
U14 Carterton Town 1-5 Charlbury
On a very narrow pitch and very challenging weather conditions, Charlbury sought pay back for the points dropped against Carterton at home earlier this season. Very little football could be played but that that was enable Charlbury to take a 2-0 lead into half time with Alfie Mcdonagh blasting in from 4 yards. Carterton got an early goal in the second half to reduce the arrears but the game was never really in doubt with both Tom Hart and Billy Sweet doubling their tally for the game. This now ensures the boys will enter the Christmas break second in the league due with still Banbury to play before Christmas. Man of match : Freddie Fox
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.
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.
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!”