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CCCFC U13 201617

 

North Wilts League U13 Division 1

 



NWL U13 Division 1: Croft Junior Blue 0 CCCFC Whites 2 Print

The Whites displayed character and fighting spirit in abundance to emerge from their trip to Croft with three valuable points in the bag.
With four players unavailable, a bare squad of nine travelled to Swindon for a clash between two sides locked together on the same number of points in North Wilts League Division 1.
After a run of fixtures against sides contesting the title race, the Colts were seeking their first league win in more than three months.
They got it thanks to two excellent first-half goals. First Matthew and then Toby both finished superbly from the left-hand side of the box after neat interplay involving the returning Liam B and George and the visitors were able to maintain their advantage during an at-times fraught second period.
Keeper Max always looked assured and distributed the ball sensibly to the flanks throughout and the defence kept another clean sheet, having shut out Melksham in a 1-0 friendly win a week earlier. Bradley coped expertly with a much taller striker, made one goal-saving tackle in the first half and stuck out a leg with Max beaten to deny Croft again after the break. Luke was solid on the right and used possession wisely, while Tom adapted admirably to an unfamiliar left-sided role and was willing to join the attack with some rangy runs from deep.
Liam F grafted away in the engine room and grew into the contest as the game wore on, while Matthew was always feisty and tenacious and threaded some brilliant passes to George and Toby out wide and Liam B up front.
Toby’s lively performance was rewarded with the Colts’ second goal and George was inches away from joining him on the scoresheet with a dipping strike that came back off the woodwork. Liam B produced a typically competitive, high-energy performance and was always a thorn in the side of the Croft defence as Colts carved out the better chances despite an even share of possession.
A hard-earned victory, in which every player played a big part, should serve as a major confidence boost for the squad ahead of their League Cup semi-final encounter with FC Chippenham at Beversbrook on April 2.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 March 2017 21:37
 
NWL U13 Division 1: CCCFC Whites 0 FC Chippenham Whites 3 Print

Three first-half goals proved the difference as the Whites slipped to a derby defeat in their final home league fixture in 9v9 football.
FC Chippenham, challenging hard for the North Wilts Division 1 title, displayed their credentials during the opening 20 minutes. Although the Colts held their own after that, they found clear goalscoring opportunities scarce against a solid defensive unit and never truly threatened a comeback.
The hosts found themselves penned in during the early exchanges as Chippenham pushed forward down the slope, playing some decent football considering the unreliable and heavy surface. Bradley, Josh and Luke S combined well as a back three and Max pulled off a couple of cracking reflex saves as the visitors probed away, while Matthew sent a low drive straight at the keeper after a fine burst forward and Brandon H set up a half-chance for George after some strong play on the left.
Yet again, it was the Colts’ vulnerability at set-pieces that left them chasing the game. A free header from the game’s best player following a right-wing corner broke the deadlock and two more goals soon followed. The next was a magnificent 20-yard free-kick which found the top corner, before a hooked overhead finish after another corner was not properly dealt with looped into the net despite Bradley’s desperate attempt to head it off the line.
Heads might have dropped at that stage but there was no repeat of the capitulation at Supermarine a fortnight earlier and the hardworking Tom and Matthew began to gain a foothold in midfield, while Liam F grew in influence out wide as the first half drew to a close. A typically dangerous corner from Toby almost produced a response, but Matthew’s header drifted wide of the far post.
With the slope in their favour, the Colts were tasked with winning the second half but could find no way past a strong and athletic Chippenham defence as Callum, Luke VDB and George all battled away in vain in the final third.
Bradley, from the heart of the defence, and Matthew showed excellent 1v1 technique to break the Chippenham lines and the latter went close again in the latter stages of the contest, reacting quickest to a loose ball on the edge of the box before seeing his low shot blocked by a defender.

 
NWL U13 Division 1: Swindon Supermarine J 10 CCCFC Whites 1 Print

A depleted Whites line-up were put comprehensively to the sword by table-toppers Swindon Supermarine.
The visitors were reduced to the bare nine before kick-off and, with a poor record on Supermarine’s narrow pitch, were always going to be up against it. They were tasked with containing their dangerous hosts in the early stages but two soft set-piece goals in the first ten minutes set the tone for a long old morning.
Colts’ best spell arrived midway through the first half as they attempted to battle back and George, Liam F and Tom all created chances. Tom and Luke S were unable to force the ball home when Toby’s corner sparked a melee in the Supermarine box.
Two more Supermarine goals before the break put the outcome beyond any doubt, however, and with a strong wind in their faces the Colts were left with a damage-limitation exercise in the second period.
The home side pushed forward at will, overwhelming a tiring Colts midfield, and opened up a 6-0 lead before Colts responded with a goal of their own from a rare source. Callum’s run down the left created the opportunity and Tom laid the ball off for Josh to send an accurate long-range effort into the roof of the Supermarine net.
But the home side were not finished and, despite three or four fantastic saves from Max and some gutsy defending from Bradley, went on to rack up double figures thanks to a late onslaught.
Colts were outmuscled and outplayed throughout but must learn from a chastening experience. The target now is to earn themselves the chance to put on a performance they are capable of against the league leaders by reaching the cup final in May.

 
NWL U13 Division 1: Royal Wootton Bassett Town Blue 5 CCCFC Whites 4 Print

The Whites played their full part in a terrific, end-to-end contest with Royal Wootton Bassett but were ultimately left empty handed by their long-standing vulnerability at set-pieces.
The fighting spirit that largely deserted the Colts during the autumn appears to be back and a depleted line-up came from behind three times against a side still very much in the hunt for the North Wilts League Division 1 title before going 4-3 up for a brief spell. Four of Bassett’s goals came either directly from or as a result of the Colts’ inability to clear corners, however, and the visitors found themselves edged out by the odd goal in nine at the final whistle.
Tom filled in admirably for Max between the posts and did not deserve to pick the ball out of his net five times. He made some superb saves during the second half and advanced from his line well throughout a very open contest.
Bassett were always lively going forward on a magnificent playing surface at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground but Bradley came out on top in his personal duel with one of the league’s best players, denying him the opportunity to add his name to the scoresheet. Luke S and Josh also produced solid performances at the back and used possession sensibly, as did Liam F, who forged an effective partnership with Matthew in midfield.
Tame defending at a corner inside the first ten minutes allowed Bassett to open the scoring with a free header that went in off a post and, at that point, it was no more than the home team deserved as the Colts made a tentative start. But they grew into the match as the half wore on and Brandon went close to an equaliser after forcing a defensive mistake through some determined play on the right.
It was all-square, though, when Matthew found Toby on the left and his piercing cross-field ball gave Callum the chance to gallop clear and beat the keeper at his near post. Callum and Toby were then denied by good saves before Bassett took a 2-1 interval lead through a scrambled finish after Colts failed three times to clear their lines at a corner.
It was the visitors’ turn to benefit from a set-piece mistake soon after the restart, however, when Bradley’s fine delivery from the right slipped through the keeper’s hands and Matthew levelled matters from close range.
Colts allowed a Bassett player to waltz past a number of weak challenges to make it 3-2 soon afterwards but the goal rush was not over. Callum won and confidently converted a penalty for the away side's third equaliser before Liam sent George through on goal and he finished well to put them ahead for the only time in the afternoon.
That lead did not last long and Bassett struck twice – both from corners – to claim an advantage that they did not relinquish. They had plenty of chances to add to their lead, but Colts kept plugging away and Callum found the side-netting after rounding the keeper before Toby’s shot from distance in the final minute was parried and then hacked to safety.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 January 2017 17:13
 
NWL U13 Division 1: CCCFC Whites 1 Royal Wootton Bassett Town Blue 1 Print

The Whites claimed a fine point against high-flying Royal Wootton Bassett Town thanks to a rousing second-half recovery and a brilliant late penalty save from Max.
A four-week break over Christmas left the home side looking rather rusty before the interval and the fast-breaking, hard-working visitors could count themselves unfortunate not to be more than a single goal ahead at half-time. By comparison, the Colts were static in and out of possession and were on the back foot for long periods.
They survived a number of goalmouth scrambles, with Tom making several telling blocks and clearances, and Bassett’s lively attack was frustrated by an offside flag three times as they tried to find a way past a tigrish defensive unit of Josh, Bradley and Luke VDB. Matthew’s strong running from deep brought about the Colts’ best chances on a heavy surface and he was denied by the keeper after a great exchange with Callum, who himself put a shot wide from the left side of the box.
Bassett deservedly opened the scoring not long before the break when the Colts defence found themselves facing a 3v3 situation and their striker stabbed the ball home at the second attempt after initially being thwarted by Max’s excellent reflex stop.
Crucially, the Colts avoided conceding again despite a couple of dangerous set-pieces and went on to gain much more of a foothold in the game going down the slope in the second period.
Liam F began to exert an influence on proceedings out wide and tackles across the pitch started to carry more weight. Matthew saw a curling shot towards an unguarded net headed behind for a corner by the Bassett defence and Callum forced a brave stop from the advancing keeper.
The Colts reverted to a more attacking formation for the final 15 minutes, with Brandon H joining the frontline, and it paid dividends when Toby found space in a crowded midfield and threaded a superb pass through to Matthew, who crashed his shot high into the net.
The drama was not over, however, and as Bassett fought back, both Bradley and Josh needed to be on top form. The Colts thought they had gone in front when George skipped past the keeper and rolled the ball towards the empty net, but a covering defender managed to hook his shot off the line. Play then switched to the other end of the pitch, where Bassett were awarded a spot-kick for a foul inside the box.
Max saved the well-struck penalty with his legs, however, and then watched on gratefully as the striker crashed the rebound against a post. There were a couple of further scares for the Colts in the final five minutes, but they were determined to cling on to their share of the spoils and, after doing so, enter a run of five straight away matches with confidence that they can match any side in the division on their day.

 
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