Match Reports -
16th September to 30th October
FOR NOVEMBER - FEBRUARY 16th
FOR FEBRUARY 17th -
Up to the minute ,, well
almost ,, commentary and reporting of Chidd's progress through the season. If
you have something you'd like to report, please either email it or pass hand
written reports on to one of the Chidd-U12 staff team.
1 v 6 St Francis (League Cup)
know it's much better playing up front than in defence ... if you miss
open goal everyone goes `Oh bad LUCK!' but if you make a mistake in
everyone b----s you.'
player (how very true)
the scoreline, an extremely encouraging start to the season, with several
St Francis (formerly FC 2000) had been training through the summer and played
friendlies and a league match already. We have had 2 training sessions
never played together as a team before. Considering they beat us 11-1 this
last year, 6-1 was a good result. In fact I would go so far as to say it was a
moral victory to us (Oh good. Ed)
told the boys before the game to treat it as a trial for their places in the
they rose to the challenge.
Francis pressed hard in the opening few minutes but the boys held firm and
began to get back into the game. For most of the first half we matched them,
tiring in the last 10 minutes and letting through a spate of goals to leave it
at half time. In this half joint Man of the Match Hassan exploded
the annals of Chiddingfold with a superlative performance of skill and
He dominated the left side of the field and worked his heart out for
team. A real find.
the break the boys pulled back a goal - a super strike by Callum
a well worked build up by Scott and Rupert.
At this stage, it wasn't beyond the bounds of possibility that we would get
out of the game, but a defensive error made it 5-1 and we were once
too far behind.
boys kept playing, though, and gradually began to gel together as a team. In
half joint Man of the Match Theo in goal pulled off some crucial
including three point blank stops within seconds of each other.
the coaches learned a lot about their team and, by the time of our first
match in 3 weeks, we should be ready for the Battle for the
REPORT by Malcolm
0 v 3 Surrey Rangers (County Cup)
was much harder than we thought it was going to be...'
marked improvement on last week, with several boys really beginning to
match fitness level. The boys are beginning to get used to each other
though there's some experimenting still to be done before we settle on the
line-up, things are beginning to gel.
T. made a splendid debut in central defence. Committed, strong in the
and quick to clear, he will be very hard to oust. Man of the Match Chris
playing next to John, was also in great form in an unfamiliar position for
He showed real grit and composure and led the line well.
were 2-0 up at half time but the boys seemed the better team and
doubt the scores could have been reversed. Although the boys let a third
half way through the second period, allowing Rangers to grow in confidence,
came close several times and, a month hence, would have won comfortably.
still suffered from the previous week's problem of allowing a hole between
strikers and midfield to develop, but it was better. We have next week off and
start the League programme. We will be ready.
REPORT by Malcolm
5 v 3 Sunbury Celtic (League)
October 14th 2001
only got eleven boys today. Next week we're down to ten. We seem
be struggling to attract boys at the moment’,
Cawthen, Sunbury Celtic coach.
boys hit the ground running in the first League match of the season with a
defeat of old rivals Sunbury Celtic.
in control, we really began to click, and show the parents what we are
of. The twin strike force of Rupert with joint Man of the Match
B ran riot, and in attack the boys looked formidable, pouring
in numbers, constantly pressurising the Sunbury defence. Ironically we
one down from a breakaway goal, but equalised before long and went into
lead with the last kick of the first half - a super strike from Hassan,
in central midfield for the first time.
the course of the match Rupert and Jonathan got two goals each, all
and well worked, one a terrific 20 yard strike by Jonathan. Sunbury
back (literally) but the boys wouldn't be provoked and the score went to 3-
1 and then 4-1. A silly penalty made it 4-2 but the boys went ahead again, 5-2,
Sunbury got a consolation goal towards the end of the match.
Man of the Match Charlie H played his heart out for the team, harrying
tackling all the way and fellow central defender John T was equally
in defence, as well as unleashing one particularly cracking shot from near
half-way line that deserved to go in.
Sunbury boys were on a high as was their Manager, old friend Steve
who ran the line in a fetching yellow outfit, for all the world looking like a
n excited canary.
FC star Danny W came to watch with his parents Dick and
and it was lovely to see them back where, let's face it, they belong.
agent has, in fact, been on the `phone to us to enquire about the
of an emotional return following the tragic blunder of his move to a
team. But, as I said to him in the nicest possible way, Danny's made his
and he's going to have to lie on it. If he chooses to follow the bright lights
go to a more `glamorous' team, that's up to him. There have already been
that Danny has been seen out with a blonde at one of Petworth's top
spots, not to mention that `coke' episode in the Sun (I prefer Pepsi, myself).
I blame the parents. Reliable sources inform me that Danny's younger brother
W, already showing signs of great talent, is being ferociously pressured.
hours intense training every day is simply too much for a 2 year old. It's all
REPORT by Malcolm
B' 3 v 3 Farncombe Boys (Friendly)
been reading that Newsletter; you've really got to watch what you say
here, haven't you, otherwise you end up in it?'
was a chance for the boys unable to play regularly in the Sunday League
to show what they can do and they gave an extremely good account of
against a very experienced and well organised Farncombe side.
K. and Ross L. were in top form up front and always looked
on the break. Man of the Match Carl S. made an effective
in goal and also looked impressive in midfield, where he played for much
the second half. Captain Anthony M. was rock-like in defence with James
and Dan M. harrying either side of him and Harry J. was
together with Nick C., who gave a dynamic and classy
kept possession well and pressed the boys back but it was Chidd
went in front with a lethal strike from in-form Greg K. Farncombe
equalised not long afterwards but another well-worked goal from
and then an opportunistic lob from Nick C., who had spotted the
off his line, sent the boys in 3-1 up at half-time.
second half saw
pushing up hard to get back into the match and after a sustained
of pressure, they pulled one back. By this point James O. in goal and
W. at full-back had both had to go off injured. This and fatigue meant
boys were beginning to lose their shape and Farncombe duly exploited the
levelling the scores with only minutes to go. In fact they got the ball in
net again near the final whistle, only to have it ruled offside by an astutely
linesman (Lionel 'the blind cyclops' ).
in all a very creditable performance. With more practice as a team, the boys
go on to great things in the future. If things continue to develop the
could even foresee having an official Chiddingfold B League Team?
REPORT by Malcolm
Chiddingfold B' 3
-3 Farncombe Boys 3-3 Friendly
This friendly was fixed
up primarily to give our supportive B' team a chance to display their skills.
The Farncombe Boys were fielding an under 11's A side and this made for a very
well balanced and exciting to watch match.
Farncombe showed much of
the early attack and it was against the run of play when Chidd scored a well
taken goal on the break. Farncombe continued to be the better attacking side but
Chidd were certainly stoic in defending.
In the second half,
having gone in 2-1 up, the game become a very even affair. Gradually Chidd
became the dominant team and we scored a lovely goal when Nick C. chipped the
Farncombe goalkeeper even though he was 5 yards outside of the penalty area with
the usual posse of other players around him. At 3-1, it was looking comfortable.
Then Chidd's defence were
breached when twice Farncombe broke out and took two goals in the last 15
minutes of the game. Indeed Farncombe took a fourth from a nice low cross only
to have it disallowed for offside (who was that linesman :)
All in all a good
entertaining game with the Chidd B team showing some good individual
REPORT by Lionel
I v 8 Send United
all your fault, Malcolm ... it's that 45 minute cross-country run you took
training the previous day we had taken the boys on a fartlek. Not a flatulence
but a 25 minute cross-country run at varying speeds (including
with several stops for stretching and exercises. There was lots of
from the chaps (`Oooh, some holly got my arm!' John Bk.) and by the
the parents got to hear about it, this had developed into a sadistic 45 minute
marathon. But it spoke volumes for the general level of fitness that the
3 boys back were Josh T, a defender, and Theo W. and James
showed us just how far we had to go. Our home pitch is a very heavy one
in the first 10 minutes several of the boys were exhausted. The Send boys
to thrive in the mud and powered past us at will. John T. in central
was sorely missed and we were 5-0 down at half-time - but for Theo in goal, it
would have been double that. Only Hassan, Man of
Match for the second time this season, was able to match Send for fitness
were second to the ball so often that at one point we temporarily took some
off to count the number of times Send beat us to the ball. It was something
be fair the boys did much better after half-time and pulled one back after a
minutes with a superb header powered into the net by Hassie from a
cross by Callum S. - `the one with the white knickers' as the Send
described him. Send got another quite quickly but the second half score
1-1 until the last few minutes when Send got the last two.
were some other positive factors. Nick C. and Carl S. both
their First Team debuts and acquitted themselves with great poise and it
good to see James W. and Ross L. come on and give their all in
. Theo continues his run of good form and Callum is
to develop maturity in midfield.
though, to challenge for the championship we need to be fitter, stronger
twice as committed - and our next match is against Woking Cougars,
top of the table.
REPORT by Malcolm
October 28th 2001
A disappointing result
against a team that perhaps on another day Chidd might have beaten. Send took an
early goal in the first half and then followed it up with a second after about
15 minutes of play. By half time it was 5-0 and the Chidd players where looking
decidedly the worse for wear. Send put together some good flowing moves and it
was another game whereby had it not been for Theo in goal, Chidd could of easily
been 10-0 down. This isn't to say Chidd were all bad, they showed one or two nice
moves down the wings but seemed to lack any real threat from there on in.
After a half time team
talk that was based on trying to get some motivation going, it briefly looked
like Chidd might put up better opposition. Unfortunately it was short lived and
Send did the unthinkable and scored again. The substitutes where given the task
of counting how many times Chidd where beaten to the ball and when in one stage
of the game that score was 8 to 2 in Send's favour, it kind of summed up the
whole game. Send more or less seemed to score at will thereafter, though it has
to be said our defenders did try to work against some very attractive moves by
the Send attack.
Notably, debutants Nick
and Carl put in good
first time out performances. Hasse was our man of the match though. He worked
unendingly the whole game through and was rewarded by scoring the goal from a
terrific header in the box from a high looping cross from Rupe.
REPORT by Lionel
REPORTS FOR NOVEMBER