Tuesday, 19th September Brambletye 6-a-side 1st & Colts A Tournaments
1st VI Plate Semi-Finals
Colts A VI Plate Winners What a lovely afternoon if was for a football tournament today. We kicked things off by playing the hosts, Brambletye. The game was very much one sided and we came off worst by losing the game 0-7. We had a 10 minute break before our next game and we went over all of the tactics and positional roles. Our next game was against Copthorne. It was a very fair game with both teams attacking . We defended fantastically but we couldn't score. The game finished 1-0 to Copthorne.
We stayed on to play St Christopher's. We decided to play the possession game (keep the ball) as much as possible but in some areas we rather overdid it..The boys worked really hard to win the ball back.. Suddenly the ball was slipped through to Miles who slotted it away. The game finished 1-0 to Ashdown.
After a great win the boys were buzzing for the Plate semi-final. Our thoughts were to slowly work our way up the pitch,while keeping the ball in doing so. You could see the boys struggling as their fitness levels dropped. Despite this, maximum effort was needed. The game went into golden goal and the tension was building on both sides. Tough tackles were flying in. Suddenly Freddie played a risky ball through the defensive line and made it through for Ed to slot it home for the win. Final here we come...
The last stepping stone approached us and what a performance it was by the Colts! We played in our normal 2-2-1 formation with the attackers needing to come and defend. You could sense the nerves of all 12 boys on the pitch. The game was very much even till the second half. Ashdown kicked off and straight away attacked. Within a minute we had pushed the opposition back with the amount of pressure we applied. Miles made a brilliant run and scored a very driven goal. After a tense end the game finished 1-0 to Ashdown to make them the Plate Winners.
I would personally like to congratulate all of the boys for all their efforts. Well done. JS
Saturday, 16 September 2017
Saturday, 16th September
Football v Cottesmore
1st XI Won 2-1 Another win to make it three wins from three! We started the game brightly and got the breakthrough with a good finish from Waya. However, we weren't able to capitalise on our dominant possession in the first half and went into the break with a slender lead. Smith gave us a two goal lead in the second half, but after that we sat back and let Cottesmore back into the game and they certainly made things tough for us. Cottesmore cut the deficit and had plenty of opportunities of their own from set pieces, but fortunately we held on for a well-fought win. PM
2nd VI Drew 3-3 The 2nd VI put in a gutsy performance against Cottesmore. We started with a strong defence, Louis running the line and controlling things as our enforcer. Then a strong counter attack by Lachlan forced in the first goal- his first of three! The second shortly followed. We were up 2-0 fantastic! However the last five minutes of the first half we started to run out of steam and conceded a goal. After the half time interval, we conceded another goal. With the score at 2-2 the defence quickly shaped up with Hari and Aanu furiously chasing the ball and putting in the right tackles. Thanks to this, we were on the counter attack again and another stunning strike into the top corner by Lachlan completed his hatrick. Ahead with minutes to spare, a late challenge in the box gifted Cottesmore a penalty which was duly converted and the scores were again level. Overall, a fantastic start to the season and a very strong performance. We are all looking forward to our next match. JD
Colts A Lost 0-2
What a massive improvement from all of the boys today! We were very determined and focused on today's game. We started off on the right foot by winning our tackles and challenging for the second ball. Theo made some great saves to keep us in the game, but we just couldn't score the other end. Eventually Cottesmore caught us on the counter and scored to make the game 1-0 to them.
Wilf and Ed started as our two defenders. Both did a fantastic job by blocking their crosses and stopping any forward runs being made. Miro and Freddie were the starting wingers and both made a great impact by running down the wing and playing the ball to our midfielders. To which Huberto and George were their creating space and creating a great build up play between them both.
We kept putting the pressure on even at 0-1 down. Sadly we lost the ball in possession and they broke through and clinched another goal. Half time approached and, even though we were going into the second half 0-2 down, all the boys were still inching to turn this game around. After swapping a few people around, Sami went into defence and made a big impact. His partnership with Wilf was lovely to watch.
Although we frequently held on to the ball too long, we fought to win the ball back. We must have had roughly three shots in around 10 seconds but their keeper was having a worldly!
The game did finish 2-0 to Cottesmore but each and every player gave it his all today. In training, I think we just need to work on passing the ball a bit more quickly and talking to our team-mates. A lot of the time it was very quiet on the pitch. This will I am sure take shape soon.
Good effort today boys and I hope you are all looking forward to the Brambletye tournament on Tuesday. Well done! JS
Colts B Lost 1-2 The Colts B had a close match against Cottesmore. We had a slow start, conceding 2 early goals, but then found our rhythm and played some attractive football. The second half was dominated by Ashdown and a superb goal came from striker Miles. It was exciting, end to end football and the boys were unlucky to lose 1-2. Well done to all. RC
Colts C Lost 2-3 On a sunny Saturday afternoon the Colts C took on Cottesmore. The game started well with George and John working hard for the ball. Unfortunately Cottesmore got the lead with a breakaway goal just before half time. In the second half the whole team rallied and Harrison popped up to score his first ever goal for Ashdown. Cottesmore then replied with two well worked goals, leaving us with 5 minutes to score 2 or 3 goals. John managed to score from the edge of the box but we fell just short losing 2-3. A An epic game with great sportmanship and attitude shown by all the Ashdown boys! Great start to the season. TG
Under 9A Won 6-2 The Under 9A football team continued their promising start to the season with a fine 6-2 victory at home over Cottesmore. Although there were times when we were too bunched around the ball, the boys showed some encouraging passages of play, with good passing and movement. Harvey stood out with four excellent goals, all scored from outside the box. He also drew several very good saves from the Cottesmore 'keeper with powerful shots that were on target. Jonathan scored two lovely goals with good strikes. Torsten and Teddy both played very well and continue to grow in confidence. Kit, William, Charlie, Felix and George all put in plenty of effort and all the boys should be proud of their performance today. MH
Friday, 15 September 2017
Friday, 15th September
Ashdown House U8 A + B Football Tournaments
Winners - Eaton House The Manor A Runners Up - Finton House A
Winners - Finton House B Runners Up - Knightsbridge B
Today we hosted our annual U8 football tournaments for the tenth year. We were blessed with a warm, sunny day and the pitches were in pristine condition. Seven schools from London joined us and they brought a total of 15 teams. The eight A teams contested one tournament, while the B tournament consisted of six B teams and two C teams. Matches were six-a-side and lasted five minutes each way. We kicked off at 11:00am and every team played their three group games by 12:30, at which point our visiting players, staff and parents went up to the Dining Hall for a delicious fish'n'chip lunch. With about 170 visitors the Dining Hall was bursting at the seams! Our catering department did an amazing job!
After lunch the football resumed with every team playing in the quarter-finals. Matches were keenly contested and the winners progressed to the semi-finals. At this stage, in the A tournament Finton House A beat Merlin A 1-0, while Eaton House A beat Knightsbridge A 1-0. In the B tournament Knightsbridge B beat Westminster B 4-2 and Finton House B beat Eaton House B 2-0. Fittingly, we had two tremendous finals. In the B final Finton House B and Knightsbridge B drew 1-1 and then could not be separated over six minutes of extra-time. They went to penalties, were still level after five each, before Finton House won during sudden-death penalties. In the A final an exciting and very even match went to Eaton House, who triumphed 1-0 against Finton House.
The day concluded with afternoon tea and the presentation of cups and medals for the winners and runners-up. Many thanks to the grounds staff, our catering team and last, but not least, to our four referees - Mr and Mrs Gloster, Mr Coppack and Mr H de Moraville - who all did an excellent job. Everyone had a great day and we look forward to welcoming our teams back from London next year. MH
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Wednesday, 13th September
Football v Skippers Hill
1st XI Won 9-0 (Waya 2; Rogers-Thomas 2; de Heredia 2; Smith; Garrido; Bada)
A comprehensive win for the 1st XI and it was good to see lots of players getting on the score sheet, as well as not conceding the other end. We threatened from many areas and Rogers-Thomas scored from a well timed header off a corner. Communication and off the ball movement still needs to improve, as well as a little more overall fitness! Gus captained well with his unselfish play and Can played intelligently at the back whilst reading the game extremely well. PM
Football Quadrangular at Cottesmore
Under 9A Joint Winners
The Under 9A team travelled to Cottesmore today for their first fixture of the term. We played a mini-tournament against Cottesmore and Handcross Park A and B. All matches lasted eight minutes one way. In our first match we did very well to beat Cottesmore 1-0. We had the better of play, but Cottesmore defended well. Harvey was a constant threat in attack, but he had several good shots saved. Eventually Torsten tucked away a nice left-foot finish to give us the win. In our second match we played a useful Handcross A team. Play was even, although they looked dangerous on attack. We conceded an unlucky own goal, but equalised a minute later when Harvey unleashed a thunderbolt from 20 metres which was rather spectacular. Handcross threatened again, but Kit made a superb save to stop a goal-bound shot. The game finished 1-1. In our final match we played Handcross B in steady rain, but we knocked the ball around confidently. Jonathan scored first with a nice right-foot strike and Harvey scored a beauty from wide on the right. This gave us a comfortable win and joint first place with Handcross A.
This was an invaluable afternoon for the boys, with several new boys playing their first match for Ashdown. Harvey was our 'player of the day', but he was well supported by the others. Torsten and Jonathan worked hard and showed some good touches on the ball. Charlie played well at left-back, making some good runs down the wing. William covered plenty of ground at right-back and made some useful interceptions. Teddy and George grew in confidence throughout the matches and Kit did well in goal, although he was not often tested. A very good start for the U9s and we now look forward to Cottesmore at home on Saturday. MH
Saturday, 09 September 2017
Saturday, 9th September
Football v Dorset House
1st XI Won 3-2
This was a jolly good first performance of the season. The boys should be commended for the way they applied themselves and never gave up. In the first half we looked dangerous on the attack and we forced plenty of corners. This pressure forced Dorset House into conceding an own goal, and Waya's pressure on the keeper gave us a second. However, some slightly poor marking and lapses in concentration let Dorset House back in the game and they always threatened from set pieces, despite Ludo Ferrario saving a penalty. This is something we shall focus on. However, we went into the break confident that we could get something out of the game. Dorset House had the upper hand for the first 15 minutes of the second half and we found ourselves on the back foot. However, for the last 10 minutes, we fought our way back and some pressure from our attackers forced another own goal. It is early days, but this was a creditable win against a decent side so the boys should feel proud with what they have achieved. Well done. PM
Colts A Lost 1-7
Today we went into the game pretty well prepared. Unfortunately it it didn't pay off in certain areas. We started the game sluggishly by conceding within the first 20 seconds, but our heads didn't drop at all and we kept pushing for the equaliser. As the game went on Dorset House found the gaps in our midfield and defence and scored another three.
After a strong team talk at half-time, the boys went out and fought again. We let slip another goal but responded brilliant by scoring a fabulous goal the other end. Everyone gave it their all. Well done chaps. JS
Colts B Lost 1-4 The Colts B showed promise in their first match of the season. We worked hard in midfield, Wilf, Miles and Monty dominated possession for long periods of the game. Goalkeeper Theo and defenders Hunter and Johnny did very well and the score would have been a lot better had it not have been for an opposition striker with a mean right foot. We look forward to our next game. RC
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Wednesday, 23rd November Great Walstead U13 Girls' Football Tournament 1st VII 4th in group
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Wednesday, 16th November Football v Woodcote House Colts A Lost 0-4 The Colts A finished their football season with an away trip to Woodcote House. Despite a good start from our boys, we could not convert our chances early in the game and Woodcote grew in confidence. They scored after a missed opportunity to clear the ball and went up one nil up at half time. We were very much in the game but have to give a little more and have a little bit more self belief to do better. Woodcote House was not overly superior to Ashdown this afternoon.Unfortunately that goal was too much for our moral and we gave too much time to the opposition who added three other goals in the second half.
It has been a difficult season for our Colts A. They conceded a lot of goals in the early games of the season which affected the boys who lost their belief. We finish with one victory against Handcross Park B team and eight goals scored from Edward, Tom, William (all scored twice) and Igui and George. SR
Colts B Lost 1-7
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Wednesday, 16th November
Football v Christ's Hospital 1st XI Won 3-1 What a great end to the season! The boys showed real character today against a Christ's Hospital side who passed the ball with pace. We found ourselves a goal down by being caught out of position and perhaps could have conceded a second. However, a Duarte wonder strike steadied the nerves and de Havas finished off a fine passing move to give us the edge going into the break. Credit to Christ's Hospital who kept coming at us and Innes had to keep his cool in goal with more fine saves. Hannay had a goal disallowed before Gibbs slotted home our third to give us that all important two goal cushion.
Our final seven games of the season saw three wins, three draws and one defeat. The boys should be commended for the progress they have made. Well done! PM
2nd IX Won 5-1 What a superb way to finish the season!
The boys saved their best until last, producing a performance of poise, style, and substance. Goals came at regular intervals from Murray, Seb and Julius. Myles also scored a pair which I think seals his victory in the golden boot competition.
A very pleasing afternoon. Well played one and all. CS
3rd IX Drew 1-1
The Mighty Thirds found themselves in a tense battle with Christ's Hospital. Alex Wang held the defence together, leading with authority and by example. Our defence and midfield played well, trying their hardest to set up Will and Alex upfront. Hari was relentless in the midfield, constantly hassling the opposition whenever they were on the ball.
We went 1-0 down early on, but showed great fighting spirit to come back and draw level late on in the game. Alex and Will had plenty of chances, but the opposition's keeper was flawless in goal.
We were unable to convert our chances; but we also managed to prevent the opposition from scoring (albeit with a bit of luck). The game went to extra time. Alex had an excellent chance to score in the final seconds of the game, curling a free kick towards the top of the goal. The keeper pulled off a brilliant save, tipping the ball over the bar. WT
Saturday, 12 November 2016
Saturday, 12th November
Football v Ardingly 1st XI Drew 1-1 This was arguably our best performance of the season thus far. We were much more competitive against an Ardingly side who passed the ball well. Both sides had chances to take the lead in the first half, but it was 'honours even' at the break. Ardingly went ahead early in the second half because we didn't clear the ball early enough. However, a well-worked goal culminating in a wonder strike from Gus Hannay brought us level. It was end to end stuff and we battled hard and can certainly feel confident going into our final game of the season. PM
Colts A Lost 2-8 We welcomed Ardingly for our second to last game of the season. We conceded a couple of soft goals quickly which was disappointing and the score was 0-3 at half time. A few goals later we took advantage of a nice move on the left of the box, George was fouled and advantage played and William put the ball just underneath the crossbar for a consolation goal. After a bad clearance by the Ardingly defence, Edward added the second with a long range effort to make it 2-8 as a final score. Despite the result we were unfortunate to concede at least three soft goals making today's task even harder. SR
Wednesday, 09 November 2016
Wednesday, 9th November
Football v Brighton College 1st XI Lost 1-4 After our win against Brambletye, we were brought back down to earth by a very good Brighton College side. We were unable to convert some decent chances in the first half and Brighton went into the break1-0 up. However, some careless errors and missed tackles allowed Brighton to convert three more chances, despite some fine saves from Innes in goal. This said, we stepped up a gear in the last 10 minutes and perhaps had more of the play. Hannay and de Havas worked well up front to score a consolation goal, but this was sadly too little too late. PM
2nd XI Lost 0-4 Having to make changes to the team sheet was an inconvenience, but does not account for the start we made to today's game. The first half showed a lack of thought and commitment and, when the occasional chances came, we were unable to take them.
The second half was a vast improvement. We managed to find a great deal more space largely due to an increase in work ethic. We created many more chances in the second half but unfortunately weren't able to improve our accuracy.
Better luck next time, gents. CS
3rd IX Lost 0-6
On Wednesday afternoon the 3rds travelled to Brighton to take on Brighton College’s 4th team. Unfortunately the opposition proved to be too strong on the day, and controlled most of the play in the Ashdown half. Tolly played brilliantly in goal, making a number of excellent saves to frustrate the opposition, but ultimately Brighton were able to outmaneuver and outplay Ashdown and ended up winning the game 6-0. To their credit the 3rds kept plugging away and they had a couple of chances to score themselves, the best of which fell to Alexander in the closing stages of the match.
Let us hope for better results in the final stages of the football season. JT
Thursday, 03 November 2016
Thursday, 3rd November
Football v Skippers Hill U9 C Lost 0-5 We came up against a very strong Skippers C Team, who had a couple of very skillful players. To combat this, Captain Teddy managed to cover every blade of grass on the pitch, defending aggressively and well. Boris, who usually plays in goal, had a great game without the gloves on, showing what a versatile player he can be. Aidan, Etienne and Thomas didn't stop running for the whole game either, but we weren't able to convert our hard work into goals. Kit was fantastic in goal, making great saves throughout the match. Despite Kit's great goalkeeping and the boys' terrific determination, Skippers were just to strong. WT
Saturday, 05 November 2016
Saturday, 5th November
Football v Brambletye 1st XI Won 2-1 This was a thrilling match with end to end action. Brambletye had the edge in their passing and pressing, but we defended well in the first half and went into the break 1-0 up courtesy of a goal from Waya. As expected, this well-drilled Brambletye side came at us in the second half and had us on the back foot for large parts of the game. It wasn't surprising that they achieved a well deserved goal. Thatcher and Pelling came on to provide some fresh legs and a wonder-goal from Gus Hannay gave us a 2-1 lead. Brambletye had plenty of chances, but Innes kept his cool in goal. A super win, well done! PM
2nd IX Lost 3-5
On Saturday afternoon the 2nd IX travelled to Brambletye, aiming to get the upper hand on their local rivals. It was the season debut for our returning 2s' boys, and everyone on the team contributed to a very exciting, high scoring match. The opening goal came from some classic route one football. Theo launched a goal kick up field which Murray did well to control, and Murray then waltzed his way passed a number of defenders and converted a great solo goal with a composed finish. Unfortunately Brambletye equalized soon after, following some neat build up of their own and a tidy finish. The rest of the first half was very competitive and fairly even, but with the last kick of the half, Brambletye edged ahead.
Brambletye added a third straight after the kick off. Theo did brilliantly to get a hand to the shot, but he could only watch as it agonizingly crept over the goal line. Ashdown rallied after this early setback and proceeded to dominate the next five minutes. Myles brushed the right hand post with a superb effort, and had another chance from a corner soon after. Murray then scored his second after some good build up down the right hand side. Ashdown came tantalising close to equalising soon after, with Murray almost converting an inch perfect cross from Can. Brambletye, sensing they had been let off the hook, started to gain a measure of control in the game and added a fourth with a quick break away goal. Can nearly pulled one back after some good interplay down the left hand side involving Harry, Tolu and Javier. Unfortunately, Brambletye took advantage of some tired legs and scored a fifth on the counter. To their credit, Ashdown kept working hard and scored the goal of the game in the final moments. Seb played a great ball down the right flank which Murray laid off to Javier, who chipped a first time cross over the defense and into the path of Can who finished off a great team goal. The final whistle soon followed, with Brambletye winning the game 5-3.
It was a great end-to-end game of football, with Ashdown looking promising in attack. The boys had plenty of chances to add to their three goals, and with a bit more luck at the back they could have come away with a draw. JT
3rd IX Drew 1-1
Colts A Lost 0-8
We played our second match against Brambletye and did not have the best afternoon. We were outpaced and outskilled by a very good side. It was 0-5 at half time and our opposition scored another three in the second half. We never gave up in the match and nearly got a consolation goal with George's shot hitting the crossbar and the kick off the rebound not quite making the goal. SR
Colts B Lost 0-6
Under 9A Lost 1-3
A very keenly fought match today in reasonably pleasant conditions. There was definitely a touch of autumn this afternoon, but both teams gave their all. Brambletye scored three goals by half-time, with a mixture of very good attacking play and some lapses by us in defence. We were guilty of some inaccurate passing and some heavy touches on the ball, while our hosts tended to retain possession more efficiently. That said, we made some good forays into their half of the pitch, but couldn't quite put the finishing touches to it. In the second half we played much better. Harvey and Ben made numerous breaks into Brambletye's half and caused all sorts of problems. One sweeping move featured some delightful inter-passing before Ben slotted the ball into the net. Brambletye kept attacking and were a constant threat and we rode our luck at times. One free kick rebounded off our post. Several of their shots whizzed just wide, but we had our chances too. Wilf had a sensational second half, making a host of tackles and halting Brambletye's moves. Daniel and Harry defended with gusto and made some excellent tackles and clearing headers. Harvey and Ben were all over the pitch like men-possessed. Monty was composed at the back and made some good stops and blocks. A thoroughly entertaining match! Well played, U9s! MH
Wednesday, 02 November 2016
Wednesday, 2nd November
Football v Hilden Grange
Colts A Lost 0-1 Our first match after half term saw us visiting Hilden Grange where we played their Colts B. Edward was back in the team and Vlad moved to midfield where he made a good impact in our last game. The possession was mainly Hilden Grange's but we managed to keep them from scoring. Sami and Will did well at the back and Nikita made good saves ensuring a draw at half time. Tom, Vlad and Ed were kept busy but struggled to take control of the ball and we did not keep our calm when we had opportunities to bring the ball forward in those first 20 minutes. George often had to come in midfield to get a piece of the action. In the second half we were more dangerous up front since our midfield used the ball better. Our passing and movement were more accurate and the game evened out. Hilden Grange was still dangerous and created chances but the only goal came out of nowhere and was a world class shot: a volley from outside the box which ended up in the top corner. Despite our best effort and a big push in the last ten minutes we could not convert our chances. It was a good display from the boys who worked together, supporting each other with proper teamwork. There is work to be done to use the ball when we have possession and we will test our progress with our second match against Brambletye on Saturday. SR
Colts B Lost 1-4 The Colts B footballers battled very hard today away in Hildenborough against Hilden Grange Colts E. The first half was fairly even, but we were guilty of being too loose with possession and gave away a lot of ball, even though we worked ourselves into good positions. Too often we made inroads, but then hit passes straight to the opposition. Hilden Grange scored from a corner to lead 1-0 at half-time. In the second half we started to put more pressure on them and had a good share of possession. Igui worked hard in midfield and was involved in a number of good passing moves. Alex D was lively and covered plenty of ground, while Freddie made some promising, jinking runs. Late in the game we were down 0-4 when the ball was cleared towards Kent (our player, not the county!) from a corner. Although outside the box he hit a sensational first time shot which crashed into the back of the net from about twenty yards. This gave us a new lease of life and we played some super football in the last ten minutes, but a number of shots on goal couldn't beat their excellent 'keeper. Hilden Grange deserved their victory, but the game was much closer than 1-4 suggests. MH
Wednesday, 02 November 2016
Thursday, 3rd November
Football v Skippers Hill
U9A Lost 0-4
A terrific match today for the U9 A team in a new fixture against Skippers Hill. In beautiful conditions Skippers made a sensational start, catching us cold and they scored two goals in the first two minutes, the first with a superb 20-metre strike. We gradually fought our way back into an end-to-end match, but neither side scored again before half-time. Our defence tended to stay too deep, allowing a big gap in our ranks. As a result Skippers dominated in midfield. We put some better attacks together in the second half with Harvey, Ben and Wilf working very hard to try to create some openings. However, the Skippers' defence showed positional awareness and pace and we struggled to get shots on goal after good build-up play. Skippers added two more goals in the second half, although Daniel, Hunter and Harry showed a lot more urgency and skill in the second period of play. Behind them all Monty had a brilliant game in goal, making some fine saves. In one exciting passage of play which drew gasps from the spectators he made four superb blocks in the space of about five seconds. A good, enjoyable game and we now look forward to our second fixture with Brambletye on Saturday. MH
U9B Lost 0-8
U9C Lost 0-5 We came up against a very strong Skippers C Team, who had a couple of very skillful players. To combat this, Captain Teddy managed to cover every blade of grass on the pitch, defending aggressively and well. Boris, who usually plays in goal, had a great game without the gloves on, showing what a versatile player he can be. Aidan, Etienne and Thomas didn't stop running for the whole game either, but we weren't able to convert our hard work into goals. Kit was fantastic in goal, making great saves throughout the match. Despite Kit's great goalkeeping and the boys' terrific determination, Skippers were just too strong. WT