Football

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

2nd VI football vs Sunningdale 2nd VI

Ashdown House lost 0 - 8

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Colts C football vs Sunningdale

Ashdown House lost 0 - 8

It was a splendidly sunny Wednesday afternoon when the Colts C embarked on a slightly less splendid journey to Sunningdale.  Ashdown took kick off and immediately regretted it, with Sunningdale slotting the ball into the goal within the first minute. Despite Paul and Demyan defending as if their lives depended on it, and Boris making numerous saves with just about every body part, Sunningdale managed to score two more early goals. 

With Captain Paul barking orders from the back, we managed to organise our defence and work diligently to prevent more goals from being conceded. Aidan and Anthony tried desperately to provide some attacking opportunities down the wing, and Etienne made some dramatic dribbles into the opposition half. Despite this encouraging offensive play, we weren’t able to penetrate Sunningdale’s defence, and we went into half-time losing 4-0. 

The second half continued in much the same fashion as the first: defenders throwing themselves all over the pitch and Boris making countless saves. Paul led by example, with his goal-line defending being something to marvel at. We had slightly more of the ball in the opposition’s half and Aidan and Anthony did all they could to try and make something from it. However, Sunningdale were simply too strong and our offensive play never came into fruition. Ashdown lost 8-0. 

Tough luck boys, you played much better than the score line would suggest. There is so much that we can take from this game.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

U9s football vs Sunningdale

Ashdown House lost 1 - 3, 1 - 3

With the sun shining, ALL of the Under 9 squad took on Sunningdale Under 9 As. We played 4 quarters in order for everyone to get a game. We started slowly with Sunningdale's skilful players dominating proceedings. For the first two quarters we defended stoutly and only conceded two goals. After the half time break, we started with a lot more vigour and Charlie powered through the Sunningdale defence and blasted the ball past the keeper! In the last quarter Sunningdale scored one more meaning we lost the game 3-1.

Despite the result the boys showed some brilliant grit and came away from the game proud, managing to stay in touch with a decent A side and everyone in the squad contributing something. A brilliant effort from all our boys! Well done and on to the next one!

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

1st XI football vs Sunningdale

Ashdown House lost 2 - 6

Despite the scoreline, this was actually a creditable performance.  We were a little sluggish in the first half and a series of errors in a 5 minute spell saw us go into the break 3-0 down.  However, we scored first in the second half through a Federico free kick and shortly after this Dahiru hit the post.  When Federico added a second, it really looked like we were going to stage a wonderful comeback. 

We were the most competitive we have been thus far and I was pleased with the way the boys were a little more physical in the second half. However, some super goals from Sunningdale put the game beyond our reach with little time to spare.  We have shown that we can come from 3-0 down to dominate large parts of the game, but we must learn to see games off and give away fewer costly errors.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

U9s A football vs Windlesham 

Ashdown House won 7 - 1

 

The boys travelled to Windlesham through the wind and the rain but this did not dampen their appetite to play passing football and, more importantly, enjoy themselves. We started strongly and scored a quick first goal. From then, we tried to pass it around in order to improve our skills.
As the match went on, we managed to strengthen our hold. Scoring more goals, William popping up with his first ever hat trick! It was a pleasure to watch as the boys made sure that we won with grace and as they cheered the opposition brilliantly at the end. Despite the wet conditions, we shone through the clouds and came away victorious. Well done boys and onto Sunningdale on Wednesday!

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Colts C football vs Windlesham

Ashdown House won 5 - 1

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Colts B football vs Windlesham

Ashdown House lost 1 - 4

The Colts B lost 1 - 4 in a difficult match against Windlesham. The boys battled hard and Hunter once again impressed in defence. Kit was also fantastic in goal and George scored a good penalty. Well done to all for their efforts. 

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Colts A VII football vs Windlesham

Ashdown House lost 0 - 4

The gloomy winds and torrential rain came down us and it just wasn’t our day. We were very slow to react to anything that was happening in front of us. The opposition were very tidy at keeping the ball and creating space. They pushed us to the limit with our fitness and we simply were out-played. We move on and keep battling! 

Saturday, 22 September 2018

1st XI football vs Windlesham

Ashdown House lost 2 - 3

This was a gutsy performance where the boys showed grit and determination, but it just wasn't to be.  Windlesham took the lead but Dahiru equalised through some nice inter-play with Hamish.  We went into the break and believed that we could get something out of the game, but we had to be at our best.  Hamish put us 2-1 up and we seemed comfortable, although Windlesham were always dangerous on the attack.  Some poor marking and lapses in concentration gave Windlesham two late goals and the boys learned a valuable lesson about concentrating right to the very end in order to see off a game.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Brambletye Football Tournament - 1st VI

The 1st VI played incredibly well in the Brambletye tournament showing concerted effort and making progress in every game.

We started a little slowly and as a result we lost our first game. However, the boys quickly drew a line under that performance and rectified their mistakes in the next game. 

The second and third games showed a marked improvement. Our passing and our defence were working particularly well. William continued to be a rock in defence throughout and put in many solid tackles. Federico worked well in mid field and started to pick out some fantastic passes for Dahiru and Hamish to run on to. 

With the group stages over, we started our assault on the plate competition. This is where the team really came together as one. In the semi-final against Belmont our defence was superb and allowed us to counter attack at pace. The game remained 0-0 into extra time until Dahiru broke away from their defence and scored the winning goal.

The plate final was against Copthorne.  Tom and William controlled the defence through the entire game and Nikita made some excellent saves in goal. We were playing with confidence and we kept a lot of the possession in the first half. During one of these spells of possession, Hamish played a great pass through to Dahiru and he finished the move slotting the ball into the net, low to the keeper’s right. Unfortunately, the success went to our heads and we lost concentration. After the restart, Copthorne quickly equalised and we were back to square one. Halftime came and went and the boys took to the park with renewed determination. We started very much in the manner of the first half, with confidence and flair. Hamish and Dahiru kept breaking through their defence and were rewarded for their efforts with Dahiru scoring two great goals in quick succession. We were 3-1 up and for the last three minutes the whole team were back and defending with real passion. The win was ours. Well done to the entire team we improved and showed true grit through each and every game.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

1st XI vs Imberhorne

Ashdown House lost 1 - 6

Following the success in the plate competition at Brambletye, we were brought down to earth by a strong Imberhorne side.  We took the lead early on through some good pressure from Dahiru and Kieran nearly added a second shortly after, only to glance the shot wide of the post.  However, Imberhorne came back at us and scored three quick goals which looked like a mountain to climb going into the break.  Some careless mistakes and an own goal enabled Imberhorne to score three more in the second half, but the boys still pressed, earning some corners as well as a super attempt from Hamish at the end.  The boys looked a little tired after their exertions yesterday, but we were a little more competitive in the second half.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Brambletye Football Tournament
 
Colts VI reached semi-finals! 
 
A lovely afternoon's football at Brambletye. We arrived in high spirits and looking forward to performing our best. 
We knew the other teams around us were strong but we gave it our all throughout the tournament and with a superb amount of effort by the whole team, we made it to the semi-final of the plate. 
Our opposition in the semi-final was Handcross Park and after trailing 2-0, Edward made a fantastic run to burst through the defence to make it 2-1. With seconds left on the clock, Miles was on goal but sadly the ball brushed past the post. We lost 2-1 but the boys put in terrific effort throughout. 
We ended with the 3rd/4th play-off game against Copthorne. The style of play was more relaxed than the previous game, but we still wanted to try and end on a high. With the game gojng all the way to extra time, Copthorne scored to win 1-0 under the golden-goal rule. 
A massive congratulations to all the participants in today’s tournament:  Daniel, Monty, Wilf, Harvey, Teddy, Miles and Edward. 
Well done boys. Still more hard work to come!! 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

U9s vs Cottesmore

Ashdown House won 3 - 0

 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Colts C VII vs Cottesmore

Ashdown House lost 0 - 1

 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Colts B VII vs Cottesmore

Ashdown House lost 0 - 1 

The Colts B lost narrowly to Cottesmore in a close game. Both teams fought hard and we defended some strong attacking moves from the opposition. Nemo made some fantastic tackles and special mention must go to William and George up front for their superb work rate. 

 
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