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. 


Saturday, 15 September 2018

Colts A VII vs Cottesmore

Drew 0 - 0 

The Colts A boys had a hard battle against a strong Cottesmore side. Throughout the game, both sides had glorious chances but both defenders and keepers were on-form. 

We managed to attack with pace and control but at times we lacked support when one of us was on the ball. Daniel made a couple of terrific saves and Wilf and Monty were solid at the back, as always. Miles, Hunter and Teddy gave it their all, trying to burst down the wings. Lastly, special mentions for our engines in the middle; Harvey and Edward, who picked out passes and used their great physical strength to protect the ball. 
Overall, it was a game that only had a few chances but as a whole, it was a fantastic team performance. Everyone worked their socks off to try and get something out of the game. Well done chaps. 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

2nd VI vs Cottesmore 3rd VI 

Drew 1 - 1 

We played very well against Cottesmore's 3rd team. We were playing with confidence for the first ten minutes, with Martin and Alex linking up well at the front with some great runs and passes. Our defence was strong with Remy and Nina putting in some strong tackles. However, Cottesmore broke away with a quick counter-attack and a strong shot at goal which gave them the lead. 
This didn’t stop our team. We quickly regained composure and started to pass the ball and we continued to make some great runs up front. Martin then found some space just past the halfway line, he saw their keeper of his line and took a fantasticly accurate shot that looped over the keeper to equalise the scores. It was a close match that ended in a nail-biting draw. 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

2nd VI vs Cottesmore

Ashdown House lost 0 - 3

We started much the same as with the game against Cottesmore's 3rd team, with great passing between Alex, Kale and Martin. However, we started to run out of steam, their attack was far too strong for us and they scored two quick goals. 

Our defence did not give up, though, and Remy and Nina continued to show great effort. Alisa remained focused in goal and she made some fantastic saves. The game ended 3-0. It was a great effort from the team in both games. Well done. I look forward to seeing the team's progress in the future.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

1st XI vs Cottesmore

Ashdown House won 5 - 4

This was a thrilling game from start to finish with both sides playing some nice passing football.  Ashdown could have taken the lead early on with a well-worked move culminating in Kieran's shot hitting the crossbar.  Cottesmore came straight back at us, but Hamish's pace enabled us to get the equaliser.  Once again, Cottesmore pressed us and both sides went into the break at 2-2 with the game finely balanced.  Some super finishing from Dahiru with some nice link-up play from Alex gave us a 4-2 lead and we looked to be cruising.  However, credit to Cottesmore who, in the dying minutes, brought the game back to 4-4 and suddenly with 2 minutes to go, we were shaken.  However, once again, Dahiru came to the rescue with his fourth of the game and the boys should feel pleased with the overall progress they have made since the start of term.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

U9 vs Cottesmore

Ashdown House lost 0 - 1

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

U9 vs Handcross Park

Ashdown House lost 0 - 4

The under 9s played Handcross Park yesterday in a very hard-fought game, with many of the boys making their debuts for Ashdown. 

We showed great composure and skill, with Albie and Torsten dribbling around many of the opposition and Anthony making some great saves but unfortunately we lost due to goals on the counter-attack. 
Despite this the boys showed a lot of enthusiasm and commitment throughout games and I have every confidence that we will continue to improve! 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

1st XI vs Skippers Hill

Ashdown House won 3 - 1

The first XI got off to a winning start away to Skippers Hill.  Dahiru gave us the early lead thanks to an excellent through ball from Tom, but we sat back and allowed Skippers Hill into the game.  Kieran restored our lead with a cool finish to go into the break 2-1 up.  In the second half, we made the ball do the work and put together some nice passing moves using Kieran and Hamish on the wings.  Occasionally we were a little nervy at times, but there are plenty of positives going forward.  Well done to Captain Will who was excellent at the back and covered a lot of ground in closing down the opposition.


Saturday, 08 September 2018

Colts B football vs Dorset House School - 1-1 draw

The Colts B began their season with a thrilling, fast-paced match against Dorset House. William scored an early goal and we battled hard to maintain this lead throughout the match. An unlucky penalty in the closing moments drew the opposition level on the final whistle. 

Well done to the whole team for their effort, which was considerable. Special mentions go to Hunter for superb defending and Kit for some particularly brave goalkeeping.  

Saturday, 08 September 2018

Colts A football vs Dorset House


Ashdown House won 2-0


On Saturday 8th September, Ashdown House hosted our first game of the season against a strong Dorset House side, so I knew we had a game on our hands. With only three days of training as a whole and very minimal tactic sessions as a team, we gave it our all today. 


The game started off with both sides attacking at pace. Our tracking back/defending was on point today which lead to the first goal by Ashdown House. Harvey skipped past a few defenders and unleashed a bullet of a shot which flew into the top corner of the goal. It was outstanding!! 


Half-time approached and within the team talk, we talked about how we needed to attack in numbers a bit more and how we needed to block their shots before they struck. 


The game was coming to an end and suddenly one of the Dorset players fired a shot that hit the cross-bar and bounced just before the line. This was a massive wake up call! With Dorset attacking more and more we needed to stay composed and compacted during the last 10 minutes of the game. 


Just towards the end of the game, Miles wiped the ball across the goal and Edward F was there for the tap in. This put Ashdown 2-0 up with minutes to go. We stayed strong as a team and Ashdown got the victory. Also, a mention to the other players who gave it their all today and performed excellently throughout; George, Arty, Monty and our skipper for today, Wilf. 


Well done chaps for a fantastic start. Lots more hard work to do though! 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Wednesday, 14th March

Windlesham House U11 Girls' Football Tournament
Under 11                  
The U11 Girls' Football Squad were outstanding in the Windlesham House Tournament on Thursday afternoon. Spirits were high and the sun was shining when the girls took the pitch for their first match. They were aggressive from the get go and managed to put a goal into the back of the net in the first minute and keep the lead for the rest of the match. Our next two matches, we played consistently and, though we had some great shots, we couldn't quite capitalize, resulting in two 0-0 draws. Not satisfied with coasting along, our girls rallied and the goals started flowing! In the next three matches, we outscored our opponents 5-0 and won all three. It was the final match where we really stamped our authority, completely dominating play and finishing on two stunning goals. Our attackers, Zadie, Ana and Cristina all found the back of the net at different points in the afternoon. Defensively, Amalia, Clara and Tara were like a wall, only allowing a few shots to slip past them, which Mary and Elsa, our goalies, easily shut down. Although this was only a friendly tournament, The girls were very impressive on the day, dominating scoring and not allowing any goals against. With brilliant team spirit, the girls definitely ended the day number 1 in our eyes! Well done girls!  AG

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Wednesday, 22nd November

Great Walstead U13 Girls' Football Tournament
1st VII              7th                  

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Saturday, 18th November
Football v Brambletye
1st XI             Lost 1-2           

2nd IX            Lost 0-3      
3rd IX             Won 4-0     
The mighty 3rds chalked up a second win in three games with a comprehensive victory over Brambletye.

In tricky conditions, Brambletye kicked off but were soon under pressure. Ashdown worked very hard off the ball and ensured that their opposition had very little time to settle. In attack, Kent, Jim and Diego were relentless and it was only a matter of time before Diego smashed the ball into the bottom left. This was quickly followed by a goal from Jim.

In the second half, Ocean and Rocco dominated in defence, Kent scored and Jim recorded his second to put the game to bed.  A wonderful way to finish the season.   CS

Colts A          Lost 0-3   
The last game of the season for the Colts A and the boys were very much not up for it. The cold and rain didn’t help playing conditions as it prevented us from working both sides of the pitch. The game was very much ‘men v boys’ as wee couldn’t retain the ball long enough in their final third and were kept from this end of the pitch for most of the match. The game ended 0-3  to Brambletye which was well deserved. We just didn’t show up today at all. 

It’s been a real pleasure teaching the all boys this season. Every one of them has improved in different ways which is fantastic to see. Also, thank you to all the parents for the support they have given the team this season.  JS
Colts B          Lost 0-6           
The Colts B fought hard in a difficult match against Brambletye. The opposition proved too hard for us on the day which is a shame as we have had some fantastic matches recently. Congratulations to the whole squad on working so hard this season, they have been a pleasure to coach.  RC

Colts C           Lost 0-7     
Under 9A       Won 7-3          
Today we played our final match of the season, away at Brambletye.  Having lost 2-3 to them a few weeks ago, we were expecting another keenly fought contest and so it proved.  It was end-to-end stuff with the lead changing hands several times.  We put together some of our best passing moves of the season today and it was probably our best performance.  The first half was very even and we took a 3-2 lead into half-time, courtesy of a superb hat-trick from Harvey.  Brambletye equalised early in the second half, before Kit put away a nice finish to give us the lead again.  Brambletye kept attacking, which meant there was space for us to exploit.  We did this well and Charlie and Harvey made a number of telling breaks.  Harvey scored twice more and Charlie added the final goal with a crisp left-foot shot.  Jonathan made several fine saves in goal to protect our lead and our hosts also hit the crossbar.  Harvey was man-of-the-match today with a wonderful performance in attack and defence.  Charlie and George both played very well and caused problems for the defence.  Torsten had a tremendous game at the back, making numerous interceptions and closing down Brambletye attacks time and time again.  Jonathan had a fine game in goal, while Kit, Teddy and William all played well and had some nice touches on the ball.  A fine result to finish the season!  Well played, boys!  MH

Under 9B       Drew 0-0 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wednesday, 15th November

Football v Christ's Hospital
1st XI               Won 6-2    
Another fine win, but we were made to work for it.  Although we took a 2-0 lead through Waya and Hannay, Christ's Hospital had plenty of chances to level before the break.  However, in the second half we were a little more composed and our midfield played with  more depth rather than a high flat line.  This worked and enabled us to retain possession a little more and put together some nice passing moves.  Once again, Rogers-Thomas scored from a set piece to make it 3 and then we went on from there.  However, credit to Chrtist's Hospital for continuing to press and scoring two late goals and capitalising on a little fatigue from the Ashdown side.  Nonetheless, a pleasing win and we look forward to the final game of the season against Brambletye on Saturday.  PM

2nd IX               Lost 1-3  
Ashdown started well and the play was very competitive for the first 15 minutes with chances for both sides. The pressure was building and the opposition got their first goal. However, strong attack from Dahiru, Juan and Lachlan who linked well to force in our first goal for Lachlan.

The second half began with high pressure from the opposition, which was too much for our defence, and they scored their second. Our midfield tried very hard with Tom putting in all the right challenges. Ethan was fantastic in goal and controlled the box. In the last minutes of the game a penalty was converted for the opposition. It was a tough game today, but it was a great effort. JD            

3rd IX                Lost 2-5
An electric start by Ashdown put us on the front foot, both on the score sheet and in terms of momentum. We had a number of good chances and kept Christ’s Hospital pinned deep in their own half. However this was short lived as CH got the journey out of their system. They started to win the midfield battle and before the close of the half, had cancelled out Luis’ goal and taken the lead.

In the second half our marking continued to be awful and CH scored a few more. Jim managed to score our second and the game finished 2-5. Some very encouraging moments but plenty to work on.  CS
 Football v Skippers Hill
Colts A             Won 7-2
The match today was a game of very little space. We decided to play 8 a-side with only 15 minutes per half, so we knew we had to attack early on.  We started the game more slowly than normal and we were pressed back towards our goal. We couldn’t grasp the challenge of going forward till a slight change in positions made an impact on the game. With the small change in place, we grabbed two superb goals from Huberto and Ed. Skipper’s Hill were still up for a fight and weren’t sitting back. Many a time we got lucky.
The team felt positive going into the second half. I don’t think we were ready for the Skippers’ boys to have an such instant reaction. Within five minutes we let two goals slip in. We switched off thinking we had won the game. With this in mind, I urged the team to attack and take more risks. We responded fantastically by scoring a further 5 goals! Our build up play was strong and fast with pin-point passing. Well done to all!  JS

Colts B             Lost 1-3               
The Colts B had a close match this afternoon against Skipper's Hill. The opposition had several chances early in the match but Monty was proving up to the task in goal. Miles then scored a fine breakaway goal to put us 1-0 up. We conceded to go into half time level, and then went slightly off the boil in the second half. We were unlucky to lose narrowly; well done to all the boys and we look forward to our final match of the season against Brambletye.  RC

Colts C             Lost 3-4        

Football v Ardingly
Under 9 A          Drew 2-2    
Today we played the Ardingly Under 9 B team in our final home match of the season.  This was one of our better performances and it was very pleasing to see the boys come back from 0-2 down to level at 2-2 before half-time.  Harvey scored both goals with powerful strikes and played very well throughout the match, proving a real handful for the Ardingly defenders.  Torsten played superbly, tackling well and giving some fine passes to other players.  Jonathan had his first match as goalkeeper and showed plenty of composure.  He made several fine saves in the second half and his goal kicks from hand were excellent, often sending the ball into the opposition half.  George, William, Teddy and Kit all tried extremely hard and harried the opposition with great persistence, repeatedly breaking up Ardingly attacks.  That said, Ardingly were a useful team with some good ball players and they threatened our goal numerous times in the second half.  We slightly rode our luck at the back, but in the end, a draw was a fair result.  Well played, everyone!  MH 

Football v Cumnor House
Under 9 B          Lost 1-4
The U9B team faced a strong Cumnor House side. We started the game well, defending superbly (as we’ve done all season). Once again, Paul, William D and William Q were at the heart of our defence making a number of goal saving tackles each. Demyan made a few cracking saves early on to prevent Cumnor from taking an early lead. Felix and and Thomas tried their best to release Archie and Aidan further up the pitch, but to no avail in the first half. We went into the second half a goal down at 0-1.

The second half saw Etienne make a couple of promising dribbles in the midfield, but again we found the Cumnor defence difficult to penetrate. Aidan and Archie found themselves in some superb attacking positions in the second half, but we just couldn’t get the ball to them quickly enough. However, late in the second half, we managed to release Felix in the opposition half. Felix made an awesome run all the way into the opposition’s penalty box, before smashing the ball into the bottom corner of the net. What a way to finish the match, with our first goal of the season! Well played everyone; let’s take this improvement into our final game on Saturday.   WT

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