Football

Wednesday, 05 October 2016

Wednesday, 5th October

Football v St Christopher's
1st XI              Lost 0-5           
Despite the score line, this was a much better performance overall.  St Christopher's were clinical in their passing and punished our lapses in concentration.  We were not without chances of our own - two corners towards the end narrowly missed being converted into goals.  However, we still need to work on our confidence when taking the ball forward and retaining possession a little more.  PM
      
2nd VI             Lost 1-2    

With the sun shining, we welcomed St Christopher's to Ashdown and a fantastic game of football ensued.

St C's started at a fast pace and with their greater athleticism were able to hit us on the break. On one such occasion, they opened their scoring when Tomo handled the ball in the box. The St C's striker calmly tucked the ball into the bottom left.

However the boys were not downhearted. We had been creating chances and just needed to be a little more calm and clinical in front of goal.

In the second half, Ashdown had the majority of possession and chances; it was still anybody's game as proven by Alexander H getting on the end of a Tomo long ball to tuck it past the keeper. 1-1.

Sadly, in the dying seconds we switched off and the final kick of the game was a glancing strike from a corner that evaded Butch and left us on the losing side.

Alex W and Tomo were superb in defence. Ethan produced some nice skills in the midfield and Alexander was tireless in both attack and defence. Another potential man of the match performance from Myles. Butch made some cracking reaction saves and Sacha is rapidly growing in confidence and becoming an important part of the team. Well done all. CS

             
Colts A            Lost 0-8    
             
Colts B            Lost 0-4       
The Colts B fought hard against a strong St Christopher's side. A slightly slow start resulted in conceding a few early goals, however we picked up the tempo in the second half and Alex D and Elias created some good chances. We deserved a goal late on in the game but couldn't quite finish our chances. We look forward to our next match against Holmewood House on Saturday.     RC
     
Under 9A          Lost 3-5    
Another day with football played in beautiful conditions.  Our visitors, St Christopher's from Hove, were a quality side.  They have had a good season with plenty of wins, but today we played extremely well and pushed them all the way.  After a very even seven or eight minutes, St Christopher's took the lead with a superb strike from halfway.  They added a second just before half-time.  In the second half we marked tighter and created more pressure.  As a result, a number of loose balls came our way and we were able to switch from defence to attack quickly.  Harvey and Ben both worked tirelessly and created plenty of problems.  Harvey scored a fine goal to make it 1-2, but St Christopher's responded with two quick goals to make it 1-4.  With three minutes left, Harvey scored from a sweetly struck free kick.  We went straight back on attack and a weaving run by Ben saw him slide the ball under the 'keeper.  As the ball rolled tantalisingly along the goal-line Wilf followed up to tap it home.  3-4 down with two minutes to go, we set off in pursuit of an equalising goal.  However, our opponents had other ideas and swept downfield to score.  Although the final score was 5-3 to our visitors, the boys can be immensely proud of their effort.  Monty made a couple of excellent saves in goal, while Daniel and Harry worked hard in defence against skilful and elusive opponents. Ben, Harvey and Wilf covered acres of ground through the midfield and up front and their hard work continues to create chances.  Well played by the whole team!  MH


Under 9B          Drew 1-1

 

Another day with football played in beautiful conditions.  Our visitors, St Christopher's from Hove, were a quality side.  They have had a good season with plenty of wins, but today we played extremely well and pushed them all the way.  After a very even seven or eight minutes, St Christopher's took the lead with a superb strike from halfway.  They added a second just before half-time.  In the second half we marked tighter and created more pressure.  As a result, a number of loose balls came our way and we were able to switch from defence to attack quickly.  Harvey and Ben both worked tirelessly and created plenty of problems.  Harvey scored a fine goal to make it 2-1, but St Christopher's responded with two quick goals to make it 4-1.  With three minutes left, Harvey scored from a sweetly-struck free kick.  We went straight back on attack and a weaving run by Ben saw him slide the ball under the 'keeper.  As the ball rolled tantalisingly along the goal-line Wilf followed up to tap it home.  4-3 down with two minutes to go, we set off in pursuit of an equalising goal.  However, our opponents had other ideas and swept downfield to score.  Although the final score was 5-3 to our visitors, the boys can be immensely proud of their effort.  Monty made a couple of excellent saves in goal, while Daniel and Harry worked hard in defence against skilful and elusive opponents. Ben, Harvey and Wilf covered acres of ground through the midfield and up front and their hard work continues to create chances.  Well played by the whole team!  MH

 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wednesday, 28th September
Football v Sunningdale

1st XI    Lost 0-6
 This was a rather disappointing performance.  We conceded two early goals which knocked the wind out of our sails and we found ourselves chasing the game.  Sunningdale were much more composed on the ball and were more competitive.  We sat too deep and allowed Sunningdale to press and all too often we put too many balls in the air.  However, we were better in the second half and did create some chances.  Our passing needs to be more clinical and we need to attack and defend as a team.  PM
 
2nd VI           Lost 1-9    
There's no hiding from a score line like today's; an extremely tough afternoon at the office but one I hope we will learn a great deal from.
 
Sunningdale were superb today and not that they needed it but they were also aided by us not really getting off the bus.
 
The game was played in the right spirit by both sides and with no loss of heart on our part. Back to the drawing board tomorrow. Maybe an inspiring talk from the England manager...or not!    CS    
        
Colts A          Lost 0-3   
The result this afternoon does not necessarily reflect the flow of the match. Despite conceding three times (twice in the first half and once in the second) we showed more of our true selves in the 40 minutes we played this afternoon. William nearly put us up front when his volley hit the crossbar a few minutes into the match. Sunningdale produced some good football and deservedly opened the scoring;  our marking was just not tight enough and we did not chase their players down quickly enough and we seemed nervous when we had possession of the ball. Tom and Freddie came very close to level the game following a good counter attack, but both their shots were stopped by the goalie and a defender on the line. Sunningdale added their second just before half time which was an unfortunate blow to the boys.
 
The Colts did much better in the second half.  Sunningdale scored their third after 60 seconds but the reaction was excellent. We put pressure on them and made passing and running into space more difficult.  As a result Sunningdale did not dominate the match as much and when Ashdown had possession up front we were able to create some good chances for Tom, Will or Freddie. Nikita did well to keep the score to 0-3 down when we tired at the end of the game.
 
In the end, our boys realised their potential and that they have the ability to play together, but they need to give 100% in every game and chase every ball together. We need to carry on from where we finished this match and concentrate on defending with more determination as well as on our fitness to produce a consistent performance for 40 minutes.   SR
        
Colts B          Lost 1-8   
        
Under 9A       Won 3-2
At last a victory!  We played at home today against Sunningdale in beautiful conditions and the boys produced football to match.  The opening exchanges were lively as both teams attacked up and down the pitch.  It looked like there wasn't going to be too much between the two teams.  Half way through the first half Ashdown took the lead with a lovely strike by Harvey from about 15 metres out.  Sunningdale came back strongly and scored an excellent equaliser just before half-time.  1-1 at the break and the game was in the balance. 
 
Some fine play through the midfield by Ben, Harvey and Wilf kept our visitors under pressure at the back.  We took the lead again when Ben launched one of his trademark long throws - a real asset for the team - into the box and Harvey struck it superbly on the volley into the back of the net.  Shortly after, a great pass from Ben slid the ball into Harvey's path and he hit another beautiful drive into the net.  3-1 up.  Sunningdale continued to move the ball all over the pitch and they pounced on a loose ball to score.  We had to defend a lot in the last seven or eight minutes, but with Daniel solid at right back and Harry having a sensational game at left back, we managed to block most attacks.  Ben, Harvey and Wilf all put in a lot of tackles and Monty had a very good game in goal, showing improved command of his penalty area.  Fifteen minutes each way doesn't sound a lot, but the warm conditions were energy-sapping.  We didn't have any subs, so we were not able to bring on other boys.  Nevertheless, the players showed great heart and ran themselves into the ground at the end to defend the 3-2 lead.  Well done, boys!  A terrific performance!  MH
 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Monday, 26th September

Ashdown House U8 Football Tournaments

U8 A Tournament                                          U8 B Tournament
Winners:          Ashdown House                      Winners:          Eaton House The Manor
Runners-up:     Merlin                                      Runners-up:    Merlin

Today we hosted several Pre-Prep schools from London for our annual U8 football tournament.  Having had the original tournament with 16 teams cancelled ten days ago due to bad weather, we were delighted that three of the London schools were able to come down to play.

We had four teams in the A tournament and four teams in the B tournament.  Matches were played over five minutes each way.  We kicked off at 11:00am with the group games.  In the A tournament Eaton House The Manor looked very impressive and won all three games, although they had to work hard to beat Blackheath 1-0.  Blackheath had a thrilling 3-2 win over Ashdown to come second in the group, Ashdown were third and Merlin fourth.  In the B tournament Eaton House The Manor won all three games, scoring 13 goals and not conceding.  Merlin B came second, Merlin C were third and Ashdown came fourth.

Everybody then went up to the Dining Hall for a delicious lunch, before the football resumed at 1:30pm.  Every team had a semi-final on a 1st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd basis.  In the A tournament we had two upsets as the top two teams from the group were both knocked out.  Merlin played superbly to hold Eaton House The Manor to 0-0 before scoring a penalty in golden goal extra-time.  Ashdown came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Blackheath.  The game went to extra-time and Ashdown scored the winner.  In the B tournament, Eaton House beat Ashdown B 3-0 and Merlin B beat Merlin C 2-1.
And so to the finals.  In the B tournament Eaton House were too strong for Merlin B, winning 5-0.  In the A tournament both teams competed brilliantly and gave everything they had, with Ashdown beating Merlin 2-0.

A wonderful day concluded with cup and medal presentations, a super afternoon tea and then our guests set off for London.  Thanks to all those who helped make the day possible: the catering department, ground staff and our referees.  MH

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wednesday, 21st October
Football v Windlesham House
 
1st XI Lost 2-3
This was a very close game with both teams creating chances. Duarte and de Havas provided two good finishes to give us the lead, but lapses in concentration allowed Windlesham to edge ahead. Perhaps we didn't play at the highest temp and could have been more clinical with our passing. Also, fitness levels need improving so that we can compete in the final 10 minutes. Despite the score, this was an encouraging performance from the team and in particular, Bourne, Fournon and Duarte.
 
2nd VI Lost 1-2
Despite finishing on the wrong end of the 1-2 score line, this was a most enjoyable match between two evenly matched and thoroughly pleasant teams. Windlesham were very much in charge for 70 per cent of the game, creating plenty of chances of which they took two. We, on the other hand, were rather hemmed in and found it very hard to get the ball clear from goal kicks. Will was peppered but performed very well. With ten minutes to go, Ethan found himself on the end of a Myles pass and he deftly tucked it into the bottom right corner. We were back in the game! More chances presented themselves but we were unable to grasp them. The final score was a fair reflection and I congratulate both sides on a hard fought and good natured contest.
 
Colts A Lost 0-9

The Colts A made the journey to Windlesham on Wednesday hoping to show a good display. Unfortunately, we conceded quickly in the first half and the opposition strikers kept coming at us and there was not much we could do despite our best effort. It was 0-7 at half time and the heads and shoulders were down. Windlesham were superior and the boys did what they could to hold on in the second half. With only two goals conceded in the second half and more possession of the ball we were close to score with Vlad, Igui or Tom missing the target or finding the goalkeeper's gloves.

We have not had the best start of the season in terms of results, we started well against Dorset House and Cottesmore but this match proved to be too difficult. It is never nice to concede that many goals and we will need to react together, as a team, in order to improve; in our approach of matches as well as in what we can do on the pitch.


Colts B Won 1-0
The Colts B really enjoyed a close match against Windlesham. The teams were very evenly matched and a hard fought first period resulted in a score of 0-0 going into half time. We created better chances in the second half and eventually Elias got us a goal. We kept working hard right to the end and ended up with a 1-0 win. Well done to all the boys, especially Elias for his goal, Kent for his superb defending and Toby for his hard work in midfield.
 
Under 9A  Lost 1-9
A glorious afternoon for football where the U9A played in beautiful conditions at Windlesham House; We found ourselves up against a very good team, with all of their players passing the ball crisply and accurately.  We were caught out by long passes several times in the first half and we were down 0-6 at half-time. In the second half we rallied and the game was much more end to end.  Ben scored after a good move, with his goal-bound shot going in off a defender.  Harvey and Wilf worked tirelessly making tackles and attacking into their half; Ben played exceptionally well and covered huge amounts of ground. Monty did very well in goal and several fantastic saves stopped the score from increasing by several more.  Daniel and Harry had a tough day in defence, but never gave up.  The boys showed great determination and we only lost the second half 1-3.  MH

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Saturday, 10th September

Football v Dorset House

1st XI       Lost 0-4
This was a rather sluggish performance with which to begin the season.  We were not clinical enough in midfield and put ourselves under unnecessary pressure.  We were far more assertive going forward in the second half and created some good chances.  However, this left us open at the back, so we need to work on our defensive roles.  Well done to Andrew Innes who made some fantastic saves on his goalkeeping debut.  PM

Colts A    Lost 0-3
The football season kicked off very early this Autumn Term with only three days of practice for the boys. We welcomed Dorset House on this rather wet Saturday afternoon, hoping to start our campaign with a good performance. First matches are aways a bit of an unknown, with players who had never played together and needed to familiarise themselves with the rhythm of competitive games. As a result of this lack of comptetition it took us a few minutes to get into the match today. It was the time Dorset House needed to score two quick goals including a fantastic cross and header for the break. William,Igui and Edward formed our defence line this afternoon and managed to get the best of the oppositon winning more challenges and managing to bring the ball forward. Edward had two good shots but did not fnd the target. After a change of pitch for safety reasons we carried on pushing and finished the first half strongly.

As the second half started, both teams were close of scoring but it was Dorset House who managed to get one past Vlad to add their third of the match. No other goals were scored despite good opportunities from both teams. Freddie and George should have been rewarded for their efforts. Tom provided nice passes and work well to be a threat offensively and cover his teammates defensively.

This first match showed some of our weaknesses: we are a young team needing more game practice and a better understanding of when to play football and when to get the ball out of danger. We also showed good promise with a good ability to play as a team and a desire to bring the ball forward.  SR

Colts B
The Colts B played some promising football in the opening game of the season. The team had good shape despite limited preparation time, and the defense was particularly impressive. Rocco, Toby and Kent all tackled very well and were organised, meaning opposition Dorset House rarely got a chance on goal. We did, unfortunately, concede in the first half and also gave away an unlucky penalty. We are looking forward to building on this success in our next match against Cottesmore.  RC

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