v St. Ives Rangers White Sox  - 20 January 2018
Venue:
Elsenham Recreation Ground (U12 pitch)
Score:
 0-0 St. Ives Rangers White Sox
Sawston Town Rangers v   - 6 January 2018
Venue:
Sawston
Score:
Sawston Town Rangers 0-0 
Scorers:
Eoghan Dunphy 1, William Millar 2
 v Haverhill Rovers Whites  - 2 December 2017
Venue:
Airport Pitch 1
Score:
 0-0 Haverhill Rovers Whites
Scorers:
William Millar 1, Charlie Barker 1
Haddenham Rovers Colts v   - 25 November 2017
Venue:
Haddenham Community Sports Association
Score:
Haddenham Rovers Colts 0-0 
Scorers:
Eoghan Dunphy 1, George Higley 1, William Millar 3, Charlie Barker 1, Theo Kandjii 1
Waterbeach Colts v   - 18 November 2017
Venue:
Waterbeach Recreation Ground
Score:
Waterbeach Colts 0-0 
Scorers:
Charlie Barker 1, Harry Baldock 1, William Millar 1, Theo Kandjii 1, 1 OG
 v Chesterton Eagles Whites  - 11 November 2017
Venue:
Airport pitch
Score:
 0-0 Chesterton Eagles Whites
Scorers:
Callum Hynes 1, Charlie Barker 2
A very soggy morning awaited us for our home fixture against Chesterton Eagles for the second week In a row; the Whites were the visitors this time. George & Charlie L were unavailable, and Freddie joined us for his first league match! Pre-match we talked about continuing the previous weeks great work of passing and moving.

The first half was a close affair in difficult conditions. The boys were under pressure early and Zac was doing his defence duties from left wing. Ben was called into action early on making several strong saves with his feet. Jack was having a great game at left back winning possession and looking to make some quick low passes to the forwards. Thomas & James we’re busy as Chesterton looked to counter attack, and had to be strong in their tackles. Will came close and the following rebound fell to Calum who just struck the post on two occasions! Zac fired a long shot which was tipped wide by the keeper. The subsequent corner was sent high into the 6 yard box by Callum and Charlie was there, in space to head home low into the corner of the net! Chesterton scored from an unstoppable strike which went in off the bar soon after. More chances followed for the boys with Jason just missing the target and Theo striking just over!

The second half started very well. The boys were controlling possession with some great through balls. Both Harry & Zac were finding Theo, Callum & Eoghan up front. Callum latched onto one such pass and struck low hitting the inside of the post for a great goal. The boys continued to attack, Theo was denied by two great saves; one from a free-kick struck well, the other a one on one through ongoal attack. Freddie crossed well and battled hard In midfield. Ben was busy once more and made some strong saves in 1:1 situations. Not just saving, but making sure the ball was cleared from the danger area. We did conceed another goal as Chesterton attacked with pace. Eoghan attacked on the right chipping a great ball over the defence. Charlie sprung the off-side trap and raced in on goal. As he approached the box he saw tiff keeper rushing out and he chipped the ball over him into the corner of the net, great goal!

Overall this was a strong performance against a very good team. The boys reacted well to the pressure, which they haven’t seen for a few weeks. They passed well and worked hard for each other, especially in midfield, which is important. They created lots of chances, and created some excellent moves, with some mature through balls using different parts of their foot to strike the ball. Another great performance recognised by our opponents coaches as well as ourselves. Well done boys!
Chesterton Eagles Blue v   - 4 November 2017
Venue:
Chesterton Recreation Ground
Score:
Chesterton Eagles Blue 0-0 
Scorers:
Charlie Laking 1, George Higley 1, Charlie Barker 1, William Millar 3
 v Hatfield Peveral  - 21 October 2017
Venue:
Airport Pitch
Score:
 0-0 Hatfield Peveral
Scorers:
Zac Saunders 1, Charlie Barker 2, Callum Hynes 2, Theo Kandjii 1, Freddie Smith 1
Bottisham v   - 14 October 2017
Venue:
Bottisham
Score:
Bottisham 0-0 
Scorers:
Charlie Barker 2, William Millar 2
 v Cambridge Celts Green  - 7 October 2017
Venue:
Airport pitch
Score:
 0-0 Cambridge Celts Green
Scorers:
Charlie Barker 2, Callum Hynes 1, Harry Baldock 1, Theo Kandjii 1, Zac Saunders 1
Bottisham United v   - 30 September 2017
Venue:
Bottisham
Score:
Bottisham United 0-0 
Scorers:
Theo Kandjii 1, Zac Saunders 1, Harry Baldock 1
Our first away fixture of the season took us to Bottisham, where I am reliably informed we haven't visited since U7! Conditions were again ideal and the surface look good for passing football. Our prematch talk was about exactly that, and movement into space. George & Ben were unavailable for selection, otherwise a full squad were keen to get going!

In the absence of Ben, Eoghan deputised in goal for the first half. The match started well, Zac at centre back was getting a lot of the ball as Our opponents were playing directly football. Jason at right back was also busy as Bottisham attacked on the right flank. He made several good tackles and used the touch line to force a throw on. He also linked well with Callum at right wing with some excellent through balls. Callum produced some good crosses for Charlie Barker as striker. Harry was making some great runs from centre mid and again linked well with Callum on the overlap and with Will on the left. Chances began to come as most of the game was being played in their half. A long over the top clearance gave Bottisham a chance to counter which the scored from with their first shot on target. Undeterred the boys restarted with the same enthusiasm which is always great to see, Theo came close with a thunderous strike the hit the underside of the bar. Callum headed from close range which the keeper some how kept out! We conceded a soft goal for a corner and soon the half time whistle was blown.

For the off the second Half started well. The boys were asked to keep the passes short and run into space. Theo was immediately through on goal and he attempted to chip the ball over the rushing keeper,M but he managed to get a hand on it. He was put through from a great ball, from Eoghan who had been replaced in goal by Will. More attacks followed as the boys controlled the game. Harry was linking well on the right wing with Zac creating more chances. Charlie Laking was doing the same on the left from centre-mid with Eoghan. One attack down the right saw Harry cut back from the right touch line, Zac struck a powerful shot which deflected off a defender and Eoghan struck just wide. The boys were now playing patient football mainly in our opponents half. However, when Bottisham did attack they did so quickly. It was great to see Thomas positioning himself as centre-back to cover the attack making the right decision to clear the ball or pass to Will in goal. Callum & Jason were playing the role of wing-backs superbly, knowing when to overlap and support an attack, or stay disciplined and hold their position for a counter attack. Will used his sweeper keeper skills to restart another attack given his saves were not needed. Harry drove down the right once more and crossed to Zac in the box, he fired a low powerful shot which hit the back of the net and the boys were back I the game. Another nice move between Charlie Barker and James started a move which was finished with a tap over the keeper by Theo. This was created by an amazing chip pass by Zac. The boys were now fully in control and another attack which started on the left with by Jason who passed to Eoghan, he then found Zac in a crowded penalty area. Harry overlapped Zac into space and Zac found him with a disguised pass between the defenders. Harry stayed on side firing a low powerful shot under the keeper for his first league goal, great team goal!

Overall this was a performance of determination and persistence. The boys kept going and on reflection had most of the possession & territory. The passing throughout the game was good with the boys looking to make accurate short passes. This allowed them to control the possession and their creativity is developing all of the time. Things to work on are shape when players make decisions to move into space and being aware of keeping our line at the back. A great game and good preparation for the same fixture in the cup in two weeks!
 v Soham Town Rangers  - 23 September 2017
Venue:
Airport Pitch 1
Score:
 0-0 Soham Town Rangers
Scorers:
Callum Hynes 2, Theo Kandjii 2, William Millar 2, Eoghan Dunphy 1
 v Hasslingfield Colts  - 9 September 2017
Venue:
Airport pitch
Score:
 0-0 Hasslingfield Colts
Scorers:
Theo Kandjii 1, Jason Hockley 1, Will Millar 2

The new season is now with us and it was fantastic to have the boys back together. We were missing quite a few of the boys for various reasons, so the available boys were going to have to work hard! The new format of 30 minutes each way and the introduction of off side, as well as a bigger pitch are the challenges this season. Conditions were ideal and the pitch looked in great condition thanks to the help of our parents over the summer. Prior to the game our team talk was around relaxing on the ball and keeping our shape.

We kicked off on time and from the off the boys were looking to keep possession. Callum started strongly at right wing making several trademark powerful runs. He linked well with Zac in centre-mid with some excellent overlaps. At the back Thomas was making his debut at centre-back and looked as if he had played for the Blacks for many years! His positioning was excellent and he made several tackles, closing down our opponents quickly. Harry was making his league debut in centre-mid using his pace to pressure the opponent and attack the penalty area with some great dribbling. Zac came close with a long shot which whistled past the post and Harry struck a low shot into the keepers arms. Our opponent struggled to get out of their half as our new formation kept them under pressure with all of the boys working hard. Jason at right back and Jack at left back were making some great passes to their midfield team mates. One pass from Jack found Theo running into space on the left, who crossed for Callum who struck just past the post. Will deputised in goal for Ben and was called into action racing off his line to smother the ball from the on running striker. As the half progressed Theo struck from distance which deflected of the defender and the ball lobbed up in the air dropping just under the bar to open the boys account for the season!

The 2nd half Harry volunteered to take over in goal (well done Harry!) and Will went out on pitch up front. Straight away Charlie, Theo and Will were linking well as a front three and chances began to come. Theo threaded a ball through to Will who attempted to lift the ball over the rushing keeper, who made a great save. Soon after Charlie B raced down the right wing firing in a low cross which Will controlled and under pressure passed to Jason who struck a perfectly executed volley low into the far corner, which was too strong for the keeper and the ball nestled into the corner, great strike! From the kick-off Jason won the ball and found Theo who chipped a ball over the top for Will who calmly rolled the ball under the keeper for another goal. The boys were now in control, but on occasions we were caught on the counter, but Zac, Jack and Callum recovered to cease the attack. When the defence was breached, Harry was on his toes to make several saves! Towards the end Callum remained strong with several headed clearances, with Thomas and Jason holding the fort in centre-mid making some excellent passes to find the front three.

Overall this was an excellent performance with some lovely football. The boys have returned working hard as usual which I was pleased to see, as well as some very mature passing football. Our passing, whether short,mor long, was very positive and confidence amongst the boys was growing all of the time. The boys became accustomed to the pitch size quickly and dealt with the longer duration well. We need to learn how to manage place kicks as the retreat rule is no more. You cannot ask more than a clean sheet first game against a strong opponent, well done boys!
Cherry Hinton Festival  - 2 September 2017
Venue:
Cherry Hinton
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