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Under 14s Park

Manager: Graham Ayton / Emma Cole

Contact: graham.ayton22@gmail.com / thecoles1234@btinternet.com

Under 14s Park

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Training at Wellington Fridays 6pm-7pm.

Ashridge Park U13s play in the East Berkshire Football Alliance Division E We have a fantastic group of enthusiastic youngsters who clearly enjoy each others' company, and are supported by an equally enthusiastic and friendly parent group. Our primary aim is to enjoy ourselves both in training and in matches, and we also take pride in playing with sportsmanship and respect. We are always looking to develop all of our players' technical skills and tactical awareness, but we do so in a relaxed environment where love of the game always comes first.
 
Our manager is Graham Ayton and our administrator is Emma Cole. You can use this website to contact us, but do give us a few days to respond

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Sep 16, 2017

Ashridge Blown Away After Bright Start

Ashridge Park 1 Laurel Park Hurricanes 4

Ashridge Scorer: Reg Ryan (55')
Star Player: Jamie Cole

The new season began on a bright September morning at St Crispins with the visit of one of the three Laurel Park teams in our division this year. Somehow we had managed to avoid playing the Hurricanes over the past seasons despite having only been one division apart, so they were something of an unknown quantity for us - though one suspects they will be amongst the stronger teams in the division this year. Ashridge went into the game with some concerns over the centre of midfield - with Antonio having left since last season, and Will unavailable for this game, the news that Marcus was also struggling with a sore foot was something of  a blow. The rest of the squad were raring to go fortunately!

From the kick-off the blues were quickly into their stride. Some neat, short passing was in evidence in midfield, and both Jamie and Dan showed some nice touches on the ball to see us threaten down the right flank, and pen Laurel Park back in the early stages. Marcus was unable to run off his soreness, however, and we were forced into an early re-shuffle, with Dan dropping back beside Matty in the centre, Alex picking up the linking role behind the striker and Jack joining the strike-force with Bertie moving to the left. The pattern of the game remained the same as the visitors' clearances were picked off by Matty, Dan and Jamie, and Ashridge returned to the attack without being able to find the killer final ball. Bertie and Alex worked a lovely combination on the left, ending with the former's backheel getting the latter in behind the defence, only for the cross to be cut out and cleared for corner. The golden chance did arrive around the ten minute mark as Reg worked himself some space on the right of the penalty area and put over a teasing ball which Jack got on the end of, but fired over the bar. Shortly afterwards Dan was impeded as he was driving towards the visitors' box, but Jack's free-kick was very slightly miscued and went wide to the left of goal.

Unfortunately, this was about as good as it got for the home side, as the early impetus began to fade. Increasingly, players began to drift out of position as recovery runs became more difficult, and as the boys found themselves under more pressure on the ball and with fewer options, the early snappy, quick passing began to transition to hopeful long balls that were almost always overhit. Laurel Park began to enjoy the bulk of possession and took a particularly strong hold on the centre of midfield. Approaching the half-hour mark, the game turned on a couple of key incidents. First, Ashridge came close to opening the scoring, when Dan's corner was met with a great header by Reg, only to be denied by a superb save from the Hurricanes' keeper, tipping it round the right-hand post. Within moments the visitors led, a slick move ending with a neat through ball to release the striker, who finished smartly to Joe's left. 1-0 became 2-0 at half-time when Ashridge conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box, and a direct strike found the net.

Ashridge re-organised at the break, with Marcus now ok to resume, and joined by Jamie in the centre of midfield whilst Dan took a rest. This restored a bit of equilibrium in the game, though Ashridge began to look vulnerable to attacks down the flanks - the opposition's pacey striker proved adept at latching on to long balls in behind James Roberts and Tim, with James Riley doing well to cover across on numerous occasions, using his strength well to see off the attentions of his opponents. Laurel Park did grab a third when possession was conceded in the centre circle and a couple of well-judged passes left a simple finish into the left-hand corner. They also missed a couple of further breakaway opportunties and tested Joe out with some long-range efforts which he dealt with comfortably. Ashridge reduced the arrears mid-way through the half as a ball in behind the Laurel Park back line allowed Reg to eat up the yards to get past his marker and finish to the keeper's right. Ashridge pushed on again and some of the earlier neat passing returned with Jamie, Dillon, Marcus and Dan all linking up nicely, without being able to find an opening; whilst Dan showed some nice trickery on the right to beat his man and get a dangerous looking cross in. All of this only ended with Laurel Park extending their lead with a devastating solo break from the rangey forward, who out-paced Tim and then James before rounding Joe, then checking back to fire the ball into the top right-hand corner. Reg was to have one more break on goal, but this time fired wide to the left; and Jack also had a decent effort near the end, turning his man on the edge of the box before connecting well, but missing low to the right of goal.

A deserved win for our opponents today, as they were well on top for large periods of the game, and showed a good touch in front of goal. Brief glimpses of quality from Ashridge, but we will need to sustain this over the course of the game in order to get results; there needs to be more quality in the final pass to give our strikers the opportunities to convert as we know they can. Mentions today for James Riley who impressed the opposition coach with his defensive qualities as well as his ability to carry the ball out of defence, for Matty who stuck well to his task in a new position in centre midfield before being forced off with a knock at half-time, and for Dan who looked as likely as anyone to unlock a stubborn defence when playing behind the front two. Star player today was Jamie, who battled throughout, and was always involved in our better moments, showing lovely skills on the ball - we just need to work on that final pass!

 

Sep 23, 2017

Frustration for Park as Late Goals Steal a Point for Jaguars

Berks County Jaguars 3 Ashridge Park 3

Ashridge Scorers: Bertie Wilson (27'), Reg Ryan (30'), Marcus Coppen (50')
Star Player: Will Marten


This morning's match took us back to the astroturf at Bracknell Leisure Centre - the scene of the start of our long winless run back in December, when a shock 5-1 defeat against opponents who were struggling near the foot of the division was to cost us first place in Section E. Since then, Berks County Jaguars had found relative prosperity in Division 6, whilst Ashridge finished rock bottom of Division 4, so we found ourselves back on the same footing again this season. Both teams had lost their opening fixture last weekend and were keen to get points on the board. This time around, we were at least able to field a full-strength side, so we were eager to make amends for the last meeting.

Ashridge pushed forward from the kick off, and made early in-roads down the right flank, winning an early corner. In the act of taking the corner Dan managed to hurt himself, and for the second week running we were forced into an early re-shuffle, with Bertie taking the place of the unfortunate Dan, who could play no further part in the game. For the most part, play was relatively even in the opening quarter, with few outright chances created at either end. Will, playing alongside Marcus in centre midfield, stood out right from the outset, working tirelessly to break up the oppostion play, and using the ball sensibily to start us moving forwards again. Behind him, James Roberts had shaken off some of the rust evident in last week's game and was back to his full-throttle best in denying Berks County time and space on their left flank, winning some excellent tackles. In the centre, James Riley found himself up against another giant of a striker, as was the case against Laurel Park last week, but nonetheless asserted his authority on proceedings with strength, athleticism and no little skill, meaning that Joe only had the occasional speculative shot to deal with. As the half reached the mid-point, Ashridge were beginning to get on top territorially, with Marcus beginning to unfurl some of his trademark dribbles, and Jamie working his way forward on the left. Reg too was troubling the defence with some pacey runs into the penalty area; only the narrowness of the angle leaving him with too much to do to find the target on a couple of occasions.

As often seems to be the way, it was at this point that our opponents were to find a goal out of nowhere. A long ball from their own half for once eluded James Riley, and with the rest of the defence slow to see the danger, the Jaguars' forward broke into the area and slotted home to Joe's left. Ashridge were momentarily down-hearted, and there was some danger that further damage would be done, but various last ditch tackles, and more tireless work from James Riley and Will steadied the ship. A couple of substitutions were to help turn things around approaching the half-hour mark; with Alex replacing Jamie on the left, and Mason replacing a subdued-looking Jack up front. Alex made his mark almost immediately; his corner from the left was cleared back to him on the angle of the penalty box, and his sweeping ball across the area found Bertie ghosting in at the back post to prod home the equalizer. Ashridge surged forward again, and a long ball forward from half-way was flicked on by Mason on the edge of the box, to find Reg, whose first effort squirmed free from the keeper's block, and a grounded Reg managed to react quickest to force the rebound home. 2-1 at half-time.

One change at the break saw Jamie back on, this time on the right side in place of Bertie. Back on his favoured flank, he was quick to shine with some neat footwork and strong running that saw him break into advanced positions and feed some dangerous balls in to the box. On the other flank, Alex also began to trouble the rather petulant right back, and opportunities started to flow at regular intervals. Reg, broke free on the left of the area, but his shot went comfortably to the keeper. Reg then freed Alex in the same channel, but taking the shot on his weaker left foot, he was unable to get the power needed. Finally, Ashridge got their reward when an effort from Reg was blocked but the ball looped to Marcus centrally on the edge of the box, and his smartly-executed volley found the bottom left-hand corner. 3-1, and clear-water for Ashridge for the first time in many months!

A little of the pace went out of the vistors game in the aftermath of the goal, and we began to rely once more on the tenacity of Will and Marcus in the centre, and the resilience of our back four to keep us in control. Up until the last ten minutes, there seemed little to worry about; indeed Ashridge remained the more likely to add to the tally; one very neat move involving Reg, Dillon and then Alex ended with the latter teeing up Jamie for an effort that missed the right post; whilst Reg went on a solo break, out-pacing the home defence before firing just wide from the edge of the box. As the clock ticked down, however warning signs began to emerge, with some tired looking clearances into touch when danger was not all that pressing. With the pressure building, the Jaguars nearly embarrassed the home side when the left-side flank player was allowed to slip past two challenges into the area, before prodding the ball across goal with no one following in. With a little over five minutes to go the arrears were reduced when a cross-come-shot from the right edge of the box floated just out of Joe's despairing clutches and over the line. With such a long run without a win, the fear in the Ashridge ranks was palpable, and the Jaguars smelled blood, pouring forward in search of an equaliser. A couple of near misses after melays in the box went by, and it looked as though Ashridge would hold on, when disaster struck. A miscued long-range effort skewed away to the right of goal and the Ashridge defence switched off, assuming it would run out for a goal-kick; instead the ball died as it bounced; the Jaguars' right midfielder got to it, squared across the six yard box, and the ball was prodded home for an equaliser. Still a couple of minutes to go, and only the home team now looking likely to force a win, but Ashridge held on thanks to some more tenacious tackling from the two terriers in our team - Will and Jamie.

Massively frustrating that we did not see out this game for the win that the boys both needed and deserved; no doubt at all that it's primarily a mental issue; they have gone so long without a win that they struggle to recover from any setback. On the positive side, this was a much more energetic performance than last week, and we created chances (and goals) from many different areas of the pitch, not just relying on the through-ball to Reg. Many good performances today: Marcus was influential throughout, showing good skill on the ball and supplying many probing passes, as well as providing a quality finish for our third goal; Reg showed great industry in addition to his usual qualities up-front, demonstrating how to defend from the front; Jamie and Alex both provided real threat and some good link-up play on the flanks; whilst Bertie's instinct for goal was once again in evidence. Close to man-of-the-match this week (as we have come to expect) was James Riley; masterful in defence in the first half especially, he has also started to use the ball more intelligently, with some insightful passes on the end of his runs out of defence. This week he was just pipped to the honour by Will, whose battling qualities in the centre of midfield provided the impetus for this improved team display; tireless and utterly determined, he won tackle after tackle against players much bigger than he is; he linked up simply and effectively with his fellow midfielders and provided a flow to our play that was much missed last week. Well done to all - I'm sure the win is just around the corner now!

 

Sep 30, 2017

First-Half Salvo Sinks Sandhurst

Ashridge Park 4 Sandhurst Town B&G FC Rangers 2

Ashridge Scorer: Reg Ryan (6',19',24',31')
Star Player: Reg Ryan


This morning saw the visit of recently-promoted Sandhurst Town Rangers to St Crispins. Both teams had started the season with a defeat followed by a draw, so both were looking to continue the upward trend and put that first vital win on the board. Following some overnight rain, the grass was holding a fair bit of water meaning that the ball would run heavily initially, but occasionally skid on; but the underlying surface was good and conditions became ideal as the morning wore on. Ashridge were without Marcus today, so the key central midfield area was a potential area of concern once more.

The game started at a good tempo with Dan and Will getting the upper hand for Ashridge in the early central exchanges, and Jamie and Alex making some early territorial gains on the flanks. Behind them, Tim quickly intervened when Sandhurst looked to move the ball on their right, getting in some solid clearances upfield; whilst James Riley imposed himself quickly on any threats through the centre. The early promise turned into a lead on six minutes after Alex and Bertie made progress on the left, and the ball was played forward to Jack centrally in the box; the defender forced him wider to the left, but Jack used his strength well to retrieve possession, before turning inside and squaring across the six-yard box where Reg was on hand to divert the ball past the keeper. Ashridge continued to hold the upper hand for the most part as the defence re-buffed all advances; James Roberts now coming to the fore on the right side winning the aerial ball for the first of many times in the match and linking up well with Jamie, who began to exhibit more of his skilful dribbles and put the Sandhurst defence under pressure. Ashridge won a couple of corners in this spell, with both Alex and Jamie putting excellent deliveries into the box, but the defence was keener in the challenge than the attack, and the danger was cleared.

Ashridge extended the lead just past the mid-point of the half. Jamie picked up possession on half-way and slotted a pass through the right channel, allowing Reg to break on to the ball, accelerate past the defender into the box, before firing a confident shot across the keeper into the left corner for 2-0. Almost immediately, Sandhurst were to strike back as the Ashridge defence were caught a little off-guard for once, and the ball skidded off the surface leaving Tim's touch a little heavy, and allowing the Sandhurst right-flanker to open up the angle before placing a shot across Joe into the left corner. Ashridge responded well, and within four minutes re-established the cushion with a classic Reg Ryan goal; James Riley playing the long ball in behind the defence; and Reg using his pace to break clear and place past the keeper to complete his hat-trick. His, and Ashridge's fourth was not long in coming, this time the ball breaking back after a Sandhurst clearance and finding Reg on the left centre of the box, this time the finish just poked under the keeper into the centre of the goal. 4-1 at half-time.

Ashridge made a couple of changes at half-time bringing Matty and Mason into the game for the first time, and resting the hard-working Dan and Jack. Sandhurst had also received a bit of a stern team-talk at the break and come out with more positive intent. As a result, Ashridge struggled to re-assert themselves on the proceedings, and the game became scrappier, with the home defence still managing well, but unable to find the outlet to take us back into opposition territory for long. Joe began to be called upon to gather long-range efforts, and also had to race from his area to clear into touch when a long-ball to the striker had the defence struggling for pace. At the other end, there were some neat moves with Dillon at their heart; breaking past challenges before finding neat passes to Jamie and Reg, but the end product wasn't quite there, and Sandhurst were able to clear the danger into touch. Mid-way through the half, Sandhurst began to carve out clearer opportunities as Ashridge's defence began to tire; first a break right centre was followed by a decent shot which brought a full-length diving save from Joe, and then the arrears were reduced when a speculative long-range effort caught Joe just a bit too far off his line, and the ball dropped into the left corner of the net for 4-2.

Sandhurst continued to push forward in search of further goals, but Ashridge's defence were in stubborn mood this week, with James Roberts getting his head to everything, and Tim and James Riley continuing to win their respective battles, with good cover in front of them. Ashridge reinforced the midfield with Dan, Alex and Jamie all returning to the action to help restore the balance of possession for the last ten minutes; and there were few genuine alarms - Sandhurst's best opportunity coming when a very rare handling error from Joe saw a long range effort bounce back to the Sanhurst striker, whose effort fortunately missed just to the left of goal. Other than this, the best opportunities came to Ashridge, with Bertie htting a rising effort over the bar from the left edge of the penatly area; Jamie skewing a shot wide to the right when played into space on the right of the box; Will glancing a header just wide of the left upright from Jamie's cross; and finally Reg striking the inside of the post with a lofted ball from the left after his corner had been cleared back to him. No further addition to the score, however; and the long-awaited win secured.

No doubt a relief to get over the line after the late loss of two points in last week's match at Berks County. To be fair to Sandhurst, we were less in control of the second half of this game than we had been in the previous week's match, but we had done enough in the first half to deserve the result, and the boys had taken on-board some of the advice on how to manage the game out. Quite a few call-outs this week: to Jack for bringing some of the work on hold-up play from training this week into the game; to Dan who filled in well in central midfield in the absence of Marcus, to both Jamie and Alex who put in a lot of work in the stretching wing-back role to protect the defence as well as support the attack, to James Roberts who probably headed the ball more times in this game than the rest of the side did last season(!), and (seemingly inevitably) to James Riley for dominating proceedings at the back for us. There can really only be one man-of-the-match decision in this game, however: Reg's four goals settled the match, they were taken efficiently and confidently and backed up his usual effective all-round display up-front.