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Under 19s Park

Manager: Neil Martin

Contact: neil_martin_efc@hotmail.com

Under 19s Park

Contact 07952 078508

Training is at Wellington on Fridays 6pm-7pm.

Fixtures and League Table are here

 

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Jul 01, 2016

Desperation to Delight!!!

Under 17 Park played only their second match in 7 weeks, away against Abbey Rangers. Due to various circumstances we started the match with just 9 players. To the players fantastic spirit the 21 minutes that passed until the 10th player arrived the match was still goalless. We played the rest of the match with 10 men.
We more than matched our opponents in the first half creating on equal number of chances. One move worthy of mention saw 6 one touch passes create an opportunity which just went wide. Unfortunately, on the stroke of half time we conceded to go a goal down.
Undaunted, heads remained high, and we equalised 10 minutes into the second half when a foul led to a penalty which was converted. The home side went ahead again within 5 minutes. Still the team battled on and to be fair the last 20 minutes were all Ashridge but the ball would not break our way in the opponents area. With a minute to go another corner floated into the box which was punched away by a defender, a second penalty. Again calmly converted and we had a draw.
One of the best performances ever and not just for giving 110% but for playing the better football for 90 minutes despite our numerical disadvantage,
I deliberately did not mention any individual in the report for obvious reasons.
So well done to SAM, HARNAAM, DAVID, FINLEY, GLYN, MATT, JACOB, AASHAY, JORDAN & WILL……………………. and also to Neil who suffered most from the emotions headlined.
Footnote: Why were we so short on players?  Some have taken jobs on Saturday maybe due to the fact we played so few games recently. They need to be playing 2 out of every 3 weeks at least, when there are such big gaps between matches they find other things to do, as they have!
 

Jan 23, 2016

U17 Park 2 v Fleet Spurs 1

For the second week running just 11 players available for the match, and for the second week running the 11 won stretching the unbeaten run to 5 games.

Ashridge started the brighter with Tommy getting off a couple of his left foot specials both saved by the keeper. It was Olly who gave us the lead with a “belter of a shot” ( quote by a parent) from outside the area to which the keeper did not move as it flew over his head.

The highlight of the next 10 minutes was the match ball, then its replacement flying into a garden. It was left to a man with a dubious background to find a way into the locked garden and retrieve the two balls.

Fleet equalised after 30 minutes with a good shot from the edge of the area.

The last goal of the match came shortly before half time when we were awarded a penalty for hand ball and Fin scored his 4th penalty of the season. Lets just say we were fortunate if it had been given against drums would have been pounded.

The second half was fairly even and for the last 20 minutes we struggled as 2 players had to stay on the pitch despite being reduced to walking due to injuries.

Another spirited display by the team.

 

Jan 30, 2016

30 January 2016: Camberley Town U 17 0 Ashridge Park Royals U 17 5

After torrential rain had lead to the postponement of an entire schedule at St Crispins, we were surprised and delighted to find such the pitch in such excellent condition at Camberley.  The pitch seems quite long and narrow, and it was necessary to adapt our tactics accordingly.

The first half was played mainly in the Camberley half, but a combination of excellent goalkeeping, resilient defending, and bad luck kept the ball out of the Camberley goal. Charlie had 3 attempts in the first 5 minutes, we had several corners, and Ted came close to opening Ashridge’s account with a diving header from Owen’s cross on 18 minutes.

The longer the game went on, the more obvious it was that something special would be needed if we were to score against the determined opponents, Fortunately that moment came on 38 minutes with a 25 yard shot by Luke into the top corner.  

The game continued in a similar vein in the 2nd half with Ashridge taking the game to the home team.  The victory was sealed with a flurry of goals between the 55th and 65th minute, with Luke scoring a carbon copy of his goal in the first half,  Alex added another after a through ball by Ted, and then Ted helped himself to 2 goals in the 63rd and 65th minute after assists from Callum and Ben respectively.

Overall this was a well deserved victory in a sporting match against a team that was determined to defend in numbers and make the game very difficult for us. We were very pleased to have yet another clean sheet, meaning we have conceded only one goal in the past 4 games.  Next up, a home match against Caversham Trents before we take a week off, prior to the visit to table-toppers Reading Rangers.