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Ashridge Park Royals U18 are in our 11th season together, we have a full squad of 17 players and currently play in Division 4 of the East Berks Football Alliance.
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Sep 12, 2015
Twyford Comets 1 Ashridge Park Royals 5
We travelled to near-neighbours Twyford Comets for what was surprisingly, our first ever League encounter, in this, our opening game of the 2015/16 season. There was a full complement of players, and with 7 goals scored in our 2 pre-season games, hopes were high.
Ashridge started the game with no little purpose. Sid was everywhere, coming close to breaking the deadlock on 2 or 3 occasions. Ben W hit the bar after good play from Dom, and when Alex came on he was unfortunate to be adjudged offside from Ted’s defence-splitting pass. Alex then came close on 38 minutes when he was foiled by the keeper after a one-on-one. Encouragingly, Ashridge were playing as a team and there were moments of high quality with the ball fizzing from player to player. However just before the break Twyford came back into the game and came close to scoring from a corner.
At half time, it was agreed that the past few minutes had been something of a wake-up call, and it would be a pity to see much good play going to waste. The message was that we needed to be more clinical in front of goal.
The breakthrough eventually came from a slightly surprising source; Ben W scored direct from a corner which swerved into the roof of the net on 51 minutes.
6 minutes later, the energetic Ted was set clear by Charlie’s through ball and then beat the on-rushing keeper with a delicate lob. The following minute, some more Ted magic set up Alex for his debut goal, the first of many, we hope! On 80 minutes, James headed in Ben C’s corner, and then within 90 seconds Luke’s through-ball set up Sid, who converted the chance with aplomb, a just reward for his industrious performance.
There was time for the opponents to score a consolation goal after good work down their right hand side. Overall, Ashridge can be pleased with their day’s work, and richly deserved their victory in a hard fought but sportingly contested encounter.
Sep 19, 2015
Ashridge Park Royals 2 Sandhurst 3
Today we welcomed our rivals from Sandhurst, the only opponent in this season’s division that we played last season. We expected Sandhurst to be well-organised defensively, and we had to make any opportunities count as chances were likely to be few and far between. We were also wary of their noted prowess from set pieces.
Onto the game itself. Opening exchanges were fairly muted as the 2 teams cancelled themselves out, but Dan demonstrated his pace down the left flank. Did was busy and came close after bursting into the box. The breakthrough came on 26 minutes, when a long ball from Dan found Alex who slotted the ball past the keeper into the back of the net. Little had been seen of Sandhurst from an attacking point of view, until on 38 minutes a shot from outside the box was fired into the bottom corner of the Ashridge goal. 1-1 at half time.
The second half started promisingly with Ashridge attacking with intent down the right hand side, and it was no surprise to see us regain the lead, when an inch perfect pass from Peter found Alex enabling him to score a similar goal to the one he scored in the first half. For 15 minutes or so the home team dominated proceedings, with Alex and Ben C combining to great effect. A free kick from Ben went agonisingly wide of the post, and the visiting keeper made some excellent saves.
The final quarter of the game saw 2 evenly matched teams trying to seize the initiative. With 5 minutes left, Todd picked up the ball on the edge of his box, beat several players, before passing the ball to the right, where a move including 4 one touch passes, eventually resulted in the ball being returned to Todd as he reached the 18 yard box when he was unlucky not to chalk up what would have been goal of the season.
With 3 minutes remaining, the Ashridge Manager decided to try to seal the victory by switching to 4 at the back. Within seconds, an unsettled defence gave away a free-kick on the edge of the box. The Sandhurst player unleashed an unstoppable drive into the roof of the goal. More tinkering from the Manager, removing a defender and throwing a striker back on. This spectacularly backfired with the opponents hammering in another 18 yard shot past the keeper to spark scenes of wild celebration.
Overall this was a chastening and unnecessary defeat, it had been pointed out that the visitors had barely had a touch within the Ashridge 18 yard box, yet had managed to score 3 goals, from not many more than 3 shots. A lesson to the Ashridge team (and Manager!!)
Next up, a trip to South West Surrey.
Sep 26, 2015
Elstead Sharks 0 Ashridge Park Royals 17
What a glorious late Summer morning for this our maiden trip to Elstead in the picturesque Surrey countryside.
Ashridge started with no little promise, taking the game to the hosts, and carving out several opportunities. Ironically the opening goal came as the result of a counter-attack after Elstead’s first foray into the Ashridge half. On 16 minutes Dan launched one of his defence-splitting passes, which releasee Ted who calmly lobbed the on rushing keeper.
The home team came close to an equaliser after an Ashridge foul throw (!) enabled the home team to attack the area only for the shot to flash wide of the post.
On 22 minutes, more magic from Danm who created a chance on the eegde of the box. His shot was poised for the top corner before the keeper scrambled it away for a corner. justice was done when Dan netted from the corner after Ted’s shot was partially cleared. Ted made it 3-0, converting George’s cross on 28 minutes after an excellent build-up. The following minute Dane scored again after an assist from Ted after an excellent pass from Luke.
On 33 minutes an unplayable Ted took the ball down the left, refused to go down when scythed by the defender and then bamboozled the keeper beating him at his near post to complete a hat trick.
Alex joined the fray and scored on 37 minutes, set up by Luke, and then on the stroke of half time Ted converted after good work between Alex and Luke. 7-0 at half time
Ashridge added 3 in the first 4 minutes of the half, Ben C scoring with a shot from 25 yards, set up by George, and then Alex converted his hat-trick with assist from Owen and then Ben C.
The remaining scoring was as follows:
56 mins 0-11 Ted (Ted assist)
58 mins 0-12 Alex (Alex assist)
61 mins 0-13 Dom (Ted assist)
70 mins 0-14 Alex (James assist)
72 mins 0-15 dom (James assist)
88 mins 0-16 Alex (Dom assist)
89 mins 0-17 James (James assist)
In spite of the scoreline, the game never degenerated into fiasco, as the home team showed great bravery and a willingness to continue in their own individual battles. Ashridge kept the ball well and finished in a clinical fashion.
Next up the magic of the Cup as we travel to Bracknell Cavaliers
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