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NWL U13 Division 1: Ferndale Rodbourne 1 CCCFC Whites 6 Print

The Whites made sure of a top-six finish in North Wilts League Division 1 for the third year running thanks to an away win over Ferndale Rodbourne.
The margin of victory masks the fact that the outcome hung in the balance for much of contest, before the visitors’ third goal of the morning led to a one-sided final 20 minutes.
Ferndale settled quickest on a dry and bumpy school pitch and asked early questions of Luke S, Callum and Bradley at the back. Colts slowly gained the initiative, however, and George was narrowly off target twice after being put through on goal by Brandon H and Max.
Max also threatened with a flick from Luke’s long throw and Matthew headed over from a corner before playing in Toby on the left for a fierce drive that flew just wide. Colts were perhaps guilty of taking an extra touch too often in the final third but the goal they deserved arrived when Toby’s corner was not cleared and Liam B’s shot from the edge of the box slipped through the keeper’s hands and into the net.
Another shot from Max was parried to safety before half-time but Colts doubled their lead two minutes after the break when Liam beat three men on the right and planted a close-range effort past the keeper.
Bradley cleared a shot off the line at the other end but Colts did not heed the let-off and Ferndale halved the deficit from their next attack after they were afforded too much space in midfield. The hosts’ tails were up once again but Josh and Callum battled away on the flanks to cut out the supply line and clear chances were kept to a minimum.
Matthew’s surging run from deep created the Colts’ third goal, with Liam on hand to apply the finishing touch and complete his hat-trick.
The goal seemed to deflate a Ferndale side who have won once in the league this season and Colts created a glut of chances in the closing stages. George grabbed two late goals either side of an emphatic far-post finish from Tom, his second coming after some unselfish play from Liam on the left.
The result made it back-to-back league wins for the Colts for the first time this term and they will look to round off their season with another away to Swindon Supermarine N on May 7. 

 
NWL U13 League Cup semi-final: FC Chippenham Whites 6 CCCFC Whites 1 Print

The Whites’ dreams of a second North Wilts League Cup final appearance in three seasons were dashed by ruthless local rivals FC Chippenham.
Colts should be proud that they earned the right to take part in a well-organised semi-finals day at Beversbrook. They have now contested five such occasions since they started competitive matches at U9 level – and were reminded that many players go through their whole careers without having he chance to contest even one.
Chippenham’s strong spine and superior finishing ability proved the difference between the sides, with four second-half goals putting the tie beyond the Whites with 20 minutes still to play.
The first period was relatively even and saw Colts match their high-flying opponents for long periods. Matthew’s mazy run was halted on the edge of the box and George also threatened before Colts surrendered possession in their own half and were punished by a low tenth-minute strike that went in off a post.
They fought back, however, and Tom – pushed up front to offer some pace and muscle to the attack – broke free on the left and fired in a low ball that George forced over the line from close range for the equaliser.
Toby was making an impact in both halves of the field in a tenacious performance on the left flank and Luke S, Bradley and Josh all made crucial challenges to deny Chippenham as they broke quickly and in numbers whenever they won possession.
Matthew put a free-kick over the bar and Tom continued to cause problems but it was Chippenham who got their noses in front again when more careless play in the centre of the park and some sleepy defending allowed their striker to steal in and beat Max with a firm strike.
Liam F almost levelled matters for a second time before the break when he latched on to a through ball but his attempted lob was gathered by the keeper, while Brandon H had an effort charged down on the right.
Things began to unravel for the Colts soon after the restart as they were forced into increasingly desperate challenges to stem the tide. As Chippenham continued to knock on the door, a cross from the left was not cut out and a fine finish into the top corner from the edge of the box made it 3-1.
George raced on to Matthew’s fine pass from the restart but was unable to get a shot away and Chippenham immediately countered, again profiting down the left as another excellent, rising shot went in via the far post.
A rash tackle on the edge of the area presented the Stanley Park outfit with the chance to stretch their lead and they duly took it with a rasping free-kick and the scoring was complete when a right-wing centre was turned in from close range.
Max was becoming increasingly busy but followed up some good work in the first period with further fine saves in the closing stages as a tiring Colts side committed more players to attack. They went close to pulling one or two goals back, with Callum, George and Tom all denied.
After missing out on a date with Highworth Town H in the final, Colts will aim to end their season on a high with Division 1 matches against Ferndale Rodbourne and Supermarine N after Easter.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 April 2017 21:35
 
NWL U13 Division 1: Croft Junior Blue 0 CCCFC Whites 2 Print

The Whites displayed character and fighting spirit in abundance to emerge from their trip to Croft with three valuable points in the bag.
With four players unavailable, a bare squad of nine travelled to Swindon for a clash between two sides locked together on the same number of points in North Wilts League Division 1.
After a run of fixtures against sides contesting the title race, the Colts were seeking their first league win in more than three months.
They got it thanks to two excellent first-half goals. First Matthew and then Toby both finished superbly from the left-hand side of the box after neat interplay involving the returning Liam B and George and the visitors were able to maintain their advantage during an at-times fraught second period.
Keeper Max always looked assured and distributed the ball sensibly to the flanks throughout and the defence kept another clean sheet, having shut out Melksham in a 1-0 friendly win a week earlier. Bradley coped expertly with a much taller striker, made one goal-saving tackle in the first half and stuck out a leg with Max beaten to deny Croft again after the break. Luke was solid on the right and used possession wisely, while Tom adapted admirably to an unfamiliar left-sided role and was willing to join the attack with some rangy runs from deep.
Liam F grafted away in the engine room and grew into the contest as the game wore on, while Matthew was always feisty and tenacious and threaded some brilliant passes to George and Toby out wide and Liam B up front.
Toby’s lively performance was rewarded with the Colts’ second goal and George was inches away from joining him on the scoresheet with a dipping strike that came back off the woodwork. Liam B produced a typically competitive, high-energy performance and was always a thorn in the side of the Croft defence as Colts carved out the better chances despite an even share of possession.
A hard-earned victory, in which every player played a big part, should serve as a major confidence boost for the squad ahead of their League Cup semi-final encounter with FC Chippenham at Beversbrook on April 2.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 March 2017 21:37
 
NWL U13 Division 1: CCCFC Whites 0 FC Chippenham Whites 3 Print

Three first-half goals proved the difference as the Whites slipped to a derby defeat in their final home league fixture in 9v9 football.
FC Chippenham, challenging hard for the North Wilts Division 1 title, displayed their credentials during the opening 20 minutes. Although the Colts held their own after that, they found clear goalscoring opportunities scarce against a solid defensive unit and never truly threatened a comeback.
The hosts found themselves penned in during the early exchanges as Chippenham pushed forward down the slope, playing some decent football considering the unreliable and heavy surface. Bradley, Josh and Luke S combined well as a back three and Max pulled off a couple of cracking reflex saves as the visitors probed away, while Matthew sent a low drive straight at the keeper after a fine burst forward and Brandon H set up a half-chance for George after some strong play on the left.
Yet again, it was the Colts’ vulnerability at set-pieces that left them chasing the game. A free header from the game’s best player following a right-wing corner broke the deadlock and two more goals soon followed. The next was a magnificent 20-yard free-kick which found the top corner, before a hooked overhead finish after another corner was not properly dealt with looped into the net despite Bradley’s desperate attempt to head it off the line.
Heads might have dropped at that stage but there was no repeat of the capitulation at Supermarine a fortnight earlier and the hardworking Tom and Matthew began to gain a foothold in midfield, while Liam F grew in influence out wide as the first half drew to a close. A typically dangerous corner from Toby almost produced a response, but Matthew’s header drifted wide of the far post.
With the slope in their favour, the Colts were tasked with winning the second half but could find no way past a strong and athletic Chippenham defence as Callum, Luke VDB and George all battled away in vain in the final third.
Bradley, from the heart of the defence, and Matthew showed excellent 1v1 technique to break the Chippenham lines and the latter went close again in the latter stages of the contest, reacting quickest to a loose ball on the edge of the box before seeing his low shot blocked by a defender.

 
NWL U13 Division 1: Swindon Supermarine J 10 CCCFC Whites 1 Print

A depleted Whites line-up were put comprehensively to the sword by table-toppers Swindon Supermarine.
The visitors were reduced to the bare nine before kick-off and, with a poor record on Supermarine’s narrow pitch, were always going to be up against it. They were tasked with containing their dangerous hosts in the early stages but two soft set-piece goals in the first ten minutes set the tone for a long old morning.
Colts’ best spell arrived midway through the first half as they attempted to battle back and George, Liam F and Tom all created chances. Tom and Luke S were unable to force the ball home when Toby’s corner sparked a melee in the Supermarine box.
Two more Supermarine goals before the break put the outcome beyond any doubt, however, and with a strong wind in their faces the Colts were left with a damage-limitation exercise in the second period.
The home side pushed forward at will, overwhelming a tiring Colts midfield, and opened up a 6-0 lead before Colts responded with a goal of their own from a rare source. Callum’s run down the left created the opportunity and Tom laid the ball off for Josh to send an accurate long-range effort into the roof of the Supermarine net.
But the home side were not finished and, despite three or four fantastic saves from Max and some gutsy defending from Bradley, went on to rack up double figures thanks to a late onslaught.
Colts were outmuscled and outplayed throughout but must learn from a chastening experience. The target now is to earn themselves the chance to put on a performance they are capable of against the league leaders by reaching the cup final in May.

 
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