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NWL U13 Division 1: CCCFC Whites 0 Swindon Supermarine J 2 Print

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Castle Combe Colts Whites and Swindon Supermarine J line up for the NWL Respectober campaign

Table-topping Swindon Supermarine J proved too strong for the Whites, who fought admirably without ever really showing the cutting edge required to inflict their visitors’ first defeat of the season.
Half-term left the hosts understrength against a team who have now won all five of their North Wilts League matches this season, having finished as runners-up to the mighty Croft Reds in 2015-16.
As has been the case in almost every game this season, a number of the opposing players towered above their Colts counterparts and the home team always looked vulnerable at set-pieces – particularly with one Supermarine midfielder possessing a bullet-like throw in his arsenal.
The same player also grabbed the game’s two goals, heading home from a corner to break the deadlock 20 minutes into the contest and then settling it with a terrific drive from distance in the closing stages.
It was no less than Supermarine deserved and the damage would have been worse had it not been for an outstanding performance from keeper Max, who pulled off numerous reflex stops and commanded his box with authority.
Bradley was alert and committed at the heart of the defence and nullified Supermarine’s dangerous centre forward despite giving away a few inches in height. He was supported by Josh and Luke VDB, both of whom kept their concentration and made vital tackles as the visiting team pushed forward.
Luke S had his work cut out against an impressive and physical Supermarine midfield but stuck to his task and put his team on the front foot with some telling through balls in the first half. Tom showed great energy both in the engine room and on the right and struck a post when the game was goalless.
Liam F looked bright on the right flank after passing a late fitness test and was denied by the keeper after breaking through on goal. Toby and Callum also threatened to haul the Colts back into the game in the second half after determined runs from deep, while George’s trickery gave the Supermarine defence some awkward moments.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 19:35
Wiltshire County U13 Cup first round: CCCFC Whites 2 Melksham Town Hurricanes 4 Print

The Colts’ foray into the Wiltshire County FA U13s Cup was over almost before it had begun as 12 minutes of madness at the start of their clash with Melksham put paid to any hopes of another long run in the competition.
Two seasons ago, they produced three of their best-ever performances to knock out Salisbury, Calne and Croft Blues en route to the final but there were no such heroics this time.
Melksham’s experience of 11v11 rules and the increased pitch size from their fixtures in the Mid Wilts League proved decisive. They were far better prepared than the Colts and immediately applied the pressure with some committed play in midfield and accurate passes behind a back four that struggled to get to grips with the task at hand and a pacy strikeforce.
A lack of fight when a corner dropped in the Colts’ six-yard box proved costly as Melksham opened the scoring to spark a nightmare spell with Halloween still two weeks away. Three of the most avoidable goals imaginable followed and the home side found themselves 4-0 down with almost an hour of the tie still to play. While individual errors accounted for a couple of those, the collective effort was not good enough and there was a general shirking of responsibility across the park.
The early setbacks were hardly what the doctor ordered for Tom, who had the unenviable task of replacing Max between the posts, but he was a shining example to the rest with the way he picked himself off the floor to produce three or four magnificent saves of which any goalkeeper at any level of football would be proud.
Gradually, the tide began to turn and when George burst through to pull a goal back with a terrific run and finish there was hope of a comeback of Escape to Victory proportions.
An early goal in the second half would have made life very interesting but Matthew was desperately unlucky to see a free-kick come back off the bar, before a similar effort clipped the wall and went just over.
As the clock ticked down, Liam B – whose energy and tenacity was another of the plus points for the Colts – raced on to a through ball and rounded the keeper to cut the gap to two goals. There was a spell of late pressure, but Melksham defended resolutely and clear chances were kept to a minimum.
A dominant second half ultimately counted for nothing and the Colts were left with more tough lessons to learn in defeat.  How different it might have been had they focused from the first whistle, and not let their heads go down at the first opportunity. It’s becoming a recurring theme.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2016 17:00
NWL U13 Division 1: CCCFC Whites 5 Highworth Town T 0 Print

The Whites were on top from start to finish against a Highworth Town T side who are finding life tough in North Wilts League Division 1 this season.
Only a lack of composure in front of goal and some excellent work from the visiting number one prevented an even more lop-sided scoreline as an understrength Colts team coped admirably in the absence of three players who spent the weekend on tour in Sweden with the Bath & Wiltshire squad.
Despite creating chance after chance, it took until the final ten minutes of the first half for Colts to make the breakthrough. Callum fired just wide during a lively start, Tom was narrowly off-target from a corner, Luke S and Toby were thwarted by fantastic saves and Liam B had two goals disallowed for offside before winning a penalty and putting it over the bar.
Liam made amends soon afterwards, however, after cutting inside from the left to score from close range and ran the Highworth defence ragged with his pace, tenacity and close control throughout. He turned provider for the second goal just before the interval, running on to Bradley’s accurate through ball before squaring for Brandon H to finish emphatically at the far post.
Bradley also created Liam’s second goal of the day and, after threatening to do so on several occasions, the diminutive striker finally completed his hat-trick in the closing stages after winning – and this time converting – another spot-kick. In between those two efforts came an own goal, which saw a Highworth player find his own net after finding himself under pressure in a crowded area. Toby lashed a couple of shots wide after breaking forward on the left and swung over a number of dangerous corners that came to nothing due to a lack of bravery and movement in the box – an area that needs to be addressed in training.
While the front players grabbed the glory on this occasion, Luke S was a dominant force in midfield, using his strength to win back possession and using it effectively as the Colts looked to play in the correct manner, and Josh grew in stature at the heart of the defence and snuffed out anything Highworth had to offer on the counter-attack.
Max had one of his quieter days but can be satisfied with a clean sheet and displayed a safe pair of hands when the visitors had a sight of goal in the second half. Luke VDB and Tom were solid at the back and made impressive forward runs whenever the space opened up in front of them.
While more testing assignments undoubtedly lie ahead, the victory and improved performance should at least restore some confidence following the Colts' defeat to Highworth T’s club-mates seven days earlier.

NWL U13 Division 1: Highworth Town H 4 CCCFC Whites 0 Print

The Colts were soundly beaten by a well-organised and lively Highworth side, who secured the spoils thanks to two goals in each half.
There had been little to choose between the sides in their five close encounters over the past couple of years but that was not the case on this occasion, even though the final scoreline was perhaps slightly harsh on the visitors.
The Whites were largely toothless going forward, drawing a blank for the second time in three Division 1 outings this term, were far too static across the pitch and made too many poor decisions, coughing up possession time and again.
They actually made the better start, with George and Toby threatening the Highworth goal in the opening five minutes, but the tide quickly turned and Bradley, who performed manfully against a tall striker, Josh and Callum worked hard to keep the home side at bay.
Colts had their moments while the deadlock remained, however, and Matthew curled a free-kick just past the far post, while Brandon H tested the keeper from the edge of the box.
In midfield, Luke S won plenty in the air and Liam F showed some decent touches when he found space to play, but the Colts fell a goal behind when a mistake on the left led to a cross that was headed home from close range.
The opener dented their confidence, as has been the case too often in recent months, and it was soon 2-0 when the Colts failed to clear a corner and, despite a brilliant point-blank save from Max, Highworth forced the ball in from the resulting melee.
Highworth defended their advantage well after the break and driving runs from Tom and Matthew were met with resistance from a solid back-line. The visitors failed to fashion enough clear-cut chances through a lack of movement and vision in the final third and the keeper was equal to anything thrown at him from range.
The outcome was put beyond doubt when a long punt forward caught out the Colts defence and a shot from outside the box beat Max with the aid of a post. A fourth goal followed, again from distance, while George was denied a consolation at the other end by an offside flag.
Better focus in training and pre-match is required if the Colts are to turn their undoubted potential into points on a Sunday. Their trip to Highworth offered another painful reminder of the price any team pays for weak performances in what is always a mightily competitive top division.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 October 2016 08:05
NWL U13 League Cup: Liden Community Green 3 CCCFC Whites 10 Print

There were six different names on the scoresheet as the Whites moved into the second round of the North Wilts League Cup at the expense of Liden Community Green.
The Colts proved too strong for their Division 3 hosts despite delivering a performance that was marred by a degree of complacency, manifesting itself in positional indiscipline and some shaky defensive play.
The outcome was seldom in doubt once Matthew opened the scoring with a goal that would have graced any fixture, curling home from outside the box with the aid of the far post. George slotted home number two before Liden pulled one back in some style and then gave the Colts a couple of anxious moments as they chased an equaliser down the slope.
Tom, Matthew and George added further goals to the Colts’ tally before the break, however. Liden responded early in the second half but Callum helped himself to a double and George completed his hat-trick, with Toby’s solo effort and a popular late strike from Brandon H rounding off the victory.
With positional rotation the order of the day, Luke VDB, Bradley, Liam F and Luke S all did their share of defensive work but all four were denied by the home keeper as they looked to open their respective accounts for the season.

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