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NWL U13 Division 1: CCCFC Whites 2 Highworth Town Juniors H 5 Print

The Whites came up short against Highworth for the second time this season as a lack of physicality and drive across the pitch once again prompted their downfall.
After weathering an early spell of pressure, the Colts seemed to be containing a potent Highworth strikeforce as Bradley, Josh and Luke VDB worked well as a unit at the back and Tom and Luke S made a number of important interventions in front of them. But they fell behind from a corner – their Achilles heel so often in recent times – when Max’s punched clearance fell kindly for a Highworth player in a crowded box.
Liam F provided a useful outlet on the right as the Colts looked to spread the ball wide in order to create chances against a sturdy Highworth defence, but his crosses into the box went unrewarded – as did dangerous free-kicks from Matthew and Toby on the same flank.
Max made a great save with his feet as Highworth fashioned a one-on-one chance, but the ball ricocheted off a covering defender and presented the striker with a tap-in for the second goal of the afternoon.
It was one that left the Colts with it all to do against a good side but, to their credit, they responded well and Matthew’s magnificent, determined run from deep inside his own half ended with a fine finish from George and the gap was cut to a single goal on the stroke of half-time.
The Colts were unable to build on the morale boost it gave them at the interval, however, and – for the second time in the match – Max was left helpless after making an excellent save as Highworth made it 3-1. The home keeper dived to his left to parry a curling effort from outside the area and the defence stood still to allow the league’s leading marksman a simple finish.
The forward went on to score twice more to complete another hat-trick but the damage would have been even worse had it not been for the efforts of Bradley, who set a shining example to his team-mates with a tenacious performance against an opponent who towered above him.
At the other end, the Colts were unable to fashion enough chances to find a way back into the game, despite Matthew running himself into the ground for the cause. Their second goal made the score 4-2 and offered brief hope, with Toby and Tom doing well on the edge of the box and the ball running loose for George to complete his double.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2016 11:30
NWL U13 Division 1: CCCFC Whites 3 Swindon Supermarine N 4 Print

The Whites were edged out in an exciting contest as two evenly-matched sides served up seven goals on a bitterly cold November afternoon at Castle Combe.
It was a game the hosts were certainly capable of winning but the factors that brought about a narrow defeat – namely a general lack of commitment in the tackle and care when in possession – were certainly familiar, having contributed to negative results at Highworth and Chippenham already this season.
The positives were a couple of fantastic goals and some flowing, attacking football when the players used the ball and their team-mates in the right manner. There were also stand-out performances at the back from the defensive trio of Josh, Bradley and Luke VDB – none of whom deserved to see the ball end up in their net four times.
The first goal, and the confidence boost it brings, is always vital in such tight matches and things looked good for the Colts when they grabbed it against the run of play. Supermarine had already hit the bar and threatened a number of times down the Colts’ left when Brandon’s great pass started a move that ended with Tom keeping his composure to slot the ball home at the far post.
But the lead did not last long and, after a strike from distance evaded Max’s clutches for the equaliser, the Colts’ vulnerability at set-pieces proved their undoing yet again when a corner reached the far post and a Supermarine player was left unmarked to head the ball in via a close-range deflection.
The Colts then fashioned the goal of the game to ensure the first half ended all-square at 2-2 as an excellent move ended with the lively Liam crossing from the right and Matthew stealing a yard of space in the middle to head past the keeper.
Both sides had chances to claim the advantage after the restart. Toby, Callum and Liam all asked questions of the Supermarine defence with their pace out wide and George engaged in a battle with a strong centre-back through the middle. Luke S hit the side-netting from a tight angle after Matthew’s free-kick came back off the bar, before the latter saw an acrobatic volley from the edge of the box beaten to safety by the keeper.
Max did superbly to tip a fierce drive onto his crossbar at the other end and, as Supermarine began to reclaim the upper hand, they scored two quick goals that ultimately proved decisive. The first came when a striker won a challenge on the edge of the box before finishing well and the second was a looping shot from long range that left Max with little chance.
Colts battled on and, after George was chopped down as he broke through on goal, justice was done when Matthew curled home the resulting free-kick from 20 yards to set up a nail-biting final five minutes in which another equaliser just would not arrive.

NWL U13 Cup second round: South Cerney 1 CCCFC Whites 6 Print

The Whites booked their place in the quarter-finals of the North Wilts League Cup but did not have things all their own way against a South Cerney side from two divisions below.
The visitors were flattered by the two-goal interval lead given to them by a pair of clinical finishes from George as Cerney showed greater desire both in and out of possession in the first period. While the Colts fashioned the better chances, with Tom charging through before being denied by the keeper, Brandon H seeing a volley tipped wide and Luke S almost forcing the ball home from close range, they were kept on their toes at the other end by their fast-breaking opponents. Bradley and Callum showed pace and tenacity to keep the home team at bay and Max’s handling was, as usual, impeccable – although he was beaten by a shot on the stroke of half-time that came back off the crossbar.
A change in formation at half-time helped the Colts seize control of the midfield and Max emerged from goal to put the game beyond Cerney with two brilliant strikes – the first a shot from the edge of the box into the top corner and the second a terrific half volley. Brandon H’s sublime backheel almost played him in for a third goal as Colts’ passing and movement improved across the park.
Matthew broke through to add a fifth for the away side after going close on a couple of occasions and, after Cerney scored the goal their performance deserved, George weaved his way into the box from the right to complete his hat-trick and the Colts’ half-dozen.
Luke S donned the gloves in the second half and made an important save at 2-0, while also distributing the ball well. Callum was strong in the challenge and used possession wisely, while Bradley took a couple of opportunities to bomb down the left flank and saw a shot hit the side-netting. Toby was instrumental in some of the visitors’ best moves in the first half and provided a good outlet on the wing and Liam F showed fine positional awareness and was always unselfish when he found himself on the ball in the final third of the pitch.
A clutch of fellow Division 1 teams await in the draw for the last eight of the competition, when the Colts will need to step their performance level up a notch or two in order to progress any further.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2016 14:37
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
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