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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.

NWL U13 Division 1: FC Chippenham White 2 CCCFC Whites 0 Print

The bragging rights went the way of FC Chippenham as the Whites were handed a derby defeat in their second Division 1 outing of the season.
Stanley Park has not proved the happiest hunting ground for the Colts over the past couple of years and so it proved again. Although they could point to a couple of moments of real misfortune, the final scoreline was a true reflection of a game that saw Chippenham take charge of the midfield battle and show greater desire in the tackle right across the pitch.
The deadlock remained for the first 25 minutes, although both sides had their chances to open the scoring. Max produced an absolutely outstanding save to palm away what looked to be a certain goal for the hosts after a cross from the right was only half-cleared. Bradley, meanwhile, raced back to thwart a pacy attacker with a perfectly-timed challenge as he prepared to pull the trigger in a one-on-one opportunity.
Tom, Callum and Luke VDB also needed to be on their toes as Chippenham attacked on the flanks but were equal to the task and showed good composure on the ball at times.
At the other end, George flashed the Colts’ first chance just wide of the far post. Liam B saw an effort scrambled off the line after Matthew’s shot from the edge of the box was parried and Toby cut inside from the left and produced a low drive that the keeper managed to hold on to.
As always in a game featuring two sets of players who know one another well, the first goal proved a huge confidence boost to the home side and knocked the wind out of the Colts’ sails. It came from long range and was sweetly-struck and, although Max got two hands to the ball, on this occasion he was unable to keep it out.
It was a similar tale after the break, with Chippenham winning the majority of the loose and 50-50 balls – particularly in the air – and enjoying a higher percentage of possession without managing to create a series of clear-cut chances. A lapse at the back allowed them to double their advantage, however, although the Colts should be commended for not allowing their heads to drop completely and they mounted a spirited response as the game wore on and legs on both sides became tired.
Luke S and Liam F found themselves outnumbered in the engine room at times as Chippenham pushed forward in numbers but remained disciplined and made positive contributions to a generally solid effort in the defensive third of the field.
Further forward, the close control and dribbling skills of Matthew and Liam B threatened to unlock the door and the pair combined in an excellent box-to-box move that finished with a shot from Toby that ended in the keeper’s clutches.
George also lashed an effort just past the angle and came within a whisker of halving the deficit with five minutes to go. He did superbly to turn a pair of defenders inside out and saw his shot bounce down off the underside of the bar and into the arms of the grateful Chippenham number one, with the Colts’ players claiming it had crossed the line.
Their appeals were dismissed, however, and Chippenham survived the scare to close out a victory that their performance on the day warranted.

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:31
NWL U13 Division 1: CCCFC Whites 4 Croft Juniors Blue 2 Print

The Whites made an excellent start to the new Division 1 season with a hard-earned victory over a Croft Blues side who got the better of them twice last term.
It was the first time since switching to the North Wilts League that the Colts had managed to pick up three points on the opening day and the contest offered yet another example of how closely matched many of the teams in the top-flight are. The home side opened up a slightly flattering two-goal lead on three occasions but were pushed all the way by a well-drilled Croft outfit who certainly held a distinct upper hand in the height stakes.
With three players missing through injury and another passing a late fitness test, the Colts were slightly depleted on a sunny September afternoon at the sportsfield. A new formation seemed to suit those who weren’t on the treatment table, however, with all 11 squad members on show contributing to a fine performance and, importantly, supporting one another until the final whistle.
Croft’s tall frontmen posed a big threat in the early exchanges and kept an impressive Colts back three on their toes. Max communicated with his defenders effectively and dealt with a number of strikes from around the edge of the box, while Bradley made a couple of brilliant last-ditch tackles as Croft prepared to pull the trigger. Luke VDB put in a terrific shift on the left of the defensive trio, often showing the energy and vision to start attacking moves, and Tom displayed pace and strength to cancel out a lively winger.
In front of them, Luke S was equal to Croft’s aerial approach and Liam F got through plenty of work, with the pair limiting space and time for the visiting midfield and using possession well whenever the ball switched hands.
The Colts created plenty of chances going up the slope as an entertaining game unfolded, with Liam B narrowly off target after racing clear of the Croft defence and Matthew seeing a couple of efforts blocked. The breakthrough came late in the first half when Matthew and Brandon H helped set up a chance for Liam B and George was on hand to apply the finish after his effort was saved.
It took a combination of Matthew, Luke VDB and a post to deny Croft an equaliser before the break and the Colts went in at half-time with a slender advantage. It was one they doubled a minute after the restart, with a patient build-up ending with Tom threading a superb ball through to George, who slid the ball through the keeper’s legs for a typically cool finish.
Instead of pushing home their advantage, the Colts switched off and some lax play in midfield led to a chance that Croft took with aplomb to make it 2-1. Some nervous moments followed in the next quarter of an hour as the away side probed for an equaliser, putting a close-range opportunity just wide and forcing Max from his goal to clear his lines on a couple of occasions. Luke S helped to shore up the defence as injuries prompted a reshuffle and the Colts weathered the storm.
As Croft committed players forward, Toby and Liam B showcased their dribbling skills to exploit gaps at the back. One such mazy run from Liam B drew a foul from a defender and he picked himself up to hammer home the resulting penalty.
Matthew drove a shot just over the top after another excellent move and George threatened to complete a hat-trick but instead of opening up a three-goal lead, the defict was cut to one when Croft capitalised on a high ball that put the defence on the back foot.
The Colts had eight minutes to hold out, but finally made sure of the spoils when Liam B rounded the goalkeeper and fired across goal, where Matthew was on hand to fire home the fourth and final goal.
Referee Andy Lewis’ authoritative handling of proceedings added to fantastic game played in the correct spirit throughout by both sides.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 September 2016 07:44
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