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NWL U13 Division 1: CCCFC Whites 5 Ferndale Rodbourne 0 Print

Five goals in the final half an hour ensured that the Whites rounded off the calendar year in style with victory over Ferndale Rodbourne.
The home side were keen to build on an improved performance in the cup quarter-finals a fortnight earlier and, although they were made to wait for a breakthrough through a combination of lacklustre play and good goalkeeping, they ended the encounter with a flourish and three valuable points in the bag.
George had the best chance of the first half when he raced onto Matthew’s throughball but saw his effort brilliantly pushed around the post by the Ferndale number one. The Colts also had an effort blocked on the line and Tom was unfortunate to see his header from a corner hit one of his team-mates as it flew towards goal.
The Colts showed much more bite and determination across the pitch after the break and started to take the game by the scruff of the neck. The first goal is usually crucial in such tight matches and it proved to be the case again as George seized upon a mistake by the Ferndale centre-back and ran clear before finishing well.
Matthew gave the hosts the breathing space they needed when he was brought down as he prepared to shoot and picked himself up to dispatch the resulting penalty into the bottom corner of the net.
The third goal was the pick of the bunch and saw George complete an excellent move following a sublime pass from Liam F, who later went close to opening his own Colts’ account with a curling effort from distance.
Toby grew in stature on the left flank as the match wore on and supplied a piercing through ball for Callum to gallop through and make it 4-0. The Colts were, by now, queuing up to take their chances in the Ferndale area and the visitors somehow managed to block a low drive from Luke S at the end of another passing exchange. Brandon H also went close in goalmouth scrambles before another clinical finish from Callum rounded off the scoring.
Ferndale were starved of clear-cut chances by a defensive unit of Bradley, Josh and Tom as Max kept a second successive clean sheet. All four produced solid performances, with the three defenders increasingly keen to exploit the space in front of them through some determined runs.
After learning many lessons during a year that has not always been easy in terms of results, the Colts can at least enter 2017 with renewed confidence – and with the dual aim of climbing the Division 1 table and attempting to reach the final of the League Cup.

 
NWL U13 Cup quarter-final: FC Chippenham Blue 0 CCCFC Whites 5 Print

The Whites have a North Wilts League Cup semi-final date to look forward to in March after returning to form with a five-star victory at Stanley Park.
FC Chippenham Blue went into the tie unbeaten in all competitions this season and on the back of a fine win over Division 1 opposition in the County Cup. With the Colts struggling to produce the goods of late, the ingredients for an upset were certainly there but they were equal to whatever their hosts threw at them in the first half and put the outcome beyond doubt with 20 minutes still to play.
The Colts were asked to impose their game on Chippenham from the off and made the perfect start when Matthew took a return pass from George and advanced on goal to plant his shot into the corner of the net with less than a minute on the watch.
With a strong breeze in their faces, maintaining that advantage took plenty of hard work. Max somehow held on to a thunderous half-volley through a crowd of players from 20 yards and deserved his clean sheet on the basis of that tremendous save alone. In front of him, Bradley marshalled the defence expertly and Josh and Tom were strong and resolute in the tackle.
Luke S kept play ticking over in midfield and helped keep his side on top in the physical battle and Toby showcased his tricks out wide as he caused the Chippenham right back numerous problems.
Chippenham were narrowly off target with a couple more long-range efforts but found clear-cut chances difficult to fashion and it was the Colts who had the better opportunities on an immaculate pitch, with Toby seeing an effort drift wide of the far post and Luke VDB twice racing through on goal, only to be denied by strong defending and goalkeeping.
The Colts turned around at half-time with a one-goal lead and George had a decent penalty claim turned down before Chippenham hit the bar with a deflected strike at the other end.
The game was then effectively settled with three quick goals from the away side. Some brilliant interplay from Toby and Matthew on the left ended with the latter scoring his second of the afternoon, and then George fired in from the edge of the box with the aid of an upright to make it 3-0.
Matthew saw a looping effort from just inside the Chippenham half hit the post and stay out with the keeper beaten all ends up, but he was not to be denied a hat-trick and forced the ball home from close range to increase his side’s lead.
By now, the Colts were in command and producing some excellent build-up play, with Brandon making good use of the ball on the right and Tom pushing forward powerfully from the full-back position. Callum was foiled in one-on-one situations twice after using his pace to get clear of the defence but Toby was able to add the fifth and final goal of the afternoon with a hooked, first-time effort from Matthew’s pass that caught the keeper out of position.
A rare goal from a corner would have been the icing on the cake but Tom was narrowly off target with his powerful header from Toby’s delivery as the minutes ticked away.

 
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
 
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