6th June 2010
Under 11’s West win SCI weekend Tournament at Pontins Somerset
The boys played 6 matches over the weekend, winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 1 against teams from Somerset, Hampshire and Herefordshire. The boys attitude and behaviour on and off the pitch were a credit to St Albans. The goal scorers were Bradley Hawthorn 2, Josh Emmins 2, Harry Lewis 1, Harry Deacon 1, Finley Long 1. The rest of the team was Jamie Fanning, Alfie Seeby, Ben Yates, Joe Daymond, Ben Pattison, Jake Beels, Barney Hodge and Harry Hawkes.
Martin Keown presented the boys with their winners trophy.
16th May 2010
City Youth Under 10's North County Champions
The boys from City Youth Under 10's North triumphed in an exciting game at the Herts County ground on Sunday to win their first County cup, 2-1 in normal time.
The game was played at a frenetic pace on a pitch smaller then both teams were accustomed too. After some early midfield clashes City Youth made a quick break down the left wing and after some clever passing, Ned Robinson drove in on goal and slipped to ball past the Bishop Stortford keeper one nil to City Youth after two minutes. The rest of the half went past in a whirl of tackles, blocked shorts and clever passing from both sides.
Bishops Stortford launched a series of raids down the City Youth right flank and equalised direct from a corner which slipped in the near post. City Youth were using there large squad and managed to get all 14 players in the squad on the pitch at some point during the game.
The second half started well for City Youth with lots of possession and Bishops Stortford defending in numbers. With five minutes to go the breakthrough came. Some clever midfield play from Max Sahota and Tom Levy moved the ball quickly down the right flank and onto David Etheridge, who beat his marker and lobbed the ball over the on rushing keeper 2-1 .
The final minutes saw Bishop Stortford desperately seeking the equaliser but City Youth had plenty of players capable of thwarting these attacks. As the final whistle blew the boys erupted from the bench and the whole squad formed a pulsating scrum of joy in the middle of the pitch.
Captain Chris Stevens picked up the cup and the whole team received the applause of the crowd at the end of a very enjoyable game.
9th May 2010
George Walker Memorial Trophy
The Under 12's Boreal and the Under 12's Warriors took part in the George Walker memorial Trophy to raise funds for Grove House.
it proved to be an exciting match to watch with plenty of goals, with Boreal winning 5-3 after twice being a goal down.
It was the Warriors who took the lead when Ed Anders latched onto a though ball and calmly slotted home. However Boreal hit back quickly with Tom Mathieson setting up Sian Khan-Boylan who fired home. Warriors then retook the lead when keeper Niall McDonald in the Boreal goal went to clear a ball but it took a wicked bounce over his foot and Ed Anders was quick to pounce and slip the ball into the empty net.
Boreal then started to play some lovely football and Sian Khan-Boylan scored his second goal of the match after another precision pass from Mathieson. Daniel Metcalf made it 3-2 after sprinting down the wing and calmly lofting the ball over the advancing keeper. Keni Akutu made it 4-2 to Boreal after tucking the ball away following a corner kick.
In the second half Boreal took a 5-2 lead when Keni Akutu scored his second goal of the match and Warriors pulled one back when Ed Anders latched onto a swirling ball in the box and drove it home to complete his hat trick.
After the Match Captain George Mudd received the trophy from Mr Stuart Walker. The Player of the Match award went to the Warriors Daniel Hull.
For the Warriors Sean Walsh, Matt Denton plus keepers Felix Hull and Manish Das all played well with Felix Hull making an outstanding save from a long range shot. James Taylor in the midfield and Tom Mathieson both played well for Boreal along with George Mudd in defence.
Under 9's West win League Cup Final
St Albans City Under 9's West ended their first season with a tremendous victory in the Mid Herts Minors League Cup Final. They beat Ware Youth Clarets 4-0 in the final played at Panshanger FC. The game was played in a great spirit, but a hat-trick from Jack Rose and a goal from Tom Keating saw off tough competition from the Ware team.
2nd May 2010
Ladies clinch Runners up in the league
Playing their last match of the season saw the Under 18's ladies make sure of the runners-up spot in the Beds & Herts Women's league when the defeated Hemel ladies 5-1 away. The ladies raced into a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes with goals from Molly Slade, Claudia Hutton and Andrea Endobor. Further goals from Slade and Hutton completed the scoreline. Well done ladies.
North share the points
Away to Gosling saw the Under 18's North end a long run of defeats with an inspiring 3-3 draw with man of the match Neil Jardine scoring two goals, one of them after he beat four players to score with a low drive. The other goal was scored by Joe Bignell.
Two wins seals runners up
The Under 16's Girls had to win their last two matches to finish runners up in the league, and they certainly did it in style. In their first match they defeated St Albans Rangers 7-0 in a midweek away fixture with three goals each from Christina Freestone and Abigail Kemball-Cook plus a single from Faith Trounce. They next played Hemel Hempstead at home and won 6-1 with Christina Freestone scoring a hat trick, her sixth in seven games. The other goals came from Abigail Kemball-Cook 2 and Molly Walker, her first for the club. Girls at great season.
George Walker Memorial Trophy - Raising money for Grove House
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In the first of the Annual George Walker memorial trophy matches played at Clarence Park the Under 12's North played their fellow club mates the Under 12's South with the North coming out winners by two goals to one.
This years match was to raise funds for Grove House. The South started well with chances from Nathan Dimmock, Charlie Ward and George Duncan. Then a defensive mix-up midway through the first half allowed Charlie Ward to nip in and slip the ball past Tom McLeod to put the South 1-0 up.
The North hit back when a through ball from Matt Harvey was picked up by Josh Bean who powered through the South defence to slot the ball home to make it 1-1.
Early in the second half the North went 2-1 up when Max Bull ran on to a pass from Alex Levy and scored an excellent left footed shot. Only an amazing save from the South's keeper Dan Mair following a brilliant lob from Akim Akinbinu denied the North a third goal.
Both teams tired on the large pitch and there was no further score despite both sides trying with Matt McCallum and Luke Lanham for the South and Max Bull and Matt Harvey for the North.
After the match the Trophy and Medals were presented by Mr Paul Parrish of Grove House and Mr terry Edwards from St Albans City Youth FC.
The next George Walker Memorial Trophy match between the other Under 12 sides, at Clarence Park will take place this coming Friday 7th May to raise further money for Grove House.
The Under 12's North and South now have a big game on 23rd May when the meet each other in the Challenge Cup Final.
South win Spring Cup
The Under 10's South won the Spring Cup against Northwood White 2-1 with Adam Skinner scoring the first goal in the first half and although Northwood equalised late in the match to take it into extra time up popped Harry Ross to score the winner.
The Under 8's North played Watford Youth in a fun match with goals from Joe Curran 3, player of the match Jarvis Wilkins 2, George Fennel plus one own goal.
25th April 2010
North into two finals
The Under 12's North move into two Cup Finals with firstly a 7-2 win over Kings Langley in the semi-final of the Senior League Cup with goals from Toby parker 4, Josh Bean 2 and Stuart Peet, with Joe Lowthian being named player of the match. In the Challenge Cup Semi-Final they beat Harpenden Colts 2-0 with Joe Lowthian and Stuart Peet getting the goals, Tom McLeod was named player of the match. The North will meet fellow club mates the Under 12's South in the Challenge Cup Final.
South to play North in the final
The Under 12's South, in their Challenge Cup Semi Final defeated Berkhamsted Raiders 2-1 with goals from James Merritt and Nathan Dimmock. The player of the match award went to Daniel Maher who pulled off a string of fine saves to help the South get through to a final against the Under 12's North.
Under 10's Girls bring home League Cup in fantastic final!
Hitchin Hearts Belles 1 – 3 St Albans City Youth (AET)
Despite this being their first season of playing football, the u10 girls had a brilliant cup run which took them all the way to the final, to be played against Hitchin Hearts Belles on Saturday 24th April. Played at the neutral ground of Panshanger FC, the girls experienced top-notch conditions with beautiful weather, strong numbers of supporters and experienced officials provided by the league.
A strong start by the experienced Hitchin team saw the girls in yellow go 1-0 down midway through the first half. The girls did not let this knock their confidence and they battled hard to keep the game very even, whilst maintaining the majority of the play. Mhairi Pennifer came close to scoring straight after the break following a fine run, and ‘keeper Millie Leavold made a string of super saves as the City supporters began to bite their nails in the closing few minutes of the match. With time looking to have run out, a free-kick was given after Shauna Smith was tripped on the edge of the box. Perfectly floated in by Pennifer, the Hitchin defence struggled with the onslaught of yellow shirts in the box, and a handball occurred as a result – PENALTY! Mhairi bravely stepped up, and had her strike well saved. Just as we thought it was all over, however, Mhairi was the first to claim the rebound and promptly slotted it past the goalkeeper to make it 1-1 with literally 10 seconds of normal time remaining! The jubilant City girls kept the momentum going in the first few minutes of extra time, and looked the most likely to score. Hitchin came close to scoring on the break, but the fantastic defence partnership of Romy Kelleher and Mary Leach kept them at bay. One of our strongest players of the season, Shauna Smith, then went on one of her legendary runs up the right wing, taking on and beating three opponents to whip a dangerous ball into the box. Nicola Gosling, leading goal scorer this season, added one more to her tally as she swung a fierce shot into the bottom left-hand corner. As the clock ticked down, there was to be one more moment of glory as Shauna once
again crossed accurately towards the back post, where Evie Wilkinson was superbly placed to tap the ball home and secure a 3-1 score line.
The girls were later presented with an extremely large cup and individual trophies for their efforts, and also enjoyed a mammoth water fight as a suitable end to a fantastic first season! The u10’s are now looking forward to further success in their summer tournaments.
Under 10's North reach County Cup Final
Playing in the County Cup Semi-Final were the Under 10's North and after extra time the scoreline remained at 0-0 in the match against London Maccabi Lions, and so it went to penalties.
After a very tense shoot-out the Under 10's North won the day and the match 4-3 with spot kicks from Tom levy, Daniel Emovon, Daniel Osborn and David Etheridge. Three players shared the player of the match award, Ned Robinson, Liam Murphy and Christopher Stevens.
In the Under 8's North fun match with Bovingdon there were goals from Joe Curran 3, George Fennel 2 and Finn Murphy. Ryan Ord was named as player of the match.
The Under 8's West played Welwyn Pegasus in a fun match, Will Skinner scored three goals and singles from Stefan martin, Adam Johnson and Thomas Liddelow. The player of the match award went to Callum Copper.
18th April 2010
Ladies hit Five
The Under 18's Ladies played their last home league match of the season against Hemel Rovers Ladies and they took an early lead when Andrea Endobor pounced on a goalkeeping error and slotted the ball home. Hemel hit back with two goals following corner kicks to go 2-1 up but Andrea Endobor used her pace and scored two more goals to complete her hat trick and give City youth a 3-2 lead. next to score was Lucy Hancock with a great strike from the left hand side of the box whilst Leanne Raynor did the same from the right hand side to make the final score 5-2 to the Saints.. This now means the are in second place in the table and only a heavy defeat in their last match will see them drop to third sport. Well done Ladies.
West earn a point against local rivals
At home to local rivals St Albans Rangers saw the Under 18's West earn a point with a 1-1 draw. Greg Springall scoring the only goal for the Saints after he had been set up with a fine cross from Sam Crafts. The player of the match award went to Alex Cobb.
Girls hit Nine
Away to Welwyn, who are in second place in the league were the Under 16's Girls and they turned in a superb performance to win 9-0. Leading the goal scorers was Abigail Kemball-Cook with four goals, Christina Freestone 3 and Pheonix Hickman 2, the player of the match went to right back Coral Clayton
One Nil to the Under 16's
A fine goal from Dominic Oliver gave the Under 16's a 1-0 away win at Alexandra Park. There was a joint player of the match which went to Sam Rogan and Josh Mejia-Searle.
All three Under 8 teams played fun matches over the weekend. Adam Johnson and William Skinner scored two goals apiece for the Under 8's West game with Wodson Park Rovers with midfielder Stefan Martin winning the player of the match award. Joe Curran and George Fennell scored in the Under 8's North's game with Berkhamsted whilst player of the match Luco Rosato scored in the Under 8's South's match with Park Street.
11th April 2010
The Under 9's Girls played Welwyn Girls, there were five goals from Charlotte Banks, five goals from Lauren Walker plus one from Freya Bennett.
For the Under 8's West Adam Johnston scored two goals in their fun match with Lemsford Leopards.
21st March 2010
The Under 10's North moved into the Semi-Final of the County Cup after they defeated Buntingford Cougars 4-0 with goals from Alfie Booth 2, Tom levy and Ned Robinson.
Lauren Walker scored two goals for the Under 9's Girls in their match with Kings Langley.
The Under 8's West played a fun match with Welwyn Pegasus, scoring goals during the match was Thomas Liddelow 3, George Pelham and Adam Johns
The Under 8's North played a fun match at home with Garston, two players during the game scored two goals each, they were Billy Owen and Joe Curran.
The Under 8's South played Harpenden in a fun match and Joe Parrett scored a terrific free kick.
14th March 2010
Ladies beat league leaders
The Under 18's ladies were away to the unbeaten league leaders Stevenage Borough, and yes the girls returned with all the points after a magnificent 3-2 victory. Molly Slade got the ball rolling by converting a penalty and then there were goals from Andrea Endobor and Claudia Hutton to seal a fine win.
Springall hat trick
Away to local rivals St Albans Rangers were the Under 18's West who won the match 4-1 with Greg Springall scoring a great hat trick with Cameron Baxindine notching the fourth goal. making some fine saves was keeper Jack Middleton and in doing so was named man of the match.
Girls book final slot
In the League Cup Semi Final the Under 10's Girls beat Bedwell 2-0 with Shauna Smith scoring the first goal and player of the match Mhairi Pennifer the second.
Lauren Walker scored two great goals for the Under 9's Girls in their match against Hitchin Belles.
Billy Owen scored two goals in the Under 8's North fun match away to Kings Langley. jarvis Wilkins was named player of the match.
The Under 8's West played a fun match with Cuffley yellow, goals came from Adam Johnson 2, George Pelham 2, William Skinner and player of the match Joe Cussans.
7th March 2010
Girls County Champions
The Under 16's Girls took on Fairlands Youth at the County Ground, Letchworth, in the Herts FA Challenge Cup Final.
it was a real end to end game in what proved to be a high scoring encounter with the Under 16's Girls finally winning the match by six goals to five. Four times the girls were in front before, with six minutes to go they found themselves losing 4 - 5. Then up popped Abigail Kemball-Cook to score the equalising goal.
With only a few minutes left Abigail Kemball-Cook went on a run beating three players and the goal keeper before tapping the ball into the net for the winning goal, this was also her fourth goal of the game.
The other goal scorers, following a superb team performance were Christina Freestone and Sammy May whose goal was scored direct from a corner kick.
Well done Girls.
Great win for the Under 10's Girls
Playing Hitchin away, who were unbeaten this season, until that is they met the Under 10's Girls who ended their record with an excellent 2-0 victory. The first goal was scored by player of the match Shauna Smith, who after beating two players then proceded to score from a tight angle. The other goal was scored by Mhairi Pennifer, which cam about following a fine passing move from end to end.
Joe Patton was named man of the match in the Under 8's South's fun match with Park Street Village.
The Under 8's West played Wheathampstead Tigers in a fun match and player of the match Adam Johnson scored three goals, there were also singles for William Skinner and Thomas Liddelow.
28th February 2010
Last minute heartbreak
Despite a fine battling performance from the Under 18's East in their home County Cup match against Sun Postal Blue they eventually went down 3-2 to a last minute goal. Scoring the goals for the saints were John Butler and Aaron Robertson.
Extra time win for the 13's East
In the Senior Challenge Cup the Under 13's East played a local derby against Harpenden Colts and with plenty of goals from both sides it proved to be an entertaining match. the score at full time was 5 -5, the match then went to extra time and Ed Little struck home the winner for the East to win the match 6-5. The other scorers for the saints were man of the match Josh Harpin 2, Callum Glenister 2 and Chris Ladyman.
Great football from the 11's Girls
The Under 11's Girls turned in a brilliant display of football to beat Enfield Town at home by five goals to nil. Both Abbie Sullivan and Olivia Almond scored with well placed headed goals, both of which were setup by inch perfect corner kicks from Esme Stevens, who nearly scored herself when another kick struck the crossbar.
Olivia Almond went on to score another three goals to take her tally to four in the match. Annie Sullivan was named player of the match. Also having a great game was April Harpin, who was making her debut for the team and was outstanding in goal.
21st February 2010
New signing Dinnes nets four
New signing Freddie Dinnes led the goal scorers with four well taken efforts as the Under 15's East defeated Potters Bar United by eight goals to nil. The other goal scorers were Matt Springall 2, Dan Smith and Nathan Watkins, with James Moffatt being named player of the match.
East defeat league leaders
The Under 13's east were at home to Hemel Town Youth, who are top of Division One and have not lost a match so far this season, but the East pulled out all the stops to win the match 2 - 1 with Anthony Gosling scoring both goals. The winning goal coming with five minutes left of the match from a fine shot into the top left hand corner of the net. central defender Chris Ladyman was named player of the match.
County Cup progress for the North
In the fifth round of the County Cup the Under 10's North move into the Quarter Finals after a 1 - 0 victory over Cheshunt Youth following a brilliant team performance. The Saints goal was scored with a deadly right foot strike from Youness Bakhti.
14th February 2010
The Under Under 8's North played Watford Youth in a fun match, there were goals from Jarvis Wilkins, Joe Curran and George Fennel. Ben Spencer was named player of the match.
Joel Rutherford, Stefan martin and Adam Johnson 2 were on the scoresheet in the Under 8's West fun match with Lemsford Pumas
7th February 2010
First match for 10 weeks and no road blocks (see previous report)
This was our first game since November 29th which was 10 weeks ago.
We have lost crucial fitness over those 10 weeks due to disrupted training and a lack of match practice. It was clear in the training sessions last month and was clear today as we lost steam during the game. Our opponents were a good side and have been playing matches. We were up against it from the start.
"Hit the ground running," and we did. For the first 20 minutes we looked to be the better team. Neil Jardine and Tom Pile dominated the wings and the chances and spaces were created. Shots were being fired past the goal or straight at the keeper. Meanwhile our new keeper Parag Thaker had a quiet start, mopping up behind the defence.
It was fitting that it should be a Neil Jardine cross, after riding a foul in the area, that would be put away by Tom Pile. After that, as I feared, it was all downhill. The visitors were given time and space and started to get into the game and they hit two posts and a crossbar as well as allowing Parag Thaker to show off his ability in goal. In the end it was a harsh penalty decision against a player trying to protect himself from a close range shot that created the equaliser.
The second half did not start well and the visitors continued to dominate. It was from a St Albans free kick, however, played into their penalty box, that the broke quickly and scored. The team did not give up and it is a credit to them that they got themselves back into the game for the final 20 minutes. They created a number of chances and two, with players in front of the goal, were wasted, again perhaps due to tiredness.
Hopefully we take things on from this performance, making better use of our strengths and building up fitness. The whole team put in a positive determined display and it was hard to name a Player of the Match but the new goalkeeper Parag Thaker was given the award as he helped give the team increased confidence with his display.
Local Derby Win for the Girls
In a local derby match the Under 13's Girls turned in a brilliant performance to defeat Harvesters 6 - 3. The goal scorers were Louise Herren 2, Lauren Dunbar , Demi Harris and Emma Sullivan with Tara Graham, who controlled the midfield being named player of the match.
We all wish Daniel a speedy recovery
The match between the Under 11's East and FC Comets in the County Cup was marred when after ten minutes Daniel Phipps suffered a double fracture after he landed awkwardly.
Later on the East took the lead when a shot from Lindon Gabriel found the top right hand corner followed by another effort from Ryan Lubbock which gave them a 2 - 1 lead at half time. In the second period FC Comets hit back to win 3 v 2 . Bryn Williams was named player of the match for the East.
Everyone wishes Daniel a speedy recovery.
In the Under 9's Girls game there was plenty of goals with Lauren Walker scoring eight goals plus two from Harry Darbisher and singles from Charlotte Banks and Amberly Smith.
Gerald Smith scored two goals in the Under 8's South's fun match against Hemel Youth. Also scoring was Jarvis Wilkins in the Under 8's North fun game with London Maccabbi Lions. Tome Carmichael was named player of the match.
31st January 2010
Great win for the east
Away to Potters Bar United Whites, the Under 15's east took a 2-0 lead going into half time with goals from Nathan Watkins and Matt Balser. In the second half further goals from Kyle Parker and Dan Smith helped the East record a 4-0 victory. The man of the match award went to left Back Dan Rosson who had a great game in the back four.
Derby win for the Girls
In a local derby the Under 11's Girls played Harvesters Girls which saw a great passing game of football which helped the Under 11's Girls to an excellent 5-0 home win. There was some fine finishing in front of goal from Kristal Clarke, who scored a hat trick plus goals from Ellen Jukes and Olivia Almond whilst Molly Rogan was named player of the match after covering every blade of grass on the pitch.
18th January 2010
The Under 12's North played away to Rickmansworth Youth in the League and following a tough match in very heavy conditions they managed to win 2-1. Scoring the goals for the saints were Matt Harvey and Josh Bean. Both Centre Backs, Nathan Gibbins and Dan McGowan shared the player of the match award.
Also winning away were the Under 10's South who beat B.Y.F.C 4-2 in the Spring Cup, with two goals from Chris Hubbard and singles from Ben Gosling and Dan Newton.
6th December 2009
18's South come back in County Cup
At home to Watton United in the 2nd Round of the County Cup saw the Under 18's South losing 2-0 after ten minutes, but they fought back with two goals from Sean Moss to go in at the half time break all square at 2-2. In the second half there were further goals from Bobby Armstrong 2, one from Glen Hall and another from Sean Moss to complete his hat-trick. the final score was 6-3 to the Saints.
There were two goals from Harry Ross and one from Daniel Newton in the Under 10's South's 3-1 away win over Harvesters East in the Challenge Cup
The Under 8's North played Kings Langley Kestrels in a fun match with goals from Joe Curran 3 and Jarvis Wilkins 2. Harvey Smith was named man of the match.
The Under 8's West played Bury Rangers Stripes in a fun match with the man of the match award going to Matthew Stevens, there was also goals from Paul Liddelow and William Skinner.
22nd November 2009
County Win for the North
In the 3rd Round of the County Cup the Under 12's North entertained Cuffley Youth and they stormed to a 14-0 victory. Joe Lowthian and Nathan Gibbins both scored four goals apiece, also scoring was Josh bean 3, Yaku Stapleton and Akim Akinbinu.
Great Second Half Display
At half time the Under 11 Girls were losing 4-0 to a strong Tottenham 'A' side, but in the second half they turned in an excellent display to ensure there was no further goals. The player of the match went to Kristal Clarke who worked hard during the entire match.
In a fun match against Hemel Athletic, Ronnie Russo was named man of the match for the Under 8's South.
The Under 8's West played a fun match against Hemel Colts with goals from George Pecham, Thomas Liddelow and Joe Cussans. Stfan Martin had a great game in goal.
The Under 8's North played Hemel Aces in a fun match and the man of the match went to Tom Carmichael, who also scored two goals. Also on the scoresheet were Jarvis Wilkins, Billy Owen and George Fennel.
15th November 2009
West Defeat League Leaders
The Under 18's West were away to League Leaders Berkhamsted White and after a fine team performance the west came back with all three points following a 3-1 victory. The first two goals were scored by Greg Springall and the third was scored by George Collins who also set up the other goals. The man of the match award went to three players for there outstanding performances, Myles Smith, Tom Weaver and George Collins.
Girls take the points
The Under 16's Girls played Welwyn Garden City Girls at home and after some excellent play in both half's of the match they ran out 5-2 winners. Leading the goal scorers was Christina Freestone with a hat-trick, her second goal being a right footed volley into the top corner of the net. The other goals were scored by Faith Trounce and Coral Clayton. Goalkeeper Hanna Ward was named player of the match.
Six Points for the East
Playing two matches in a week were the Under 15's East, winning them both by the same 3-2 scoreline. First they beat Belmont with two goals from Nathan Watkins and a single from Luke Yaxley. In their second away match against London Colney Nathan Watkins again scored two goals with the third scored by Kyle Parker.
East on form in County Cup
Away to S & B Yellows in the County Cup saw the Under 12's East storm to a 3-0 lead at half time, eventually winning 5-1 with man of the match Joe Weaver scoring four brilliant goals. This was a superb team performance which saw Alex Howard scoring the final goal for the Saints.
Flesch hits Four
Also scoring four goals in the County Cup was Zak Flesch for the Under 12's South as they defeated Boreham Wood 2000 5-1 at home with Callum Clifford scoring the fifth goal. The man of the match award went to hard working Oliver Keen.
The Under 8's North played a fun match with Garston with goals from Joe Curran 2, George Fennell, James Lawrence and man of the match Billy Owen.
8th November 2009
Thanks Mr Policeman
The Under 18's North played Hertford Away. Turning into Hertford High Street we are met by half a dozen police officers man-handling a Road Closed sign and waiting for us to pass. Sure enough they erect it behind us ensuring that the rest of the team can't get through for about an hour. Pre-match is binned.
It was all relatively downhill from then on.
In truth we were in the game for 20-25 minutes and should have been 2-0 up at that point. Four weeks of shooting practice saw a failure to connect in front of an open goal and then a later goalmouth scramble with three or four shots blocked. This scramble led to a quick counter attack and the home team scoring.
Confidence visibly disappeared and the home team were given time and space to do as they wished. The goal was even an own goal but credit should go to Will Ellis for putting so much pressure on the defender. He played well in goal for an hour before giving the attack a bit more bite. David Paton stood out at left back for his determination and refusal to give up, and James Sissons never stopped in midfield. Rob McDougall also worked hard but had to retire with a nosebleed with 15 minutes to go. Richard Cook and Carlos Gabell shared the player of the match award.
Great time for the Under 8's
In a fun match between the Under 8's North and Hemel Aces Black there were goals from Joe Curran, Finn Murphy and Billy Owen, whilst Tom Carmichael was named man of the match.
The Under 8's West played two fun matches with Wodson Park with goals from Adam Johnson 2 and the man of the match George Pecham.
The Under 8's South played Tring Tornados in a fun match and the goals during the game came from the boot of Ted Fitzgerald-Smith and Louis Glennister plus one own goal. Hendrik Brockenhaur was named the man of the match.
1st November 2009
Under 18's North - Great Report
Forget about the score, focus on the fact that the team came within three hundredths of a second in beating the World 11-a-side backstroke record. Not bad without any training for the event.
The conditions were dreadful. The referee deserved more than the three soggy tenners that the Match Day Rep pulled out of the puddle that was his water filled pocket. The players never flinched and even the parents stood their ground to give moral support. By the end, despite two waterproof jackets and one pair of waterproof trousers I was no drier than if I had jumped in the Verulamium lake. But the pitch held up well, although the wet leaves saw quite a few players slide off the pitch.
The wind, somewhat obscured by the torrential rain, was the real problem. This was typified by a shot from Carlos Gabell from outside the box that was going over the stranded keeper's head. A sudden gale force gust stopped the ball in flight and it dropped into the relieved keepers arms. This prevented a hat-trick on his debut from Carlos.
As in the last game the team did not shoot in the first half with the wind behind them. At half time they had just conceded a second goal. The visitors did not make the same mistake and scored 4 from long range shots (and a fifth that went through a hole in the net) whilst we started shooting into the wind which was not so easy.
The visitors seemed to be better than most teams we have played this season and won the midfield battle that mattered. The home team had a patchwork defence that suffered from the loss of Tom Pile at half time with a migraine attack. Three new players in the team did not help and it explains perhaps why the team were not very effective in the first 45 minutes. As well as Carlos, Louis Minerve showed promise up front and Joe Bignell played well in midfield. Rob McDougall was outstanding in his contribution. He turned up without having a starting place, even on the bench, played well in midfield and then did a great job as an emergency central defender. Harry Gray was named Player of the Match for his efforts in goal despite the weather and not being very well.
We showed promise against a good side in poor conditions, a glass half full.
Report by: Ian Jardine
Great time for the Under 9's Girls
The Under 9's Girls played in a five a side festival plus a friendly match against Watford. Charlotte Banks scored five goals, also scoring was Lauren Walker. All the Girls from both teams enjoyed the game.
25th October 2009
South League Cup Success
The Under 18's South played Nascot Wood at home in the League Cup. Harry Fountain scored his first goal of the season to get the South off to a good start. before half time two more goals, one from Sean Moss plus an own goal gave them a 3 - 0 lead going into the break. Just before the final whistle a fine strike from Mario Concialdi wrapped up the result to make the final score 4-0 to the South.
Marland on form
Malik Marland scored a superb hat trick to help the Under 15's West record a fine 7 - 0 win away to Alexandra Park. The other goals came from Adriano Gill 2, Ben Pinder and Ben Blight. The man of the match award went to Benjamin Mitchell.
Otoo hits Seven
The Under 14's North were away to Gadeside Gunners in the league and recorded their biggest ever win with an Eighteen (18) nil victory. leading the way was Bernard Otoo who struck an impressive seven goals. Their were also plenty of other scorers with Sam Bignall grabbing a hat trick, Jay Caines 2, Aaron Greenaway 2, Ryan Cobb, Callum Peet, Denzil Addo and Daniel O'Donovan.
West fine home win
A Robbie Penntomas hat trick led the Under 11's West to a fine 6-2 home win over Rickmansworth, the other goals came from Josh Emmins 2 plus one own goal.
Girls storm to a win
At home to Watford Youth Girls in a league match saw the Under 10's Girls storm to a 5-1 victory with Mhairi Pennifer scoring four well taken goals whilst Nicola Gosling scored the fifth goal. The player of the match went to Isabelle Poole who was outstanding on the right midfield.
18th October 2009
South in County Cup win
Away to Baldock Town in the County Cup saw the Under 18's South take the lead just before half time when Rory Suttie burst into the box and shot home from ten yards to open the scoring. With about five minutes to go an effort from Gel Hall made the final score 2-0 to the South.
West in good form
Playing Finchley Revolutions at home, a superb hat trick from the deadly finishing of Greg Springall plus a fine goal from Tom Weaver saw the Under 18's West win 4-0. Their were good performances from Ryan Maher, Ashton Jones and Jamie Heaffey, whilst goalkeeper Jack Middleton and midfielder Cameron Baxendine were voted joint man of the match.
Girls earn a point
Away to Northwood were the Under 16's Girls and they earned a point with a 3-3 draw with two goals from Christina Freestone and one from star player of the match Faith Trounce.
Little scores four
At half time the Under 14's East led 1-0 away to Alexander Park South with a goal from Louie Attard. In the second half centre half John Little went up front and was rewarded by being named man of the match after he scored four excellent goals to setup the East for a 5-0 victory.
East into the next round
At home to Hormead Black in the County Cup were the Under 12's East and by half time they were leading 2-0 with goals from Joe Weaver and Newman Hakim. In the second half Newman Hakim hit his second goal for the east to finally win the match 3-1. Right back Marius Bell had an outstanding game for the east during the whole of the match.
3 points against Tottenham
The Under 11's Girls had a fine home win over Tottenham B by two goals to nil with Elen Jukes scoring her first goal for the club and player of the match Olivia Almond scoring the second goal of the game to round off the scoreline.
Hat-trick for Banks
In an excellent game against Knebworth the Under 9's Girls player Charlotte Banks scored a fine hat-trick and there were further goals from Grainne Kellet 2, and Katarina Lundrigen. Hollie Kiff was named player of the match.
The Under 8's North played Hemel Youth in a fun match which was enjoyed by all taking part. Joe Curran scored three goals and was awarded the man of the match .
The Under 8's South played a fun game at home to Chorleywood. Ted Fitzgerald-Smith scored a goal and Louis Poulton was named the man of the match.
11th October 2009
South & East
The Under 18's South and Under 18's East played each other in a League match and after a close game, with the South missing a few chances it was the East who won the match 2-0 with goals from Louis McNamara and Yaseen Salem
Under 18's North
An even game really. One team wanted to shoot, the other didn't. One team defended desperately, the other didn't.
After about forty minutes the match stats for the visitors would have read, Goals - 3, Shots on target - 3, Shots off target - 0. Only David Paton, the left back, produced the only two real goal attempts of the first half. Little wonder he became Player of the Match.
The team created more chances in the second half, six times players were put through with only the keeper in front of them and each time they took the wrong option or were too slow and caught by chasing defenders.
The defence continued to be much more generous than their visiting counterparts in the second half.
At least the hard work everyone has put in over recent weeks was shown in the way they lasted to the end, still able to dominate the game even if unable to turn that into goals. Too many passes to get back to where they had just been, not enough route one against dubious defenders or to simply clear the lines. There again it was possible to admire the teaming trying to play passing and running football in the final third of the game.
Report by: Ian Jardine
West win in County
The Under 15's West, away to Hertford Heath in the County Cup stormed to a 15-0 victory. leading the way with five goals was Oliver Marjoram. The other goals came from Adriano Gil 3, Kobayne Wilson 2, Ben Pinder 2, Liam Magwood, Mitchell Alderton plus one own goal.
Shoot-out win for the North
In the second round of the County Cup the Under 13's North fought out a 2-2 draw with Welwyn Pegasus with the match going to penalties after extra time. Scoring the goals during normal time were Jack Collard and Gus Scott, both players also scored in the penalty shoot-out which saw the saints come out on top 4-3. The other penalty scorers were Matt Cross and Shay Emerton.
3 Points for the Girls
Away to Hoddesdon Owls, the Under 13's Girls came away with all three points after a fine 3-0 victory. Demi harris led the goalscorers with two excellent finishes from inside the box, Ciara Kyrillou netted the third goal.
Eleanor Treadwell was outstanding in midfield for the Under 11's Girls.
Mhairi Pennifer was named player of the match for the Under 10's Girls in their game against Bury.
The Under 9's Girls had an excellent match against Knebworth with Charlotte Banks scoring three goals, Grainne Kellet netting two goals and Katarina Lundrigen one. Hollie Kiff was named Player of the match.
The Under 8's West had a fun match with Ware Youth Clarets. During the game there were goals from William Skinner 3, Thomas Liddelow and Ben Mehta. The joint man of the match award went to Thomas Tillin and William Skinner.
Goalkeeper James Lawrence earned the accolades from all sides in the fun match between the Under 8's North and Garston Boys.
Their were goals from Joseph Parrett and James Knapp, with Ben Martin being named player of the match in the fun match between Tring Tornados Red and the Under 8's South.
4th October 2009
Unlucky Under 16's Girls
Playing away to Hemel Hempstead Girls were the Under 16's Girls and after a close match they finally went down 4-3. Stephanie Plunkett scored the girls first goal with a screamer from 25 yards and Christina Freestone scored the Girls other goals with two firmly placed shots. The player of the match went to Faith Trounce.
Challenge Cup Success for the 15's East
In the first round of the Challenge Cup the Under 15's East were playing Whetstone Leopards away. At halftime the scoreline was all square at 2-2 but by the final whistle the East had gone on to win the match by 5 goals to 2. The goal scorers were Matt Springall 2, Luke Yaxley 2 and Andrew Mayirou, central defender Tom Sykes was named man of the match.
North earn a point
Playing League leaders Abbotts Youth at home saw the Under 14's North earn a good point with a 2-2 draw after they finished the match with ten players due to an injury after 25 minutes. Scoring his first goal for the club was Jay Caines and Sam Bignall snatched the equalising goal midway into the second half. The man of the match went to Denzil Addo after a great game in midfield.
Girls play in friendly festival
The Under 10's Girls played in a friendly tournament over the weekend against Bedwell, Bury, Borehamwood, Garston and Hitchin. There were goals from Mhairi Pennifer 3, Shauna Smith 2, Nicola Gosling 2, Evie Wilkinson plus 2 from Player of the Tournament Mary leach, including a beatiful curling shot from 25 yards whilst playing at left back.
The Under 8's North played a fun match with Kings Langley with Jarvis Wilkins scoring 2 goals.
The Under 8's South played Harpenden Colts Black in a fun match and Louis Glenister was named man of the match.
27th September 2009
18's North go down
For sixty minutes this was a good performance. The home side scored after 15 minutes with a looping header from outside the box. Although having the better of the half it was a relatively even game with the visitors not making better use of their chances, even allowing one effort to be kicked off the line by a Hawks defender. A goal just before half time gave a slightly unfair reflection of the game.
The second half started as the first had finished but the team leaked another goal before then scoring, Harry Gray from the penalty spot after Ashley Bryant had been brought down, to make it 3-1 on the hour.
The final 30 minutes are then best forgotten. Exhaustion seemed to lead to a lack of challenge and some dreadful decision making making life easy for the home team who scored at will. Will was then taken out of the goal to be replaced by Giles but he had no protection for the final 20 minutes.
The loss of the regular goalkeeper has unsettled the defence. Fitness is a problem for some players. Registration cards have not been returned for some players which limits the choices and leaving only 11 'fit' players on the pitch at the end.
Report by: Ian Jardine
16's into the next round of Challenge Cup
The Under 16's won 2-1 at Kings Langley in the Challenge Cup with goals from Adam Luck and one from man of the Match from Adam Jacobs.
Goals from Alfie Long, Tommy Hudson, Nathan Watkins and Andy Mayiro secured a 4-2 win for the Under 15's East over Everett Rovers away. Having an outstanding game for the Saints was central defender Thomas Sykes.
14's North hit Nine
Man of the match Jacob Noonan scored a fine hat trick for the Under 14's North in their 9-0 win over Gadeside Gunners at home in the League Cup. Scoring the other goals were Bernard Otoo 2, Max Andrew 2, Daniel Casotti and Callum Peet.
Also scoring Nine Goals were the Under 14's South as they beat Comets 9-2 away with man of the match Tom Spratling having a brilliant game at centre back by commanding the back four. Scoring the goals were Noah Grisenthwaite 2, Jack Pugh 2, Gus Mallet 2, Scott Wilson, Niall Watts plus one own goal.
Girls Beat Luton
The Under 11's Girls had a brilliant 1-0 victory over Luton Girls with an excellent headed goal from Olivia Almond. The player of the match award went to hard working midfielder Molly Rogan.
County Cup Success for the 10's South
In the County Cup the Under 10's South came away with a 5-1 victory at Royston South with MOTM Ben Gosling scoring three fine goals whilst Harry Ross struck the other two.
10's East into the next round of the County Cup
Also in the County Cup were the Under 10's East playing Potters Bar, following goals from Josh Ali and Harvey Trounson the match ended after extra time at 2-2. So to penalty kicks, MOTM Alex Cox saved three Potters Bar pens and scored one himself to give the East the match 3-2 on penalty kicks. The other penalty scorers were Ollie Barnett and Guiesppi Basile.
Their were goals from Thomas Liddelow 4, Will Skinner 4, Thomas Tillin, Stefan Martin 2, Adam Johnson 2, George Pecham and Joe Cussans in the Unders 8's West fun match against Ware.
Playing Herons in a fun match were the Under 8's North, with goals from James Lawrence, Joe curran 3, Ben Spencer, Billy Owen, Jarvis Wilkinson. Defender Harvey Smith was named man of the match.
Man of the match Joseph Parrott and Ronnie Russo scored the goals in the fun match between the Under 8's South and Hemel Athletic Blue.
20th September 2009
Under 18's West - Second Half comeback
Losing 2-1 at home to Riverside Hibernian saw the Under 18's West gradually take charge in the second half to run out 7-2 winners. Scoring the West's goals were Carl Biggs 2, Richard Batson, Greg Springall, Tome Weaver, Jamie Heaffey and one from the penalty spot by Goal keeper Jack Middleton. The Joint man of the Match award went to George Collins and Stuart Cole.
Under 18's North 3 v 9 Watton
The manager made a tactical mistake at the start in putting more than 8 players on the pitch. Last week this gave focus and determination. Starting with 11 and two substitutes seemed to lead to a more casual attitude and a failure to impose themselves on the game.
Midfield was the usual problem with James Sissons the only person willing to hold the middle and theus outnumbered. Ashley Bryant had a great game up front and was at the heart of the many chances that were created. The defence looked vulnerable to quick forwards and conceded first a goal and then a penalty. Ashley Bryant then scored a great header from a Harry Gray corner to encourage everyone. The team instead went to sleepp and were soon punished with another goal.
At half time the stand in goalkeepers changed and after a solid display Will Ellis went up front. The team also went to 4-4-2 to try to get more in midfield. The consequence was a steady leakage of goals through a porous defence, a lack of concentration and mistakes as well as another penalty. Meanwhile the team was producing some good football which resulted in a goal for James Sissons after a good move. He had hit the post earlier from an even better move. Kieran Rawal took advantage of a a brief move to midfield after an injury to Neil Jardine to rifle home a great goal.
Scoring three is all very well but the team must not leak goals like this. Hopefully the return of the regular goalkeeper will help all the defenders.
Will Ellis was named Player of the Match after following up his first half in goal with a busy second at the front.
Report by: Ian Jardine
Under 17's ladies march on
The Under 17's Ladies carry on their good form in the Herts & Beds Women's league with a fine 5 - 0 win away to Sherrardwood ladies. The scoreline was 1 - 0 at half time and leading the goal scorers was Abigail Cameron with two goals, one being a delightful lob from the half way line. The other goals came from Molly Slade, Izzy List and Andrea Edobor.
County Cup Success for the 15's West
The Under 15's West were away to Stevenage in the County Cup and at half time they were drawing 1-1, but in the second period they scored three more goals to win 4-1. The goal scorers for the Saints were Adriano Gil 2, Oliver Marjoram, Sam Grove, his first for the club. Lucas Smaldone was named man of the match.
East on top in Derby
At home to Garston Boys were the Under 11's East who came out winners by four goals to nil, with two of the goals coming from Jake Anthony, his second came from the penalty spot. The other goals came from Linden Gabriel and Bryn Williams whose goal came after a fine flowing move which started deep in his own half. Centre half Jacob Grisenthwaite was named man of the match.
Also having a fine win were the Under 10's Girls as the defeated Boreham Wood Girls 2- 1 with player of the match Nicola Gosling scoring both goals during an excellent team performance. Also having a good game was keeper Lauryn Edwell, who was inspirational between the sticks.
Their were goals for Joe Curran 4, Finn Murphy 3 and Tom Carmichael in their fun match against Bovingdon.
Ted Fitzgerald-Smith was named Player of the Match for the Under 8's South in their fun match against Berkhamsted Red.
13th September 2009
Potters Bar Crusaders 5 v 1 Under 18's North
It's bad enough losing your goalkeeper (ankle ligaments) on the Thursday, losing the reserve goalkeeper on Saturday (shoulder) and then the other reserve keeper on Sunday morning after a night of vomiting.
By the kick off we had only 8 players and one late arrival reporting a standstill on the M25. All the team plans were forgotten and ten little magnetic counters on the board were grouped around the penalty area.
It took 15 minutes for the home team to score with a shot from wide on their right. At this point two more players arrived and the game became much more even. It was just before half time that the home team scored with a deflection.
The 10 players continued to hold their own in the second half but having a volunteer in goal who was one of the smallest on the pitch was a risk and a speculative shot from distance went in over his head. This did not daunt the team who then started to play even better with some great passing moves. One of these saw James Sissons score after linking up with Ashley Bryant.
This seemed to galvanise the team. Neil Jardine brilliantly went past defender after defender and then crossed but the resulting shot hit the post and rolled back into the arms of the keeper lying on the ground. The next attack created total chaos in front of goal but shot after shot was blocked. It could have been 3-3. The home team, despite having substitutes looked more tired than we were.
This burst took its toll and with Sean Sullivan, who had just started to show how dangerous he could be, reduced to a passenger with blisters, the midfield began to tire. Two more long speculative shots found the target for the home team.
Tom Pile played extremely well in central defence, a new role for him and in very difficult circumstances and every player deserved credit for their performances. However Neil Jardine was awarded the Player of the Match for his commanding performance, particularly in the second half when he started to get back to his old self.
With a goalkeeper and substitutes we feel we can do something in this league. Confidence was not a problem after this set-back. Another day, another story.
Report by: Ian Jardine
9th September 2009
MID WEEK MEN IN COMFORTABLE WIN
The Midweek team continued their bright start to the season , following their Away win at Brentwood FC in the FA Youth Cup, with a comfortable 4 – 1 win away at Kentish Town Youth in the Allied Counties Youth League .
A windy evening and a bumpy pitch made conditions challenging for both teams and initially there was precious little quality on view.
London Colney adjusted more quickly to the conditions and began to knock the ball around using the full width of the pitch. A series of corners led to the first goal when an inswinging driven corner by James Yates was headed home at the far post by Ben Talbot. London Colney were now running the game , but the momentum was halted when an opposition player , standing five yards off-side was allowed to receive the ball and drive it under Jordan Dingle. The boys were stunned that the assistant referee had not put his flag up , and for a few minutes allowed this travesty to affect their performance. The lead was restored when a knock-down fell to the trusty boot of City Legend Luke Thatcher who rifled the ball into the roof of the net. By now every player was battling and despite some pretty crude challenges by the
Kentish Town players, the boys stuck to their game plan and were resolute all over the pitch.
A third goal , just before the break , by Glen Hall who ran through and gleefully crashed the ball past their keeper , was no more than was deserved.
The second half saw much of the same , although some substitutions brought more territory gains for Kentish town. London Colney continued to boss the game and after the award of a free- kick 30 yards out , a training ground move saw Yates pick out Skipper Mark Hiller , who ran across the six –yard box and then flicked the ball over his right shoulder and their keeper and into the far corner of the net.
A good performance from all involved , setting the team up nicely for their game at home in the next round of the FA Youth Cup , where Ilford Town will be the visitors on Wednesday 23rd September
Jordan Dingle , Kieran Ferdinand , Bobby Armstrong , Mark Hiller , Ben Talbot , Ryan Hearn , Danny Thurgood , Glen Hall , James Yates, Will Davis , Luke Thatcher , subs Tom Simmonds , James Lowthian
Report by: Grahame Hiller