Category Archives: Match Reports – Youth U9

Christchurch Under 9’s Sunday 28th September 2014

Christchurch FC v Ringwood Town

Under a lovely autumnal sky, the U9 season continued with a match against the Ringwood Town Warriors. With coaches resplendent in their Triple AAA sponsored rain-jackets, the boys warmed up with enthusiasm.

The starting line-up was off to a very bright start with a shot on goal forthcoming with the first surge forward. Despite some robust defending from Ringwood Town, Christchurch’s exciting attacking play was ever present and allowed the team to take control of the game. Our speedy wingers were a constant threat delivering some great passes for the forwards to race on to.

Half-time allowed Ringwood Town to take on advice from their coach and they started the second half pressing Christchurch hard across the pitch when we had possession, making it much harder to get out of defence. To counter this, a re-jig of Christchurch’s line up was made, pushing the usual defensive team to play a role further up the field, allowing Christchurch to regain momentum with possession and see the game out.

Squad: Angus, Dorian, Harrison, James, Joseph, Leon, Ryan, Stephen, Flynn

Poole Town Youth v Christchurch FC

So the second away fixture of the season was an early morning kick-off against Poole Town Youth. Starting again at a high tempo, it took the boys a little while to get into their passing game, not helped by a very “bobbly” pitch and the weather being unusually hot for the end of September (even the Subs were complaining about it being hot and they were just watching!)

Using both the wings as outlets from defence, Christchurch started to take control of the game and were soon creating some really well-crafted chances. Our corner count grew as we maintained possession yet with Poole Town’s quick forward line the team could not relax and the defensive unit had to be watchful and ready at all times.

The theme continued in the second half with some great play on both wings from Josh and Thomas, crossing to our ever ready strikers in Cameron and Louie. With confidence rising and cross-field passing becoming a feature, Christchurch was able to maintain control until the end of the game.

A really great performance and again, superb support from the parents.

Squad: Heath, Josh, TJ, Oliver, Thomas, Harry, Louie L, Martin, Cameron, Aaron

Christchurch Under 9’s Sunday 21st September 2014

CHRISTCHURCH v RINGWOOD TOWN

A full fixture list for Christchurch FC’s new playing home at Stourfield School saw the New Forest League have the early kick-off. Beautiful weather again greeted the teams and allowed both to get off to a frantic start.

With some minor tweaking to the defensive formation, the boys carried on from their last game, with some hard, fast running, quickly turning defence into attack. Always looking to pass the ball, the team played some great open football, roared on by an ever increasing number of supporters as the other Christchurch teams turned up for their matches.

With this being only their 3rd league fixture, the boys should be applauded for how quickly and confidently they’ve settled into playing structured matches.

Half-time oranges, along with some tactical tips from the coaches saw Christchurch add to their first half performance and play out a controlled and impressive second half.

The enthusiasm from the boys is fantastic and gives the team a great platform for the rest of the season.

Squad: Angus, Dorian, Harrison, James, Joseph, Leon, Ryan, Stephen

CHRISTCHURCH v GREENFIELDS

In the 2013-14 Season, the boys first ever BYFL League season, Greenfields home and away had been very tough, one-sided matches. So everyone associated with the Christchurch team was looking forward to welcoming Greenfields again, full of anticipation to gauge the progress of the boys and team from last season.

And they were not disappointed.

Roared on from both touchlines, the game was full of excitement and some great football. Cross-field passes, running into space and moving the ball quickly, both sides fully contributed to a fantastic game of end to end football.

The progress from last season was clear to see, with Christchurch giving Greenfields a serious test, as noted magnanimously by their coaching staff, who applauded the team for their play and said they were already looking forward to the return fixture.

Congratulations to all the boys.

Squad: Heath, Josh, TJ, Liam, Thomas, Harry, Louie L, Martin, Cameron, Louie H

Christchurch Under 9’s Sunday 14th September 2014

CHRISTCHURCH v HIGHCLIFFE HAWKS

The Team’s first home match in the New Forest League was played under the midday heat of a warm September’s day.

All of the boys arrived early to cheer on the BYFL team, albeit some distance from the pitch and with the distraction of a scratch match between them. Congratulations to their team mates on a really hard fought game.

When it was our turn to start, Christchurch were quick out of the blocks with some hard running and great teamwork. The goal posts and crossbar seemed to attract the ball when Christchurch was on the attack, a sign that all of the shooting practice in training was working. It was a really superb first half home performance.

Their opposition were well coached and made for a really competitive and close second half. Our defence continued to put in a great performance and gave the team a platform to attack. A flurry of late corners and attacking runs meant the boys ran out the match in much the same impressive manner as they started it.

The match was played in an excellent spirit and the boys are to be applauded for their continued contribution to making us a competitive and hardworking, but also honourable team

Squad: Angus, Dorian, Flynn, Harrison, James, Joseph, Leon, Ryan, Stephen

CHRISTCHURCH v BOURNEMOUTH POPPIES

Eagerness, excitement and expectation were the order of the day for Christchurch as they played their first home game of the season against Bournemouth Poppies. With some familiar faces on the pitch and touchlines, it was time to renew last season’s well placed rivalry.

On a hot day, it was an end to end game with both sets of players working really hard in both defence and attack. Christchurch played some really neat and penetrating football in the first half, simple yet effective passing, letting the ball do the work.

It really was a game of two halves, Christchurch dominating the first, with Poppies establishing a foothold and proving much harder to breakdown in the second.

Both teams were relentless in the second half, strong in defence and quick on the counter attack. A hard fought game, again played in front of an appreciative and enthusiastic set of supporters and parents.

Squad: Heath, TJ, Liam, Oliver, Cameron, Thomas, Harry, Louie H, Louie L, Aaron

Christchurch Under 9’s Sunday 7th September

CHRISTCHURCH v MUDEFORD SWANS

Finally it arrived, the first fixture of a much anticipated season away to Mudeford Swans.
With all of last season’s players registered again and two new players added to the squad, everyone was excited to put their summer training efforts and World Cup tricks into practice!

The characteristic Christchurch slow start from last season was I’m pleased to say replaced by all of the players setting off at a high tempo.

Continuing the progress from last season coupled with the hard work and enthusiasm from the training ground, the players kicked-off with some really good passing football resulting in a controlled first-half performance from Christchurch. The second half was a much closer affair as Mudeford grew in confidence and contributed to a really fantastic game, especially notable as this is their first season.

Playing a new formation and with new players added to the squad, the Christchurch boys performed admirably and set the bar high for the season to come. Moving up an age level and playing an extra 10 minutes per game did not seem to faze the boys, so more positives for season.

So a great start to the season for Christchurch, confidence to play, great attitude from the boys and again following on from last season, a tremendous turnout and enthusiastic support from all of the parents. Everyone is already talking about the next fixture.

Squad: Heath, Josh, Liam, Harry, Louie H, Aaron, Cameron, Louie L, Martin, Thomas, Oliver

Christchurch Under 9’s made its bow in the New Forest League today, under the pleasant autumnal summer and on the FA compliant Two Rivers Meet Pitch No.2.

The boys first fixture came around after a summer of hard work and committed training. The eagerness to get the season underway was evident in that the entire squad was there 15 minutes before kick off.

With a referee who would have been playing in this fixture three years ago starting us off, the boys played immediately with a quick tempo, setting up numerous opportunities in the first half. With every attack having the boys cutting through the opposition, a positive outcome was not long in coming.

Supplemented by the half time oranges, the players resumed their attacking ways but failed to convert on the opportunities presented. The opposition came out much stronger in the second half and we had to remain positive and committed to the end.

A fine team effort where all squad members contributed to an excellent first match, supplemented by the enthusiastic support of the parents group and fellow club members.

Squad: Angus, Dorian, Flynn, Harrison, James, Joseph, Leon, Ryan, Stephen

Christchurch v Burton Sunday 24th October 2010

Christchurch v Burton
Match Result: 2 – 1
Goal Scorers: Aaron, Jared
An early goal from Burton was a set back for a Christchurch team who were trying to get back to winning ways after an exciting draw last week. A corner from Burton caused trouble for goal keeper Alex, who has started to look superb in between the sticks. Spells of good play from both sides set up an exciting game. But Christchurch were trailing at the mid way point.
A stronger second half performance as per usual by the team resulted in Aaron grabbing a goal early on. Impressive performances as a team collectively caused great pressure on Burton. Although, Alex kept the side in contention with some brave saves. Also, Sam, Andrew and Jordan kept the team from conceding. Combined attacking play by Josh and Aaron resulted in Jared scoring with virtually the last kick of the game, resulting in all 3 points for Christchurch.