Category Archives: Match Reports – Youth U15

Christchurch v Grange Sunday 23rd March 2014




It’s that time of the season when leagues are decided and the BYFL is no different.

We had pretty much secured the league last week but a win today would make it impossible for the others to catch us.

The first 15 minutes were a cagey affair with neither team really carving out any clear opportunities and struggling with the weight of passing due to the wind.

When the breakthrough did come it was a goal worth waiting for. The ball was moved from the left back position through the midfield and out to Bubba on the right wing who hit the bye line and whipped in a cross which Ollie B drilled from six yards out.

That gave us some momentum and Sam who had come on for Ollie broke free after a good dribble and was felled by the retreating defender, the ref put his whistle to his mouth but then bizarrely waved play on to the astonishment of both teams.

There then followed a mad ten minutes where the control of the game seemed to be lost along with the trust of the players, during this period Grange were denied a penalty for a shove much to the annoyance of the opposition manager.

Further goals followed with Zak scoring at the back post again from some good build up play and Ollie completing his hat trick.

Only blemish on the day was another penalty awarded against us which spoiled the clean sheet.

Well done to all players and families another league trophy and another successful season.


Under 15 Match Reports round up



This was a top of the table clash which will probably have a significant say on who goes on to win the title with games running out.

Due to injuries we had 13 boys available for selection including Zak deputising in goal.

Bransgore were obviously full of confidence having beaten us earlier in the season in the cup.

As the score suggests though this was a resounding victory which could have been more and sets us up for the run in.

Well done.



Another hard fought victory by a team that is getting closer and closer to defending the league title for the third year running. In any level of football that takes some doing but to do it with a nucleus of players that have been together since they were 7 years old is extra special.

The squad have really stepped up to the plate over the last three games and they are a credit to themselves and the club.



Victory today and we knew if results went our way we were nearly there.

A late injury to Ollie H saw Elliot come in at centre back and we gave starts to Sam and Zak who have been patient waiting for the opportunity the last few weeks.

On a blustery day and on a bobbly pitch it wasn’t exactly a spectacle to write home about and when Force got it back to 3 – 3 I thought we may well crumble. Phil then decided to move Bubba to the middle and we scored three unanswered goals, tactical genius or fate who knows?

Only a few games left now and the challenge now is to do an Arsenal and emulate the invincible team who went unbeaten for a whole season…

Come on Christchurch!!

Christchurch v Greenfields Sunday 23rd February 2014




This was our first league outing since the beginning of December and for it to be against one of our biggest rivals wasn’t ideal.

Damian took the team today and we decided to go with a 4 4 1 1 formation with Ollie playing just behind Ruben.

There was a strong wind blowing straight across the pitch which both teams had to adapt to. Greenfields scored within the first ten minutes which was not part of the plan however the boys stuck to their task and carved out a series of chances and it was only right when George equalised on home debut.

Second half Christchurch were in the ascendency and further goals followed from Ruben and Ollie. Greenfields did pull one back to get within 2 but we went on to get a fifth and were comfortable winners in the end.

If Greenfields felt hard done by in the return fixture they can have no complaints this time around and hopefully their match report will reflect this.

An excellent squad performance but special mention to the back four who coped well with the Greenfields threat and Ruben who never let them settle and scored a great hat trick.

Well done to all and let’s take this confidence into next weeks game against another team with ambitions of winning the league.

Christchurch v Bransgore Sunday 8th December 2013




Cup weekend this week and a return fixture against Bransgore who knocked us out last year when we had only ten players when we started and nine when that match finished.

No such excuses this year as we had 13 to choose from and the same 13 that put eight past Poole last week which makes the result some what disappointing for Phil and myself. That is not meant to take away from the Bransgore victory merely an observation about those Jeckyll and Hyde performances!

I decided to rest Ollie B at the start and if I reflect on that it was probably a poor decision as I felt we missed his quality and link up play.

The game was a very even encounter and Bransgore were competitive all over the pitch and had some big lads who were strong in the air. Both teams had long range efforts but neither goal keeper was really troubled.

Half time we turned around 0 – 0 and Ethan and Ollie came on, Ethan as in previous weeks gave us the link up play we seemed to be lacking and his range of passing is something that others in the team could learn from, we don’t always need to go forward!

The goal came with about 20 minutes to go and after a claim for a free kick the ball broke to the middle of the box. Jem managed to block the first one but couldn’t stop the rebound.

We huffed and puffed for the remainder of the game and created a couple of half chances but we could have played another half and wouldn’t have scored.

So only the league to go for now and another big game looming against Ringwood. We need to turn up in the right frame of mind and play the kind of football we are capable of.

Well done to Bransgore and good luck in the semi finals.


Christchurch v Poole Town Wessex Sunday 1st December




This was a top of the table clash with a Poole side sitting first in the league after a great start to their first season in the top division.

You could see from the moment they arrived they were up for the task in hand and our team talk was very much about matching them in all areas of the pitch including in the personal physical battles that other teams had said they brought to previous matches.

We set our team up for just such an encounter with Elliot retaining his place at centre back and Tom at right back.

After a cagey opening with both sides sussing each other out the ball was squared to Tom on the edge of the box who unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top left corner. The second followed shortly afterwards when after a good sequence of passing Max whipped in a perfect cross which Ruben headed home with aplomb.

Poole were clearly rattled and just before half time we capitalised on our dominance when Tom headed home at the back post from a wicked in swinging corner.

The second half started as the first ended with another good cross which Ollie B headed initially and then shot home at close range.

Our next was probably the goal of the game with Ruben picking the ball up in the centre circle and driving straight at the Poole defence dribbling around 5 players before smashing it home, when these dribbles come off they are impossible to defend.

With the score at 5 – 0 it would have been easy for Poole to give up but they kept going and capitalised on some hesitant defending to score.

Goals then followed from Ollie B, Ethan and Alex and the passing was at times sublime!

Other incidents of note were a penalty to Poole which Jem conceded and then stood up to save and some heavy tackles from both teams where the ref intervened. Neither were pretty but for parents to encourage serious foul play from the side lines is unacceptable (you know who you are and you ought to be ashamed).

Another convincing victory from a squad that plays attractive football but will deal with what ever is put before them as today proves.

Well done.

Corfe Mullen v Christchurch Sunday 24th November 2013




Another Sunday and another game only this time in the Bournemouth Cup.

Corfe Mullen are in a period of rebuilding after losing a number of their squad and we ourselves had 2 debutants due to injury and absentees.

The first half was a dour affair with neither side exerting any control on the game and from the side lines it was awful to watch. Zak making his debut in goal made one good save before a decent passing move led to the opener by Cam. Some unselfish play from George teed him up and he drilled his shot from 8 yards. One nil at half time and things could only get better,

We introduced Tom at centre back for Ollie H both of whom have been carrying injuries and Ethan came into midfield with Cam going to right back to cover Bubba who had a dead leg.

The second half was much more typical of the football Christchurch play ( despite what some of our rivals suggest) with some slick one and two touch football across the whole width of the pitch. Ethan was instrumental in the change in tempo and the team really need to ask themselves why.

Another 4 goals followed two from Ollie B one from George on debut and one from Bubba and other chances had they been taken would have made the score a more accurate reflection of the second half dominance.

This was very much a game of two halves as the old football cliche says and if we are to achieve our targets for the year we need to play all our matches as we played the second half of this one.

Special thanks to Zak for stepping in for Jem and to the 2 new lads George and Elliot who fitted in very well and are welcome additions to our squad.

Poole Town Wessex are our next opponents and from their league position they will no doubt come at the match with confidence and we will need to be on our game.