Category Archives: Match Reports – Youth U16

Christchurch v Grange Sunday 28th September 2014





Back to the league today after the disappointment of the cup last week and the opponents were The Grange.
We knew from their previous results that this was going to be a close encounter and so it proved.
This Christchurch team is still work in progress with so many new players and this is evident by the patchiness of the play, sometimes brilliant sometimes awful!
The opening goal from Alex was a ” worldly ” from the right side of the box which flew into the top corner. The second came from some lovely build up play a series of six quick passes and Ollie met the cross from Bubba six yards out. At 2 – 0 I thought we would go on to win with ease but that proved not to be the case and Grange made a real game of it and in the end we were indebted to Jem for a double save which gave us the win.

Mention for the back three today who knew they had been in a game and looked solid most of the game.
Point of learning for the team is we are much better when we keep the ball moving. Too many touches lead to too many turnovers in play and stop us doing what we do best quick tempo football based around passing and moving. Think about this before our next game.

That said another three points on the board.

Christchurch v Greenfields Sunday 21st September 2014




Second meeting in a fortnight only this time on a less favourable surface to both teams and cup rather than the league.

Greenfields were clearly up for the job in hand and the game was littered with niggly free kicks.

Nevertheless we created three really good chances which we have become used to Ollie burying but not today unfortunately. Even having missed these chances I still never felt like Greenfields were a threat until a clearance from the back went straight to one of their players and after moving the ball out to the right side a good cross was nodded in from five yards giving Jem no chance.

The second half was a non event really save for the ref issuing 5 yellow and one red cards! It really wasn’t that sort of game and whilst I support refs fully doing what is a difficult job I think we all felt that too many cards were issued for the type of game being played.

Down to ten men we were chasing the equaliser and Greenfields used their advantage to score a second after some good interplay on the edge of the box.

We won’t be winning the Bournemouth Cup in this final year of junior football which is a shame but good luck to Greenfields they got their tactics right today and were worthy winners.


Greenfields v Christchurch Sunday 7th September 2014





Another season got underway with an away fixture with one of our closest rivals, Greenfield’s at King George V Playing Fields in Ferndown.

This was a new look Christchurch and also a new look Greenfields and it lacked the familiarity of previous years.

We played 3 5 2 with Aiden, Bubba and Cam playing centrally and some of the link up play between these three was a joy to watch. We grew into the game without really creating any clear cut opportunities then after another period of possession from Christchurch the ball broke to Bubba on the edge of the box and he unleashed a thunderbolt of a right foot which flew into the net courtesy of the underside of the bar.

Greenfields started to enjoy a bit more possession and eventually equalised following some loose marking at a throw in and one of their boys scored a neat finish which left Jem stranded.

One all at half-time and the next goal as they say was always going to be crucial and it proved to be the winner. Some neat inter play saw the ball moved from one side of the pitch to the other and Aiden let loose with a cross/shot which deceived the keeper and ended up in the net,

Ollie had a lot of possession on the left and his dribbling was causing them real problems and but for some last ditch defending and poor decision making we could have had more.

Greenfields only really threatened on one other occasion and some very brave defending by Jem in goal stopped their attacker in his tracks but he took a heavy blow from a high boot in the process.

We saw out the last quarter without incident to record a very good opening day win.

All the new lads fitted in really well and we were all really pleased with the style of football played and the team spirit. From back to front we had some really good performances.

The game was played in a good spirit unlike previous years and I am confident Greenfields will win more than they lose.

Well done same again in a fortnight.