13 January 2020
Week 1 of the football season got underway with a full Middle and Senior School block against Haileybury. On a cold and blustery afternoon the weather conditions didn’t make for attractive football, but the boys efforts could not be faulted.
On the very open Cox’s Field, the U14s had their first outing, the U14 Ds secured an excellent victory, whilst the U14 Cs won 6-1. Mr Barber’s U14 B side also scored six in their win with both Samson Morris and Arthur Strong impressing. Addison Hill slotted a penalty for the U14 As which unfortunately wasn’t enough in their 1-2 defeat.
Over at Haileybury the U15 As couldn’t hold on to their 1-0 lead, 2-4 the final score, whilst the U15 Bs will be kicking themselves that they didn’t get a win in their 2-2 draw. The U15 Cs lost 1-4 whilst Hamish Carle’s hat-trick helped the U15 Ds to victory.
Back at the main school, having spent the week sitting mock exams, the U16s enjoyed a run out, the U16 Cs starting the season with an excellent win whilst goals from Max Ellison and Oscar Bunting helped the U16 Bs to a 2-0 victory. On Waste Court the U16 As gave everything with some tired bodies securing a 1-1 draw.
Back at Haileybury, having been 0-3 down at half time a terrific second half display helped the 5th XI earn a 4-4 draw, whilst the 4th XI lost 2-5. The 3rd XI game finished 1-1. The 2nd XI battled admirably against tough opposition, Huw Williams with one of the goals in their 2-3 defeat. The 1st XI took the lead early on with a fine team goal finished off by Jack Heath. With the game more in the balance a fine strike from Haileybury saw the game tied at 1-1, before a fine counter attack moving the ball precisely from back to front saw Josh Ponting finish another great team passage of play at the back post to earn the Abingdon 1st XI a deserved 2-1 win on the road.
The Football Club now looks forward to 20 fixtures next weekend against Berkhamsted and Caldicott School.
Thank you for all your support on the touchline!