23 January 2018
Week two of the football season saw 20 sides take to the field against three different opposition schools. Abingdon fielded a record number of teams for a Saturday with roughly 250 boys involved.
The day started with Lower School fixtures vs Caldicott. The U12 As enjoyed their first outing for the school, despite the 1-3 score line, whilst the U12 Bs secured a 5-3 victory in two excellent encounters. The U13 As lost narrowly 2-3 having been 3-0 down, Felix Loeffen and Angus Barclay-Watt the scorers. Thomas Mennie was on target in the U13 Bs 1-6 defeat.
The afternoon continued with the annual block with Berkhamsted.
Away from home, despite a tough first half, the U14 As battled back well scoring two in the second half despite suffering a defeat. The U14 Bs having been 2-0 up had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Both the U14 Cs and Ds came up against tough opposition suffering 0-5 and 2-6 defeats respectively.
The U15 As again put in a very encouraging performance, however a goal from Theo Mara wasn’t enough as they lost 1-2. The U15 Bs lost 0-1. The U15 Cs built on their momentum from last week, and an Oscar Bunting hat-trick was enough to secure a 3-1 win. The U15 Ds were unfortunate in their 0-2 defeat.
Moving to the games at Abingdon, and a slow start saw the U16 As come off second best on Waste Court, whilst the U16 Bs drew 2-2. A goal from Angus Carle also secured the U16 Cs a 1-1 draw.
A late change of opposition saw the 5th XI take on Radley, and with a week of shooting practice behind them, goals from German Baraev, Andrew Kang and Joshua Jackson helped the side to a 3-3 draw. The rest of the senior sides played Berkhamsted, and goals from Jack Mulcahy and Harris Ma gave the 4th XI a 2-1 win, whilst a brace from Sam Christie saw the 3rd XI draw 2-2. Despite going 1-0 up, the 2nd XI unfortunately came off second best on this occasion.
Over at Tilsley Park a strong first half performance saw the 1st XI lead 2-0 at half time, Hector Chambers with both goals. On debut, with near enough his first touch of the game Josh Ponting then made it 3-0 shortly after half time with the Abingdon side holding on for a clean sheet and a pleasing home win.
The Football Club now looks forward to the challenge of Hampton School next Saturday.
Thank you for all your support on the touchline.