3 March 2020

Week 8 of the football season got underway with lower school fixtures vs The Dragon School. The U13 A side suffered defeat, Fin Scott with a consolation goal, whilst the U12 A and B teams secured 4-1 and 3-2 victories respectively.

Thursday saw the local derby with neighbours Radley College. On Lower Field the U15 As secured a 3-0 win whilst goals from Robin Hambidge, Marc Sheriff, Lucas Dams and two from James Furness helped the U15 Bs to a 5-1 victory.

The U16 Cs had to settle for a 2-2 draw whilst the U16 Bs won 2-0. Max Ellison and Joseph Betts with the goals. The U16 As dominated possession and were unfortunate to suffer a 1-2 defeat.

Into the Seniors and the 4th XI lost 0-4 whilst goals from Matthew Viner and Max Weaver secured a 2-2 draw for the 3rd XI. The 2nd XI put in a very positive performance securing a 2-1 win away from home. We were delighted to welcome premiership football referee Graham Scott to Waste Court to referee the 1st XI game on Thursday. Despite dominating possession and playing the large portion of the game in Radley’s half with some free flowing football, a mishap at the back gave Radley the opportunity to take the lead with the Abingdon side unable to respond. 0-1 the final score.

With Activities Weekend on Saturday the 1st XI were the only team in action, welcoming the Corinthian Casuals to Waste Court. This is a club with a rich history dating back to 1882 and since this time they have been playing school fixtures against the likes of Charterhouse, Brighton College and Westminster and they continue these fixtures today. Even during WW2 the fixtures continued when all other football was suspended. The former Corinthian, Charles Wreford-Brown, who also captained the English National team in 1894 and famously coined the word “soccer” once summed up the ethos which the team espouse, saying: “Sometimes one is inclined to pay too much attention to the result of a game and not sufficient attention to the manner in which it has been played.”

Despite again dominating large periods of possession and moving the ball productively in the middle third, the Abingdon side were unable to break down the well organised Corinthian’s defence. 0-1 the final the score.

The Football Club now looks forward to mid-week fixtures with Cokethorpe, before our inaugural fixtures with Marlborough College next weekend.

Many thanks for you continued support on the touchline.

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