21 March 2018

Week 9 of the football season was yet another busy one with the lower school small sided games against Our Lady’s Abingdon getting the week underway. On a beautiful afternoon the U13 B 7 secured an excellent 4-1 win, thoroughly enjoying their afternoon’s work whilst the U13 A fought hard for a 2-2 draw.

Moving on to Thursday, and an excellent performance from the U14 Bs resulted in a convincing 3-1 win over Kingham Hill U14 A team, whilst the U14 As battled superbly against a lot bigger and more physical U15 A team. Having gone in 0-2 down at half time, an enthusiastic second half performance saw them win the second half 1-0, an Eddie Good penalty the goal. 1-2 the final score.

Moving to Saturday, which saw another first for the Abingdon School Football Club as Abingdon School and Abingdon Preparatory School joined forces as one Foundation at U12 and U13 to play against Bedford Modern School. On a bitterly cold morning over at Cox’s Field, the U12 A lost 4-0, whilst the U12 B beat Bedford Modern C team 9-2.

Over at Bedford Modern the U13 As secured a 4-0 win with Rory King saving a penalty, whilst the Abingdon Preparatory U13s suffered an unfortunate defeat in a 5-7 thriller. The Abingdon U13 B side won 9-1. Moving to the U14 As, and having gone in at half time 0-2 down, an inspired second half performance from the Abingdon side saw them grab a goal before eventually losing 1-3.  A last minute winner from Ben Smith gave the U14 Bs a 3-2 win with the earlier goals from Freddie Boneham and Luis Vasconcelos. The U15 As scored 6 on their way to a 6-1 victory away from home, whilst the U15 Bs continued there unbeaten run of form with a 1-1 draw. Having had a number of chances to win the game the U16 As will feel that on other occasions they could have left with more than a 1-1 draw, whilst two Archie Delafield goals gave the U16 Bs an excellent 2-1 in.

On the main school site the 4th XI stepped up to the challenge of playing Bedford Modern 3rd XI, and at 3-1 were in control. However, in the second half the game slipped away from them, 3-4 the final score. Charlie Goulder and Barnaby Bussell both scored 2 each as the 2nd XI secured a convincing 4-1 win. Over at Tilsley Park a controlled 1st XI performance in which they moved the ball well and created a number of opportunities saw them run out 5-1 winners over their Bedford Modern counterparts. Joe Lilley, Jamie Masters, Wil Pearson all netting along with Oise Emafo grabbing two.

Moving into the afternoon, and the second round of snow swept in, as did the U15 Cs goals as they scored 8 in their win over Sherborne College, whilst the U14 Cs also secured victory with a 6-1 win over their Sherborne opposition.

Given the challenge of playing against Cheltenham College 1st XI on Waste Court the 3rd XI fought hard on what is a very large playing surface, and deserved more than the two goals scored in their 2-3 defeat. Over on War Mem an inspired team talk at half time saw the game in the balance at 1-1 as the Abingdon 5th XI played Cheltenham College 2nd XI. Having conceded again mid-way through the second half, a last minute free kick from the Abingdon side earned them a thoroughly deserved draw against the 2nd XI opposition.

The Football Club now looks forward to fixtures against MCS and Abingdon Preparatory School mid-week before the final block fixture of the season against St John’s Leatherhead next Saturday.

Thank you for your continued support on the touchline.

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