The boys played there heart out today in their last game of the season. Ashdown took the lead by some lovely play by Miles who slotted down the keeper's left-hand side. We tried to hold on but couldn’t quite grab the victory!
It’s been a fabulous season and it’s always a pleasure managing these sets of players. A big thank you to the parents for their amazing support as always.
Colts B V11 Lost 0-5 (RC)
Colts C V11 Drew 1-1 (WK)
U9 V1 Lost 1-3 (TG)
Saturday, 10 November 2018
Football V Worth
1st X1 Lost 1-2 (PM)
2nd 1X Lost 0-1 (JD)
The 2nd IX played one of their best games of the season against Worth. The game was incredibly balanced and it was an exciting, end to end game. Both teams passed the ball around nicely and the possession was fairly even. A quick through-ball put Worth in behind our defence and they slotted the ball passed the goal keeper, giving them the lead. The boys didn’t let the goal affect their performance and we continued to play great passing football. Igui, Martin and Jim linked up well together in midfield. Both Igui and Martin managed to get shots away, however the keeper was wise to all of them. Kent, Aanu and Sami were fantastic in defence, putting in crunching challenges and man-marking the opposition incredibly well. Any chances that did get past our defence were saved by Khalel. We needed a goal and we deserved one; we continued to attack but our shots were either saved or hit the post. But then Nikita made a strong run into the opposition’s box and was taken down for a penalty. This was our chance to level the game, but the goal keeper was once again wise to our efforts and saved it. The game ended in defeat. However, I was proud of the boys’ performance. We showed grit and determination throughout the entire game and we were unlucky not to come away with a draw at least. I look forward to seeing a performance like this again in our next match, hopefully this time ending in a win.
3rd X1 Drew 1-1 (JS)
The 3rds played their heart out today! We didn’t have a lot of possession but we defended brilliantly.
We had a few chances on goal but couldn’t find the back of the net. We conceded in the second half but with five minutes left of the clock, Yasser found himself through on goal and slotted it through the keeper's legs.
Well done chaps. Fantastic performance today!
Thursday, 08 November 2018
Under 9 Bs 0 - Skippers Hill 1
The Under-9 Bs displayed remarkable stamina in their forty minute game against Skippers Hill. Arriving with a giant squad, Skippers had the luxury of substituting their entire team at half-time. Ashdown - all gritty defending and gallant surges forward – had played Skippers’ first-half team to a standstill, the 0 – 0 score line at halftime probably slightly flattering the visitors. Bertie and Aidan were especially tenacious, the latter oh-so-nearly scoring a lovely goal, both tackling and scrapping relentlessly. Jasper was commanding in goal. All six players contributed gamely.
In the second half our team was no less committed, but weariness understandably started to creep in against the fresh legs of Skippers. Ashdown couldn’t get out of their half, and eventually conceded the only goal of a hard-fought match.
Wednesday, 07 November 2018
Football v Brighton College
1st X1 Lost 2-8 (PM)
2nd 1X Lost 2-4 (JD)
The 2nd IX showed real grit against Brighton College. The weather was horrendous, however the boys gave of their best. The game started pretty evenly and possession was equal, but then two quick counter attacks from Brighton gave them two goals in quick succession. Our defence regrouped and Aanu and Kent started to control the back line again. Jean then broke through and scored a fantastic goal from just after the half way line. We were back in it and the team regained their vigour. Jean then broke through again and scored another excellent goal. We headed into half time with the scores level. The rain continued to fall and the second half started much like the first; even possession for the first ten minutes. However, Brighton then scored their third and fourth in a similar manner to the first half. We stared to attack once again with Martin, Kent and Jean all having shots at goal but nothing could get through. The rain became overwhelming and the match was stopped early. Despite the loss I am pleased with the attitude the team showed throughout the game.
3rdX1 Lost 0-2 (CS)
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Football V St. Ronan’s
1stX1 Won 4-2 (PM)
The 1st XI achieved a fantastic win over a strong St. Ronan's side. We went a goal down and knew we had to be at our best to get anything out of the game. However, two goals in quick succession from Dahiru gave us the edge going into the break. Will came on as a sub and secured things up in midfield and following a St. Ronan's equaliser we knew that the next goal was crucial. Will scored from a Dahiru corner and then Hamish bundled into the net from some nice play from Dahiru to put the game beyond reach with only 4 minutes left. The boys were delighted to go into half term not only with a win, but a super performance overall. Well done!
2ndV11 Drew 3-3 (JD)
Colts A Won 5-2 (JS)
Today we travelled over to St. Ronan’s for a very enjoyable game of football. Ashdown started with the kick off and straight away we were on the back foot. We kept giving the ball away very easily in silly areas of the pitch. Soon to come was St. Ronan’s first goal of the game. The boys seemed to respond instantly but our ball passing was still very poor. A chance got created going forward and Harvey managed to strike the ball into the ball corner of the goal to make the game 1-1. With the game coming to the end of the half, we quickly made a shape team move and found ourselves 2-1 up.
With half-time approaching, we managed to grab another goal by Harvey. He skipped past a few defenders and smashed the ball with a lot of power into the top right-hand corner. Within the half-time team talked, Mr Steel talked about having more pace on the pass and to press on their first touch. Also included in this was a little tactic from a goal kick.....
Our first goal kick of the second half. Daniel played the ball out to Harvey, who whipped the ball over the top of their defence for Edward to slot home. The overall passing and pressing got much better within the game with exciting build-up play on the verge. It didn’t take long for this to happen. Miles received the ball on the half-way line and made a fantastic diagonal ball over to Edward who fired it across goal for Harvey to have a tap in. It was one of the best goals I’ve seen in this age group! We did concede though but it never had a real effect on the game.
A very well done to all the boys. It was a fantastic performance on display. Well done!!
Colts B Lost 0-2 (RC)
Colts C Won 5-0 (JD)
The Colts C faced a strong looking St. Ronan’s side on a gloomy Wednesday afternoon. Play kicked off, and Torsten immediately got the ball and started a promising Ashdown attack. Harrison made a brilliant run into the box but couldn’t quite finish off the attack. Nemo and Demyan made sure that nothing was able to penetrate our defence for the entire first half. They both read the game brilliantly and cleared their lines emphatically. Etienne held the midfield well and made some excellent passes into space for our players to run onto. Before long, Torsten made an awesome run down the line before smashing the ball into the bottom corner of the goal. We went into half time with the score being 1-0 to Ashdown.
During the second half, St. Ronan’s began to move the ball about with more speed, leading to some dangerous attacks. This gave Felix more to do in goal, and he made some excellent saves whenever this was required. Paul made sure that most St Ronan’s attack’s didn’t get as far as our penalty box, making a number of strong tackles and clearances. The game seemed to be in the balance, until Charlie came onto the pitch as striker. Having only been on the pitch for about 5 minutes, Charlie managed to score three excellent goals, each making the net bulge due to the power of his shooting. Rafe also managed to get onto the score sheet, with a very clinical finish into the bottom corner of the net. We defended until the final whistle, denying a number of threatening St. Ronan’s attacks.
Final score: 5-0 to Ashdown.
U9 V1 Won 4-2 (TG)
Saturday, 13 October 2018
Football V Brambletye
1stX1 Lost 1-3 (PM)
What a fantastic performance. With the 2s still in France and five regular 1st team absences, we had a bit of a re-shape and some boys were able to make their debut and experience football at this top level. We took the lead early on with a nice solo effort from Dahiru and looked to be keeping Brambletye out until they were awarded a penalty. However, we went into the break at 1-1 and confidence was high. Two fine finishes from Brambletye put the game beyond us and tired legs became a factor. However, I couldn't have asked for more and am extremely proud with how they all played. Remy made some wonderful saves on his goalkeeping debut and Jean (also making a debut) worked tirelessly down the right wing. We were competitive and never gave up and this was certainly a performance to remember, although the result did not go our way.
Colts A Lost 0-1 (JS)
What a thrilling game of football! Throughout the game, both teams had chances to score but neither could find the net early on. We pressed and pressed after not having a lot of possession but this soon had a negative effect in the second half. We were rapidly starting to get tired and relied on our keeper Daniel, who pulled off some excellent saves.
The game was coming to the end and with minutes to go, suddenly Brambletye fired into the net to go 1-0 up. We battled all the way to the end but couldn’t find any more opportunities. Very pleased with the boys' performance today and all should be proud!
Colts B Lost 0-7 (RC)
Colts C Lost 1-5 (JD)
U9 V1 Won 4-2 (TG)
The under 9 boys travelled to Brambletye hoping to continue their progression and get that elusive victory. We started confidently not allowing Brambletye any room when they got the ball. As a result, Albie scored a wonderful counter attack goal (with his weaker foot!!). However, we lost our concentration and Brambletye replied immediately and scored a belting goal, leaving our goalie, Felix, no chance. The game meandered a little until Felix started to make some superb saves. This seemed to life our team and Albie managed to nudge the ball past their goalie for us to take the lead. With only a couple of minutes to half time the boys were looking to keep the lead, unfortunately they made a great break and drilled it past Felix. At half time we were confident that we could take the victory. We started the second half fantastically, all the team giving 150% and with Felix in goal we knew that we were safe, most of the time (when he wasn't looking at the birds of prey!!). Despite solid pressure from Brambletye, we held fast and after soaking it all up we managed to break with Torsten grabbing our third goal. By this point, Mr Gloster needed a sit down as did most of the supporters! Felix continued to shine in goal and frustrated the Brambletye boys. Then in the dying minutes we managed to sneak a 4th, giving Albie a well deserved hat trick! Overall, it was a privilege to see the progress the boys have made since the beginning of term and the smiles on their faces was worth the raised heart rate!! Awesome from all the boys who played and onto the next one with renewed confidence.'
Saturday, 06 October 2018
Football V Holmewood House
1st X1 Lost 1-2
This was a much better performance and despite the conditions, we played some nice passing football. We went into the break 1-0 down through a Holmewood penalty, but got right back at them with a super Dahiru equaliser through some nice inter-play with Martin. We even had some chances to take the lead, but the finishing was not clinical enough and although Kieran put in some accurate corners, we seemed to shy away a little from heading the ball. Once again a defensive error and lack of communication proved costly, but the overall performance was pleasing in a game which could have gone either way.
Colts A V11 Drew 2-2
Ashdown were up against a strong Holmewood House side on this wet gloomy day. The match was a game of both halves with each team attacking in style. We let slip the first goal by a lack of concentration at the back. In the first half, we had at least four clear opportunities to score but couldn’t execute any of them. Wilf and Hunter were excellent at the back today defending solidly as a partnership and stopped many chances being created for Holmewood. Before he came off at half-time,Teddy had a outstanding game by performing brilliant ball control and eye-picking passes.
Into the second half and we started to press a lot more as a team. With Miles and George on the wings providing width, I’d hope Harvey and Monty would try and play it in behind their defensive and I must say, they did a fabulous job. Harvey and Monty were very intelligent in timing this and also, making forward runs with the ball to create chances. With us now finally scoring to make the game 1-1, and the game closing in with torrential rain coming down, it looked like it was going to be a draw. Suddenly... the ball travelled through the air at high-speed and Hunter unfortunately miss-timing it and the striker was through on goal and buried it.
With seconds to go we gave it one last push. Daniel very smartly played the ball out and we had to press forward. With outstanding teamwork, Harvey skipped past two defenders and launched the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-2!! Luckily for us, that was the last kick off the game! A well deserved draw.
Well done chaps, best team performances so far. Keep it up!!
Colts B V11 Lost 0-2
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
2nd VI football vs St Christopher's
Ashdown House won 4 - 1
The 2ndVII played incredibly well against St Christopher’s. We started the game in a positive fashion and spent the first fifteen minutes in the opposition’s half. Our passing of the ball was fast and accurate and Jean and Martin linked well together up front. In defence, we were solid and any quick counter attack attempted by St Christopher’s was quickly snuffed out by Aanu and Kent. Despite having the lion’s share of the possession, we struggled to find the target with our shooting and the scores were level heading into half time.
The second half started much as the first had finished. The whole team were passing the ball well and we were camped in the opposition half once again. The boys continued to bombard the goal with shots but still the St Christopher’s keeper frustrated us. However, with less than fifteen minutes remaining on the clock, Jean burst through their defence and was one on one with the keeper, calmly slotting in our first goal.
Aanu played incredibly well and did not stop running throughout entire match. He was tackling in defence and running with the ball in attack. It was one of these swashbuckling runs that Aanu scored our second, a goal that he thoroughly deserved.
From the restart, the opposition saw our keeper off his line and went for a long range shot which unfortunately looped over Remy and found the back of the net. This didn’t dampen our spirits and we continued to attack. Jean scored two more goals in quick succession after some fantastic build up play from the whole team.
It was a great performance from the team and I am proud of the attitude they showed throughout the match. I look forward to seeing a repeat of this effort in our next game.
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
1st XI football vs St Christopher's
Ashdown House lost 3 - 6
We are getting better with every performance and the boys were understandably frustrated after this match. Having led 3-1 through fine finishes from Dahiru, Federico and Hamish, we allowed St. Christopher's back into the game to go into the break at 3-3. What proved to be a fantastic start was not maintained and we ran out of a little steam and costly careless mistakes crept in. However, this was by far their best performance and I am sure the boys feel that they should have got something out of the game. No doubt, they will certainly pick themselves up and focus on the next game.
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
Colts C VII vs St Christopher's
Ashdown House lost 0 - 4
The Colts C faced a strong St. Christopher’s side on Wednesday, and we knew we would have to play very well for the result to go our way. Once Captain Demyan had organised his team, the game kicked off, and Ashdown were under pressure from the very first minute. Defenders were throwing themselves everywhere, with Paul clearing the ball off the pitch for four corners in a row at one point. Boris was awesome in goal once again, making an uncountable amount of saves. Our defending was strong, but the opposition’s attack was even stronger, meaning there was no let-up for the entire first half. Despite the offensive onslaught, we gained confidence as the half went on, with Harrison even making the occasional break into the opposition half. Despite our valiant defence, we went into half time losing 1-0.
The second half followed a similar trend to the first, with our defence taking a peppering from the minute the whistle blew. We started to attack more, with Aidan and Anthony both making promising dribbles towards the opposition gaol before being tackled. As we attacked more, the spaces in our half started to open up, allowing St. Christopher’s more chance to score. Demyan and Etienne were tremendous at closing the gap down whenever St. Christopher’s had the ball; but this wasn’t enough.
We tried our hardest, but in the end we lost 4-0. Unlucky boys.
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
Colts B VII vs St Christopher's
Ashdown House lost 0 - 1
The Colts B had a close game against St Christopher's. Our defence was once again very solid and Kit had another great game in goal. Arty worked hard in midfield and tried to supply striker William with the killer pass but it didn't quite come off. Well done to all the boys for their effort.
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
Colts A VII football vs St Christopher's
Lost 1 - 8
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
U9s football vs St Christopher's
Ashdown House lost 1 - 2
The Under 9s took on St Christopher's on a sunny October afternoon, with all of the boys taking part. We started well but were put under a lot of pressure by the St Christopher's players and conceded a superb goal despite valiant defending from all our players. For the next 15 minutes there was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing with chances falling to both sides. However, St Christopher's managed to sneak in their second goal. Meaning that we really had to push hard to get a result. We responded immediately through Charlie making a great run and finishing well. Meaning that we had 6 minutes to score one more. Sadly, we were unable to get the elusive goal and the game went to St Christopher's but myself and Mr H. De Moraville were very proud of the efforts everyone put in. Onto the next game against Skippers Hill.