Wednesday, 19 September 2018

1st XI vs Imberhorne

Ashdown House lost 1 - 6

Following the success in the plate competition at Brambletye, we were brought down to earth by a strong Imberhorne side.  We took the lead early on through some good pressure from Dahiru and Kieran nearly added a second shortly after, only to glance the shot wide of the post.  However, Imberhorne came back at us and scored three quick goals which looked like a mountain to climb going into the break.  Some careless mistakes and an own goal enabled Imberhorne to score three more in the second half, but the boys still pressed, earning some corners as well as a super attempt from Hamish at the end.  The boys looked a little tired after their exertions yesterday, but we were a little more competitive in the second half.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Brambletye Football Tournament - 1st VI

The 1st VI played incredibly well in the Brambletye tournament showing concerted effort and making progress in every game.

We started a little slowly and as a result we lost our first game. However, the boys quickly drew a line under that performance and rectified their mistakes in the next game. 

The second and third games showed a marked improvement. Our passing and our defence were working particularly well. William continued to be a rock in defence throughout and put in many solid tackles. Federico worked well in mid field and started to pick out some fantastic passes for Dahiru and Hamish to run on to. 

With the group stages over, we started our assault on the plate competition. This is where the team really came together as one. In the semi-final against Belmont our defence was superb and allowed us to counter attack at pace. The game remained 0-0 into extra time until Dahiru broke away from their defence and scored the winning goal.

The plate final was against Copthorne.  Tom and William controlled the defence through the entire game and Nikita made some excellent saves in goal. We were playing with confidence and we kept a lot of the possession in the first half. During one of these spells of possession, Hamish played a great pass through to Dahiru and he finished the move slotting the ball into the net, low to the keeper’s right. Unfortunately, the success went to our heads and we lost concentration. After the restart, Copthorne quickly equalised and we were back to square one. Halftime came and went and the boys took to the park with renewed determination. We started very much in the manner of the first half, with confidence and flair. Hamish and Dahiru kept breaking through their defence and were rewarded for their efforts with Dahiru scoring two great goals in quick succession. We were 3-1 up and for the last three minutes the whole team were back and defending with real passion. The win was ours. Well done to the entire team we improved and showed true grit through each and every game.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Brambletye Football Tournament
Colts VI reached semi-finals! 
A lovely afternoon's football at Brambletye. We arrived in high spirits and looking forward to performing our best. 
We knew the other teams around us were strong but we gave it our all throughout the tournament and with a superb amount of effort by the whole team, we made it to the semi-final of the plate. 
Our opposition in the semi-final was Handcross Park and after trailing 2-0, Edward made a fantastic run to burst through the defence to make it 2-1. With seconds left on the clock, Miles was on goal but sadly the ball brushed past the post. We lost 2-1 but the boys put in terrific effort throughout. 
We ended with the 3rd/4th play-off game against Copthorne. The style of play was more relaxed than the previous game, but we still wanted to try and end on a high. With the game gojng all the way to extra time, Copthorne scored to win 1-0 under the golden-goal rule. 
A massive congratulations to all the participants in today’s tournament:  Daniel, Monty, Wilf, Harvey, Teddy, Miles and Edward. 
Well done boys. Still more hard work to come!! 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

U9s vs Cottesmore

Ashdown House won 3 - 0


Saturday, 15 September 2018

Colts C VII vs Cottesmore

Ashdown House lost 0 - 1


Saturday, 15 September 2018

Colts B VII vs Cottesmore

Ashdown House lost 0 - 1 

The Colts B lost narrowly to Cottesmore in a close game. Both teams fought hard and we defended some strong attacking moves from the opposition. Nemo made some fantastic tackles and special mention must go to William and George up front for their superb work rate. 


Saturday, 15 September 2018

Colts A VII vs Cottesmore

Drew 0 - 0 

The Colts A boys had a hard battle against a strong Cottesmore side. Throughout the game, both sides had glorious chances but both defenders and keepers were on-form. 

We managed to attack with pace and control but at times we lacked support when one of us was on the ball. Daniel made a couple of terrific saves and Wilf and Monty were solid at the back, as always. Miles, Hunter and Teddy gave it their all, trying to burst down the wings. Lastly, special mentions for our engines in the middle; Harvey and Edward, who picked out passes and used their great physical strength to protect the ball. 
Overall, it was a game that only had a few chances but as a whole, it was a fantastic team performance. Everyone worked their socks off to try and get something out of the game. Well done chaps. 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

2nd VI vs Cottesmore 3rd VI 

Drew 1 - 1 

We played very well against Cottesmore's 3rd team. We were playing with confidence for the first ten minutes, with Martin and Alex linking up well at the front with some great runs and passes. Our defence was strong with Remy and Nina putting in some strong tackles. However, Cottesmore broke away with a quick counter-attack and a strong shot at goal which gave them the lead. 
This didn’t stop our team. We quickly regained composure and started to pass the ball and we continued to make some great runs up front. Martin then found some space just past the halfway line, he saw their keeper of his line and took a fantasticly accurate shot that looped over the keeper to equalise the scores. It was a close match that ended in a nail-biting draw. 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

2nd VI vs Cottesmore

Ashdown House lost 0 - 3

We started much the same as with the game against Cottesmore's 3rd team, with great passing between Alex, Kale and Martin. However, we started to run out of steam, their attack was far too strong for us and they scored two quick goals. 

Our defence did not give up, though, and Remy and Nina continued to show great effort. Alisa remained focused in goal and she made some fantastic saves. The game ended 3-0. It was a great effort from the team in both games. Well done. I look forward to seeing the team's progress in the future.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

1st XI vs Cottesmore

Ashdown House won 5 - 4

This was a thrilling game from start to finish with both sides playing some nice passing football.  Ashdown could have taken the lead early on with a well-worked move culminating in Kieran's shot hitting the crossbar.  Cottesmore came straight back at us, but Hamish's pace enabled us to get the equaliser.  Once again, Cottesmore pressed us and both sides went into the break at 2-2 with the game finely balanced.  Some super finishing from Dahiru with some nice link-up play from Alex gave us a 4-2 lead and we looked to be cruising.  However, credit to Cottesmore who, in the dying minutes, brought the game back to 4-4 and suddenly with 2 minutes to go, we were shaken.  However, once again, Dahiru came to the rescue with his fourth of the game and the boys should feel pleased with the overall progress they have made since the start of term.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

U9 vs Cottesmore

Ashdown House lost 0 - 1

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

U9 vs Handcross Park

Ashdown House lost 0 - 4

The under 9s played Handcross Park yesterday in a very hard-fought game, with many of the boys making their debuts for Ashdown. 

We showed great composure and skill, with Albie and Torsten dribbling around many of the opposition and Anthony making some great saves but unfortunately we lost due to goals on the counter-attack. 
Despite this the boys showed a lot of enthusiasm and commitment throughout games and I have every confidence that we will continue to improve! 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

1st XI vs Skippers Hill

Ashdown House won 3 - 1

The first XI got off to a winning start away to Skippers Hill.  Dahiru gave us the early lead thanks to an excellent through ball from Tom, but we sat back and allowed Skippers Hill into the game.  Kieran restored our lead with a cool finish to go into the break 2-1 up.  In the second half, we made the ball do the work and put together some nice passing moves using Kieran and Hamish on the wings.  Occasionally we were a little nervy at times, but there are plenty of positives going forward.  Well done to Captain Will who was excellent at the back and covered a lot of ground in closing down the opposition.


Saturday, 08 September 2018

Colts B football vs Dorset House School - 1-1 draw

The Colts B began their season with a thrilling, fast-paced match against Dorset House. William scored an early goal and we battled hard to maintain this lead throughout the match. An unlucky penalty in the closing moments drew the opposition level on the final whistle. 

Well done to the whole team for their effort, which was considerable. Special mentions go to Hunter for superb defending and Kit for some particularly brave goalkeeping.  

Saturday, 08 September 2018

Colts A football vs Dorset House


Ashdown House won 2-0


On Saturday 8th September, Ashdown House hosted our first game of the season against a strong Dorset House side, so I knew we had a game on our hands. With only three days of training as a whole and very minimal tactic sessions as a team, we gave it our all today. 


The game started off with both sides attacking at pace. Our tracking back/defending was on point today which lead to the first goal by Ashdown House. Harvey skipped past a few defenders and unleashed a bullet of a shot which flew into the top corner of the goal. It was outstanding!! 


Half-time approached and within the team talk, we talked about how we needed to attack in numbers a bit more and how we needed to block their shots before they struck. 


The game was coming to an end and suddenly one of the Dorset players fired a shot that hit the cross-bar and bounced just before the line. This was a massive wake up call! With Dorset attacking more and more we needed to stay composed and compacted during the last 10 minutes of the game. 


Just towards the end of the game, Miles wiped the ball across the goal and Edward F was there for the tap in. This put Ashdown 2-0 up with minutes to go. We stayed strong as a team and Ashdown got the victory. Also, a mention to the other players who gave it their all today and performed excellently throughout; George, Arty, Monty and our skipper for today, Wilf. 


Well done chaps for a fantastic start. Lots more hard work to do though! 

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