This week saw the second of the new set of fixtures away at Cholsey on a difficult and sticky pitch. Despite that and in hard fought games both sides played some great attractive football. The first remained close until a string of passes saw Crowmarsh advance to just outside the box and with some quick feet, the Cholsey defender committed a foul. The resultant free kick, caught a deflection and ended up in the back of the net. At the other end Ryan was called upon several times to make some smart saves, and with Edward and Alfie in fine defending form the half remained the same score. The midfield trio of Johnny, Jordan and Sam J created some neat passing moves, and for long periods of the game looked comfortable and in control. Some especially nimble footwork from Jordan saw us create some more chances, with Sam J very unlucky not to register on the scoresheet. The second half saw Cholsey battle back into the game with good passing and running on goal. The defending of the team remained resolute with Johhny and Sam H, making some tough and excellent challenges. A scrambled goal saw Cholsey back in the game, and Crowmarsh dug deep and restored their trademark passing moves. Noteworthy contributions also from Finn who was brave and committed for a goal, Alfie bagging a free kick, with Ryan grabbing another in the 2nd game. In the midfield George provided some neat turns, great passing and timely tackles, and with Ryan battling through several hefty challenges. A great team performance this week, with lots of effort, encouragement and great football. Lastly a very special mention for Dylan for his man of the match performance. His attacking play was great, with close control and making himself some excellent chances. With the opposition keeper in fine form he was desparately unlucky not to score. Dylan produced a great example to the team, showing skill, determination and commitment throughout. Congratulations and well deserved.
Returning to Botley for the Supplementary Trophy Final, saw Crowmarsh in good form from recent weeks, with a return to their trademark passing game and with a flurry of goals. Thankfully the pitch was in better condition for this visit, the grass having been mown fairly recently!! With a strong team with only Johnny and Dylan missing, the game got off to a frenetic start, and with both teams scoring early. A well taken goal and a couple of scrambled finishes saw Botley go into half time in the lead with Crowmarsh struggling to find their rhythm. A rejuvenated team in the second half saw Crowmarsh in the ascendency with some stout tackling and defending from Edward, Alfie and Sam H, backed up an alert Ryan when called upon. As the half progressed Ryan was less tested and Jordan, Sam and Joe began to dominate the midfield. The passes began to flow with Jordan feeding Finn on a number of occasions (bagging two goals in the match) and Crowmarsh edged back into the game, and were unlucky not to draw equal following a smart penalty save and several other chances either saved or scrambled away. In a fiercely contested and tough match unfortunately Crowmarsh were not victorious today but can take pride and confidence in the performance especially the 2nd half. The home supporters were generous in their comments towards the visiting side, and fair to say that the final score line didn't reflect how close the match was and for the last few weeks performances all the team & supporters can be genuinely proud.
On a windy and rainy afternoon, saw the newly assembled squad first competitive outing as a 7-a-side. With the team starting brightly confidence was flowing and the team played some neat passing football. Progressing through the group only narrowly losing one game, the side progressed into the plate final. In a tight and tense game, Crowmarsh created good chances to finish the game off but were held, with the game going to penalties. Some razor sharp finishing and outstanding saves from Ryan, the team finished victorious.
As our squad numbers grew during the start of the Autumn 2014 season, we saw the formation of the two current teams now at U9s. Steadily improving performances followed throughout the Spring, with the team developing their passing game and notching up some notable performances at the likes of Didcot Town, Bullingdon and Bure Park Rangers. Sam was awarded Players Player of the Year, for his all-round superb and consistent contribution week in week out. Joe finished top of the assists statistics, with Finn overall top goal scorer. Worthy mentions also go out to Johnny and Edward for great midfield and defensive duties, and also to Dylan for his tireless and enthusiastic attacking play. Going into the tournament season the football being played was great, culminating in some fantastic performaces at Cholsey, where the team narrowly lost to Didcot Town in the final on penalties, beating Bullingdon and Greater Leys on the way. The Radley tournament saw the team concede only 3 goals in 6 matches, with fine finishing from Finn, superb midfield work from Joe, Johnny Sam H and Sam, penalty saves from Ryan and as ever stout defensive work from Edward. In a tense and closely contested final Crowmarsh were victorious against the Ardley team. As we've then transitioned to 7-a-side during the summer Sam H, Ryan, Jordan, George and Alfie have all joined the team for this season, from the starting squad in January.