Month: April 2013

Kensington Dragons MCFL Junior Open Cup Champions 2012-13

Results Round-Up 28 April 2013

Fellow Cup Winning Dragons

The Reserves BEAT Broadfields 1-0 to WIN the MCFL CUP at Uxbridge FC in front of packed stands. The Dragons had a plan – playing a 3-5-2 formation to surprise Broadfields and support their recent faltering attack. Would the youthful Dragons, with the occasional veteran, remember the cunning plan? Certainly the Dragons created scoring opportunities whilst limiting Broadfields to long pot shots before near disaster struck as the Dragons lost their midfield captain through injury to leave it 0-0 at half time. On 60 minutes a lung bursting run lead to a square ball back to the onrushing Dragon veteran striker who finished calmly to make it 1-0. A great team goal but could the Dragons take it to the end? The game was now frenetic and then unbelievably the Dragons lost another key player with a nasty ankle turn. Despite the Dragons back 3 now being all under 19 they coped brilliantly with their superb goalie mopping up behind. As Broadfields pushed on the Dragons were looking sharp on the break but Broadfields just kept coming, desperate to equalise. Into injury time and it was now kitchen sink o’clock for Broadfields as they endlessly won cheap free kicks. In the final 10 seconds the biggest aerial goal mouth scramble ensued with the whistle in the referee’s mouth. The Dragons keeper half cleared with a punch, the out of position Broadfield’s keeper headed it back, another scuffed clearance and the ball headed for the net until it was hooked clear one final time. The referee pursed his young lips and the Dragons were MCFL Cup Champions – if just by the skin of their collective teeth. The players were exhausted; the fans more so.

The Firsts beat Saracens 3-1 at Osterley to further their prospects of promotion to the premiership. There are now a handful of tough games left which will decide who goes up …..and who stays put.

The U17’s beat Bessingby Park Rangers 3-2 at Birbeck. Courtesy and good manners are not the first words that spring to mind when considering Bessingby. The Dragons toiled under the sun gifting the disgruntled Bessingby a couple of goals to leave the scores level at half-time. Despite injury to the Dragons goalie it looked like the Dragons were going to pull away as they scored an early goal. Bessingby however raised their game to equalise but it was to be the Dragons day as they pummelled home their third and winning goal. Bessingby sulked their way off the pitch back to wherever such behaviour is the norm.

The U15’s beat Belmont 4-1 at Birbeck. This was another typical Dragons game – except that it was not raining. The Dragons had a full squad of talented players with a welcome sprinkling of parents watching them play exhibition football without actually scoring much. As Belmont’s coach showed signs of increasing bad temper the Dragons passed, twirled and practiced their kick ups against the hard working Belmont side. Finally one of the more gifted, but often laid back, Dragons players was allowed on the pitch to demonstrate how goals are actually scored at the end of controlled build ups – by ruthless calm precision in front of goal to convincingly win the match.

The U14 Nighthawks lost 1-4 to Forest United, the second bottom team in the division. The Dragons played well with just 1 sub but Forest were hungrier and had 5 subs. Some have commentated that the Anno Horribilis continues but others would suggest that learning to lose is the first step in developing the resilience to win except their Latin is rusty.

The U14 Eagles had no match but watched reruns of their top 100 goals instead.

The U13’s lost 0-2 to Hillingdon. The Dragons were forced into making several positional changes due to players being unavailable and a re-arranged defence was caught out in the first 5 minutes as a Hillingdon midfielder got to the by line and crossed the ball low; the Dragons keeper tried to cut it out but could only parry the ball into the path of a Hillingdon striker who converted. The Dragons began to control the game midway through the first half as their passing game began to excel and they created a couple of good chances but failed to convert. Only the cross bar prevented the Dragons from equalising from a great shot from their striker. The second half was much of the same with the Dragons having the possession for most of the half except a Hillingdon counter attack caught out the Dragons defence to lead to a 1 on 1 with the keeper and a goal to clinch the win for Hillingdon.

The U11’s lost 2-4 to Wealdstone. The full squad of Dragons were raring to go on the beautiful Sunday morning at St Marks. The game started at a fast pace with Wealdstone on the attack and the Dragons on the back foot giving Wealdstone an early goal. The Dragons regained their competitiveness and started to play some exciting football, moving the ball around the pitch with precision passing but were caught by a Wealdstone counter attack to go down 0-2. The Dragons then had two goals disallowed, one from a poor refereeing decision. The Dragons refused to be downhearted and kept up the pressure to make it 1-2 at half time. Wealdstone then scored a further two early goals prompting the Dragons coaches to make the three substitutions which had an immediate impact with a superbly executed goal. The Dragons were now finding their feet but alas time was against them and they were caught by the final whistle.

An ever increasing number of cheerful U10’s trained.

The Girls had their biggest turn out to date at their Friday training session.

Kensington Dragons U11s 2012-13

U11s leave it late to find their feet

Kensington Dragons U11s 2 v 4 Wealdstone

A full squad of Dragons were raring to go on a beautiful Sunday morning at St Marks Park.

The game started at a fast pace with Wealdstone on the attack with the Dragons on the back foot for the first 10 minutes which resulted in an early Wealdstone goal.  The Dragons regained their competitiveness and started to play some exciting football moving the ball around the pitch with some precision passing only to be caught by a Wealdstone attack to go down 2 -0.  They had two goals disallowed, one being a poor refereeing decision but the boys kept on the pressure to the end of the first half which ended 2-1.

Wealdstone scored a further two early goals which prompted the coaches to make three substitutions which had an immediate impact with a superbly executed goal. The Dragons were finding their feet only to be caught by the final whistle, the game ended 2-4.

Reserves triumph in MCFL Open Cup final

Kensington Dragons Reserves 1 v 0 Broadfields Reserves

The Reserves beat Broadfields United 1-0 at Uxbridge Football Club to win the first Reserves silverware since the club began!

Having lost a cup final last week, been hammered by Southall in the league on saturday and facing a team they had lost to on their previous six meetings, the Dragons backs were firmly against the wall. After a roller coaster of a season the question was could they raise themselves one last time to get a second 2013 club trophy in the bank? With a bus load of Dragons fans they certainly knew the whole club was behind them.

The answer would only come in injury time but with a strong looking squad the pre-game feelings were all very positive having learned some key lessons in their final defeat last week. The management decided to switch to a 3-5-2 to spring a surprise on Broadfields while giving more support to a faltering attack of late. After a few minutes settling into the new shape, they began to slowly open up the Broadfields defence. James Shirley, at the central point of the 3 at the back was leading by example and with Luke Giles and Adam Finch controlling things in midfield the two wing backs were pushing on and causing havoc. Jack Lyons, responding to some heavy criticism in recent weeks, was cutting Broadfields apart down the right. He fed striker Jon Laycock after 20 minutes who in turn put in his new striking partner Steve Cahill. He drove into the box but the keeper saved his well hit effort superbly. Ethan Meyers, on the left flank was also pushing on and linking with Giles beautifully. But the second chance again fell to Cahill, taking a lovely touch with his back to goal and firing a swivelled shot that the keeper again saved well. However, after losing key players in last weeks final again they lost a key man in captain Dean Humphrey who was just starting to take control in the hole. Reiss Corr came on and the team needed a performance out of one of their youngest Dragons. A couple of half chances came and went but at half time it was 0-0, Broadfields being limited only to long pot shots at the excellent, as always, Joseph Muyanja.

The management team were happy with the performance, Tony Smith and Miguel De Souza only asking a few extra tactical additions as well as to be brave and push on for the goal. After a poor opening 5 minutes suddenly they burst into life, Giles and Finch dominating in midfield and putting in crunching tackles along with great build up play. On 60 minutes finally they got the break through. Finch laid the ball off to Laycock who span and released Corr down the left. His lung bursting run took him into the box and then showed immense composure to square the ball back to the onrushing Laycock who opened up his body to finish calmly into the far corner, the out of form striker’s first goal in 8 games. A great team goal but could they take it to the end or grab the killer second? The fans were driving them on, incredibly loud and passionate songs heard by all the players. The game was now end to end, and then unbelievably the Dragons lost another key player in the superb James Shirley. His nasty ankle turn brought another 18 year old on in Shegun Beckley. The back 3, all under 19 now, were reshuffled and they were coping brilliantly with Muyanja mopping up everything when needed. As Broadfields pushed on the Dragons were now looking sharp on the break. Laycock fed Cahill in behind but again found the keeper saving well. Lyons then drifted a beautiful cross in for Laycock at the far post but he headed tamely to the keeper with the goal at his mercy. Into the last 15 minutes and the Dragons began to sit deeper and deeper. Finch was now in full flow and all over the pitch while communicating superbly to his younger team mates around him. But Broadfields kept coming, and the back three in Will Conway , Meyers and Ade Akeredolu had to be at their very best to restrain the opposition forward line, Akerdolu standing out while marking the Broadfields excellent winger. Director of Football Smith then went to a 4-4-2, allowing a bit more defensive shape…. could they hold on?

Into injury time and it was now kitchen sink o’clock for the opposition, endlessly winning cheap free kicks. The keeper was now up for set pieces and in the final 10 seconds the biggest aerial goal mouth scramble ensued with the whistle in the referees mouth. Muyanja half cleared with a punch, the United keeper returning it with his head, another scuffed clearance and the ball headed for the net until Man of the Match Finch hooked it clear one final time. The referee pursed his young lips and The Dragons were MCFL county Champions, if just by the skin of their teeth.

Kensington Dragons Reserves, 2013 MCFL Junior Open Cup Champions!

 

Will Conway Kensington Dragons
Will Conway Kensington Dragons
Steven Cahill Kensington Dragons
Steven Cahill Kensington Dragons
Reiss Corr Kensington Dragons
Reiss Corr Kensington Dragons
Luke Giles Kensington Dragons
Luke Giles Kensington Dragons
Jon Laycock Player Manager
Jon Laycock Player Manager
Jack Lyons Kensington Dragons
Jack Lyons Kensington Dragons
Ethan Meyers Kensington Dragons
Ethan Meyers Kensington Dragons
Matchwinner Jon Laycock Kensington Dragons
Matchwinner Jon Laycock Kensington Dragons
Kensington Dragons MCFL Junior Open Cup Champions 2012-13
Kensington Dragons MCFL Junior Open Cup Champions 2012-13

 

 

 

 

First Team press on in title bid

Kensington Dragons 3 v 1 West London Saracens

With seven games to go, the title run in is heating up week by week and with the Reserves in a cup final later in the evening the First team looked to start the winning trend. This was a difficult fixture for Dragons on paper as a resurgent WLS showed signs of the form that saw them win and draw against the Dragons last season. A determined start to the game by the hosts gave an indication that this was set to change, good interplay in the opposition’s half and good pressure off the ball was what would have been requested. With the defence having little to do other than start a new attack on the twenty minute mark the WLS danger man picked the ball up and fashioned a shooting chance on the edge of the area and what a shot. It arrowed to the top corner and the Dragons goalie could only slow it down on its way in. So against the run of play Dragons had to find the finishing touch that denied them the lead.  Nalu Moso the most lively of the Dragons forwards earned a free-kick and his resulting effort looked perfect until it hit the bar and over. This was the nudge needed and with better play developing WLS conceded another free-kick this time Nalu Moso’s strike was clean and true as it whistled into the net. It would be Nalu Moso who had the best chance to give Dragons the lead at the break but his shot went straight to the keeper. Going into the wind but with the sun to their backs Dragons knew only a win would do. It was this hunger and determination that created the second goal as Nalu Moso and Soussi both chased lost causes to force an error and Soussi made no mistake with his finish. With what was a good moment for the Dragons some neat play on the halfway line set Soussi away again though this time he was not as clinical and his rebounded shot came to Nalu Moso who’s attempt was blocked but fortunately the ball fell nicely to Soussi who rolled the ball into a vacant net and was judged on side by the referee who overruled the opposition linesman. The final moments of the game was about being resolute and Dragons were able to come through unscathed and gain a valuable three points.

Results Round-Up 21 April 2013

All welcome to the Adults “Final” Cup Final v Broadfields this Saturday 27 April at Uxbridge FC’s superb ground at Honeycroft, Horton Road, West Drayton Middx UB7 8HX. Kick off 7.45.

The weather has finally turned with the sun making a very welcome return:

On Wednesday the Reserves drew 1-1 and then lost 1-3 in extra time in the Cup Final against Barnet. The Dragons arrived in great spirits and were well prepared despite having lost their key striker the previous night to injury. The Dragons created many scoring opportunities whilst Barnet created only one – but it was Barnet who went into half time 0-1 up. The Dragons again created chances and eventually were awarded a penalty. The ever reliable Dragon, having never missed a Dragons penalty, stepped up only for Barnet to irritatingly claim the ball had moved and it had to be reset; the taker changed his mind…. and frustratingly blasted over from 12 yards. The minutes agonisingly ticked away; the Dragons were awarded a free kick; the right back leapt acrobatically to bicycle kick into Barnet’s top corner to equalise. Minutes later Barnet were awarded a penalty which they also blasted over the net and it was into extra time. Through injury and substitutions the Dragons had now lost 3 experienced players and the average age was down to 19. Could they give one final push to win? Sadly no, the Cup was lost but What a Game! What Excitement! What Entertainment! It is now onto the last Cup Final – against Broadfields.

On Saturday the exhausted Reserves lost 0-4 away to probable League Champions Southall. The last thing the Dragons needed was an away game to the league leaders 65 hours after the galling Cup Final defeat with the whole team either carrying knocks or sore from the extra time. Southall, an excellent Combined Counties side, wanted blood from the off. However it took a dodgy penalty mid first half for them to take the lead and then just before HT they scored a very good goal from the left to make it 0-2. The Dragons fought hard and had their chances but as tiredness and more injuries set in Southall scored twice more in the closing stages to win comfortably and deservedly.

The Firsts beat Hillingdon Abbots 2-0 to maintain their promotion plans. This was not a great display by the Dragons against a relatively poor Hillingdon side but such is the quality of the Dragons that they kept a clean sheet as they scored twice.

The U17’s lost at Birbeck to Hillingdon 3-8 in their worst defeat in a long time. The Dragons were rusty as it had been some considerable time since their last game due to poor weather. With some notable absences and lack of concentration, the Dragons allowed Hillingdon to slot in easy goals. With the score 1-4 to Hillingdon at half-time it seemed the Dragons could still pull the game around. Despite most of the play now being in Hillingdon’s half, the Dragons were simply unable to capitalise on their opportunities with headers the wrong side of the cross-bar or just wide of the posts. It was not to be the Dragons day, and although their goals were superb, it was a question of too little too late.

The U15’s beat Harrow St Mary’s 2-0 away. The Dragons had a full chirpy squad as they gallivanted in the sun. The game proved to be a typical Dragons display with them demonstrating their skills whilst very occasionally scoring goals. The Dragons are on the cusp of being a great side – not quite there yet but not far away. They will be Middlesex Cup Winning contenders one day.

U14 Nighthawks drew 2-2 away with Ruislip Rangers in a exciting tense game.

The U14 Eagles beat Hillingdon at home 4-2 and then 6-1 in a double header to bag the second promotion spot. Hillingdon arrived confidently discussing already their hopes for promotion and they certainly started strongly, taking the lead from an impressive cross. The Dragons response was magnificent – the finest team goal we’ve seen this season and while Hillingdon pulled ahead again, this time it was against the run of play. the Dragons were forced to raise their game to new heights and to watch was the greatest pleasure. Hillingdon were ground down with power, subtlety, movement and imagination. Hillingdon took the first leg defeat hard and the second game was one way with a Dragons 6-1 victory that proved the hunger of each and every Eagle to perform to his very best. A landmark 50th goal for the Dragons tireless striker capped a display of genuine class from squad and coach alike. These Eagles have landed!

The U13’s beat Kodak 3-1 away. The spring sunshine brought out the Dragons best display of the season. From the opening kick-off they dominated to put Kodak’s defence under early pressure which eventually lead to a fine passing movement and finish. Later failure to deal with a long kick saw the Kodak striker get behind the Dragons defence and equalise. The Dragons were not deterred as they continued to confidently pass the ball around and then striking along the flanks as space opened up; one such move released the Dragons right midfielder to drive into the box only to be brought down by Kodak’s rushing keeper. The Dragons centre half duly stepped up and placed the ball in the net. The Dragons continued to control the game and a third goal came from a fine run and finish from their striker to give the team a well deserved victory

The U11’s lost 2-8 away to Acton Ealing Whistlers. A full Dragons squad, confident from last week’s victory, started the game well only to concede an early goal. The Dragons fought well to stay in the game and the first half ended with them 0-3 down. The second half started with the Whistlers scoring a further goal to spark the Dragons into life as they scored a very well worked first goal. It just wasn’t however to be the Dragons day, the Whistlers scored again and the game was lost.

An increasing number of U10’s trained for their next match v Spain.

The Girls came out in force to train for their next tournament.

Kensington Dragons U11s 2012-13

U11s score 2 to Whistlers 8

Acton Ealing Whistlers 8 v 2  Kensington Dragons U11s

A full squad of Dragons, confident from last week’s victory started the game well only to concede an early goal.

They fought well to stay in the game and the first half ended 3 – 0.

The second half started with the Whistlers scoring a further goal which sparked the Dragons into life scoring a very well worked first goal.

It just wasn’t to be the Dragons day, the Whistlers scored again and the game was lost.

 

Kensington Dragons U13s 2012-13

U13s win away at Kodak

Kodak B 1 v 3 Kensington Dragons U13s

The spring sunshine brought out the U13s best display of the season. From the opening kick-off we dominated possession and put the Kodak defence under early pressure and eventually breached the Kodak goal with a fine passing movement and finish. However failure to deal with a long kick saw the Kodak striker get behind our defence and he coolly slotted the ball past our keeper to equalise.

This did not deter the Dragons who continued to confidently pass the ball around and then striking along the flanks as space opened up, one such move released our right midfielder who drove into the box only to be brought down by their on rushing keeper. Our centre half duly stepped up and placed the ball in the net.  The team continued to control the game and a third goal was forthcoming with a fine run and finish from our striker to give the team a well deserved victory.

Reserves lose away to Southall

Southall FC Reserves 4 v 0 Kensington Dragons Reserves

The Reserves lost 4-0 away to probable League Champions Southall FC, also at Feltham FC.

The last thing the Dragons needed now was to face an away game to the league leaders 65 hours after the galling final defeat, the whole team either  carrying knocks or sore from the extra time exploits. Worse than that was they were also playing at Feltham FC again, as if to rub a very big pinch of salt into their open wounds.

Southall, an excellent Combined Counties reserve side, looked like they wanted Dragons blood from the off. However it took a dodgy penalty mid first to take the lead but just before HT they scored a very good goal from the left to make it 2-0. The Dragons had fought so hard again and once more had had their chances, Xavi Navarro the stand out player. They continued the fight in the second half but as tiredness and more injuries set in Southall scored twice more in the closing stages to win comfortably and deservedly.

So the Reserves now have a week to freshen up for a final chance of silverware. Unsurprisingly though, given these Dragon’s hearts, they are still in great spirits and ready to bring the club a trophy home come Saturday.

Kensington Dragons Reserves vs Broadfield United Reserves. MCFL Junior Open Cup Final. 7.45 Kick off Uxbridge Football Club.

Reserves miss their chance in MCFA Final

Barnet MO First 3 v 1 Kensington Dragons Reserves

The Reserves lost in the MFCA Junior Trophy Final 1-3 AET against Barnet MO firsts.. (1-1 90 mins) (at Feltham FC)

The Dragons fell at the last hurdle of a great cup campaign and left them with just the one chance of silverware next week in the MCFL Junior Open final.

They arrived in great spirits and well prepared however having lost key forward George Mariner the previous night to injury the attacking line had been weakened somewhat. The Dragons fans arrived in droves though and they still very much fancied their chances from the off.

A hectic start provided end to end football from the off with the Dragons creating the better chances, James Shirley played in Luke Giles who took a beautiful touch to race clear and his lobbed effort caught the wind and grazed the bar. Shortly after Barnet took the lead. Dean Humphrey and Kieran Cox got caught a little flat at the back and the winger cut in and scuffed a shot, which very unluckily hit Ade Akerdolu on the cover and left keeper Ian Whitmore wrong footed, the ball slowly rolling into the corner. The Dragons responded quickly, Giles turned provider and put in wideman Jack Lyons. The nippy winger rounded the keeper beautifully but with the empty goal beckoning lost his balance and fluffed his lines. This seemed to give Barnet more confidence and put the Dragons on the back foot. They began to build well down the left playing some very good football in the last 15 minutes of the half but the Dragons made it to the break unlucky to be a goal down. Director of Football Tony Smith and First Team Manager Miguel De Souza had seen the problem late in the first half and insisted that the back line pushed higher up the pitch to allow the midfield to be closer to the front line. As the second half began it was clear that the change was working with the Dragons totally dominant from the off. Shirley and Giles were immense in midfield with Adam Finch also building the play nicely. Chances came and went, the best of which fell to Lyons again. Striker Jon Laycock bounded down the left after great work from Hassan Osman and his cutback was beautifully turned on by Giles for Lyons. However with just the last defender to beat and the keeper rushing back his tame effort was cleared for a corner. From the corner the ball found its way to Laycock but the forward’s well struck shot just cleared the bar from 15 yards. The Dragons were now totally dominant but with 15 minutes left time was running out. Finch was replaced by Will Conway and Lyons by Reiss Corr. Osman then played in Laycock again down the left, the striker took an excellent touch to get the ball in front of him and as he went for the next touch in the box the otherwise excellent centre back brought him down, the Dragons relieved to see the ref point to the spot. The ever reliable Humphrey, having never missed a Dragons penalty, stepped up but the keeper claimed to the ref the ball had moved on the wind. The midfield man had to reset the ball and changed his mind…. and frustratingly blasted over from 12 yards.

However if one thing has been learned this season the Reserves do not lack heart. Steve Cahill, who caused Barnet problems throughout, pinged in a wicked free kick and 17 year old right back Akerdolu lept acrobatically to bicycle kick into the top corner. An amazing bit of technique and the Dragons finally had their deserved equaliser. However the experienced Humphrey, having a great game other than the penalty miss, had to come off with 5 minutes left and suddenly the Dragons looked a very young and inexperienced side. As veteran Laycock pleaded for cool heads amazingly they did the opposite. The left winger got into the box and Akerdolu went to ground too late and unbelievably Barnet had a pen of their own in stoppage time. However the captain hit the exact same penalty as Humphrey, the ball flying over the bar and for the first time that night things seemed to be going the Dragons way. 1-1 FT

The problem now was after giving everything to try and win the game in 90 the team looked tired, Shirley and Osman were suffering from cramp, Laycock with heavy blisters and having lost 3 experienced starters the average age of the team was now around 19. Could they give one final push to win the tie? The answer was no sadly. All of a sudden with the calm heads on the bench wounded, the young Dragons played the occasion and not the extra time period, too often jumping in when standing off was needed. They scraped through the first period but late in the second a long ball was headed safely to keeper Whitmore with Will Conway covering their striker. However the two got confused and Whitmore had to dive in as the striker pressed. He palmed it away but took out Conway in the process and left the striker with an empty net to fire Barnet back in to the lead. As they pushed on the tired back line’s legs got punished by the captain, desperate to make up for his penalty miss, driving across the penalty box and firing a deflected shot into the corner and the game was over. Barnet had 2 shots on target in 120 minutes and scored 3 goals, the Dragons could only look back on 10-12 guilt edge chances that they failed to take and went home with a runners up medal instead of cup celebrations.

Results Round-Up 14 April 2013

All are encouraged to watch the Dragons Adults in their second Cup Final this Wednesday evening, 17 April, at 7.30pm at Feltham FC, The Orchard, Hatton Road, Bedfont TW14 9QT.

The sun shone too late for some:

The U11’s beat Parkfield 3-2 away. With not having played for weeks and with only 9 players this match was a huge mountain for the Dragons to climb. They started brightly however creating chances within minutes. Parkfield found it hard to break them down but used their 2 man advantage to create opportunities and were gifted an own goal from a strong corner. From the restart the Dragons put the pressure on and within minutes some great play down the right lead to a lob into the top left of Parkfield’s goal. Parkfield responded to lead at the half. As the second half started all knew that the next goal would be the most important and so it proved. A Parkfield attack broke down and the Dragons were off; a killer through ball straight between Parkfield’s central defenders opened up for the Dragons pacey striker to slot past the keeper to equalize. The Dragons were now on top and the winning goal came from some hard midfield work feeding the Dragons clinical striker for his second. With ten minutes to go Parkfield’s 2 man advantage began to show but the Dragons stand-in goalie made one stop with his leg and tipped another just round the post to hang on for the 3 points. A big well done to all.

The U13’s lost 0-5 to Hayes&Yeading. A force 10 gale greeted the Dragons on arrival and playing against the wind they quickly found themselves 0-3 down. As the half progressed the Dragons adapted and got more into the game but just before half time they received a hammer blow as H&Y made a run from halfway to unleash a rocket shot into the Dragons goal. After the break, with the wind in their favour, the Dragons hoped to pull back the four goal deficit but whilst they created chances they were unable to make them pay. Finally as the Dragons pushed their midfield forward their defence was left exposed and was caught on a counter attack to concede a fifth and last goal.

The U14 Eagles beat Kodak 7-0 away in a game of two halves. As the Siberian wind swept westwards the Eagles floundered, directionless, incapable of finding goal; or indeed the pitch which they had only located minutes before KO. Despite starting brightly to score crisply after 10 minutes, the ill chills of a sombre Sunday soon began spreading their gloom. Kodak laboured, their support harangued, their coaches moaned and soon the Dragons shoulders sagged. It’s the break that makes great managers and for the Dragons the sun began to shine. With spirits restored the Eagles spread their wings and the second half was theirs as they pulled ahead to four up before the sudden, welcome warmth began to slow them down. Shots were missed, passes skewed, but for once it didn’t matter. Kodak, still shrouded in clouds of displeasure from their unhappy management, had ceased to play. And three Dragons goals later so, thankfully, had we. To quote the Dragons Manager: ” There are many ways to lose. But play with your heads up and your hearts out, as we do now, and you’ll win. Whatever the score.”

The U14 Nighthawks match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The U15’s match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The U17’s match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Firsts beat NPL 2-1 on Wednesday in the Middlesex Cup as previously reported.

The Firsts lost 2 v 3 to ICOB in the League. Still in good spirits from their mid-week cup win it was down to the Dragons to pursue the season’s main objective of winning the league and promotion. A sloppy start had them a goal behind in the first ten minutes. A lack of quality in the wet on a soggy pitch stopped any kind of rhythm. It took two corners to drag the Dragons back into the game to lead at half-time. The second half was unfortunately more of the same with little testing of ICOB’s goalkeeper from open play which proved to be to the Dragons detriment as another two really bad errors would give ICOB their only real attacks of the second-half but both times they scored. The Dragons now have to refocus to ensure promotion.

The Reserve’s match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.