In a spell of improved weather the Dragons thrived:
The 1st Team walloped Hillingdon 6-0 away. The Dragons got off to a great start and were soon 1-0 up and then by half time 4-0 up before scoring another couple of goals after the break. A very credible result.
The Reserves lost 2-5 to the twice in a row League Champions Indian Gymkhana in the cup semi-final. The Dragons started well before a conceding sloppy goal and then reacted fantastically to score twice over the next 10 minutes. The second half was a real battle with Gymkhana putting huge pressure on the Dragons who conceded 4 goals from set pieces to show yet again that ‘playing in the air’ is not the Dragons favourite occupation.
The U18s beat the mighty Spartans 3-2 away. The Dragons were 2-0 up at half time playing with confidence on the back of their comfortable win last week but 20 minutes into the 2nd half it was 2-2 and the fight was on. Resilience and character shifted the momentum once again and the Dragons pressed to score and hold on to an impressive win.
The U17s beat Hanwell Town 6 – 1 away. The Dragons coped with the blustery wind much better than Hanwell to lead 4-0 at half time despite conceding a saved penalty. It looked as if the Dragons would hit double figures as they scored early in the 2nd half but they then relaxed into seeking personal glory which did not come. The Dragons were brought back down to earth when Hanwell scored and tightened up to play good football to score yet again with a great finish to nail the 6-1 win
The U15s lost 0-2 to TFA Totteridge away. The Dragons showed fantastic character with 10 players following a long difficult journey. The Dragons played tremendously with their excellent goalkeeper performing particularly well so that at half time it was still 0-0. The Dragons carried on the good work into the second half but unfortunately lack of communication in the penalty box cost the team at least one point and then a final score came just before the final whistle. Despite the score the Dragons showed great spirit
The U14As lost 0-2 away to Hanwell. The Dragons suffered a questionable penalty 4 mins into the game and from then on it was slow, sloppy and frustrating to watch as they could not find a decent tempo to their game. They then suffered a 2nd goal ten minutes from the end which completely deflated the team. The Dragons walked off bemused as to how they had performed so uncharacteristically. It was frustrating to have had a bad day but next week they will surely be up and running again as normal.
The U14Bs beat 1 Old Actonians 9-1. The Dragons got off to a great start, scoring in the first minute and then again 10 minutes later but struggled to convert more chances before half time. After the break they found their stride and killed the game off with a clinical attacking performance.
The U13s beat Venceremos 2-1 away. The Dragons found the muddy pitch a real grind but they played as a team to secure the win. The difficult to please manager was quoted at the ensuing press conference as saying “I am very pleased. This was the first full team we have had for many weeks”
The U12s beat Actual Soccer 5-1 at home in their first derby of the season against their Harrow Rd neighbours. This was as competitive a match as between Arsenal and Tottenham. The Dragons started with power but took too many touches to let Actual Soccer score first. The Dragons pulled themselves together to score a brilliant goal and then kept the pressure going to lead 2-1 at half time. The Dragons returned defiantly and with speed and skill scored a fantastic goal to be followed by another blaster and then a converted penalty. Next week it onto yet another derby
The U11s just lost 0-1 at home to Wealdstone in an excellent match. This was a very close competitive match which either side could have won but possibly a draw would have been a fair result. What was so pleasing for the improving the Dragons was that when they conceded a late goal there was no hint of a wobble but rather an increased determination to come back and score. There remains much room for improvement but the Dragons are very clearly on the way to becoming a great team.
The new U10s continue to train in preparation to joining the League.
The Dragons are starting a new team for 8-11 year old girls. Interested parties should phone the Hon Sec on 07860 459178 for information