U13 Match Reports

Sunday 19th January 2020

Deddington Town Colts 3 (1) v Faringdon  Town Blue’s FC 6 (1)

Goal Scorers:  Kylor 3, Matty 2, Rylie 1

Outstanding team performance

Bearing in mind Deddington beat the team we drew with last weekend 5 v 1, Rob set up the Blue’s with a 4 – 1 – 3 – 2 formation. Within 3 mins the Blue’s took the lead only to concede immediately to a soft goal.

The first half was a very evenly balanced game with both team’s missing some good chances. At half time, Rob simply asked for another 10% and more commitment into tackles.

Deddington came out blazing and scored a good goal within minutes of the half starting.  The Blue’s now got stuck in, worked and encouraged each other even after making errors and fully deserved bringing the game to 3 all.

With the wind in their sails, the Blue’s went for Deddington with no holds barred, scoring 3 great goals to seal their first victory in our new league.

Again, there was no player of the match, as this was yet another outstanding TEAM performance. Rob, Gaz and l are so proud of the Blue’s,  let’s keep it going. Thumbs up ??

Sunday 1st Dec 19

Friendly Under 13’s

Abingdon Youth 5 (1) v Faringdon Town Blue’s FC 8 (0)

Goalscorers: Matty 2, Darrion 2, Rylie, Dylan, Alfie, Owen

It was all about the passing

After the disappointment of our last match, the Blues went out with a great positive approach. The guys put some great passing together and created over 10 chances but without hitting the net.  With one goalmouth scramble, Abingdon took the lead but our heads remained high.

At half-time, Rob said if we get one goal we could have 10, and we almost did!!

With some of the best passing we’ve witnessed, the Blue’s scored 3 goals in the first 5 minutes, they cut through Abingdon’s midfield and defence with clinical precision. The next 30 mins, we team played some of best football proving that with communication and passing what can be achieved. Although we let some silly goals in, the team performance was very promising.

No one individually was awarded the player of the match as there were so many wonderful performances.  Well done Blue’s,  that was great. Thumbs up ??

Sunday 3 Nov 19

Radley Youth 4 (2) v Faringdon Town Blue’s FC 6 (3)

Hard work

Lining up in our great new home strip, the Blue’s set about working some great passes together to take an early lead. However,  we lost our concentration a couple of times giving Radley the chance to catch us up each time we went ahead.

Half time, found the team looking tired. With a short team talk providing some encouragement and guidance,  the Blue’s went out with the tails up. 
With more great passing and showing a little more determination,  the Blue’s went on to score 3 good goals. The best aspect was we showed some good fitness for the 70 mins,  we are getting fitter, but training harder will enhance it further.

I think the Blue’s made hard work of today, but overall,  we’re obviously happy with the result.

Player of the match was shared between Dan for stepping up and playing in goal and for Ollie who showed heaps more confidence in 2nd half, showing how determination can win the ball, well-done guys. Thumbs up.

Goalscorers: Darion 2, Matt, Rylie, Theo, Owee

Sunday 20th October 19

Hinksey Park Lions (3) 3 v Faringdon Town Blue’s FC (3) 6

5% more, made the difference

Both teams set up on a long grassed heavy pitch. Working hard, the first half was a game of catch up for the Blue’s. With the home team taking the lead each time, we responded with goals by Owen Smith (welcome back) and Rylie scoring 2 great goals to bring the teams in level at half time.

Rob, eloquently advised the Blue’s, the errors of their way and demanded more effort and commitment.  (That’s me being very polite lol)
They responded superbly, giving that extra 5% which resulted in winning the 50/50 tackles and passing the ball with so much more accuracy.

Following a corner, Owee swept the Blue’s into the lead for the first time. Maintaining the pressure, Rylie floated a free-kick to the back post for Dylan to volley the ball into the net, to make it 5. With both teams getting very tired after working so hard on the heavy pitch, the Blue’s final goal came from 4 great passes to see Owen score his 2nd and our 6th goal.

Today was a great game played in true youth football spirit. It was a pleasure to watch. The Blue’s admirably stepped up and displayed an all-round great team second-half performance, once again proving just how good we can be.

The player of the match was shared by Alfie for his total commitment and direction in defence and Matty whose tenacity and passing of the ball was outstanding. 

May we say a huge thank you to Dan Eadle from who DME Mechanical Limited who has kindly sponsored our away kit. Looking at Dan’s reaction he’s already very proud of you guys.

Finally, as this was our last official game of this part of the season, on behalf of Rob, Gaz and l may we pass on our sincere thanks to all you parents for your endless support, we couldn’t do this without you. With a few teams in our league still to play some games, we’re uncertain of our league position, but we have done really well, so keep your fingers crossed that the remaining games points go our way. Thumbs up ???

Sunday 13th October 19

Faringdon Town Blue’s FC 6 (2) v Milton United (0) 0

Hard Work

After watching Faringdon Town’s Under 12 win,  the Blue’s set up on a very wet heavy pitch. The Blues worked hard putting together some great passing resulting in Rylie’s first goal. Maintaining the pressure Theo showed great determination to score a superb goal from the left.

At half time, Rob instructed the team to concentrate on the football and not the politics being transmitted from Milton’s manager.

With the pitch cutting up, the Blue’s worked really hard to maintain discipline while creating lots of attempts on goal resulting with Rylie’s 2nd. With lots of the play being created from midfield the Blue’s pressurised Milton’s defence concluding with an unfortunate own goal.

The Blue’s kept up their momentum of pressure seeing Rylie scoring his well-deserved hat trick of goals. With minutes to go Archie made a superb pass through to Dylan who sprinted with the ball to score a cracking 6th goal for the Blue’s.

The Blue’s worked really hard to play as a team and thoroughly deserved their win on a very heavy pitch.

Player of the match was a very close call as Matty put together a sterling performance but with his wonderful hattrick, Rylie was awarded this week’s honours.  Thumbs up ???

Sunday 6th October 19

Faringdon Town Blue FC 3 (2) v Abingdon Youth (0) 1

Outstanding team performance

Having recovered from last weekends disappointing game, the Blues set themselves up with an air of positivity that is being built with their confidence and team spirit.

Throughout the whole of the first half, the Blue’s played together as a team, communicated with each other and gave out nothing but praise to support everyone. The Blues maintained great pressure against a well set up Abingdon team, whose goalkeeper was their star player.

Their persistence paid off with a cracking goal by Archie Tye with his left foot.  Maintaining the pressure, some great passing led to another great goal by Riley, resulting with the Blue’s going in at half time 2 up.

Rob gave out the same instructions asking them to keep working hard and to stick together as a team.

Abingdon game out of the blocks, putting an immense amount of pressure on the Blues, which resulted in a well deserved goal. The next 20 minutes saw both teams play some great football, with both goalkeepers pulling off some superb saves.

The Blue’s 3rd goal game from a very quick counter-attack, seeing Archie scoring again from outside the box from a narrow-angle. Although the ball took a huge deflection, Archie was awarded the goal again using his left foot.

This was an outstanding team performance, every one of the team played to their best ability and we know there is still more to come. Rob, Gaz and I were also so impressed to hear the team encouraging each other all the way from Fraser in goal to the subs on the sideline.

The player of the match was shared between Archie, not only for his goals but for his commitments displayed in defence and Owee Whalley for his tenacity and determination to win the ball back.

A final note of thanks to Gaz, who has sourced sponsorship to supply the Blues with winter training jackets and with a new football strip which will hopefully arrive in the next couple of weeks.

Faringdon Town Blues FC 4 (1) V Bardwell (1)1

After a great training session on Wednesday concentrating on passing, the Blues came out playing some wonderful football, achieving everything but a goal. Having had 80% of the possession we disappointingly relaxed and allowed Bardwell to score a good goal on the break. Not giving up and keeping their discipline, Darion calmly evened things up with a cool collected goal.

Half time, Rob asked for more commitment and to keep passing the ball.
The Blue’s came out positively and dominated the second half starting with a cracking goal by Chloe following some great passing work.

The Blue’s Captain Dylon then scored the pick of the goals with an outstanding 25-yard strike that sank into the top right of the goal. Bardwell dug deep and having no subs displayed a very brave performance but tired towards the end when Chloe again scored to seal our victory.

Today displayed lots of positives but we can see that we can still improve further.

Player of the match was shared by Archie for an outstanding performance of commitment in defence and Dylon whose tenacity and encouragement shared on the pitch displayed an excellent Captain’s role.

Thanks again to Craig for running the line, you’re a diamond geezer.  Thumbs up.

U12 Blues Match Reports 2018-19

Hanney 2 (2) v Faringdon Town Blue’s FC 3 (1)

Outstanding team performance

Playing 11 aside, Hanney playing with the wind put the Blues under intense pressure concluding with an incredible in swinger of a goal sailing above all our defence. That was the key for the Blue’s to start playing.

Passing the ball around with great skill Darion got his head on a superb ball from the wing. Hanney then came back scoring a goal to finish the half one up. Rob encouraged the team to challenge harder and clear the defence quicker. The Blue’s came out and did exactly that, and with some great passing Dylon scored a blinding goal from 20 yds out.

Although Hanney kept the pressure on, the Blues outstanding team attitude was rewarded with a winning goal by Chloe. Although this was a friendly this was one of the best team performances beating a team 1 league above them who had only lost 1 game all season.  

Player of the match went the Brad whose leading and guiding role in defence was the key to the Blues success. Finally a word of thanks to Alfie and Leo from the Under 11s and to Ollie and RJ for helping us today it was great to see you guys.  Thumbs up and now please enjoy the rest of Mothering Sunday.

Florence Park 4 (1) v Faringdon Town Blue’s FC  3 (1)


On arrival, we all noted that we were playing on a much narrower pitch and we were advised that the oppositions manager had volunteered to step up to be ref.

The first half we fought hard for the ball maintaining most of the possession but we were holding on to the ball too long. Thankfully Chloe scored a cracking goal which was a just reward for our efforts.  Only to be counteracted by their star player who ripped through our midfield and defence.

Half time we emphasised about using the space of the small pitch and passing quicker.

Early in the 2nd half, Brad scored a great long distance goal giving us the upper hand. That’s when again their star player who has scored 43 of their 46 goals this season tore us apart by scoring another 3 goals. We simply couldn’t cope with this incredible player. Not giving up, the Blues fought until the very last minute, where Dan scored a great goalmouth scramble goal.

There are various reasons we lost but hopefully, the Blues will take today as another learning experience.

Player of the match was chosen by Gaz and was awarded to Joshua S-W for his great work in defence and his endless determination to win the ball. Thumbs up.

Faringdon Town Blues FC 2 (1) V Milton Town (1) 3

A battle to the very end

After a great team talk the Blues came out straight away all guns blazing with 2 very near misses in the first 10 mins. Then Milton hit us on the break with good goal. Not letting their heads go down the Blues continued to battle being rewarded with a clinical shot by Josh D to share the honours at half time.

Second half Milton had the wind behind them and put the Blues under intense pressure resulting with a goal after 7 mins. The Blue’s battled back and with rocket shot from Josh D the ball bounced on the inside of the bar and we believed it bounced over the line but neither the ref or linesman could confirm the whole ball had crossed and the goal wasn’t given.

Milton came back and received a dubious free kick outside the box as the ball hit the players face and not our defenders boot, from which they scored their 3rd. The Blue’s once again battled back and earned a clear penalty which Owee executed perfectly.  The last 5 mins were very intense but the equaliser didn’t come.

That was a brilliant game which will only improve our team’s experience. The league is now in the balance. We still remain top but Milton have their last game next weekend, l think they need to win by 3 clear goals to beat us.

Player of the match went to Owen Smith for his determination and superb positioning and passing throughout the game.

Rob, Gaz and l are extremely proud of every player, that has been a huge team effort over the past 6 games, every one of them has played their part. Thumbs up

Radley FC 1 (1) v Faringdon Town Blue’s FC 3 (1)


Having a delayed start due to volume of games at Radley, we started very brightly with Chloe scoring a great goal to settle our team down but then it appeared that the cold conditions got to them. This allowed Radley to come back into the game resulting with a good breakaway goal.

Half time, the team were asked to raise their game and be more committed. Playing into the wind the Blues passing improved and so did their determination. Darion scored 2 goals, one of which was a cracking low driven shot from 20 yards out. Player of the match went to Kylor for his organisation of the defence and the manner he could be heard above everyone else.

Today’s game was probably the most important 3 points of the season, 5 wins out of 5 and we’re almost there. Next weekend’s final game of the season at home against Milton, kick off 1130 hrs deserves great support.  Please come along and cheer on the Blues, as this could be one huge season to remember.  Thumbs up.

Barton FC 1 (0) v Faringdon Town Blue’s FC 4 (2)

Perseverance and Teamwork

Thankfully Rob found out yesterday the Blues were playing on a 3G pitch. It took the Blues most of the first half to get their technique and passing accustomed to this new surface. Thankfully they were rewarded with a great goal by Dylon giving them the upper hand and with virtually the last kick of the half Darion scored a lovely goal to give us the upper hand.

The second half the Blues came out more positively and worked together as a great team,  although against the run of play Barton scored followed by a period of 10 mins of intense pressure, which we calmly absorbed.  Thankfully Darion popped up and scored his second goal sinking the heads of our opposition. We continued the pressure and missed countless chances, but thankfully Chloe sealed the game with a tight-angled goal.

Player of the match went to Darion for his perseverance and 2 good goals. But today’s game again proved the benefits of great teamwork.

Also a wee note to welcome back Brad who has now returned after a long period off with an injury. Well done Blues, that’s 12 points out of 12. Thumbs up.

Grove FC 0 (0) v Faringdon Town Blues FC 1 (0)

Too much Christmas dinner

The Blues came out of the blocks slowly and methodically warmed themselves into a first half which lacked passion from either side. In fairness to our team this was their first time out for a month.

The second half,  saw lots more discipline, determination and eagerness to win the ball resulting with half a dozen attempts on goal. With 10 mins to go Owee lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper to give the Blues a well earned 3 points.

Training on Thursday night will see the team run off the remnants of any Christmas dinner and spray them all with WD40 to loosen off their joints ??Player of the match went to Chloe who must have covered around 8 kms in distance throughout the match. 

Well done Blues, we’re really pleased with 9 points out of 9. Thumbs up.

Faringdon Town Blues FC 4 (2) v Abingdon Town FC 2 (0)


On a very heavy, muddy pitch both teams established themselves well, with the Blues pressurising the opposition pinning them in their own half for 15 mins resulting with a great goal by Owee. Although Abingdon had a couple of attempts, our 2nd came from a rebound, where Darion buried the ball in the net.

Half time chat was all positive asking the Blues to maintain the pressure and quicken their passing. Abingdon came out strongly and with a lapse in concentration by the Blues they pulled it back to 2 v 1. The Blue’s responded with more pressure resulting with Abingdon scoring an own goal. Followed minutes later by a cracking shot from outside the box which the same unfortunate Abingdon player sliced into his own goal.  The Blue’s then had another lapse in concentration allowing Abingdon’s second. The discipline, communication and team effort was excellent today, resulting with a well earned 3 points.

Player of the match was shared by Owen Smith for his positional play discipline and by Dylon for his boundless energy performance. 

Well done to both of you, this was a great way for the Blues to finish 2018 with.

Thanks to Craig Gaynor who WAS volunteered to run the line

On behalf of Rob, Gaz and l may we wish you all a wonderful festive season and a fit and healthy 2019. Thumbs up.

Faringdon Town Blues FC 4 (3) v Oxford United Girls FC 1 (0)


Oxford United Girls arrived very professionally in their colours and established themselves as a well set up team. Although the Blues had a secret up their sleeves, corners that even Gareth Southgate would be proud of. Within the first 7 mins, Owee delivered two excellent corners which Dylan very bravely executed with diving headers; absolutely brilliant.

The 3rd goal came from Owee with another excellent corner, where the ball unfortunately bounced off goalkeeper into her net. Rob gave a fair but strong chat to the Blues at half time as we could clearly up our game further. 

Oxford came out fighting strong in the 2nd half where the Blues maintained some discipline, resulting with Dylan finishing his wonderful hat-trick. Oxford came back even stronger resulting with a cracking goal. They followed this by hitting the post but the Blues worked hard to maintain the score until the ref blew the final whistle.

Player of the match was very tricky as Dylan had scored his 3 goals but it was given to Fraser who made some clinical saves during Oxford high pressured 2nd half. Fraser kept the score at 4 v 1 greatly frustrating Oxford’s great efforts.

Well played Blues, that’s a great start to the start of a new season. Thumbs up.

Faringdon Town Blues FC 13 (5) v Florence Park FC 0 (0)


Chloe 4, Darion 3, Max 3, Owee 3

This morning the Blues played a pre-season match against our friends from Florence Park who are in the league below us.
On a very heavy pitch the Blues immediately set upon Florence who were over powered by a ricochet of attacking play resulting with the Blues scoring 5 goals by half-time.

Having a full squad Rob n Gaz rotated the Blues to give the team a good run out while we currently struggle with the weather on training nights.
The second half saw a further 8 goals as the Blues gained buckets of confidence to prep them for the start of the season next week.  

Player of the match for their performance, goals and discipline went to Chloe and Max.

Well played guys, but personally l though our linesman was brilliant too!!!  Well played Blues we have a great potential. Thumbs up.