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                  Match Reports 2018/19

9th September 2018

St.Clere's 3 Manford Way1 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Division )

A mixed pre-season campaign was over as we played in to our first league game, which was switched to our ground as the opponents pitch was unavailable.

St Clere's started well with Joseph heading home a corner at the back post in his normal manner. Then Oliver slammed home over the keeper from over 40 yards to register a strong contender for goal of the season already. Eman then slotted home a third at the back post after a skirmish within the opponents area   HT 3 - 0

Despite being warned about complacency at half-time, the team never really got going in the second half and Manford Way snatched a goal back after a long pass over the top. If they had scored a second it would have been a tense finish but we held on to gain those all important 3 points to start off our Chelmsford League adventure FT 3 - 1

16th September 2018

St.Clere's 1 Romford Borough Yellow 1 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Division )

For the second week running we faced a team that have transferred into the Chelmsford League from the Echo League. Again as last week the game was a hard tussle which wasn't helped by the enthusiastic and vocal 4 strong Romford Borough Management Team that spoilt the game with constant barracking of the referee

St.Clere's started without keeper Jack who was late so George deputised between the sticks. Unfortunately Romford took the lead early on when a long ball over the top caught the Orange defence out and the Romford forward lobbed the ball into the net. St. Clere's equalised when Oliver smashed home from close range after good work by George who was now upfrint in his normal position.

In the second half St.Clere's had 3 glorious chances to take the lead but was denied by some superb save from the Romford keeper and the game ended in a draw. A fair result in general but St.Clere's really should have snatched all 3 points near the end with those chances missed FT 1 - 1

23rd September 2018

Collier Row Youth Red 3 St.Clere's 5 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Division )

Despite all the heavy morning rain the pitches were in almost perfect condition for our first away game of the season. Unfortunately with 15 minutes to go I only had 7 players arrive so things were looking bleak. Suddenly everybody arrived so the warm up was somewhat short !

St.Clere's were on the front foot from the start so perhaps no warm-up is the way to go ? Charlie scored direct from a corner by Alex and shots were peppering the Collier Row goal. Alex scored direct from a free-kick, which eluded the keeper, after both Oliver and Joseph tried to get a touch, which perhaps put him off. Collier Row then had a few chances to get into the game but the defensive unit stood strong HT 2 - 0

Complacency after half-time has been an issue this year and again the team suffered and let Collier Row score twice to make it level. Joseph went onto the pitch again and immediately scored from a scramble in the box , with his left foot. Despite playing on the left Joseph again found space on the right hand side to score from long range effort with his right foot. He completed a quick fire 2nd half PERFECT hat-trick with an header from a corner, as he was running away from the goal, which looped into the top corner. Collier Row grabbed a third but by then the game was over.

County Cup action against Canvey Island Blue at Home next week so we need to be at the races for the whole 90 minutes and recover quickly from today's game in the wind and rain FT 5 - 3

30th September 2018

St.Clere's 4  Canvey Island Youth Blue 2 ( U18 Pelly County Cup)

This was a game I wasn't personally looking forward to due to previous history with this team, but thankfully the Canvey management seems to have changed. They came with a good pedigree of playing in the Southend League Premier Division and reaching the League Cup final last year.

County Cup action is always good fun as we face teams we don't normally play but St.Clere's were up for it straight from the kick off. 5 minutes in and Joseph scored with a low finish. Both teams had chances but Alex N. then doubled the lead direct from the corner and the anticipation of a tough game seemed to have been unwarranted. Canvey then got back into the game with a long-range shot that deflected off a St.Clere's defender and looped high over our keeper into the net HT 2 - 1

St.Clere's have been guilty of not playing in the first 10-15 minutes of the second half recently but soon George was sent into their half and he drove into the box and scored to make it 3 - 1. Canvey didn't look comfortable at the back with the ball at their feet and this was stressed in the half-time team talk. The Canvey keeper was injured so was replaced between the sticks by a fellow team-mate but soon made an error when a back-pass was chased down by Emmanuel and he got his reward when the keeper clearance struck him and arrowed into the goal 4 -1. A penalty was awarded to Canvey when all 3 St.Clere's defenders stopped instantly and exposed keeper Jack, who could do no more than collide with the rushing Canvey player. The penalty was converted but with 10 minutes left Canvey never really threatened even though they put extra players up front which did expose their defence at times FT 4- 2

The next round is away against fellow League opponents Collier Row Youth Red who we beat 5 - 3 last week so a repeat result would be welcomed

7th October 2018

Manford Way 1 St.Clere's 1 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Division )

Not much to say about this game but simply 2 points lost. The amount of chances that went begging with many one-on-ones not taken meant we went away with only a single point. On the positive side we are still unbeaten but we need to be more clinical in front of goal.

Manford Way scored with a soft goal that we knew that was coming due to the many chances that we were missing. Charlie scored from a fully 50 yards to equalise and which he probably thumped hard in annoyance that our attack couldn't score from 5 yards. The shot gave the keeper no chance as it arrowed over him.

Next week it's County Cup action again and we need to put chances away if we want to progress


14th October 2018

Collier Row Red 3 St.Clere's 2 (U18 Pelly County Cup)

We visited Collier Row again this time in the 2nd round of the U18 Pelly Cup after our 5-3 League win there just 3 weeks ago. Unfortunately the squad was depleted as some players were either injured, AWOL or simply dropped out earlier that morning, This meant my formation and game plan was put in the bin. I have come to a conclusion that some of the team are not as committed as others, which I was always told this was expected at this age group.Unfortunately to win silverware at the end of May the commitment and hard-work is done many months beforehand

Regardless of this, hopes were high after our win at this ground in the league recently and also a good performance in the last round against Canvey Island. Collier Row were a different level of opposition this time around though, signing 4 players in the week.

St.Clere's scored first after 8 minutes when George latched on to a goalkeeper mistake to get to the ball first and ease the nerves. Unfortunately we let Collier Row back into the game immediately after some sloppy play at the back. Watson scored again after 13 minutes to put us in the lead but again we let them score immediately again after more sloppy work at the back. We have let in far too many soft goals recently and puts pressure on the attack to score even more HT 2-2

Within 45 seconds of the restart Collier Row got the all important goal after Jack saved initially from an unmarked attacker who scored at the second attempt. We huffed and puffed and changed formation to 3-5-2 with the 12 players available but it wasn't to be, We did score an equaliser 10 minutes from the end that the referee wrongly disallowed for offside but with the Collier Row linesman confirming he disn;t flag for anything it was hard to see what it was for. The referee wouldnt discuss this and i wont any further as I have put a complaint into the Essex FA about it. During the following ensuing arguements our player was sent off for swearing at the referee and another was carded later for a late tackle.

The sense of injustice was seen by all, with the muted celebrations of the Collier Row players at the final whistle and a great game unfortunately had been spoiled. I wish Collier Row all the best in the next round but have to think what might have been on a different day with a change of personnel in the middle.

No game next week as it's a bye week with 11 teams in our division so time to take stock and work out if we want to actually go for any silverware this season. If we do, we need to show 200% commitment from the whole squad in the upcoming training sessions.


4th November 2018

Runwell Sports St.Clere's 1 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Division )

Not much to say about our first league defeat of the season

Despite looking extra keen in the warm up, the team never really got going and Runwell played around us with some lovely one touch football and movement. We again let in an early goal after 90 seconds (when will this ever stop !) and Runwell could have scored a bundle in the first 10 minutes.

Keeper Jack got a head injury soon afterwards and taking no chances was replaced by George between the sticks. Unfortunately he was left exposed for the Runwell 2nd and 3rd by an opponent who ghosted in unmarked to head in and then a deflected free-kick HT 0 - 3

The team were sent out with the target of a least winning the second half and we did play better but slipped to another goal when again the opposition striker was left totally unmarked. Redman won a penalty which Newton calmly slotted home and the game finished 4 -1

A harsh lesson and we must aspire to be as determined and disciplined as Runwell, who at times played the best football I have seen all season. We must train hard in the next few weeks so I expect a lot of moans and groans in training but we are lacking some of the basic skills, which we must put right going forward

11th November 2018

St.Clere's 1 Springfield 2 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Div )

Another poor display by St.Clere's who went down to their second successive league defeat. The cause was not helped by the very late withdrawal of the referee (18 minutes before kick-off so I will never use him again). Both teams took liberties with the stand-in official which spoilt the game at times.

St.Clere's went behind when another ball over the top caught out the defence again but Watson soon equalised with a long run and finish.HT 1- 1

Springfield went ahead again after a long run and despite the odd glimpse of goal St.Clere's never really looked like scoring.

Only the players can turn this dip in form around by actually attending training and putting in the hard work. More importantly passion and desire is needed to win games but unfortunately this is lacking in many of the squad at the moment FT 1 - 2

25th November 2018

Hannakins Farm Black 0 St.Clere's 2 ( Chelmsford League U17 League Cup)

Two positive outcomes from this Cup win is that we are in the next round of the cup and that we got our first clean sheet of the season. After that there is not too much too much to say after another lacklustre performance. I am not too sure why we are not clicking and putting in the effort that we had 3 months ago. Some players are simply staying at home and not coming at all to training and games or some arrive so late the warm up is pointless. We need to be far more professional in our attitude which I believe is letting the team down. If you get up in the morning with a negative attitude then this is then reflected on the pitch during games.

Joe put us in the lead early on when pressurising the opposition keeper into a mistake and he slotted home. Jayden on the right wing also had good chances to score but the second goal wouldn't come. Ollie hit the bar from a direct free-kick given when the same keeper picked up a back pass whilst doing up his shoe-laces ! Ollie then won a penalty but decided to take the penalty himself instead of normal spot kick taker Alex and hit the bar again. HT 1 - 0

With a single goal between the sides Hannakins always had a chance to equalise but in truth they never really threatened Jack in goal or our defence who stood tall but until we scored a second the heart beated a little faster than it should have been. Ben had several chances to score and Joe planted a header wide when unmarked and it was going to be one of those days. Finally we got a second but it was given to us by Hannakins after a scramble saw their player head the ball into his own net and we saw the game out for a place into the second round. FT 2 - 0

I say it every week but I am not sure if some of the squad want to play football on a cold Sunday morning or in wet midweek training sessions. This is showing disrespect to me, your team mates but more importantly you are letting yourself down. We need to find that fire and passion again and play as a team otherwise the season will finish with a whimper


United Amateurs 0 St.Clere's 3 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Division )

Despite all the heavy rain in the last few days leading up to the game, the pitch wasn't too bad apart from the goalmouths,which is to be expected.Work commitments and injuries meant we were missing 4 players but we welcomed back Kai into the squad after a recent ankle sprain and it looks like Owen could be back next week.

St.Clere's started off brightly against the wind but the opposition soon used this to their advantage by sending long balls through our defense but keeper Jack was always on hand to mop up. Finally the deadlock was broken when the ball fell to Joseph just outside the penalty area and his precision shot nestled into the bottom corner,with the opposition keeper rooted to the spot.Jayden and Alex D both had shots sail just over the bar but the first half finished with St.Clere's having the slender lead. HT 1 - 0 

The second half saw St.Clere's have the wind advantage but we didn't revert to the long ball tactic but kept the pressure on with ball possession. Several corners were cleared frantically by the opposition defenders and the second goal didn't come. Eventually the lead was doubled when Joseph's long speculative shot deceived the goal keeper, who made a mess of the save and in it went to calm the nerves a little. The last 2 weeks Cole has slotted into the defense due to injuries and player availability and him and Charlie have now formed a solid partnership. Two clean sheets on the trot reflect that and Alex D and Luke have chipped in to form a solid back four.Keeper Jack has also been key to this and he pulled over a SUPER SUPER save to tip an arrow shot from the Amateurs Captain around the post.

St.Clere''s then have several more chances to score with George, Jayden,Charlie and Ben all going close. Ben finally scored his first goal of the season, when he thumped home the ball after a scramble in the area. Hopefully the Top Scorer from last season will get confidence from this and get many more before the season is out. FT 3 - 0


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