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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

2nd December 2019

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


6th January 2019

Byron Red Star Falcons 2 St.Clere's 3 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Division )

A new year was upon us as we restarted the league campaign with a visit to bottom placed Byron. Our last game before Xmas was against top team Brentwood so complacency was discussed before the game began.

After a good first training session back yesterday (but with disappointingly only 8 players) the team hopefully would arrive with a spring in their step today. Unfortunately most of the pre-match chat was used to discuss the players that failed to turn up this morning and the reasons why. Finally we had the bare eleven arrive so the game started so not ideal preparation.

Joseph scored within the first few minutes with his first touch, after a super cross-field ball by Captain Alex.Soon it was 2 - 0 when Alex took a corner this time and the ball found the net at the near post with the opposition goalie and our defender Cole in attendance. It was later discovered that the goalie palmed the ball into the goal but Alex will be credited with the goal as it was on target HT 2 - 0

The second-half started with us on the front foot again but we couldn't find the third goal.Ollie headed over , George and Ben had shots go just wide or blocked and we really needed that 3rd goal. As always when a team fails to score the opposition do and that is what happened when Byron got one back with their first shot on goal in the second half. St.Clere's legs started to tire as we had no substitutes whilst Byron had 4 so could freshen things up. Byron then scored again to equalize with a break away goal and a draw looked on the horizons. Emmanuel went down 10 minutes from the end with cramp after his tireless running in the centre midfield with Alex N and we played for a while with 10 (if only we had a sub!). Emmanuel was then sent up front to simply just add another body onto the field but it turned into a masterstroke when he poked the winning goal. FT 3 - 2

A game that we were expected to win and we did, but the lack of options nearly caught us out. The 11 players deserved credit for their efforts and we have gained some advantage on the teams above us today. If we want to climb even higher then all 17 players signed up must turn up and train/play otherwise new players that want to play football on a Sunday morning will be found

13th January 2019

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

Last Sunday we had no official game scheduled in, so a friendly with the Men's Reserves was planned and confirmed. Unfortunately late on Sunday night (10.06pm ) I received an email to say that Chelmsford City were visiting in a League game which was being brought forward from 7th April. This caused a fair bit of panic early Monday morning to cancel the friendly, arrange an unexpected pitch with the club and then find a ref. Thanks Fixture Secretary !!

We had yet to face Chelmsford this year and their results have been mixed either losing heavily or running teams in the top 3 close by the odd goal so I didn't know what to expect. It was also a luxury to have 5 subs, yes 5 subs ! for the first time this year and a complete turn around from last week when we had zero.

We got off to a good start and had several good chances to take the lead when Ollie hit over and Ben screwed his shot past the post. Chelmsford looked hesitant at the back and Alex N took advantage of a mix-up between the opposition keeper and defender to nip the ball away and walk the ball into the net unimpeded. Soon it was 2- 0 with some lovely work along the left saw a ball sent in to Ollie to score his first of the day. The possession was mostly Orange and keeper Jack really had little to do HT 2- 0

Last week we were also 2 - 0 up at half-time but let in an early goal so the team talk in the break was to highlight this and ensure we got the all important 3rd goal. Unfortunately Luke got injured early on which necessitated a reshuffle and we lost the momentum slightly. Eventually the 3rd goal came when Joseph sent a cross from the right into Ollie to control superbly and slot home past the keeper. How we didn't add to the score I am unsure as George and especially Tom R. had great chances to hit the back of the net FT 3- 0

It was great to have an almost full squad available to choose from and will give me a headache going forward with selection. We have popped into 3rd position in the division so we need to keep up the hard work in training to keep the momentum going.

27th January 2019

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

After a dubious postponement last week by our opposition, which the League are investigating, we welcomed Collier Row to St.Clere's, We have already played them away twice in the League and County Cup with mixed results, A 5 - 3 win in the League was followed by a 3 - 2 loss in the cup but the 2nd time was against a different looking Collier Row team as the squad had been extended to 21 players.

The pitch survived the overnight rain and the bulk of the Collier Row team seemed to be that of our first encounter so hopes were high in the St.Clere's camp.

St.Clere's normally start off slowly but it was the opposite this time around as we went 2 - 0 up within 10 minutes of kick-off. Alex N. found Owen on the left in plenty of space and he ran on to slot past the keeper. The second arrived in similar style when Ollie latched onto a pass only to square it to Alex N to finish calmly. At 2 - 0 the team then switched off for 20 mins and the tackles were half-hearted and we couldn't clear our defensive lines. Collier Row took advantage with an unchallenged header at the near post that looped into the net despite the best efforts of Alex D to head clear. Then soon after it was 2 - 2 when a poor clearance fell straight to the opposition player who slotted, with precision past keeper Jack into the bottom corner. HT 2 - 2

The half-time team talk was around winning the second half and showing more passion and pride. We gained the lead again from a corner when debutant Henri poked home after a scramble in the box but again we were found wanting at the back when Collier Row equalised again. St.Clere's this time didn't falter as Ollie scored with a run and shot in off the post. Ben was working hard upfront and got the fifth when running in from the left to ease the nerves.The rest of the game petered out and 3 points came our way with an identical score of the away game back in September. FT 5- 3


3rd February 2019

Hutton 0 St.Clere's 2 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Division )

Strangely we are now in February and we had still to face Hutton Home or Away in the league. No games between us had been cancelled due to the weather so not sure if the fixture computer was faulty at the time of the schedule being put in place.

Anyway with the game being played on Astroturf the game was always going to be played despite the current cold and snowy weather.

The first 30 minutes of the first half should be forgotten as St.Clere's failed to get any momentum going and struggled to get in the game. We made some positional chamges and we soon on the front foot. Finally the deadlock was broken when Ollie intercepted a pass from the opposition keeper to finish at the second attempt after his first shot came back to him off the post. HT 1 - 0

The second half was more of the same as we dominated the game but squandered many chances. Our keeper Jack was hardly tested and admitted at the end it was a bit of a stroll. The defence were also solid and centre-back Charlie nodded home the second from a corner and the game was safe. FT 2- 0

A good win and 3 points but we struggled to get into the groove early on but when we did we took full control. Against other teams the slow start will be punished so we must be eradicate these problems going forward.

24th February 2019

St.Clere's 3 Hutton 1 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Division )

After a 2 week break from League action we were back at home to face Hutton. A good 6-1 friendly win last week against an Echo League team meant that confidence in the squad was high.

The weather was perfect for a game but St.Clere's put in a very limp and lacklustre performance during the first 45 minutes and were lucky to be still in the game at half-time. Although George broke away and slotted into the net across the opposition keeper, we failed to hang onto the lead. Despite the best efforts of Charlie and keeper Jack, Hutton scored a last minute equaliser, as the half-time whistle sounded. HT 1 - 1

Words were said at half-time as the team were 2nd best to every loose ball and tackle and simply didn't seem to want to put in the effort that 3 points and a win warrants.

We took the lead with a bit of luck when a Hutton defender passed the ball back to his keeper but the trajectory was misjudged and it nestled into the net.St.Clere's then started to get into their stride and efforts from Alex N., Kai , Eman and Joseph all went close. Finally we secured the game with a third goal which was sublime. Owen collected the ball on the left and tucked the ball over the defender and then with his unfavoured right foot unleashed an effort that soared into the goal and the crowd erupted with delight. FT 3 - 1

Next week we are at home again when we face Runwell Sports. They are a stronger opposition than today, so will require more effort from the squad if we want to get anything from this game and keep up the momentum and hopes of a top 2 finish.

3rd March 2019

St.Clere's 2 Runwell Sports 3 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Division )

After 5 successive wins St.Clere's faced title chasing Runwell at home. The away game back in November saw a comfortable 4 - 1 win for Runwell and we deserved that defeat with a poor display on the day.

The game kicked off in a swirling wind which favoured Runwell in the first half and they took full advantage of that. St.Clere's were quick;ly 2 - 0 down as our defence failed to deal with the ball and missed several challenges in the process to let the attackers simply skip through to score. In fact St.Clere's could have been in the lead but poor finishing meant that we failed to capitalise on several easy chances and this put us on the back foot for the rest of the game. HT 0 - 2

With the wind St.Clere's slowly began to get the grips with the game in the second half and got a goal back when Joseph lashed home after a scramble in the opposition box. Soon it was 2 - 2 when Joseph sent a long ball from his own half to find Ollie who ran on to grab the equaliser. Game on. Ollie went close again when clean through but Runwell then got the winner, when a fierce shot beat keeper Jack at his near post.

The game had been a hard-fought top of the table contest at this point but 5 minutes from the end a flare up in the right hand corner saw handbags from both sides. Ollie who was a St.Clere's sub at the time ran on to intercept a Runwell player who wanted to needlessly get involved and they bumped chests. After a few minutes the ref decided to brandish 2 red cards for head-butting , that NOBODY saw and both myself and Simon the manager from Runwell were left perplexed. The ref told us afterwards it was for headbutting but this didn't happen and he even confirmed after the game that he wasn't sure who the Runwell player was and it was either number 5 or 9 and he had to pick one of them !! This is the first time i have used this referee on a recommendation by another St.Clere's manager but needless to say I wont use him again FT 2 - 3


10th March 2019

Romford Borough 3 St.Clere's 1 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Division )

We arrived after a relatively long journey to find the pitch in a horrible condition. This and the gale force winds blasting from one end to the other meant that this game was going to be tricky. With onLy 1 sub in place and many regulars missing the formation was very disjointed.

In normal St.Clere's fashion we went 1 - 0 down within 2 minutes when the opposition player was left unmarked in the box to slot home. Soon we were back level when Joseph run across the area to shoot into the bottom corner. Playing with the wind we would have hoped to kick on but we didn't. Alex D turned his ankle and couldn't carry on then Romford got ahead when their player run through to score over keeper Jack. A red card followed for a Romford player who kicked out at Owen but I am unsure why. Their keeper had collected a corner and as the players were retreating from the box a leg was swung which connected and the referee had no option. Afterwards he told me that we should have been awarded a penalty as the ball was in play and if that had made it 2 - 2 it would have been a different game. We don't get a league appointed referee very often (we haven't had one at home all season) and when we get one he doesn't implement the rules correctly !! Despite having a man advantage Romford  then scored a third with a precise header. HT 3 - 1

St.Clere's started the second half on the front foot and Joseph missed from close range and then Henri had a shot cleared off the line.Owen had been receiving personal abuse from the Romford management for his part in their player's red card and he was beginning to be targeted with some hard and borderline tackles by the Romford players. Eventually after a 2 player simultaneous challenge from either side his game was over. The ref did warn the Romford management about being reported so hopefully he did. The game was now 10 v 10 as we had no- more subs and I think that was the plan devised by Romford at half-time to even things up. After this the game petered out and no more goals were scored and thankfully we don't have to play Romford again this season FT 3 - 1


17th March 2019

St.Clere's 10 Byron Red Star 1 ( Chelmsford League U17 Premier Division )

After 2 successive defeats St.Clere's needed to get back on track with Byron Red Star visiting us today. In contrast to last week we get on really well with the Byron team and Manager Alan and play them regularly in pre-season friendlies and never had any trouble. I have even forgiven them (just) for taking my striker Callum this year !!

The recent winds had subsided and the pitch had drained well after the overnight rainfall. St.Clere's actually started brightly for once and scored four goals before half-time. Henri tapped home from Joseph's header back across the goal. Eman then got 2 as a reward for having a stint up front today and St.Clere's looked dangerous. Cole then got his first goal of the season when he finished at the second attempt after the keeper had saved his initial shot HT 4 - 0

Lately the second halves in games have been a bit of a damp squib but the team was sent out to be more clinical and get more goals and that is exactly what they did. George got a quick fire hat-trick to make the result inevitable. Ben and Joseph then scored to make it nine and then everybody wanted to score. We got caught out when Byron counter-attacked to score their goal but Alex N then scored to restore parrity andmake it double figures in the first for many years. Credit to Byron who kept going despite the scoreline and I hope their injured player recovers speedily. HT 10 - 1


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