Our ever-improving Under 10s will be looking for a third successive win on Sunday when they face Guildford City in the SPL. The boys have recorded victories over Staines and FC Sunbury Hornets in the last fortnight, and will be looking to notch up another three points on Sunday.
Pirbright currently lie sixth in a table of thirteen, and by the time they play their final game of 2013 against Walton Casuals next Sunday they will be just one game off the half-way point of their season. News of Sunday’s game can be found on the Under 10s News Page.
Good luck boys – keep working hard and keep enjoying yourselves!
Our Under 15s take a break from league action this Saturday (7th December) as they travel to Winnersh in the Quarter Finals of the EBYL Cup. Last weekend’s win over Maidenhead saw the boys move back up to second in the division. It was also Pirbright’s last home league fixture of 2013, a calendar year in which we have lost just once on our own patch – quite an achievement. The boys are already half way through their league season, with Mike targeting another 26 points from their remaining ten games to win the league. A tough task – but the team are displaying a real consistency and application after a stuttering start.
Details of Saturday’s cup tie now on the Under 15s News Page. The website will bring news of the team’s fortunes later on over the weekend.
Good luck guys!
Regrettably we have had to cancel this evening’s training session for the Under 10s and Under 15s at the Village School. Our portable floodlights are unlikely to withstand the strong winds.
News of fixtures for both teams at the weekend will be on the website tomorrow (Friday).
Our next Under 7s Coaching Session will be this coming Saturday 7th December at 9:30am on the Village Green. Please note that we are likely to be back on our usual spot on the main pitch on the Green as the U15s are away on Saturday. Parking in the car park on the Avenue De Cagny should therefore be easier this weekend, but you must escort your child across the road and onto the Village Green.
Our final training before Christmas will be the following week : Saturday 14th December.
Training on Thursday evening (5th December) as usual for our Under 15s and Under 10s squads at Pirbright Village School.
Under 10s: 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Under 15s: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
A double strike from Ethan sent the Under 15s up to second in the table on Saturday morning, as they saw off Maidenhead 4-1 on the Village Green. Pirbright now lie just behind leaders CSA on goal difference.
PPFC’s other goals came from Spencer and Tom G. Once Ethan had headed his second from a corner mid-way through the second half Pirbright saw out the remainder of the game in relative comfort.
Well done lads: all you can do is keep picking up points! More U15s News throughout the week ahead.
Sunday 1st December, SPL Cup: Pirbright Premier U10s 4 FC Sunbury Hornets 1
A fine first goal for the club and a man-of-the-match performance from Joshua helped steer the U10s through to the Quarter Finals of the SPL Cup on Sunday morning. This was the boys’ second successive win and Lee and Pete’s improving side have now lost just one in six.
A goal inside a minute from Asa put Pirbright ahead, though Sunbury pressed Pirbright back for long periods of the half. Our opponents were committed to playing some good passing football and forced a series of corners. But the lads defended well, and in the second half Pirbright stepped up a gear to move further in front through Jonty’s long-range effort. Josh struck a third after shifting the ball skilfully onto his right foot and finishing smartly from inside the area (pictured below left).
A fourth goal followed when Asa turned in a free-kick from the right, before Sunbury scored an excellent consolation (no more than they deserved). It certainly wasn’t the boys best display of the season, but they did enough and a little bit more sharpness in their finishing was the deciding factor. Mention too for Hussain, who played very well in defence.
Onto the next round, and hopefully a bit of momentum going into two league games before Christmas. Well done boys – keep it going!
PPFC: Conor, Jacob, Hussain, Cally, Jonty, Joshua, Arthur, Asa, Adam
Scorers: Asa (2), Joshua, Jonty
Saturday 30th November, EBYL, Pirbright Premier U15s 4 Maidenhead Magpies 1
Pirbright moved up to second in the league this (Saturday) morning after a comfortable win at home to Maidenhead. Ethan led the way with two headed goals. More details to follow. Well done guys – a great ’bounceback’ after last week.
Under 7s Star of the Week for training on Saturday 30th November was Oliver B. Well done Olly, great work!
Our excellent Under 15s will look to climb back to the top of the league table on Saturday morning when they face Maidenhead on the Village Green. Meet time is 9:15 for a 9:45am Kick-Off. I’m sure the boys would be glad of the support of any ’floating’ Under 7s parents who fancy casting an eye on Mike’s very entertaining team!
Pirbright lost top-spot last week after a 1-3 reverse at Laurel Park – but there was no disgrace in their performance against an excellent team. The lads now sit third in a pack of four clubs separated by a single point in a very congested division. Even in defeat last week the boys played with an effort and application which Mike found very encouraging. Good luck boys – keep giving it your best! The lads will be without Dom, Kieran and Jake – all of whom are nursing nasty injuries at present – we wish all three boys a speedy recovery.
A note that the car park on the Avenue De Cagny gets very busy on a Saturday when both the U15s are playing and the U7s are training; so we’d encourage U7s parents to make use of the car park behind the Cricket Pavilion (the gate will be open).
PPFC Under 10s host FC Sunbury Hornets on Sunday morning (1st December) in the SPL Cup. The team received a bye in the first round, then a walkover in the second after Claygate declined to fulfil the fixture – so this will represent their first cup match of the campaign.
Pirbright currently lie in 6th place after four wins, four defeats and a draw from their opening nine fixtures. Games against any Sunbury side are always tough fixtures; but the boys should approach the match confidently after Sunday’s impressive performance at Staines.
The lads have two further league matches to come between now and Christmas, before football takes a break until the New Year. They travel to Guildford City on Sunday week, then have a home game with Walton Casuals on the 15th.
Sunday game kicks off at 10:00am with a 9:30am Meet at the School.
Under 10s Training goes ahead as planned tonight between 7pm – 8pm at the School.
Further to Mike’s earlier text please note that training for the UNDER 15 SQUAD is CANCELLED TONIGHT. Mike will be in touch with an update ahead of Saturday’s match.
Under 10s Training goes ahead at 7pm tonight.
Next training for our Under 7s will be this coming Saturday (30th November) from 9:30am on Pirbright Village Green. Please note that the Under 15s are playing at home on Saturday morning so we will be training at the Cricket Pavilion end of the Green; parking is always limited when both age groups are using the Green so we would encourage Under 7s parents to park behind the Pavilion (the gate will be open at the far end of the Green).
Training as usual for our Under 15s and Under 10s squads on Thursday evening (28th November) at Pirbright Village School.
Under 10s: Between 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Under 15s: Between 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday 24th November, SPL3: Staines Town 0 Pirbright Premier U10s 1
PPFC U10s pulled off a terrific result on Sunday lunchtime as they won 1-0 at second place Staines through a late goal from Jack.
The boys worked exceptionally hard for their win, and as usual it was an outstanding team effort that saw them over the line. Staines (who had lost just once this season so far) possessed some excellent footballers; but Pirbright performed with real grit and determination. There were outstanding displays throughout the team: Conor’s handling and shot-stopping were excellent; Jacob and Joshua near-faultless in their tackling and distribution at the back; Adam and Asa their non-stop tenacious best in midfield. Jack was a continual menace in attack, whilst Cally enjoyed undoubtedly his most influential game of the season on the left. Arthur had his best game in Pirbright colours so far.
The key moment came in the dying moments when Jack latched onto a clever ball into the right hand channel and lashed a shot across the goalkeeper into the corner.
Brilliant work guys: you should be really proud of yourselves.
PPFC: Conor, Jacob, Josh, Asa, Cally, Artur, Jack, Adam
Man of the Match: Cally – back to his skilful and elusive best. Be confident Cally; we knew you can do it!
Saturday 23rd November; EBYL, Laurel Park FC 3 Pirbright Premier U15s 1
Beaten, but with no reason for being despondent: that was Mike’s message after PPFC U15s dropped to third in the league after their first defeat in six games. Opponents Laurel Park – who pipped Pirbright to the title last season – went into the match after losing their first game in three seasons at Mytchett last week. So a second successive loss for this formidable team was a long shot – despite Pirbright’s excellent form.
And so it proved. In an evenly contested match the home team lead 1-0 at half-time. Pirbright controlled long periods of the second period, but were hit by a sucker punch mid-way through the half to trail 0-2. But - showing the kind of attitude and application that has so impressed in recent weeks – the lads rallied, deservedly pulling a goal back through Luke; who earned and scored a penalty (pictured). Pibright threw bodies forward in pursuit of the point that their efforts merited, but Laurel Park struck a third on-the-break with the last kick of the game.
Mike had much praise for the performance of his team despite the defeat: Spencer, Callum and Luke earning particular plaudits. Our best wishes for a speedy recover to PPFC favourite Jake, who suffered a knee injury in the second half.
PPFC Scorer: Luke
Marek’s splendid pictures of yesterday’s game are on our Facebook Page and in the Picture Galleries section of the website.
Our Under 15s title challenge suffered a setback on Saturday morning, with the boys going down 1-3 at Laurel Park. But Mike was rightly proud of the team’s performance and Pirbright were unfortunate in losing their first game in six.
More news tomorrow. Hard luck, heads up and plenty more points to play for boys!
Well done to Jason and Angus, who were our Under 7s Stars of the Week for training on Saturday 23rd November. Great football and great teamwork guys!
Please note an important change of Meet Time for the Under 10s game with Staines Town on Sunday (24th). Venue details remain the same (see the Under 10s News Page), but we will now be meeting at 11:30am.
Our next Under 7s Training Session will be this Saturday morning (23rd November) on the Village Green with a 9:30am start.
PPFC U10s travel to Staines for a league match on Sunday morning. Full details can be found on the Under 10s News Page. It’s been a tough old season for the boys so far; and they have had to work really hard for every single point they have earned.
The league seems a whole lot more competitive and physical, and a little more serious than last year. But it still has to be fun for the team: so lots of positivity on Sunday, please! Let’s make sure – whatever the result – the lads play with a smile and enjoy themselves!
Our table-topping Under 15s travel to Laurel Park on Saturday morning. Details, along with a full schedule for the squad leading up to Christmas, can be found on our Under 15s News Page.
Training as normal this Thursday (21st November) at Pirbright Village School.
Under 10s: Between 7:00pm and 8:00pm
Under 15s: Between 8:00pm and 9:00pm
This week’s Under 7s Stars of the Week at our Training Session on Saturday 16th November were TOBY and JAN.
Well done guys: some excellent football !
Sunday 18th November, SPL3; Pirbright Premier U10s 1 FC Sunbury 3
No joy for the U10s at the Village School this Sunday morning as they went down 1-3 to Sunbury; leaving them firmly mid-table in this most competitive of divisions.
This certainly wasn’t the team’s best performance of the season, but nor was it their worst and their opponents once again proved that the teams in this division are all very capable and organised. Sunbury led 2-0 at the break – though somewhat undeservedly on the balance of play. But the visitors were much the better side in the second half as Pirbright’s usual spirit seemed to disappear in the face of some slick passing and movement from Sunbury. Pirbright did pull a goal back with an outstanding chip from distance from Jonty putting a slightly fairer reflection on proceedings.
Some lessons for the boys here: moving the ball quicker and with more thought and purpose in the final third; defending as a unit; playing to the whistle and – most importantly – not to drop their heads when things aren’t going their way. The words and instructions of coaches at PPFC are to help the boys improve and develop; not to criticise. So chin up guys; onwards and upwards!
Saturday 16th November, EBYL, Pirbright Premier U15s 4 Wokingham & Emmbrooke 2
Pirbright went two points clear at the top of the EBYL with a fifth successive league victory on Saturday morning. Two goals apiece from Luke and Callum were enough to see off Wokingham & Emmbrook in another high-scoring encounter. Tom also saved a fifth penalty in a row.
Whilst they didn’t quite hit the heights of recent performances (and were missing the injured Kieran) the boys can nevertheless reflect on another job well done. The lads go into next Saturday’s game with last season’s champions Laurel Park in good form. Well done guys, let’s keep it going!
News of training and next weekend’s fixture to follow on the site this week. Marek’s brilliant pictures of the Saturday’s game with Wokingham can be found on our Facebook page and also on our Picture Galleries section of this site.
Woking FC are hosting an international friendly at Kingfield on Tuesday evening (19th November). England C will host Czech Republic Under 21s. Kick Off is at 6pm (not too late for a school night!) and admission is FREE.
Further details can be found @ http://www.wokingfc.co.uk/news/article/4230/international-football-coming-to-woking/
Further to PPFC Secretary Pete Cox’s email (8th October) an important reminder to all members:-
Please ensure that if your child suffers with any respiratory problems or any other medical condition, the appropriate inhaler and medication is brought to ALL training sessions & matches.
Players who do not bring their medication will not be allowed to play or train.
Thank you for your co-operation.
PPFC U15s will look to stay in front of the chasing pack as they face Wokingham & Emmbrook on Saturday (16th November). The boys currently lead the EBYL on goal difference from CSA All Stars. More details on the U15s News Page.
Our next U7s Training Session is this coming Saturday (16th November) at 9:30am on the Village Green. A reminder to all U7s parents that we emailed some information through earlier in the week. If you didn’t receive the email please contact the club directly @ firstname.lastname@example.org or, alternatively, direct-message us on Facebook.
It is likely we will be training at the Pavillion-end of the Village Green on Saturday as the U15s have a home game on the main pitch. Anyone wishing to stay on and watch Mike’s terrific table-topping team; I’m sure they would really appreciate your support!
We have emailed our U7s parents with some important information. If you don’t receive this email but have picked up this message via our Facebook page or Twitter feed please email the club at email@example.com or direct message us via Facebook. We can then double-check your email details and ensure that we get the information through.
Sunday 10th November, SPL3; Worplesdon Rangers 2 Pirbright Premier 2
PPFC U10s earned another league point on Sunday morning after an exciting 2-2 draw with a very capable Worplesdon Rangers side. The draw leaves the boys fifth in this hugely competitive division.
Pirbright started very brightly, racing to a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes. First Asa skipped down the left, cut inside and placed a splendid shot into the top corner for a tremendous opening goal. Then Jack rifled a second after a great passing move down the right. But Rangers rallied and a truly outstanding long range shot reduced the deficit.
Worplesdon eventually equalised mid-way through the second half, but the game continued to ebb and flow and there were chances to win for both teams in another high quality game to which both sides contributed greatly. Despite relinquishing a promising lead this proved another valuable point for Pirbright in a league in which every club seems very evenly matched. There were solid performances all round, with Jack winning Man of the Match after a particularly impressive display in midfield.
Worthy mention also for an impeccably observed two-minute’s silence on Remembrance Sunday. It’s worth bearing in mind that the players on both sides were born some sixty years after the end of WW2, yet they still treated the occasion with suitable respect and maturity. Well done all.
PPFC: Conor, Asa, Adam, Jacob, Jack, Jonty, Josh, Arthur, Cally
Scorers: Asa, Jack
After a very wet and cold session on Saturday morning, this weekend’s Under 7s Stars of the Week were Liam and Tyler. Well done guys.
U7s parents please be on the lookout for News on the Squad this week.
Well done Liam and Tyler!
Saturday 9th November, EBYL, Windsor FC 1 Pirbright Premier 3
Pirbright moved back to the top of the EBYL on Saturday morning with another excellent victory at Windsor. Luke Haskell struck twice to take his tally to sixteen for the season. Pirbright’s other goal came from Kieran Jackson. The boys win took them back to the top of the table, ahead of Laurel Park and CSA on goal difference.
The lads host mid-table Wokingham & Embrook next weekend.
You’ll be able to find another selection of Marek’s brilliant action photos from yesterday’s match both on our Facebook page and on our Picture Galleries page on this site. Well done boys, great consistency over the last few games!
PPFC Under 15s returned to the top of the EBYL on Saturday morning after a 3-1 win at Windsor. More details and some of Marek’s terrific photos should be posted later today.
Under 7s Stars of the Week and news on the Under 10s game with Worplesdon Rangers to follow.
PPFC Under 15s have an away fixture this coming Saturday (9th November) against Windsor FC. Our opponents finished just behind us in Division 4 last season, and took six points from us in our two games. Match details can be found on our Under 15s News Page.
Please note that our Under 10s will be at home to Worplesdon Rangers on Sunday (10th November). The game was originally an away fixture but Rangers have advised that the school at which they play their home games is holding a Bonfire Party on Saturday and they are understandably concerned about the condition of their pitch the following morning.
To confirm, Pirbright Premier U10s v Worplesdon Rangers, Sunday 10th November: Pirbright Village School, Meet Time: 10:30am
Our next Under 7s squad training session will be this coming Saturday (9th November) at 9:30am on the Village Green.
We’d be grateful if all players could be ready for a 9:30 start.
Training for our U10s and U15s will take place on Thursday evening (7th November) at Pirbright Village School.
Under 10s: Between 7:00pm and 8:00pm
Under 15s: Between 8:00pm and 9:00pm
Sunday 3rd November, Friendly, Pirbright Premier U10s 1 Woking Cougars 1
PPFC U10s were held 1-1 by Woking Cougars in a hastily-arranged friendly on Sunday morning at the school. Adam Newman scored Pirbright’s goal, but the team squandered a number of second half chances to win the game comfortably. The boys disappointing performance was some way below the standards their coaches have come to expect. Let’s hope for a return to form when they are back in league action next weekend.
PPFC’s Conor Bennett completed his 4km run this morning (3rd November) in aid of Shooting Stars Chase. Conor (pictured left) and his friends Calum and Jack have raised £230 so far through online donations at http://www.justgiving.com/Theworplesdon3
Our U10s goalkeeper completed the course in 27mins 8 secs. Conor would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all at PPFC for their donations and best wishes, in particular his coaches. Thanks everyone, and well done Conor!
An important note for PPFC Under 10s regarding this week’s training and matches. There will be no training on Thursday evening this week, instead the squad will train on Saturday morning (2nd November) on the Village Green between 9:30am – 10:30am.
Then, on Sunday, the team have a home match at the Village School. However, our opponents are no longer Claygate. Unfortunately, our prospective opponents have had a tough start to the season and declined to fulfil the fixture. Instead, we will play Woking Cougars in a friendly match. This means the boys receive a bye to the next round of the cup.
Thursday 31st October: NO Training
Saturday 2nd November: Training, Pirbright Village Green (please note, the Green NOT the school) @ 9:30am
Sunday 3rd November: Pirbright Premier U10s vs Woking Cougars; Friendly Match; Meet Time 9:30am, Kick Off 10:00am; Pirbright Village School
Grateful if those who follow us on Facebook or Twitter and picked up this information from either source could try to share the link with any other PPFC U10s parents in order that we can get the information circulated as quickly as we can.
PPFC Under 15s have received a bye in the next round of the EBYL Cup after Ascot United declined to fulfil this weekend’s planned fixture. Instead, a training session will be held on Saturday morning (2nd November) between 10:30am – 11:30am on Pirbright Village Green.
Current EBYL League Standings:-
Jonty Heather – expert finish for PPFC’s first
Sunday 27th October, SPL3: Pirbright Premier 2 Chertsey Town 1
PPFC U10s recorded their third league win of the season on Sunday morning as their tremendous team spirit was – for once – rewarded with the three points they deserved. Two moments of real quality won the game for Pirbright; but neither would have mattered had it not been for a terrific team effort.
Against another organised and capable team, Pirbright battled well in a goalless first half. Without three regulars the lads had to work hard to deny their opponents space and time on the ball. And when they created chances Pirbright took them. Firstly Jonty Heather (playing with real skill and determination at the moment) escaped into the box and slid a terrific shot underneath the keeper to open the scoring. Then Asa Abed strode forward from the back and saw his dangerous low cross turned past the Chertsey goalkeeper by a defender to make it two.
Chertsey pulled a goal back in the final minute but Pirbright held on to record a hard-fought three points. The Man of the Match Award went to the whole team, who were splendid from ‘front-to-back’. Conor’s handling was impeccable in goal; Jacob marshalled the team with his usual grit and style; Asa showed outstanding discipline alongside him and timed his attacking run to perfection for the second and decisive goal. In midfield, Adam, Jack and Cally were a skillful and hardworking unit. Jonty and Arthur shared attacking duties with equal purpose.
Well done boys on a fantastic effort!
PPFC: Conor, Jacob, Asa, Adam, Jack, Cally, Arthur, Jonty
Scorers: Jonty Heather, Own Goal
Saturday 26th October: Under 7s Stars of the Week: Dylan and Zachary: well done guys!
Saturday 2nd November: NO TRAINING NEXT WEEK – we’ll be taking a break for half-term; next session will be Saturday 9th November.
PPFC U10s continue their SPL campaign on Sunday (27th October) at home to Chertsey Town. Meet Time is 10:30am at Pirbright Village School. New Adidas kit to be worn.
Training for our UNDER 10s SQUAD will take place on Thursday (24th October) evening between 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the School. The squad have a league game this Sunday at home to Chertsey. More details to follow nearer the weekend.
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There will be no training session for the UNDER 15s on Thursday evening.
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The UNDER 7s will train as normal on Saturday morning at 9:30am on the Village Green.
Sunday 20th October, SPL3: Badshot Lea 2 Pirbright Premier U10s 1
Games between these two evenly matched sides over the past three seasons have followed a fairly similar pattern. There’s rarely anything between them; and Pirbright rarely get much fortune. And so it was on Sunday morning as PPFC came away with nothing despite dominating the second half and deserving at least a point.
Badshot – always well organised and defensively sound – certainly edged the first half and deserved their 1-0 lead at the interval. However, it was a different story after the break as the visitors enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession. Midway through the half Pirbright scored a tremendous equaliser; Jacob’s pass down the line turned across the box expertly by Joshua and swept into the roof of the net by Jonty. But with their only real attack of the half Badshot snatched the winner on the break; leaving the boys to rue one or two missed half-chances and a failure to convert a period of concerted pressure near the end.
But there were a great deal of positives to be taken; not least a really spirited team display. There were notable individual performances throughout, not least from Joshua Elba who is really beginning to emerge in midfield as he begins to settle into the side.
Continue with this level of consistency and commitment and the team will pick up points this season. Well done, and hard luck boys!
PPFC: Conor, Jacob, Joshua, Adam, Cally, Jonty, Hussein, Asa, Arthur
Saturday 19th October; East Berks Youth League: Ashridge Park FC 1 Pirbright Premier U15s 4
Spencer Darrington returned to the team as Pirbright surged to the top of the EBYL with a convincing win at Ashridge Park on Saturday morning.
Displaying not only his obvious ability, but also an excellent attitude, Spencer scored twice either side of half-time as PPFC turned in another good all-round team performance to leapfrog CSA, Laurel Park and Fleet Spurs to lead the early table on goal difference. Pirbright led 1-0 at the interval through Spencer’s first; though Ashridge Park struck a post from a free-kick in a tightly contested first half. Callum Morris also hit the woodwork for the visitors.
But PPFC stepped on the gas in the second period; Josh Burgoyne teeing up Luke Haskell for his fifteenth of the season. Man of the Match Spencer added a third before Ashridge reduced the deficit. But Pirbright had the final say, Josh Burgoyne rounding things off with the fourth.
Well done boys; application and hard work have made the difference in the last two games. Now we’ve hit the top; the challenge is to stay there!
Scorers: Darrington 2, Haskell, Burgoyne.