EASTER NEWS

IMG_1120PPFC take a little break over Easter. Friday Night Training returns to the Village School after the Holidays. Our next session will be on Friday 17th April.

PPFC Under 16s final game of the season will be on Saturday 18th April away to Ascot United. Latest Under 16s News can be found here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u16news/

PPFC Under 11s return to training on Friday 17th April. Their next game (and final league fixture of the season) will be at home to Oxshott on Sunday 19th April. Latest news can be found here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u11snews/

PPFC Under 8s have a game scheduled on Saturday 11th April (that’s the Saturday of the second week of the Easter Holidays). Please keep an eye on the website for updates. After that, they’re back in training on Friday 17th. Latest news can be found here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u8-news-latest/

PPFC Under 7s also have a fixture planned for Saturday 11th. Again, please keep an eye on the website for details. The U7s also return to training on the 17th. Latest news can be found online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/under-7s-news/

Please make the occasional check on the website for updates. Have a great Easter holiday everyone.

U11s MARCH ON

DSCN1961Saturday 28th March, SPL3: Onslow FC 2 Pirbright Premier U11s 6

PPFC U11s recorded a third successive victory on Saturday morning, with a convincing 6-2 triumph against Onslow at a windswept Surrey Sports Park. The boys’ eleventh league win from seventeen guarantees them a minimum fourth place finish, with the possibility of finishing third if they can gain maximum points from their final SPL game against Oxshott next month.

It was another good solid performance from the lads, who have established real consistency this season. Their passing was excellent at times, despite the absence of Olly, who has often been our main midfield ‘string-puller’ of late. Pirbright had already created three or four good opportunities before Joshua finally opened the scoring with a good finish from Asa’s astute throughball. Cally turned provider for the same scorer shortly afterwards and it looked likely we would take a decent lead to the interval. But Onslow scored with virtually the last kick of the half to pull the score back to 2-1 to put a slightly different perspective on things at the break.

But PPFC simply kept playing their football, Jack restoring the two goal advantage before Asa struck to make it 4-1. Onslow scored a terrific goal to pull it back to 2-4 but Jack’s cute finish ensured Pirbright pulled clear again as the game drew to a close. And the boys had the last word when Asa scored his second and PPFC’s sixth with a skilful half-volley in the last minute. Another three points, another six goals (that’s nineteen in three games now) and the strong finish to the league campaign that we’d hoped for after trailing off a little this time last season.

PPFC: Conor, Thomas, Asa, Jack, Jacob, Jonty, Joshua, Arthur, Cally, Dean, Adam

PPFC Scorers: Jack 2, Asa 2, Joshua 2

MOTM: Shared this weekend between Jack – two goals and the usual bustling bundle of energy and trickery; and Cally – back to his influential best on the left-side of midfield; cleverly drifting wide to find space and then using possession efficiently and skilfully.

LEAGUE TABLE

SUPER TYLER SIGNS OFF

DSCN2181Saturday 28th March, SSYL: Pirbright Premier U8s vs Elstead Sharks

A much more encouraging performance from PPFC U8s this morning, as they returned to the Village Green to play a very capable and well-balanced Elstead Sharks team. The boys are consistently coming up against good sides since the league split into two divisions in the New Year, and they have learned one or two important lessons in recent weeks.

However, they had better shape about them this weekend, and played some good passing football. Two goals from Tyler gave the boys an advantage in the second quarter. But we rather lost our way in the third, conceding three quick goals after a five or six minute spell in which we lacked collective concentration.

Pirbright steadied the ship in the fourth quarter and Jason scored a fine goal to earn a share of the spoils. Special mention for Tyler – our pocket rocket of a striker who has been with us virtually from the word go since we formed the Under 8s. He and his family move away next month and this was his last game for the football club. Fittingly, Tyler scored twice and performed with his usual energy and commitment. It’s been a pleasure to have Tyler in the team over the last two years and we wish The Davies Family the very best for the future. Mention too for Olly B, who acquitted himself very well in his first game: there’ll always be ups and downs, Olly – you did a great job!

PPFC: Liam, Dylan, Jago, Tyler, Olly TB, Olly B, Jan, Toby, Jason, Ethan

Scorers: Tyler (2), Jason

MOTM: Had to be our Tyler. We’re expecting the million-pound transfer fee from your new club soon…

IMPROVED, BUT U16s BEATEN AGAIN

DSC_0234Saturday 28th March, EBYL: Pirbright Premier U16s 1 Baughurst 3

PPFC U16s produced a much improved display in their final home league game of the season this morning; but still went down to their third defeat in four games.

Ollie’s splendid first half volley gave Pirbright the lead at the break, with the boys enjoying the majority of the possession. Only a series of saves from the visiting goalkeeper kept the lads from building a more commanding advantage. However, it was a different story in the second period, with Baughurst coming back strongly. Three goals in the final fifteen minutes condemned the champions to a second successive defeat.

PPFC undoubtedly missed Mikey, Spencer, Jake and Callum and will hope to be back to full strength for the final game of the campaign against Ascot. After a slightly disappointing month in terms of results, it would be nice to finish with a flourish.

PPFC Scorer: Olly

U11s TURN ON THE STYLE

WP_20150322_014Sunday 22nd March, SPL: Pirbright Premier U11s 9 Burpham Juniors 0

PPFC U11s showed no sign of taking their foot off the throttle as their league season nears its’ conclusion against Burpham on the Village Green this morning. A pretty ruthless second half display – as ever led by the phenomenal goalscoring prowess of Joshua – gave them a resounding win and lifted them back up to fourth in the table with two games to play.

WP_20150322_004After the excitement of the cup last weekend the boys could have been forgiven for losing a little focus with the top two places in the league already sewn up by Windlesham and Chertsey. But the lads are clearly keen to finish as high as they can, and they were on the front foot from the off. Burpham’s goalkeeper made two or three fantastic saves to keep the home team out, whilst Pirbright’s back line had to be on their toes at the other end to stifle the odd counter attack. But the visitors’ resistance was finally broken midway through the first half when Asa converted a loose ball – not before further heroics from the opposition keeper had denied Joshua’s first attempt.

The first of Joshua’s double hat-trick arrived shortly before half time when he finished coolly after breaking down the right to give Pirbright a two goal lead to take into the interval. There was to be no letting up in the second period though as PPFC dominated proceedings throughout. Olly dictated the play in midfield and the boys produced some great passing exchanges in the final third, creating a steady flow of opportunities. Asa tucked home our third from another terrific Jonty corner, before Joshua made it four with a poacher’s goal from close in after Jacob’s effort came off a post. And the floodgates opened as our top scorer went on to add another four (two of which were outstanding finishes) in quick succession as our opponents began to run out of steam a little. Cally got on the scoresheet too with an emphatic finish from a corner which near took the roof of the net off in it’s ferocity.

WP_20150322_013A great all-round team display, particularly in the second period. Worth also mentioning a second successive clean sheet (the first time we’ve achieved this all season) thanks in no small part to some terrific defending from Jonty, Adam, Dean and Jacob. Well done again lads – keep on going!

PPFC: Conor, Jacob, Thomas, Jonty, Cally, Adam, Jonty, Arthur, Joshua, Asa, Olly

PPFC Scorers: Joshua 6, Asa 2, Cally

MOTM: Joshua – simply awesome in front of goal, particularly after the break.

MORE PROGRESS FOR UNDER 7s

cropped-img_11201.jpgSaturday 21st March: SSYL: Mole Valley Rangers vs Pirbright Premier U7s

PPFC U7s got another game under their belts on Saturday morning as they took on Mole Valley Rangers in deepest Dorking. The boys came up against a good side with one particularly talented player who they found hard to stop. Nevertheless the lads put in a decent display, with some strong tackles in midfield and some good passing at times. Evan had a great shift between the sticks.

Dylan scored Pirbright’s goal, slotting home Tyler’s excellent pass. It was Tyler’s last game for the U7s (still one to go for the U8s we believe) and he put in a sterling performance, led the team in three cheers for the opposition at the end and then received his own from the PPFC parents after the game!

Well done lads; remember we’re learning all the time.

PPFC: Zak, Evan, Joshua, Dylan, Lewis, Leighton, Elliott, Tyler

PPFC Scorer: Dylan

MOTM: Tyler

Things to work on: Positioning

U16s DISAPPOINT IN DEFEAT

DSC_0235Saturday 21st March, EBYL: Burghfield FC 4 Pirbright Premier U16s 1

PPFC U16s looked far from champions on Saturday morning, turning in what Mike described as a stinker of a performance against second-bottom Burghfield.

Tousif scored Pirbright’s only goal. There’s still a chance for the team in the final two matches to show their genuine ability and reflect the unstinting commitment shown by their coach. Don’t reach for the flip-flops yet, lads.

PPFC Scorer: Tousif

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON

IMG_1120We’ve put together a full itinerary for all of our age group teams between now and the end of the 2014/15 season. This includes remaining league and cup fixtures, training sessions (and venues) along with provisional dates for Summer Tournaments. Please note that we’ll still keep everyone updated via the website, Facebook page and Twitter feed and I’m sure things one or two things will change as we go along; but hope this might help everyone to plan ahead as best you can.

Under 16s http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/under-14s-results-201213/

Under 11s http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/under-11s-resultsfixtures/

Under 8s http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/under-8s-fixtures/

Under 7s http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/under-7s-fixtures-and-results/

FRIDAY NIGHT TRAINING: 20th MARCH

IMG_1120Advance warning that we are likely to be without the Welfare Minibus for training this coming Friday, which will mean those who assemble at the Meeting Point outside the camp will be escorted to the pitches by their coaches on foot this week.

If we could therefore ensure that the boys are ready to go for 17:45 (Under 7s and Under 8s) and 18:45 (Under 11s) that would be great.

Meet Times and arrangements for those living on the camp are as normal.

FANTASTIC U11s MAKE IT THROUGH TO THE FINAL

WP_20150315_012Sunday 15th March, SPL Cup Semi-Final: Windlesham United 0 Pirbright Premier U11s 4

Wow. We weren’t expecting that. PPFC U11s rounded off a pretty remarkable weekend for the club by reaching the Final of the SPL Cup with a frankly quite stunning 4-0 win at league champions Windlesham this morning. We knew this thoroughly whole-hearted  bunch of boys had it in them, but boy did they deliver today. Having lost out at the semi-final stage two years running their jubilation at the close was understandable.

WP_20150315_007Playing down the slope in the first half things were pretty even. There were a handful of chances created at either end, stopped in the main by some resolute defending and fine goalkeeping from both sides. But the breakthrough arrived midway through the half; Asa escaping into the area, his first attempt foiled bravely by the Windlesham keeper, before he expertly engineered the loose ball from his feet and rifled home. And it was two just before the interval, Joshua needing just a yard of space in the box to steer a terrific low shot into the far corner (unbelievably, his fortieth goal of a prolific season).

It was likely to be an uphill task after the break (quite literally) and Windlesham pinned the boys back virtually in their own penalty area for a good fifteen minutes. But a combination of disciplined defending, excellent shape and sensible possession on the counter helped the lads weather the storm. With the hosts throwing players forward it was, perhaps, inevitable that we would create something on the break as the half wore on – as long as we could hold out defensively. Josh was denied by another great block from the home keeper as we approached the last ten minutes. But Pirbright weren’t to be denied soon after; Joshua teeing up Asa for an emphatic finish from just inside the area.

WP_20150315_016As the home team (whose collective spirit and will-to-win were fairly evident throughout) chased the game in the closing stages Josh had the last word, tearing past the last man and coolly adding a fourth.

Our opponents, who had strung together an incredible seventeen consecutive wins to secure the title last week, took defeat with good grace and sportsmanship. And we’ll hope they forgive the delight of both boys and parents at the whistle: it’s just a joy to see the lads achieve such a terrific result and performance when they’ve worked so hard this season. Particularly pleasing for some of the longer-serving team members who experienced the disappointment of defeat at this stage in 2013 and 2014.

WP_20150315_017Lee and Pete gave Man of the Match to the whole team after this display; and who could argue given the way they pulled together. Three league games to go and now a cup final to look forward to too. Well done boys: exceptionally proud of you all today.

PPFC: Conor, Cally, Dean, Jonty, Jacob (c), Asa, Adam, Joshua, Thomas, Olly, Jack, Arthur

PPFC Scorers: Joshua (2) Asa (2)

There are some pictures of this morning’s game on our PPFC Facebook Page.

U8s FIND IT TOUGH GOING

cropped-img_1120.jpgSaturday 14th March, SSYL: Cranleigh Youth Raiders vs Pirbright Premier U8s

PPFC U8s came up against a very well-organised Cranleigh side on Saturday morning, probably the best we’ve faced thus far. The boys discovered that poor decisions, a lack of concentration and individual errors tend to get punished against better opponents, and Cranleigh – with one particularly outstanding player – proved fairly ruthless in exploiting these weaknesses.

But the boys were nothing if not spirited and notched two good goals of their own: Tyler with a clever free-kick and Jason with a brave finish from close range after the ball broke loose. Star of the Show was undoubtedly our last line of defence Liam, who produced something of a masterclass in goal on one of his busier mornings. One save, full stretch to his left in the first quarter, was absolutely outstanding.

Perhaps it’s because the team have progressed so well this season that sometimes we expect a little too much from them. Heads up boys, no shame in losing to a better side. Whilst it might not feel like it right now, the last couple of games (when we’ve faced good teams with the ability to capitalise on some of the things we let ourselves down on) might actually be good lessons learned in the long run.

PPFC: Liam, Jan, Tobes, Ethan, Jason, Tyler, Zach, Jago

PPFC Scorers: Tyler, Jason

MOTM: Liam – not a difficult decision for Lee and I this morning! Great goalkeeping Liam, really well done.

Good Things: Great spirit and commitment, the lads never stopped working against a team who moved the ball well and finished clinically.

Things to Work On: I might just copy-and-paste this from the last few reports, boys! Concentration, passing the ball in the right areas and thinking about where our opponents are when we haven’t got the ball. But don’t worry we’ll get there, boys.

CHAMPIONS! U16s ARE PPFC HISTORY MAKERS

champions4Saturday 14th March 2015, EBYL: Pirbright Premier U16s 2 Mytchett Athletic 1

PPFC’s U16s secured the club’s first ever league championship this morning, edging out Mytchett 2-1 at Sheets Heath to establish an unassailable lead at the top of the East Berks Youth League. The boys put last week’s defeat at Ashridge Park behind them, re-focussed, and got themselves over the line with a performance that epitomised their relentless consistency this season.

Pirbright dominated the first period, Mikey and Tom linking particularly well down the left hand side. They took the lead when Ryan played in Joe, and the PPFC legend calmly lobbed the goalkeeper to notch his ninth goal of the season. The hosts took their slender advantage into the interval, but were pegged back midway through the second period when Josh scored an unfortunate own goal.

But – as has been the case for much of the campaign – Mike’s boys held their nerve and relied on their collective spirit and quality to get their noses in front once more: this time crucially. The winning goal arrived when Olly lashed a splendid volley into the roof of the net. A late rearguard action followed, but Pirbright held firm to record a remarkable eleventh win in twelve games. Two key saves in the first half from Tom P looked even more important now.

champions1Huge congratulations to the boys. A fantastic achievement and rich reward in particular for Mike – whose dedication and enthusiasm remain undimmed seven years after he formed our thriving club. A special day too for a handful of our PPFC lads and parents who have stayed with the club through thick and thin from the very outset.

The champagne flowed post-match as we celebrated this landmark occasion in our club’s history. Well done boys – brilliant stuff!

PPFC Scorers: Joe, Olly

SUNDAY MORNING FUN FOR U11s

IMG_1144Sunday 8th March: PPFC U11s v Dads All Star Select

Despite the presence of at least four players who could actually run, The Dads nevertheless crashed to a 10-9 defeat against PPFC U11s this morning. There was some silky footwork and spectacular skills on show but – most importantly – no serious injuries were sustained.

Some pictures of the match can now be found online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/links/

Thanks to everyone for taking part; that was great fun guys.

SEVEN UP FOR SUPER U7s

IMG_0456 (2)Saturday 7th March, SSYL: Pirbright Premier U7s v Mole Valley

PPFC U7s enjoyed their first ever home game on the Village Green this morning, scoring seven goals and playing some excellent passing football along the way.

The boys are improving all the time, putting in some crunching tackles and moving the ball terrifically in midfield. Ash and Dave were delighted with their effort and can’t wait to see the team develop and move forward over the coming weeks and months. PPFC’s goals came from Tyler (with a hat-trick), Dylan (with two), Lewis and Evan. Well done guys – brilliant stuff; we’re all really proud of the way you’re progressing. Not bad for just our third game!

PPFC: Zak, Joshua, Evan, Dylan, Tyler, Lewis, Leighton

Goals: Tyler 3, Dylan 2, Lewis, Evan

MOTM: Tyler and Dylan

PPFC ARE SUPPORTED BY PEAR TREE CHILDCARE

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We’re delighted to advise that Pear tree Childcare, Pirbright Day Nursery & After School Club www.peartreechildcare.co.uk will be supporting our junior team for 2015/16. We’ll be ‘officially unveiling’ this exciting new link with our local community very soon. In the meantime, huge thanks to Neil and all at Pear tree for their sponsorship. Fantastic news everyone!Peartree 2

UNDER 11s WEEKEND AHEAD

cropped-dscn0217.jpgIt’s Friday Night training as usual at the Barracks for the Under 11s this week. No league game on Sunday as our scheduled fixture with Onslow has been rearranged at our opponents’ request. Instead we’ll be having a bit of Sunday morning fun with our annual Under 11 Dads v Lads fixture. Full details can be found online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u11snews/

Come on Under 11s Dads : we need all the help we can get!

UNDER 11s RUN LEADERS CLOSE

UNDER 11s RUN LEADERS CLOSE

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Sunday 1st March, Surrey Primary League; Windlesham United Harriers 4 Pirbright Premier U11s 3
A valiant effort from PPFC U11s this morning; but ultimately they went down by the odd goal in seven against a Windlesham team whose incredible run of sixteen consecutive wins has taken them to within one game of sealing the league title.
Kicking up a fairly prominent slope PPFC struck first when Joshua converted Cally’s clever pass. But three goals from the hosts in the final ten minutes of the first half left the boys with a little too much to do in the second period. Despite pulling the score back to 2-3 (courtesy of a scruffy own goal) and then 3-4 (through Joshua’s second) the lads couldn’t quite get themselves back on level terms despite putting up a brave fight. Jonty had a free-kick expertly tipped over the bar and Josh’s shot deflected wide near the end.
A gallant effort from the lads, but – as has so often been the case this year – so-near-yet-so-far. Congratulations to our opponents, who will now battle it out with Chertsey for the championship in a winner-takes-all final fixture next week.
For PPFC – three games of the league campaign left and a cup-semi against Windlesham to look forward to. As we have done for much of the season – heads up and do your best!
PPFC Adam, Jacob (c), Asa, Jonts, Arthur, Thomas, Dean, Olly, Joshua, Cally, Jack
PPFC Goals: Joshua (2), Own Goal
MOTM : Olly – Another cultured and whole-hearted display from Olly – what a good little footballer he’s been for us this year. Well done too to Adam for bravely deputising in goal today – great team spirit.

A WET AND WINDY SATURDAY FOR UNDER 8s

28022015372Saturday 28th February, South Surrey Youth League: Ewhurst Tigers vs Pirbright Premier U8s

An early start and horrible wet and windy conditions on Saturday morning for PPFC U8s. The lads produced a real ‘mixed bag’ of a performance too. Some genuinely fantastic passing on Ewhurst’s ‘old-school’ astroturf surface, with some great little one-twos and clever movement in midfield. However, we didn’t have enough know-how in the final thirds – either in attack or defence – to match our opponents.

Whilst the eventual scoreline was undoubtedly a little harsh, they boys have been together long enough and have listened to and trained on the same issues now to be able to take on board some repeated lessons. We must work on our positioning; particularly defensively. Ewhurst were excellent in exploiting the spaces behind our defenders, some of their passing into our area when they had ‘got behind’, accompanied by some pretty ruthless finishing, was very impressive.

That said, the boys put in some terrific effort on a truly horrible morning of freezing, driving rain. We must remember what a big ask it is for these little lads to keep on improving week-on-week, particularly when they’re this wet and cold! We’re very grateful to our friends from Ewhurst for agreeing to host the match. Huge thanks to PPFC parents for getting the boys there at stupid-o-clock on a Saturday – we really do appreciate it and our apologies again for the late change of plan.

PPFC: Liam, Ethan, Olly TB, Tobes, Zach, Tyler, Dylan, Jason, Jan

PPFC Scorer: Olly TB

MOTM: Toby – the ‘Midfield General’ returned with a typically industrious display of tackling and passing.

DISAPPOINTMENT FOR UNDER 16s

windsor9Saturday 28th February, East Berks Youth League: Ashridge Park 3 Pirbright Premier U16s 0

PPFC U16s missed the opportunity to clinch the league title at Ashridge Park on Saturday morning, going down 0-3 on a mud bath of a pitch. Unfortunately the boys produced one of their poorest performances of the season, lacking in discipline and organisation.

A first defeat since September and a first blank in front of goal all season. Definitely one for Mike and the boys to put behind them and move on. Five more cup finals to come and a chance to re-focus on the qualities that got them to the position they are in in the first place: application, togetherness and team spirit. We know you can do it boys.

UNDER 11s WEEKEND AHEAD

IMG_0889PPFC U11s face a real test against formidable opponents in table-topping Windlesham on Sunday. Full match details can be found online on our U11s New Page here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u11snews/

Please also note that there is NO Friday Night Training this week due to work commitments of a number of our coaches. Normal service resumed next week and good luck on Sunday boys.

UNDER 16s ON THE BRINK: WEEKEND AHEAD

leaguecup1And so PPFC U16s weekend of reckoning is upon us. Whilst it’s far from a foregone conclusion a win for PPFC U16s this weekend against Ashridge Park will see the lads crowned East Berks Youth League champions and secure the club’s first-ever title. A run of nine consecutive wins has seen Mike’s team pull away from the opposition, and a further victory would mean they are uncatchable at the top of Division Four.

Full match details can be found on the U16s News Page here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u16news/

The very best of luck to Mike and the boys from all connected with the club. Well done on your fantastic efforts so far and if it doesn’t happen this weekend then hang on in there! Well done lads – you should be hugely proud of your consistency and high standards this season.

U11s LOSE OUT BY ODD GOAL IN THREE

22022015367Sunday 22nd February, SPL3: Pirbright Premier U11s 1 Staines Lammas Whites 2

An evenly-contested game on a boggy pitch which both sides did well to overcome eventually ended in narrow defeat for PPFC U11s this morning. Whilst a draw might possibly have been a slightly fairer outcome, Staines’ superior effort and bravery ultimately won them the points.

Our opponents dominated the first half, pinning Pirbright back for long periods as we looked a little hesitant in the tackle and indecisive in defence. It was somewhat against the run of play that Joshua broke down the left, turned his marker and rifled in the opening goal. The lead wasn’t to last long; a fine Staines cross from the right met by an equally splendid header which dropped inside the post for the equaliser. Pirbright were a little fortunate to be going in level at half time.

The home team upped their game in the second half and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, but for all their endeavour they couldn’t muster more than two further efforts on target – a shot from Jacob which the goalkeeper fielded well and a deflected strike from Joshua which span against the post and was cleared to safety.

With the game entering the final stages our visitors won the game when Pirbright dealt poorly with a ball into the box allowing their forward to find the net from close range. PPFC spent the remainder of the match on the front foot but lacked the guile to get past a resolute Staines defence. As Lee impressed upon the boys in his post-match de-brief, the difference between the two teams was our opponents’ willingness to throw every ounce of effort into defending their lead.

22022015368A much-improved second-half though, boys – and lots of reasons to be optimistic as we enter the closing straight this season. Let’s go out, try our hardest and enjoy the remainder of our matches.

PPFC: Conor, Thomas, Jacob (c), Asa, Cally, Jonty, Arthur, Olly, Dean, Joshua, Adam, Jack

PPFC Scorer: Joshua

Man of the Match: Thomas – unstinting in his effort and application; improving week-on-week.

PROGRESS IN THE MUD FOR U7s

14022015354Saturday 21st February, South Surrey Youth League: Holmbury & Wescott vs Pirbright Premier U7s

Some lessons to learn but more progress in the mud at Holmbury & Wescott for our Under 7s on a cold February morning for PPFC’s latest age group team.

Our opponents kindly ‘loaned’ one of their players to a depleted PPFC squad in each quarter – a really sporting gesture and one that underlines the spirit of the South Surrey League – which has proved a really positive experience for both the U8s and U7s this season. Super Evan scored all four of our goals as the boys recovered from a slow start only to run out of steam in the final quarter as tired legs and tired minds took their toll. Evan very nearly scored his and our fifth but was denied by the post and Lewis went close with some shots from distance.

PPFC Scorers: Evan (4)

PPFC: Evan, Lewis, Leighton, Zakk; Guest (x4: thanks Holmbury!)

MOTM: Leighton – has shown excellent development over the last month and in only his second game influenced the game in midfield at times with the critical tackles and passes.

Positives: Team spirit to come from 3 down. Passing and movement of was excellent at times. Tackling was strong and hard

Point to work on: Discipline and concentration in formation.

Ash’s comments: Well done boys you played your socks off! Thanks to Paul (Lewis’s dad) helped on the touch line whilst I had to become referee. Onwards and upward boys!

U16s MOVE EVER CLOSER

wfc5Saturday 21st February, East Berks Youth League: Maidenhead B&G Crusaders 2 Pirbright Premier U16s 6

PPFC U16s ninth successive league victory moved them thirteen points clear at the top of the East Berks Youth League, with five games to play. A hat-trick from Joe was the highlight, but once again the whole team contributed hugely to arguably their best performance of the season. Pirbright’s progress has been comparatively understated thus far, but with the potential for just one more win to clinch the championship, surely it’s not tempting fate to suggest that we’re now within touching distance of the club’s first ever league title.

Setting the tone for a splendid all-round display Pirbright started brightly, the enigmatic Tom G firing PPFC in front with a splendid free-kick. The first of Joe’s treble arrived soon after, and it was three before the break with the same player on the scoresheet. Some of the boys’ football was outstanding, with a twenty-four pass move the high point of their dominance. Mike rang the tactical changes in the second period, with first-half goalkeeper Milo moving outfield. It was a move he rewarded with Pirbright’s fourth goal, a smart finish from outside the box. Another PPFC stalwart Tom P added a fifth before the home team briefly rallied with two quick-fire goals to bring the score back to 2-5.

But Joe – unquestionably something of a Pirbright ‘legend’ after seven years of fine service to the club – rounded things off with the sixth goal, securing not only the points but also his hat-trick.

Brilliant again boys – Mike and the whole club are so proud of your effort and application. Almost there!

PPFC Scorers: Joe (3), Tom G, Milo, Tom P

EBYL Division Four: Top Three (correct up to and including 21/2/15)

1) Pirbright Premier Played 11, Points 30; GD +26

2) Ascot United P11, Pts 17; GD +4

3) Barton Rovers P11, Pts 17; GD +10

UNDER 11s GAME ON

cropped-dscn0244.jpgSunday’s home league fixture for PPFC U11s against Staines Lammas is currently ON. Though it is a little reminiscent of a mid-seventies episode of Match of the Day, after some work on the pitch this afternoon we believe we have it in a playable condition. A reminder that Meet Time is 9:15am.

I’d suggest that any overnight rain might cause a rethink but if (as it’s forecast) it remains dry through to Sunday mid-day we should be fine. Industrial washing machines at the ready though: it could be a muddy one ;)21022015366

*** UNDER 11S GAME OFF ON SUNDAY ***

14022015362Despite our best efforts with the Village Green pitch  this afternoon. I’m afraid Sunday’s Under 11s home game with Oxshott has been postponed. We just can’t clear the surface water in the centre of the pitch and penalty areas despite much of the rest of the field holding up well. If anyone knows a groundsman / drainage expert we’d love to hear from them! Didn’t even have time to stop at The Cricketers :(

Hope everyone enjoys their lie-in and half-term. We’ll see you next week!

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JOE DOUBLE KEEPS U16s TEN CLEAR AT THE TOP

Bracknell1Saturday 14th February, EBYL: Laurel Park 1 Pirbright Premier FC U16s 2

A double from PPFC veteran Joe secured PPFC U16s eighth consecutive league victory to leave them ten points clear of nearest challengers Ascot at the top of the East Berks Youth League. As ever, old adversaries Laurel Park proved tough opponents, and PPFC had to show considerable spirit and commitment to earn the points.

Things started brightly enough with Pirbright creating but spurning several good opportunities before Joe finally put the boys ahead. With the pitch churning and tackles flying the visitors kept Laurel Park at bay until a free-kick deflected up off a defender and into the net for the equaliser.

The second period was an even affair with Pirbright keeping good shape despite the deteriorating surface; Ethan particularly outstanding into the holding midfield role. With the match heading for a draw PPFC struck with just three minutes remaining. Joe latched onto a ball over the top and finishing calmly to grab a vital winner.

With Ascot winning comfortably at Mytchett things are far from over at the top of the table. But with this latest hurdle overcome the lads just need to retain focus over the next few games. Credit to Pirbright for coping with the absence of five important players with Milo and Kieran our standout performers. Keep on grinding out those wins boys!

PPFC Scorers: Joe (2)