HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

PPFC Under 8s and Under 11s return to training on Friday 9th January. Our Under 16s play their final fixture of 2014 on Saturday morning at Baughurst (news of their progress will be online on Saturday afternoon).

It’s been a fantastic year for the football club with great progress for all three of our age groups. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and commitment. You’ll find a few of our 2014 highlights below.

Have a very merry Christmas and here’s to 2015!

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UNDER16s WEEK AHEAD

windsor4PPFC Under 16s face Baughurst Youth AFC on Saturday 20th December in the club’s final game of 2014. Our opponents are based near Basingstoke. Please keep an eye on the website during this week for match details, including information on new playing kit.

U11s OUTSTANDING IN DEFEAT

007Sunday 14th December, SPL3; Send United 3 Pirbright Premier U11s 2

Sometimes in football you don’t quite get what you deserve, as PPFC U11s discovered on Sunday lunchtime as they lost out by the odd goal in five in a high quality game with an excellent Send team. Playing with real commitment and shape, passing the ball with purpose and intelligence, the boys overall performance merited at the very least a point. Credit though to our opponents, who moved the ball similarly well in the final third and defended splendidly to earn the three points.

An evenly contested first half saw the boys lead 1-0 at the break; one of a number of excellent corners from Jonty converted by Jack to put Pirbright in front. Conor’s smart save to his left from a low shot from the edge of the area was matched at the other end by several good stops by the Send goalkeeper; but there was little between the sides. The home team stepped things up after the break, levelling with a close range finish from an excellent low cross from the right, then going in front soon after as Pirbright’s otherwise solid defence failed to clear a ball on the edge of their own box.

But back came Pirbright and levelled when Cally showed real composure to tee-up Joshua to steer home. The boys were exceptionally unlucky not to re-take the lead when Joshua’s shot struck the inside of the post and rolled agonisingly across the face of goal. The decisive moment arrived late on when Jacob was penalised for what otherwise appeared to be the latest in a number of expertly-timed challenges; resulting in a free-kick from distance which was dispatched into the top corner with real aplomb by the home team. Despite their best efforts, and an absolute commitment to passing the football on the floor, the boys couldn’t quite find the third goal that their hard work deserved.

Heads up lads; a harsh lesson learned, but one that shouldn’t detract from either a super team performance or the significant strides the side have made during 2014.

PPFC: Conor, Jonts, Jacob, Asa, Adam, Olly, Jack, Joshua, Arthur, Cally

Scorers: Jack, Joshua

Man of the Match: The tenacious Jacob – outstanding throughout.

UNDER 8s END 2014 WITH A FLOURISH

IMG_1087Saturday 13th December, South Surrey Youth League; Pirbright Premier U8s v Holmbury & Wescott Wolves

What a great way to finish the first half of the league season for PPFC U8s this morning! On a Village Green which probably couldn’t take much more football this side of the New Year the club’s youngest team scored ten goals and played some super football. Our opponents Holmbury & Wescott Wolves battled to the end on a mudbath of a pitch and in pretty chilly December conditions.

Pirbright’s record up until Christmas looks likely to see them compete in the ‘top’ half of the division as the league splits into two sections in 2015 for the second stage of our fixtures. Ollie, Jago and Toby all scored two goals apiece, whilst Dylan, Jan, Jason and Lewis (with his first for the club) all hit the net too. But it was the all-round team performance that most impressed, with the boys still playing some measured passing football even in the late stages of the game. Jago was Man of the Match for a splendid display in midfield but each one of the boys contributed well.

Great work boys – let’s get ready for the challenges ahead; but with a little break over the festive period it’s also an opportunity to reflect on what splendid progress the lads have made as a team.

PPFC: Liam, Jason, Tyler, Ethan, Jan, Ollie TB, Tobes, Jago, Lewis, Dylan

Goals: Olly TB (2), Toby (2), Jago (2), Dylan, Jan, Lewis, Jason

MOTM: Jago

Good Stuff: Passing and moving in the final third was really good today. And some great finishing too.

Things to Work On: Buying your referee/coach a new pair of boots so he doesn’t fall on his backside wearing old trainers ;)

LATE STRIKES SEND U16s EIGHT CLEAR

Bracknell9Saturday 13th December, EBYL: Pirbright Premier U16s 5 Laurel Park 2

Three goals in the final five minutes of a typically end-to-end tussle with old adversaries Laurel Park saw PPFC U16s extend their winning run to six games and – at the same time – move them eight points clear at the top of the table.

There was just a single goal in it at the interval; Ryan escaping the offside trap to slip the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs to move Pirbright in front. But back came Laurel Park, equalising early in the second period. Ollie struck to make it 2-1 soon after, but the visitors levelled again and as the match entered the dying moments it looked as though things would end with a point apiece. But the lads – buoyed by the return of last season’s top scorer Luke after lengthy injury – struck decisively through Spencer with five minutes on the clock. As Laurel Park chased a third equaliser Pirbright made the game safe when Joe stole in to score. Then a fifth arrived in injury time when Ethan flicked home Kieran’s free-kick.

A rousing finish from the boys, who once again showed great spirit and resolve. Particular mention for full-backs Harvey and Mikey, who were outstanding both defensively and when going forward. Man of the Match though was Callum, whose conversion from flying winger to a very effective holding midfielder has been great to see.

Well done lads; PPFC move on to their final game of 2014 against Baughurst (near Basingstoke) next weekend, a match they will go into with a healthy cushion at the top of the table and playing with real confidence.

Scorers: Joe, Ollie, Ryan, Spencer, Ethan

WEEKEND IN BRIEF…

DSCN2056Fingers crossed it’s still very much ‘Game On’ for PPFC this weekend.

Our Under 16s are at home to Laurel Park at Sheets Heath. Meet Time is 09:30am.

Our Under 8s are at home to Holbury & Wescott Wolves on the Village Green. Meet Time is 09:00am

Our Under 11s are away at Send on Sunday. Meet Time is 11:30am

Good lucks boys!

FOOTBALL CLUB AGM

cropped-ppfc-logo5.jpgPirbright Premier Football Club’s AGM will take place on Sunday 21st December at the Worplesdon Place Hotel, Perry Hill, Worplesdon, GU3 3RY at 7:30pm.

Please note that all are welcome. The AGM is open to anyone who helps, would like to help, or wants to be involved in the future plans of PPFC. Please see Mike, Lee, Pete or Neil if you’d like any further information.

FRIDAY NIGHT TRAINING OFF

xmas footballThere will be NO Friday Night Training this week. It’s apparent a fair number of boys (and parents) from both age groups have school and social commitments at this busy time. As such, it seems sensible to cancel the session rather than a courageous few braving the cold.

The Unders 8s and Under 16s games on Saturday and Under 11s game on Sunday are still going ahead as planned.

Those who wished to place an order for our club sweatshirts or rainjackets are welcome to do so by speaking with Lee, Neil or Mike, or alternatively contacting the club at pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com

PPFC PERSONALISED CLUB WEAR NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER

IMG_0912Our new PPFC Adidas sweatshirts are now available to order, as well as our club rainjackets. Sweatshirts costs £30, Rainjackets £35, with player initials funded by the club. Both items can be seen here modelled by the stylish Conor and Jonts.IMG_0913

To order your son’s Sweatshirt or Rainjacket please see your age group manager/coach at the next match or training session. Both are available in sizes suitable for our U8s & Development Squad up to U16s.

SUPER-CALLY-GOES-BALLSITIC-JONTY’S-SHOT’S-FEROCIOUS

IMG_0883Sunday 7th December, SPL Cup; Guildford City 3 Pirbright Premier U11s 7

Inspired by a midfield masterclass from Cally, and a powerful display from The Jonts, PPFC U11s eventually eased into the next round of the SPL Cup on Sunday lunchtime. They had to overcome a spirited and skilful Guildford City side who gave Pirbright’s defence plenty to think about on the counter-attack and tackled and harried all afternoon. It was another fairly typical performance from the lads: outstanding for long periods, but just occasionally a little ragged and shapeless.

First half goals from Cally, Joshua and Arthur saw Pirbright lead 3-1 at the break. Whilst the visitors also struck the woodwork twice, City had stretched PPFC’s back line on more than one occasion. After a positive start to the second period it was soon 5-1, Asa adding the fourth before Joshua thumped in his second from Olly’s slide-rule pass. The boys were playing some great stuff at this point, Cally and Olly pulling the strings with some fine passing in the middle of the park. But to their huge credit City came back strongly, reducing the arrears to 3-5 with two quick-fire goals; though Pirbright’s defending and general play was more than a little shabby for a good ten minutes or so.

IMG_0899But after overcoming the wobble, Asa’s second goal settled the nerves as the boys made it 6-3. Then Jonty capped a solid personal performance with a cool finish for Pirbright’s seventh. It was the lads’ second successive 7-3 win in the cup as they continue to go great guns on both fronts. Just one more fixture between now and Christmas for the boys, with a trip to Send United next Sunday.

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

Scorers: Asa 2, Joshua 2, Cally, Jonty, Arthur

MOTM: Cally – a great display; running things from the left.

There are some pictures on today’s game in both the Picture Galleries section of the website, and also on our Facebook Page.

UNDER 16s GO FIVE CLEAR

wfc12Saturday 6th December; EBYL: Pirbright Premier FC U16s 1 Burghfield FC 0

PPFC U16s moved five points clear at the top of the table with a narrow 1-0 victory against Burghfield at Sheets Heath this morning. It was another good all-round team effort, with the lads preventing our opponents from taking a single shot on goal throughout the game.

Pirbright had to re-shuffle from the off, with Bradley deputising in goal for Tom P (who had injured his hand last week). Tom moved into midfield in his place, but Bradley showed great command of his area – displaying great team spirit for the club he has always served so well. Joe was first to test the opposition goalkeeper, and Ryan shot narrowly over the bar in a goalless first half. The breakthrough came ten minutes into the second period with Ryan notching his seventh of the season.

The team defended outstandingly as a unit, though overplayed just a touch in the final third; preventing a slightly more comfortable margin of victory. Ryan had a goal disallowed and Burghfield’s keeper made one tremendous stop from Spencer. All-in-all a satisfying result and performance, our fifth straight win and the kind of victory that our team ethic and organisation deserved. Tom G and Spencer both had very good games, whilst Kieran was his usual assured self at the back. Well done lads!

PPFC Scorer: Ryan

UNDER 8s BRAVE THE COLD

06122014336Saturday 6th December; South Surrey Youth League: Albury Lions vs Pirbright Premier U8s

PPFC Under 8s shared the spoils in another entertaining game of football with our friends from Albury this morning. Both teams battled a frosty pitch as well as their opponents, with gloves and beany hats the order of the day.

It was an evenly contested game, with Pirbright’s goals coming from Olly TB (2) and Tyler (some great celebrations too). We’ve probably played a good deal better this season, but well done to everyone for sticking with it on a tricky surface and chilly conditions. Special mention for Liam, who not only played well in defence but put in a great shift in goal also. Our Man of the Match was Zachary for some tigerish tackling and really hard work in midfield.

PPFC: Olly TB, Tobes, Tyler, Ethan, Dylan, Zachary, Liam, Jan, Lewis

Goals: Olly TB (2), Tyler

Man of the Match: A super performance from our Zach, who showed just what he can do when he’s confident.

Good Things: Good spirit to come from behind to snatch a draw lads.

Things to Work On: Sticking to our positions and clearing our lines. Think about some of the decisions you made when things didn’t work out boys, and try to decide what you might have done better.

UNDER 11s GAME OFF

untitledOur cup match with Guildford City fell foul of the weather again on Sunday 30th: match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. We apologise for the belated nature of communications on this fixture, a situation genuinely out of our control. Keep an eye on the website this week for details of our fixture on 6th December. Whilst we have a league game scheduled, Cup matches generally take priority, so it may be that we attempt again to play Guildford City. We’ll keep everyone posted.

MUDDY GOOD MORNING FOR UNDER 8s

IMG_1094Saturday 29th November, South Surrey Youth League; Pirbright Premier U8s v Kirdford Juniors

PPFC Under 8s and Kirdford made the best of a glue-pot pitch on the Village Green this morning to produce a great game of football. It was an evenly contested game with some excellent stuff played by both teams. Pirbright’s goals came from Jason, Tyler (with a fantastic and unstoppable shot into the bottom corner) and two from Olly: the first a great individual goal, the second a really careful and technically excellent right-footed effort inside the post.

Another good team effort from the boys. Still a little to work on defensively and tracking back when we haven’t got the ball; but overall another encouraging performance. Mention for Jago, who soldiered on despite feeling poorly and Lewis, who played his first game and showed every bit of his older brother’s fearlessness and skill.

IMG_1091PPFC: Jason, Liam, Toby, Olly TB, Jago, Zachary, Dylan, Lewis, Tyler

Scorers: Olly TB (2), Jason, Tyler

MOTM: Olly TB – some strong running and tackling and two terrific finishes: great work Olls!

Good Stuff: Some excellent finishing boys, we were pretty clinical in front of goal

Things to Work On: We still need to close down a little quicker and not be afraid to tackle.

UNDER 16s MARCH ON

windsor10Saturday 29th November, East Berks Youth League: Mytchett Athletic 1 Pirbright Premier U16s 3

Our table-topping Under 16s stretched their lead at the head of the EBYL on Saturday morning with an impressive 3-1 win at second place Mytchett. After a patchy start Pirbright took the lead when Tom G’s thunderous corner was met by the head of Kieran to put the visitors in front. The lads settled into the game thereafter creating a number of chances to pull further ahead. As it was, PPFC took just a single goal lead into the interval.

However, soon after the break a slick move down the right instigated by Harvey saw Spencer put through to notch a crucial second. Mytchett rallied at pulled a goal back eight minutes from time to make for a nervy finale. But the boys showed great resolve and finally made the game safe in the dying moments; Ryan cracking a tremendous free-kick in from the edge of the box.

Great consistency from the boys, recording their fourth successive victory to reinforce their championship aspirations. Well done lads!

PPFC Scorers: Ryan, Kieran, Spencer.

UNDER 8s WEEKEND AHEAD

IMG_0831PPFC Under 8s play their next match in the South Surrey Youth League on Saturday 29th November at home to Kirdford Juniors on Pirbright Village Green. Match details can be found online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u8-news-latest/ Could any parents of our Matchday Squad please contact the club at pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com if their son is unavailable for this fixture (our thanks to those who have done so already).

Please note there is no Friday night Training this week due to the Christmas Fayre at Pirbright Village School.

U16s HIT THE TOP

WOK5Saturday 22nd November, EBYL; Pirbright Premier U16s 4 Ascot United 2

PPFC U16s went top of the EBYL on Saturday morning with a hard-fought but ultimately well-deserved victory over Ascot United. The win – the lads third in succession – sets up next Saturday’s game with second-placed Mytchett nicely.

Against a side rated by Mike as the best we had played thus far, Pirbright played some excellent, disciplined football, creating a succession of chances throughout the game. PPFC’s goals came from Ryan and Ollie, who notched two apiece. But it was the organisation and work-rate of the side that shone through, with Pirbright maintaining good shape even in stages of the game where our opponents enjoyed periods of possession and pressure. The team have rarely found difficulty in scoring goals in seasons past, but have often fallen at the final hurdle due to a failure to close out important games and show more tactical know-how in difficult situations. But this year the side seem to have found that elusive awareness. With a busy and critical December looming, if the team can continue this kind of level of performance, 2015 promises to be an exciting year.

Well done lads; keep it up!

PPFC Scorers: Ryan (2), Ollie (2)

UNDER 8s WEEKEND SCHEDULE

IMG_0840PPFC Under 8s will be training on Saturday morning this weekend on Pirbright Village Green. Unfortunately we couldn’t arrange a mutually convenient time for our scheduled game against Kirdford that would have allowed – amongst other things – an opportunity for some essential maintenance on the Village Green pitch.

Instead, we’ve requested that we play the Kirdford game next week (Saturday 29th). We’ll confirm match details as soon as we have them.

So, to clarify: No Friday night training this week. Instead, training for the full squad on the Village Green between 9:30am – 10:30am; followed (provisionally) by two home games over the next fortnight – Kirdford on the 29th and Holmbury on the 6th.

UNDER ELEVENS BOUNCE BACK IN STYLE

16112014328Sunday 16th November, SPL3: Chertsey Town 0 Pirbright Premier U11s 2

PPFC U11s showed outstanding resilience and spirit at league leaders Chertsey on Sunday morning; inflicting a first defeat of the season on opponents who had rattled in eight in last weekend’s reverse fixture in Pirbright.

The lads scored a goal in each half; Joshua bagging both as his lively running again gave the Chertsey back-line a difficult morning. But this terrific three points owed as much to a concerted and disciplined team effort as it did to Josh’s searing pace and clever finishing; built on a fine defensive performance of collective grit and determination. Dean and Jack were in fiercely determined mood at the back, stifling the threat from the wings that had proved our undoing last week. Jack escaped from defensive duties long enough to see his long range shot thud off the post just before half time. In between them Adam and Asa were similarly outstanding, whilst Jacob protected the back four splendidly in probably his best individual display of the season.

One of the features of the boys’ season has been their inability to turn sporadic periods of terrific play into a performance of sustained quality. But they managed it this morning; thoroughly deserved winners against a very good Chertsey team and superb from back to front.

Well done boys; a display and result to be really proud of.16112014329

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

Scorers: Joshua (2)

Man of the Match: Asa – a performance of real intelligence mainly in a defensive position, but breaking with purpose and timing.

UNDER 8S LATEST

20092014307Just training on Friday this weekend for the Under 8s & Development Squad. Advance warning that next Saturday’s home league game against Kirdford could be an early afternoon kick-off. We’ll confirm details as soon as we have them.

RAINING GOALS ON THE VILLAGE GREEN SWAMP

DSCN1946Sunday 9th November, SPL 3; Pirbright Premier U11s 6 Chertsey Town 8

On a Village Green which resembled something of a bog by the close, PPFC U11s and league leaders Chertsey shared an incredible fourteen goals in a frantic and keenly contested game on Sunday morning.

Pirbright started brightly against their unbeaten opponents; Joshua’s superb run and pass allowing Olly to score his second goal of the weekend. But Chertsey proceeded to pen PPFC back almost in their own area; the lads showing all-too-familiar traits of dropping far too deep defensively and showing no incisiveness or purpose in the tackle. Chertsey were soon level; only for Joshua to put the home team back in front – a goal which for a brief while looked to have re-established a degree of confidence to our play. But once the visitors grabbed their second equaliser, Pirbright then spent ten minutes in utter disarray; conceded four quick-fire goals to trail 2-6 heading towards half-time. Tackles were missed, players left unmarked, individual mistakes punished; Chertsey clinical in their finishing and outstanding in the way they continued to find space down either wing.

Josh’s second pulled it back to 3-6 by the break (it shouldn’t be forgotten what a goal of genuine quality it was too; amid the chaos of the preceding fifteen minutes). As seems to be the case this season, it took the words of their coaches at the interval to spur the boys into greater efforts. Pirbright were much improved in the second period; far more committed in the tackle and a deal more organised at the back. Joshua completed his hat-trick to make it 4-6, before Chertsey restored their three-goal advantage for 4-7. Arthur bundled in Jonty’s corner to make it 5-7 before our opponents grabbed their eighth with a terrific header from yet another outstanding cross into the Pirbright box.

PPFC had the last word, Josh stabbing home from close range after Jack had burst into the box.

It was a difficult game to fully digest; the lads were splendid going forward at times and when they showed some genuine commitment in the tackle they were capable of controlling the game. However, the least said about their ten-minute capitulation the better; as Lee and Pete rightly pointed out we should be past the stage where they need to worry about the kind of basic ball-watching and absence of effort in the tackle that undid us in the first half. That said, Chertsey were formidable going forward, particularly their two wide players, and it’s not difficult to see why they have been so successful so far.

Onwards and upwards lads – and an early chance to put things right with the return match next Sunday.

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

Scorers: Joshua 4, Olly, Arthur

MOTM: Joshua – inevitably; some brilliant finishing

PROMISE SHOWN BY U11s DEBUTANTS

Under 10s Most Improved Player: Jonty

Saturday 8th November; Friendly: Guildford Saints 4 Pirbright Premier U11s 2

An experimental-looking PPFC U11s squad went down 2-4 at Guildford Saints in a very damp and muddy Saturday morning friendly. Regular trainers Zico and James played their first games for the club and acquitted themselves well. It was also an opportunity to try players in unfamiliar positions, with the second-half central defensive pairing of Asa and Joshua a little more used to scoring goals at one end than keeping them out at the other. But the boys largely adapted well; which was the object of the exercise.

Saints played some genuinely impressive pass-and-move and were completely clinical in their finishing. However, a much more spirited second half display from PPFC saw fine goals from The Jonts and Olly.

Good luck for washing the kit in time for Sunday, everyone ;) And many thanks to all those who lent their support on a fairly grim Saturday morning.

PPFC: Conor, James P, Zico, Jonts, Adam, Asa, Joshua, Jacob, Olly, Thomas, Cally

Scorers: Jonts, Olly

MOTM: Olly – a hard-working display capped by a classy finish for his first goal for the club. Well done, Olly!

UNDER 16s DRAW FRIENDLY

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Saturday 8th November, Friendly: Pirbright Premier U16s 2 Heart of Tedlothians 2

PPFC Under 16s enjoyed a useful run-out against a Heart of Tedlothians team from a division above on Saturday morning at Sheets Heath.

The lads once again played some great football; but unfortunately their finishing didn’t match their organisation and approach play; with a veritable hatful of opportunities spurned. Both of Pirbright’s goals came from Milo, who has recently returned to the club having last appeared as an Under 9.

All-in-all promising preparation for next week’s important league match against Laurel Park.

PPFC Scorers: Milo (2)

UNDER 11s: PITCH INSPECTION ON SUNDAY

PPFC Under 11s game against Chertsey on Sunday 8th November is currently ON. An initial check of the Village Green this afternoon (thanks, Pete) suggested the pitch remains playable.

However, we’ll be on site at 8am on Sunday to inspect the pitch again. Please take it that the game will be ON unless otherwise informed by 9am on Sunday morning.

UNDER 8s IMPRESS AGAIN

IMG_0838Saturday 8th November; SSYL; Ewhurst Rams v Pirbright Premier U8s

PPFC Under 8s produced a great team performance against a very capable Ewhurst Rams team on Saturday morning. After a wobbly start the team recovered to show great shape and commitment.

Top scorer Tyler scored our first, with Jason getting his first of the season for our second. Toby was Man of the Match for a fearless display in defence. Ewhurst played some really good pass-and-move football; but the way the lads settled into the game was really pleasing. Well done lads; we’re looking more and more organised and cohesive every week.

PPFC: Ollie TB, Jason, Liam, Tyler, Toby, Jan, Ethan, Dylan

Scorers: Tyler, Jason

MOTM: Tobes (a defensive rock).

HANG ON, HANG ON: MORE U8S UPDATES!

IMG_0842No sooner had this website editor posted info on the U8s game than we receive further news of a change of venue. The Polo Club pitch is waterlogged (maybe it was too posh for us Pirbright types anyway ;) ) so we’ll now be playing on a nearby astroturf pitch in Cranleigh. Full details can be found here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u8-news-latest/

Please note the earlier Meet Time (sorry folks, bang goes to lie-in) and the instruction to wear Astros/trainers. If your son has base layer/thermal trousers that might also be an idea.

Thanks everyone: that’s a definitive now. Another coffee and I might think about putting the laptop away ;)