WEEKEND AHEAD

IMG_1120PPFC Under 7s will train this coming Friday (22nd May) at Pirbright School between 6pm – 7pm.

However, there is no training this week for our Under 16s, Under 11s or Under 8s squads.

Latest age group news can be found online here

Under 16s http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u16news/

Under 11s http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u11snews/

Under 8s http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u8-news-latest/

Under 7s http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/under-7s-news/

UNDER 7s FUN AT FLEET

IMG_0534Saturday 16th May, Fleet Spurs Tournament

PPFC U7s faced some tough opponents at the Fleet Tournament on Saturday morning. But the boys got better as the competition went on and played some good football. Well done lads – onwards and upwards.

PPFC: Leighton, Robbie, Wills, Evan, Dylan, Elliot, Lewis, Joshua

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UNDER 16s JUST MISS OUT AT FLEET TOURNAMENT

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Saturday 16th May: Fleet Spurs Tournament, PPFC Under 16s finish Runners-Up

On a weekend which ended with the U11s landing the club’s second major trophy of the season our championship-winning Under 16s had very nearly started it with yet more silverware on Saturday morning at Fleet Spurs.

Mike’s team were just edged out in their final game as they finished runners-up. An opening game win against Maidenhead B was followed by a 1-1 draw against Basingstoke A. Hosts Fleet Spurs were despatched 5-1 in the following fixture before a resounding 3-0 victory over Basingstoke B left the boys needing a win against Maidenhead A to win the competition.

Alas it wasn’t to be as, despite dominating and pressing hard for a winner, the lads were hit by a sucker punch late on as they went down by a single goal. A great performance nevertheless and a welcome return to form for Pirbright. Here’s hoping we can end on a high as head into our final two tournaments of the season at first Ashridge Park and then Mayford.

U11s ARE CUP KINGS!

Thomas celebrates his equalising goal

Thomas celebrates his equalising goal

Sunday 17th May; Surrey Primary League Cup Final (at Staines Lammas FC): Pirbright Premier U11s 5 Chertsey Town 2

A brilliant day for PPFC as Lee and Pete’s terrific little U11s team won a breathless, absorbing SPL Cup Final against Chertsey at Staines Lammas. This tireless, spirited and skilful set of boys have been fantastic all season and thoroughly deserve their moment. And what a game.

The first half was fairly tightly contested; Chertsey playing some excellent passing football down the flanks but rarely getting beyond a redoubtable Pirbright back line in which Jonty was simply outstanding. For their part, PPFC struggled to create much, Asa’s deflected shot the closest we came. With our opponents shading possession and playing the better football, but Pirbright defending splendidly it looked like being a nervy second period. But within minutes of the re-start the game sprang to life.

Jonty's free-kick finds the top corner

Jonty’s free-kick finds the top corner

First Chertsey opened the scoring with a tremendously executed volley from a corner – a set-piece out of the top drawer. But then Pirbright replied with a special goal of their own: Jonty’s brilliant free-kick from 35 yards finding the top corner to the absolute delight of his teammates and the sizeable PPFC following. But back came Chertsey as the boys – for the first time all afternoon – looked a touch panicky as they dealt with a ball into the box, the clearance dispatched over a helpless Conor with a terrific first-time volley from Chertsey’s midfielder. Three goals in a few short minutes – all of them outstanding; the upshot: Pirbright trailing 1-2.

The next goal would be crucial, and thankfully it was Pirbright who snatched it; Thomas let fly from long distance and saw his shot deflect past the despairing keeper into the far corner; a great moment for a boy who has shown such commitment and dedication since joining us in the Summer. With the tense, edgy first period now long since forgotten the game opened up with both teams looking to strike the decisive next blow. Again, it was Pirbright who got it – but this time from a more familiar source; midfield driving force Asa escaping through the middle to rifle the lads in front for the first time.

DSCN2557Chertsey now had to throw caution to the wind and – to their great credit – kept playing their passing football as they sought to take the game to extra time. But their extra attacking endeavour of course allowed Pirbright to at last exploit the space behind the opposition defence as they committed players forward. Having been marshalled carefully for the majority of the game suddenly Josh’s lightning pace came to the fore as he added two goals in the closing moments to put the game beyond our opponents’ reach. What a season he’s had – now over fifty goals in all competitions and named Man of the Match by the Surrey Primary League today.

The final whistle signalled some wonderful celebrations from players and parents alike. Word too for the wonderful support that the boys enjoyed – mums, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles, our other age group coaches all out in force to offer the team encouragement: a great occasion for our little club.

DSCN2600Congratulations too to Lee and Pete: dedicated, considered, fair, patient and enthusiastic coaches of the team for four years – their moment in the sun hugely merited. But most of all well done to this fantastic group of boys: a team in every sense of the word. We’re really proud of you all.

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

Scorers: Jonty, Thomas, Asa, Joshua (2)

Surrey Primary League Man of the Match: Joshua

There are some pictures now online on our Facebook page.

UNDER 11S UP FOR THE CUP

SPL Division 3: 3rd Place 2015

It’s Cup Final weekend for PPFC Under 11s as the boys take on Chertsey at Staines Lammas FC on Sunday lunchtime. Full details can now be found online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u11snews/

All at the club wish Lee, Pete and the boys the very best of luck. It’s a huge achievement to reach the final and the lads have already done us proud. Whatever the result, congratulations on a fantastic season, go out and do your very best and – most importantly – enjoy it boys!

NEW RECRUITS NEEDED; JOIN OUR FANTASTIC FOOTBALL CLUB!

PPFC are seeking new recruits at our junior age group levels for the 2015/16 season. Contact the club at pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com for more details on joining our vibrant, ever-growing, FA Charter Standard community football club:DSCN2518

Under 11s (Under 12s for Season 2015/16): PPFC are looking for new players to join their successful U11s (U12s for season 15/16) team in the Surrey Primary League. Finishing third in SPL3 and reaching the SPL Cup Final in 2014/15 the squad are seeking talented and enthusiastic new recruits from current School Year Six (School Year Seven for Academic Year 2015-1016). We play our matches on Sunday on Pirbright Village Green and train on Friday evenings at Pirbright Village School in the Autumn and Spring months and Alexander Barracks in the Winter months. For more details contact pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com or call age group coach Lee Sawkins on 07797173162

IMG_1905Under 8s (Under 9s for Season 2015/16): PPFC are looking for new players to join their successful U8s (Under 9s for season 15/16) team in the South Surrey Youth League. Scoring seventy goals in fifteen league games and performing strongly in end of season tournaments the squad are seeking talented and enthusiastic footballers from current School Year Three (School Year Four for Academic Year 2015-16). We play our matches on Saturdays in Pirbright and train on Friday evenings at Pirbright Village School in the Autumn and Spring months and Alexander Barracks in the Winter months. For more details contact pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com or call age group coach Lee Sawkins on 07797173162

U11s ENJOY FRIENDLY WIN

DSCN2532Sunday 10th May, Friendly; Pirbright Premier U11s 4 Badshot Lea 0

PPFC U11s shaped-up for next week’s SPL Cup Final with a 4-0 warm-up win over our old friends Badshot Lea on the Village Green. It was a chance for the lads to play in different positions and try some new formations against well-organised opponents.

On a sunny May morning, Pirbright notched two goals in each half. Asa hit a double towards the end of the first period, not before the returning Joshua had been foiled on more than one occasion by an excellent visiting goalkeeper. Lee switched things around somewhat in the second half, with Adam playing in goal and Conor having a run-out on-pitch for the first time in two years. Olly dropped back into defence where he excelled, Jonty even enjoyed a little spell in attack. We played some fearless, purposeful attacking football rounded off with two further goals, first from Joshua, then from the marauding Conor (who rounded the advancing goalkeeper and finished with his left foot in the style of a seasoned centre-forward); cue much amusement and disbelief from his teammates!

DSCN2524Our thanks to Badshot for bringing a team over at the end of the league season and to Mike for stepping in to referee. And a big well done to the boys for a terrific bright and breezy performance. Same again next week, lads? We’ve nothing to lose!

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

PPFC Scorers: Asa 2, Conor, Joshua

MOTM: Several candidates, with Dean enjoying another cracking game and Cally in good form. But Jonty and Olly shared MOTM today with performances of huge commitment and endeavour.

AWESOME UNDER 8s DO US PROUD

DSCN2517Saturday 9th May: Under 8s Beacon Hill 7-a-side Tournament

A fantastic day for our Under 8s at the Beacon Hill Tournament rounded off the boys’ season in real style. It was a long old day for team and parents alike, but the lads did us proud; finishing third overall and coming within just one game of winning the competition.

With a squad of just seven, all of the boys played every minute of every match; with poor Ethan and Olly bravely hobbling through the final matches. We started brilliantly, hitting Liphook Lions for seven in our first game (quite an achievement in itself given the games were only twelve minutes long). Jason (who was absolutely outstanding in attack) scored a remarkable six goals; Olly B notching our other. We drew our next two matches 0-0, first against Beacon Hill Hawks, then Beacon Hill Ravens. Then Olly TB’s composed finish from Olly B’s astute pass earned a 1-0 win against Fernhurst JFC in our fourth game.

In all we strung together six consecutive clean sheets, largely due to some outstanding defending from Toby and Jan and some fine goalkeeping from The Cat. Jason’s goal saw the lads notch up a third win against Grayshott in our fifth game, which left us needing a win from our last two games to finish as runners-up, and two to win the tournament overall.

Ultimately, we couldn’t quite do it; Jason hitting the outside of the post late on as we drew 0-0 against Chiddingfold, then losing our final game 0-2 against eventual winners Liss Athletic (probably the best team we’ve played all season, and certainly worthy winners). By the final two games the boys were running on empty, but they never gave up and played with enormous team spirit and commitment.

More than one opposition coach complimented us on the way the boys passed the ball and Lee and Neil were very proud of the way the team stuck together throughout the whole tournament.

It’s been a real pleasure to coach these boys this season and it was great to end on such a positive note. Big thanks – as ever – to our PPFC Mums and Dads for terrific support. But most of all a huge ‘well done’ to all of the guys for not only playing so well, but also conducting themselves impeccably throughout a long and tiring day of football. Brilliant boys, very proud of you all!

PPFC: Liam, Tobes, Olly B, Olly TB, Jason, Ethan, Jan

Results: Liphook Lions, won 7-0 (Jason 6, Olly B); Beacon Hill Hawks, drew 0-0; Beacon Hill Ravens, drew 0-0; Fernhurst JFC, won 1-0 (Olly TB); Grayshott Dragons, won 1-0 (Jason); Chiddingfold JFC, drew 0-0; Liss Athletic, lost 0-2

Man of the Tournament: Really tough decision today, it could have been any one of them, but Super Jan was outstanding.

END OF SEASON PRESENTATION EVENING: DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

PRES2We’re delighted to announce that Pirbright Premier Football Club’s annual End of Season Presentation Evening will take place on Friday 3rd July on Pirbright Village Green from 7pm. This is a great opportunity to come together as a club to celebrate the achievements of our boys. This year’s event involves, for the first time, four age group teams: our championship winning Under 16s, our Under 11 cup finalists, as well as our fantastic Under 8s and newly-formed Under 7s. Entry will once again be free and it promises to be a terrific evening for all of our PPFC Family.

Please keep the date free in your diary. More details to follow.

MEMBERSHIP STANDING ORDERS

IMG_1120We’re aware that we may have caused a little confusion by referring to our preferred method of monthly membership fee payments as Direct Debits rather than Standing Orders. If anyone – particularly new members – are having difficulty in setting up Standing Orders or have any other questions relating to club fees, please do not hesitate to speak with Neil at Friday Night Training or contact the club at pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com. Thank you everyone for your co-operation.

TOUGH TEST FOR PPFC U11s

DSCN2498Friendly, Sunday 3rd May: Pirbright Premier U11s 1 Windsor FC 3

A significant test of mettle for PPFC U11s today against Leighton’s very organised Windsor team from the East Berks Youth League for a Sunday morning friendly on the Village Green. Despite going down 1-3 it was a valuable run-out against opponents with some very talented individuals and who played with purpose and shape. It’s a measure of how far PPFC have come this year that they were able to match Windsor for long periods of a good quality match.

Just a goal down at half-time Windsor netted two in quick succession soon after the break but PPFC responded with a close range finish from Adam from Jonty’s excellent free-kick. That’s the way it stayed, with Windsor moving the ball well in the final third, Pirbright defending stoutly, but perhaps understandably lacking a little going forward in the absence of injured top scorer Joshua.

DSCN2495Some great ‘shifts’ all round from the boys, in particular the outstanding Adam, the industrious and ever-improving Thomas and Jonty – such an important player to the team in the latter half of this season.

Well done, lads. Another stern challenge awaits in the shape of more higher division opposition in Badshot next week for our final action before the Cup Final. Big thank you also to Ash for standing in as referee and Leighton for bringing his boys over for a friendly at the end of a long league season.

PPFC: Conor, Thomas, Adam, Jacob, Dean, Arthur, Asa, Jonty, Olly

PPFC Scorer: Adam

MOTM: Adam

PPFC WEEKEND AHEAD

Full details of this weekend’s football can now be found on the website.

IMG_0507Under 7s: Friday Night Training between 6-7pm at the School. No match or Tournament this weekend but details of a friendly and our next Summer Tournament can now be found here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/under-7s-news/

WP_20150425_007Under 8s: Friday Night Training between 6-7pm at the School. No game this weekend but a further Tournament at Beacon Hill on the 9th May. Latest updates here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u8-news-latest/

cropped-dscn2493.jpgUnder 11s: Friday Night Training at the School between 7pm – 8pm followed by a Sunday morning friendly at home to Windsor.

Latest updates online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/under-11s-resultsfixtures/

20140906_095331 (1)Under 16s: No game this weekend for PPFC U16s but latest updates, including a Summer Tournament schedule and change of date for the Easy Berks Presentation Evening can now be found online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u16news/

UNDER 7s EXCEL IN FIRST TOURNAMENT

IMG_0509|Under 7s Mole Valley Tournament, Saturday 25th April

PPFC Under 7s performed superbly well in their first ever Tournament on Saurday morning, as they finished third overall in the Mole Valley competition.

The boys recorded four wins in six games, scoring twelve goals and ending second in their group. We played some cracking football and showed great team spirit and application. Ash and Dave took eight boys: Leighton, Dylan, Lewis, Robbie, Evan, Elliott, Olly D and Joshua. Our dynamic U7s Management Duo report that the lads played out of their skins and we were immensely proud of their performance. Particular mention for Robbie and Olly D for doing so well in their first games for PPFC. Dylan led the way with five goals, with Evan, Lewis and Oliver each netting two and Joshua one. But this was a true team effort and the lads were rewarded with their first medals at the end.

IMG_0507Well done boys, you’re a real credit to the club. Thanks Ash and Dave for their hard work and organisation skills in getting our youngest team ‘off the ground’ and also to our PPFC parents for their terrific support. Lots of fun and some superb football.

PPFC Record: Holmbury and Westcott Won 2-0; Horsley won 2-1; Mole Valley Wanderers won 4-1; SPP Red & Green won 3-1; Dorking Green lost 2-1; Ewhurst lost 2-0

U16s CAN’T HANG ON

DSC_0222Saturday 25th April, East Berks Youth League; Ascot United 5 Pirbright Premier 4

Not the end to an otherwise excellent league season that the U16s would have hoped for on Saturday as they lost out to Ascot by the odd goal in nine. It’s been very much a case of ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ for Pirbright since clinching the title over a month ago, with a the run of nine successive wins to take them to the title followed by four disappointing defeats on the spin.

This could have been very much different for PPFC as they led 4-1 with fifteen minutes left and were a man to the good after an Ascot sending-off. But four unanswered goals in the closing stages deprived Mike’s team of even a share of the points. Pirbright’s goals were scored by Joe, Ryan (with two) and an own goal. Credit to Ascot for a very spirited revival, but certainly not the disciplined and well-drilled PPFC of the Winter months.

Much contemplation for all ahead as we enter the Tournament season and the team heads for a Summer ‘crossroads’ that will determine the future of the side for 2015/16.

PPFC Scorers: Joe, Ryan 2, Own Goal

UNDER 8s DO US PROUD ON SSYL FINALS DAY

WP_20150425_007South Surrey Youth League Finals Day, Saturday 25th April

PPFC Under 8s performed with great credit at the SSYL Finals Day on Saturday morning, held at The Big Field, Brockham amongst the rolling Surrey Hills. Pitted against some good teams in a tough group, the lads emerged in third place before running out of steam a little in their play off match. Nevertheless, a highly creditable sixth place finish overall in the very competitive U8s ‘Cup’ section was achieved. We’ll have some photos of the Tournament up on the website and Facebook page a little later.

The lads started with two draws, 1-1 against Milford (Jason scoring a fantastic ‘team goal’) and 0-0 against Ewhurst. Eventual winners Cranleigh were next, and the lads held out until the last thirty seconds, when they conceded a goal from a corner to go down 0-1. However, they saw off Albury Griffins by the same score in the final group game, Olly B scoring his first goal for the club when he turned in Toby’s splendid cross.

A sleepy start in our third-place play off game against Albury Eagles saw the lads 2-0 down and with a little too much to do. But, overall, a decent display nevertheless. It’s always a challenge to adapt to the fast-pace of quick-fire ten-minute tournament football and there were one or two little things to work on as we move onto our final competition of the season at Beacon Hill in a fortnights time.

Well done boys, onwards and upwards. We’re proud of what you’ve achieved as a team this year. Let’s have some fun and go out on a high at our next Tournament.

PPFC: Liam, Olly B, Olly TB, Toby, Jan, Jason (captain), Ethan, Jago

Results: Group Stage: Milford Jets, drew 1-1 (Jason); Ewhurst Tigers, drew 0-0; Cranleigh Youth Raiders, lost 0-1; Albury Griffins, won 1-0 (Olly B); Play Off: Albury Eagles lost 0-2

Man of the Tournament: Olly B – Lots of really hard work and application, and a first goal too. Well done Olly!

COMMITTEE MEETING, SUNDAY 3rd MAY

untitledTo confirm that our next club Committee Meeting will be on Sunday 3rd May at the Worplesdon Place Hotel at 7:30pm. Thanks very much guys for responding to my email so quickly.

Please bear in mind that any club meeting is not a ‘closed shop’. We’re a Committee in the loosest sense and it’s open to anyone who would like to assist or has an interest in club matters (and who’ll buy a round ;) )

UNDER 11s WEEKEND AHEAD

DSCN2452No game for the Under 11s this weekend having completed their league programme last Sunday. However, the boys will be in training on Friday night between 7pm – 8pm at Pirbright Village School.

There’s details on this, our Summer Tournaments, two friendly matches prior to the cup final, and the cup final itself on line here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u11snews/

Happy Sunday morning lie-in everyone!

UNDER 11s MILESTONES

DSCN2462A brief mention of a couple of major ‘milestones’ for our brilliant Under 11s team after yesterday’s game with Oxshott. With thanks to our resident statistician Lee for the information!

Asa’s third goal was his fiftieth for the club whilst Adam clocked up his one-hundredth appearance for Pirbright. Well done boys: great servants both!DSCN2473

UNDER 11s FINISH WITH A FLOURISH

DSCN2448Sunday 19th April, SPL 3; Pirbright Premier U11s 4 Oxshott Royals 2

PPFC U11s ended their league campaign with a fourth successive victory which secured a hugely creditable third place in the final table. With a Cup Final and Tournament Season to look forward to it’s already been a fantastic campaign for this terrific bunch of boys.

The lads weren’t quite at their best, and had a number of players struggling with injuries, but they had just enough in the end to see off gutsy and skilful opponents. Indeed, Oxshott contributed hugely to an entertaining game and were admirably committed to passing the ball on the floor. There was just one goal in it at half-time, Jack finising smartly after excellent work from Dean – who buzzed about with his usual combination of ceaseless work-rate and clever feet. Oxshott levelled shortly after half-time but Man of the Match Asa took over thereafter, hitting a second-half hat-trick to put the game beyond the visitors. We missed a number of chances to make the margin of victory a little more comfortable, but were largely foiled by some excellent goalkeeping from Oxshott’s first choice keeper (who was forced off injured after making a string of fine saves) and then his equally able replacement.

DSCN2441Good performances all round once again: particularly mention for Jonty who has really developed in the latter part of the season. He came close with a long range free-kick (which might well have been awarded with the benefit of goal-line technology!) and then saw his wicked inswinging corner headed in on the line by the predatory Asa. Olly was outstanding too, dictating the pace of the game from midfield with great assurance and style.

All in all – whatever happens on Cup Final day – a season on which to look back on with much pride for the team. Well done lads: great work!

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

DSCN2489Scorers: Asa 3, Jack

MOTM: Asa – at his swashbuckling best.

Click on the image below for the final league table…

FINAL TABLE

FIVE GOAL OLLY, FIVE STAR UNDER 8s

IMG_20150418_095041Saturday 18th April, SSYL: Pirbright Premier Under 8s vs Chiddingfold Rockets

What a great way to end the league season for PPFC U8s. On a fine Spring morning on the Village Green the boys produced one of their best displays of passing football so far, moving the ball with fluency and style from back to front.

IMG_20150418_094447The conceding of the first goal aside; the lads also showed a willingness to learn from experiences of previous weeks. We were more decisive in defence (great work Toby, Olly B and Jan), had more positional awareness when our opponents had possession (good listening and application Jago, Jason and Ethan) and made consistently good decisions in attacking positions (well done Dylan, Jason and Olly TB). Excellent kicking and safe handling from Liam ‘The Cat’ too!

WP_20150418_003Undoubted star of the show was Olly TB, who – thanks in part to Wayne’s running repairs to his troublesome ankle – pretty much ‘bossed’ the game from start to finish, rattling in all five of our goals and demonstrating composure beyond his years in his finishing. Superb Olly!

This season has been about finding our feet and developing as a team and anyone who witnessed yesterday’s performance can see how much we have progressed and how hard the boys work for one another.

Onwards now to two Tournaments (the first of which is next week at the League Finals Day). We’ve certainly had great fun and come on leaps and bounds so far. Great work all!

WP_20150418_005PPFC: Liam, Toby, Olly B, Olly TB, Jan, Dylan, Ethan, Jago, Jason

PPFC Scorers: Olly TB (5)

MOTM: Olly TB

FRIDAY NIGHT TRAINING

cropped-img_11201.jpgA quick reminder that training is back at the Primary School this evening. Under 7s and Under 8s between 6pm – 7pm; Under 11s between 7pm – 8pm.

Another gentle reminder that children are to be escorted to and from the playing fields at the start and finish of the session, rather than just delivered or collected directly from the car park (irrespective of age group, please). The school is a ‘No Smoking’ site and dogs are not allowed anywhere on the school field. Please be respectful of the school premises.

We appreciate that it’s often been difficult to liaise with parents whilst we’ve been training at the Barracks amidst all the logistical to-ing and fro-ing with minibuses and head-counts so please feel free to speak with Lee, Ash, Dave, Pete or Neil now we’re all a bit more ‘accessible’ and you have any questions or queries.

Many Thanks everyone.

U8s BRAVE, WET AND WEARY

IMG_1012Saturday 11th April, SSYL: Ewhurst Rams vs Pirbright Premier FC U8s

Very proud of PPFC U8s this morning after a really committed team performance at a wet and windswept Ewhurst. The boys were down to the bare bones, with poor Toby falling ill on the way to the match leaving us with only six.

But the boys rose to the challenge terrifically, working their collective socks off on a big pitch. They were understandably out- on-their-feet by the end, particularly in the final quarter. It was a game of outstanding goals for both teams, with some great strikes at either end. For PPFC Olly TB and Jason each scored two, the pick of the bunch probably Olly’s twenty yard run followed by a crashing right-footer from outside the box that flew into the top corner (even Grumpy Dad has to concede ‘the boy done good’ here).

The boys have found it a steep learning curve since joining the ‘top’ division in the New Year and there are things we need to continue to work on (particularly when we haven’t got the ball). That aside, when they work as hard for each other as they did this morning (and still come off with a smile on their face) there’s not much more you can say. Well done boys; great effort!

PPFC: Liam, Ethan, Olly TB, Olly B, Jason, Jan

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PPFC Scorers: Jason 2, Olly TB 2

Man of the Match: A great game for all the boys but Olly B was particularly outstanding. In only his second match he showed great determination and lots of skill. Superb work Olly!

WEEKEND AHEAD

IMG_1120Hope everyone is enjoying the Easter Break. A quick reminder of all things PPFC this coming weekend…

No Friday Night Training this week. U11s, U8s and U7s will be back in training next Friday (17th April) when we’ll be returning to the Village School for the remainder of the Spring and Summer months.

PPFC Under 8s and PPFC Under 7s both take on Ewhurst teams on Saturday morning. Venue and Kick-Off times can be found here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/under-7s-news/ and here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u8-news-latest/ . Please note that both squads are understandably a little light on numbers this weekend so we’d really appreciate any changes in availability being communicated to Ash or Neil as soon as possible. Many thanks to all parents for responding to various emails and texts throughout the week.

PPFC Under 16s and PPFC Under 11s have no game this week, but both play their final league games of the season next weekend. More news on both to come.

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