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.

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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 ;)

UNDER 8s WEEKEND AHEAD

IMG_0826PPFC Under 8s & Development Squad will train on Friday night (7th November) at Pirbright Village School between 6pm – 7pm. Please note that this is dependent on the impending delivery of the battery chargers for our lights but we have every confidence that all will be well in this respect.

The Matchday Squad have an away league match against Ewhurst Rams on Saturday morning (8th November). Details can be found online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u8-news-latest/ Please note that whilst we have a Kick-Off time we’re just awaiting confirmation of the venue. To assist planning: just to advise those unfamiliar that Ewhurst is around 12 miles South of Guildford, so allow around a 30 minute journey time for those based in Pirbright. We’ll have definitive details posted as soon as we have them.

FOOTBALL FREE WEEKEND

lie inPlease note that it’s a completely football-free weekend for PPFC this half-term. The Under 11s fixture with Burpham has been postponed at our opponents’ request so there’s no training or match for any of our sides.

Enjoy the time off everybody. More PPFC News week commencing 3rd November…

REVITALISED UNDER 16s MOVE INTO SECOND

windsor7Saturday 25th October, EBYL: Pirbright Premier 5 Maidenhead United 2

PPFC U16s had put a wobbly start to the season behind them in their last fixture with a comprehensive win against Ashridge Park a fortnight ago. On Saturday morning Mike’s team moved up another gear with a 5-2 victory over Maidenhead; at the same time rising to second place in the league. If the lads can maintain this kind of form – playing some outstanding passing football – then they look likely to be in with a shout at the top of the division yet again.

The influential Tousif put Pirbright in front inside the first five minutes. Kieran added a second on the quarter hour with a splendid finish. And it was three before the interval, Harvey starting and eventually finishing a fine move for his first goal from open play in over two years.

Maidenhead pulled one back after half-time, but some further cool finishing from Tousif restored Pirbright’s three-goal advantage soon after. Some of PPFC’s ‘senior’ players have certainly taken responsibility in recent weeks, long-serving Harvey, Tom G and Joe still showing real commitment to the cause. It was Joe who hit Pirbright’s fifth with a fine solo effort near the end. Maidenhead scored their second, but by then the game was out of reach.

Well done lads – evidently enjoying their football and playing some good stuff!

PPFC Scorers: Harvey, Joe, Tousif 2, Kieran

UNDER 11s SLIP TO FIRST DEFEAT

DSCN1952Sunday 26th October; SPL3; Pirbright Premier U11s 1 Windlesham United 2

It took seven games and until after the clocks had gone back but PPFC U11s finally saw their 100% record end on Sunday morning on the Village Green. Windlesham thoroughly deserved their 2-1 win.

Missing the prolific Joshua in attack and looking generally a little laboured Pirbright couldn’t match the enthusiasm, organisation and passing of their opponents, trailing once again at the interval. Only after Windlesham had increased their lead after some disappointing defending did PPFC finally rouse themselves. Asa pulled a goal back but in the end the boys had left themselves a little too much to do.

Some familiar lessons for the boys: not least that if you repeatedly give your opponents the lead eventually your energy and luck will run out. Our best results and achieved with collective and concerted effort – as evidenced by Windlesham’s performance.

That said; the lads deserve great credit for the start to the season they have made. As our coach’s favourite player once said ‘We go again’ ;)

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

Scorer: Asa

MOTM: Dean – terrific yet again. A great little footballer.

FRIDAY NIGHT TRAINING OFF DUE TO FLOODLIGHT FAILURE :(

floodlightsRegrettably we’ve had to cancel Friday night training this week (24th October). Unfortunately the charger for our battery-powered floodlights has malfunctioned (when we say malfunctioned, what we really mean is started smoking and nearly caught Lee and Amy’s kitchen on fire). Despite the club’s best efforts we’ve been unable to source a new one in time to re-charge the lights.

Our apologies for any disappointment and inconvenience. We’ll be keeping the website updated over half-term. U16s and U11s fixtures (in the daylight!) this weekend obviously go ahead as planned.

Have a great half-term those of you we won’t see at the weekend matches.

UNDER 8s & DEVELOPMENT SQUAD FRIDAY NIGHT TRAINING

IMG_0824PPFC Under 8s & Development Squad will train on Friday night (24th October) at Pirbright Village School between 6pm – 7pm. Please note that there will be no training on 31st October during half-term week. The next game for PPFC U8s Matchday Squad will on on November 8th away to Ewhurst Rams. Full details can be found online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u8-news-latest/

U11s HIT THE TOP

IMG_20141019_111229Sunday 19th October; SPL3: Pirbright Premier U11s 3 Walton Casuals Tigers 2

PPFC U11s fifth consecutive league win finally saw them hit the top of the division after a breathless 3-2 win against an excellent Walton Casuals Tigers side on the Village Green this morning. It was fitting reward for a sterling second half fight back in which the lads produced a massive team effort.

Missing both influential captain Jacob and defensive rock Jonts the boys nevertheless struck first. Joshua’s terrific footwork in the area drew a foul from a visiting defender and the same player converted from the spot. But Walton – who like Pirbright had won all of their games so far this season – went on to dominate the first half. Playing some quick, clever passing football in the final third Walton pinned the home team back for the rest of the opening period. The boys contributed to their own downfall by sitting very deep and tackling without conviction as Walton scored two goals and looked by far the better and more organised outfit.

A tactical switch and an instruction to re-double their efforts paid dividends in a frantic and entertaining second half. Pirbright scored a tremendous equaliser when Cally played a splendid ball down the channel and the marauding Asa held off his opponent to poke into the far corner. Then Joshua burst through only to be felled by the goalkeeper. Cally slid home an ice-cool penalty for what proved to be the winning goal.

IMG_20141019_102651Walton came back strongly but couldn’t find a way past a fantastically hard-working Pirbright defence in which full-backs Dean and Jack were simply outstanding. Well done boys; who rose to the challenge magnificently in the second half – particularly in the absence of two really important players. Huge credit to Walton too, a very good team who contributed to a really entertaining game of football.

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

Scorers: Joshua (pen), Asa, Cally (pen)

Man of the Match: Jack – Tireless, outstanding; great stuff Jack!

UNDER 8s PLAY FIRST HOME GAME

IMG_0827Saturday 18th October; SSYL: Pirbright Premier U8s v Ewhurst Tigers

PPFC Under 8s finally played their first ‘home’ league game on the new pitch on the Village Green on Saturday morning. It was a closely fought game against an impressive Ewhurst Tigers side with some great football from both sides. The lads’ passing game wasn’t quite at its’ best but Pirbright still played some great football in patches and showed great team spirit.

Tyler – with a fantastic shot into the top corner – scored PPFC’s first goal. Jago, with his first for the club, bagged our second. Super Jan was Man of the Match with some clever passing and calm ball control in midfield. Well done boys; some work to do tactically but a great effort.

PPFC Scorers: Jago, Tyler

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

Man of the Match: Jan

Things to Work On: Throw-ins and passing – never across our own area boys; always be positive; Keep Switched On: Be Aware boys and always try to keep track of where our opponents are when we don’t have the ball.

There are some pictures of Saturday’s game in the Picture Galleries section of this website. Many thanks to PPFC parents for their help in setting up and packing up.

ARTHUR AT THE DOUBLE AS U11s HIT SEVEN

021Sunday 12th October, SPL Cup First Round; Pirbright Premier U11s 7 AFC Brooklands 3

Two goals from Arthur helped PPFC U11s continue their impressive start to the season as they rattled in seven against AFC Brooklands in the First Round of the Cup. Joshua notched another four as the team recorded their fifth straight success.

It was the team’s top scorer who put PPFC in front within the first few minutes, converting Olly’s pass. Then Joshua turned provider to set up Arthur for his first of the day. However Brooklands - who to their credit gave the Pirbright defence lots to think about all morning – reduced the deficit soon after. But a move of real quality restored the two-goal advantage; Asa feeding Cally who slipped his marker with a great piece of skill before teeing up Josh to make it 3-1. And it was 4-1 before too long, Arthur again finding space in the area to fire home. But back came the visitors to score another to make it 4-2 at the break.

Pirbright began the second half in positive fashion, Joshua rounding the keeper to complete his second hat-trick of the campaign. And a classy volley from the same player made it six as the lads began to pull away. Spirited Brooklands pegged it back to 6-3 near the end before Asa rounded off proceedings when his cross-shot found the corner.

The team have enjoyed this competition in recent seasons, progressing to the semi-finals in both of the last two campaigns. This win secured a Second Round match against Guildford City. Mention too for Adam, who showed great team spirit by deputising very ably in goal for the injured Conor. Onto another home game next week against hitherto unbeaten Walton Casuals. Well done boys!

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

Scorers: Joshua (4), Arthur (2), Asa

FIVE-STAR U16s BACK TO WINNING WAYS

LP7Saturday 11th October, EBYL: Pirbright Premier 5 Ashridge Park 0

That’s more like it! After two winless weekends PPFC U16s got back on track on Saturday morning at Sheets Heath, running in five without reply to see off Ashridge Park. New boy Ryan was the star of the show with a hat-trick as the lads played some excellent passing football. In fairness last week’s heavy defeat by an impressive Twyford side in the cup featured a first-half showing in which Mike’s team demonstrated excellent shape and commitment. This weekend they maintained those high standards for the full duration.

Despite the absence of the prolific Luke the boys looked impressive going forward, taking the lead inside the first five minutes when Spencer supplied Ryan for his and Pirbright’s opening goal. It was two soon after when the ever-reliable Tom G finished off a great move from close range. The lads struck a post but couldn’t add to their tally before the interval. But there was no stopping Olly shortly after the break as he extended Pirbright’s lead with an outstanding effort from all of twenty-five yards. Another superb individual effort saw Ryan add his second as PPFC moved four goals clear as the match neared its’ conclusion. Ryan completed his treble and Pirbright’s nap-hand late on after an almighty scramble in the box.

A really pleasing performance which emphasised again the quality Pirbright have within their ranks. Well done lads!

PPFC Scorers: Ryan 3, Tom G, Olly

U8s STAR OF THE WEEK

DSCN2056Some good fun and muddy boys on the Village Green on Saturday morning for our U8s and Development Squad’s latest training session. Our Star of the Week was Ashton for some great effort and willingness to try some new skills. Well done Ashton!

U11s RECOVER TO MAKE IT FOUR IN A ROW

Under 10s Top Goalscorer: Asa

Sunday 5th October; SPL3: Pirbright Premier U11s 3 Send United 1

PPFC U11s produced the proverbial ‘game of two halves’ this morning on the Village Green as they eventually recorded their fourth successive league win. It was a match that proved once again that the boys will need to work hard for every single point this season.

Lee viewed the boys’ first half performance as one of the most disappointing the team have produced. Tentative, cautious, failing to close the opposition down; the team were fortunate to be only one goal adrift at the break. However, after some carefully chosen instructions from the coach, a change in formation and a collective rolling-up of the sleeves; the lads came fighting back in the second half. Pirbright equalised when Thomas’ shot deflected in for his second goal in as many games. With the team suddenly starting to play the boys finally got their noses in front fifteen minutes from the end: Cally’s excellent corner was controlled and dispatched by Asa for his first of the new season.

Pirbright missed two great opportunities to make the game safe before a bit of ‘Route One’ football finally did the trick; Josh latching onto Conor’s clearance to make sure of the points. Whilst some tactical changes and one or two considered words from the coach at half-time helped to turn the tide; the boys deserve great credit for taking responsibility themselves. Well done lads!

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

Scorers: Thomas, Asa, Joshua

Man of the Match: Asa – driving the team forward in midfield

U8s ROAR AGAINST THE LIONS

DSCN2184Saturday 4th October; SSYL: Albury Lions vs Pirbright Premier U8s

PPFC U8s put in another terrific performance against Albury Lions on Saturday morning. The boys played some really enterprising passing football and scored six excellent goals. The team adapted well to playing in different positions and are learning to play as a team. Welcome back to Jason; and happy birthday to Tyler! Brilliant support PPFC Mums and Dads – much appreciated. Well done boys; great stuff again!

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

Scorers: Olly TB (2), Tyler (2), Dylan (2)

Man of the Match: Lots of candidates this week; but Ethan was tireless in midfield

Things to work on: Making the pass at the right time – and never across our own penalty area. Tacking: be fearless boys – never be afraid to close the player down and try to make a tackle. Listen – Switch those ears on boys; we need to listen to Lee!

CUP EXIT FOR U16s

WOK15Saturday 4th October: EBYL Cup; Pirbright Premier U16s 0 Twford Comets 7

PPFC U16s fell at the first hurdle in the EBYL Cup on Saturday morning at Sheets Heath; but not before a spirited effort against strong opponents. Twyford play three divisions above Pirbright, so this was always going to be a test of concentration and resolve.

Things got off to a bad start, the lads conceding a goal inside the first couple of minutes. But instead of folding Pirbright gained a foothold in the game, pressing the ball and reducing their opponents to only one further clear cut chance in the first half. There was little between the teams prior to the interval, and Mike was really pleased with the effort and discipline of his side. The question was whether the boys could maintain that same level of performance for another forty minutes. Two goals in the opening three minutes of the second period provided a swift answer. In fairness, Pirbright heads didn’t drop, and Joe struck the bar with our best effort of the game. But the gap in ability and organisation was eventually to prove too much as Twyford ran in four more goals to finish comfortable 7-0 winners.

It was a big positive for the boys that with sustained application and focus they can match opponents playing at a far higher standard as they did during the first period. Taking that into their next league game will be a real measure of the team’s potential this season. That Pirbright ran out of steam was no disgrace against a talented Twyford team.