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Update W/E 3rd May 2020

The Smartphone Journalism Workshop was successfully held during the week with the output on our website under the Education tab. It is now onto our next technological challenge of which more next week

In the meantime looks can be deceiving!

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Update W/E 26th April 2020

We are still mystified as to when we will move towards a degree of normality but there are signs that the NHS has weathered the peak. Our various Leagues should eventually be in a position to finalise plans for the 2020-2021 season. Similarly I have looked at this bar of chocolate being cut and remain mystified by the result

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The Smartphone Journalism Workshop this coming week will be our first venture into online training – we wish the organisers Graham, Palmira and especially the BBC’s Shajan the best of technological luck!

Think on the bright side – there is always a silver lining somewhere

Update W/E 19th April 2020

The lockdown continues but there are glimmerings of light. In tough times it helps to be resilient and creative – there is always more than one way to succeed. Be amused and surprised!

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The Smartphone Journalism Workshop, organised by Graham and Palmira, will now be online. Everybody who signed up will be contacted. We are very grateful to Shajan MiahBBC Sport Digital Journalist and founder of the Journalism Club, for running the course He has worked on many major sporting events from the FIFA World Cup to the Olympics, the FA Cup, Six Nations Rugby, international cricket and top tennis, athletics, boxing and golf tournaments.

We press on!

Happy Easter

We should soon know the next stage of the lockdown – maybe more of the same! Luckily, our characters have been honed to a steely perfection by cheerfully enduring wet, dismal, muddy Decembers, whilst being robbed of sure victories but for the bounce of the ball. We will pull through as we always do.    

For your correspondent’s part he would normally be off to Ireland over Easter to mastermind the annual England v Ireland Family Football match, but it is not to be this year, although it did look hopeful on watching:   

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Happy Easter Everybody from the Dragons

Results W/E 22nd March 2020

Results – None Until Further Notice

We are all now one big global team joining together to defeat Coronavirus and give time to our NHS to cope with the increasing number of very ill patients. We will win and be back on the football field, but in the meantime we must temporarily lay aside our footballing dreams to all work together to do what we can to reduce the spread whilst helping others – eg ringing a lonely friend or relative for a chat to see if they are OK.
If you would like to explore being a volunteer to help the NHS then click here:

Volunteer for NHS

It is important for all of us to keep fit and get out in the fresh air and sun – but not in groups, unless you live together. If you want to see an exercise that went wrong, click here:

What Not To Do
On the plus side the pitches are enjoying the rest and should be in peak condition for next season.

Results W/E 15th March 2020

We live in odd times with Mexico urging Trump to hurry up with the “Wall”. In the meantime, the Dragons had a few last matches before they were suspended due to Coronavirus:

The U14 Boys beat Brunswick 3-1 at home in the League Trophy Cup. This was a solid performance from the Dragons playing a team in the division above. They scored quickly to draw 2-0 ahead only for Brunswick to score a superb, efficient goal. There was the potential for a wobble, but it did not happen, and the Dragons scored again to make the point. Every Dragon won their individual battles which contributed to this solid, enjoyable victory.

The U12 Girls just lost to Ruislip Rangers at home in the League Cup despite putting in a fabulous performance. The match was slow to start with, as some would describe it, the overly precise Ruislip Manager being the first person ever to minutely measure the pitch. There was much excitement comparing length of strides with the added confusion that some thought in yards whilst others preferred meters. The calm referee injected sense into the proceedings by wondering we should just get on with the match. The Dragons went on to display fantastic team work to end the first half 1-1. The second half began with the same intensity with the Dragons showing tremendous determination and persistence, despite not having their usual goalkeeper. There were some outstanding individual performances, but the real achievement was their team performance. Ruislip scored a few lucky goals late in the second half to win but the Dragons should be very proud of themselves.

There were no other matches

Results W/E 8th March 2020

What a season! Thank goodness years of character building has inured us to the fleeting difficulties of the wettest winter, Corona Virus and now staving off a global downturn. We press on:

The Firsts beat Stonewall 2-1- away. This was a good Dragons performance as they controlled the game from the beginning to score in the 35th minute. The second half was more equal but Stonewall could not create scoring opportunities whilst the Dragons scored again from a penalty before conceding from a corner.

The Reserves had no match

The U17 Reds had no match
The U17 Whites match v Belmont United was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U16s just lost 2-3 at home against Concorde Rangers in the League Trophy Cup group stage. This was a close match and, despite the result, it was good to be back in action

The U14 Boys match against London Eagles was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U13s beat Celtic 6-3 in the League Trophy Cup group match at home. Both teams had been having a good season, but it was the Dragons who performed best to lead 4-0 at the break. To give Celtic credit they performed better in the second half to score twice before the Dragons responded. In truth the Dragons had stepped down a gear but nevertheless kept their 100% cup record. A wonderful goal from their centre back and a first goal from the other centre back were both worthy of special celebrations.

The U12 Boys had an unfortunate time against Pro FA away in the Trophy Cup. All started well enough, but two Dragons had to retire from the pitch which left a small band of resolute Dragons trying to stem the tide against overwhelming numbers. These things happen – at least it was better than being stuck on a cruise liner.

The U12 Girls had no match

The U11 Girls lost to Vicky Park Rangers. A last-minute venue change, coupled with some injuries, left the Dragons’ match day roster depleted. Still, they rose to the occasion and made progress against a strong opposition. The Dragons also welcomed one new teammate who made an immediate positive impact. Watch out when the squad gets back to full strength!

The U11 Boys lost to Hanwell away. Again, this was an improved performance from the Dragons who are beginning to play as a team. The main weakness of the Dragons is the lack of a striker.

The U10s trained in preparation to joining the League

Results W/E 1st March 2020

With the wettest February since records began it was another weekend of limited matches which however did not prevent the Boys U13s from recording a record win:

The Firsts just lost 1-2 to Pitshanger Dynamo away in the Quarter Final of the Alec Smith Premier Division Cup. The match had originally been scheduled at home, but it was waterlogged and unfit to play on.

The Reserves had no match

The U17s Reds had no match

The U17 Whites lost away to Drayton. The Dragons looked the better side for the first 20 minutes and were comfortable at 1 nil up, but awful tackles took out their captain and another their central midfielder, with both ending up in A&E. We wish them a speedy recovery but fear they may be out for the rest of the season.

The U16s home match against St Joseph’s was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U14 Boys away match against Celtic Red was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U14 Girls away match against Whetstone Wanderers was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U13s thumped West Drayton 9-1 away. Returning to action after 3 weeks out the Dragons started slowly but managed to score first. By the start of the second half the Dragons had found their footballing feet and were raring to go – scoring goal after goal. It was particularly gratifying to that so many of the team scored showing how well they have come together as a team. Onwards and upwards!

The U12 Girls away match v Barnet Nightingales was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U12 Boys lost at home to Premiership Hanwell Town in the League Trophy Cup group stage. Having played little football in recent weeks the Dragons were ill prepared for such an encounter but nevertheless it was better to back on the pitch rediscovering their footballing skills.

The U11 Girls home match v Vicky Park Rangers was called off due to a waterlogged pitch

The U11 Boys just lost to Pitshanger at home. With the Dragons again having played little football in recent weeks, and missing key players, their fans feared the worst but were proved wrong by the increasingly doughty young Dragons. If it had not been for an unfortunate penalty and other happenstances the Dragons could have won. All in all, a very creditable Dragons performance.

The U10s trained in preparation to joining the League

Results W/E 23rd February 2020

Another weekend of mostly called off matches left only a few Dragons on the pitch whilst recording more wins that losses as oppositions defaulted:

The Boys U12s, U13s and U14s oppositions could not raise teams to give the Dragons three wins without the trouble of lifting a boot.

The U12 Girls lost at home in the quarter final of the Cup against C & K Basildon. The Dragons began in good spirits, but their good humour was smothered by Basildon’s rather ruthless approach. Your correspondent’s maths is not quite up to calculating the score but suffice it to say with more application the Dragons might have equalled the record loss secured by the U15 Boys ten years ago. The Dragons later reflected on their team and individual performances and will take the match as a learning experience. As the ever-ebullient Manager said, “Onwards and Upwards”.

The U16 Boys lost away to Brentham Colts 2-5. After having dug two players out of their pits the Dragons had a bare team to face a very strong outfit. Playing at home Brentham had plenty of subs to refresh their side in the fairly bleak conditions. Nevertheless, the Dragons played energetically with moments of brilliance but were let down by two unfairly disallowed goals.

All the other matches were called off as pitches were either waterlogged or the oppositions could not raise a team

Results W/E 16th February 2020

Whilst it may have been fierce for the rest of the UK “Storm Dennis” was more like “Wet Dismal Dennis” for West London. Almost constant drizzle and rain lead to waterlogged pitches and another weekend of reading improving books rather than thumping goals into opposition nets:

All matches were called off