With spring around the corner there were fewer matches scheduled:
The U11 Girls Played Vicky Park Rangers at home. The muddy, sticky pitch suited neither side with the Dragons more than most looking forward to the warmth of spring and a dry pitch.
The U11 Boys lost away to St Josephs Red. The Dragons repeated the pattern of the previous week – they played well in the first half to come back from a goal down with a surge from early substitutions. The second half was less good. The team will claw its way to victory when it learns football is a game of two halves.
The U12 Boys played a friendly against Wealdstone. This was a most pleasant, worthwhile affair with both sides using the opportunity to experiment whilst sharing the refereeing duties over three 20-minute sessions.
The U12 Girls beat Alexandra Park Youth 2-1 away. Despite having a bare squad and no goalkeeper the Dragons approached the game in fighting spirit. The first half was evenly matched leaving the score 0-1 to Alexandra at the break. The Dragons then dug deep and raised their game to score their first goal. The Dragons kept going and were awarded a second fantastic goal, created from excellent, determined teamwork, giving them a well-deserved win.
The U13s had no match.
The U14 Girls drew magnificently 1-1 with top of the table Ruislip Rangers at home. The teams had met last week with Rangers winning 6-0. With a full team, but no substitutes, the Dragons were determined to do better. It was end to end scoreless action until the Dragons conceded an unlucky opening goal with 10 minutes to go in the half. Back on the pitch both sides defended and attacked before, with 13 minutes left on the clock, the Dragons scored from a scramble in Ruislip’s box with the ball trickling into the bottom right of the Ranger’s goal. The Dragons were in the game! The final minutes were heart-stopping with the Dragons awarded a penalty in the final seconds. An historic victory was in sight but disaster – the penalty struck the crossbar and the ball was cleared away. The heart-destroying penalty miss was caught on camera and the footage showed a Ruislip defender had cleared the ball with her hand…VAR would have given the Dragons the win. Such is a footballer’s life.
The U14 Boys no game
The U16s had no match
The U17 Whites just lost 2-3 to Joseph’s away. This was always going to be a tough for the Dragons with their full backs and centre half missing but they made it even harder for themselves. There were some good individual performances and a really good goal, but overall the Dragons let themselves down. The match was winnable, but they didn’t capitalise on their chances.
The U17 Reds were magnanimous is waiting 2 hours to play West Drayton when they could have claimed the 3 points – Drayton had told the Dragons the wrong KO time. After a slow start and conceding the Dragons regained their composure and played better for the rest of the half. A second goal early in the second killed the game which came to a disappointing end
The Firsts lost to Hilltop away. The Dragons were without a recognised goalkeeper which hampered their performance. After 15 minutes they were 0-2 down after long distance shots and then they conceded again. The second half was much better. Dragons woke up, scored and played good football despite the difficulties.
The Reserves match was called off
The U10s trained in preparation to joining the League