Results W/E 28th November 2021

As the temperature dropped, the Dragons were undeterred as they braved gale force wind:

The Firsts beat Wilberforce Wanderers 4-1 away. The Dragons controlled possession and the tempo to create chances in abundance. Crucially, a natural Dragons goalie was back in action to bolster the defence which allowed the Dragons to play out with confidence and earn a huge 3 points in the Middlesex Premiership.

The Blues drew 2-2 at home against London Titans in an even, bitterly cold contest. In conditions not made for the faint-hearted, the kick-off was delayed as the ref battled his way through traffic. When the Titans took to the pitch it was clear that their size reflected their name and the Dragons prepared for an aerial bombardment. Yet, it was the Blues who took the lead from a 39-yard screamer that deserves a MOTD goal of the month. The two teams then battled the conditions, as much as each other, until the final whistle. 

The Old Dragonians narrowly lost 0-1 to Hounslow Wolves at home. The Dragons desperately wanted to win this match after the controversy of their last meeting. The game hung in the balance,  with only one goal to separating the sides, but try as they might, the Dragons just could not equalise.

The U16 Girls beat Hampstead 3-0 away. The Dragons started slowly – it took a great save from their keeper to realise they were in a game. They then stepped up the pace and a shot from outside the box looped over the Hampstead’s keeper to make it 1-0 to the Dragons. Two more Dragons goals came in the second half. Hampstead kept going but could not break through a resilient defence.

The U14 Girls drew 0-0 at home to Vicky Park Rangers. This was a great performance from the Dragons who looked disciplined and well-trained. Their defence stayed tight, attacking moves were well drilled and the passing effective. The Dragons created opportunities to score but were unfortunate not to find the back of the net.

The U13 Girls just lost to Most Wanted Elite at home. Out on the open fields of Wormwood Scrubs, the Dragons girls showed great mental fortitude to climb out of their trackies and into match shorts in the icy winds. On two previous occasions the Dragons had beaten Most Wanted but this time they fell short. The post-match hot chocolate was never more well deserved.

The U12 Girls trained.

The U11 Girls were beaten by Ruislip Rangers at home. The opposition proved to be too well-drilled, but the Dragons showed immense fight, putting in some serious challenges until the very end: ‘the muddier the kit, the mightier the Dragon’ so might become their motto. The Dragons also showed they have goals in them as they put two past Ruislip – blocks to build on for the rematch.

The new U11 Boys beat Parkfield 5-2 away. A magnificent, massive first win for the new Dragons squad! Despite a long drive out to face their opponents, the Dragons arrived focused, but only just in time, to put in the most sensational display so far this season. A testament to their coaches’ and management’s  effort.

The U12 Boys were beaten by local rivals Old Actonians away. The first half saw the OAs take the lead thanks to questionable penalty decisions, but the Dragons kept their composure and tried to play their own football. Although kept on their toes from the first to last whistle, the Dragons never lost their determination to turn the match around. The Manager is proud of his team, who “carried themselves with grace in the face of defeat.”

The U13 Boys came back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 at home to Hanwell Town. Playing against a very physical team gave the Dragons a challenge they accepted, but defensive errors meant Hanwell went into half time 2 up, with a huge penalty shout for the Dragons ignored. The second half saw some of the best football the Dragons have produced as they battled to score and then, moments later, to grab the equaliser.

The U14 Boys lost at home to Ickenham. A gutsy defensive performance in the first half, highlighted by their goalie saving a penalty, saw the Dragons hold Ickenham 0:0 at half time. Unfortunately, the teamwork in the first half was undone with two quick Ickenham goals at the start of the second. The score line did not reflect the good progress being made by the Dragons . On to the next match!

The U15 Boys just lost 3-4 at home to unbeaten league leaders, Headstone Manor. The Dragons played with skill and passion, forcing Headstone to near breaking point right up to the final whistle. There was some controversy as to whether a crucial  Headstone goal had gone into the net, rather than through as was generally believed by the Dragons. Playing in a league is a marathon, not a sprint, so there will be many twists and turns to come as the table tightens.

The U16 Boys just fell short to Elite London away. This was a cold contest in Division One of the HYL where the Dragons found the back of the net twice – which would usually earn at least a point – but this time round the Dragons fell short. It is away this weekend to Hanwell Town with a point to prove.

The U18 Boys did not play.

The U10 Boys trained.

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Results W/E 21st November 2021

Last weekend marked the launch of FA Play Safe in support of the National Safeguarding weekend. Please take a moment to look: www.TheFA.com/PlaySafe . Now to the Dragons action:

The Old Dragonians drew 1-1 at home to Inter SFC. In a hard-fought game, where chances were few and far between, a moment of brilliance from a Dragons centre half caused mass celebration. The ODs went a goal down just before half time but started the second half with renewed vigour. Midway through, the Dragons centre half picked up the ball, moved into Inter’s half, and unleashed a thunderbolt from 40 yards out that whistled into Inter’s net. Cue pitch invasion…

The Blues lost 2-4 away to FC Irish of London. A difficult day for the Blues was made harder with no appointed referee and an experienced opposition who used their supporter’s noise to great effect. The game was evenly contested but key moments were won by the Irish which ultimately led to them taking the points. On a positive note, the ODs debutants had excellent games.

The Firsts just lost 2-3 to AVA at home. Regardless, the coach said it was “a top performance from the Dragons ” who played very well with no subs or natural goalkeeper. The Dragons created lots of chances but eventually the short squad proved costly. A game to build on before the Xmas break.

The U16 Girls lost at home to Barnet Nightingales. The game was always going to be tough with both Dragon’s keepers unavailable against a top team. Nevertheless, the Dragons played with pace and tenacity, hitting the woodwork early on. After going one down before half time, the Dragons started the second half with focus and hit the crossbar! But Barnet again found a way through and kept their own clean sheet. The coach is certain the Dragons will win when they next meet.

The U14 Girls had no game.

The U13 Girls lost at home in the Cup to Enfield Town. A tough game for the Dragons against an U14 team, meaning not only older girls but an increased 11-a-side contest. The Dragons did not let this phase them and fought hard to the bitter end in good spirits, persisting in true Dragon fashion. It is back to the League where they sit almost top table.

The U12 Girls beat Ickenham 1-0 at home. An excellent match with Ickenham proving to be a strong, powerful side. The Dragons held their nerve and at HT it remained 0-0 despite many thwarted attempts on Ickenham’s goal. Finally, persistence paid off with a second half goal. The manager reckons it was “one of the best matches so far” for the Dragons who found a piece of magic to win.

The new U11 Girls lost to Hendon away. It must be said that the Hendon girls were huge and resorted to knocking the more skilful Dragons over, almost at will. The Dragons sorely missed those teammates who were absent. It is a sign of the developing maturity of the Dragons that they were disappointed with the result – having experienced the fun of winning last week they did not enjoy being brought back to earth. There is no getting away from the fact that oppositions will always want to win!

The U18 Boys were beaten at home by Headstone Manor. The Dragons scored three times in an enjoyable game against long term rivals. But after being reduced by injury from a full 11 the Dragons couldn’t withstand their rivals who triumphed this time round.

The U16 Boys lost 0-2 to Hanwell Town at home in a tight game. The Dragons faced a well-organised defence and a goal line block by the Dragons right back kept the first half goalless. Possession and shots were evenly split for most of the game, but Hanwell’s attackers were clinical and put two half-chances away. The Dragons were again reminded of the importance of finishing but can be proud of their defensive efforts.

The U15 Boys drew 3-3 away to Ickenham Youth. Going into the match both teams were equal on points and tied second in the league. Despite Ickenham having a few very good players, including their goalie, it was the Dragons who created more scoring chances. Inevitably this led to goals – the Dragons drew ahead to 3-1 and should have then won the match. Unfortunately, a combination of very good play by Ickenham and defensive mistakes led to them clawing back two goals. The home rematch will be interesting.

The U14 Boys lost on the road to Pinnstars. On probably the biggest sloping pitch in the League, the home side took the high ground in the first half and inevitably used the advantage to net twice. Fortunes should have changed when playing downhill in the second half, but hope was soon dispelled when goal number three went in for Pinnstars. The Dragons will relish the rematch on level soil!

The U13 Boys were beaten 1-3 by Wealdstone away. It was a day where the Dragons were simply not on fire going forward. The defence played well, but further up the field the Dragons couldn’t find their usual performance levels. After going into halftime 0-2 down, the second half saw the Dragons get back into the game via a superbly skilful finish to halve Wealstone’s lead. Alas, on another day the Dragons would have comeback in style but many positives are still to be taken.

The U12 Boys drew 2-2 to Brook House at home. Like the Old Ds, the Dragons found themselves behind until the dying moments when they broke BH’s defensive line, and a defender shoved the Dragon attacker over. They were duly awarded a penalty that was kicked, saved, but still bobbled over the line. Rejoice! One point saved.

The new U11 Boys lost at home to Pinnstars. The new squad played well but couldn’t find the magic spark in the final third to match their opponent’s goals. Still, the squad train hard every Saturday and that peak performance level is in sight!

The U10 Boys trained.

Results W/E 14th November 2021

With minds focused back on the League, and the Christmas break looming, the new U11 Girls deserve a special mention as they recorded their first win:

The new U11 Girls beat Alexandra Park 2-0 at home. This match will go down in history as the Dragons first win and first clean sheet. This was really quite an extraordinary result as the Dragons have yet to settle on a goalie, but rather pass the honour around from match to match. There will be tougher oppositions to come but nevertheless this was a great result.

The U12 Girls did not play.

The U13 Girls won 6-2 at home against Actonians. In a thrilling game, the Dragons did the Club proud as they overcame past defeats to come together in full force. Alongside some outstanding saves from the Dragons’ keeper, the League’s top goal scorer increased her claim to be the seasons’ Golden Boot. A fantastic win and a huge team victory.

The U14 Girls trained.

The U16 Girls bounced back in superb style with a 4-1 win against Actonians away. The Dragons pressed straight from kick-off, making it hard for Actonians to settle. Two moments of great individual effort and skill led to a 2-0 lead at half time. The second half was a similar story with the Dragons making life hard for their opponents. The Dragons coach was impressed by their exhibition of sublime passing combined with drive and strength which saw them dominate.

The U18 Boys did not play.

The U16 Boys lost 2-5 away at Forest United. Despite a fantastic start that saw the Dragons net twice, some questionable refereeing and the absence of the Dragon’s regular centre-back duo proved decisive. Forest were level by half-time and applied the pressure after the break. Nonetheless, the Dragons sit comfortably in the League but know there is work to do.

The U15 Boys beat ProFA 3-1 at home, sending them to joint second in the League. The truth is that for a large portion of the match the Dragons fans were frustrated at their team’s seeming inability to score – the goalposts kept moving to block the Dragons shots. Then, disaster struck as ProFA scored and it looked as if the Dragons would lose a match they should win. Finally, all came well, and the Dragons pulled ahead to secure a comfortable win.

The U14 Boys were beaten 0-3 at home by Hanwell Town. A controversial decision for an unfortunate bounce against the shoulder of a Dragons defender in the opening stages saw Hanwell Town take an early lead from a  penalty. The Dragons kept attacking but just could not hit the target.  A frustrating defeat against an organised opposition, despite all the efforts of the improving Dragons.

The U13 Boys beat Brook House 4-2 at home. The Dragons again played some brilliant football and once taking the lead, never let it go. With the Dragons leading 3-1 at halftime Brook House started the second period on top but to no avail as the Dragons held firm. A special mention must be made of the Dragons captain who stood in to replace the keeper.

The U12 Boys lost 0-4 away to Elite Magic. The first half saw the majority of possession and goals go to the home side. The second half was a different story as Dragons retained the ball but missed several chances to score – not due to lack of determination. Valuable lessons learned for the future.

The U11 Boys lost away to London Athletic in a tough contest. After a high-quality training session the day before, this wasn’t the result the squad deserved. Nevertheless, the Dragons will learn from the experience and focus on the positives. Back at home for this Sunday’s game.

The U10 Boys trained.

The Firsts were beaten at home to Larkspur Rovers. The Dragons played good football but suffered at the set piece, conceding 3 goals from corner kicks. From there, a valiant attempt to get back into the game was launched but the chances just could not be converted.

The Blues lost 3-6 to Goan United away in a thriller. Two teams sitting next to each other in the table was bound to produce a memorable encounter. Goals galore but the Blues just couldn’t find the back of the net as much as their opposition – but solace can be taken that goals are still being scored! On the road again this weekend.

The Old Dragonians just lost 1-2 away to Hounslow Wolves. A game, in the end, decided on penalty decisions. After going 1 down in the opening minutes, the Old Ds were awarded a penalty for a blatant handball which was calmly slotted home. The Dragons should have been awarded a second 5 mins later, but the ref waved play on. Then, in the dying embers, a cunning Wolves attacker dragged his trailing leg over the Dragons defender and went down in the box. Despite the keeper’s best attempt, the penalty was converted to seal the match for the Wolves.

Results W/E 7th November 2021

The start of November saw a spate of Cup ties, with Dragons triumphs and near misses aplenty:

The U11 Boys just lost 3-4 to Wealdstone at home, as the young squad learnt the value of ‘park the bus’. The Dragons were winning 3-0 for much of the game before Wealdstone found the magic to score 4 goals in quick succession. A shock result but the Dragons will learn from the heartbreak and come back stronger.

The U12 Boys demolished Ickenham, winning 11-0 away. The Dragons led early and were 4-0 up by the break. One would think a more solid Ickenham would return after their half time oranges, but our young Dragons broke their first half record, putting away another 6 in the second. Another well-deserved win and through to the next round.

The U13 Boys just lost 4-5 to Northwood at home in a very tough, Middlesex Cup match. The Dragons were mostly on top only for Northwood to be 3-1 up at the break. After conceding soon after the restart, the comeback was on as the Dragons never, ever give up. True to this tenet, the score was 4-4 with a minute to go. Alas, Northwood got the killer blow. The Dragons had nearly pulled off a legendary escape and can be proud of their efforts.

The U14 Boys soundly beat Barnet Azzuri 6-0 at home in the Middlesex Cup. A late 2pm start meant the U14s were raring to go by kick-off. An early goal set the tone for the Dragons as they went in at half time 2-0 up. The second half saw more Dragons goals, against a depleted Barnet, with all six goals from six different players. On to the next round!

The U15 Boys just lost away 3-4 against Hillingdon Abbots. This was a frustrating match with the Dragons not quite themselves, and possibly trying too many long-range shots, rather than working to get nearer the goal. The Dragons still could have won but for superb Abbots goalkeeping and a rather cruel offsite decision to thwart a vital goal. The home leg will be an interesting affair and one that an objective observer would judge the Dragons should win.

The U16 Boys were beaten 2-3 at home in the Middlesex Cup by Ashford Town. The Dragons were the better side in the first 30 minutes but failed to capitalise on multiple opportunities. After a few defensive mistakes the Dragons were 0-2 down but then fought back to level the score with 15 minutes remaining. But it was not to be as Ashford Town fired a free kick to deliver them the victory. Coach’s lesson for the week: When you are the better side for that long, the scoreboard must reflect this”.

The U18 Boys did not play.

The U10 Boys trained.

The U16 Girls were beaten away at Enfield Town in their toughest fixture of the season. Starting strong, the Dragons gave last year’s Division 1 and County Cup champions a scare missing a few early chances. Yet, a very technical Enfield side passed well and went into halftime 2-0 up. The Dragons couldn’t handle the pace of the game in the second as Enfield went through the gears. It was a good test for the Dragons and the girls now know what they need to work on to be a top-level team. Heads are high for Actonians next week.

The U14 Girls were just beaten 4-5 away by Ruislip Rangers. Despite not winning the Dragons put in a fantastic performance, playing with determination and team spirit. The Dragons started the second half 0-4 down and proceeded to dominate the Rangers half for the majority of the match. A thrilling game to watch.

The U13 Girls won 3-2 away against Most Wanted FC in a gripping game. The Dragons were in great shape regardless of the “totally biased referee who flouted the rules to get the opposition the win” – witnesses available by request. However, the Dragons dominated to make the Club proud, showing maturity and heart.

The U12 Girls looked to overwhelm their local rivals, but were eventually beaten 3-5 at home to Actonians. The Dragons came out firing on all cylinders to be 3-1 up at half-time. Although buoyant, it transpired to be a game of two halves as the wheels came off the Dragons wagon in the second half. Without their usual goalkeeper, the Dragons defence was overcome as their opponents took the lead. Nevertheless, the Dragons can take huge pluses from their first half efforts.

The U11 Girls just lost to Broomwood Swans away, despite scoring their first ever competitive goals. Broomwood had overwhelmed the Dragons at their first encounter, but this rematch was an entirely different affair. Play oscillated between ends, with the Swans pulling ahead, before the Dragons scored their first goal – a tentative, almost apologetic shot that rolled over the line. The Dragons were delightedly shocked as they realised scoring was allowed. Within minutes the Dragons charged up the pitch again to thunder in another goal – they had developed a taste for it but alas the final whistle blew to save the Swans their blushes.

The Firsts lost away to NW London despite a tight first half. It was equal up to the break with both teams scoring, but as the game drew on the Dragons defence broke down too often to stage a heroic comeback. Yet the chances created point to a silver lining as these Dragons work on finding the back of the net.

The Blues were close to forcing extra time in a division Cup tie, but were beaten 2-3 by Hammersmith at home. The Blues’ fate was out of their hands in the Eddy Mee Challenge Cup as the ref gave Hammersmith a late contested penalty. Hammersmith did not waste the opportunity. It is now back to focusing on the League.

The Old Dragonians lost 0-2 at home to Seshfield. For the second game running the Old Ds were to rue not taking their chances, failing to convert three gilt-edged chances in the first 20mins. Seshfield gradually grew into the game and took their limited attempts either side of the half to take the points.

Results W/E 31st October 2021

On a traditionally spooky weekend, there were few scares for the Dragons:

The U16 Boys beat local rivals Old Actonians 2-0 at home. Wind and rain made for a first half of little excitement, but the Dragons domination eventually became too much for OA’s defence. A beautiful ball into the box, and a deft touch, led to the first strike of the game. The Dragons winger went on to add an assurance goal with a wonderful edge-of-the-box shot. Not much drama but another 3 points.

The U15 Boys beat Bessingby Park Rangers 6-1 at home. The Dragons were superb. There was always the potential for the less hardy players to take one look at the torrential early rain and stay tucked up in bed. Any doubts were soon swept away by a full turn out from both sides as the match started in driving rain and wind. The Dragons were the better team and, but for the invention of crossbars, would have scored another 3 goals. Both sides were rewarded by the sun eventually coming out as the Dragons basked in another win.

The U14 Boys just lost at home to Celtic 2-3. In a tight game on a blustery day the result doesn’t reflect the hard work these Dragons are putting in week after week. They will rebound even more determined to put more points on the board.

The U13 Boys scored goals galore, thumping Titans 11-3 at home. A great performance from the entire squad. The Dragons played excellent football, and it was only the offside rule that prevented an even larger tally. Two players scored hattricks to end the month on a high.

The U12 Boys won 4-3 away at Celtic. The Dragons had to play hard after a few players withdrew on the day due to illnesses. There were plenty of sharp intakes of breath in both halves, where the game could have gone either way. Nevertheless, the Dragons dug deep to keep the home side at bay to secure a well-deserved win.

The U11 Boys away match versus Old Actonians was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The U18 Boys did not play

 The U10 Boys trained.

The Firsts were beaten by top of the league side Clapton. Dragons played well but individual errors crept proved costly. The game was very equal and very physical but tipped the opponents way in the moments that mattered.

The Blues triumphed away at Bessingby Park Rangers, winning 3-2. This was a tremendous performance by the Dragons who showed huge character and resilience to win, despite having only ten players against the more customary eleven. The morale in the Dragons camp is high and their camaraderie personifies what it means to be a Dragon. The coach is proud of the team spirit which is turning fixtures into results.

The Old Dragonians were beaten 0-1 away by Heston Celtic. Football sometimes does not give you what you deserve. The Dragons arrived at Heston Celtic with the ref about to cancel the game due to surface water – but with the rain clearing the fixture went ahead. An even first half finished level, but the Dragons were caught cold from the restart as a deflected shot found its way into the goal. A determined Dragons then played their best football of the season dominating the second half as the Heston woodwork was hit, shots flew narrowly wide, and the keeper routed in the mud. Somehow, they could not get the equaliser. As Heston’s keeper said “you should never have lost that game.” Still, the forecast looks bright.

The U11 Girls trained and then played a match against the U12 Girls. Next weekend they play Broomwood Swans where there will be ample room for improvement

 The U12 Girls trained with no fixture having been set over half term

 The U13 Girls played the U14 Girls in a spirited but good humoured match

 The U16 Girls trained

Results W/E 24th October 2021

A good weekend out on the playing fields with the Seniors finding their stride:

The Firsts drew 2-2 at home to Wilberforce Wanderers. So close to taking all three points, the Dragons played excellently and controlled the fixture. At 83 mins the Dragons were 2-1 up but were the makers of their own demise as a mistake led to a Wanderers goal. Still, their opponents only managed 2 shots throughout the entire game. The Dragons showed they can dominate possession and contain teams. A good day’s work.

The Blues held onto a rewarding 2-1 victory away at London Titans. After their disappointing defeat last week, it was important to bounce back immediately. Despite starting a player short, the Blues looked comfortable and created several good chances, only to concede from 30 yards. However, unlike last week, the Dragons rallied and with their full complement of players continued to dominate and to be rewarded with 2 goals. The Titans bombarded the Dragons penalty area but they held firm and saw out the game.

The Old Dragonians won 2-1 at home in a hard-fought Divisional Cup tie against West London Vets. The Old Dragonians are in the last 8! Moments of pure magic put the Dragons ahead after a Beckham-esque freekick and a clinical counterattack. The Dragons then had to dig deep and defend against an experienced side, soaking up pressure right until the final whistle. A deserved victory for the Dragons. Bring on the quarter finals.

The U18 Boys lost away to Harrow Club. Playing away can be a trial and so it proved.

The U16 Boys couldn’t convert their chances and lost 1-4 away to Brunswick. The Dragons went into halftime 0-2 down after some unusually poor defending, despite creating several attempts on goal. With only one sub, there weren’t enough fresh legs for the second half to reinvigorate the squad. The Dragons know their opponents were good but not a better side, and will take to the training ground this week with that in mind.

The U15 Boys drew 2-2 with Acton Ealing Whistlers away in a cracker of a match. The Whistlers scored first before the Dragons converted a penalty. The Whistlers then drew ahead but continual pressing by the Dragons led to the equaliser. Excitement briefly flared when two players had a difference of opinion; not conducted in as courteous a manner as one would hope, resulting in both sides being reduced to 10 men. The Dragons finished on top with two successive corners but alas the winning goal would not come.

The U14 Boys had no game.

The U13 Boys lost 1-3 away to St Josephs. The Dragons played good football throughout – a testament to their coaches – but lost concentration momentarily to concede twice. The Dragons then looked to be reeling in their opponents after going behind and took control of the game, until some questionable officiating made the task harder. A good performance to build on.

The U12 Boys had a tough day at home, losing to Super Skills. After a superb turnout to training the day before, the Dragons couldn’t find their rhythm on matchday. Lessons learnt for this young squad who will no doubt find their fire.

The U11 Boys home match was postponed because Wealdstone could not field a team. The Dragons instead organised a match with the U10s and U11s mixed into two reasonably balanced sides.

The U10s played a match with the U11 Boys on the main pitch as a step towards entering them in the League as next season’s U11s.

The U16 Girls had no game, preparing instead for an important League clash this coming weekend.

The U14 Girls had no game.

The U13 Girls had no game.

The U12 Girls away match should be awarded to the Dragons as FC Starz could not field a team. The time was usefully used back at home base with the veteran U12s putting their U11 colleagues through their footballing paces.

The U11 Girls had no match so trained, before playing a spirited game against the Under 12 Girls. The two teams were more evenly balanced than many expected, and event will go down in Dragon’s history with the U11s scoring their first ever goal.

Results W/E 17th October 2021

It was a mixed, grey weekend with our senior Girls’ sides leading the way with huge wins:

The U16 Girls smashed Alexandra Park out of the Cup with a 7-1 win at home. The Dragons started slowly, conceding early before picking up their pace to score a wonderful solo goal. From there on the Dragons looked unstoppable, putting in the tackles and working hard. Alexandra Park created opportunities but the Dragons defence proved too strong. A glorious afternoon and a glorious result.

The U14 Girls had a score to settle with local rivals Actonianswinning 7-2 at home. The first half was the best the Dragons have played this season, even if the score line didn’t reflect their dominance. The 2nd half saw the Dragons start sluggishly, whilst doubling their lead, only to concede a scrappy goal. The Actonians were now breathing down the Dragons collective necks. Cometh the hour cometh the girl, the League’s top scorer discovered her shooting boots and hit 4 unanswered goals to put the Dragons firmly in control. A great result.

The U13 Girls just missed progression in the Cup, by a late goal in extra time, to lose 3-4 to Actonians at home. This was not a match for the faint hearted. The Dragons started well, bagging 2 goals in 20 minutes but were then got caught off-guard as Actonians drew level. A counterattack in the second half made it 2-3 to Actonians with 5 minutes to go, but an inspired substitution sent the crowd wild as the Dragons striker fired the game into extra time. Despite then conceding the Dragons showed great strength of character, immense positive attitude, and true fighting spirit.

The U12 Girls had no game, but rather enjoyed training in the sun.

The U11 Girls had a difficult first fixture away to Broomwood. There was a 100% turnout and the girls remained cheerful, despite the pouring rain and conceding more goals than planned. The Dragons launched numerous attacks but without actually shooting when in front of goal. The great advantage of being beaten in one’s first ever game is that there is room for improvement and that is what this spirited, talented group of Dragons will do.

The U18 Boys did not play.

The U16 Boys drew 1-1 with local rivals Hanwell Town. The Dragons were short of players but mostly controlled possession. Despite dictating the game’s tempo the Dragons only scored once with a few shots rattling the crossbar. The Dragons eventually walked away with a point. The Dragons were pleased to remain undefeated.   

The U15 Boys lost to Enfield in the depths of North London in the Middlesex Cup. The Dragons are a new team so need a few matches to introduce themselves to each other. Cup games have no bearing on the league so it will be interesting to see how they do against AE Whistlers next Sunday. Certainly, the team learnt a lot from the Enfield match and will come back stronger.

The U14 Boys returned to winning ways with a physical 5-3 victory at home against Elite Magic. The first half was evenly matched with Elite tackles taking ‘challenge’ to the extreme. After a controversial clash, the Dragons went down to ten men, but the team rallied and scored two quick goals before half time. The second half saw a frustrated Elite team also reduced to ten men. The Dragons  went on to celebrate their first win of the season – a valiant, hard-fought victory against a tough side.

The U13 Boys drew 3-3 to Pitshanger at home. The Dragons dominated play early on with slick passing but couldn’t find the net in the final third. The game remained tight with each team cancelling out the other’s advantage. A late goal meant the Dragons rescued a point and can be proud of their spirit.

The U12 Boys won a fantastic victory away at Wealdstone in the Middlesex Cup, fighting through normal time to win 2-0 on penalties. After going 0-1 down the Dragons found the back of the net to keep their cup campaign alive. It was then a question of steely nerves to knock out Wealdstone in the penalty shootout.  An excellent result.

The new U11 Boys fought hard to rescue the first half and take the lead in the second, but West Drayton proved too strong in the end. West Drayton scored two quick goals from the off, but the Dragons came back in the last ten minutes to make the score 2-2 at half-time. The Dragons then went on attack to lead! Despite playing well, the Dragons defence was then broken down to concede more than they scored.

The Firsts were beaten away by Stonewall. Despite an impressive performance last week, the Dragons couldn’t replicate their form on the road. It’s still early in the season and our prized senior Dragons will keep working hard to find wins.

The Blues faced a challenging fixture away to one of the League’s top performers. The Dragons were decimated with last minute withdrawals which meant they only had 10 players. Yet, the Dragons played brilliantly for the first 30 minutes and had two very good chances to take the lead but spurned both. As they say, if you don’t take your chances, you will get punished. Whilst the score line looked heavy, the Blues should be proud of their efforts.

The Old Dragonians were bested by the unbeaten Harrow Hive which made this a tough away fixture for the new squad. Nevertheless, the Dragonians are sitting comfortably in the table but know there is work to do in this,  their inaugural season.

The U10 Boys trained.

Results W/E 10th October 2021

A stellar weekend for the Dragons in this early stage of the season. A huge congratulations to our Girls’ teams who all saw victories!

The Firsts drew a goal apiece at home with FC Soma in the PremiershipThe Dragons demonstrated fantastic resilience with no subs but rather relied on excellent game management to grab a vital point after an injury meant finishing with 10 men. FC Soma scored an early opener after a questionable penalty.  The Dragons equalised 10 minutes later and then showed great depth of character until the final whistle. They had 2 clear chances to steal a win but it was not to be. It was refreshing to see last season’s U18 players in the team.

The Blues triumphed against the odds away to get their first win of the season, beating Ruislip 5-3. After last week’s disappointing result, it was important that the Blues showed character. The day did not start well with the Blues goalkeeper pulling out 3 hours before kick-off meaning the centre forward had to don the gloves and a sudden change of formation. Yet, the Blues started on the front foot and took the game to their opponents and found themselves 2 goals to the good at half time. Even after a poor start to the second half, the last 20 minutes saw the Blues demonstrate their technical gifts and a free-flowing passing style. A brilliant late move by a young forward sealed a hard-fought deserved victory – beautiful to watch.

The Old Dragonians just missed an opportunity for a point with a 1-2 loss at home to West Drayton. Despite controlling the majority of the first half, the Dragons conceded from a corner due to a defensive lapse. If it wasn’t for the Dragon’s great goalkeeping it could have worse. It was then an uphill battle. Early in the second half they conceded again as a long ball went through the defence taking it to 0-2. A red card to the West Drayton player swung the momentum back into the Dragons favour. The Dragons upped their tempo to clawed one back through great link up play. However, it was too late for the Dragons to grab a point.

The U18 Boys had a gruelling day in the League’s top flight, but will not be disheartened. Without a complete team and no goalie this was not a result that truly reflects the young Dragon’s abilities. Onwards and upwards.

The U16 Boys thumped Harrow St Marys 10-1After finishing near top of Division 1 last year, Harrow St Mary’s lost most of their squad but stayed in the same division. The result was a comfortable win for the Dragons. New players are fitting in well with the squad and making fantastic contributions. “Good momentum to carry forward”, said the manager.

The U16 Girls soundly beat Limehouse 5-0 at home.. With four goals scored in the first half, the temptation could have been to relax. However, the Dragons kept their focus, scored another and retained a solid clean sheet to extend their unbeaten run.

The U15 Boys impressed with an 8-3 win over local rivals Old Actonians at home. The Dragons had been rescued from oblivion last season with three stalwarts clinging to the footballing raft. This team had never played together before and it showed. They were 3 down within minutes from the start. Rather than take a few games to get accustomed to one another however they decided to play as a team and clawed their way back to 3 -3, then surged ahead to win 8-3. A fantastic achievement.

The U14 Boys just fell short in an away fixture to Wealdstone. Although The Dragons were 0-3 down at half time, the second half saw three goals from the Dragons – two from spectacular free kicks. However, they could not hold off Wealdstone’s barrage. Even the referee said that the result did not accurately reflect the valiant efforts of the Dragons. Heads will be high for next week.

The U14 Girls put away 8 and kept an incredible clean sheet to dispatch Brent at home. The girls were in buoyant mood after their great start to the campaign. The Brent girls had a huge squad, so it was important that the Dragons kept the ball well and made their opponents do the running. After dominating possession, goal number 1 was followed very quickly by goal number 2 and then, like the proverbial London bus, goals 3 and 4 followed shortly before half time and the Dragons equalled their tally in the second half. Whilst there is a lot of hard work that lays ahead, all is well in an extremely happy camp.

The U13 Boys had a friendly, meaning they have a game in hand in the League.

The U13 Girls controlled their fixture, scoring two fantastic goals to beat Broomwood FC 2-1. With consistent possession throughout the entire game and over 8 near chances to put daylight between them and the opponents, these Dragons are in good shape.

The U12 Boys won 4-1 against Harrow United. A comfortable first win of the season propels the Dragons up the table and the squad will build on this success to keeps the goals flowing. A commendable performance.

 The U12 Girls beat Limehouse 3-1 away. The match hung in the balance at half time with each team scoring once. Yet it was the Dragons who came roaring out of the tunnel to score twice in the second half and hold their opponents at bay. A wonderful first 3 points to build upon.

The U11 Boys drew 2-2 at home against Hendon in their first ever match. The Dragons scored first, via a superb looping free kick, only for the gnarled veterans that were Hendon to equalise. The match ebbed and flowed, with both teams desperate to score the winner. Finally, the Dragons clinched it and the massed fans scented victory. Alas, in the dying minutes a kind-hearted Dragon made an untypical pass which was cruelly pounced on by Hendon to rescue a draw. This was a superb effort from all the Dragons who should be proud of such a great performance in their first match.

The U11 Girls had no game.

The U10 Boys trained.

Results W/E 3rd October 2021

Finally the youth teams have joined the Senior teams to get the season on the way:

The Firsts beat Stonewall 3-0 at home in the Premiership League Cup. The Dragons controlled the game from the beginning and there was never a time when they looked as if they could loseThere is a long way to go so one must be careful not to be overexcited but certainly a 3-0 solid win, over an experienced side, is potentially a harbinger of a successful season

The Blues lost to Ickenham away. This was a case of first game Blues – they were out of sorts, wet, cold and not at the races. A lot is expected this season as the team has a great mix of exciting youth and experience.  It’s true to report that the conceded goals were gifts from the Blues and not as a result of great play from the top of the table opposition. As the coach said “There’s always a game next week “so onwards an upwards. 

The Old Dragonians lost 2-5 to Willesden away. The Dragons quickly went down 0-1 early on, from a 30-yard free kick, before levelling from a corner stunningly volleyed in for a goal. Willesden went 3-1 up before the Dragons clawed their way back into the game with a pinpoint free kick to cut open Willesden’s defence. The match was on a knife edge and the Dragons would have  levelled were it not for Willesden’s keeper producing an outstanding close range save. As the Dragons pushed forward looking for the equaliser, Willesden capitalised scoring 2 late goals on the counterattack. The season will be a marathon, not a sprint.

The U18 Boys just lost 3-4 away to ProFA in the Premiership. The Dragons are a talented group who have yet to properly meld together as a team – hardly surprising as this was their first match. Nevertheless they were unlucky to lose

The U16 Boys beat Elite London 4-3 at home. This was not a match for the faint of heart, the Dragons rallied from a 3-2 deficit with 15 minutes to play to win 4-3.   An incredible one touch strike from the Dragons made it 3 – 3 and then a final Dragons goal proved the winner. The Manager said “Plenty to work on but great perseverance to pull out the win”.

The U16 Girls Beat Ashford Town 6-5 at home. The Dragons showed huge spirit to take on Ashford without a recognised keeper. Ashford assumed they would win when they drew ahead 5-4 but the Dragons clawed back to 5-5 and then, almost at the last gasp, thumped in the winning goal. What a performance!

 The U15 Boys won as their opposition could not field a team

The U14 Boys lost 2-5 against Football Samurai at home in their first match. The match started well but the Dragons were caught off-guard early by a speedy, Samurai striker; and then shortly after, a mix up between the Dragons goalie and defence allowed Samurai to strike again. The Dragons fought back with goals from newcomers: the first from a great run and accurate slot into the back of the net; the second – an amazing free kick into the top corner. It was 2:2 going into the second half, against a ten-man opposition, and it should have been only a matter of time before the Dragons won. Alas their shape faltered and,  whether due to fatigue or lack of match experience,  the disciplined Samurai team bypassed the Dragons flagging midfield to cut through and score – more times than they should have

The U14 Girls beat Hearts of Midlothian 4-0 on the Scrubs. There was much excitement at the onset with negotiations failing to unravel which pitch had been allocated for the match,. The Dragons payers however kept focused to control the match and win decisively

The U13 Boys lost 2-4 at home to Brook House. It took the first half for the Dragons to find their footballing feet in their first 11 a side match and so were 1-4 down at the break. The second half was a different affair which the Dragons won 1-0. As the Dragons coach told the press corps: “The boys were brilliant today, despite the result. They gave everything and if we keep playing like we did in the second half we will see the good results following.”

The U13 Girls lost at home 1-4 against Barnet Nightingales. The Dragons held the ball well to gain 4 corners in the first 15 minutes whilst their stand in goalie made some fantastic saves. The Dragons again created goal scoring opportunities but somehow it was Barnet who scored. Great team work from the Dragons

The U12 Girls Lost 0-3 against Barnet Nightingales in their first match. There is a long way to go so all to play for

The U12 Boys lost against London Athletic 0-4 away. The Dragons were missing key players but it was probably more of a matter of getting accustomed to the rigours of playing an a higher league that proved their temporary downfall. They will have no difficulty adjusting in the coming weeks.

The U11 Boys had no match

The U11 Girls had no match

The U10s trained before playing a friendly against the U11 Boys.