This was rather a wet weekend as we wade through to the Christmas break:
The Firsts and the Blues League games to Hayes and Hillingdon and London Europeans respectively were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
The Old Dragonians lost to CB Hounslow away. The Dragons were good in the first half and were very much in the game being only 1 nil down. Again, the Old Ds were superb for the opening 25 mins of the second half and should have been ahead. However, the Dragons paid the price of not converting their chances and losing concentration which resulted in conceding a number of sloppy goals in the final 20 minutes. Overall a good display for most of the game.
The U17 Boys beat Pitshanger Red 7-1 away. The Dragons played below par in the first half whilst Pitshanger played a bit above, resulting in a closely fought first period. The second half was altogether a different affair as the Dragons capitalised on their superior flair, speed, and tactical awareness. Pitshanger are a pleasant side but were just not up to the Dragons standard.
The U14 Boys will be awarded three points as Hanwell Town White could not raise a team.
The U13 Boys beat Wealdstone 7-4 away. A remarkable game from the Dragons who had lost at home against the very same side. The result shows the Dragons’ willingness to win and prove themselves against a Wealdstone that at one time got the better of them in their own backyard.
The U12 Boys Red beat London Eagles 5-1 away. A calm and composed defence gave the Dragons the foundation to dominate the opposition and rack up the goal tally with top-class goals. The Manager credited the Dragons’ Coach for his vision in deploying a slightly altered line up that worked fantastically – a tactical masterpiece.
The U12 Boys White beat the previously undefeated Bessingby Park Rangers 2-1 away. Lo and behold, with solid defending and clinical finishing, coupled with great commitment from the whole team, the Dragons inflicted the first defeat on Bessingby Park to the away fans’ uproar.
The U11 Boys lost 2-4 away to Chiswick FFF in an interesting match. Most referees find a whistle a useful accessory when officiating – apparently not in Chiswick. The Dragons have an interesting approach to penalties – the taker is decided at the preceding training session. This week the anointed Dragon was given three opportunities – he duly missed the first two. Dragons everywhere could see how nervous he was walking up to take his third – he would have happily stood aside. It showed great character to go through with it and great team spirit for urging him on. In the event his shot was magnificent and no goalie could have saved it.
The U18 Boys home game to Brazil Development was postponed due to an unplayable pitch
The U15 Boys home game with The Eight was also postponed due to unplayable pitch
The U16 Boys had no game.
The U14 Girls game to Islington away and the U13 Girls home game to Denham United were both postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
The U11 Girls, U15 Girls, U16 Girls and U18 Girls had no games.