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Back on the Field the Dragons had a mixed week:
The Firsts beat 4-1 Cricklewood Wanderers at home. The match was not without its controversies but there was no doubt that the Dragons were the better footballing team.
The Blues just lost 4-5 away to LNER. The Dragons took an early lead, looking comfortable on the ball. At half-time it was 3 -1 to the Dragons. LNER came out in the second half with more determination and made some bad challenges resulting in the match becoming rather scrappy. With ten minutes to go, with the Dragons leading 4-3, their captain was sinbinned for 10 minutes. Understandably this affected the game and the Dragons rather cruelly lost 4-5.
The U18s beat Forest United 2-1 away. After a strong win last week the Dragons came up against good opposition who played 11 men behind the ball, making it hard to break them down. The Dragons lost a forward after 5 minutes who had to go to hospital for stitches. Despite all the Dragons took a quick 2-0 lead before conceding just before the break, from a long looping shot. The Dragons then saw the game out and were not threatened for the most part. A very different win to last week, but a good 3 points against resolute opposition.
The U17s lost 0-2 against old rivals Hanwell Town at home in their first competitive match since February. With some new players and coach the Dragons needed some recalibration as they succumbed 0-2 in a match that saw neither side decisively gain the upper hand. Some excellent new players will provide much needed Dragons firepower for the months ahead.
The U15 Boys drew 2-2 away against Hillingdon, with fitness being the determining factor. The first half was an excellent exhibition of ball control by the Dragons as they put Hillingdon under constant pressure. Deft skill by the Dragons number 10 left Hillingdon’s goalie flailing helplessly as they took a 2 – 0 lead into halftime. Alas the Dragons conceded two weak goals in the second half as their first half dominance could not be maintained. The Dragons know they were the better team but were still left with the draw.
The U15s Girls had no match
The U14s lost at home to Ickenham. The Dragons are regrouping
The U13 Boys lost at home to Elite Magic
The U13 Girls lost 3-5 to Barnet Nightingales away. The Dragons started well but could capitalise on their early chances. A defensive error led to Barnet scoring first before the Dragons soon equalised but another error allowed Barnet to take the lead again. At halftime it was 1-3 to Barnet and then 2-3 as the Dragons scored before Barnet again pulled ahead to increase their lead. The Dragons scored again and then almost drew level but alas the shot hit the bar. Dragons continued to push for the point but were caught out in the dying minutes to end the game with a 3-5 defeat.
The U12 Boys beat Parkfield away 3-1. This was a tremendous performance from the Dragons who were the first to score. As the Dragons became sluggish Parkfield drew level before the Dragons pulled ahead to a secure win.
The U12 Girls got off to a flying start in their first home match this season, beating Hanwell Town Youth 7-1. The Dragons took the lead in the first ten minutes, with Hanwell equalising shortly after. The Dragons were unstoppable, getting a further three goals before half time, and hammering in another three in the second half. The Dragons played some fantastic football, working hard as a team and communicating well to create some great opportunities, setting up goals and digging deep when Hanwell threatened to come back in the second half.
The U11 Boys lost their first ever match away against the seasoned Wealdstone. The Dragons played well in fits and starts in the first half but never looked like scoring. The second half was a different affair with the Dragons crowding into Wealdstone’s area but without actually scoring, despite some tremendous opportunities. The Dragons are fast learners.
The U11 Girls lost at home to Islington Borough in their first ever match. There is much to learn but positive signs are there.
The U10s trained as they begin their path to being entered into the league