Results W/E 12th November 2023

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Results w/e 12 November 2023

With rain and cold creeping in at every juncture Dragons everywhere battled through the potential despondency of a dismal November as our First Team provided just the lift we needed with a resounding win:

The Firsts resoundingly beat Jolof Sports 9-0 at home. Jolof had high expectations, having beaten the League leader’s the previous weekend.  The Jolof squad was smaller than they would have ideally liked but their confidence was high as they controlled the ball from the startGradually however the Dragons wore them down and then a couple of quick goals sealed their fate as they wobbled in front of the Dragons onslaught. An excellent performance.

The Blues had no game.

The Old Dragonians beat London Samurai 6-2 away. Back-to-back wins for the Old Ds and back-to-back hat tricks for their forward, but this was a team performance from back to front as the Dragons stifled the Samurai with their press and capitalised on turnovers.

The U11 Girls lost 2-6 to Hinton and Finchley Revolution away. A game of four quarters in which the Dragons won the first 2-0. The strong start and goals demonstrated the progress these young Dragons have made in the short time they have been together as a team.

The U13 Girls beat Ealing Trailfinders 2-1 away. Finally, a result the Dragons were working so hard to find! A hard-fought but crucial victory for the Dragons on the road that will ignite their hearts and boots alike.

The U14 Girls just lost 2-3 at home to Barnet Nightingales. The game was won and lost in the midfield. The Dragons clawed back from 0-2 down to then have the game pulled from their grasp in the closing minutes. Football is a cruel game but that is why it is so absorbing!

The U15 Girls were awarded an automatic home win in the Cup to Barnet Panthers who could not raise a team.

The U16 Girls beat Wealdstone 1-0 at home. A very physical and technical game that saw the Dragons battling relentlessly to secure the 3 points and keeping a clean sheet.

The U18 Girls did not play.

The New U11 Boys just lost 0-1 to Inv3ntive at home. This again was a very close match where the Dragons competed throughout but just could not score those vital goals.  

The U12 Boys Red lost 0-1 at home to Brook House. A show of real heart from the Dragons, facing the League leaders who have conceded just one goal all season. The Dragons dominated most of the game but had 3 shots cleared off the line. A disappointing result but an incredibly positive performance.

The U12 Boys White beat LLJ Frontiers 3-0 at home. The Frontiers were well organised and had most of the possession in the first half. The Dragons defended well and found the breakthrough in the second half, which turned the tide in their favour to finish on top with an ultimately dominant display.

The U13 Boys beat Pinnstars 4-3 away. A tough game for the Dragons that they managed to win. It is a testament to the squad and coaching team that in difficult conditions they still found the best result, marred only by Pinnstars’ behaviour which fell short of the ideal.

The U14 Boys were beaten away at Hanwell Town. The Dragons played well in the first half to leave it 0-0. Hanwell however had a couple of big, fast capable forwards who they deployed well in the second half. The Dragons failed to handle these attacks which led to lapses of confidence which only exacerbated matters. It takes  only seconds to score so momentary wobbles have consequences. Paradoxically, the Dragons attacked more than they defended but they were frustrated by the strong Hanwell defence, supported by their superb goalie.

The U15 Boys lost to Forest United away. The Dragons had a tough match against one of the league’s top scoring teams. The combination of an early kick off and a waterlogged pitch really didn’t help the Dragons cause as Forest Utd, familiar with the conditions, took the three points.

The U16 Boys lost away at Wealdstone. Wealdstone are 1 of 3 teams in the division who haven’t yet lost a match – the Dragons knew it would be tough but started well and looked the better team. However, the Dragons couldn’t finish their early chances and as Wealdstone found the pace of the game and started to score, the Dragons’ heads went down. On a positive note, the U16 Boys are at home next week after 3 weeks on the road.

The U17 Boys had no match.

The U18 Boys narrowly lost 2-3 at home to Norsemen in the Middlesex FA Cup. You don’t always get what you deserve. The Dragons started the game without a full complement and to compound matters had players out of position; a goal incorrectly ruled offside before losing their keeper shortly after half time with concussion. Despite all however this was the Dragons’ best performance of the season with every player contributing positively.

The U10 Boys trained.