Results W/E 14th January 2024

The Firsts just lost 1-2 at Kodak away. The Dragons travelled to their first away match of the new year to find a very poor pitch which the Dragons couldn’t come to terms with and consequently conceded twice. Having finally come to terms with the surface the Dragons played much better in the second half to get themselves back into the game and were unfortunate not to get a share, if not all, of the three points.

The Blues drew 3-3 with Southall Athletic at home. This was a game that the Blues felt that they should have won, but they kept giving away goals after pulling ahead. The Dragons went in front three times and each time Southall pulled one back.

The Old Dragonians lost 1-4 at home to Hillingdon Abbots. The ODs were to rue mistakes in the first half that found them 0- 3 down at half time. Despite dominating the second half the Dragons were not clinical enough in converting some great chances into much needed goals.

The new U11 Boys just lost away 3-4 to Super Skills. It was an emotional roller coaster of a match with Super Skills scoring the first goal of the match early on, then two strong goals from the Dragons brought them into the lead. SS came back with a vengeance to pull back to a 3-3 scoreline to leave the result hanging in the balance. Finally SS scored the winning goal in the final few minutes of the second half. The Dragons played an excellent match regardless, particularly whilst dealing with a ref who seemed slightly confused on the offside rule.

The U12 Boys Red beat Forest United 7-0 at home. This was a dominant display by the Dragons whose strong and composed defence prevented Forest from having even one shot on goal for the entire game – allowing the Dragons’ forwards to run riot and score a hattrick and 2 braces.

The U12 Boys White beat Ruislip Town 4-0 at home. The Dragons dominated possession but were kept at bay largely by an impressive performance from the opposition goalie who made a string of good saves in the first half, keeping the scoreline to a respectable 1- 0l. Three second half goals were the result of the Dragons finding the killer instinct that they had lacked in the first half.

The U13 Boys had no game.

The U14 Boys beat Princess Park 4-1 away. It would be true to say that the Dragons were a bit rusty. The first half saw them 4-0 up but their performance then slipped a bit whilst Princess Park got more into their footballing stride to score a conciliation goal.

The U15 Boys were beaten away at 360 Talent. It was a weekend to forget for the Dragons who had a tough game away from home. They will surely rest, recoup, and be ready to go again.

The U16 Boys lost away at Foxes. The Dragons had reduced numbers but valiantly decided to press on and play the game. The Dragons ran their legs off and, if matches were decided on attitude alone, they would have won. The Foxes coaches expressed their admiration for the Dragons spirit.   

The U17 Boys lost decisively to Hillingdon Abbots at home.  The Abbots are a good side but so are the Dragons. For periods the Dragons matched the Abbots but football is a competitive activity – once a side wilts opponents have a nasty habit of capitalising by scoring which leads to more wilting! An underlying problem was that there had been too long a break since the last Dragons match. There is too much talent in the Dragons side to let this result define the season – the Dragons will get back to their best.

The U18 Boys drew 2-2 with Hillingdon Abbots away. This was the one that got away. A below par first half performance, a debatable penalty and a late start saw the Dragons trail 1-2 at half time. The second half saw the Dragons totally dominate, miss numerous chances after equalising and finally miss a crucial penalty. It was said they snatched a draw from the jaws of victory.

The U10 Boys trained.

The new U11 Girls drew 2-2 with Enfield Town away. A great performance from the Dragons who were winning 1 – 0 for most of the match. The referee then added an extra 10 minutes and awarded two penalties to Enfield that they slotted away. Remarkably, the Dragons dug deep and came back with 1 minute remaining to equalise and save a point.

The U14 Girls lost 0-4 at home to Watford Ladies in the Cup. It was a brave performance from the Dragons who did not let the occasion stop them from trying to play out their own game plan.

The U13 Girl, U15 Girls and U16 Girls had no games.