The Firsts drew 3-3 to Larkspur away. This much a better performance from the Dragons – despite having their first choice goalie off through injury.
The Blues narrowly lost 1-3 to Bessingby Park Rangers at home. The Blues played well in the first half and went in at halftime satisfied with a 0-0 scoreline but with high hopes for the next 45 minutes. It looked promising when the Dragons went 1-0 up but in the end they lost focus.
The Old Dragonians were beaten 1-4 at home to their nemesis CB Hounslow. Where is VAR when you need it! Two controversial decisions changed the nature of this contest to the Old Ds detriment. The first happened in the opening minutes as a shot from CBH was cleared off the line, however the ref had other ideas. This rocked the Old Ds who conceded two further goals before settling into the game. Despite pulling one back, the second incident occurred as the Old Ds were denied a penalty. A game where both the team and the ref could have done better.
The U18 Girls had no game.
The U16 Girls drew 0-0 to Islington Borough away. The Dragons had many chances but couldn’t find the back of the net. This was a good balanced game with great displays of sportsmanship from both sides.
The U15 Girls had no game.
The U14 Girls beat Actonians 3-0 at home. The Dragons were in command for most of the match – with the winning 3 goals coming in quick succession in the first half.
The U13 Girls lost 0-2 to Most Wanted away. Although not the start this strong and exciting young Dragons squad had planned for, they will quickly regroup and develop.
The new U11 Girls just lost 2-3 at home to Brook House. The Dragons played fantastically and a lot of positivity can be taken from this, their first ever, match. The Dragons applied the lessons they had learned in training and kept smiling throughout.
The U18 Boys had no game.
The U17 Boys just lost 2-3 to Pro FA at home. This was the Dragons’ first match this season as their opponents defaulted last weekend. Pro FA in contrast had recorded a 13-0 win last week against Pitshanger and were clearly an in-form team. The match was tight and an unnecessary flare up led to a Dragons player taking a rest from the pitch. In a lesser team, in such a tight match, this could have been terminal but the Dragons remained competitive and indeed scored with 10 players. This is clearly going to be an exciting, competitive league which will suit the Dragons.
The U16 Boys beat Ickenham Youth 10-0 away. The Dragons scored within the first few minutes and the goals kept coming. With their opponents last week pulling out, this was a delayed impeccable start to the season. The Dragons were in great spirits on the train home from Uxbridge.
The U15 Boys drew 2-2 to Challenger Youth at home. The Dragons came straight out of the blocks putting pressure on CY and creating plenty of chances. By halftime, the Dragons were quite rightly 2-0 up. CY then addressed their weaknesses and, with a change of formation pushing four players up front, pushed hard and were rewarded.
The U14 Boys beat London Athletic Green 6-2 at home. This was a tremendous Dragons performance. London Athletic turned up early with a full team and five substitutes in their striking bright red strip. They looked formidable. In contrast the Dragons had a bare eleven players – but what players! The Dragons controlled the match and passed from one capable team mate to another. Some fans feared tiredness would overcome the Dragons as the long second half ticked away but no – they carried on playing well right up to the final whistle.
The U13 Boys were beaten away by Parkfield in the Middlesex Cup. A difficult game for the Dragons early on in the season playing a team in the Premier Division who ultimately served them food for thought.
The U12 Boys Red lost 3-6 away to Titans. A hard-fought game where the Dragons came back to level the match three times and then held the Titans at 3-3 up until the last ten minutes when, down to an early season loss of focus, fitness or a combination of both, the Dragons unfortunately conceded another 3.
The U12 Boys Whites lost at home to Hanwell Town. A great first game for the Dragons who showed great team spirit. Lots of positives can be taken with the Coach eyeful of key areas to work on.
The new U11 Boys just lost at home on the Scrubbs to Chiswick FFF FC. What the “FFF” stands for is any footballer’s guess. This was an extremely good first ever competitive match for the Dragons. There is clearly room for improvement but they are competitive and will quickly learn.