There is still room for improvement, but the stars are in the ascendant:
The Firsts just lost 1-2 away to Hillingdon. The Dragons fell back to 0-2 down but then pulled one goal back but could not score another vital goal
The Reserves beat Parkfield 3-1 at home in the Middlesex Junior Cup. This was a slow start for the Dragons as they went one goal behind in the first 10 minutes, but they picked up slowly to finish the first half 1-1. The second half was entirely a different matter as the Dragons were much better organised, confident on the ball as they kept position controlling the game to create chances. Their second goal came from a nice build up and great finish from the Club veteran which was followed with a classy combination midfield-attack ending in beautiful finish.
The U12s beat Princess Park 3-2 away in a cracker of a match. The Dragons started somewhat out of sorts and slipped to 0-2 down with their fans fearing a repeat of the previous week. The Dragons are however quick learners and, to Princess Parks’ ill-disciplined dismay, turned the footballing tide to draw level before scoring the well-earned winner. A great result.
The U13s lost at home 3-7 to Kodak. Having had a difficult opening match, the Dragons made their return to St Marks Park on the brilliant new pitch! They started well, passing from back to front but surprisingly the first goal came from Kodak. The Dragons equalised but, just before half time, Kodak regained the lead. The Dragons came back out roaring to take back the lead but then the curse from last week returned to Kodak’s advantage. This was however a definite improvement on last week and the score does not reflect most of the match. A Dragons win is not far away.
The U14 Girls lost away to Broomwood Vixens. This was the Dragons first match and, with a few absences, they knew a difficult morning lay ahead. Rather than postpone, the brave Dragons fielded 7 players against Broomwood’s 9, with the opposition manager intimating that they would reduce their numbers to make it an enjoyable contest. In the event the mean spirited Broomwood played the whole 70 minutes with their full complement of players in a desperate effort to win at all costs which not surprisingly they did
The U14 Boys decisively beat Old Actonians 5-1 at home. The Dragons have matured since their early days as diminutive U11s. With a full squad in peak condition the Dragons controlled the match from start to finish and then rounded off the afternoon by warming down in precise unison, as they sprinted, jogged and exercised, whilst the defeated OAs trooped politely off.
The U16s drew 2-2 away with Hanwell Town. The Dragons showed true sporting spirit by not claiming 3 default points when the chronologically challenged Hanwell turned up 2 hours late. The Dragons were 1-2 down going into the last 10 mins but they kept their heads and spirits up to score the goal they so truly deserved. The Dragons could have scored more but it was one of those weeks when they faltered at the final hurdle up front. Gaining a point, when they could have claimed 3 default points, may sound like a bad deal, but the Dragons never shirk from a contest.
The U17 Reds beat Hendon 4-1 at home. The game started at a fast pace despite the heavy rain and it was scoreless at the break. An unlucky bounce then gave Hendon a short-lived lead. The Dragons kept their focus and equalised from a lovely ball from the left before a second came after Hendon’s keeper made a bad error. An incredible save kept the Dragons ahead before their substitute came on to add two more
The U17 Whites just lost 2 – 3 to West Drayton at home. The fixture list threw up a tough first game for the Dragons, against the reigning Premier League Champions. The Dragons gave their table-topping visitors a real scare by equalling them in every department. After restoring parity at 1-1 West Drayton took the lead with a freak goal only for the Dragons to hit back following the best move of the match. Going down to a last-minute goal was a cruel blow for the Dragons but they can take heart from more than holding their own with the best in the league for 89 minutes.
The U11 and U12 Girls Teams and the Boys U11s have yet to start their season.