On a traditionally spooky weekend, there were few scares for the Dragons:
The U16 Boys beat local rivals Old Actonians 2-0 at home. Wind and rain made for a first half of little excitement, but the Dragons domination eventually became too much for OA’s defence. A beautiful ball into the box, and a deft touch, led to the first strike of the game. The Dragons winger went on to add an assurance goal with a wonderful edge-of-the-box shot. Not much drama but another 3 points.
The U15 Boys beat Bessingby Park Rangers 6-1 at home. The Dragons were superb. There was always the potential for the less hardy players to take one look at the torrential early rain and stay tucked up in bed. Any doubts were soon swept away by a full turn out from both sides as the match started in driving rain and wind. The Dragons were the better team and, but for the invention of crossbars, would have scored another 3 goals. Both sides were rewarded by the sun eventually coming out as the Dragons basked in another win.
The U14 Boys just lost at home to Celtic 2-3. In a tight game on a blustery day the result doesn’t reflect the hard work these Dragons are putting in week after week. They will rebound even more determined to put more points on the board.
The U13 Boys scored goals galore, thumping Titans 11-3 at home. A great performance from the entire squad. The Dragons played excellent football, and it was only the offside rule that prevented an even larger tally. Two players scored hattricks to end the month on a high.
The U12 Boys won 4-3 away at Celtic. The Dragons had to play hard after a few players withdrew on the day due to illnesses. There were plenty of sharp intakes of breath in both halves, where the game could have gone either way. Nevertheless, the Dragons dug deep to keep the home side at bay to secure a well-deserved win.
The U11 Boys away match versus Old Actonians was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The U18 Boys did not play
The U10 Boys trained.
The Firsts were beaten by top of the league side Clapton. Dragons played well but individual errors crept proved costly. The game was very equal and very physical but tipped the opponents way in the moments that mattered.
The Blues triumphed away at Bessingby Park Rangers, winning 3-2. This was a tremendous performance by the Dragons who showed huge character and resilience to win, despite having only ten players against the more customary eleven. The morale in the Dragons camp is high and their camaraderie personifies what it means to be a Dragon. The coach is proud of the team spirit which is turning fixtures into results.
The Old Dragonians were beaten 0-1 away by Heston Celtic. Football sometimes does not give you what you deserve. The Dragons arrived at Heston Celtic with the ref about to cancel the game due to surface water – but with the rain clearing the fixture went ahead. An even first half finished level, but the Dragons were caught cold from the restart as a deflected shot found its way into the goal. A determined Dragons then played their best football of the season dominating the second half as the Heston woodwork was hit, shots flew narrowly wide, and the keeper routed in the mud. Somehow, they could not get the equaliser. As Heston’s keeper said “you should never have lost that game.” Still, the forecast looks bright.
The U11 Girls trained and then played a match against the U12 Girls. Next weekend they play Broomwood Swans where there will be ample room for improvement
The U12 Girls trained with no fixture having been set over half term
The U13 Girls played the U14 Girls in a spirited but good humoured match
The U16 Girls trained