Christchurch Football Club News 2011
Christchurch v Newport IoW
18th December 2011
Newport must be sick and tired of Hurn Bridge this season as this was their third visit and their third defeat but they must be wondering how they left this time with nothing to show for their efforts.

Church had the ideal start in the third minute when after a short corner played by Mark Smith to Marc Fairbrother his cross fell kindly for leading scorer Ben Osborne to swivel and shoot left footed into the net. Shortly after this the visitors had to substitute goalkeepers due to an injury which led to the introduction into the game of an old favourite Gary Streeter.

The remainder of the half saw Newport having plenty of possession but the Church back four were in solid form restricting them to long range shots which were off target but Streeter at the other end was not unduly bothered either.

Kicking down the slope to their favoured end in the second half it was hoped Church would add to their goal tally but the visitors looked the more dangerous and on 65 minutes keeper Kearn was lucky to escape when he overstretched but the ball fell kindly to a home defender who cleared the ball. However Newport were not to be denied and two minutes later a defensive mistake allowed them to draw level when Vale netted from close range.

Almost immediately though Church came close to taking the lead again but Fairbrother was denied by a superb save by the substitute keeper but he was given no chance 3 minutes later when the deciding goal arrived on 74 minutes. The influential Mark Smith won a challenge and played the ball wide to Sam Griffin who was having a Jekyll and Hyde afternoon but this time it was the latter as he beat three opponents and played the ball across the goal to Osborne who had the simple task of putting the ball into the net. Newport pushed forward and twice came close to netting at the end of the game when firstly a header went narrowly wide and then a deflected shot went into the side netting.

A valuable 3 points for Graham Kemp and his men who showed fighting qualities to keep right up there in the championship chase and also maintaining their unbeaten home record and I am sure that the visitors will cause problems to the other sides at the top of the table.

Last Updated: 18th December 2011 - 07:43pm

FA Carlsberg Vase 3rd Round
4th December 2011
The dream of a Wembley appearance for Christchurch disappeared for this season at least on a difficult pitch against opponents with a pedigree in recent seasons in this competition.
The hosts started the better of the two teams but it was Church who had the first effort on goal after 4 minutes when a Mark Smith pass put birthday boy Sam Griffin in the clear on the right hand side of the penalty area and his fierce first time shot was just wide. However disaster struck in the next minute when after a harmless ball into the penalty area a mix up between keeper Stewart Kearn and Jon Grace resulted in the ball running free and a Bitton player walking the ball into an empty net. The home side should have increased their lead on 18 minutes with a free header that went straight to Kearn. Church were fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men on the half hour mark when a late challenge by James Burden resulted in a yellow card when it could have been much worse. The nearest to a goal for Church came on 36 minutes when an intended Grace cross hit the bar but nobody was on hand to take advantage of the rebound. The half time whistle arrived with Church only one goal behind and with the advantage of the slope in their favour for the second half they could be optimistic that the score line could be turned round.
Indeed Church started the second half pushing forward and on 48 minutes the home keeper was forced to save with his feet. However as the visitors went in search of the equaliser they were caught out when a break resulted in a left wing cross being allowed to enter the six yard box and an easy goal from close range. All three substitutes were introduced but despite numerous free kicks and corners the home defence stood solid and once again against the run of play a third goal was scored by Bitton after 77 minutes.
Whilst obviously being disappointed with the result and performance manager Graham Kemp can take heart from the eleven consecutive victories and can now concentrate on the league and the league cup. Finally and this is not sour grapes but I will have great sympathy for any side having to play at Bitton in the next round as it is a great advantage for the home side.

Last Updated: 6th December 2011 - 03:51pm

Christchurch v Horndean
27th November 2011
Christchurch maintained their unbeaten run ahead of their FA Vase trip next week against a Horndean side who flattered to deceive. Two, second half goals in a mad three minutes saw Church deliver another three points in their league campaign.

Goals from Man of the Match Marc Fairbrother in the fourth minute of the first half, after the ball was not cleared properly, and two goals in the second half from Mark Smith, after the goalkeeper let slip his shot from the edge of the area, and a Sam Griffin tap in after a calamitous mix up between defender and goalkeeper let in the Church player for the easiest of goals.

The game was a complete contrast from the earlier season encounter in the FA Vase when Church had a player sent off after four minutes and were chasing the game before a late winner saw them through. This time it was Horndean who had to react from a quick strike and though they battled hard, few chances were created, the best of which could have seen them level just before half time, when the ball was scrambled away at the last minute from the goal line, after this only a long range shot in the second half, tipped over by Kearn, saw them get close to scoring.

Next week sees Church travel to Bitton AFC of the Toolstation Western League, for the FA Carlsberg Vase third round encounter. The club are putting a coach on so if anyone wishes to travel and support the team, please contact Sian Corbin or another member of the committee to check availability, the cost will be admission plus £10 for the coach.

The game promises to be a close encounter as Bitton also won their match this weekend against Odd Down, also by a 3 - 0 score line, which sees them sitting third in their Premier Division. I am sure we can prevail if we carry on playing as we are and maintain the great team spirit that exists this year.

Last Updated: 26th November 2011 - 10:21pm

FA Vase Second Round v Melksham Town
20th November 2011
A Ben Osborne hat-trick eased Church into the third round after over-coming a determined Melksham Town from the Western Toolstation League.

Two goals in the first half and one near to the end of the match finally sealed the win. Melksham always tried to play football but chances were few, however, just as it looked as the tie was petering out a mistake from goalkeeper Kearn gifted them a lifeline; the fight back was short lived as Osborne completed his hat trick after Melksham were caught out as they pushed forward looking for an equaliser.

The third round draw is made on Monday so we await to find out who are next opponents will be. A big thank you to the Melksham supporters for adding to the atmosphere today and being exceptionally well behaved and magnanimous in defeat and also to the Chairman and the committee for their support, we wish them well for the rest of the season.

The featured image is Christchurch number 9 Ben Osborne.

Images from this match are in the Image Gallery.

Last Updated: 20th November 2011 - 04:08pm

Christchurch v Newport IOW
16th November 2011
The first half of this Russell Cotes Cup match was a mixed bag from both teams. Twenty minutes of superb football and twenty five minutes of chasing the ball. The second half saw a return to form for both teams with good long play pressuring the backs. The 1-0 win for Christchurch was the result we wanted but you were left feeling that there could have been more.

The featured image from this match is 'Man of the Match' Colin Dand with Club Chairman Mark Duffy.

Images from this match are in the image gallery and a full match report is on-line.

Last Updated: 19th November 2011 - 12:27pm

Christchurch v Warminster Town
9th November 2011
A damp evening did not dampen the desire to win of either side. The first half goal for Christchurch was enough to carry the match despite good attempts by both teams for more.

The featured image is the 'Man of the Match' Dan Thompson with Club Chairman Mark Duffy.

Images from this match are in the image gallery.

Last Updated: 10th November 2011 - 10:07pm

CFC v Hamworthy Town
6th November 2011
Another superb result for the team reinforcing our strong position in the League.

The featured images is Man of the Match Callum Burt with Club President Joss Jenkins.

Further images form this match are in the gallery.

Last Updated: 5th November 2011 - 06:38pm

Christchurch v Totton and Eling
2nd November 2011

A rewarding match with Totton and Elings strong forward line pushing breaks and challenging the Christchurch defence at every opportunity. The final whistle blew at 3-2 for Christchurch firmly cementing the teams 4th place in the League with matches in hand.

The featured image is Man of the Match James Burden with Club President Joss Jenkins.

Images from the match are in the image gallery.

Last Updated: 3rd November 2011 - 10:31am

Christchurch v Blackfield and Langley
29th October 2011

Ben Osborne opened the scoring and the two evenly matched teams played end to end with Blackfield and Langley looking for the equaliser and Christchurch keen to seal their lead. An equaliser for Blackfield and Langley in the second half left everything to play for.

A sending off for a second yellow left Blackfield with 10 men and the pressure was on to keep the score level. The second sending off for Blackfield following an incident between Christchurch number 7 Mark Smith and Blackfield number 14 was the start of some heated scenes off pitch. With the match resumed and Blackfield and Langley fielding 9 men it was only a matter of time before Christchurch scored. In the last moments of the match Ben Osborne scored the winning goal to give Christchurch the 3 League points.

The featured image is the controversial foul on Mark Smith.

Images from this match are in the image gallery

Last Updated: 3rd November 2011 - 10:32am

Awards for Christchurch
29th October 2011

Manager Graham Kemp receives the award for Club of the Month from Nick Spencer of the Sydenhams Wessex League and Mick Ryan (previous Club Chairman) receives a 25 year award.

Last Updated: 29th October 2011 - 11:13pm

CFC v Cove - Match Cancelled
25th October 2011
The Russell Cotes Cup match against Cove scheduled for the 25th of October has been cancelled.

Last Updated: 24th October 2011 - 08:13am

Christchurch FC Ladies v Shanklin Ladies - FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying
23rd October 2011
The Ladies team put on a fine and spirited display of football against a skilled team of Ladies from Shanklin. The 0-6 result was a fair outcome but probably does not reflect the quality of football played by the Christchurch team. Good opportunities were made by both teams throughout the match and some good keeping by both keepers kept the score roughly in line with a Manchester Derby.

We wish Shanklin Ladies well in their next round and for the rest of the competition.

Images from the match are in the image gallery.

Last Updated: 23rd October 2011 - 06:54pm

Christchurch FC v Bridport
22nd October 2011
FA Vase - 1st Round

Two goals in the second half from Man of the Match, Ben Osborne, secured Church's passage into the second round of the FA Carlsberg Vase against a Bridport team that gave a spirited performance and posed an attacking threat throughout the game.

Despite a bright start from Church that saw the Bridport keeper make a smart save at this near post from Osborne as early as the second minute, it was Bridport that took the lead on the 24th minute when after a fine save from Kearn, the subsequent loose ball was eventually turned into the net at the third attempt, without Church being able to clear their lines.

Another frank half time talk by Kempy seemed to do the trick as Church came blasting out of the blocks and equalised through Osborne, after a fine pass by Burden, threading a left foot shot into the bottom right corner, in only the second minute. Church almost extended the lead in the seventh minute when Osborne brought a fantastic save after his diving header from a free kick. In the end the winner came in the 76th minute, Osborne controlled the ball in the centre of the penalty area and stroked the ball home past the despairing dive of the keeper.

A good game to win and we wish Bridport much success for the rest of the season.

Featured image is Man of the Match Ben Osborne celebrating the first of his two goals.

Images from this match are in the image library.

Last Updated: 23rd October 2011 - 04:06pm

Christchurch v Lymington Town
18th October 2011
After all the pre-match headlines surrounding players and clubs that pay not achieving the results their investment should warrant, two teams finally took to the field to play a football match.

In the end Church finally ran out deserved winners but only after going behind to a poachers goal from Lymington's Puckett and the away side hitting the woodwork twice. It was definitely a game of two halves with Lymington posing more of a threat and taking the lead in the first half and then seemingly sitting back for the majority of the second half until Church equalised with fifteen minutes to go and then finally claiming the winner with only a couple of minutes left on the clock.

The turning point from Church's point of view was the decisive substitution made by Kempy only five minutes into the second half bringing on Joe Kittle to add more firepower in attack and taking off Chris Smith in midfield, it had the desired effect and definitely kept the away defence more pre-occupied. This gave Ben Osborne extra support when going forward and helped the centre forward to bag a brace of goals and move Church up into fourth place ahead of this weekend's FA Carlsberg Vase match against Bridport.

James Burden was Man of the Match and the full report can be found in the match report section of the website.

Featured image is Man of the Match James Burden with Club President Joss Jenkins.

Images from this match are in the image gallery.

Last Updated: 21st October 2011 - 09:18pm

Hampshire Cup Second Round - CFC Under 13's
9th October 2011
Christchurch overcame stiff opposition to progress to the next round beating Winchester 5 - 3 at Chapel Gate.

On paper this was an extremely difficult match as Winchester had overcome last season's beaten finalists in the first round. Christchurch started extremely brightly and were much sharper to the ball and playing a great passing game, the first goal came on seven minutes when Olly Balmer beat the defender to the near post ball and slid a shot between the keeper's legs. A second goal came on 20 minutes when great control and a shot on the turn from Olly Balmer soared into the net over the keeper from 25 yards. Winchester also liked to play the ball on the ground and they got back into the game on 25 minutes with a long range effort of their own. An individual goal from Philip Pollard and another from Olly Balmer to complete his hat trick gave Church a healthy 4 - 1 half time lead.

The second half was a different affair with Winchester determined they were not giving the game up, their play was much slicker and they were the ones now first to the ball and they reduced the lead to 4 - 3 and at this stage it looked likely they could go on to win the match but nerves were finally settled by a Harry Chapman goal four minutes from time.

Some of the football played by the team was awesome and if the team continues to grow and develop, the future will be exciting. The conduct of all the players and coaches and supporters of both teams was a credit to everyone. Great respect from both teams.

Last Updated: 21st October 2011 - 09:26pm

Christchurch Reserves v Wimborne Town Reserves
8th October 2011
Church scored in stoppage time to deny all three points to Wimborne at the end of a fractious match at the Bridge.

Wimborne took the lead early in the second half from the penalty spot and despite constant probing, a good double save from Collins in the Town goal and a Reed header that rolled to safety after it had hit the post, it looked like Church would not get what their play had deserved, however a late far post header ensured that honours remained even.

Full match report to follow

Images from this match are in the Image Gallery.

Last Updated: 21st October 2011 - 09:26pm

Hampshire Intermediate Cup 1st Round
1st October 2011
Christchurch eventually made it through to the second round after an unconvincing performance against Burridge which saw them run out winners after extra time 4 - 3.

Burridge made Church work exceptionally hard throughout the game and it was only in the last five minutes of normal time that Church equalised, at this stage Burridge were tiring noticeably and probably on the balance of the second half an equaliser was deserved, the opponents goalkeeper having made some great saves to keep his team ahead.

In extra time Church scored within 15 seconds of the re-start and then followed this up with a fourth but sloppy defending allowed Burridge to pull one back, however, despite all their efforts an equalising goal could not be found and Church were able to secure their place in the second round.

This was one of those games where the result was what mattered but Burridge can be rightly pleased of their performance.

Images for this match are in the Image Gallery.

Last Updated: 21st October 2011 - 09:26pm

1st October 2011
Congratulations to Graham Kemp and the whole team for winning the Sydenhams Wessex League Club of the Month trophy for September. The team finished the month unbeaten in all competitions and thoroughly deserve this award.

Last Updated: 21st October 2011 - 09:27pm

Laverstock and Ford v Christchurch
27th September 2011
An excellent team performance saw Christchurch extend their impressive winning run with an emphatic 4 - 1 win away to Laverstock and Ford. Goals from Ben Osborne (2), Mark Smith and Sam Griffin ensured that Christchurch kept up the pressure on the leaders Bemerton Heath Harlequins ahead of their top of the table clash with Church at the Bridge this Friday 30th September.
Please come along and support the team.

Match Report to follow.

Last Updated: 21st October 2011 - 09:29pm

FA Carlsberg Vase 2nd Round Qualifying
24th September 2011
Christchurch triumphed in a game that was re-shaped after two minutes following the dismissal of Callum Burt after a tussle with Horndean's number 6. A controversial decision as it appeared that the referee nor linesman actually saw the incident but reacted to the opposition player rolling on the floor holding his face and then promptly getting up laughing after the player was dismissed!!!

Horndean soon took the lead after this when their number 9 followed up his own shot after being saved by Kearn and headed home. This spurred Church into action and they pressed forward, after a penalty appeal was declined by the referee Ben Osborne eventually slotted home a low shot into the bottom right corner. Further pressure saw Church eventually take the lead from a Shaun Brian bullet header from a corner kick.

The second half was a tense and tight affair with Church looking to add to their tally and Horndean looking to get back on level terms, both sides hit the frame of the goal twice and all the Church team were giving 110% for the cause none more so than Man of the Match, Mark Smith who was always looking to break forward but who was also there breaking up play and making a timely challenge.

The whole team played, covered and ran for each other, a giant effort and a great result. Next round is at the Bridge on October 22nd against Bridport

Last Updated: 21st October 2011 - 09:30pm

FA Youth Cup 1st Qualifying Round
22nd September 2011
Christchurch bowed out of the FA Cup to an assured Eastleigh team who were made to work hard by an energetic, determined and skilful Christchurch. Eastleigh scored a goal in each half to put themselves into the next round but Church gave a good account of themselves and always looked like they could get a goal but found the Eastleigh keeper in good form when the opportunity arose.

Ian Proctor's side can be pleased with the way that they matched their more illustrious academy counterparts and the game hinged on two incidents, in the first half a defensive mistake led to the first goal but only after the third attempt and in the second half a wickedly deflected shot left the home keeper with little chance of saving.

A good crowd saw an entertaining game that should give encouragement to all at the Club that we have some younger players who will definitely be part of our football future.

Last Updated: 21st October 2011 - 09:30pm

Christchurch v Alton Town
20th September 2011
Christchurch continued their impressive start to this season with a hard fought win against a useful Alton Town team who will cause problems for many sides this year. The game started in the worst possible way when after a defensive mistake Alton took the lead on three minutes despite a great save from Kearn and a goal line clearance. With the rain lashing down and a swirling wind the conditions were not ideal for playing attractive football and in the first half it was pretty much one way traffic with Alton playing the more cohesive football, though Church did have a penalty awarded for handball but the resultant kick lacked conviction and was easily saved by the opposing keeper.

The second half was a totally different affair with Church doing all the pressing, determined not to relinquish their unbeaten run and they were rewarded on 66 minutes when a Mark Smith shot from the edge of the area found the bottom corner of the goal. This further motivated the team to continue pressing for the winner and it duly came from Man of the Match, James Burden with a low shot from inside the area with ten minutes of the game left.

This was physically and mentally a tough game played in appalling conditions and it was a credit to both teams that they tried to play football on the ground and as far as Christchurch were concerned it delivered the right result.

Last Updated: 21st October 2011 - 09:30pm

Top of the Table Results
17th September 2011
The First Team and the Reserves were both involved in top of the table clashes in their respective leagues and both came out with positive results.

The first team travelled to Hamble and came away with a 2 - 0 win thanks to a stunning strike from Callum Burt and an injury time Joe Kittle penalty against a team that was unbeaten before the start of the day.

The reserves played at home against a strong Gosport Borough side that included several senior players amongst their ranks. Despite going 2 - 0 down in the first half they fought back and got a deserved equaliser through Elliot Richards late in the second half.

Match Reports to follow

Last Updated: 21st October 2011 - 09:31pm

Wyvern Combination Challenge Cup
14th September 2011
Christchurch bowed out of the inaugural Wyvern Combination Cup at the first hurdle after conceding a late winner in extra time to a hard working Petersfield side. Petersfield took the lead on 18 minutes from a 25 yard strike by their centre back Chivers but Church equalised before half time courtesy of an own goal. The second half saw Church create plenty of chances but they were unable to convert and make their pressure tell, Petersfield defended bravely and it was no surprise in the end that the match went to extra time. Church again dominated play without being able to find the goal that would have ended Petersfield's resistance, as it was the away side broke away in the last two minutes of extra time and the number 9 Hughes slotted home what turned out to be the winning goal. Next up for Church is a top of the table clash against Gosport Borough at the Bridge on Saturday 17th September, kick off at 3:00 pm.

Last Updated: 22nd September 2011 - 04:38pm

Hampshire Senior Cup 1st Round CFC v Eversley
13th September 2011
Christchurch came back from 2 - 0 down to secure a place in the next round with an added time winner against an organised and determined Eversley side to run out winners 3- 2. A goal down after 40 seconds by the lively no.9 Rossoni gave Christchurch plenty to think about in this game and despite dominating possession for the rest of the first half they could not make a breakthrough. The second half continued very much like the first with Church pressing but not able to convert their chances and it was very much against the run of play that Eversley scored what looked like decisive second goal, again from Rossoni. It took a penalty converted by Ben Osborne on 79 minutes to turn the tide and five minutes later Church were level. As Eversley started to tire it looked like extra time was looming until Joe Kittle popped up in added time to score the winning goal.

Last Updated: 13th September 2011 - 09:47pm

FA Carlsberg Vase 1st Round Qualifying
10th September 2011
Christchurch emerged victorious against Newport 4 - 1 after goals from Russell Cook (2), Paul Roberts and Callum Burt to set up a 2nd Qualifying Round match against Horndean at the Bridge on the 24th September 2011. The home team went 3 - 0 up before half time and as a spectacle the match became even more difficult for the visitors when they had a player sent off for a second bookable offence also before the break. However, Newport showed plenty of spirit and determination against a below par Church in the second half to pull a goal back and for the most part played the better football before the home team sealed the win near the end of the game with a fourth goal.
Man of the Match: Shaun Brian

Last Updated: 12th September 2011 - 08:46am

Christchurch Reserves v Moneyfields Reserves
7th September 2011
Another great performance saw an exciting attacking game finish all square against a determined Moneyfields team, who came back twice after going behind to two second half goals from Church, the first from Elliot Richards and then Church thought they had won the game with only five minutes left after substitute Muhu Wachai cut in from the left and let rip a left foot shot that flew past their keeper but with only 14 seconds left a superb left footed curling shot sailed into the top right corner of Church's goal to make it honours even. So three games into the new season and Christchurch can take heart from the fact that they are still unbeaten and currently lie second in the table on goal difference behind Sholing.

Last Updated: 8th September 2011 - 09:25pm

Christchurch v Laverstock and Ford
3rd September 2011
Christchurch maintained their winning form as they edged out Laverstock and Ford in a hard fought encounter by the odd goal in five, it was indicative of the match that an own goal should decide the outcome. Callum Burt was the Man of the Match for a hard working display leading the forward line in the absence of both Ben Osborne and recent re-signing Russell Cook, whilst at the back Shaun Brian displayed great fighting spirit to drive the defence at a time when it looked like they were being overrun by an energetic and mobile Laverstock side, he almost capped his defensive display with a goal but his header came back from the crossbar in the first half. Next up is Newport in the FA Vase, come along and support the team.

Last Updated: 4th September 2011 - 08:00pm

New Milton Town v Christchurch - 29 August 2011
29th August 2011
Christchurch gained a hard fought win in this local derby with three second half goals from substitutes Paul Rideout and Joe Kittle along with an own goal. The game started with 'new' signing Russell Cook once more playing for Church following his recent registration alongside Callum Burt in attack but it was not until the second half that the deadlock was broken. Match report now online.

Last Updated: 30th August 2011 - 09:16pm

Christchurch Reserves
27th August 2011
Christchurch began their inaugural Wyvern Combination League Premier Division campaign with a hard fought away win at Fleet Town 4 - 1. The home side took the lead mid way through the first half, which saw Church a little overawed during these opening exchanges but this only galvanised the team to go in at half time ahead 2 -1 and two further goals later in the second half secured a deserved win. Congratulations to Robbie Elliot, Ryan Chard and the whole team on a result that should only build confidence as they look forward to their next game away at Bemerton HH next Saturday 3rd September. Above is the team before the match.

Last Updated: 29th August 2011 - 06:12pm

Ben Osborne
17th August 2011
Ben was detained overnight in hospital and underwent a scan ( due to his head injury), the result I am pleased to inform you was good and although he has some memory loss he has been allowed home this morning and told to rest. We all obviously wish Ben a speedy recovery and want to see him back asap in a new number 9 shirt!
Mick Ryan

Last Updated: 17th August 2011 - 12:16pm

Christchurch v Downton - 16 August 2011
16th August 2011

An early injury for Ben Osborne stopped the first half whilst an ambulance attended. Continuation of play brought four good goals including a great overhead shot. The final score was a 3-1 win for Christchurch against a challenging opposing team. We are still waiting for news on Ben's condition but early indications are positive after his knock to the head. We wish him well and a speedy recovery.

Featured is Man of the Match Sam Griffin with Club President Joss Jenkins.

Last Updated: 17th August 2011 - 12:01pm

CFC v Eastleigh - 8th August
9th August 2011
"The last pre season game ended in a 1-1 draw against a very good Eastleigh FC 11. The priory goal once again coming from our central striker Ben Osborne, who finished a fine four man passing move when he drove a hard and low shot across the Eastleigh keeper and nestled it into the bottom corner of the net. Eastleigh were awarded three penalties in the game, two of which were saved by home goalkeeper Stuart Kearn, the other was converted for a deserved equaliser."
Mick Ryan

Last Updated: 12th August 2011 - 11:23pm

Poole Town v Christchurch FC - 4th August
4th August 2011
Yet another good pre season win by the Priory lads with a fine 1-3 win away to Poole Town FC, with Priory goals coming from Ben Osborne (2) and Callum Burt. Poole Town scored with a Mickey Hubbard penalty. It was an excellent performance from all the Priory squad. Christchurch were 1-0 down at half time but came back in style to fully deserve the win.

Last Updated: 5th August 2011 - 09:04am

Match Moved - 4th August
4th August 2011
The evenings friendly match against Poole Town has been moved due to the weather and will now be played at Poole.

Last Updated: 5th August 2011 - 09:05am

Chairman’s News - August 2011
2nd August 2011
A warm welcome to all players and supporters at the start of this new season, one that should be interesting on many fronts mainly due to the deserved promotion of Poole Town and the opportunities that many other teams will feel that this represents to their own ambitions of playing at a higher level.

Firstly I must introduce myself, my name is Mark Duffy and I have been elected as the new Club chairman for this season, having been chairman of the youth section for the last two years. My history with the Club does not extend as far back as many of my peers but I hope that I can help to keep the momentum going on and off the field that the Club has displayed in recent times. I will be ably supported by our enthusiastic committee and dedicated supporters and together we are hoping to move forward on our changing room project, as well as supporting all the managers to achieve their ambitious goals on the field this season.

There have been a number of changes to the playing side this season, however, we are delighted our first team manager, Graham Kemp, has agreed to stay for another crack at the Wessex Premier League title, this year he will be ably supported by Jim Totczyk as first team coach, following the retirement of John Macey at the end of last season. The reserve team now play in the Wyvern Premier Combination League, this replaces the now defunct Wessex Combination League and to meet this new challenge we have a new management team of Robbie Elliot and Ryan Chard who replace Tim Collins, who has left for pastures new to Wimborne Town, I would like to thank Tim for all he has done for the Club over the years and wish him much success for the future (though we will be challenging him in the new Wyvern League). The under 18’s management team of Ian Proctor and John Cullen continue in their posts and will be looking to build on their great season last year, whilst the ladies team continue to be led by Iain Bowker.

I must sincerely thank our main sponsor In-Excess for their continued and unequivocal support for the forthcoming season, without this the Club would have an extremely difficult time surviving at our current level, I would also like to thank all other sponsor supporters without whom the Club could not operate on a weekly basis. I must also pay tribute to Mick Ryan (outgoing Chairman), staunch supporter of everything Christchurch who has committed an enormous amount of personal time under difficult circumstances to keep this Club on track and who will still stay involved with the Club, but hopefully will be able to enjoy the football at the same time now.

Thank you for your support


Last Updated: 12th August 2011 - 11:21pm

Gerry Page Memorial Cup
1st August 2011
The Gerry Page Memorial Cup was hosted at Christchurch this year. Christchurch opened the scoring and a late first half equaliser from Wimborne finished off the opening half at one all. With the second half open to either side there was not much to split the teams but Christchurch was finding the net and added two more goals to the first half score.

Pictured is Mrs Dawn Page presenting the winners trophy to Christchurch Captain Dan Crutchley.

Last Updated: 8th August 2011 - 10:14pm

Christchurch FC Presentation Evening
6th May 2011
Christchurch FC Presentation Evening at the Hamworthy Club on the evening of the 6th of May was as usual a good mix of fun and the distribution of finely deserved awards and prizes.

Pictured is Club Chairman Mick Ryan with the primary club sponsor Carl Chambers of In-Excess.

Images from the evening are on-line here.

Last Updated: 30th July 2011 - 03:06pm

Christchurch FC Reserves Cup Final
29th April 2011
Christchurch FC Reserves match against Sholing Reserves at Brockenhurst on Friday the 29th of April in the Final of the Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Combination League Cup got off to a good start with Christchurch opening the scoring. By half time Sholing had equalised and as the whistle went for the break the score stood at 1-1. A second goal for Sholing in the second half put the Christchurch team in catch up mode and they threw everything they could at Sholing to try to gain the upper hand again. A third goal for Sholing sealed the match. An entertaining match to watch and congratulations to Sholing FC for the win.

Images from the match are on-line here.

Last Updated: 30th July 2011 - 03:04pm

Christchurch FC Reserves Cup Final
18th April 2011
Christchurch FC Reserves play Sholing Reserves at Brockenhurst on Friday the 29th of April in the Final of the Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Combination League Cup. The reserves reached the Final last year as well and were unfortunate to see the match go against them on penalties after extra time. There performance has taken them to the Final for the last two years with this year being their third appearance in succession. We know they will give a good account of themselves and invite all to come along and support them in what should be a great match.

Last Updated: 30th July 2011 - 03:03pm

Christchurch FC v Newport IOW
27th March 2011
A full match report is available here
Featured image is Christchurch Man of the Match Shaun Brian with Club President Joss Jenkins.

Images from the match are on-line here.

Last Updated: 30th July 2011 - 03:01pm

Christchurch FC v Winchester City
23rd March 2011
A 2-0 win against the current league leaders is a result which all should be pleased with. The standard of play by both teams was superb but Christchurch getting the first goal at 12 minutes put the pressure on the visitors. Whichever way the result went it was an enjoyable game to watch with both teams playing well.
Featured image is Christchurch Man of the Match Callum Burt with Club President Joss Jenkins.

Images from the match are on-line here.

Last Updated: 30th July 2011 - 02:59pm

Kick off at 2.30pm on Saturday
30th January 2011
Please note that the CFC v Poole Town match on Saturday (29th January) will kick off 2.30pm.

Last Updated: 30th July 2011 - 02:57pm

First Team and Reserve Matches Cancelled
9th January 2011
Matches for the First and Reserve Team on the 8th of January have been cancelled. The First Teams next match is away against Bemerton Heath Harlequins on Monday the 10th of January.

Last Updated: 30th July 2011 - 02:53pm

Christchurch v Bemerton Heath Harlequins
1st January 1970
This top of the table clash ended all square at the Bridge as both teams showed why they are in the position they are with an entertaining 0 - 0 draw in front of a good sized crowd at the Bridge.

Despite there being no goals this match was far from a bore draw as both teams attacked with purpose to try and cement their position in the league. Bemerton started the brighter and Church allowed their dangerous striker a free header in the first minute of the match inside the box but fortunately it was weak and went straight to Kearn in the Church goal, after this Church had some sustained pressure forcing a number of corners which saw Crutchley go close. The game then swung back to Bemerton and it was their turn to gain a corner, though it was a cross from the right hand side that caused the biggest danger as their number 7 missed a free header, it then swung back Church's way with a cross of their own ending with Crutchley heading straight at the Bemerton goalkeeper. In the 42nd second minute the Bemerton left back was booked for a late challenge on Man of the Match Marc Fairbrother, this was to be significant later in the game.

The second half was more of the same, end to end with a stalemate looking likely that was until the 64th minute when the Bemerton left back was sent off for a second bookable offence on the same player, Fairbrother. From this point on Church piled forward wave after wave but without making the final ball tell, though it was only a reaction save from the Bemerton keeper Toomer, that denied Grace from 5 yards in the 82nd minute. Despite some sorties forward by Bemerton using the pace of their forwards it was all one way for Church without managing to hit the target as Church sought a winner.

A draw was a fair result for two teams that showed they have what it takes to be thereabouts at the end of the season.

Images for this match are in the Image Gallery.

Last Updated: 21st October 2011 - 09:28pm

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