Hamworthy United v Christchurch FC – 23rd March 2019


Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 23 March 2019

The defences were on top in the early exchanges as Christchurch tried to get used to the artificial pitch.  Christchurch took the lead after 10 minutes, when a free kick on the left taken by Ash Pope found Harvey Wright who passed the ball on to LUCAS MURRAIN, who slotted the ball home.  With Billy Walker struggling with an injury, a cross from Hamworthy was missed by everyone but Brad Cherrett managed to clear the ball off the goal line to safety.  Billy then had to go off and was replaced by Kieran Douglas.  Over the next 10 minutes, Hamworthy had several free kicks for fouls but chose to send them along the ground where they were cleared upfield by a resolute Christchurch defence.  A delightful passing move between Ash Pope, Dan Haynes and Brad Cherrett led to a cross which was just over Lucas Murrain’s head.  Towards the end of the first half, a shot from Hamworthy from some 25 yards out was parried by Max Frampton with the rebound being cleared for a throw in, leaving the half-time score at 0-1.

Early in the second half, a pass from Max Wilcock found Ash Pope but his shot was just wide of the near post.  Hamworthy were then given a free kick which the referee had initially waved play on but intervention by the assistant referee persuaded the referee to award the kick which was overhit and went out harmlessly for a goal kick.  Another move involving Max Wilcock and ASH POPE led to the latter heading wide of the goalkeeper into the net to increase Christchurch’s lead.  Shortly afterwards Hamworthy reduced the deficit when a free kick on the right was headed past Max Frampton into goal.  Midway through the half, Christchurch had a chance to increase their lead when a cross on the goal line by Max Wilcock rolled along the top of the cross bar and back into play where it was cleared by the home defence.  Both teams had further chances until in the 89th minute a cross from the Hamworthy right rebounded several times amongst Christchurch defenders until it went to a home attacker who headed the ball just past Max Frampton into the far corner of the net to equalize.  This was the final action of a pulsating game from which Christchurch earned a valuable point but could so easily have been all 3!

Christchurch – Frampton, Cherrett, Cooper (Rogers 70), Wright, Walker (Douglas 16), Haynes D, Swann, Murrain, Pope, Wilcock, Kirkham (Butler 81).  Unused subs – Whitehouse, King O

Christchurch FC v Paulsgrove FC – 19th March 2019


Hampshire FA Russell Cotes Cup – Semi-Final

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Paulsgrove kicked off downhill and had the better of the opening exchanges, until midway through the first half, when Ash Pope’s shot went narrowly wide of the far post.  Chris Bishop was badly hurt in a challenge from a Paulsgrove player, who received a yellow card which on another day with another referee could have been a different colour.  Fortunately, Chris was able to continue after treatment.  Max Wilcock was then injured in another tackle on the edge of the penalty area for which the Paulsgrove offender also received a yellow card.  From the resulting free kick, Ash Pope’s shot was saved by the Paulsgrove goalkeeper in the bottom corner.  Shortly before the interval, Max Wilcock was again fouled, this time in the area and he recovered to take the penalty himself, but this was well saved by the Paulsgrove ‘keeper with the rebound being cleared off the line to leave the score goal-less at half time.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first for another half an hour or so, with shots being wide of the goal or safely gathered by the respective goalkeepers.  Then, ASH POPE took a free kick from a central position some 25 yards out and shot wide of the Paulsgrove goalkeeper into the far corner of the net to give Christchurch the lead.  A couple of minutes later, exchanges between ASH POPE and Dan Haynes led to the former shooting wide of the ‘keeper to increase the lead.  Two more fouls by Paulsgrove players led to more yellow cards being issued by the referee, following which a free kick on the right taken by Ash Pope found Max Wilcock who crossed for CALLUM BUTLER to score to make the score an unassailable 3-0 with less than 10 minutes to go.

So, Christchurch progressed into the Russell Cotes Cup Final against Sholing, who had earlier beaten Fleet Town.  As is customary in the Russell Cotes Cup, the final is played at one of the competing teams’ home grounds, with Christchurch winning the toss, so that the final will take place at Hurn Bridge on Tuesday 7 May, kick-off 7.45pm. Christchurch – King O, Cherrett, Rogers, Wright, Walker, Bishop (Cooper 66), Swann, Haynes D, Pope, Wilcock (Whitehouse 88), Kirkham (Butler 66).  Unused sub – Robinson

Christchurch FC v Andover New Street FC – 16th March 2019


Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 16 March 2019

This was a “must win” game for Christchurch in their quest to maintain their status in the Wessex League Premier Division and, despite the swirling wind, did not disappoint.

Although the visitors started strongly, Christchurch matched them and during the first half-hour both teams had opportunities to take the lead, but the strong swirling wind was the main contributory factor in shots being wide of the goal.  Brad Cherrett was tripped in the penalty area but the referee saw nothing wrong and waved play on, but 5 minutes later Brad crossed the ball to ASH POPE, who beat 2 defenders and shot past the goalkeeper into the bottom corner of the net to give Christchurch the lead.  Lucas Murrain then received a through ball and lobbed over the goalkeeper but unfortunately over the bar as well, so that the half-time score remained at 1-0.

Into the second half and a promising move involving Nick Swann, Ash Pope and Alex Whitehouse saw Lucas Murrain’s shot saved by the visiting goalkeeper and then shot the rebound wide of the post.  Midway through the second half, a cross by Ash Pope found ALEX WHITEHOUSE unmarked who shot wide of the goalkeeper to increase Christchurch’s lead.  5 minutes later, Christchurch went further ahead when a free kick by ASH POPE found Lucas Murrain, but his shot was saved by the visiting ‘keeper and cleared upfield only for the ball to be returned to Ash who calmly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper into the net for 3-0.  Over the next few minutes Christchurch brought on all 3 substitutes, but play was held up momentarily when a pheasant wandered onto the pitch, hoping to help the Andover defence!  Further shots by Christchurch were dealt with by the visiting defence but the score remained 3-0 to give Christchurch 3 more valuable points.

Christchurch – Frampton, Cherrett, Cooper (Rogers 73). Wright, Walker, Robinson (Bishop 71), Swann, Haynes D, Pope (Butler 71), Murrain, Whitehouse.  Unused subs – Satterley J, King O

Christchurch FC v Tadley Calleva FC – 9th march 2019


Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 9 March 2019

Considering the number of changes Ollie had to make due to suspensions, injuries and unavailability of key players, this was a tremendous performance to secure three more valuable points in our quest to stay in the Premier Division following promotion last year.

The first quarter of an hour belonged to Tadley Calleva who attacked straight from the kick-off and followed this up with several more forays into the Christchurch half but Max Frampton in goal and his defensive colleagues managed to keep the visitors at bay.  Slightly against the run of play, Christchurch took the lead in the 16th minute when Edgar Zanin was tripped in the area and LUCAS MURRAIN despatched his penalty kick wide of the Tadley Calleva goalkeeper into the back of the net.  Ten minutes later, Christchurch should have gone further ahead when Lucas was also tripped in the area to give him his second chance with a penalty kick.  Unfortunately, this time he sent his shot straight at the goalkeeper!  Shortly before half-time the visitors had a free-kick just outside the area, which the home defence failed to clear properly, but the follow-up shot was safely gathered by Max Frampton to leave the score 1-0 at the break.

Both teams had chances during the early exchanges in the second half but the defences held firm.  Over the course of a 10-minute spell midway through the second half, Christchurch brought on all three substitutes to help them maintain their slender advantage.  Tadley Calleva responded with two substitutions of their own as they strove for the equalizer, but further shots on goal were dealt with by the home defence, so that Christchurch were able to hang on to their one goal advantage to give the final score 1-0 and three more points.

Christchurch – Frampton, Cherrett, Cooper (Parnell 75), Rogers, Walker, Robinson (Cormack 67, Bishop 75), Swann, Haynes D, Murrain, Whitehouse, Zanin.  Unused subs – Wildish, Satterley J

Brockenhurst FC v Christchurch FC – 2nd March 2019


Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 2 March 2019

A draw was probably a fair result overall with Brockenhurst perhaps shading the first half, but Christchurch were more positive in the second half.

In the first minute, a through ball from Ash Pope found Max Wilcock, but his shot was saved by the Brockenhurst goalkeeper and cleared upfield.  Brockenhurst then took the initiative, but several attacks were adequately dealt with by Max Frampton and the Christchurch defence.  Interplay between Max Wilcock, Dan Haynes and Harvey Wright led to a shot by Ash Pope which was off target.  More attacks by Brockenhurst followed but none of these troubled Max Frampton in the Christchurch goal.  The half finished with the scores level at 0-0.

Christchurch started the second half more strongly and various passing moves involving Max Wilcock, Ben Satterley, Lucas Murrain, Ash Pope, Josh Kirkham and Harvey Wright came to nothing in the end.  Scott Rogers then got into the act and found Max Wilcock whose shot was saved by the home ‘keeper, before a corner on the right from Ash Pope was headed over the bar by Kieran Douglas.  Another corner from Ash Pope was cleared but rebounded to Lucas Murrain, who shot wide of goal.  A flurry of substitutes by both sides failed to break the deadlock and the game finished goalless.

Christchurch – Frampton, Rogers, Wright, Walker, Douglas, Satterley B (Cherrett 88), Pope (Swann 74), Haynes D, Murrain (Whitehouse 67), Wilcock, Kirkham.  Unused subs – Bishop, Robinson

Christchurch FC v Baffins Milton Rovers – 26th February 2109



Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)
Premier Division

Tuesday 26 February 2019

Following last Saturday’s impressive performance against Horndean, this proved to be a reality check with a vengeance against a very quick and committed Baffins Milton Rovers team.

Baffins signalled their intentions in the second minute of the game, when a corner on the left was crossed to the right from where the ball found its way to an unmarked player in the centre who volleyed the ball into the top corner from 20 yards out, giving Max Frampton no chance and Baffins the lead.  A few minutes later, a through ball from Christchurch midfield found debutant Alex Whitehouse, but his shot was smothered by the Baffins goalkeeper.  After half an hour, Baffins went further ahead when a centre from the left found a colleague who turned and shot, which was going wide, until it was deflected by Keiran Douglas into goal past a helpless Max Frampton.  This was indicative of Christchurch’s fate on the night, giving a half-time score of 0-2.

After early attacks by Christchurch in the second half, Harvey Wright’s shot was just over the bar, but then Baffins increased their lead when a shot from outside the area was punched clear by Max Frampton, only for the rebound to find a Baffins forward unmarked, who was able to head the ball back past Max into the net.  A number of fouls and yellow cards followed during the half until things went from bad to worse for Christchurch when Harvey Wright picked up a second yellow card to reduce the home team to 10 men for the last quarter of an hour.  Christchurch were pressing for what would only be a consolation goal, but from a corner on the right taken by Dan Haynes, Keiran Douglas saw his shot saved by the Baffins goalkeeper for another corner, which was then cleared safely upfield to leave the final score at 0-3.

Christchurch – Frampton, Wright, Rogers, Cormack (Bishop 56), Douglas, Swann (Cherrett 45), Haynes D, Walker, Whitehouse, Murrain, Kirkham (Deem 76).  Unused sub – Satterley J