Christchurch Football Club

WEYMOUTH RESERVES 2
CHRISTCHURCH 2

TEAM

1/ ANDY KNIGHTS
2/RICHARD SANDS
3/ DAVID LEGG
4/ CHRIS SENIOR(CAPTAIN)
5/ GRANT CORMACK
6/ MARCUS CULLEN
7/ ASHLEY POPE
8/ DAVE WRIXTON
9/ STEVIE RATTUE
10/ JACQUES BERNARD
11/ ANDY MASSON

SUBS USED
SAM THOMPSON
WILL GAGE
BRANDON BOONTOM

After a first half performance that was as good as seen this season Church were below par in the second half and dropped two precious points in their promotion bid.

There was controversy as early as the third minute when Ashley Pope shot from long range with the ball entering the net but being disallowed for an offside against another Church player. On 10 minutes it looked as if Church had taken the lead when Dave Wrixton had an effort cleared off the line but shortly after the home side in their first real attack were denied twice by good defence work by skipper Chris Senior. However Church looked the more likely to open the scoring and they did on 18 minutes. A long  cross field pass by Andy Masson to POPE saw him in the clear and he applied a neat finish for his customary goal. Church shortly after though were grateful for keeper Andy Knights for making a fine save in a one on one situation to retain the lead. Church increased their lead after 31 minutes when after a fine passing movement a Pope cross was headed into the net by STEVIE RATTUE. As the half time whistle went all was well but little did we know what the second period had in stall.
From the first minute of the second half Weymouth looked a completely different side having changed from 3-5-2 to match Churches formation they reduced the arrears on 51 minutes. There were further frights before the equaliser arrived after 64 minutes and after this it was end to end with Church perhaps having the edge with Rattue unlucky on a number of occasions but they were unable to bring danger man Pope into play as much as in the first half.

There is still a long way to go this season but the next two games against Laverstock and Shaftesbury will be pivotal in deciding the final league positions.

DONNERS

TEAM

1/ANDY KNIGHTS
2/ WILL GAGE
3/ LOYD COLE
4/ DAVID LEGG
5/ GRANT CORMACK(CAPTAIN)
6/ MARCUS CULLEN
7/ DAVE WRIXTON
8/ JACQUES BERNARD
9/ ASHLEY POPE
10/ STEVIE RATTUE
11/ ANDY MASSON

SUBS USED
CHRIS SENIOR
SAM THOMPSON
GARRY HOROCK

Church scored twice in the last 10 minutes to secure all 3 points in their push for a promotion place against a home side who had won their last 6 games.

There was little goal mouth action to report for the first half hour but Church looked the more threatening side as it came as no real surprise when they took the lead after 31 minutes. Jacques Bernard made a strong run down the right hand side and when his cross was not cleared the hard working Dave Wrixton was on hand to net from close range. This however spurred on Ringwood and for 10 minutes prior to the interval they held the upper hand and netted twice. Firstly they forced 3 corners and from he last one the ball was returned into the area resulting in a free header and the equaliser. Then a long kick from the keeper fell neatly for a neat lob and a half time lead.
The second half tended to be scrappy and Church nearly levelled the scores after 57 minutes when a cross from Andy Masson was headed narrowly wide by Stevie Rattue. Church continued to press leaving gaps at the back which the home side failed to take advantage of and then the game entered the final 10 minutes. Dave Wrixton came close to netting his second but after nutmegging a defender his shot going in the top corer was superbly saved resulting in a corner. From the resulting corner the ball fell to Stevie Rattue and his trusty left foot did the rest and the equaliser. From then on there was only going to be one winner and this nearly came on 88 minutes when Grant Cormack, pushed forward due to the arrival of Chris Senior as a substitute, made one of his trademark runs forward beating 4/5 players on his way but then in trying to lob the keeper put his effort over the bar. Just as it looked as if a draw was on the cards and deep into injury time came the winner and what a winner. Youngster Ashley Pope received the ball on the left wing and he cut inside but still some 25 yards out he let fly with his right foot and in a second the ball was in the net. What a prospect this lad looks and a bright future could well lie in store for him!!

This was an excellent result as Ringwood will/already have taken points off top of the table sides and Church full of confidence can look forward to a trip to Weymouth on the weekend.

DONNERS

CHRISTCHURCH 1
AFC STONEHAM 1

TEAM

1/ ANDY KNIGHTS
2/ WILL GAGE
3/ LOYD COLE
4/ DAVID LEGG
5/ CHRIS SENIOR(CAPTAIN)
6/ MARCUS CULLEN
7/ ASHLEY POPE
8/ DAVE WRIXTON
9/ LUKE STONE
10/ GRANT CORMACK
11/ ANDY MASSON

SUBS USED
STEVIE RATTUE
JACQUES BERNARD

A game that Church dominated in the second half resulted in them sharing the points but in reality they deserved to win.

The first 20 minutes was mainly played in midfield with little goal mouth action until on 21 minutes Luke Stone burst down the right hand side and his cross was met by Ashley Pope whose effort from close range was brilliantly saved by the visitors keeper. It came as a surprise when Stoneham took the lead after 33 minutes with their first and probably last effort on goal as a 20 yard shot was deflected by a Church player into the net.

The second half was virtually one way traffic as on 48 minutes Stone was put through but shot wide but Church then introduced Stevie Rattue into the fray and he had an immediate effect. With virtually his first touch he crossed from the left and the talented youngster ASHLEY POPE was on hand to net with a fierce left foot shot.  A few minutes later Church came close to taking the lead when Marcus Cullen had his free kick blocked but from the rebound his shot hit the post. It looked as if from this point there was only going to be one winner but on 2 occasions Church looked as if they had scored the winner. Firstly Stone crossed and skipper Chris Senior headed straight at the keeper when anywhere else would have resulted in a goal and then remarkably another Stone cross was met by Rattue who off balance steered the ball wide from 2 yards out.

This was the last result both teams wanted and now Church find themselves with  interesting games away in the new year against in form Ringwood followed by a trip to Weymouth. These games could be pivotal in deciding where church   find themselves at the end of the season but there is still a long way to go.

MAN OF THE MATCH
ASHLEY POPE.

CHRISTCHURCH 2
DOWNTON 0

TEAM

1/ OLLIE KING
2/ WILL GAGE
3/ LOYD COLE
4/ CHRIS SENIOR(CAPTAIN)
5/ GRANT CORMACK
6/ MARCUS CULLEN
7/ KANE ANDREWS
8/ DAVE WRIXTON
9/ LUKE STONE
10/ STEVIE RATTUE
11/ ASHLEY POPE

SUBS USED
ANDY MASSON
GARY HORLOCK
RICHARD SANDS

Always a hard game against Downton and this was no exception but it was Church who carried more fire power up front thus obtaining all three points.

There was little goal mouth action in the first half but the game was far from boring. Both sides were working hard to shut each other down and the only real shot came on 18 minutes from the visitors but it was wide.
The second half started with Downton forcing 3 corners in quick succession but Church survived and nearly netted twice after 52 minutes. Firstly the impressive Ashley Pope beat the keeper to the ball and pulled the ball back to Marcus Cullen whose effort was cleared of the line and then a viscous shot from Pope was brilliantly saved. Church were not to be denied though and took the lead on 54 minutes when a quick free kick resulted in LUKE STONE netting from an acute angle with perhaps the aid of a deflection. This spurred the home side on  and Cullen was just wide with a free kick before Pope who was causing the Downton defence all sorts of problems with his skill and pace was fouled in the penalty area after 68 minutes and STONE netted easily from the resulting penalty. There was a late flurry from the visitors resulting in a shot hitting the bar but at the other end Stone should have completed his hat trick but after rounding the keeper he got lost amongst covering defenders and the ball ended up in the keepers arms.

Again the next game after Xmas will be a challenging one and will create a nice problem for the management with absent players being available.

MAN OF THE MATCH ASHLEY POPE 

CHRISTCHURCH 11
PEWSEY VALE 1

TEAM
1/ OLLIE KING
2/ WILL GAGE
3/ LOYD COLE
4/ DAVID LEGG
5/ CHRIS SENIOR(CAPTAIN)
6/ MARCUS CULLEN
7/ ASHLEY POPE
8/DAVE WRIXTON
9/ GRANT CORMACK
10/ STEVIE RATTUE
11/ ANDY MASSON

SUBS USED
GARY HORLOCK
JAMES KING
JACQUES BERNARD

An avalanche of goals in the last hour saw Church reach double figures for the first time in many years, but credit to the visitors they never gave up an did not resort to roughhouse tactics.

Believe it or not it was Pewsey who took an early lead on 6 minutes when a corner was only partially cleared resulting in the ball being returned into the penalty area and a free close range header. Church then took control with the best chance after 26 minutes falling to youngster Ashley Pope who when put through on goal was denied by the keeper. However he was not to be denied and 5 minutes after he netted with a superb curling shot from 20 yards. There were wo further goals prior to the interval both from the impressive ANDY MASSON. The first was a side foot effort from 25 yards and the second followed a mazy 50 yard run and excellent left foot finish.
The second half was all one way traffic with Marcus Cullen controlling matters in midfield resulting in the following goal scorers

STEVIE RATTUE 4 ( WHAT A FIND HE HAS BEEN)
ANDY MASSON 1 (COMPLETING HIS HAT TRICK)
ASHLEY POPE 1
GRANT CORMACK 1
JAMES KING 1

The pick of the bunch was probably the last goal scored by youngster JAMES KING who after a fine run netted emphatically.

Church have been threatening this for some time and it leaves the management with a nice selection problem for the next game with a full squad to pick from.

MAN OF THE MATCH STEVIE RATTUE

DONNERS

BAFFINS MILTON ROVERS 2
CHRISTCHURCH 2

TEAM

1/ OLLIE KING
2/ WILL GAGE
3/ LOYD COLE
4/ DAVID LEGG
5/ CHRIS SENIOR(CAPTAIN)
6/MARCUS CULLEN
7/ DAVE WRIXTON
8/ GRANT CORMACK
9/ LUKE SENIOR
10/ STEVIE RATTUE
11/ ANDY MASSON

SUBS USED
KANE ANDREWS
RICHARD SANDS
ASHLEY POPE

Church fully deserved a point in a game that threatened to get out of hand in the first period but was marred by an injury to skipper Chris Senior.

Church were quickly out of the blocks and in the very first minute LUKE STONE came close to opening the scoring forcing the home keeper to make a save at the near post. It did not take the visitors long to take the lead though as after 6 minutes the home side failed to clear a corner and skipper CHRIS SENIOR netted for his first goal for the club. However shortly after this there was a 15/20 minute delay with an ambulance being called for Senior as he was knocked unconscious following an aerial challenge which in the writers opinion was an elbow and a stamp, but no action being taken by the referee against the home player. This incident clearly affected Church and shortly after the re-start Baffins equalised with a similar goal to the Church goal. For the remainder of the first half matters became feisty with bookings for both sides but no real threat on goal.

On 53 minutes the hosts took the lead with a free header from a corner but then Church took control for the next 20 minutes and fully deserved to equalise after 65 minutes when an excellent passing movement down the left hand side resulted in LOYD COLE netting which was also his first goal for the club. The next 20 minutes saw Baffins have a goal disallowed for a foul on the keeper and also hitting the bar but Church also had chances of their own during this period. The last few minutes saw the home side force 5/6 corners which were defended well but Church were grateful to hear the final whistle.

Well done to all 14 players involved and there now follows two home games were it is vital to obtain maximum points to continue the push to a promotion spot.

DONNERS