Christchurch FC v Sholing FC – 7th May 2019

Hampshire Football Association Russell Cotes Benevolent Cup Final

Christchurch F. C. 0
Sholing F.C. 1

The Russell Cotes cup competition was founded in 1919 through the generosity of Sir Merton Russell Cotes who donated a magnificent cup for the final which has been played every year for exactly 100 years but the final at Hurn Bridge, Christchurch on Tuesday 7th May 2019 was the 99th because, due to bad weather, the 2001 final was never played. All proceeds from the finals have been donated to the Hampshire Football Association Benevolent Fund.

Having set the scene for a prestigious centenary game, the match never lived up to the event – we eagerly await the 100th final next year! Despite the lack of excitement for the 214 crowd, many of those in the ground never gave the match their full attention as they were transfixed by their phones as the miracle of Anfield developed and the emergence of the beatification of Klopp took place before their eyes!

The match was between two closely matched teams with defences dominating and attack play rather lacking, neither goalkeeper in the first half was seriously challenged. There was some nice football played by both sides but neither could establish any dominance.

It was not until the 45th+3rd minute that some excitement occurred when Sholing’s Brad Targett put in a penetrating run down the flank and into the box but his shot was blocked.

Just on half time Christchurch lost Josh Kirham through injury being replaced by Brad Gale.

The second half followed the pattern of the first and with both teams tiring, Sholing having perhaps the better of the play. Christchurch started well and Max Wilcox had a good shot well saved by Ryan Gosney. They made a change in the 52nd minute with Grant Cormack making way for Tom Cooper

Sholing came back and Dan Mason cut the ball back for Targett but he shot over the bar when well placed. In the 66th minute it looked as if they had taken the lead, Targett burst through, but his shot was saved but not held and Dan Mason following up saw the rebound booted off the line.

Sholing made a change in the 77th minute with Owen Roundell coming on for Pete Castle and as Sholing pressed forward Jake Hoole put the ball over the bar.

Christchurch made another change a few minutes later, Gale left the pitch to be replaced by Ben Satterley.

The Referee signalled four minutes added time as the match headed towards the dreaded penalty shoot-out, three minutes into that time Sholing’s Jake Hoole swung over a cross and Targett rose well at the far post to head home and ensure the present Sholing club its first Russell Cotes cup.

The Referee was Alex James and his Assistants were Andrew Jones and Stephen Currie. The Fourth Official was Sean Jenkins. The match ball was sponsored by the Martins Group.

The Player of the Match Award went to Sholing’s Alex Sawyer.

The Squads:

Christchurch F.C. – Max Frampton, Harvey Wright, Kieran Douglas, Grant Cormack, Billy Walker, Nick Swann, Ashley Pope, Max Wilcock, Josh Kirkham, Ben Satterley, Brad Gale, Alex Whitehouse, Dan Haynes, Brad Cherrett, Tom Cooper and Callum Butler,

Sholing F.C. – Ryan Gosney, Terry Cuthbertson, Marvin McLean, Pete Castle, Dan Miller, Jamie Bulpitt, Alex Sawyer, Byron Mason, Dan Mason, Jake Hoole, Brad Targett, Owen Royle, Owen Roundell, Kevin Brewster, James Johnson and Josh Carey.

Alresford Town v Christchurch FC – 13th April 2019


Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 13 April 2019

This was the perfect end to our first season back in the Premier League, with a well-deserved victory at Alresford.

The first 15 minutes saw attacks from both sides adequately dealt with by the respective defences, until a free kick to the home side from 30 yards out was not cleared effectively by the Christchurch defence and enabled Alresford to take the lead.  After further exchanges at each end, Christchurch had a succession of corners, with Max Wilcock finally shooting just over the bar.  This was followed by a free kick from 20 yards, which Ash Pope shot just wide of the far post.  Then a free kick to Alresford from just inside the Christchurch half was safely gathered by Max Frampton.  Towards the end of the half a corner on the right taken by Ash Pope went back and forth between him and Kieran Douglas, but the latter’s shot was safely cleared by the home defence, to leave the score at 1-0 at the break.

Alresford started strongly in the second half, but Max Frampton in the Christchurch goal adequately dealt with any threat posed, then a corner on the Christchurch left taken by Ash Pope was punched clear by the home goalkeeper, with the rebound finding Max Wilcock whose wayward shot went out for a throw-in!  Both sides then made substitutions to freshen things up until midway through the half a throw in on the left found NICK SWANN who volleyed into goal to equalize.  A couple of minutes later, a corner on the right taken by Ash Pope was cleared initially, but the ball rebounded back to him and then on to KIERAN DOUGLAS whose shot found its way into goal to give Christchurch the lead.  Alresford responded well and a free kick on the left was cleared but the rebound was well saved by Max Frampton at full stretch.  Various free kicks followed, but the defences remained resolute to give Christchurch the 2-1 win.

Christchurch – Frampton, Cherrett, Wright, Walker, Douglas, Haynes D (Satterley B 60), Swann, Gale, Pope (Butler 87), Wilcock, Whitehouse (Kirkham 60).  Unused subs – Cooper, Robinson.

Christchurch FC v Portland United – 6th April 2019


Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 6 April 2019

There was little of note in the first 10 minutes of this game, littered with free-kicks and offsides, but then Christchurch took the lead when a cross from the right beat 2 defenders and was headed into goal by BRAD CHERRETT.  Apart from this, too many passes were going astray from both sides with little constructive football being played, a sign that the end of the season was fast approaching!  On the half-hour, man of the match Max Frampton pulled off a fantastic save with his feet following interplay down the Portland right.  After this, the defences continued to deal with potential threats, to leave the score at 1-0 at half-time.

The second half started with yellow cards for players from both sides, then a shot from Portland was tipped round the post by Max Frampton, who then safely collected the ball from the resulting corner.  A shot by Harvey Wright from just outside the penalty area went just past the near post, then a foul on Brad Cherrett led to an altercation involving several players from both sides and 2 more yellow cards!  Over the next 10 minutes, both sides used all 3 of their substitutes, then towards the end of the half, a move involving Nick Swann, Harvey Wright and Alex Whitehouse led to the latter firing just wide of the far post.  The final act of the half saw a free-kick on the left by Brad Cherrett cleared initially by the visitors defence but the rebound went to Chris Bishop and on to Max Wilcock, whose shot narrowly missed the target.  So, the match finished 1-0 to give Christchurch 3 valuable points and, with results elsewhere, ensured mathematical safety in the premier division at last.  Well done to Ollie and the team!

Christchurch – Frampton, Wright, Cooper, Walker, Douglas, Cherrett, Swann, Haynes D (Whitehouse 74), Gale (Bishop 84), Wilcock, Kirkham (Butler 77).  Unused subs – King O, Satterley J

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