Christchurch FC v Petersfield Town – 8th January 2019


Christchurch won 6-5 on penalties

Russell Cotes Cup Quarter Final

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Having lost on penalties at Petersfield in the Wessex League Cup earlier this season, Christchurch gained revenge in the Russell Cotes Cup.  The first round tie at Bemerton also went to penalties!

After promising attacks by Petersfield, Christchurch took the initiative after 10 minutes, when a shot by Tom Cooper from 25 yards was narrowly wide, but deflected for a corner, which was headed over the bar.  Two further corners by Christchurch were cleared by the Petersfield defence.  A cross by Josh Kirkham was headed on by Lucas Murrain, but safely gathered by the Petersfield goalkeeper.  After 20 minutes, Petersfield had a corner on the left which was initially cleared, but the rebound was headed wide of Max Frampton in the Christchurch goal to give Petersfield the lead.  Some 10 minutes later, Christchurch were level when a through ball from Lucas Murrain found ASH POPE on the right and his shot from 25 yards out sailed into the far corner of the net.  The half-time score remained at 1-1.

In the first few minutes of the second half, a through ball by Petersfield was not dealt with by the Christchurch defence with the resultant shot being fired wide of Max Frampton to give Petersfield the lead at 2-1.  A couple of minutes later, a cross from the right was met by Lucas Murrain whose shot was deflected for a corner.  This led to another corner from which the ball was cleared to ASH POPE on the left whose shot along the ground beat the Petersfield defence and goalkeeper to level the scores at 2-2.  Both sides had chances to win the game during the second half, but the goalkeepers proved resolute to keep the score at 2-2 after 90 minutes, and so to penalties….

The first five penalties for both sides gave the respective goalkeepers no chance, so we moved into “sudden death”.  Max Wilcock scored from the spot for Christchurch before Max Frampton pulled off a save diving to his left to deny Petersfield an equalizer, thereby giving Christchurch a 6-5 margin on penalties to take them into the semi-finals.

Christchurch Man of the match is Ash Pope.

Christchurch – Frampton, Cooper, Cole (Wildish 84), Walker, Cormack (Douglas 59), Cherrett, Pope, Wilson, Murrain (Howe 73), Wilcock, Kirkham.  Unused subs – Butler, Wright.

Christchurch FC v Bemerton Heath Harlequins FC



Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 5 January 2019

The scoreline just about sums up this game!  Little of consequence happened in the first half, with both defences and goalkeepers effectively dealing with sporadic attacks.

There was slightly more action during the opening minutes of the second half, with Ben Satterley setting up Max Wilcock, but his shot was narrowly wide.  Then a free kick by Harvey Wright found Callum Butler, whose shot was safely gathered by the Bemerton goalkeeper.  This was followed by a shot from Harvey himself from just outside the area, but this was straight at the Bemerton goalkeeper!  Both teams then brought on substitutes, but this did not dramatically change the game!  A shot from Ash Pope rebounded to Ben Satterley, whose follow up was narrowly wide.  Towards the end of the game, a through ball from Brad Cherrett found Ash Pope whose shot hit the post and rebounded into play and, following a melee in the goalmouth, the ball was eventually cleared off the line.  In the final action, Ash Pope found Jamie Wilson, who in turn found Loyd Cole, but his shot went narrowly over the bar to leave the score at 0-0 on the final whistle.

Christchurch – Frampton, Wright, Howe (Cole 85), Walker, Cormack, Cherrett, Pope, Satterley B (Wilson 74), Butler (Kirkham 62), Wilcock, Prior.  Unused subs – Cooper, Swann.

SHOLING FC v CHRISTCHURCH FC – 29th December 2018


Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 29 December 2018

Unfortunately, the scoreline does not accurately reflect the effort put in by Christchurch against table-topping Sholing, as there was an element of “luck” for all 3 Sholing goals, as you will see later!

Christchurch more than held their own in the first half against strong opposition, with Max Frampton, Grant Cormack and Keiren Douglas resolute in defence not only keeping Sholing at bay, but also setting up attacks.  An over-fussy referee, who appeared to want to turn the game into a non-contact sport, led to numerous free-kicks, which were all safely dealt with by the respective defences.  A particularly nasty challenge on Max Wilcock earned just a yellow card for the Sholing player, which on another day with another referee could have been a different colour.  A few minutes later, Max himself received a yellow card for a lesser challenge, which demonstrated the inconsistency of treatment by referees.  The half-time whistle secured a 0-0 scoreline, with Christchurch more than holding their own against the league leaders.

The second half continued in the same vein, with both sides having chances, but the defences remained resolute.  Midway through the half, there was a melee in the Christchurch goalmouth with the ball somehow being scrambled over the line to give Sholing the lead.  Ten minutes later, Keiren was injured in a tackle and received lengthy treatment before having to leave the field until play had recommenced in accordance with current regulations.  The free-kick was crossed into the penalty area, where Keiren would have been, straight to a Sholing player whose shot gave Max Frampton no chance!  With 5 minutes to go, Sholing were given a free-kick for handball on the half-way line, which found a Sholing forward on the edge of the penalty area with his back to goal, from where he tried a speculative overhead kick which went into the top right-hand corner of the goal, giving Max Frampton no chance.  So Sholing were fortunate to win the game 3-0, which was harsh on the Christchurch players, who put in a tremendous effort on the day.

Christchurch – Frampton, Wright, Cole, Cormack, Douglas, Cherrett (Wilson 64), Cooper (Prentice 52), Walker, Satterley B, Wilcock, Prior (Butler 71).  Unused subs – Wildish, Kirkham.



Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 22 December 2018

Christchurch kicked off and went on the attack from the first whistle, enjoying most of the possession, but appeared vulnerable to breakaways by the opponents.  After 10 minutes, a mistake by debutant goalkeeper Brad Holland saw the ball go straight to a Hamble forward who calmly tapped the ball into an empty net.  A few minutes later, a cross by Nick Swann found ASHLEY POPE who slotted the ball into goal for a well-deserved equalizer.  Loyd Cole and Will Prior were combining well down the left, causing problems for the Hamble defence.  Following a swerving run down the right, Ashley Pope shot just wide of the Hamble goal.  After half an hour, Brad Cherrett appeared to be tripped in the penalty area but, to everyone’s amazement, the referee chose to caution Brad for “diving”!  The first half ended with the scores level at 1-1.

The first 15-20 minutes of the second half continued where the first half had left off, with both sides having chances, but defences holding firm.  Then, on 25 minutes, Christchurch finally took the lead when GRANT CORMACK ran through the Hamble defence and shot wide of the goalkeeper into the net.  Ten minutes or so later, a corner on the right taken by Jamie Wilson found Max Wilcock who was fouled inside the box and this time the referee pointed to the spot.  ASHLEY POPE stepped up to the mark and found the bottom corner with his spot kick to give Christchurch a 3-1 lead.  A lob by Max Wilcock was just pushed round the post for a corner taken by Jamie Wilson but safely gathered by the Hamble goalkeeper.  Just before the end of the game, a shot by a Hamble forward from 25 yards out beat Brad Holland and the Christchurch defence, but rebounded from the post into play and was safely cleared upfield, to leave the final score at a well-deserved 3-1 win for Christchurch.

Christchurch – Holland, Cooper, Cole, Wright, Cormack, Satterley B, Swann (Wildish 80), Cherrett (Wilson 51), Pope, Wilcock, Prior (Butler 75).  Unused Sub – Robinson

Christchurch FC v Cowes FC – 1st December 2018


Sydenhams Wessex League
Saturday 1st December 2018


A damp afternoon at HURN BRIDGE saw the sides share the points.

The first effort on goal fell to Xchurch skipper Kieron Douglas but his effort was well over the bar but it was the visitors who took the lead on 17 minutes when Xchurch failed to clear a corner and a shot from the edge of the penalty area nestled into the Xchurch net. The visitors had settled into their stride playing some neat football and it was some 20 minutes before Xchurch had there next effort on goal when Harvey Wright shot wide when well placed. Play for the rest of the half was srappy with neither goalkeeper being unduly pressured.
ing close to The second period started with Cowes coming close to increasing their lead but it was Xchurch who equalised just after the hour mark when the visitors keeper spilled a shot and the hard working Max Wilcock netted from close range. The game then flowed from end to end but to be honest neither side looked like creating a winner although Cowes did find the net on 70 minutes but it was disallowed due to a marginal offside decision.

Apologies for briefness of report but the writer is not in the best of health at the moment


Fareham Town v Christchurch FC – 24th November 2018


Sydenhams Wessex League
Saturday 24 November 2018

Christchurch enjoyed the better start to the game and should have taken the lead several times in the first 20 minutes, when shots by Jack Satterley, James King and Max Wilcock were all saved by the Fareham goalkeeper. Then, against the run of play, Fareham scored the opening goal, when a corner by Jamie Wilson was cleared upfield and, with most of the Christchurch defence out of position for the corner, the Fareham attacker had a clear run on goal to slot the ball past the helpless Jordan Tewkesbury. Jack Satterley had to leave the field with an injury and was replaced by Will Prior after just 21 minutes. Christchurch continued to attack and were rewarded in the 28th minute when a cross by Shaun Prentice was forced out for a corner. The resulting kick was cleared initially but rebounded to James King who crossed the ball for WILL PRIOR to score. Towards the end of the first half a cross by Max Wilcock was spilled by the Fareham goalkeeper (possibly his only mistake of the afternoon!) for SHAUN PRENTICE to tap into goal to give Christchurch a well-deserved half-time lead.

The playing surface became treacherous and very difficult for the players to keep their feet in the second half following heavy rain and this indirectly led to Fareham’s equalizer after an hour’s play, following a mix-up in the Christchurch defence, caused by the slippery ball. Christchurch continued to press for the winning goal but, despite shots on target from James King and Max Wilcock in particular, these were safely dealt with by the Fareham goalkeeper, who was in inspired form, to keep the final score at 2-2. Once again, as has been the case several times this season, we were thwarted by tremendous saves by an opposing goalkeeper.

Christchurch – Tewkesbury, Wright, Cole, Cherrett, Douglas, Satterley B, King, Wilson, Satterley J (Prior 21), Wilcock, Prentice. Unused subs – Robinson, Cooper, Swann.