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

Christchurch FC v Horndean FC – 23rd February 2019


Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 23 February 2019

Christchurch put on an impressive defensive display to hold Horndean, who started the game in second position in the league table, to a creditable draw.  Ollie tried a different formation which worked well to keep high-flying Horndean at bay.

After both sides had tried various approaches to find a way through the opposing defences, Christchurch took the lead after 5 minutes when a through ball by Nick Swann found ASH POPE unmarked and he calmly shot past the Horndean goalkeeper into the top corner of the net.  Christchurch then had a corner on the right taken by Pope which found Keiran Douglas, but his header was just wide of the post.  Either side of this, Horndean had chances which either went over the bar or were safely gathered by Max Frampton in the Christchurch goal.  Further forays by Horndean were safely dealt with by the home defence with Douglas in commanding form.  On one occasion, the ball was sent forward by Douglas, but found a Horndean defender who, bizarrely, attempted a back pass to his goalkeeper but only succeeded in lobbing the ball over the goalie’s head towards goal, but the ball rebounded from the post back into play!  A few minutes later, Horndean crossed the ball from left to right and then back into the centre where one of their players was unmarked and he shot past Frampton into goal to level the scores at 1-1 at the break.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with good approach work by both teams being dealt with safely by the defences.  From a Christchurch free kick in midfield, Pope found Douglas but his header was just wide of the post.  This was followed by a Horndean free kick just outside the area, but this was hit too hard and sailed harmlessly past the far post.  In the 6th minute of added time, Horndean almost grabbed the points when, from another free kick, there was a melee in the goalmouth from where the ball could have gone anywhere, but it was eventually cleared upfield to leave the final score at 1-1, to give both sides a well-earned and fully deserved point each.

Christchurch – Frampton, Wright, Howe, Cormack, Douglas, Haynes D, Swann, Rogers, Pope (Satterley J 89), Wildish (Bishop 70), Kirkham.  Unused sub – Satterley B

Christchurch FC v Shaftesbury FC – 16th February 2019

Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 16 February 2019


This was the classic “game of two halves” with some “well-chosen” words clearly being said in the home dressing room during the half-time interval.

Things started badly for Christchurch when Tom Cooper was injured in the third minute and had to be replaced by Dan Haynes.  There was then little of consequence in the first half hour with barely a shot on target being registered by either side, despite some good approach work.  Shaftesbury took the lead after 33 minutes when one of their players was left unmarked by the home defence and shot into the top corner of the net giving Max Frampton no chance.  Shaftesbury increased their lead on the stroke of half-time when a corner on the left cleared the packed goalmouth and went to one of their players on the right, again unmarked, whose shot went past Max Frampton into the net to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at the break.

Christchurch showed more determination in the second half and, following a corner on the right, the ball was passed from Max Wilcock to LUCAS MURRAIN, who lobbed the ball over the Shaftesbury goalkeeper into the net to reduce the deficit.  Midway through the second half, good interplay between Dan Haynes, Lucas Murrain and BILLY WALKER, led to the latter shooting wide of the visiting goalkeeper into the net to level the scores at 2-2.  Free-kicks and corners taken by Ash Pope later in the half almost produced a victory for Christchurch, but a shot by Max Wilcock was collected by the Salisbury goalkeeper and Grant Cormack headed over the bar from a few yards out, leaving the scoreline 2-2 at the final whistle.

Christchurch – Frampton, Rogers, Cooper (Haynes D 3), Cormack, Wright, Swann, Pope, Walker, Murrain (Butler 74), Wilcock, Kirkham (Wildish 89).  Unused subs – Bishop, Deem

Christchurch FC v Bournemouth FC – 9th February 2019


Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)

Saturday 9th February 2019

After the rain in the last 24 hours, it was surprising that this game was able to go ahead, but due credit to the groundstaff whose hard work ensured that the pitch was playable.  Unfortunately, the players were not able to reproduce the form that took them to a convincing win over AFC Portchester last week, and we lost 2-0 to our near neighbours from Victoria Park.

Christchurch started brightly and several chances in the first half-hour were safely cleared by the Bournemouth defence, but the visitors then took control and a mix-up in the Christchurch defence allowed Bournemouth to seize onto a loose ball and shoot wide of Max Frampton’s despairing dive into the net to give them the lead.  Shortly afterwards there was another similar mix-up in the Christchurch defence but this time the visitors shot tamely wide of goal.  Towards the end of the half, Bournemouth were through on goal again, with the Christchurch defence standing appealing for offside, but the assistant referee (quite rightly!) did not raise his flag and the resulting shot fortunately went wide of goal to leave the score 0-1 at half-time.

The main action during the first 20 minutes of the second half related to fouls and yellow cards for both teams as Christchurch tried to get back into the game.  As in the first half, Bournemouth then took the initiative and a corner on the left was cleared off the line and the rebound sent just wide of the post for a goal-kick.  Another mix-up in the home defence allowed Bournemouth to shoot on goal, but Harvey Wright managed to clear the ball off the goal-line.  Kieran Douglas was then injured in a tackle for the second time and had to go off, which led to a reshuffle in defence with Billy Walker taking over the armband and taking Kieran’s place in the heart of the defence.  In the last 10 minutes, Christchurch pressed for an equalizer with Max Wilcock and Ash Pope combining well before the former’s shot went just over the bar.  Into stoppage time and, with Christchurch committing men upfield, Bournemouth broke away through the sparse home defence to shoot wide of Max Frampton into goal to give the final scoreline of 0-2.

Christchurch – Frampton, Wright, Cooper, Cormack, Douglas (Wildish 73), Cherrett (Wilcock 45), Satterley B (Swann 67), Walker, Pope, Murrain, Kirkham.  Unused sub – Rogers.