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Saints Deliver for Christmas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ian   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 18:12

Saints  1     Hallam 56

Potters Bar Town  0

Calor League Division One Central  (Thursday 26 December) 

Saints:  Michael Power-Simpson, Terrell Lewis, Asen Valchev, Gareth Paxton, John Carroll (Farai Hallam 30), Alex Paine, Romaine Walker (Davis Haule 79), Alan Hedley, Leon Osei, Scott Fitzgerald, Danilson Vicente (Evandro Delgado 68). 

Attendance:  44     Star Player:  Alex Paine 

 
Paxton Powers Saints to Deserved Draw PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ian   
Saturday, 14 December 2013 19:02

Saints  1     Paxton 75

Daventry Town  1     Robinson 14

Calor League Division One Central  (Saturday 14 December)

Chalfont had reason to cheer on Saturday as they achieved what is probably their best league result of the season with a performance that would have defeated many other sides.

Daventry are no mugs; one of the title favourites and having enjoyed a strong run in the FA Cup will have arrived at Mill Meadow expecting to roll over a Saints side that has been struggling at home.

With Leon Osei returning to the front line Saints finally found a target man who can compete with central defenders and so Saints were able to see a focus for their attacks.  With Terrell Lewis slipping back into the full back role, the Saints back line looked solid enough but the lack that has evaded them all season continued to hold back after 14 minutes when an eagle-eyed linesman was able to see Ashley Robinson's effort from a corner cross the goal line through a crowd of players. The inevitable mountain that required climbing confronted Saints but at no time did they look overwhelmed and as half time arrived they were more than competing with an impressive Daventry side.

The expectation was that the visitors would turn up the heat after the restart  and they did move the ball quickly and accurately but it was Chalfont that slowly took control of proceedings. Alan Hedley was tireless in midfield, creating and seeing openings and three times Leon Osei was just short of levelling the scores as Daventry began to chase shadows. Romaine Walker, short on confidence, began to regain his touch and Danilson Vicente spurned a golden opportunity.

Chalfont's inability to find the target was in danger of spoiling a hard-working performance but on 75 minutes they were rescued by their standout player of the season, Gareth Paxton. A deep corner by Walker found Evandro Delgado at the far post and he held up the ball before feeding Paxton whose swerving shot back across goal flew into the net.

Although Daventry were always a threat, mainly through the dangerous Ross Oulton, it was Chalfont that looked the more likely winners as both sides pressed for the win in the final minutes. At the final whistle there was relief and pride from the home side and some undoubted frustration from the visitors who had expected more. 

Saints:  Michael Power-Simpson, Terrell Lewis, Anthony Lennon, Gareth Paxton, John Carroll, Alex Paine, Romaine Walker, Alan Hedley, Scott Fitzgerald, Leon Osei, Danilson Vicente (Evandro Delgado 72).

Attendance:  43     Star Player:  Alan Hedley 

 
Rugby Overpower Saints PDF Print E-mail
First Team
Written by Ian   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 19:01

Saints  0

Rugby Town  2     Blythe 50, Kolodynski 57

Calor League Division One Central  (Saturday 6 December)

Saints:  Michael Power-Simpson, Remmel Clarke (Evandro Delgado 64), Ronayne Marsh-Brown (Leon Osei 78), Gareth Paxton, John Carroll, Anthony Lennon, Alex Paine, Davis Haule (Romaine Walker 64), Terrell Lewis, Scott Fitzgerald, Alan Hedley. 

Attendance:  78     Star Player:  Gareth Paxton  

 
Junior coaching - a club view PDF Print E-mail
Juniors
Written by Ian   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 18:47

Football is a wonderful game and attracts all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons. For better or worse the club has had the spotlight shone on it over the last few days as the Daily Mail picked up a story about one of our junior coaches who expressed some trenchant views about competitiveness within the game that put him at odds with the majority of parents and subsequently with the club.

As a father with a son playing at under-15 level (at another club I should say) I can endorse the growing importance of competitiveness. This, however, usually comes from the boys and needs only to be channeled by the coach. At this age, most boys will have been playing for several years and will have learned the ethos of playing within a team while developing their own individual traits and abilities. To impose it on under-10s, as this particular coach/parent was doing, without this grounding, when the boys and girls are still discovering the game and finding out what they might want to get from the playing experience is both irresponsible and dangerous.

Football is a game, not a sport. It can be played and enjoyed on many different levels. Even from the other side of the touchline the spectator will take different things from the game, depending on his understanding of and attachment to the game.

Fewer and fewer children are playing the game into their older years. To risk losing them before they have even started doesn’t bear thinking about.

 

 
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