Manager: Robert Smith
Home Pitch: King George's Field
Sunday 8th October
Borough Green Colts 1-6 Borough Green Youth
Harvey O’Neill returned to haunt his former team notching 5 goals along with a solitary effort from another ex Colt Thomas Wilkinson as Youth took maximum points in Sunday’s Borough Green derby.
With Josh Dent already sidelined with a hip problem, Colts preparation for the game were scuppered even more when influential midfielder James Springall was ruled out with a groin injury.
The opening 20 minutes were a high tempo affair, with both sides on the offensive. Colts captain Donn Cameron and leading marksman Ben White both fired narrowly wide,
But it was Youth who looked the more threatening of the two sides during the opening period-with some excellent play from the back. and they soon moved into an 8th minute lead.
Youth again went close firing two efforts across the face of goal and striking the woodwork.
Central defender Louis Mann was in imperious form as an array of fine tackling helped thwart the potent attack that Youth possessed.
But then disaster struck for the home side as two mistakes from keeper Oleksandr Aryku enabled Youth to move into a 3-0 half time lead. With Arkyu clearly distressed by this, Mann took his place in goal.
Colts changed their formation after the break with Ben White, Toby Watson and Josh Barham forming a three pronged attack.
This new approach had the desired effect and Colts duly pulled a goal back as Cameron left fly from the edge of the box to convert Ben Hutchins perfectly weighted corner.
White, Watson and Cameron went close as Colts looked to add to their tally.
Brilliant interplay from Youth was continuing to prove problems for the home side, but Sam Nash intervened with two fine challenges
While Kai Emmings and Billy Whyte also cut out dangerous balls into the box
With Colts pressing forward, Youth exploited the extra space at the other end to net three times and secure local bragging rights.
Colts: Aryku, Barham (Nash), Hutchins, Whyte (Emmings), Mann, Smith, T.Dent, Cameron, White, Elliot, Watson
Sunday 1st October
Sittingbourne Athletic 5-2 Colts
Cameron Elliot’s two goals proved in vain as 10 man Colts slumped to a 5-2 defeat at ‘The UK Paper Sports Ground’. A disastrous first half defensive display saw ‘Colts’ leak three goals and despite being the better side after the break the goal deficit proved too much of a mountain to climb for ‘The Colts’.
It was a first win of the season for bottom of the table Sittingbourne and immediately from the start they looked. threatening. The Colts defence were having real problems defending their penalty box failing to clear the ball and not defending in sufficient numbers and it was little surprise when the home side took a 7th minute lead. Colts fell further behind after failing to deal with a corner.
Colts struggled to get the ball into the home side’s penalty box for large periods of the first haf. Billy Whyte threaded a couple of fine balls forward but the Sittingbourne defence cut out these threats. Predatory striker Ben White looked a for-longed character and was left isolated for long periods, quite simply not getting the service that he thrives on. Although he did force a smart save from the keeper, while Toby Watson was narrowly off target with his effort.
Following a strong run down the left, Kai Emmings defence splitting pass looked to have set up Watson to strike but the danger was cleared and after Emmings had lost his footing a long ball over the defence saw Louis Mann the only player left in the penalty box and Sittingbourne duly grabbed their third goal. An example of Colts failing keeping their discipline at the back.
The scoreline may well have been even worse at the interval had Colts keeper Oleksandr Aryku pulled off a fine acrobatic save.
It was a much-improved performance after the restart. Toby Dent was looking strong in midfield and played in Ben White whose strike was saved. Colts were now enjoying much possession but like the first half they were failing to make their presence tell in the Sittinbourne 6 yard box..
Arguably the pivotal moment of the game arrived as Donn Cameron was sent off. Following a strong but fair tackle. The Sittingbourne player reacted by raising his hands and pushing the Yalding skipper who then retaliated. To add salt to the wound Mann was then booked for kicking out moments later.
Sittingbourne took full advantage of this numerical advantage and added two quick fire goals. To their credit Colts didn’t let their heads drop and it was now time for Cam Elliot to take centre stage.
Elliot’s superb run from deep was timed to perfection as he latched onto Mann’s slick pass and sent his 25-yard curling effort veering for the bottom corner of the goal. Toby Watson was then the provider for Elliot’s second goal as the Colts Central Defender let fly with a clinical first time strike, but by now the damage had been done to leave ‘Colts’ with nothing to show for their endeavours.
Colts: Aryku, Barham (Nash)) Hutchins, Mann (T.Dent), Elliot, Springall, Whyte (Emmings), Smith, Cameron, White, Watson
Sunday 24th September
Colts 6-3 Larkfield Juniors
An impressive display of free flowing attacking football saw Colts run out 6-3 winners over Larkfield Juniors at King George's Field.
The pre match instruction was to be aggressive and take the game to their opponents and the boys headed this advice. Within seconds of the start Ben Hutchins made fine inroads down the left flank before sliding the ball into the feet of Ben White whose lay off teed up Toby Watson for a shot that drew a smart save from the keeper.
With 8 minutes on the clock Colts moved ahead. It was a goal that was instigated by the outstanding Josh Barham. Larkfield's dangerous forward had looked set to find the net, however Barham intervened with a perfectly placed tackle. He then switched play into the opposite direction to release Toby Watson who powered forward and elegantly stroke the ball home.
Colts paraded new signing, Oleksandr Akryu and the goalkeeper marked his debut with a good range of ball handling. The decision to play Louis Mann and Billy Whyte as defensive midfielders had the desired effect as they helped nullify Larkfield’s sorties forward with their physical prescence. Behind them Toby Dent again impressed with another steady display alongside Cam Elliot in the heart of the defence
The Larkfield keeper was in inspirational form. Firstly he went full stretch to deny Ben White following James Springall’s throughball. The visitors shot stopper then thwarted Toby Watson following a neat pass from skipper Donn Cameron.
Ben Hutchins perfectly placed corner picked out Ben White whose crisp strike rattled the crossbar, moments later the Colts striker fired inches wide having connected with Toby Watson’s cross.
Having survived this bout of Colts pressure, the visitors drew level with a well executed free kick, however Colts were soon back on the attack, and it needed the acrobatics of Larkfield’s keeper to keep them at bay.
Donn Cameron’s pass was perfectly weighted to find Ben White whose effort was tipped away, Louis Mann was then the provider setting up Toby Watson who saw the ball smothered at his feet. The Larkfield shot stopper would then fly through the air and scoop the ball into mid flight to thwart Ben White, once more Donn Cameron the creator.
The first 2 minutes of the second half saw Colts take a stranglehold on the match. Josh Barham ceased upon a misplaced clearance and outpaced the defence to rifle the ball home. Barely a minute later Josh Barham turned from scorer to provider as his weighted pass released Ben White who shrugged off the challenge of his marker before finding the net.
Having been left on the bench due to a hip problem, Josh Dent had now been introduced to proceedings and he made his mark with strong tackles, but his injury would again take its toll and eventually force him to leave the pitch.
Larkfield were then given a lifeline when a well-placed lob drifted over Oleksandr but parity was quickly restored. Louis Mann linked up well with Toby Watson and he in turn played in James Springall and the Colts midfield playmaker let fly with an exquisite missile type shot to send the ball veering for the top right corner of the net.
Louis Mann and Ben White linked up well with the latter seeing his effort saved, however at the other end Larkfield looked set to pounce but Olexander showed his class tipping the ball onto the crossbar.
Billy White had now been moved into a central midfield role and was proving to be a rock in the heart of the pitch.
The visitors were able to reduce the deficit with a move that was created from the left, but any hopes of a dramatic fight back were soon put to bed though as Colts struck twice more.
Louis Mann aimed his corner in towards the near post and with the ball partially cleared; Cam Elliot picked up the loose ball and delivered it into the heart of the box. Louis Smith timed his run to perfection cutting in from the right and duly drilled the ball home.
Victory was secured 5 minutes from time. Kai Emmimgs a player renowned for playing the simple balls and making the game look easy and he did just this picking up the ball in midfield before taking one look up and releasing a peach of a pass to send Ben White through rounding the keeper and take his tally for the season to four goals and move to the top of the Colts scoring charts.
Colts: Arkyu, Barham, Hutchins (J.Dent), T.Dent, Elliot, Mann, Springall, Whyte (Emmings) (Smith), Cameron, White, Watson
Sunday 17th September
Vinters Valley 4-1 Colts
Slack marking proved to be Colts downfall as they were well beaten 4-1 at Valley School.
Colts went into the game without the unavailable Josh Barham, but were able to call upon the services of Sam Nash and Kai Emmings who were given their first starts of the season.
It was a slow start by The Colts, and Vinters exploited this hesitancy in the visitors play taking an 8th minute lead as Colts failed to deal with a left wing cross.
Vinters were enjoying a lot of success through the centre and it needed a fine save from Louis Mann and the woodwork to keep them at bay.
Colts were then forced to shuffle the pack as Josh Dent playing against his former club was forced to leave the pitch injured, Sam Nash dropped back to cover him at full back proving to be a more than capable replacement with some strong challenges.
Toby Watson had began the game in central midfield before being switched out to the left and this tactical change had the desired effect as Colts drew level on the 20 minute mark.
It was Toby who began and finished the move aided by fine approach work from James Springall and Donn Cameron which culminated in Toby slotting home his second goal in as many games.
This seemed to spur life into the visitors and Ben White went close firing inches wide following Toby Watson’s slick pass.
By this point Toby Dent, Ben Hutchins, Sam Nash and Cam Elliot were now holding the potent Vinters attack at bay.
The second half saw Colts formation changed with Toby Watson linking up with Ben White in attack.
With this new dimension in their play Colts began to look threatening. In defence Kai was reintroduced to proceedings and covered much ground at right back and letting loose a couple of good forward balls.
Further up the pitch Billy White was looking powerful holding the ball up well and played a couple of telling balls into the danger area but these were well defended by the Vinters defence.
Ben Hutchins then produced some neat play sliding the ball down the left to find Toby Watson who paved the way open for Donn whose powerful strike was saved.
The keeper again rescued the home side as he produced a smart stop to thwart Ben White after Toby had steered Donn’s through ball into his path.
Having survived these two scares Vinters regained the initiative when a long-range effort beat keeper Louis Mann.
The concentration levels of Colts was now questionable. The sloppy play that had been so evident inside the opening period of the game reared its ugly head and two goals inside the final 5 minutes were enough to condemn Colts to defeat.
Team: Mann, J.Dent (Smith) T.Dent, Whyte, Elliot, Nash, Springall, Cameron, White, Watson, Emmings (Hutchins)
Sunday 10th Sept:
Colts 3 v 2 Sitti Swans
Ben White led the way with two goals as The U14s Colts Under new Manager Rob Smith came from a goal behind to kick off the new campaign with a 3-2 win over a strong Sitti Swans side at King George's Field.
With 10 new signings on parade, Colts fell behind on 6 minutes as they failed to clear their lines.
Within 6 minutes Ben went close firing narrowly wide. Play quickly reverted to the other end as Keeper Louis Mann went full stretch to tip the ball away. Moments later the visitors were then denied by the post.
Colts took full advantage of these two missed opportunities to level the scores with half hour played. A long clearance from keeper Louis Mann was seized upon by Ben white who demonstrated his predatory goalscoring instincts to slot the ball home.
Two minutes into the second half the Colts edged ahead. Billy Whyte whipped his corner into the box, Sam Nash drew his marker out of position and the ball slid across to James Springall whose strike was saved and Toby Watson was on hand to rifle the ball into the roof of the net.
Colts were soon back on the attack, The Swans keeper did well to thwart Ben and the follow up from Josh Barham flew wide.
With their next attack Colts increased their lead as Billy's neat lay off paved the way open for Ben to convert his second goal of the morning.
Hesitancy in the home side's rearguard enabled Swans to reduce the deficit. They now looked a real threat hitting the woodwork, before Louis Mann pulled off a world class save flying across the heart of the goal and tip away a blistering long range drive.
Colts were quickly back in the ascendency as Billy's pin point ball fed Ben whose effort drifted inches wide.
As the seconds ticked away there was time for one more chance and it fell to Swans but Cam Elliot intervened with a fine headed clearance late to ensure maximum points for The Colts.
Team: Mann, J.Dent, Hutchins, T.Dent, Elliot, Smith (Emmings) Springall, Cameron (Whyte) Watson, White, Barham (Nash)
|Home strip:||Red shirts, shorts and socks with white trim and white piping|
|Away strip:||White shirts with red shorts and socks|
|10 Sep 2017||10:30||Home||Sitti Swans||Win 3 - 2|
|17 Sep 2017||10:30||Away||Vinters Valley||Loss 1 - 4|
|24 Sep 2017||10:30||Home||Larkfield Juniors||Win 6 - 3|
|1 Oct 2017||10:30||Away||Sittingbourne Athletic||Loss 2 - 5|
|8 Oct 2017||10:30||Home||Borough Green Youth||Loss 1 - 6|
|29 Oct 2017||10:30||Away||Ditton Minors Youth||-|
|26 Nov 2017||10:30||Away||Sitti Swans||-|
|3 Dec 2017||10:30||Home||Vinters Valley||-|
|17 Dec 2017||10:30||Away||Larkfield Juniors||-|