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Monday, March 12, 2018
Trott & West Ham Fall to Chelsea

Nathan Trott’s West Ham United Academy Director Terry Westley said fine margins were the difference between victory and defeat in West Ham United’s 1-0 Premier League 2 Division 1 loss to Chelsea.

West Ham United created enough chances to defeat their opponents at Chigwell Construction Stadium, only for a combination of profligate finishing, fine goalkeeping from Chelsea goalkeeper Marcin Bulka and an error from home stopper Trott to see them end an exciting 90 minutes on the losing side.

“You don’t always get what you deserve and this was definitely one of those occasions,” he said. “We had a 60/40 advantage in possession and many more penalty area entries and shots than Chelsea, but you’ve got to make one of those opportunities count and we didn’t quite do that.

“I thought, in Marcus Browne, we had the best player on the pitch, which is always important when you’re playing against a top team like Chelsea, because you want to compare players.

“We were a younger team than them, with Ben Johnson, Domingos Quina and Conor Coventry all still Under-18 players, so we acquitted ourselves well, but I’m a little bit disappointed we didn’t get a point or all three, because I thought we were the better side.”

One player who caught the eye was England Under 20 goalkeeper Trott, who made a succession of fine saves, only for Chelsea’s winner to come from his miss-hit goal kick. Westley backed the youngster to bounce back.

“Nathan made some unbelievable saves, but unfortunately it just shows you what that job is like. If you make an error, which he did, it cost us a goal and ultimately cost us the match.

“Overall, he’d be thinking ‘I made some unbelievable saves’ but that’s the learning curve and if you go to the next level, to first-team level, those are the sort of mistakes you need to be cutting out.”
Thursday, March 08, 2018
Richardson Helpd Ardingly Win U15 Title

Jarryd Richardson and his Ardingly College Under 15 teammates finished off a fantastic season by winning the Elgin Under 15 League defeating Brentwood 6 - 3 in the Final at Bromley FC.

After the disappointment of being knocked out of the ISFA National Semi-Finals Richardson and his teammates were keen to make amends.

Brentwood started the better of the two teams going one nil up early into the game. A fantastic response from Ardingly saw them go into half time 3-2 up.

In the second half Ardingly dominated the game and ran out worthy winners. Timi Esan scored a hat trick and also took home the man of the match prize. A well-deserved result and a fantastic season.

The two sides met in the Quarter-Final of the ISFA Cup when, having trailed 0-1 for most of the match, Ardingly scored twice in the last 4 minutes to win.

Brentwood would no doubt be seeking revenge and sure enough they started very strongly, dominating the early phases of the game with the Ardingly team seeming rather nervous and tentative in their play.

It was after 11 minutes that a free kick led to the opening goal for Brentwood as their big center half lost his marker to head home.

A stunning equalizer from Alfie Baldock was soon followed by a flowing move which ended with Timi Esan scoring. By now the game had completely changed and 3 mins from half time a superb pass released Esan again who applied his usual calm finish. As half time approached Ardingly now looked comfortable at 3-1 but with literally the last kick of the half Brentwood scored to change the whole complexion of the game and send the teams to the dressing room with plenty to ponder.

As the teams emerged for the second half it soon became apparent that the goal just before half time had not rattled Richardson and his teammates as they continued to play with a calmness and composure which belied their years.

Richardson was afforded more opportunity to display his talents in midfield on the large pitch it was vital to retain passion and to stretch the opposition, waiting patiently for them to tire.

However Brentwood displayed a great deal of character and fought valiantly but as the game progressed more space appeared and with 15 mins to go Esan engineered an opportunity for himself and shot into the bottom corner to make it 4-2.

This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the opposition a little and a masterful tactical substitution saw Andrew Bell, put on to play center forward. Within a few minutes he scored the fifth goal showing great anticipation to capitalize on a mistake by the goalkeeper to walk the ball home.

With 4 minutes to play Brentwood won a corner and after a frantic goalmouth scramble claimed a goal.

The very next attack Esan completed his hat trick with what can only be described as an outrageous goal, somehow working his way from the touchline into the 18 yard box, into the 6 yard box and tapping home with bemused defenders all around.
Thursday, March 01, 2018
Butterfield Signs With Brackley Town

J’Nai Butterfield-Steede has signed a contract with Brackley Town Football Club which is a football club in Brackley, Northamptonshire, England.

They are currently members of the National League North, the sixth tier of English football, and play at St. James Park.

Butterfield-Steede speaking with www.islandstats.com said, “This has been a hard journey, but I am glad I have reached this point.”

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Bermuda Kappa Classic Draws Announced

Kappa Draw
The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated Bermuda Alumni Chapter held the 2018 Draw for the Kappa Classic which has been running since 1999, providing a family fun day and sporting event that benefits the local football community.

This year’s event will include Boys U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 as well as Girls U9, U11 and O13.

The Kappa Classic promotes a competitive football environment that challenges the skills of all players involved. The event has grown from year to year and this year we will have over 1,000 participants registered.

The Kappa Classic 2018 is scheduled from March 22nd – 25th at the National Sports Center (North and South Fields) and the Clyde Best Centre of Excellence.

Each team will play a minimum of three games and an All Star Team will be selected from each age group. Each player who participates will receive an event participation gift bearing the names of all of the corporate partners.

Click Here to see the Full 2018 Bermuda Kappa Classic Draw

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Crockwell & Port Vale Reserves Fall

Dequan Crockwell and his Port Vale Reserve teammates tasted League defeat for the first time this season at Morecambe, who had not won a game playing their reserve side.

Morecambe selected a strong side ahead of the tie, with a few players showing occasional glimpses of their capabilities.

Port Vale went a goal down within the first minute, Port Vale had been on attack but Morecambe came away with the ball as Kyle Hawley quickly fed the ball through to Carlos Mendez-Gomes on the right, he drew Crockwell before squaring the ball for Adam Campbell to open the scoring.

The game was end to end without any clear-cut chances arising but as the most promising Morecambe attack broke down Vale would equalize after 11 minutes. Ben Whitfield won the ball just inside the opposition half lay the ball off right where Dan Turnertook it in his stride and pulled further wide before slotting the ball across the ‘keeper and into the far corner of the net.

Twenty-three minutes in, Chris Regis saw a good opportunity to open the scoring as he tried to place the ball into the far corner but as Niall Maher tipped the ball around the post. Vale fell behind again on the 25th minute as Campbell broke through and pulled the ball back to Lamin Jagne whose shot was well saved by Crockwell, but the ball ran to Mendez-Gomez who smashed it into the roof of the net from 10 yards.

Minutes later Morecambe almost added a third as Jagne shot just over the bar from a good position, but Vale responded with Turner’s powerful shot to the near post being parried away for a corner. With a minute of the half remaining Morecambe extended their lead as Jagne wriggled free on the left and drilled a low ball across to Hawley who had a tap in from a yard out. The last kick of the half saw Wilson shoot just wide as Vale finished the half looking a little forlorn.

Vale nearly got one back through Ben Whitfield as his effort rattled the crossbar from 18-yards, following some good work between Anton Forrester and Turner.

Zak Jules was subject to Vale’s next goal in the 53rd minute. His darting run saw the on-loan Shrewsbury man defeat a number of defenders, before laying the ball off to Whitfield who smashed the ball into the top corner.

Whitfield then almost turned provider as he had the ball on the byline on the left, his cross saw Regis get a touch goalwards but the ‘keeper deflected it on to the post and back into his hands. Morecambe then regained the 2 goal lead as a cross to the far post saw a weak challenge on Jagne was he headed home.

Crockwell made a good save at the near post at the expense of a corner and then saved a Jagne header at the far post as he was unchallenged. With ten minutes to go Maher pulled off a superb save from Forrester; the visitors’ 40-yard free-kick was headed on by Charlie Raglan to Forrester who made space to turn and shoot with the ball heading into the roof of the net before the ‘keeper’s intervention.
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