Monday, 13 December 2010

Round-Up. December 11th/12th.


Coundon Court U10’s 2-7 Sporting Club Albion U10’s

The Under 10’s suffered their second defeat on the bounce to Sporting Club Albion in the second round of the cup on Saturday. After losing 8-1 away to the league leaders in their last game back in November, Coundon were looking for revenge and started the brighter of the two teams before falling behind. Emily scored her eighth goal of the season and a late own goal made the scoreline seem a little more respectable for the hosts.

Coundon Court U11’s 0-2 Knowle Girls U11’s

The Under 11’s were brought back down to earth after losing at home to Knowle, also in the cup. After four consecutive victories, Coundon were high in spirits going into the game but never really got going against a Knowle side who sit just two points below them in the table. It was the second time Knowle had travelled and beaten Coundon this season, following a 2-1 league victory at the start of October.

Coundon Court U12’s 9-0 Leamington Lions B U12’s

Harriett and Sophie both netted hat-tricks as Coundon thumped bottom club Leamington Lions B on Saturday. Harriett – who scored four in the reverse fixture earlier in the season – took her tally to 12 for the season with the treble, whilst Sophie now has 13 in this campaign. Jess added two and Bailey scored her first goal for the club, as Coundon kept up their pursuit of Sporting Club Albion at the top of the league.

Bilbrook Ladies U13’s 3-1 Coundon Court U13’s

The Under 13’s couldn’t replicate last month’s magnificent league effort, as they were dumped out of the cup by Bilbrook. After a 2-1 success in the same fixture a little over a month ago, Coundon dominated the first-half but couldn’t find a way past the Bilbrook goalkeeper. The visitors kept the pressure up and Cerys netted the opener at the start of the second half, but were quickly pegged back by a looping finish by the hosts. Bilbrook twice netted in the next 15 minutes and that was enough for them to book a place in the next round of the cup.

Coundon Court U14’s 14-2 Kingshurst Sporting Club U14’s

The cup holders are through to the next round, after a thoroughly resounding victory at home to Kingshurst. The visitors, currently sitting in fourth place in Division One – a league below Coundon – could field only nine players and were duly punished by the rampant hosts. Brittany struck five and Rhea netted two – their first goals for the club – whilst Leigh also struck twice. Charlotte Ha, Chelsea, Lianne, Hannah and Charlotte Ho. also found the net, as Coundon ran out easy winners.

Coundon Court U15’s 2-1 Warriors U15’s

The U15’s picked up a huge cup scalp as they defeated Warriors on Saturday. Despite playing in a league below, Jenny fired Coundon ahead in the first-half. The visitors equalised, but Coundon pushed forward and scored a winner in the second-half.


Coundon Court U9’s 6-1 Alveston Juniors U9’s

The Under 9’s bounced back from their defeat to Leamington three weeks ago with a victory over struggling Alveston Juniors. Brook took his tally to ten for the season with a double, whilst Andre, Kyle, Ben and Oliver also scored to cap off a comfortable win.

Chapelfield Colts U14’s 3-3 Coundon Court U14’s

The U14’s became the first team to take points off high-flying Chapelfield Colts this season, after a thrilling draw on Sunday. With eight wins from eight thus far, the hosts understandably started the more confident and took an early lead through the forward. Coundon responded in a positive fashion and grew into the game much more, as Ayo struck the bar then fired just wide of the post. The visitors finally got back into the game through a bizarre own goal just before the break, as a backpass rolled under the goalkeeper’s foot and into the net. Despite dominating the start of the second-half, Coundon fell behind to a long-range effort, but responded almost immediately as Ayo wriggled into the box before finding the net. Coundon took the lead for the first time with ten minutes remaining as George outpaced the defender before firing home. They couldn’t hold on though, as a corner wasn’t properly cleared and was eventually scrambled in from point-blank range.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Coundon Court Football Club - A short (and hopefully interesting) history...

It dawned on me the other day that whilst this blog is informative and may be interesting to some, it's not very personal and I haven't really given you an insight into what goes on within the club. Essentially rendering this blog as just words on a page. Which is probably not the look I really should be aiming for, is it? 

Although the foundations of Coundon Court FC began in 2002, we - as the same group of players (and coaches for that matter) - had gone through the stages of being Allesley Aces (1999/2000), Hawkesmill Juniors (2000-2002), and then finally settling as Coundon Court Football Club.

The sole reason I wanted to join Allesley Aces back in 1999, was to be able to play in the same team as all of my mates. I did not care much for success or being the best in Coventry, I just felt there was more intrinsic value to playing in a team with people I grew up with.

Would it be fair to say that this 'family' ethic still continues to this day?

You only have to be present at Coundon Court School of a weekend to realise that the environment has stayed true to it's roots. Richard Seedhouse is still there cracking his awful jokes to anyone that will listen, albeit going slightly greyer on top. Barry Morris is still as bad with keepy-uppies as he was five years ago, whilst Dave Bramley seems to be working in reverse and turning into some kind of (lazy) footballing God. The same familiar faces do pop-up from time to time, and it's that kind of commitment that has certainly helped Coundon Court grow in stature in the eight years since it's inception.

(I will provide a proper profile for people inside the club at a later date, as their work and devotion essentially make the club who we are).

I started coaching at the club in 2005. Ten of us were offered the chance to undergo our JFO Coaching Award, and considering it lead on from training on a Saturday morning, as well as being free, it was a no-brainer. This soon developed into coaching in the 'Community Scheme' for 4, 5 and 6-year-old's every Saturday morning. The most noticeable thing about this scheme (and I can still vouch for this today) is that it was an hour where a child could both learn technique and enjoy themselves. What also hit home about this, was that it was a stark contrast to when I was at that age where opportunities like this were simply never available.

At the last time of checking, six young players who have through the Community Scheme in the last three years have gone on to sign for professional club's Academies, which merely points to prove the effect that a club like Coundon has had in such a short space of time. Watch the video for more information regarding the club.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Cold snap hits football fixtures.

Sub-zero temperatures over the weekend caused every match involving Coundon teams to be postponed because of frozen pitches.

Saturday mornings Community session was also called off, due to heavy snowfall.

Proposed matches for Saturday 4th December and Sunday 5th December, pending weather conditions:

Coundon Court U7's vs Bedworth Eagles U7's
Christ the King U8's vs Coundon Court U8's
Coundon Court U10's vs Coventry City U10's
Erdington Ladies U11's vs Coundon Court U11's
Leafield Athletic U12's vs Coundon Court U12's
Leamington Lions U13's vs Coundon Court U13's
Coundon Court U14's vs Kinghurst Sporting U14's (Cup tie)
Wednesbury U15's vs Coundon Court U15's

Brinklow Juniors U9's vs Coundon Court U9's
Santos Youth U10's vs Coundon Court U10's
Southam United U11's vs Coundon Court U11's
Coundon Court U13's vs Weddington Thistle U12's
St. Nicolas U14's vs Coundon Court U14's

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Round-Up. November 20th/21st.


Warwick Angels U13’s 12-0 Coundon Court U13’s

A three game winning streak for the Under 13’s was ended by a rampant Warwick Angels on Saturday. The hosts – who have won all eight league games this season, netting 65 goals in the process – took an early lead and were 5-0 ahead at the break. Warwick added another seven goals in the second-half to ensure a comfortable victory against a well-spirited Coundon side. Ellie gave the visitors something to cheer about with a succession of excellent saves – including one from the spot in the second-half. The Under 13’s face a tough trip to Bilbrook Ladies next week in the cup, looking to replicate the 2-1 league scoreline at the start of the month.

Derby County U14’s 0-0 Coundon Court U14’s

The U14’s maintained their position at the top of the table with an excellent point away at Derby County. The hosts – who were last week beaten for the first time this season by Sporting Club Albion – were lucky to still be level after early dominance by the visitors as Leigh and Danielle were both denied in front of goal. Derby pinned Coundon back at the end of both halves, but it was the visitors who came closest to snatching a winner, as Megan drove wide and Kia had an effort blocked on the line. The Under 14’s are also in cup action next week, as they play host to Kinghurst Sporting, who currently sit joint second in Division One.

For more details on results, fixtures and league tables for the Central Warwickshire Girls Football League: click here.


Leamington Hibs U7’s vs Coundon Court U7’s

Kian scored and put in a man-of-the-match performance as the Under 7’s took on Leamington Hibs on Saturday. They are also away next week, as they take on Weddington Thistle.

Leamington Hibs U9’s 2-0 Coundon Court U9’s

The Under 9’s lost for the first time in over a month, as they slipped to defeat away at Leamington Hibs. In a tight contest, Hibs took an early lead but were lucky to maintain their clean sheet when Evan struck the crossbar. Coundon pressed for an equaliser, but the hosts broke and scored a second to wrap up the points. There were several positives to take from the performance though, as all eight players did exceptionally well, particularly the efforts of goalkeeper Rian, who made a string of terrific saves. The Under 9’s are back at home next weekend, as they face a tough task against second-placed Massey Ferguson.

Coundon Court U10’s 2-1 Kenilworth Wardens U10’s

The Under 10’s extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven, as they saw off Kenilworth Wardens in a tight game on Sunday. After a 3-3 draw in the cup six weeks ago - which was eventually won on penalties by Coundon – Kenilworth were looking for revenge, however strikes by Steve and Connor ensured the points would go to the hosts. The result also sees Coundon leapfrog Kenilworth in the table with 16 points. The Under 10’s are at home to struggling Southam United next weekend.
Coventry Copsewood U11’s 1-8 Coundon Court U11’s

The Under 11’s goal tally now stands at 61 in just nine games this season, after an emphatic victory away at Coventry Copsewood. Owen and Cain both scored twice, plus goals by Sam J, Farris, Jack and Matthew – his 13th of the season – ensured another big victory. The Under 11’s host Coventry Sphinx next weekend.

Coundon Court U14’s 4-5 Haunchwood U14’s

The Under 14’s suffered their second defeat of the season to Haunchwood, despite a spirited display on Sunday. Determined to make up for the 3-1 loss earlier in the season, a Coundon side ravaged by injuries fell behind after failing to deal with a long throw into the box. Keenan struck his first goal for the club to level matters before Haunchwood went back in front with a well-worked goal. The visitors controversially went 3-1 ahead just before the break, when Haig put into his own net despite a blatant foul in the box. Tom dragged Coundon back into the game at 3-2 after the break, only for the hosts to immediately concede to a long-range effort. Steve superbly manufactured a goal for himself, before Tom equalised from close-range to confirm a tremendous comeback. Coundon hearts were broken at the death though, as a cross-turned-shot evaded Damon to steal the points for Haunchwood.

For more details on results, fixtures and league tables for the John Bryan Coventry Minor Football League: click here.

Featured Game - Coundon Court U12’s 6-5 Hawkesmill U12's

John struck just two minutes from time to give Coundon victory over Hawkesmill in an eleven-goal thriller today.

Without back-to-back victories since the end of last season, Coundon twice fell behind early on but brilliantly recovered to hold a 3-2 lead at half-time, courtesy of two goals by Owen and a strike by John. A flurry of goals at both ends in a breathtaking second-half drew the visitor’s level at 5-5. With the clock ticking away, John netted to secure the points in dramatic fashion.

Despite cup success for both teams last week, Hawkesmill started in the ascendancy and found a lead after just six minutes, as the #17 outpaced the defence on the left before firing past Dion. In spite of the setback, Justin’s throw-in from the left played Owen through and he made no mistake, firing under the goalkeeper’s legs to draw Coundon level on eight minutes.

After the breathless opening exchanges, both teams soon settled and the match turned into quite a scrappy affair. Hawkesmill were still looking the brighter of the two teams though and twice came close within the space of a minute via the #8. Firstly he fired straight at Dion from the right side of the box on 12 minutes, before thumping a superb drive against the bar from distance.

The pressure from the visitors was mounting and - after the #9 skewed horribly wide of the left post on 17 minutes – Hawkesmill finally made their dominance pay. A low effort from the #16 was pushed away by Dion and the #17 reacted quickest to slot in his second from close range. Matters were nearly made worse when the #8 skipped past three challenges in the Coundon box before firing wide nine minutes later.

Coundon started to grow in character as the half wore on and equalised just a minute later, as a poor backpass allowed Daniel C to challenge the goalkeeper, the ball subsequently rolled loose for John to nudge the ball into an empty net.

Undoubtedly the turning point of the match came on the 31st minute, as Dion and the influential #8 were both substituted after a scuffle, and the hosts duly took advantage by taking the lead moments before half-time. John put Owen through on goal and he coolly rolled into the bottom right-hand corner for 3-2.

The hosts started the second-half in similar fashion, as a long ball by Jack M put Daniel C through, and he superbly clipped over the onrushing ‘keeper from an acute angle to produce a two-goal lead. That lasted just ten minutes though, as the #7 seized upon a loose ball outside the box before rifling an unstoppable strike into the bottom right-hand corner.

Every attack looked like it was going to result in a goal and Justin kept that trend going with a superb looping volley to restore the two-goal advantage, after Jack M had flicked on Nathan’s throw on 50 minutes. The deficit was again cut just a minute later, as the #7 found himself in an identical position to his first goal, and sent a powerful, rising drive over Daniel R and into the roof of the net.

Disaster struck for Coundon on 53 minutes, as the #7 was adjudged to have been tripped inside the box, and he duly completed his hat-trick with a powerful spot-kick which the goalkeeper was unlucky not to keep out. Hawkesmill very nearly completed the ultimate turnaround with just six minutes remaining when a low drive in the box by the #17 was brilliantly held by Daniel R.

Coundon’s perseverance and endeavour finally paid off in the latter stages however, as Owen did fantastically well to hold the ball up before feeding John on the left-wing, he ran clear and poked beyond the goalkeeper to clinch a stunning victory at the death.

Coundon Court U12’s 6-5 Hawkesmill U12's

Coundon Court:
Owen (8')
John (27')
Owen (34')
Daniel C (38')
Justin (50')
John (67')

#17 (6')
#17 (18')
#7 (48')
#7 (51')
#7 (64')

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Round-Up. November 13th/14th.


Sporting Club Albion U10’s 8-1 Coundon Court U10’s

The Under 10’s were comprehensively beaten by a rampant Sporting Club Albion on Saturday. With the hosts netting 66 goals and conceding just one in the six league games prior to the match, coupled with the fact that Coundon were without the goalscoring prowess of Lia, they were always going to struggle against their unbeaten opponents. Teegan made her debut and netted a consolation for the visitors. They will face familiar faces in a fortnight’s time, as the Under 10’s again take on Sporting Club Albion.

Warwick Angels U11’s 1-3 Coundon Court U11’s

Mia netted a superb hat-trick – her 8th, 9th and 10th goals of the season - as the Under 11’s maintained their four-game winning streak, away at Warwick. Milly also made her 50th appearance for the club. The Under 11’s are also back in action in a fortnight, as they travel to Knowle Girls, looking to avenge the 2-1 defeat earlier in the season.

Stratford Town U12’s 0-11 Coundon Court U12’s

The Under 12’s kept up their pursuit of Sporting Club Albion at the top of the league, with a thumping victory over table-propping Stratford Town on Saturday. Sophie netted four and Mya added a hat-trick, and doubles by Jess and Harriet completed the rout. Stratford are still without a goal this season, after the home defeat.

Coundon Court U13’s 5-3 Walsall Ladies U13’s

It was a third win on the bounce for the Under 13’s, as they twice came from behind to secure an emphatic victory at home against Walsall. After falling behind early on, Ciara netted an equaliser, only for Walsall to go back ahead at 2-1. Milly equalised, and then added her second from the penalty spot to end a breathless first-half at 3-2 to the hosts. Walsall levelled matters at 3-3 in the second-half, before a stunning strike by Emma put Coundon ahead at 4-3. The hosts ensured the three points late on, as Milly bagged her hat-trick – her 89th altogether and now a joint club record. The result was made more impressive by the fact that Coundon fielded just nine players for the entirety of the match. The Under 13’s face a tricky trip to Warwick Angels next week, hoping to halt their unbeaten record at the top of the league.

Coundon Court U15’s 4-2 Belvedere U15’s

The Under 15’s moved to the top of the league with a fantastic victory at home to Belvedere. Trailing their opponents on goal difference prior to the match, Roisin fired the hosts into a 1-0 lead. Jenny and Chloe added to the scoreline, before Jade added a 4th goal late on – her first goal in two years.

For more details on results, fixtures and league tables for the Central Warwickshire Girls Football League: click here.


Coundon Court U7’s vs. Dunlop Blue

Kian, Oisin, Rami and Alex netted in an excellent performance against Dunlop Blue. The hosts dominated the first-half - and opted to experiment in the second – with Dominic and Michael both appearing in goal for the young side. The Under 7’s are away at Leamington Hibs next Saturday.

Coundon U8’s vs Coventry Sphinx

Nathan scored his 9th and 10th goals of the season in a spirited display against Coventry Sphinx. The Under 8’s travel to take on Coventry Copsewood, also next Saturday.

Binley Woods Juniors U9’s 2-5 Coundon Court U9’s

The Under 9’s cup run continued with a thumping 5-2 victory away at Binley Woods. Man of the match Oliver netted twice, whilst Kyle continued his rich vein of form with his 4th goal in just three games. Brook added another, before Andre confirmed victory with his 3rd goal of the season. The Under 9’s are back in league action on Sunday, as they take on Leamington Hibs.

Coundon Court U10’s 7-0 Dunlop Blue U10’s

Rhys scored for the 6th consecutive game as the Under 10’s advanced to the next round of the cup with a comfortable victory against Dunlop Blue. The in-form striker netted a hat-trick en route to the win, with Jack, Steve, Josh and Ryan also getting their names on the scoresheet. The Under 10’s face a test next Sunday, as they host Kenilworth Wardens for the second time this season. They faced each other in cup action just over a month ago, as Coundon edged out their opponents on penalty kicks, after a 3-3 draw.

Coundon Court U11’s 13-0 Leamington Hibs Blue U11’s

The Under 11’s took their tally to 53 goals in just eight games this season, as they hammered Leamington Hibs Blue in cup action on Sunday. Matthew netted four, Sam J struck twice, and there were also goals for Sam A, Farris, Jordan, Jamie - his first for the club, Thomas, Jack and Owen. The Under 11’s will be hoping for a similar performance when they take on struggling Coventry Copsewood away next Sunday.

Rugby Town Colts U12’s 3-8 Coundon Court U12’s

The Under 12’s recorded their first victory in four, as they defeated Rugby Town Colts in the cup on Sunday. Owen struck a hat-trick to tally seven goals for the season, whilst Justin, Jack M, James, Will and George all found the net, to book a place in the next round. They are back in league action next Sunday, as they host Hawkesmill.

For more details on results, fixtures and league tables for the John Bryan Coventry Minor Football League: click here.

Featured Game - Coundon Court U14’s 2-0 Alvis Colts U14’s

Second-half goals by Haig and Tom were enough to condemn Alvis Colts to defeat, and send Coundon Court into the third round of the John Bryan Coventry Minor League Under 14 Cup.

Off the back of a thumping victory over Leamington Brakes Colts in the previous round, B League Alvis fought valiantly in the first-half, but the quality of the hosts shone through in the second as Haig’s deflected effort forced a lead. Coundon pushed forward looking for a second - and after missing a host of chances – Tom chipped the goalkeeper with just two minutes remaining to seal the win.

After a slow start with very little to choose between the teams, Coundon burst into life on 11 minutes as Josh met a loose ball with a thumping half-volley which was tipped away for a corner by the goalkeeper. The visitors responded in a positive fashion, as the #7 and the #10 were both sent clear on the right-wing, but Coundon dealt well with both and managed to clear away. The latter then forced Damon into his first save on 18 minutes as he broke free on the right, but the stopper was equal to a timid effort at his near post.

The match was starting to grow as a spectacle, and a minute later Sam sent an ambitious left-footed drive just over the bar from the edge of the box. In a similar fashion, the Alvis #7 cut inside on 26 minutes and hammered a shot which cleared Damon’s goal.

Undoubtedly the best chance of the half went begging two minutes later though, as Haig’s inviting corner found Daniel, who glanced a header just wide of the left post. Coundon went close again just a minute before the half-time break, as George’s deep corner from the left picked out Sam, but he directed his volley just wide of goal.

The hosts flew out of the traps in the second-half and very nearly netted an opener on 39 minutes, as substitute Ayo rolled the ball back for Owen, who rattled the post with a thunderous, low drive. Haig went one better on 48 minutes, as he met Ayo’s cut back from the right-wing with a first-time effort that deflected in via the body of an Alvis defender, to give Coundon the lead.

Despite the goal advantage, Coundon took their foot off the gas and let Alvis back into the game, yet were still looking threatening on the break. Sam had a strike easily saved from distance, before Daniel picked out Tom with a sublime ball on 53 minutes; he ran clear on the left but rolled the ball just wide of the right post. 

The hosts then had two chances in two minutes, as Sam’s free-kick was comfortably held and then Ayo raced clear on the right flank but was wasteful with his finish as he blazed over the bar from close range.

Coundon Court were still looking much more dangerous in attack, but Alvis were pushing forward in numbers late on. The #8 sent a warning to the home team when he broke clear of the Coundon midfield on 63 minutes, before lashing a low strike that was well held by Damon.

The match was finally settled five minutes later though, as a poor back pass was seized upon by Tom, who brilliantly looped over the ‘keeper to confirm victory. Owen had a chance to put gloss on the victory when he controlled Haig’s low shot in injury-time, but he disappointingly slammed his strike well wide of the right post.

Coundon Court U14’s 2-0 Alvis Colts U14’s

Coundon Court:
Haig (48')
Tom (68')

Alvis Colts: