Season Review 2019/20 - U12 Boys

It starts with a win over the old rivals

The season started back in the autumn with a local derby against our rivals Dartford FC, the boys showed great resilience and spirit to come back from a goal down to snatch a 2-1 win in the dying minutes (Always good to beat Dartford on their patch!). An emphatic home win followed against a newly formed team (Beacons) and then we moved onto the League Cup first round. The Draw could have been kinder as we were drawn away against another team from our division and unfortunately although dominating the game throughout went out 5-4 on penalties.

Back to the League the following week where we suffered our first of only 3 defeats all season against a physical and organised Teviot team, the only game all season that I thought we never turned up, created very little and did not deserve nothing from the game. November saw us win 3 out of 4 League games and subsequently saw us sit proudly at the top of the A division, where we remained until our final game we played!

December, saw us continue our winning ways(racking up 25 goals in the process) and it also saw our very social parents enjoying what the Fleetdown clubhouse has to offer during the festive season (believe Steve Rose is still counting his bar takings from our team that month!!).

Great start to the New Year

The New Year arrives, and our first game of 2020 ends in a 1-1 draw against one of our promotion rivals, Long Lane, a fair result on reflection (with Mitchell scoring a great goal for us to equalise). We then proceeded to beat Bruins from Bermondsey and then thrashing Guru Nanak 5-0 and just as we were getting into full stride in February, tragedy struck and along came the high winds and rain, which meant three weeks without a game, not what we needed when chasing  down the league title!

However, we returned, end of February to grind out a 2-0 win at fellow contenders, Greenways Aces, played on that carpet of a pitch at Kings farm!! The following week we had a tremendous result at Long Lane (played on an 11- aside Pitch) , winning 4-2, which effectively killed off their title aspirations.

Our final game of the campaign, saw us unfortunately lose 4-2 at home to a good Red Devils side, going 2 down in the first 5 minutes did not help our cause and although creating loads of chances in the second half, missing a penalty and their keeper putting in a MoM performance we just could not put the ball in the onion bag.

So close to a great end to the season

So, our season unfortunately finished there, with us lying 2nd a point behind leaders Ebbsfleet, though we had a game in hand and a better goal difference. We still had 7 league games to play and had to play Ebbsfleet twice (title deciders if ever I saw one!!) , though we will now never know!

Our league season summary at a glance:

Played: 15, Won: 11, Drew: 1, Lost 3

Squad as follows: Harry H, Harry J, Fin, Ryan, James, Mitchell, Luke, Sam O, Jack An, Jude, Jack Al, Sam N.

To summarise, an excellent season which could have ended in great style if we had completed the schedule, however, people’s lives are far more important than any football match, so stay safe and well, all.


U9 Team Spirit

Season Review 2019/20 - U9 Boys

The 2019/20 season saw us move from 5 aside to 7 aside, a bigger pitch and playing only 1 game with each half longer than the entire match time the boys were used to. The boys took the extra challenges in their stride thanks too playing a few games in this format at the end of last season and a couple of pre-season friendlies. We also welcomed Aron, Grayson and Alfie to the team who have integrated so well with the other boys.

The New Season Begins

Onto the season and we began with a friendly against the team we were due to play the next week in the league and suffered a heavy defeat which could of affected the boys confidence for the next week but as soon as the league got underway we were able to reverse that result and kick off with a win and a great performance. The following week we carried on where we left off and won a tough away game after going a goal behind early on.

October saw us win all of our league games including a great team performance where we played our best football to date away at Danson. Our form continued into November until we played in the cup against 2 teams from the league above drawing one and losing the other. The following week saw us lose our winning run of league games, but we managed to get a draw after being 2 goals behind with 3-4 minutes remaining. The equalizer leading to Karen and Seanna not knowing what to do with themselves so just hugged each other! The draw felt more like a win under the circumstances.

We moved into December with three games left in the Autumn league and an unbeaten campaign to try and achieve which we managed to do winning all three convincingly. I even heard the term invincible’s mentioned in the bar! (although it might have been me saying it)

Christmas came early!

It was in our final game before Xmas that the highlight of the season came. Ronny hadn’t scored for quite a while and had started to doubt himself a little bit. So after missing a couple of chances and coach Beef saying all he wants for Xmas is Ronny to score all the boys took it upon themselves to try and set Ronny up which they continued to do even when they could of scored themselves. At one point Ronny’s dad Tommy jokingly signaled to me to sub him after missing another chance when it was easier to score! Beef’s Xmas present was delivered when Ronny took possibly the hardest chance and found the bottom corner causing scenes of jubilation from all the parents and players who all ran to celebrate with Ronny including the keeper and all the subs and Beef! The cheers were so loud the chairman who had been watching with the president could hear them from pitch one telling me in the bar as soon as he heard the cheer, he said Ronny’s scored!!

The best part for me was to see the team spirit they had built together and for 8/9-year old’s all playing for their teammate passing to him when they could score themselves.

A league here we come

After Xmas and being promoted to the A league we started off at home to Welling who although winning buy some margin praised the way the boys try and play football. Life in the A league was totally opposite to where we has come from with teams focusing more on the result and having smaller squads so not having to make as many changes which can disrupt the flow of the game. However I felt we were unlucky in a few games where I felt we deserved more out the game but one lesson we have learnt is that you have to take your chances in this league or you will get punished. Before the season came to an early end, we had managed to get a few results with a notable performance away at Hayden.

All in all, the 2019/20 season has been a great success and we cannot wait to get back up the club playing and socializing again. Thanks to all the help I have received from the parents and especially Beef.

Squad: Josh, Aron, Grayson, Finley, Ollie, Nonso, Alfie, Ryan, Sonnie, Jack and Ronny.

#Stay safe


Club provides online training drills during lockdown

A few coaches at the club were clearly missing the weekly training and matches, so decided to do some videos to send round their teams to keep them engaged during the lockdown. It all started with Kev Webb and his Fleetdown U9 team. Many of the players decided to take up their managers challenge and shared videos of them carrying out the drills to the coach, which gave us our first drill compilation video.

We look forward to seeing which team create the next one.

Keep up the good work guys! We will be back before you know it.

Chairman drops off new TV/DVD units to children’s ward

After seeing a plea online for support for Willow children’s ward at Darent Valley Hospital, Fleetdown UFC decided to purchase and donate three TV/DVD combi units for the ward.

Paul Hordon, chairman of the club, visited the hospital and personally delivered them to a very excited and surprised ward staff. Several of their portable units had been damaged and could not be repaired, so there were less opportunities for children on the ward to pass the time watching their favourite programmes.

The club executive committee member and vice chairman Jamie Cadden said, “As a local community club, we feel compelled to support this cause, especially as many of our club community have benefitted from this type of in hospital entertainment when recovering from football injuries or general illness.”

Fleetdown Teams enjoy the Virtual Grand National

It was the third Saturday in lockdown and all the Fleetdown teams were poised for what could be the highlight of the isolation period so far, the Virtual Grand National.

The Big Idea

To help support the fundraising efforts of the club with no income coming in over the next few months, a sweepstake was arranged by the fundraising committee, Nicola, Amanda and Sarah. We had, across all the 19 teams at the club, a total of 760 horses to sell and managed to sell all bar 13 in less than 48 hours. First three placed horses would win a cash prize.

U7 Team wearing the Fleetdown kit and wishing for football to come back!

The fundraising team set up a Facebook live event so everyone could share comments on the progress of their horse. The race itself was actually very exciting with lots of shouting and cheering from all the families on Facebook and no injuries to any horses or jockeys. A few of the players from the under 13 team decided to don their kits as they were missing football so much to enjoy the moment!

U13s in kit watching race
U14s watching the Virtual Grand National wearing their kit with pride.

The Outcome

In total, the Fleetdown community of parents, players and relatives clubbed together to raise a staggering £2500, with many of the winners donating their winnings to the club. The executive committee then decided to donate £250 to the local Darent Valley Hospital trust, in light of the fantastic work they and all NHS staff are doing not just at this difficult moment, but always.

The chairman of the club, Paul Hordon, said, “We have a very special group of people at this club and this type of response in support of the club is tremendous. I thank you all and hope for your continued support over this difficult period. I am sure nobody would mind us taking the decision as an executive committee to share some of the community’s generosity with the local NHS trust either. They need all the support we can offer at the moment for the great work they are doing to support those in need.”

U12 boys watching the National
U12 Boys team enjoying the Virtual Grand National

First team celebrate with Manager of the Month Jimmy Martin

First team manager Jimmy Martin wins Manager of the month award

Following a run of four wins out of five first team manager Jimmy Martin has been awarded the Kent County League Manager of the month for February. This award is a testament to the hard work Jim has put in over the season and faith the boys have with Jim’s work. It has been a up and down season with a difficult period before Christmas but the boys have turned it around losing only once since the start of the year.

From playing for the club from a young age into his 30s, then managing the Reserves and now the First team; Jim has been involved with the club for a significant amount of time and its a fantastic achievement.

Well done Jim!

How is the manager of the month decided?

Since their inception the criteria for winning each of the awards has remained the same and is as follows:

Points are awarded as follows for all County FA Cup games and games which come under the jurisdiction of the League, i.e. League Games, League Cup games, but not any outside Cup games, e.g. the Weald of Kent or Sevenoaks Charity Cup:-

Away Win – 4 points                     Away Draw – 2 points

Home Win – 3 points                     Home Draw – 1 point

A team must have played a minimum of two games in a month to qualify. The team in the Premier Division plus one team from each of the Central & East and Western Sections with the highest number of points will be declared the winners subject to not having any players sent from the field of play or an excessive number of cautions. With this award being allied to a good disciplinary record, if two teams are equal on points and one team has had a caution during the month and the other has not, the Manager of the team with the clear disciplinary record will be declared the winner.

Should two or more teams be level on points and have identical disciplinary records then the teaming winning the most games will be declared the winner. If still a tie then the team with the largest goal difference will be declared the winner. If still equal then the team scoring the most goals shall be declared the winner.