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Mark Wallinger’s latest work arrives in Aylsham

One World, a new work by internationally-acclaimed artist Mark Wallinger, has arrived in Aylsham as a football!

The work was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and was inspired by the famous Christmas truce of 1914, when soldiers from both sides emerged from the trenches and met in No Man’s Land to exchange gifts and play football.

Wallinger has taken the football itself as his canvas. He has transformed it into a globe of the world using photography courtesy of NASA. He also takes inspiration from the celebrated image of earth taken during the Apollo 8 lunar orbit on December 24 1968. Captured at the moment of earthrise, it is an image of enduring beauty, depicting a peaceful planet floating in the vastness of space. 

The Football Foundation, which has thousands of grant recipients across the country, selected Aylsham Community Sports which runs Youngs Park, home of Aylsham FC at random, to receive two of the balls. They will be on display at Youngs Park for a period before a decision is made about what to do with them.

Mark Wallinger said: “It is just over 100 years since the Armistice was agreed in 1918, and 50 years since the earthrise photograph was taken on Christmas Eve 1968. One World is my contribution to the legacy of those precious moments – spreading a message of peace for the world. Time to stop fighting and start playing; playing the beautiful game. Let’s take that image of a precious and fragile world into the future and celebrate the joy of playing together.”

Stephen French, Chairman of Aylsham Community Sports (Youngs Park), said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to receive two of these specially-commissioned footballs.

Youngs Park is open every weekend and anyone is welcome to come and see them”


Italian job for young AFC players

Three young Aylsham footballers will head to Italy next summer to represent their country at the home of Juventus, whose star player is sports legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

The trio, 13-year-olds Oli Bates, Tyler Blyth and Adam Waller, have been chosen to represent England in the Juventus World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious youth football tournament.

The boys, who all play for Aylsham Football Club’s under-13s’ team, as well as being part of the Future Football Elite squad, were picked for the 15-strong England squad from scores of hopefuls who took part in a Juventus Academy training camp, in London over the autumn half-term break.

The tournament’s opening ceremony, which will be held in the Juventus stadium, is expected to attract more than 50,000 spectators.

“They are all super-excited! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Gus Bates, chairman of Aylsham FC Youth who also manages the under-13s’ team and is Oli’s dad.

“The boys are over-the-moon. For us as a football club it’s massive to have three of our lads going to this. It’s just one of the things we are trying to do to help children get the best opportunities possible through the club.

“It will be a great experience for them and could lead to even bigger and better things.”

England will be among more than 30 other national teams from all over the world heading to Turin for the tournament next June. The Aylsham trio will be attending training camps in the run-up to the event and, as well as playing in the world cup, they’re also looking forward to a Juventus stadium tour. Juventus has been tipped to win the UEFA Champions League this year.

Last season the boys’ own under-13s’ team won both the Norfolk Youth Football league and cup, and it’s currently top of the premier league.

Aylsham FC’s youth section includes 25 teams. Former players include Sam Blair who is now signed to Norwich City FC under 16s as goalkeeper and has also represented the under-18s’ and under-23s’ teams.

Words courtesy of Just Regional.

The young trio who will be heading to Italy next summer.


Aylsham U13s Back To Winning Ways

Aylsham U13s Back To Winning Ways

Match Report 21.10.18

Aylsham FC U13 v North Walsham Town U13, Youngs Park

Aylsham FC U13 welcomed North Walsham Town FC U13 to Youngs Park in the Norfolk Combined Youth Football League U13 Premiership this morning (Sunday 21st October).

Aylsham took the three points going clear at the top of the league after a convincing 6-1 victory. The goals being shared between four players: Freddy and Jude scoring twice with Ronnie and Mitchy getting one each.

Aylsham Athletic VS Holt

Holt 1 Aylsham 7.
Following todays local derby with Holt sitting top of the league I wasn’t anticipating such a performance and end result, we had George and Tom both absent today who under normal circumstance would be natural starters.
I would say based on to days performance this was our best performance of the season, we were 1 – 2 up when we went into the second half and I was trying see why we weren’t out of site with numerous opportunities.
Starting Line Up.
         Oliver – James – Ibs
           Louis – Jack Gray
Cole – Adam – Bryn –  James Barr
Subs – Ruben – Henry
Goals – Ibs 2
             Cole 2
             Adam 2
             Sonny 1
Man of the Match – Bryn for his faultless performance in midfield, he was first to the ball, cut everything out and was snapping at the Holt midfield not allowing them to settle.
Also in contention was Cole who took both of his goals really well and was unlucky not to get a third, you still frustrate me however with the defensive part of your game, a little more confidence will give you the top spot.
Adam Smith – from my vantage point Adam was strong in the tackle stopping Holt from playing the ball from the back, apart from the 2 fine goals thought you had your best game todate.
I would also like to mention Josh and not because of the fine penalty save but for his constant talking to the players in front of him and also encouragement, we all need to take a leaf out of Joshs book and be more supportive..
The game was barely 5 minutes old when Louis took control of the ball in midfield before putting a lovely flighted ball over the top for Cole to run onto and smash into the back of the net , brilliant start.
Within 15 minutes we allowed Holt to score a scrappy goal, from my position it appeared that no one wanted to take ownership allowing Holt to walk through and equalise against the run of play.
Disappointing as it was it wasn’t long before Ibs who is now playing in midfield got onto the ball beating 2 men before shooting across the keeper in the far corner 1 – 2 Aylsham.
Half Time Break – Big Thank you to Gavin Gray stepping in today helping Matt, your main part Gav is controlling Matts temper.
Gentleman of the Day – Jack Gray who kindly and unprompted offered to get my crutches from the back of the car. Thank you
Lady of the day – Sandie and Louis mum who dragged a bench out of the shade and into the sunlight allowing me to watch the game in reasonable comfort., thank you
We are now 15 minutes into the game and Im starting to plot my report which was going to read how did this not turn into a goal fest, when Cole broke through firing into the bottom left hand corner ( When done Cole )
As I said earlier this was our best performance todate and yet I cant truly say were we that good or Holt poor, however we have now got a free kick outside of the box and standing over the ball was Adam, in training he constantly clears the bar on this occasion the keeper didn’t see it coming 1 – 4 Aylsham.
I wasn’t expecting such a convincing win so no notes to refer to so may get the goals a little out of sequence, the fifth goal came from a fine effort by Cole matched by a fine save but unfortunately the ball fell to Ibs who returned with venom 1 -5.
The sixth was an individual effort by Adam who cut inside before driving the ball across the keeper into the far corner 1 -6 ( Overall a much improved performance Adam )
The seventh and final goal came from deep when man of the match Bryn won the ball ran down the right before putting in a perfect cross for Sonny to dispatch into the back of the net.
Overall a great performance which will give you bragging right status tomorrow in school , I would also like to say our new signings Bryn – Louis and Josh have all bedded in well and hope you are enjoying your time at Aylsham.
On separate note and finally- Henry and Ibs were invited to trial at the Norwich PDC over a 4 week period and playing in 2 competitive games , I both pleased and proud to say that both boys have progressed and we have 2 additional PDC players in the team.

Convincing Victory For Aylsham U13s

Convincing Victory For Aylsham U13s

Match Report 07.10.18

Aylsham FC U13 v New Buckenham U13, Youngs Park

Aylsham FC U13 returned to familiar surroundings as they welcomed New Buckenham U13 to Youngs Park for their latest Norfolk Combined Youth Football League Premiership fixture this morning (Sunday 7th October).

New Buckenham kicked off but Aylsham pressed immediately to win a throw-in that Adam took with Brad flicking the ball onto Josh who tried to return it but his pass was blocked. The loose ball was won by Freddy, finding Mitchy on the left and his first-time cross was controlled by Brad with his left foot before an acrobatic overhead kick with his right to give Aylsham a spectacular 1st minute lead.

This very much set the tone for the game as Aylsham looked to move the ball quickly and use their wide players. A great ball from Josh in the centre of midfield set Mitchy away down the left and his cross-shot narrowly evaded the far post and just in front of Jack rushing up in support. In the 5th minute the hosts doubled their advantage as Adam was first to a clearance, picking out Josh in space squaring it to Jude. In turn the ball was moved forwards to Freddy who flicked it into the box where a defender couldn’t quite clear it and Brad reacted quickest, placing a right footed shot past the diving keeper and in off the far post. Three minutes later Brad almost got his third after Jude combined well with Jack who lifted the ball into Brad’s path but while he raced clear of the defence, the visiting keeper came off his line quickly to smother the ball as the striker looked to finish.

Aylsham continued to attack with pace and purpose and the New Buckenham goalkeeper made another smart save low down from a shot by Freddy. In the 10th minute a long ball from the visitors threatened to breach the home side’s backline but Bailey took control, charging out to claim the ball just before a striker could get to it. In the 11th minute it was 3-0 Aylsham after Jude and Tyler linked up well down the left to find Mitchy in space out wide and although his cross evaded everyone in the middle, Jack controlled it well on the right side of the box. Jack immediately crashed in a shot that beat the keeper but rebounded off the bar, fortunately for the home side Freddy was on hand to nod the ball into the net from close range.

As the game entered the 14th minute Aylsham scored again. Ollie was given time on the ball and he threaded a pass into Josh’s feet in the centre circle. Josh drove forward and with no opponents coming his way, took a shot from midway inside the New Buckenham half that flew over the keeper and into the net. Moments later the hosts created another chance after Tyler and Mitchy linked up well to give Josh space to move into before lifting the ball out to the right where Jack let the pass run across himself, firing a volley that the keeper held well. In the 21st minute Jack went even closer after being sent clear by a wonderful through-ball from Josh. Jack accelerated away from the defence and drew the keeper before placing his shot past the stopper but saw his effort rebound off the post with Mitchy’s follow-up shot dropping wide.

Aylsham made their first substitution as Denver came on for Josh in the centre of midfield. In the 24th minute, Aylsham furthered their advantage after Jude was first to a New Buckenham clearance. Adam made himself an option and he was found before lifting the ball out to Jack on the right who took three players out with his pass inside to Jude who had continued his run. Jude played a beautiful reverse pass that set Brad through on goal and, while his shot was parried, he showed quick reactions to keep the ball alive, laying it back to Freddy who blasted it home from close range. A minute later Aylsham were threatening again as Jude won a header directing the ball to Freddy who played Jack through with an incisive pass but the wide-man’s low shot flew inches wide of the far post. Two minutes later another slick move almost lead to another Aylsham goal. Tyler intercepted well and found Mitchy on the left who beat his man before playing a neat one-two with Denver. The winger sent in a dangerous cross that Freddy met but directed his firm header just wide.

Mitchy made way for Ronnie who took up his position wide left and he was immediately into the action in the build up to Aylsham’s sixth goal. Jaiden started the move, intercepting a long ball before squaring it to Adam who played a neat one-two with Denver and moved it to Jude who played it back to Tyler. Tyler drove forward into space, finding Freddy who flicked it into Ronnie’s path. The substitute beat two players on his way into the box before laying it back to Jude who took a touch with his right foot before unleashing a left footed shot from the edge of the area into the corner of the net.

In the 29th minute Jude and Denver linked up well with Denver playing the ball into space behind the fullback where Jack got into an advanced position to put in a great cross right onto Brad’s head but his powerful header flew just wide of the upright. One minute later Aylsham scored again with another excellent team goal. Bailey came off his line quickly to clear a New Buckenham thorough-ball straight to Jack on the right who took a good first touch before releasing Denver who broke forward and took his time waiting for support which came in the shape of Brad as he received the pass, dropped his shoulder to beat two defenders before burying the ball into the back of the net to complete his hat-trick.

Just before the break Denver lifted the ball forward where Freddy took a fantastic first touch to bring it under control but saw his left footed shot well saved by the New Buckenham goalkeeper. There was still time for one more chance as Tyler and Jaiden played out from the back to find Jude in space. Jude looked up to lift a superb ball over into Freddy’s path and he didn’t need to break his stride but while his shot beat the keeper it bounced back off the post and behind as the whistle blew to signal the end of a half dominated by the home side, leading 7-0 at the break.

Aylsham kicked off the second period and were on the offensive straight from the restart and enjoyed plenty of possession and spent much of the opening exchanges in the New Buckenham half. In the 42nd minute the hosts scored their eighth with another well worked goal. Jaiden was first to a long ball and played it forward where Denver was strongest to lay the ball back to Jude who passed it square to Tyler. Tyler returned it to Jude but with nothing on played it backwards to the left-back. Tyler looked up and arrowed a perfect pass into Jack’s path who let it bounce before executing the perfect volley rocketing the ball past the keeper into the top corner of the net from the right hand side of the area.

The home team continued on their search for goals and in the 44th minute Aylsham won a corner that Mitchy went across to take. The  inswinging centre was dangerous with Jude running onto it to deflect the ball into the net making it 9-0 to the hosts. Jack and Brad came off being replaced by Josh and Mitchy as the home side rang the changes. A minute later Aylsham made it double figures after Adam won the ball to find Josh on the right who played it quickly into Mitchy switching play to Tyler on the left. Tyler beat his man and played in a low cross that Mitchy stretched for but his defender blocked. While still on the floor Mitchy did well to protect the ball and was able to poke it towards Freddy who side-footed it home for the second hat-trick of the game.

Three minutes later Freddy repaid the favour turning provider for Mitchy. A New Buckenham ball over the top was well judged by Ollie who launched it forward for Freddy to chase and he turned his marker who had matched him stride for stride to slip the ball through to Mitchy who buried the ball into the back of the net with a clinical left footed finish. Straight from kick-off Aylsham won back possession and another lovely move from left to right moved the ball to Josh who stung the hands of the goalkeeper who held well. New Buckenham fashioned themselves a chance as their striker blocked a clearance and raced through and shot for goal but Bailey was equal to it, pulling off a diving stage and holding on confidently.

In the 52nd minute it became 12-0 after neat interplay between Josh, Adam and Mitchy moved the ball to Jude on the edge of the visitor’s area and he moved it left to Ronnie who lifted a perfectly weighted through-ball where Josh had continued his run and he made no mistake lifting it over the advancing goalkeeper for another well worked goal. New Buckenham didn’t let their heads drop and worked it well to threaten the Aylsham goal and Jaiden had to put in a perfectly timed challenge in the box to prevent a shooting opportunity.

Ollie took a knock so Brad came back on in the centre of midfield with Denver switching to centre-back. In the 60th minute Aylsham had the ball in the net again after Jaiden and Tyler combined well to snuff out a promising attack. Tyler found Freddy in space and he played it first time to Ronnie on the left who played a lovely through-ball to set Mitchy away and he accelerated clear before placing a low left footed finish into the corner in off the post. Mitchy almost scored the third hat-trick of the match as he was onto a misplaced pass from the restart and went round the keeper but put his shot agonisingly wide.

Jack came back on for Freddy for the last 10 minutes and Aylsham almost scored again after Ronnie intercepted a goal kick but his shot from distance flew just over the bar. Josh found Jack in a good position on the right and Jack lifted it first-time to Brad who took a great first touch before unleashing a fierce shot that the visiting keeper did brilliantly to parry and then gather. Brad went close again a few minutes later after a long throw from Adam was helped on by Mitchy in the box and Brad’s backheeled volley dropped inches wide of the far post. Brad continued to plug away with another couple of chances being blocked and well saved but he wasn’t to be outdone with three minutes left. Mitchy swung in a corner from the left and Jude touched it to the edge of the area where Brad struck a fantastic shot up and over a crowded box of players into the roof of the net.

A few more chances came and went for Aylsham as they finished the game very much on top. The whistle blew to signal the end of the match dominated by Aylsham throughout taking the three points after a convincing 14-0 victory.



Aylsham U13s Make It Three Out Of Three

Aylsham U13s Make It Three Out Of Three

Match Report 30.09.18

Aylsham FC U13 v North Walsham Town U13, Greens Road

For their first away trip of the season Aylsham FC U13 made the short journey to face North Walsham Town FC U13 in the Norfolk Combined Youth Football League U13 Premiership at Greens Road this morning (Sunday 30th September).

Aylsham kicked off and looked to pass the ball on the ground and keep possession. The first chance fell to the visitors as Ollie cleared well with Jaiden bringing the ball under control and feeding it to Freddy who in turn found Alfie in space. Alfie showed his marker a clean pair of heels as he accelerated forward, striking a firm shot that was bravely blocked with another great piece of defending preventing Freddy dispatching the rebound. The opening exchanges were being played at a frantic pace with both sides cancelling each other out trying to get a foothold in the game.

In the 7th minute Aylsham had another sight of goal as Jude and Josh combined to move the ball to Alfie on the left who picked out Freddy on the edge of the area but, after flicking the ball up, he saw his left-footed volley well saved. A minute later a quick throw from Bailey set Mitchy off on a forward run and he looked up to spot Brad in space, picking him out with an accurate pass. Brad was first to it but the North Walsham keeper came off his line to bravely block the effort and cling onto the loose ball at the second attempt.

It was a game of few opportunities, Bailey having to deal with a couple of balls over the top and a break forward by Brad resulting in a shot that dropped just over the bar. Aylsham made their first change with Denver coming on for Jaiden who had taken a knock. North Walsham created themselves a chance after a good move but the final shot was screwed wide from the right side of the area.

Just as it looked to be goalless at the break Aylsham were awarded a penalty with two minutes of the half remaining. Alfie burst forward to try to get on the end of a Freddy centre but was nudged to the ground just as he was about to shoot. Alfie dusted himself off to place a firm left-footed effort past the home keeper into the corner of the net. After a very even first period Aylsham were 1-0 to the good.

North Walsham kicked off the second half with Aylsham making another change, Jack coming on for Brad. The visitors almost doubled their lead three minutes after the break following a flowing move. Tyler put in a strong challenge in the left back position finding Jude in space who played it to Freddy, flicking it onto Alfie. The striker drove forward before setting Freddy away who drew the keeper but was forced wide. Freddy showed strength and vision to lay the ball back to Jude, putting in a first-time cross that Alfie struck with power but a fantastic brave diving save kept it out. Josh kept the move alive, retrieving the loose ball before beating two players on his way into the box. Josh’s cross-shot was parried into Alfie’s path but his snap-shot struck the post and was cleared.

Undeterred, Aylsham did extend their advantage as the game entered the 41st minute. Freddy took a quick throw-in, finding Josh just inside the visitor’s half, and his first touch flicked the ball over his marker’s head. A neat touch and pass set Alfie driving forward and he turned his marker inside and out before lifting a glorious shot from midway inside the North Walsham half up and over the keeper into the corner of the net for his and Aylsham’s second goal.

Ronnie came on for his Aylsham debut, replacing Freddy on the right. The visitors were in the ascendency at this stage and Jack pressed to force a hurried clearance at the back. Jack and Jude combined well to create an opportunity for Denver to shoot from the edge of the area with the outside of his right foot but he saw his effort acrobatically tipped round the post. Josh’s initial corner was cleared but Tyler found Josh again on the left who whipped in a dangerous delivery that Jude headed agonisingly wide.

North Walsham were looking to get the ball forward quickly and Mitchy and Ollie rose well to clear with defensive headers in quick succession as the home side looked to get back into the game. There was another goal in the 46th minute as the home team put together a nice passage of play down their right but a perfectly timed tackle by Tyler brought the move to an end. Immediately, Tyler picked out Jack on the Aylsham left and he cut inside and moved the ball quickly to Jude in the centre of midfield. Josh moved into space and his fellow midfielder picked him out, controlling the ball well before spotting Ronnie’s run down the right. Josh’s through-ball was perfectly weighted, bisecting two defenders, and Ronnie was through on goal, sprinting clear of the defence before calmly striking the ball past the keeper and into the net to finish off a devastating move making it 3-0 to Aylsham.

In the 53rd minute Aylsham scored their 4th goal after a superb six man move. Adam was first to a clearance, controlling well before finding Jude in a pocket of space. Jude combined well first with Josh and then Ronnie down the right. Ronnie played the ball inside to Josh who, with his route to goal blocked, laid it back to Adam spotting a gap and advancing forward, playing a slick one-two with Denver on the edge of the area. Adam picked out Alfie in the box with an accurate pass and the striker took a touch to steady himself before lashing home to complete his hat-trick and give his side a 4-0 advantage.

Aylsham made another change with Jaiden returning to give Jude a breather. Alfie went in search of more goals with an effort from outside the box which was deflected just over the bar. Alfie took the corner himself and curled in a centre that Denver nodded just over the bar under pressure. Moments later a perfectly timed challenge from Denver won the ball back in midfield and Jack was straight onto it, angling a perfect pass into Alfie’s path who went round the keeper but saw his shot blocked on the line by a covering defender who cleared the danger.


Aylsham U13s Snatch Late Victory

Aylsham U13s Snatch Late Victory

Match Report 23.09.18

Aylsham FC U13 v Fakenham Town U13, Youngs Park

Aylsham FC U13 continued their Norfolk Combined Youth Football League Premiership title defence hosting Fakenham Town U13 at Youngs Park this morning (Sunday 23rd September).

A wet and windy morning greeted the teams as Fakenham kicked off and immediately looked to get the ball forward. Two minutes in, a composed clearance by Adam fell to Alfie who drove into the centre of midfield picking out Mitchy in the centre circle. A great through ball set Freddy clear who calmly side footed the ball past the onrushing keeper but he saw his effort ruled out for offside. Jaiden took a knock in the 4th minute, having to come off for treatment, with Denver taking his place at the heart of the Aylsham defence.

The rain began to fall as Fakenham looked to break with a long ball over the top. The visiting striker accelerated clear and directed the ball past Bailey but Tyler was on hand to block the effort with Jack completing the clearance. In the 8th minute Fakenham had a great chance from a corner but the final header flew narrowly wide.

Soon after Brad dropped back to win the ball in midfield releasing Alfie on the Aylsham left who accelerated forward, playing a neat one-two with Freddy, before seeing his shot deflected up and over the bar for a corner. It was from this set-piece that the home side broke the deadlock as they took a 9th minute lead. Freddy curled in a dangerous centre that was well cleared by a Fakenham defender to the edge of the box. Brad retrieved the ball, playing a one-two with Mitchy, before holding off his marker to create enough space to bend an accurate right-footed shot into the net from outside the area.

Scoring the opening goal seemed to settle Aylsham as they played the ball around with confidence combined with some nice passing and movement as they looked to take control of the game. The home side had to remain resolute in defence though, Fakenham almost drawing level from a free-kick on their right that was whipped in with pace and only a finger-tip save from Bailey kept the ball out, the Aylsham stopper deflecting the effort onto the far post and away.

The home side looked to further their advantage winning a flurry of corners. Mitchy from the right and Freddy from the left sent in consistently dangerous deliveries, one in particular that Adam met on the volley, the effort being bravely blocked with Brad side-footing the rebound goalwards, forcing a good diving save from the Fakenham goalkeeper. Aylsham were creating the better chances as the game wore on, Mitchy trying his luck from distance stinging the hands of the visiting keeper. The home side still had to be on their guard, Fakenham playing directly looking to get in behind the home defence, Ollie and Denver in particular dealing with the high ball confidently.

In the 19th minute Denver rose to head a free-kick clear with Alfie completing the clearance to set Brad away. The striker sprinted clear of two defenders before going round the keeper but away from goal. His pinpoint cross was met first-time on the run by Mitchy who had raced up in support but his shot went over the bar.

As the game reached the 25th minute Aylsham put a lovely move together as Bailey’s clearance was picked up by Jack, lifting it forward to Freddy to knock it back to Mitchy whose first-time pass was returned to Freddy. The ball was moved to Brad who played a lovely through-ball into Alfie’s path, showing a neat piece of skill to turn his defender beautifully before bringing an excellent diving save from the Fakenham keeper. Fakenham fashioned themselves a shooting chance after winning a defensive header and lifting the ball forward. The visiting striker let the ball roll across him to create space for a supporting midfielder to fire in a shot that Bailey beat down and claimed confidently from above his head.

In the 31st minute Aylsham had the ball in the net again after a quick free-kick by Tyler gave Freddy a chance to play the ball into Mitchy’s feet. A lovely turn and shot brought another fine save from the Fakenham keeper, the ball rebounding to Brad who side-footed home but the linesman’s flag had gone up so the score remained 1-0 to the hosts. Aylsham were having the better of the game as half-time approached, Mitchy trying his luck from distance after a great ball forward by Josh, the keeper saving well low down. The home side finished the half on the offensive but the whistle blew to signal the end of a well contested half with Aylsham deserving their 1-0 lead.

The hosts kicked off the second half but Fakenham pressed to force an error to win possession and a crucial touch from Jack prevented a low cross finding a visiting player in the box, Ollie clearing the loose ball. The early exchanges were frantic with the visitors enjoying plenty of the ball and playing very directly to put pressure on the Aylsham defence. Bailey had to come off his line quickly to clear a long ball over the top as Fakenham looked to get back into the game early in the second period.

In the 47th minute Jaiden came back on into the midfield replacing Jack, with Adam moving to right back. Jaiden was straight into the action controlling a bouncing ball before trying his luck from distance but curling his shot narrowly wide. The rain began to fall again making playing conditions challenging as the game ebbed and flowed but neither side was able to create any meaningful chances, a promising break by Fakenham being halted by a beautifully timed challenge by Denver.

In the 55th minute Aylsham won a free kick within shooting distance following a handball. Alfie struck it well but the visiting keeper was equal to it, saving well low down to his left. A minute later Bailey was called into action but he too showed safe hands, holding a shot from just inside the area, judging the bounce perfectly. It was end to end stuff with Aylsham going back on the offensive, Brad laying the ball into Josh’s path but again the goalkeeper saved well. The home team won a corner and Freddy’s cross was flicked on at the front post to Adam who got a touch to send it goalwards but the Fakenham keeper clung on with Brad waiting to pounce on any loose ball.

In the 64th minute the visitors drew level from a free kick just inside the Aylsham half. The ball was lifted forward and a defensive header sent the ball looping skywards where a Fakenham player reacted quickest to bravely nod the ball into the net to make the game all square. The visitors had their tails up and looked for a quick second, Josh doing well to block a shot taking the sting out of it to give Bailey an easy save as the game approached its finale.

Jack returned to the fray down the right with 4 minutes left giving Josh a breather and a minute later was involved in the turning point of the game. A throw from Adam was only partially cleared and he rose highest to nod the ball to Brad who picked out Jack in space on the right. Jack flicked it round the corner into a Freddy’s path and he accelerated into the box before being tripped as he looked to shoot, winning his side a penalty. Mitchy remained calm under pressure to blast the ball home, straight down the middle into the roof of the net. This set up a grandstand finish with a frantic last two minutes but Aylsham stood strong to see out the game, taking the three points with a narrow 2-1 victory after a tough encounter against a very determined opposition.


Mark braves crocs and hippos to celebrate wife’s kidney transplant

An Aylsham Football Club stalwart is tackling crocodile and hippo-infested African waters to raise money for a cause very close to his heart.

Architect Mark Camidge is white-water rafting along the Zambezi River in aid of Kidney Research UK after his wife Rachael underwent a successful kidney transplant in August.

Mark, whose firm Chaplin Farrant designed Aylsham FC’s Youngs Park home, is a former youth team coach for the under-sevens up to the under-13s, and is now an assistant coach and occasional player with the first team.

He is also organising an online silent auction for the cause with a raft of sporting and other lots, including a shirt signed by 18 of the Premier League-winning Manchester City team, use of an Audi A8 for 72 hours, and an England cricket shirt signed by Michael Vaughan.

And he is urging people to join the organ donor register to give others the same chance of life as Rachael has been granted.

The Camidges were asleep at their home in Banningham at 2.30am on Friday August 3 when Rachael got the life-saving phone call they had hardly dared dream of  – a donor kidney had become available if they could get to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by 5am.

Rachael was born with only one kidney and her health began to deteriorate after the birth of their son, Toby, in 2003. She had been in final-stage kidney failure for nearly three years and had been on home dialysis, four times daily, for almost all that time.

The couple, both 43, raced to the Cambridge hospital where, after extensive tests and an anxious wait for the results, the operation went ahead.

Rachael goes back to Addenbrooke’s for check-ups once a fortnight and, although still recovering from the major surgery, she is feeling much better, according to Mark.

“She’s been ill for about 14 years but she describes how she’s feeling now as if she’s ‘woken up again’. It’s lovely,” he said.

The three men are paying all their trip expenses so that every penny in sponsorship goes to the charity. Mark hopes to raise at least £7,500 with the feat.

They are rafting over 30km down the Zambezi, through Zambia and Zimbabwe, battling some of the biggest and fastest waters, with the highest concentration of grade five white-water rapids in the world. Each night they are camping on the riverside.

Mark said Rachael’s treatment and transplant would not have been possible without “amazing” NHS staff, the donor register and Kidney Research UK’s work.

“All of a sudden, the desire to raise money and get more donor-registered people is even more important to us, as it has saved Rachael’s life,” he added.

“We know already of over 40 people who have signed up off the back of Rachael’s story, and we are keen to encourage everyone to join. Just one person can potentially save up to seven others. What an amazing gift to be able to help someone live in the event of your death.”

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The Camidge Family

Aylsham U13s Begin Their Premiership Title Defence


Match Report 09.08.18

Aylsham FC U13 v Costessey Sports United U13, Youngs Park

Aylsham FC U13 began their Norfolk Combined Youth Football League Premiership title defence hosting Costessey Sports United U13 at Youngs Park today (Sunday 9th September).

A bright but breezy morning welcomed the teams to the field, Costessey kicking off proceedings with the wind at their backs. The opening exchanges were frantic with both sides trying to keep the ball on the ground and looking to move it quickly. Aylsham created the first real chance in the 5th minute after Bailey came out to clear, finding Mitchy on the left who did well to keep the ball in play. After cutting inside, the ball was moved to Jude who picked out Freddy, flicking it forward. Alfie was onto it in a flash, accelerating away from his defender only to see his shot parried with the rebound just evading the onrushing Jack up in support. Shortly after Alfie had another attempt at goal after a long throw from Mitchy was only half cleared, but the striker’s dipping volley dropped just over the bar. Costessey looked to get the ball forward quickly and directly but the defensive four of Adam, Jaiden, Ollie and Tyler stood strong, protecting Bailey who was organising from the back. A break by Costessey threatened the hosts, but the low cross was well blocked by Jaiden in the six yard box with Bailey completing the clearance.

In the 10th minute a lovely move by Aylsham gave them another sight of goal. A long throw from Jack was flicked on by Adam. Josh controlled it well before playing into Mitchy who sold his marker a dummy to let the ball run to Jude. A slick one-two between Jude and Alfie created a shooting chance for Jude and only a brave block halted the move. Five minutes later Aylsham continued on the offensive with a quick attack starting with a long kick from Bailey. Jack controlled the ball first time and played a neat one-two with Jude before setting Freddy away who in turn spotted Alfie’s run, and played the ball into his path. Alfie burst through but two defenders managed to send him away from goal before he could shoot and clear for a throw-in. From this Aylsham took a deserved 16th minute lead. Mitchy’s long throw was initially cleared but Tyler won the ball back, returning it to Mitchy. The winger looked for Freddy but his pass was deflected to Alfie who cushioned a defence splitting pass into Freddy’s path who had advanced into the area, finishing clinically with his left foot inside the near post to open the scoring.

Spurred on by the opening goal, Aylsham had their tails up straight from the restart as Josh forced an error to win possession back before arrowing a pass into Jack’s path down the right who cut back inside to lay off to Freddy but a great tackle just prevented him getting his shot away. Moments later another long throw from Mitchy caused panic in the Costessey box and a hurried clearance was lifted back into the area where Jack struck a volley from the right that dropped narrowly over the bar. Aylsham still had to be on their guard as a long ball forward was chased by the Costessey striker who made a great run but Ollie matched him stride for stride and guided his man out of play to win a goal kick.

Twenty minutes in Mitchy and Jack swapped flanks as Aylsham continued to create good opportunities from wide areas. Mitchy, now operating on the right, played the ball inside to Josh who switched it out to Jack on the left. Tyler offered himself as an option and the ball was moved quickly to Josh and back to Jack who sent in a cross that was nodded into Alfie’s path by Jude before being lifted to Freddy who volleyed just wide. Freddy was in the thick of the action again shortly after with a strong challenge to win his side the ball. Josh drove into space before finding Freddy again who had continued his run but his goal-bound effort forced a diving save from the visiting keeper to keep the score at 1-0.

In the 27th minute Aylsham doubled their advantage. From a Costessey clearance Freddy directed his header to Mitchy who laid it back for Adam to play it forward first-time. While a visiting defender half-cleared, Jude was on hand to knock it to Alfie who turned his defender beautifully to create himself some space. Alfie took another touch to set himself before placing a pinpoint left footed effort out of the goalkeeper’s reach, low down into the corner of the net from the edge of the area. Three minutes later Aylsham has another sight of goal after Adam won the ball before picking out Mitchy whose cross from the right was partly cleared to Josh who unleashed a powerful volley from distance that went just over the crossbar. Moments later Alfie brought the best out of the Costessey keeper again with a rasping shot that the stopper did well to tip over. Mitchy put in a dangerous corner that Jude met on the run but he directed his header narrowly wide.

Aylsham were controlling the game at this stage and enjoying plenty of possession. Jaiden played a searching cross-field ball to Mitchy who lifted it forward first-time into Alfie’s path. The striker beat two defenders on his way into the box but the Costessey goalkeeper came off his line quickly to snatch the ball off his toes as he looked to finish. In the 34th minute Aylsham scored their third goal and what a goal it was! Bailey began the move, rolling the ball to Ollie on the right side of the area who played a neat ball down the line to Adam’s feet. Adam drove forward into space spotting Mitchy’s run to send him away down the right channel. Mitchy cut inside and he and Jude played a neat one-two before Mitchy crossed to the back post where Jack blasted a left-footed effort first-time into the roof of the net to finish off a devastating move that took 18 seconds from the ball leaving Bailey’s hand to the final finish. The goal was all the more pleasing for the coaching staff who had been working on playing out from the back in the training session on the lead up to this game. This was the last action of the half with the whistle blowing to signal the break with Aylsham leading 3-0 after a dominant first half display.

The home side kicked off the second half with Denver and Brad coming on for Adam and Mitchy respectively. Aylsham carried on where they left off, moving the ball quickly and with purpose, retaining possession. Costessey came more into the game after Aylsham’s dominance of the early part of the second period with a flurry of attacks that Aylsham dealt with well. Six minutes into the half, the home side fashioned a chance after a quick break following Denver bravely heading a Costessey free-kick clear. Alfie combined well with Jude before the captain set Brad charging away down the left, the league debutant cutting inside and firing inches wide of the far post from just outside the area.

In the 42nd minute Costessey reduced the arrears with a well taken goal. A through-ball breached the Aylsham backline and the visiting striker was away down the left, cutting back inside to finish clinically. The goal gave the visitors a boost and the game was very much more even with both teams looking to press high. Costessey almost scored another after a quick break and pass, getting in behind the Aylsham defence but Ollie came to the rescue with a fantastic clearing header under pressure from inside his own six-yard box. The game was end-to-end with both sides trying to maintain possession and attack quickly.

In the 53rd minute Mitchy returned to the fray, replacing Jack on the right. Mitchy was involved straight away, cutting inside his marker before looking to switch the ball to Brad. A Costessey defender got a slight touch on the ball but could only direct it into Alfie’s path who struck a powerful right-footed shot that the visiting keeper dived full length to parry away from danger. Within a minute Bailey was called into action at the other end as another long ball set the Costessey striker away but, as the ball looked as though it might just sneak in, the Aylsham stopper dived smartly to his left to keep it out. The visitors were taking the game to their hosts at this stage and were enjoying plenty of the ball. Costessey fashioned two good opportunities but both final efforts went narrowly wide. Aylsham made another change with Adam coming back on for Josh in the centre of midfield.

In the 63rd minute Aylsham restored their three goal cushion with another well worked goal. Tyler took a throw-in on the left, just inside the home side’s half, and the ball was returned to him by Jaiden before he lifted the ball forward first-time. Freddy reacted quickly to flick it down the line where Brad picked it up with his back to goal and showed great strength to hold off his marker, turning inside him before drawing another defender and playing the ball past him to run onto. There was no stopping Brad as he accelerated into the box before planting a firm right-footed shot into the top corner of the net for his first league goal for his new team.

Jack replaced Brad with 7 minutes left and Mitchy switched back out to the left with Jack on the right. The two wide players combined well moving the ball from right to left with Mitchy’s cross-shot parried away by the Costessey keeper. Aylsham played keep ball and looked to pass it around quickly, Jack and Freddy linking up well, Freddy’s shot from the edge of the area being well saved as the home side went in search of more goals. Josh returned to action giving Jude a breather. As the game entered the last two minutes Aylsham had another opportunity as Tyler’s throw was chipped forward by Freddy. Adam was just beaten to it by a Costessey defender but Jack reacted quickest to the loose ball, flicking it up with his right foot before firing a left-footed volley that the visitor’s keeper held well above his head. Another flowing five-man move by the home side moved the ball from right to left with confidence, finishing with Josh’s dangerous cross just evading Alfie and Adam in the end. The full-time whistle blew after a much more even second half with both sides looking to play passing football. Aylsham victorious by 4 goals to 1 in an entertaining game played in great spirit to start the season off with a good win.



Aylsham U14s Win Away

Nth Walsham 0 Aylsham 4.
Did you know that we have one of the top 40 players in the Nth Norfolk League in our team Ibs , he is complimented by another 14, for those who didn’t know Ibs was one of 40 boys who trialled for the Norfolk trials, well done Ibs.
We had an Aylsham old boy who progressed in Jack Goddard, a big well done Jack.
Todays Team –
Ruben – James Clark –  Ollie
                  Bryn – Louis
      Cole – George – Adam – Ibs
Subs – Henry – Jack Grey – James Barr ( Absentees Tom Batch )
Apologies to all todays Subs with the lack of playing time in such awful weather, it is a difficult balance were we have to get the right result and consider if changes benefit or weaken the side, when you do get on the pitch you have to seize the moment and make it difficult to leave you out, this also applies in training.
Man of the match – Bryn with an overall great performance , he and Louis have settled in quickly and compliment and support the back three. Man of the match could have been any of the starting 11 who all played extremely well
Scorers – Sonny 2 George 1 Cole 1
Our newly signed keeper Josh had a fine game making 3 or 4 great saves and although we won 4 nil he was in contention for his overall performance marshalling the players in front of him.
James Clark last weeks man of the match had a strange game not responding to defensive headers avoiding at all cost and yet going up for corners he was a constant threats, his challenge in the box resulted in a loose ball which Sonny responded to first firing into the back of the net., one nil to Aylsham.
The second goal came soon after with a clearance from Josh to George who went on a run before sliding the ball through allowing Cole to drive inside the post , 2 nil Aylsham.
In the first half we were playing up a steep incline and would have settled for a nil nil score at halftime but came off 2 to the good.
Half Time – Nth Walsham 0 Aylsham 2.
We started the second half with the same eleven as the boys were playing some quick and snappy football and deserved the opportunity to start.
The third goal came from a role reversal with another clearance from Josh to Ruben who found Cole who slid the ball through for George to get to the bye line before crossing for Sonny to hit a side way volley into the roof of the net – that was the end of Nth Walsham.
We then made the changes with Jack Gray for Sonny, James Barr for Ibs and Henry for Cole, but we weren’t finished yet , with a corner on the left to to near post George reacted first with a back heal flick 4 nil.
Overall it was a great performance by all the boys who have started looking like a well drilled team playing the ball about , its only our second game and we are joint top with 6 points , scored six and conceded none.
A special mention to Adam the enforcer with a tackle that I thought had left the game, it was perfectly timed and solid a joy to see in a competitive game with our nearest neighbours.
Next week we are at home to St Andrews, nice touch by all the boys applauding and team hug to Ibs , well done again from all at Aylsham a great achievement.