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.

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.


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.



Young Norwich goalkeeper on hand at Youngs Park

Young Norwich City goalkeeper Aston Oxborough visited Youngs Park to help the under-12s celebrate a successful season, and to watch a new Aylsham FC goalkeeping group.

Oxborough, 20, who has recently celebrated a new contract with Norwich City tying him to the club until 2020, said: “I played my youth football for Hemsby Hornets, a time I will always remember. It’s great to see youngsters today here at Aylsham celebrating their season.

“I didn’t have facilities like these at Youngs Park when I was playing at this age so the boys and girls are very lucky.”

Reflecting on the coming season Oxborough said: “My plan is to get close to the first-team squad, play well in the under-23s, and maybe a loan spell somewhere will help me achieve this.”

And commenting on Angus Gunn, Norwich City’s first-choice goalkeeper last season, he added: “I have been at Norwich since I was 11 and Angus followed the same route as me. He gave me some technical advice and I hope to follow his path into the first team at Norwich”.

Also joining in the goalkeeping training session was Aylsham’s own Sam Blair. Sam, who is the goalkeeper for Norwich City under-16s, broke into the under-18 squad last season and played in the Hospital Cup win over their Ipswich Town counterparts.

Sam said: “Aylsham will always be my club and it was great to join in with all the young goalkeepers this evening. It is good to see that the club hold training sessions for goalkeepers. Big thanks to Aston for supporting them this evening.”


Aston Oxborough and Sam Blair with some of the Aylsham FC goalkeepers

Aston Oxborough passing on tips to six year old Erin-Rose Craynor.

Aston Oxborough with some of the players and coaches of Aylsham FC Under 12s.



Aylsham U12s At The Double

Aylsham U12s At The Double

Match Report 20.05.18

Aylsham FC U12 v Tasburgh United FC U12, The FDC Field of Dreams

The final game of their 2017-18 season saw Aylsham U12 looking to defend their Kappa Cup title against Tasburgh United U12 at The FDC Field of Dreams this afternoon (Sunday 20th May). Both teams were greeted by an expectant crowd as they emerged from the tunnel to bright sunshine.

Tasburgh kicked off and looked to get the ball forward quickly giving Loz an early touch. Aylsham spent much of the early part of the match in the Tasburgh half but found it difficult to put passes together with Tasburgh pressing and closing down quickly. Aylsham won a corner that Mitchy swung in left-footed, Adam meeting it well at the back post but directing his header just wide. In the 5th minute a long throw from Mitchy set Alfie away down the left channel and, while his cross was cleared, Mitchy took a lovely first touch moving the ball from right to left before crashing a shot over the bar from distance.

Aylsham were dominating possession and, after Josh won a header, Adam found Freddy in space who tried his luck from outside the box but fired narrowly past the upright. Moments later Aylsham went close again after Josh played a ball into the corner for Jaiden to chase. A neat lay off to Ollie created space for the return ball to Josh who ghosted past his marker but he saw his shot tipped round the post by the Tasburgh goalkeeper. From the corner, Aylsham went closer still after a well worked routine with Freddy playing a low ball in that Jude dummied before Alfie struck a beautiful first-time shot that rattled the crossbar via the tiniest of deflections off the fingertips of the keeper.

Despite Aylsham having the better of the early exchanges Tasburgh drew first blood with a well worked goal to open the scoring in the 8th minute. Aylsham couldn’t quite clear their lines and a Tasburgh midfielder was straight on to the loose ball finding a teammate in space who, in turn, played a neat pass into the left channel where a clinical left-footed finish into the corner of the net gave them the lead.

Ollie was replaced by Denver on 13 minutes as Tasburgh were awarded a free-kick just outside the box, full of confidence after taking the lead. A right-footed effort from the dead ball was on target, but Loz dived to his left to brilliantly tip the ball away from danger. The game was being played at a high tempo with both teams looking to play directly with long balls leading to possession changing hands frequently as the match opened up.

In the 21st minute Aylsham almost fashioned an equaliser after another corner routine where Freddy dummied the ball which fell perfectly to Jaiden, striking a first-time effort over the keeper but he was unlucky to see the ball rebound off the bar for the second time. Tasburgh were defending well and looked to catch Aylsham on the break but it was Aylsham who went close again in the 24th minute after Jaiden won a header from a goal-kick. Alfie laid it into Freddy’s path bursting through but the keeper came off his line to block his shot. The ball rebounded to Alfie who held off his man strongly before bringing another smart stop from the Tasburgh keeper.

Tasburgh broke forward and only a great recovery from Denver prevented the ball getting into the box, conceding a corner. The deep centre was lifted back into the Aylsham area but a strong header from Denver cleared the danger, the ball falling nicely for Freddy to play a wonderful pass into space for Alfie to chase. While he beat his defender for pace Alfie unfortunately screwed his shot just wide of the far post on the run. Just as it looked like Tasburgh were going to go into half-time ahead, a devastating break by Aylsham made it all square. Adam began the move, getting to the ball first against his opponent to find Jaiden on the left. A lovely ball with the outside of his right foot sent Alfie away down the left channel and he outpaced his marker before sending in a dangerous low cross that was straight into Mitchy’s path who made no mistake to sweep home the equaliser. This was to be the last action of the half with both teams level after a fairly even opening 30 minutes.

Aylsham kicked off the second half with Charlie coming on for Jaiden and Ollie returning to replace Josh and lovely opening move almost lead to a second Aylsham goal. Freddy drove forward before playing a neat ball out to Alfie on the left, putting in a good cross that Charlie volleyed just over from inside the box. Soon after, a throw by Alfie was headed clear to Adam who struck a volley from distance that dropped just wide.

In the 35th minute Jack entered the fray to replace Denver at right back and it wasn’t long before Aylsham went close again after Freddy volleyed forward and an attempted clearance let Alfie in, but the woodwork came to Tasburgh’s rescue for the third time as his shot cannoned off the bar and away. Tasburgh looked to try and break but a strong tackle from Jack who closed down his man quickly kept Aylsham on the offensive. Aylsham were playing some lovely football and Tasburgh were finding it difficult to get hold of the ball, another nice move ended with Jude striking a left-foot volley from distance that the keeper held confidently.

A flowing four-man Aylsham move carved Tasburgh open with the ball being moved from right to left quickly and incisively with Adam having another effort, this time tipped over the bar well by the goalkeeper, as it looked like it might just drop in. Aylsham were very much on top with wave after wave of attacks, a lovely ball over the defence fell nicely for Mitchy and his cross-shot was well kept out by the diving Tasburgh keeper who was being kept very busy. The stopper was called into action again shortly after, holding onto a volley from Charlie.

In the 49th minute Aylsham’s persistence paid off after another neat passage of play. Jude passed back to Jack who beat his man skilfully, cutting back inside to find Jude again, and while his pass was half cleared, Adam nodded it forward where Freddy let it run across him before playing a lovely ball through to Charlie who beat the offside trap to finish clinically into the bottom corner. Aylsham were controlling the game and another slick move started from a Jude header followed by a one-touch one-two between Mitchy and Freddy gave Mitchy a sight of goal, but his shot went just wide.

With 10 minutes left Tyler came on for Alfie and was straight into the action, picking up a throw from Loz after the keeper had come out to confidently claim a cross. Tyler drove forward playing a quick one-two with Freddy before being tripped by his marker as he looked to get past him. Freddy put in a dangerous centre that was well defended and cleared long where Jack, under pressure, confidently played it back to Loz before putting Aylsham on the front foot again.

In the 54th minute Aylsham extended their lead, scoring their third goal which came from a long throw-in by Mitchy. The throw bounced in the box and Jude did well to lift the bouncing ball over the keeper to the back post where Tyler was on hand to apply the finishing touch from close-range, getting to the ball just in front of a Tasburgh defender, giving his side a two goal cushion.

Josh and Jaiden returned for Freddy and Mitchy as the game entered the last 5 minutes, Aylsham still having to be on their guard as Tasburgh looked to set up a frantic finish, Ollie covering well to snuff out a promising attack. Josh and Tyler combined well down the right to keep the ball deep in the Tasburgh half, winning a corner for their efforts.

There was still time for another opportunity for Aylsham as Ollie played a nice ball forward to Jaiden who flicked it towards Charlie and, while the defender did well to clear it, the ball fell back to Jaiden who brought another wonderful save from the Tasburgh keeper, diving full length to tip the shot over.

The final whistle blew and the celebrations could begin. Aylsham had shown great intensity, belief and teamwork, particularly in the second half where they had played some exquisite football, finishing up deserved winners of the Kappa Cup by 3 goals to 1 against a determined opposition who competed well throughout and never gave up. The victory topping off Aylsham’s first year of competitive football, winning the league and cup double, with every single member of the squad playing their part in a successful 2017-18 season.


The Curtain Comes Down On A Successful League Season For Aylsham U12s

The Curtain Comes Down On A Successful League Season For Aylsham U12s

Match Report 13.05.18

Aylsham FC U12 v North Walsham Town FC U12, Greens Road

After clinching the Norfolk Combined Youth Football League U12 Premiership title, Aylsham FC U12 made the short journey to face North Walsham Town FC U12 in the final league game for both teams at Greens Road this morning (Sunday 13th May).

It was an overcast morning after some overnight rain as North Walsham kicked off proceedings. The opening exchanges were very cagey and evenly contested with both teams sizing each other up, trying to move the ball quickly. The first opportunity fell to Aylsham as a long clearance from Loz was helped on by Alfie sending Mitchy down the left. Mitchy took a good first touch and fired a left-footed shot that the keeper dived to brilliantly push away, getting a strong hand to the ball. In the 5th minute North Walsham created an opportunity after a long ball over the top but the striker fired high over the bar.

Aylsham forced a corner after a good move down the right. Mitchy played it short for Freddy to run on to and blast a shot goalwards that was bravely headed away from just in front of the keeper. After a promising break down the right, a North Walsham player put in a dangerous cross that Charlie did well to get a vital touch to, clearing the danger. The ball was retrieved by Josh who went on a mazy run beating three men before shooting from distance, his effort dropping just over the bar. Adam found Jude in space moments later and the skipper made enough space to get a shot away but the home keeper held confidently.

In the 14th minute North Walsham took the lead after winning a corner on the left. The home striker escaped his marker and met the dangerous centre first to chest the ball into the corner of the net for the opening goal. North Walsham continued to look dangerous from set-pieces and only two brave headers from Jude, deep in his own box, prevented further goalscoring opportunities. Alfie picked up the ball midway inside the Aylsham half and turned to spot Mitchy’s run, picking him out with an accurate through-ball. Mitchy sprinted clear and looked up for support but his left footed cross-shot went just wide of the far post.

A tactical change by the Aylsham coaches in the 19th minute paid dividends immediately after Jude and Freddy swapped positions with the former dropping back to allow the latter to move forward. Josh flicked a bouncing ball to Freddy who found Jaiden on the right with a first-time pass. Jaiden played it back inside to Alfie who held it up well before Freddy continued his forward run to receive a defence-splitting pass, finishing in style on the run with a low right-footed drive from the edge of the area to level the score. Aylsham had their tails up after their equalising goal and a long clearance from Loz fell to Alfie who bullied his way past his marker and into the box but lifted a shot narrowly over the bar. Moments later Mitchy put in a dangerous cross that the keeper did well to claim just in front of Freddy who looked to get on the end of the centre.

Denver came on for Jaiden in the 23rd minute in a straight swap out wide. North Walsham went close to regaining the lead a minute later from another corner. The centre was well attacked by a home player who powered a header towards goal but Loz was equal to it, pulling off a reaction diving save to keep the ball out with Denver completing the clearance. With two minutes to go Denver linked up well with Freddy who found Mitchy on the right, cutting inside to strike a low shot that the home keeper saved at the second attempt. The whistle blew to signal half time after an even 30 minutes with nothing separating the teams at the break.

Aylsham kicked off the second half with Jack and Ollie coming on for Mitchy and Charlie. Within a minute of the restart North Walsham regained the lead after winning possession midway inside the visitor’s half before a home player hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net giving Loz no chance. Aylsham almost equalised a minute later after a ball forward by Ollie was flicked into Freddy’s path by Jack on the edge of the area and, while he got his shot on target, the North Walsham goalkeeper parried and recovered quickly to smother the loose ball.

Aylsham got their second leveller in the 33rd minute after a headed clearance by Jude reached Freddy on the edge of the centre circle who moved it right to Denver. After a good first touch, Denver looked up before lifting a shot over the keeper and into the net from well outside the area to bring parity to the game once again. Aylsham began to take control of the second half and a good clearance from Adam was misjudged by a North Walsham player, falling nicely for Freddy who drove forward and crashed a shot narrowly wide of the upright with the keeper beaten. The visitors continued to break with pace and purpose and after Jack won a header, Denver and Jude combined well to keep possession feeding Alfie in space on the right. With his route to goal blocked, Alfie intelligently played it into Josh’s path but his low drive went inches past the post.

A devastating move created another Aylsham chance with first Adam and Jack linking up well on the left hand side before Alfie and Denver moved the ball swiftly down the right to bring Josh into play. A jinking run from Aylsham’s number 6 created enough space for a shot with only a desperate challenge keeping the ball out. The visitors were very much on top at this stage and Ollie, Denver and Alfie combined well to open up the North Walsham defence but Freddy fired his effort just wide. Freddy showed great strength to hold the ball up on the very next attack before laying it off to Alfie who struck a low shot that the home keeper saved brilliantly, diving low down to his left. Alfie went close again moments later, striking the bottom of the post from the edge of the area as Aylsham continued looking most likely to take the lead. North Walsham played a long ball forward to relieve some of the pressure and a snap shot from distance was well held by Loz before launching a further visitor’s attack.

In the 42nd minute Aylsham created another chance after Jack’s centre was only half cleared to Josh who spotted Freddy’s run to spring the offside trap, but the North Walsham keeper came off his line quickly to block the shot. The visitor’s wave of attacks continued after Ollie cleared the ball with Jack controlling it well on his chest before playing a neat one-two with Alfie. Jack switched play first-time from left to right sending Freddy through, but another fine save kept the scores level.

Josh headed a goal-kick forward to Alfie who held off his marker before a slick one-two with Jack and playing a lovely ball through to Josh who had come forward in support, again only another fine diving save kept the ball out. Aylsham still had to be on their guard after North Walsham put together a nice move with only a perfectly timed challenge by Ollie in the box bringing the passage of play to an end. In the 46th minute Tyler came on for Jude at the back as Aylsham continued on the offensive. A ball forward by Adam was nodded into Josh’s path and a neat flick gave him a chance to strike but his left-footed volley dropped just outside the far post. Mitchy returned to the action replacing Alfie up front with 6 minutes left and he was in the right place at the right time to receive Freddy’s cross but again the North Walsham keeper was equal to it, holding his crisp right-footed shot. Despite Aylsham’s dominance in the second half, North Walsham could have snatched it right at the death with a chance that rattled the crossbar and from the rebound had another great opportunity with a home player unmarked in the box who volleyed just wide.

The final whistle brought the curtain down on both team’s league seasons after a game full of endeavour, good play and plenty of goalmouth action with the visitors having the better of the second half, but an excellent North Walsham goalkeeping performance in particular keeping Aylsham at bay, the final score 2-2. The newly crowned Norfolk Combined Youth Football League U12 Premiership champions Aylsham finishing a successful league season with a three point advantage over their nearest rivals at the top of the table.