Aylsham U13s Come Away With A Well Earned Draw Against EJA Opponents

Aylsham U13s Come Away With A Well Earned Draw Against EJA Opponents

Match Report 10.03.19

Aylsham FC U13 v Newmarket Town U13 EJA, Stadium

Without a scheduled fixture locally, Aylsham FC U13 travelled further afield to take on Newmarket Town U13 of the Eastern Junior Alliance at their home, Stadium, in a friendly this afternoon (Sunday 10th March).

On a fantastic 3G surface with the clouds breaking and the sun emerging Newmarket kicked off proceedings and immediately looked to move the ball quickly. A nice ball from the right to the central midfielder gave the hosts a sight of goal but Bailey dealt with the shot easily. Three minutes in and a long ball from Newmarket saw their striker advance to the edge of the box but again Bailey was equal to it pulling off a diving save. The home side put in a dangerous corner that Ronnie did well to block with a combination of Freddy and Jaiden completing the clearance as Aylsham found themselves under pressure.

The visitors, resplendent in their new burgundy training kit, began to settle into the game and started to pass the ball around crisply and confidently. Freddy lifted a ball over to Alfie but, under pressure from a defender, he sent his shot wide. The game was much more even after Newmarket had the majority of the chances early on but Aylsham kept possession well and looked to play through the thirds. A shot from a home player from distance was well watched and dealt with comfortably by Bailey. Jack came on for Brad in the 19th minute taking his place on the right.

In the 21st minute Bailey judged a shot from distance well to save confidently. Two minutes later, after keeping their opponents at bay, Aylsham took the lead with a slick team move. Bailey played the ball out to Denver on the left who beat his man before finding Ronnie who squared it to Jude. With no outlet available Jude kept possession by passing it back to Bailey. The keeper’s clearance, this time to the right was laid back to Ollie by Adam, the centre-back playing a neat one-two with Jack to give him space to drive forward, before picking out Mitchy in the centre of midfield. Mitchy laid it back to Jaiden who looked up to play a searching ball forward that Freddy headed on towards Alfie. Alfie showed great strength to hold off his marker before playing a ball inside the Newmarket right back and Ronnie was onto it to hold off a challenge before showing great composure, side-footing home to finish off a devastating move that involved all 11 Aylsham players.

The visitors grew in confidence after scoring the opening in goal and were playing some exceptional football. They played out from the back with Ollie and Adam combining well before passing it into Jude who found Jack in a good position. A quick ball inside to Freddy created enough time and space to arrow a lovely through-ball, and only an excellent piece of defending prevented Alfie going through on goal. After winning a 50-50 Jack was brought down as he looked to evade his marker and Adam sent in a dangerous free-kick but a good defensive header just deflected the ball away as Ronnie looked to meet it on the volley. In the 27th minute Ronnie made way for Tyler.

Newmarket got in behind the Aylsham defence after a strong run and through-ball sent the striker down the left channel but Ollie took up a great position to clear the cross with Jack and Freddy combining to set the visitors forward with a break of their own as the game opened up. Moments later Jude and Adam worked their way out of a tight situation to find Alfie, who had made himself an option, and his ball through sent Tyler scampering forward but the home keeper just managed to get to the ball first as Tyler outpaced his marker.

With four minutes left of the first half a long ball from Newmarket’s defender set their striker away who advanced and struck a powerful rising shot that Bailey did well to beat down and claimed the rebound before the striker. Soon after Bailey was called into action again, kicking out a dangerous low cross with Jaiden on hand to complete the clearance. The home side were finishing the half strongly with a long ball forward sending their striker sprinting clear and he lifted the bail over Bailey on the run but the visitors breathed a sigh of relief as the effort rebounded back off the post and into the grateful hands of the Aylsham stopper. This being the last action of an entertaining half with the visitors taking a slender 1-0 lead into the break.

Aylsham kicked off the second period and moved the ball quickly and incisively from the restart. Newmarket put a nice move together and only a vital touch from Jack in the visitor’s box prevented the home winger getting in on goal. The opening exchanges were very even with both sides playing nice football. In the 42nd minute Aylsham doubled their lead after a good tackle by Denver on the halfway line forced a home player to play the ball back. Mitchy read the intentions of the defender and intercepted his pass and accelerated clear of his marker and drew the keeper before clipping the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the area. A minute later Mitchy went so close to adding a third from a great headed clearance by Ollie with Alfie controlling the bouncing ball well before lifting it into Mitchy’s path. Mitchy turned his marker and took a shot on the half volley that beat the keeper but unluckily rebounded back off the bar with Freddy being adjudged to be in an offside position as he looked to tuck away the rebound.

In the 44th minute Newmarket reduced the arrears with a close-range finish into the corner of the net. Two minutes later Aylsham restored their two goal cushion after Freddy controlled and turned in one movement before lifting a ball into Alfie’s path and he let it bounce once before hitting a dipping first-time volley into the net from outside the box. In the 49th minute the hosts scored their second from a direct free-kick to make it 3-2 to Aylsham. Ronnie came back into the action, giving Mitchy a breather. It was end to end stuff and Newmarket thought they’d scored an equaliser in the 52nd minute but the linesman has flagged for offside. A neat move by Aylsham started with a throw by Adam who had the ball returned to him by Denver. Adam passed it into Jude who chipped it into Jack on the right and his first-time ball inside sat up invitingly for Alfie who struck it perfectly but the keeper was equal to it, holding on well. Moments later Newmarket had a sight of goal but the ball rebounded back off the foot of the post from a low drive.

Aylsham made another change with 10 minutes to go with Brad replacing Alfie up front. Newmarket continued to prove dangerous from set-pieces and went close from a free-kick but their tall centre-back headed just wide. The home side fashioned an equaliser in the 66th minute after a cross from the right was met on the volley from close-range to make it 3-3. With three minutes left Mitchy came back on at left back for Tyler and moments later Alfie returned for Brad up front.

A long defensive clearance was headed forward by Adam where Jack flicked it inside to Freddy guiding it to Jude in space. Jude spotted Alfie’s fun and picked him out with a slide rule pass but a great block halted his progress. Jack anticipated the clearance and kept the move alive, squaring it to Alfie who moved it left to Ronnie but only a crucial last ditch sliding challenge prevented Ronnie from applying the finish. Freddy put in a deep corner that Adam bravely headed back across goal to where Denver was well positioned in the six yard box to nod the ball home to make it 4-3 to Aylsham with a minute of normal time remaining. Not to be outdone Newmarket equalised again in injury time after a neat one-two on the edge of the visitor’s box and a fine finish. The final whistle blew to signal the end of a pulsating game with both sides giving it their all, playing some exceptional football, and were an absolute credit to themselves and their respective clubs. Nothing separating the sides in the end after an entertaining 4-4 draw.


Great Eight For Aylsham U13s In 4Sports Trophy

Great Eight For Aylsham U13s In 4Sports Trophy

Match Report 03.03.19

Aylsham FC U13 v Hellesdon FC U13, Hellesdon High School

Aylsham FC U13 travelled to face Hellesdon FC U13 at Hellesdon High School this morning (Sunday 3rd March) in their 4Sports Trophy First Round fixture.

In wet and windy conditions Hellesdon kicked off and immediately Aylsham looked to press high to win the ball with good play between Brad and Mitchy giving Alfie a chance to shoot, forcing a smart save from the home keeper. In the 3rd minute Aylsham took the lead after Freddy’s corner was flicked on by Brad and Tyler was on hand to cleverly let the ball run across him to finish into the roof of the net on the turn.

The visitors were dominating possession but Hellesdon were well organised and defended well under pressure. In the 10th minute Aylsham doubled their advantage after a pass forward from Jude was diverted into the path of Mitchy who checked his run before lifting the ball over the advancing keeper and into the net with his left foot. Aylsham continued on the offensive and went close to adding a third as Alfie curled in an effort from outside the box but was unlucky to see it rebound off the bar and away. Mitchy retrieved the ball to start a slick incisive move involving Jude, Josh and Alfie setting up Brad to side-foot home but the goal was ruled out for offside. In the 23rd minute Alfie burst through following a long throw from Mitchy and forced a brave save from the keeper as Aylsham continued to threaten.

In the 24th minute the visitors did score their third goal following a dangerous corner from Josh that the keeper did well to punch away under pressure, but the ball dropped invitingly for Brad who beat three defenders to it and drilled home from close range. Aylsham made a double substitution in the 27th minute with Jack and Ronnie replacing Mitchy and Brad respectively. Jack was straight into the action latching onto Josh’s through ball but the keeper made a great diving save to keep his curling effort out. Two minutes later Josh tried his luck from distance but another smart save on the bounce kept the score at 3-0 to the visitors with the rebound just evading Tyler in an advanced position.

Aylsham went close again with two minutes of the half remaining as Adam’s throw found Alfie down the right channel. Alfie’s neat turn and dangerous left-footed cross-shot was just too far in front of Freddy as he stretched to reach it and the ball bounced agonisingly past the far post. The visitors finished the half on the attack and a fantastic pass from Jaiden sent Jack away down the left and he beat his man before cutting the ball inside to Josh who squared it to Alfie but his shot went narrowly wide of the far post. The whistle blew for half-time with a dominant Aylsham three goals to the good.

Aylsham kicked off the second half with Denver replacing Adam at right back. The visitors won a free-kick midway inside the Hellesdon half early on with Alfie picking out Jude who met it with his head but the keeper gathered well. In the 39th minute Freddy was first to a clearance from Josh’s corner and struck it powerfully but his shot rose over the bar. Four minutes later an incisive move from Aylsham started by Ronnie on the right led to some neat interplay between Jude, Denver and Josh. The ball was switched across to Jack who played a searching ball inside a defender to send Alfie into the left channel and his cross was met on the volley by Ronnie but his effort clipped the bar and went over.

In the 42nd minute Aylsham scored again after Josh showed great strength to keep possession but, finding his path forward blocked, laid the ball back to Jaiden who picked out Ollie to his right. Ollie drove forward before playing a beautiful ball into space for Denver to chase. The full back’s first-time cross into the box was controlled perfectly by Ronnie on the run and, while his shot was parried by the keeper, Jack was on hand to blast the ball home to make it 4-0 Aylsham. Three minutes later Hellesdon created themselves a chance but Bailey confidently saved a shot from distance.

In the 47th minute the visitors had another chance after Jude was first to a clearance to pick out Ronnie, playing a lovely ball across to Jack who turned his marker before teeing up Alfie who forced a smart stop from the busy Hellesdon keeper. A minute later Aylsham made another change with Mitchy coming back on to replace Josh. Moments later the visitors furthered their advantage after Tyler broke up a Hellesdon attack to find Jude who drove forward before setting Alfie clear and, although his marker put him under pressure, the striker stayed strong to cut back inside and finish clinically into the far corner of the net. Two minutes later Hellesdon pulled a goal back with a neat side-footed finish from inside the box.

In the 55th minute Aylsham made it 6-1 with Alfie tucking away a penalty after Freddy was brought down in the box. Straight from the restart Jack set Brad away and he was tripped as he looked to go round the keeper, Alfie completing his hat-trick finishing low down to the keeper’s right from the spot. A minute later Aylsham were through on goal again with Ronnie picking out Brad with a great pass but the keeper made a brave double save to keep his efforts out. Shortly after Tyler won back possession and a slick move involving Jack, Mitchy and Brad created an opportunity for Jack to shoot but a great diving save prevented another visitor’s goal.

In the 61st minute Bailey was called into action, pulling off a brilliant diving save to tip the ball round the post from a swerving drive from just inside the box. With seven minutes to go Aylsham made it 8-1 with a well worked team goal. Ollie was first to a clearance and played a neat one-two with Denver before sending a perfect ball through to Ronnie who set Brad through into the area. While Brad was guided away from goal he put in a dangerous centre that Jaiden helped on to Jack, cutting it back first-time for Alfie who took a great first touch past his marker before burying it into the corner of the net for his fourth goal of the game, taking the striker back to the top of the goal scoring charts for the season. Alfie took a well earned break with Josh coming back into the action. The rest didn’t last long as Alfie came back on for Tyler with two minutes remaining.

There was still time for Aylsham to create further chances, firstly Jaiden striking just over with a powerful drive and then on the next attack Ollie accelerated into the box but he screwed his shot inches wide. Just before the final whistle Mitchy struck a shot from distance that rose up over the bar as Aylsham finished the game in their opponent’s territory. A dominant performance by the visitors against a team that never gave up and worked hard, Aylsham advancing into the next round of the 4Sports Trophy winning the game by 8 goals to 1.



Aylsham 3 Heigham 1.
A good weekend for Aylsham – with the U13s winning 4 -2 against Dereham and at the same time winning the league with two matches to play, we also have Aylsham Thunder  U14s winning 3 – 1 against Costessy and now joint top of division 2 , well done to both sides.
Todays Line Up –
           Ruben  – James Clark – Louis.
                         Jack – Bryn
           Henry – George – Adam – Ibs
Subs Cole & James Barr.
Goals Scored – Sonny 1 – Ibs  2
Assists            Sonny 1 George 1 Ibs 1
Man of the Match – Ibs.
Todays game was the quarter final of the cup with the winners to play at home against Norman.
Straight from the kick off it was all Aylsham showing our intent against a very strong Heigham side and there was even more at stake as we need to play Heigham twice in the league so progressing to the semi finals and having the bragging rights before the 2 league games a great day all round.
I think we unsettled Heigham early on in the game but as the game progressed they started to pass the ball around and having the lions share of possession, always a threat from free kicks and corners and at one stage hitting the post..
However Josh and his defence kept them at arms length giving todays visitors no clear cut chances, great display by Josh – Ruben – James Clark – Louis  – Jack Gray and Bryn really settling down well , love Rubens tackles an old fashioned right back giving no quarter.
Against the run of play we had a long ball out of our defence chased down by Bryn who slid it down the line to Ibs who took the ball to the by line before crossing for Sonny to clinically hit the ball with the outside of his foot into the far corner, well executed goal.
 The visitors continued to press but kept at a distance with our midfield quartet working over time in the middle of the park closing down and supporting Sonny when required, the second goal again from a high lofted ball which Sonny chased down causing confusion in the visitors defence which allowed Ibs to ghost in and stroke the ball into the empty net
Half Time – 2 – 0 to the good.
In the second half Cole came on from Henry and within 5 minutes from the start we won a corner with George crossing with the wind against the ball not knowing that we were to witness goal of the season, the cross came in and Ibs hit the ball on the volley from a very tight angle finding the back of the net , all over for Heigham as we continued to press and could easily have won more convincingly couldn’t we Sonny.
Man of the match was given to Ibs for his overall performance and for 2 well taken goals including goal of the season, our decision was confirm by the Heigham manager who also chose Ibs, but let not forget  Josh who settled in well at the beginning of the season but is definitely improving showing his passion and disappointed following a controversial goal given to the visitors. . The back 3 for a battling performance against a very big side today with James Clark policing and reading the game , a great performance by all 3. Jack Gray came very close to taking the man of the match trophy home with a solid performance and Bryn is always in the mix every game for man of the match. As a unit Henry – Cole – Georg – Adam and Ibs are very strong working unit in midfield , Adams performances have hit a much higher level of late and were not the same side without captain George Betts
Overall a Great Team performance, made our weekend thank you all.

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 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.

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.

Aylsham Athletic U14s

Todays Team –
          Ruben – James Clark – Ollie
                   Bryn         Louis
           Cole – George Adam – Ibs.
Subs – Henry – Tom – Jack – James Barr.
Goals Scored – Sonny – George.
Man of the Match – James Clark.
Todays Results –
Table after first Game-
 Harling Colts F.C.                     3
 Holt United Youth F.C.             3
 St Andrews F.C. Tigers           0
 Swanton Morley F.C.              0
 Cringleford F.C. Titans           0
First of all apologies to todays Subs for the limited playing time today, unfortunately the hard pitch and strong wind limited our chances in front of goal restricting Matt from making changes earlier in the game.
As we chase down our third league title in three years our new recruits in Josh – Louis and Bryn had a faultless performances today , our back 5 were brilliant today limiting todays visitors limited opportunities throughout the game , the first half was always going to be difficult as we played into a strong wind.
Todays visitors finished third last year so we knew we were in for a difficult game but with three additions to our defence  to come away with a clean sheet was most pleasing.
The first half was difficult due to the conditions with neither keeper being tested, Half Time 0 – 0
We started the second half with Tom replacing Cole on the right and within the first minute following a sequence of one – twos between James Clark , Ollie, Bryn and Louis we got our noses in front  with Sonny latching onto the ball and firing into the roof of the net.
Swanton continued to compete in the midfield but the timing of the goal did put some of the visitors players in a defeatist mode.
We dint have to wait long for goal number two when Adam was battling to be on the end of the ball before being pushed in the box and up stepped George to make it 2 nil and the game was visibly ours allowing Matt o put all of the Subs on with Jack Gray upfront , Henry on Right Midfield, James Clark on the left.
Based on the hard pitch and wind not a great deal to report as the conditions had a major fact on the game , however our defensive five complimented with Josh the keeper were brilliant throughout overall faultless
Hope the new additions to the team enjoyed today game in the Aylsham Orange and good luck to Ibs who is again with Norfolk trials next Saturday

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 FC bags £2000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

Aylsham FC is delighted to announce it has bagged £2000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £43 million to over 10,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Aylsham FC has been awarded £2000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

Club chairman Ian Potter said: “Many thanks to all of the Aylsham folk who used their blue tokens to help our project.

“We have worked hard since Youngs Park opened to ensure that it is a safe environment for all of the young children who use it. Now thanks to this grant we can finally fence off the final part of the facility to keep our children safe from any traffic”.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout November and December with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

Ian Potter – who expressed his thanks to all who voted for the project.