Moulton Mens 1 v Easton & Otley Mens 1
Moulton secured another Category 1 win with a hard fought victory against Easton & Oatley in blustery conditions. The win puts them within 4 points off Tresham and 4th place which is extremely pleasing progress from the tough start of the league programme back in September.
In the first half Moulton played a nice passing game which resulted in an excellent team move started by Callum Willimont. His raking diagonal pass found George Ball who nodded it down for the arriving Peter Beverley to smash home from 15 yards out. The second half found Moulton struggling against the wind which resulted in the visitors snatching an equaliser against the run of play. A change of formation brought the game to life with 15 minutes to go and the winner for Moulton was superb. Goalkeeper Jason Flowers superb driven pass was expertly brought down by George Ball who calmly slid the ball past the visiting keeper with flowing confidence. It was a deserved win which will see Moulton hoping of picking up more points at home against West Suffolk next week.
Moulton Men's 1 v MK College
Moulton Men’s 1 continued their progress in recent weeks with a determined display against national champions Mk College. It took the away side 70 minutes to finally take the lead and add some gloss to a tightly contested game.
Moulton’s opening match in Category 1 resulted in a heavy 8-0 defeat to MK College, which shows the big strides they have taken recently. In particular the magnificent defending of the back four (Whalley, Mister, Willimont, Kille) and a fantastic goalkeeping display from Jason Flowers was encouraging and will provide the platform to pick up points against much lesser opposition in the remaining league matches.
It was Moulton who drew first blood when a superb James Maddison free kick was whipped in to find the towering head of Callum Willimont to power home a 1-0 lead. MK College continued to play some lovely passing moves and it paid off when a well worked move seen them equalise. However, it was Moulton who took an unlikely lead in the second half when the lively Cory Voysey was upended inside the penalty box. Emerging centre back Callum Willimont confidently stepped up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot for his second goal of the game.
MK College again kept passing the ball at every opportunity and then hit back with another well worked move to make the game 2-2. With 25 minutes to go Moulton were dogged and resolute, resulting in another opportunity to take the lead. This time Elliott Bartley taking too much time to react inside the 18 yard box to pounce on a defensive error. In a cruel twist of fate it was MK College who took the next opportunity to take the sting out of the hosts to make it 3-2. Tired legs then compounded the misery with another 2 goals added by a worthy ‘best college side in England’ tag.
Moulton can reflect on this match in which it will be hopefully provide a catalyst for more points in the new year.
Special mentions for Charlie Kille who has proved a consistent performer in recent weeks, James Mister who continues to perform well in any postion, Jason Flowers who is growing as a positive leader in goal and Callum Willimont who made several telling tackles in a monster of a display at centre back.
Eastley and Oatley v Moulton Men's 1
Moulton secured their first victory at Category 1 level in style with a 6-0 win away at Easton & Oatley.
It was a fantastic team performance which was started by Jason Flowers early penalty save inside 15 minutes. Charlie Kille and Sam Edwards gave Moulton a 2 goal cushion from outstanding set piece deliveries before Sam Ball went on to produce a brilliant individual hat trick. A late Callum Willimont penalty added to a resounding victory and Moulton will now be full of confidence going into there next match against national champions MK College.
Moulton Mens 2 vs Nottingham Men's College (2-3)
Moulton Men's 2 were narrowly defeated by Nottingham Men's College 3-2. It was a much improved performance from last week and their were plenty of positive displays within the side.
In a revamped 3-4-3 system, Moulton started brightly and took the lead through a fine Lewis Ogden turn and finish inside the 18 box. Moulton continued to cause problems in wide areas and were unfortunate to concede before half time when the Nottingham player finished well from 12 yards out.
Moulton came out of the blocks well in the second half and eventually took the lead when Callum Riddell prodded home from 6 yards. Nottingham fought back and dominated the last 20 minutes which seen them equalise with a good header from a corner. Eventually their pressure told and they scored again to turn the game on its head and secure the win.
All 18 players were utilised during the game and their were some good individual performances from Jeffrey, Higgs, Curtis, Wesby, Sadler and Brooks in particular.
Moulton Mens 2 vs Kettering Town FC (5-1)
A disappointing second game for Moulton Mens 2 saw the side travel away to Kettering Town FC and lose 5-1.
Some individual performances were decent but squad performance needs a lot of work to improve ready for the next game.
3 first half goals gave the opposition number 10 a hatrick and from there the game was being chased by Moulton.
A clear chance for Moulton was saved well by the KTFC keeper and denied Nathan Tysoe a chance to bring it back to 2-1 before the 3rd goal from KTFC.
A goal from Liam Upton just before the half gave Moulton a chance to get back in to the game with the half ending 3-1 to KTFC.
A 20 minute spell of good play from Moulton at the start of the second half saw a couple of chances but nothing hit the back of the net. Kettering then went on to take a fourth goal on their first real attack of the second half.
The fifth goal came not long after the fourth when the Kettering number 10 past 3 players with ease and squared the ball across the box to the number 9.
The first shot saved by Moulton keeper Jamie but the rebound was put away after the defence failed to close the shot.
Lots of work to do in training. Moulton 2’s will need to raise their game to achieve a successful finish this season.
Moulton College Men's 3 vs SoccerStar men's 1 (7-1)
In a total mismatch of a game, Moulton Men’s 3 battled bravely against a far superior Peterborough side who should be in a much higher division. There was a lot to be said of Moulton’s dedication and commitment to keep working hard for 90 minutes and there were plenty of positives to take out of the game.
Jacob Wood pulled off some timely saves in goal, Finn Sneath won every header at the back, Jordan Sadler put in a captains performance in the centre of the pitch, Charlie Haley worked hard for the side and Conor Harper capped a fine individual performance by finishing off a super passing move for a consolation.
A great learning curve in their first game which will help them in their next match at this level.
Match Report for College 4th Team vs Northampton Town Education Team 28.09.16
After lots of decision making and picking a squad of 18 out of 50 plus students, the team played their first league fixture against a well organise Northampton Town education team.
After the first 10 minutes, Moulton were dominating the game and creating some half chances, but couldn’t capitalise on them. This then led to Northampton scoring two quick goals, both very well taken putting the away side in control of the game. With Moulton still trying to take in what had just happened, the away side continued to put pressure on the Moulton defence and it paid off after a mistake at the back with the away side’s number 10 taking the opportunity to triple there lead to 3-0. Moulton’s keeper Max Jeffery was doing his best to keep the score down and was pulling out some fantastic saves. The boys clearly had to show some magic to give themselves a chance going into the second half, and they did just that with a fantastic placement finish from Ryan Britten right on the stroke of half time.
Half time 3-1 to Northampton.
The second half started brightly from Moulton creating some clear cut chances, but the away sides keeper kept their side in the game with a couple of successive saves. However this didn’t last long as the away side capitalised on another Moulton mistake to make it 4-1 and then 5-1 inside a 5 minute spell. Moulton then put in every effort to get something from the game and played some lovely two touch footballs, with some of the boys coming on from the bench to prove a point. Which is never easy as the boys had never played together before. An outstanding finish from substitute Danion got the score back to 5-2 with Northampton finally grabbing a late goal on the break to end the game 6-2.
Final Score 6-2 - Overall, disappointing to lose but plenty of positives, and was a good opportunity to get the boys together for their first game.
Moulton College X1 (6-2) North Oxfordshire
A Moulton College select first year side won their first ever match in the ESFA elite cup comfortably winning 6-2 over a battling North Oxfordshire side.
There were some excellent performances throughout the match and everyone contributed in the squad to play some entertaining football.
Strikers Peter Beverley and George Ball were in menacing form netting two goals each. Flying winger Dylan Kilford and tricky attacker Callum Riddell also scoring a goal each.
The draw has already been made for the 2nd round with the game having to be played by Nov 12th. We are currently awaiting the winners from a side in Bedford and Aylesbury.
MK College Men's 1 (8-0) Moulton College Men's 1
The defending National league and cup champions MK College proved their class in the opening Category 1 clash against a plucky Moulton College side.
Moulton stood toe to toe with them for the first 30 minutes and even created the best two chances of the game. With the twin strike partnership of George and Sam Ball both going close when in good positions.
MK College pick their players from professional sides at 18 years old and it became more evident as the game wore on as they scored two goals before the stroke of half time. A tired Moulton side continued to battle on through out the second half but couldn't stop the hosts from adding a further 6 goals.
It was a harsh lesson in possession football against the best College side in England, however, Moulton can take heart out of some of their passing moves and chances they created during the game. They will regroup and learn from this in time for their next match against West Suffolk.
MOM - James Mister
Moulton Men's 2 (1-2) Grantham Men's 1
Moulton Men's 2 started their league campaign with a narrow defeat to Grantham Men's 1. It was an encouraging display by the hosts with some free flowing football and creative passing moves through out the game.
Moulton took the lead when Liam Upton spectacularly arrowed a long range effort into the top corner of the net. Moulton looked likely to add to the lead but spurned a number of chances which was costly in the end. Two late goals from sloppy Moulton defending allowed the opposition to be gifted the three points.
MOM - Liam Upton
Derby Cup Challenge: - Tresham Men's 1 (4-3) Moulton Men's 1
In an exhilarating game of football between local rivals Tresham and Moulton, it was Tresham who came out on top.
Tresham Men's 1 finished in a comfortable mid table position at Category 1 level so this match was a good insight to see opposition Moulton Men's 1 will face next season.
In truth there wasn't much difference between the two sides and it was against the run of play Tresham took the lead, capitalising on Moulton losing the ball in the final third. However, Moulton kept playing free flowing football which paid off when James Maddison floated a dipping shot over the goalkeeper.
Moulton grew in confidence and early in the second half took the lead with a brilliant move which would grace any level of the game. Skipper James Maddison's long raking diagonal ball found Rhys watkins who majestically cushioned the ball for Connor Goddard to fire home.
It was the away side who continued to dominate before the game turned on its head around 65 minutes. Moulton again dispossessed at the back for Tresham to break away and score an undeserved equaliser. Suddenly Tresham were in front when Moulton uncharacteristically allowed a free header from a good free kick delivery into the box.
Tresham's superior fitness levels were now showing as they continued to hurt Moulton by adding a fourth goal. It was a good test of character for the away side who had to regroup in the final 10 minutes to find a way back in the game. Unfortunately they left it too late despite another super goal bringing the score line to 4-3. This time it was a delightful Kyran Gadsden long drive which resulted in Ryan Wade heading home.
Moulton can be pleased with their performance which included 10 first years in the 14 man squad. The belief and trust in passing the football was equally pleasing as they build for Category 1 football.
MVP - Sam Edwards who had an exceptional performance, played like a giant and a heart of a lion at the back.
Football CV (2-2) Moulton College
Moulton were set the task of playing total football in a competitive match against Football CV. With an experimental line up, several players took their chance to shine in super conditions at Stamford FC's stadium. Elliott Bartley scored two goals that would grace any level with an exquisite lobbed effort in the first half, followed by an audacious 40 yard chip over the goalkeeper in the last minute of the second half. Showing his quality with a good attitude in leading the line.
Charlie Kille put in a solid performance at the back with a super attitude. Connor Goddard fitted in well at centre back showing good versatility, whilst Christian Lee showed some nice touches and ability to spark Moulton attacks. Kyran Gadsden was a strong presence in midfield and seemed to be everywhere and a mention to Lewis Ogden who kept his calm and created some good chances for Moulton to score from during the game.
Overall, it was a good work out and a vital experience for everyone involved.
Football - Moulton Men’s Football Academy (12-1) Brooke House Football Academy (Friendly)
In a game between both side’s secord or third squad players, it was Moulton who showed a superb strength in depth and progression of the Football Academy this year; when only a year ago this fixture being narrowly won by Brooke House. Moulton played the game in a positive way and were determined to show the coaches what they were capable of with the upcoming Derby Cup Challenge against Tresham. Josh Healey stole the show with some deadly expert finishing to claim four goals whilst Joe Lindsley, Ryan Wade, Kyran Gadsden, Dominic Whalley, Rhys Watkins were all amongst the goals. Often teams can struggle to keep playing at a high tempo in such a one sided game but credit to all the players involved in making it a convincing 12-1 win.
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