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SIX OF THE BEST FOR FRESHFORD - 14/10/2017

Having already beaten Freshford United 1-0 this season, Stockton & Codford travelled to Brown’s Park hoping to complete a Division One double over Chris Birleson’s side. However, Freshford looked a totally different side than the reverse fixture and were clearly not prepared to “lose down” to the battle.

Stockton looked the better side for the first five minutes but Freshford managed to ease themselves into the game. They were awarded a free kick by the touchline and the pinpoint delivery from Gavin Eyre was headed home by Eddie Kutumba's to give Freshford the lead. Freshford continued to apply the pressure and a long ball from keeper Adam Sheppard saw Stockton player Kevin Shinn and his goalkeeper fail to properly communicate and Shinn head into his own net for 2-0. Stockton looked like they might get back into the game when a crossed free-kick was headed at the far post, but they were denied by the upright. Freshford countered and Joe Newman sprinted to the by-line to cut it back to Nick Ross who shot with the outside of the boot for Freshford’s third.

The second half was much the same. Dave Percival was a nightmare to defend as he ran at defenders and was fouled by Shinn in the penalty area. Adam Sheppard scored from the penalty spot with a cool strike to make it 4-0. Percival made it five when he latched on to a poorly defended header to poke the ball past the Stockton goalie. Stockton were awarded a penalty when Sheppard brought down a Stockton striker, but he redeemed himself by superbly palming away Liam Gibbens’ low strike. Nick Ross completed his brace to make it 6-0 with a right foot half-volley from a Percival assist. Freshford could not maintain the clean sheer and Kevin Shinn scored Stockton’s consolation.

Man of the match was given to Adam Sheppard and Jaffa was awarded to Mark Gerrish for throwing his toys out of the pram again.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard 10) ---- Mark Gerrish (9), Gavin Eyre (9), Jake Gaines (10)(Andrew Backman (9))------ Harrisson Amor (10)( Kubilay De-Vanney (9)), Waleed Bakali (9)(Connor Dunne (9)), Nathan Gant (9), Nick Ross (10), Joe Newman (9)(Dean Ranger (9))------------ Dave Percival (9), Eddie Katumba (10)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 6 - 1 Stockton & Codford (HT 3 - 0) ------------- Eddie Katumba (10), OG (31), Nick Ross (40, 87), Adam Sheppard (54 Pen), Dave Percival (81)

FRESHFORD RUN OUT OF STEAM AGAINST LUXOL - 30/09/2017

Freshford travelled to fellow League contenders Luxol St Andrews and got off to a great start when a pass from Gavin Eyre found Dave Percival just inside their half who then went on a mazey run past various players and then slotted it in at the near post from a tight angle to beat their keeper. We continued to put pressure on the hosts whilst dealing with their physical and quick attackers reasonably comfortably and the majority of the chances fell to us and after a few near misses and some good saves from Adam Sheppard in our goal. On the half hour a well delivered corner from Gavin Eyre found Nick Ross who rose above his man to head home for his first of the season and to double our lead, we had more oppurtunities to extend our lead when Eddie Katumba hit the bar and Dave Percival pulled his shot wide from a few yards.

The second half saw us start well for the first 5 minutes but the hosts started to get a grip on the game and we were starting to tire from the end to end action, as a few injuries hit us as well during the second half we began to wobble at the back and with 25 minutes to go Luxol grabbed a goal back. We dug deep but didnt have enough in the tank to deal with their fitness and pressure and conceeded a second with 10 minutes to go and then a third with 4 minutes remaining.

Man of the match was given to Nick Ross and Jaffa was awarded to Dave Percival for being caught out in the toilet without and paper.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (8) ----------------- Mark Gerrish (7)(Josh Sheppard (7)), Gavin Eyre (8), Jake Gaines (7) ------------- Harrisson Amor (7)( Kubilay De-Vanney (7)), Josh Birbeck (7), Nathan Gant (7), Nick Ross (8), Joe Newman (8) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Eddie Katumba (7)

Final Score: Luxol St Andrews 3 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 2) ------------- Dave Percival (3), Nick Ross (30)

FRESHFORD GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS - 23/09/2017

Freshford hosted Hilperton Utd and were looking for revenge after losing narrowly to them in a pre season friendly where we were caught out by their pace, we set up well and managed to control their strikers and when they did beat our defence Adam Sheppard was their to sweep up behind. The new partnership of Dave Percival and Eddie Katumba was starting to cause problems for the visitors and on 27 minutes a goal kick was flicked on by Eddie and Dave Percival latched on to it to slot it past the advancing keeper. The rest of the half saw us continue to defend well and create oppurtunities but not find that important second goal.

The second half saw us continue to get control of the game and the visitors growing frustrated and losing interest in the game and our strikers teamed up again when this time Dave Percival found the right pass to set up Eddie Katumba to double our lead. Midway through the half a long ball from Mark Gerrish saw Sam Phillips beat teh defender to the ball and hit it home to settle the nerves, this should have been teh game sealed up but minutes later a very soft penalty was given against Nathan Gant and the resulting goal got the visitors tails up. After a nervy ten minutes a breakaway down the right wing from Frankie Elliott beat his man for pace and then was upended by the covering defender in the box to earn us a penalty, Adam Sheppard stepped up from goal to calmly place the penalty in the corner to restore our lead. We continued to press as Hilperton saw out the game and a ball from Eddie Katumba in behind their defence found Harrisson Amor who snuck in behind to have one too many touches but still found the net to finish off the game for us and get his first goal for the club.

Man of the match was given to Waleed Bakali and Jaffa was awarded to Gavin Eyre for forgetting the Jaffa top and fines money.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (9) ----------------- Mark Gerrish (8), Gavin Eyre (8), Joe Newman (9) (Connor Dunne (8))------------- Sam Phillips (9) (Harrisson Amor (8)), Waleed Bakali (9), Nathan Gant (9), Nick Ross (8), Frankie Elliott (8) (Kubilay De-Vanney (8))------------ Dave Percival (8), Eddie Katumba (9)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 1 Hilperton Utd (HT 1 - 0) ------------- Dave Percival (27), Eddie Katumba (55), Sam Phillips (67), Adam Sheppard (81 Pen), Harrisson Amor (85)

FRESHFORD CANT FIND THE FINISHING TOUCH AT STOCKTON - 16/09/2017

Freshford travelled to Stockton & Codford and with a few players missing and injuries we knew it would be a hard battle ahead of us, but we were confident that we could get something form the game and started well and dealt with everything they threw at us whilst creating chances of our own from set pieces. With our defence and keeper doing teh jobs well it was dissapointing to conceed a free kick on the edge of our box midway through the half, the wall did its job to block the free kick but the follow up was struck through the crowd and taking a deflection to give them the lead.

The second half saw much of the same with Stockton struggling to break us down and when they did Adam Sheppard was on hand to pull of various great saves throught the game. We had a good patch of pocession and created chances but couldnt quite find the finishing touch or pass and the best oppurtunity fell to Waleed Bakali after good pressure he found himself through on goal but couldnt keep his shot down.

Man of the match was given to Nathan Gant and Jaffa was awarded to Waleed Bakali for blasting over the bar an oppurtunity when through 1 on 1 with the keeper.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (8) ----------------- Sam Phillips (8), Theo Hall (8), Gavin Eyre (8) ------------- Harrisson Amor (8) (Josh Sheppard (8)), Waleed Bakali (8), Nathan Gant (9), Frankie Elliott (8), Joe Newman (8) (Jamie Shaw (7))------------ Mark Gerrish (7)(Chris Birleson (8)), Gus Wright (7)

Final Score: Stockton & Codford 1 - 0 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 0)

FRESHFORD CRASH OUT OF SOMERSET CUP IN THE FIRST ROUND- 09/09/2017

Freshford suffered an early exit from the Somerset cup following a poor performance away to Chilcompton Sports Reserves. Freshford looked the better side in the first 30 minutes creating four or five good chances, but were unable to find the net and were lacklustre in the final third. A defensive error let Chilcompton into the game and a looping shot found its way over the Freshford goalie. Freshford looked to be back in the game and on top when Gavin Eyre’s corner was defended and his second cross was met by Bakali’s glancing header to the far post. As Freshford pressed, Chilcompton had very little chances but managed to get in front after a simple one-two and a low footed strike found its way into the net.

The second half was a combination of poor finishing and an inability to defend properly when Chilcompton was on the break. Freshford had at least three “easier to miss” opportunities and the defensive display was just as bad as the finishing. Chilcompton scored two goals on the break to make it 4-1 and as Freshford pushed in the last 15 minutes, two further counter attacks led to goals and a deserved and convincing win.

Man of the match was given to Nathan Gant and Jaffa was awarded to Harrison Amor for missing the easiest of the “easier to miss” chances.

Line Up: Tommy Arnold (6) ----------------- Sam Phillips (6) (Josh Sheppard (6)), Mark Gerrish (6), Theo Hall (8)(Kubilay De-Vanney (7)), Joe Newman (8) (Harrisson Amor (7)) ------------- Jake Gaines (6), Waleed Bakali (6), Nathan Gant (7)(Jamie Shaw (6)), Gavin Eyre (6)(Connor Dunne (6)), Nick Ross (7)------------ Dave Percival (6)

Final Score: Chilcompton Sports Reserves 6 - 1 Freshford Utd (HT 2 - 1) -------------- Waleed Bakali (17)

FRESHFORD START SEASON WITH A WIN AGAINST DEFENDING CHAMPIONS - 02/09/2017

Freshford got off to the best possible start when they hosted last season’s league champions Melksham Team A at Browns Park. Melksham were favourites and looked the better side technically as they sought to play the short sharp passing game. However, Freshford worked hard and played in the right areas and the deadlock was broken when Nick Ross did well to tackle a defender and put in Dave Percival who when through one on one was only ever going to find the back of the net. The game was evenly matched and within ten minutes Melksham equalled the score line. Kirk played a nice one-two and when he received the ball he had plenty of time at the edge of the box to the find the bottom corner with a fine, low left footed strike. Freshford did not seemed phased and created more chances in the first half. Percival was again involved when he set up Gus Wright who sent a curling shot over the keeper to make it 2-1. Experienced goalie, Shepherd did well to close down two one-on-ones to give Freshford the best chance of securing the three points. Freshford made it 3-1 when Bakali slotted the ball through and a defensive/goal keeping error meant Gus Wright was able to walk the ball into the net.

The second half saw no goals as Freshford looked to defend from the front and keep the game tight. They worked tirelessly to close down Melksham. Shepherd also did well to cancel every Melksham attack and was awarded Man of the Match for his efforts.

Freshford's Man of the match was awarded to Adam Sheppard and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for forgetting he had teh keys to unlock the changing rooms.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (9) ----------------- Sam Phillips (8), Mark Gerrish (8), Theo Hall (8)(Josh Sheppard (8)), Joe Newman (8) (Harrisson Amor (8)) ------------- Frankie Elliott (8), Waleed Bakali (8), Nathan Gant (8), Gus Wright (9)(Kubilay De-Vanney (8)), Nick Ross (9)------------ Dave Percival (9)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 1 Melksham Town A (HT 3 - 1) -------------- Dave Percival (8), Gus Wright (18, 29)

SIX-A-SIDE 7TH YEAR ADDS YOUTH TEAMS AND A HUGE SUCCESS - 18/07/2016

Freshford hosted their 7th annual Six-A-Side tournament at Browns Park but this year we made it the whole weekend with different Youth age group tournaments. The weekend started with an Under 14/15's tournament on Saturday morning with 10 teams entering then the afternoon was the normal Adults tournament with 14 teams entering. The Sunday started early with a Festival of Football for Under 7's with 5 teams entering, then it was followed by an Under 9's tournament with 10 teams entering and the afternoon there was an under 10's tournament with 4 teams entering and an Under 11/12's tournament with 7 teams entering. This was a great response for our first year and we thank all teh teams who took part and made it such an enjoyable weekend with some great football and sportsmanship on display throughout the weekend. The winners of each tournament were as follows......

Under 9's - Cup Competition - Trowbridge Rangers Shield Competition - Freshford Utd Blues

Under 10's - Cup Competition - FC Bath Blues

Under 11/12's - Cup Competition - Alderbury Green's Shield Competition - FC Bath 12's

Under 14/15's - Cup Competition - Stoke Lane B Shield Competition - Melksham Town Blacks

Adults - Cup Competition - Trowbridge Boys Shield Competition - Freshford Utd B

It was another success with the weather being on our side again and the sun shining on and off all weekend and again we tried to attract more people to bring their families along and had a bouncy castle, inflatable slide and golf putting game for the children as well as our new facilities which have suitable amenities for women, children and disabled people.. We entered one team in the Festival of Football who held their own against much more experienced teams, two teams into the Under 9's which both performed very well and the Blues went on after some nailbiting action to win the Shield Competition, two teams in teh Under 14/15's who battled well but couldnt find their league winning form on the day and two teams into the adults competition where the A unfortunately lost in penalties in the semi final of the Cup competition and then our B team who won teh Shield Competition.

The club managed to raise £1314.22 once all bills were paid which is a good help to our fundraising pot to continue developing our facilities and a great insight to help us build on the event next year and get more people involved. Thanks again for the use the field behind the pitch for parking which was a great help and very kind of Paul Clarke and his family to let us use it again. Thanks to the referees and all the helpers/members of the club who made this event another success for the club and a good weekend had by all. We will be looking to build on it again next and we hope to encourage more teams, children and families along to the event with more entertainment for them other than just football.

NEW PLAYERS WELCOME TO FRESHFORD UTD F.C. - 19/06/2017

Freshford United F.C. is starting a new season and training will start on Tuesday 27th June 2017 from 7:00pm at Browns Park with Friendlies throughout August before the season starts on Saturday 2nd September 2017. We are always open to new players and hope we can add to our squad from last year and hopefully win more competitions this season. If you are interested please call the Manager Chris Birleson on 07738 741477.