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FRESHFORD FINISHED THE SEASON WITH A DRAW AT HOME - 08/04/2017

Westbury Town started the better side but were unable to take their chances and Dean Ranger did well to stop anything going past him in goal. The deadlock appeared to have broken when Josh Sheppard, the young Freshford captain, leapt like a salmon to head home a Theo Sing free-kick, only to be deemed controversially off-side. In similar circumstances, a free-kick was whipped into the back post where Nick Ross forced a save from the Westbury goalie and the ball landed at the feet of Bakali who finished from close range. He was however controversially deemed to have been offside from the free-kick despite the protests from Freshford that his involvement was part of a second phase.

The second half started well with former right back Nick Ross causing trouble up-front. From a right hand cross he managed to knock the ball out of the hand(s) of the Westbury goalie into the net and much to the surprise of all players the goal stood. The defensive display of David Percival at the heart of the defence looked likely that Freshford would keep another clean sheet, but poor marking at the back post allowed a free effort for the Westbury attackers and Gavin Eyre could not get a strong enough hand on the shot to direct it past the post.

Freshford's Man of the match was awarded to Alfie Little and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Theo Sing for an air kick.

First Half Line Up: Dean Ranger (7) ---------- Mark Gerrish (7), Alfie Little (8), Dave Percival (7), Nick Ross (7) ----------- Nathan Gant (7), Harrison Amor (7), Josh Sheppard (8), Gavin Eyre (7) ------------ Waleed Bakali (7), Theo Sing (7)

Second Half Line Up: Gavin Eyre (7) ---------- Fynn McCarthy-Driver (7), Alfie Little (8), Dave Percival (7), Dean Rranger (7) ----------- Mark Gerrish (7), Nathan Gant (7) (Mike Little (7)), Josh Sheppard (8), Harrison Amor (7) ------------ Nick Ross (7)(Andrew Backman (7)), Theo Sing (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 1 Westbury Town (HT 0 - 0) -------------- Nick Ross (68)

FRESHFORD END MELKSHAM'S UNBEATEN RUN - 01/04/2017

Freshford rooted their claim for second spot with a splendid 2-0 victory over this year’s Trowbridge and District League one Champions at the new facility in Melksham. Freshford were against the wind and up the slope in the first half. They started brightly and a well won header from Nick Ross fell to Bakali on the edge of the box who could not keep his volley down. Melksham looked to score when a cross from the right hand side was headed over at the back post as a result of good pressure from Freshford’s right back Amor. Melksham created further chances, but the defensive display from Gant and Gerrish at centre back illustrated why they have kept clean sheets in recent games. Percival’s runs were difficult to deal with and often resulted in free-kicks in dangerous areas. The quality of the crossed free-kicks and corners were superb from Gavin Eyre and Theo Sing, however Freshford were unable to punish Melksham in the first half.

In the second half Freshford looked the brighter side utilising the wind to quickly distribute the ball forward. Theo Sing looked to have broken the deadlock when he was put through and slotted the ball in the bottom corner only to be deemed off-side. Percival did well to collect the ball on the half-way line and put Bakali through one-on-one, however, when he let the ball continue across his body the chance was wasted. The deadlock was broken when Nathan Gant intercepted the ball in his own half, disrupting the Melksham attack and creating an opportunity for Freshford; he travelled 20 yards to lay the ball off left footed to Percival whose run was direct, beating two defenders for pace until he reached the edge of the box and lobbed the keeper to make it 1-0 to Freshford. Freshford continued to close down Melksham all over the pitch, with Chris Birelson demanding hard work from the side line. With 10 minutes to go, another Freshford free kick found its way into the box and captain, Nick Ross did well to control the ball which landed at his feet with his back to goal. Reminiscent of the 1974 World Cup match between the Netherlands and Sweden, Ross produced a Cruyff Turn, albeit more akin to the slow motion replay, bewildering the entire Melksham Defence. His midfield partner, Dean Ranger, immediately stepped in and struck the ball well into the bottom corner to make it 2-0. Melksham tried to get back into game in the last 10 minutes with a far post header hitting the upright which was then smothered by Mike Little who had an outstanding game in goal. Melksham had another opportunity when Mark Gerrish lost his man, but the finish was poor from only a few yards out.

Freshford's Man of the match was awarded to Nathan Gant and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Theo Sing for pestering teh manager to play up top again.

Line Up: Mike Little (9) ----------------- Harrison Amor (8) (Joe Newman (8)), Nathan Gant (9), Mark Gerrish (8), Joe Sharples (8)(Josh Sheppard (8)------------- Waleed Bakali (9), Dean Ranger (9), Nick Ross (8), Gavin Eyre (8)(Alfie Little (8))------------ Dave Percival (9), Theo Sing (8)

Final Score: Melksham Town A 0 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 0) -------------- Dave Percival (68), Deean Ranger (82)

FRESHFORD HAVE EYES ON RUNNERS UP SPOT - 25/03/2017

Freshford continued their push to secure second place in the Trowbridge and District League One. They faced Semington Magpies at home in the first game of spring. The Magpies opted to play with the wind in the first half and they looked lively creating a half chance, however, the Magpies’ striker was only able to steer it past the post. Freshford responded well and Percival collected the ball on the outside of the box and ran at the heart of the Magpies’ defence.  The swivel hips were too much for the Semington defence to deal with and he was brought down before he could get his shot away. Percival took the penalty and coolly chipped it into the top corner. Percival made it two when Bakali picked up the ball on the counter attack and played him through on the left hand side. Percival did well to beat the last defender and slot the ball home when faced with just the goalkeeper to beat. A Nick Ross header from a whipped in Theo Sing corner was disallowed for a deemed push and the score at half time remained 2-0.

The second half was a solid performance from Freshford. The defensive line up of Amor, Gerrish, Gant and Sharp gave very little away and they were keen to keep another clean sheet. Freshford’s third came early in the second half when the effervescent Theo Sing drove down the right wing and unselfishly cut it back to Bakali who slotted home from only a few yards out. Percival completed his hat-trick when he was again fouled in the box. On this occasion the penalty was poor and straight at the Semington Keeper, however, Percival collected the rebound and notched his third and Freshford’s fourth. Birleson then took the opportunity to introduce 16 year olds, Josh Sheppard and Kubilay De-Vanney who both looked comfortable on the ball and dealt with the physicality of the game well, thus illustrating the hard work that has been put into developing Freshford’s youth teams.   The scoring was completed when Dean Ranger picked up the ball in the centre of the park and put through Fynn McCarthy-Driver; he beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper to make it 5-0.

Freshford's Man of the match was awarded to Harrison Amorand the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for the timing of his pre-match team talk.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (7) ----------------- Harrison Amor (8), Nathan Gant (7)(Josh Sheppard (7)), Mark Gerrish (7), Joe Sharples (7) --------------------- Theo Sing (7)(Kubilay De-Vanney (7)), Dean Ranger (7), Nick Ross (7), Waleed Bakali (7) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Fynn McCarthy-Driver (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 0 Semmington Magpies (HT 2 - 0) -------------- Dave Percival (10 Pen, 31, 69), Waleed Bakali (51), Fynn McCarthy-Driver (84)

FRESHFORD KEEP IN THE CHASE FOR LEAGUE RUNNERS UP - 18/03/2017

Freshford continued their push to finish second in the league with a convincing 4-0 win against a young Westbury Town Reserves side.

Westbury looked on top for the first fifteen minutes with effective short passes. They had two good chances both of which were hit low and hard, but just passed the far post. Freshford seemed to wake up and were able to break the deadlock when Dean Ranger squared the ball to Theo sing who struck the ball left footed into the roof of the net from twelve yards out.  The rest of the half was well fought but with little clear cut chances for either side.

Chris Birleson’s half time chat seemed to rally the Freshford players from their slumber and almost immediately from kick off Percival did well to get the ball to the byline and pitch a left footed cross to the far post where Theo Sing headed home for his brace. Westbury continued to play a lot of football and their chance to get back in the game came when another low strike from the edge of the box looked destined to find the bottom corner but for a wonderful save from Adam Shepherd. With the two goal lead Birleson changed the shape and brought on Captain Nick Ross who had been away on international duty. This allowed Freshford to better press the Westbury midfield. Bakali did precisely this and nicked the ball from the left back cut inside and when on the edge of the box slotted in Luke Murden who delicately chipped it over the Westbury goalkeeper to make it 3-0. To finish the game off, Theo Sing completed his perfect hat-trick with a right foot curling shot into the bottom corner from a Dean Ranger cross and Percival dummy.

Freshford's Man of the match was awarded to Theo Sing and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Dave Percival for kicking in a fan's front door (Marc Adams).

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (7) -------------- Mike Little (7), Nathan Gant (7), Mark Gerrish (7), Joe Newman (7) (Nick Ross (7)) --------------------- Theo Sing (8), Dean Ranger (7), Waleed Bakali (7), Gavin Eyre (7) (Fynn McCarthy-Driver (7))------------ Dave Percival (7), Ian Groves (7) (Luke Murden (7))

Final Score: Westbury United Reserves 0 - 4 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 1) -------------- Theo Sing (14, 46, 88), Luke Murden (73)

FRESHFORD CRASH OUT OF A & B CUP - 11/03/2017

Freshford fell victim to a 3-2 defeat against Luxol in the A&B cup which they had successfully retained for the previous two years. Freshford started off the brighter side creating a number of opportunities. However, it was Luxol that managed to break the deadlock when the Freshford defence failed to clear their lines and Joshua Hard found himself one on one with Shepherd and did well to slot the ball home. Freshford immediately bounced back and Waleed Bakali was quick to latch on to a Luxol defensive mix up and when he rounded the last defender he was fouled on the 18 yard line. Gavin Eyre struck the ball superbly into the far right corner to even the score. Freshford continued to apply the pressure and it was then the turn of Theo Sing to latch onto a defensive error and he smash the ball left footed into the roof of the net. Freshford looked likely to go into the break 2-1 up, however with minutes to go, Eyre was deemed to have fouled his counterpart on the edge of the box and the resulting free-kick was smashed home off the underside of the crossbar by Sam Clarke.

The second half was competitively fought with passions running high. The referee had approached both sides suggesting that any further descent would result in an indirect free-kick. Unfortunately, Mike Little and David Percival’s passion could not be contained and Little’s descent result in an in-direct free kick that was nodded down by Tom Rooney and Joshua Hard completed his brace from close range to give Luxol the lead. Freshford pressed for the remaining half hour but could not manage to get a third and force the game into extra time. A super strike from Dean Ranger was saved well by the Luxol keeper and countless corners led to half chances that Freshford were not able to convert. The game ended 3-2 to Luxol who go through to the final to face Stockton and Codford in April.

Freshford's Man of the match was awarded to Nathan Gant and the Jaffa was awarded to Chris Birleson for not letting Harrison know he was cup tied until he arrived.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (7) -------------- Mike Little (7) (Phil Little (7)), Nathan Gant (8), Mark Gerrish (7), Joe Newman (7) (Fynn McCarthy- Driver (7)) --------------------- Theo Sing (8), Dean Ranger (8), Waleed Bakali (8) (Alfie Little (7)), Gavin Eyre (7) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Ian Groves (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 3 Luxol St Andrews (HT 2 - 2) -------------- Gavin Eyre (14), Theo Sing (19)

FRESHFORD BOUNCE BACK WITH CONVINCING WIN AT HEYTESBURY - 04/03/2017

It was evident that Freshford were mindful of last week’s poor performance when they met Heytesbury in an away league fixture. Manager Chris Birleson made changes to the squad which resulted in Joe “Twiggy” Newman, Dean Ranger, Mike Little and Phil Little returning to the starting line-up. Freshford started the better side and were first to score when a Gavin Eyre crossed free kick from the left hand side snuck in at the far post. Freshford made it two when Theo Sing did well to beat his man on the edge of the box and his strike was deflected past the Heytesbury keeper. Freshford switched off, when a corner failed to beat the first man and Heytesbury showed impressive counter attacking football when Luke McGuckian broke on the right hand side and his pin point cross was headed home by Dale Rowland.  Freshford kept their cool and pushed on for a third. Ranger was unable to convert two headers from corners both of which were saved off the line. Freshford did manage to restore their two goal lead from a corner but it was centre back Mike Little who found himself at the right place at the right time to finish from close range. Freshford were much the better side in the first half and were able to finish well making it 4-1 when a shot from Dean Ranger was deflected past the sprawling Heytesbury keeper.

Heytesbury improved in the second half and gave very little away at the back with Freshford’s defence also remaining solid. The game was tight and both sides battled in midfield to set a precedent for the rest of their team. However, it was Heytesbury who managed to break the second half deadlock with less than ten minutes to go. Ollie Nash cut in from the right hand side and struck the ball low and hard into the far bottom corner. Heytesbury had another chance when a low Dale Rowland shot was well saved by Shepherd. However, the game was sealed when Waleed Bakali closed down a defender and then the Heytesbury keeper and was able to nick the ball away and was subsequently fouled in the box. Percival took the penalty well to move his goal scoring tally to 32 for the season. The game finished 5-2.

Freshford's Man of the match was awarded to Nathan Gant and the Jaffa was awarded to Gavin Eyre for their 2nd goal and turning up to “tee off” two hours early dressed like Caddy Shack.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (7) --------------------- Gavin Eyre (7), Mike Little (7) (Josh Sheppard (7)), Nathan Gant (8), Joe Newman (8) (Harrison Amor (7))--------------------- Theo Sing (8), Dean Ranger (8), Waleed Bakali (8), Ian Groves (8) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Phil Little (7) (Alfie Little (7))

Final Score: Heytesbury Utd 2 - 5 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 4) -------------- Gavin Eyre (4), OG (7), Mike Little (30), Dean Ranger (34), Dave Percival (87 Pen)

WOEFUL FRESHFORD PERFORMANCE MEANS THEY DROP 2 POINTS - 25/02/2017

Despite three fantastic results, it was clear that Freshford were not at the races when they met Hilperton United in the league.

Freshford started off the better side, but were unable to make the most of their early chances. Dave Percival did well to get an opportunity one on one with the keeper but was not able to direct his shot either side of the goalkeeper. Nick Ross was next to miss a good opportunity from only a few yards out when he directed his shot straight at the keeper. Luke Murden also came close when he headed just over the bar from a Theo Sing cross. Failing to finish these opportunities spurred Hilperton on and a low cross was stopped by keeper Adam Shepherd, but the quick reacting Sam Stevens tucked the ball in from close range to put the visitors 1-0 up. The pressure, pace and width of Theo Sing proved to be a deciding point when he collect the ball on the right hand side and drove at the defenders before squaring it to Percival who shot first time into the bottom left hand corner to even the scores just before the break.

Freshford were frustrated and uncharacteristically found themselves lacking the usual team unity. The second half was much the same as the first. Freshford created chances with Murden hitting the cross bar and having another saved of the line by former Freshford player, Chris Foley.  Theo Sing also came close when his 25 yard wonder strike thundered off the cross bar. Freshford finally got the break they thought would lead to all three points when a poor clearance from Hilperton was finely finished by Ian Groves who slotted the ball into the bottom left corner. Freshford continued to play poorly and Hilperton deservedly got themselves back into the game - a long ball over the top and poor defensive marking meant Sam Stevens could notch again to complete his brace. In the final five minutes Freshford looked to have secured the win when Murden flicked the ball to Bakali who side footed it into the net, only to be deemed offside.

Freshford’s man of the match was awarded to Theo Singand the Jaffa was awarded to Chris Birleson for not being there that week.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (6) --------------------- Jack Mitchell (6)(Harrison Amor (6)), Mark Gerrish (6), Nathan Gant (6), Gavin Eyre (6) --------------------- Theo Sing (7), Nick Ross (6)(Dean Ranger (6)), Waleed Bakali (6), Ian Groves (6) ------------ Dave Percival (6), Luke Murden (6) (Fynn McCarthy-Driver (6))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 -2 Hilperton Utd (HT 1 - 1) -------------- Dave Percival (22), Ian Groves (50)

FRESHFORD MAKE IT THREE FROM THREE IN BIG GAMES - 11/02/2017

Freshford's recent run of form continued for the third week as they took all three points from Stockton and Codford. Again Birleson had his team lined up to ensure that discipline was kept throughout the game to mitigate the attacking threat from Stockton who had beaten Freshford 4-2 before Christmas.

Freshford started fast looking to catch Stockton on the break. This allowed Adam Shepherd to again contribute to an attack by launching the ball forward quickly to David Percival who was too pacy for the defence. He coolly slotted the ball past the keeper for Freshford's first and to extend his lead as the League's top scorer. Spurred on by the first, Freshford continued to apply pressure and Waleed Bakali did well to turn a defender on the edge of the box and produce a left footed strike which met the crossbar; on form Luke Murden was the only person to react and he controlled the ball and smashed it home left footed to make it 2-0. Shepherd produced a good save to stop Stockton's right winger's low strike and throughout the game, full back's Mike Little and Jack Mitchell kept Stockton's tricky wingers quiet. Freshford's hard working midfield, including new signing Ian Groves, continued to close down their opposition numbers and break down play which paid dividends.  Murden scored his second when he was assisted by defender Mike Little who put him through and he rounded the keeper. He  completed his first half hat-trick with a self created chance which put Freshford 4-0 up at the break. 

The second half was much tighter. Freshford looked to extend their lead when Murden was blatantly fouled in the box and the ball landed at the feet of Theo Sing who was unable to keep his volley from rising as it struck the bar. Sing remained undeterred and latched on to an assist from Murden and when faced with only the keeper to beat he gave him the eyes and slotted the ball into the far corner.  Stockton made changes and pushed on players which did not make the game easy for Freshford. Centre back's Nathan Gant and Mark Gerrish kept Stockton's high scoring strikers at bay for the entire game. However, former Freshford striker, Jason Povey, did well to get his shot away from the edge of the box which Shepherd saved with his feet;  however, he and the Freshford defenders, could do nothing about Povey's rebound effort which met the top corner and helped him move closer to Percival in the golden boot race. Freshford sealed the victory when a pinpoint cross from Gavin Eyre was met by Murden who delicately assisted Bakali who had found his range with a side footed volley within the six yard box.

Freshford’s man of the match was awarded to Luke Murden and the Jaffa was awarded to Andrew Backman for getting in a strop whilst running the line and throwing his flag up high in the air and storming up teh line for an argument with an opposition player.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (9) --------------------- Jack Mitchell (9)(Harrison Amor (9)), Mark Gerrish (9), Nathan Gant (10), Mike Little (9) ------------------- Theo Sing (9)(Alfie Little (9)), Ian Groves (9)(Dean Ranger (9)), Waleed Bakali (10), Gavin Eyre (9) -------------- Dave Percival (10), Luke Murden (10)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 6 -1 Stockton & Codford (HT 4 - 1) -------------- Dave Percival (22), Luke Murden (25, 34, 36), Theo Sing (49), Waleed Bakali (87)

FRESHFORD KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM - 04/02/2017

Following last week’s fine performance against Luxol, Freshford had to be on top of their game to ensure another three points from Warminster Town Reserves. On a boggy pitch, Manager, Chris Birleson, was keen to ensure that Freshford started fast, maintained their shape throughout the game and pressed Warminster’s midfield. The fast start reaped its rewards when a throw in from Freshford right back, Jack Mitchell, was flung into the box, flicked on by Nick Ross (who rarely lost a header all game) and landed at the feet of debutant Luke Murden who was in the right place at the right time to control the ball and finish well from close range. Freshford increased the pace and when Keeper, Adam Shepherd collected the ball, he quickly threw it out to Fynn McCarty-Driver on the left wing who provided the ball down the line to Luke Murden. Still on a high from his first goal, debutant Murden travelled with the ball for 20 yards before unleashing a 25 yard power-driver of a strike into the top left hand corner. Given the velocity of the strike the referee would have been well within his rights to check the netting and the inflation of the ball afterwards.  Freshford were 2-0 up. There were penalty shouts for both sides, the first a claim by Warminster’s Matt Dyer and the second by Freshford’s and the League’s leading goal scorer, Dave Percival. However, on both occasions the referee fairly gave the benefit of doubt to the defender.

Freshford did not let up. Arguably the play of the day was when the hard working Percival provided the ball to Theo Sing, who in his conventional manner provided a pin point low cross for Freshford’s opposite winger McCarthy-Driver to finish at the far post. From the kick off, a rare mistake from Freshford’s defence allowed Warminster’s pacey Matt Dyer to go through one on one and reduce the lead to 3-1. Warminster threatened to make it 3-2 when Carl Clarke was through on goal with almost too much time to pick his finish, when out of nowhere experienced defender Andrew Backman sprinted back and produced a last gasp sliding tackle to prevent Clarke getting his shot away. This was a turning point and Freshford went up another gear. Just before the half Luke Murden collected the ball on the right hand side and did well to hold off the defender to allow Bakali to sprint into the box. Murden then produced a fine cross which was met by Bakali who headed the ball past the Warminster keeper to make it 4-1 before the break.

In the second half, Freshford and Warminster continued to battle it out. Freshford’s defensive line up of Jack Mitchell, Joe Sharples, Mark Gerrish and Andrew Backman were solid giving Warminster no opportunity to get back into the game. Warminster also defended well in the second half which resulted in neither side netting and illustrating how closely matched the teams were. The game ended 4-1 to Freshford who were deserved winners over the 90 minutes.

Freshford’s man of the match was awarded to Luke Murden and the Jaffa was awarded to Dave Percival for following through on a fart in the car on teh way to the game.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (8) --------------------- Jack Mitchell (8), Mark Gerrish (8), Joe Sharples (8), Andrew Backman (8)(Harrison Amor (8)) ------------------- Theo Sing (8), Nick Ross (8), Waleed Bakali (9), Fynn McCarthy-Driver (8) (Kubilay De-Vanney (8)) -------------- Dave Percival (8), Luke Murden (9)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 -1 Warminster Town Reserves (HT 4 - 1) -------------- Luke Murden (5, 6), Fynn McCarthy-Driver (32), Waleed Bakali (35)

FRESHFORD BAG THREE POINTS IN KEY GAME AGAINST LUXOL - 28/01/2017

The clash between Freshford and Luxol did not disappoint as both sides were keen to stamp their authority as the key contender to Melksham Town A for the league title.  The reverse fixture on the opening day of the season resulted in a 4-0 win to Luxol who were much the better side. Freshford appeared to learn a lot from that game as Chris Birleson’s tactical decisions were second to none.  In the first half which saw sunshine, hail, rain and clouds, Luxol looked like the better side technically, with youth on their side and creativity in midfield and up-front. However, Freshford proved why they have earnt their silverware in previous years by producing a passionate performance. The deadlock was broken halfway through the first half when a Nick Ross header was saved by the keeper and Phil Little was ready to pounce left footed from close range to put Freshford 1-0 up. Freshford could have made it two on a number of occasions but a combination of fine saves from the Luxol keeper and poor finishing prevented an all-important second. Luxol were denied an equaliser when they hit the post to the relief of the Freshford keeper, Adam Sheppard. Freshford defended well throughout the entire game keeping the effervescent Luxol attackers at bay. However, they could do nothing about Luxol’s equaliser just before half time when a free-kick was crossed to the far post and a tangle of legs allowed former Freshford player, Elliot Cariss-Smith, to head home the equaliser.

Chris Birleson’s men remained focused throughout the second half showing their experience, hard work and effective communication. Much to the enjoyment of the international Freshford fans who had travelled to see the game, it was not long before they regained the lead. Dave Percival ran at the defence getting past his defender to the by-line where he whipped in a hard and low cross to Gavin Eyre who slid in to make it 2-1. There were chances for both sides, but Nathan Gant and Mark Gerrish’s discipline at the back meant that very little was given away. Freshford continued to battle in midfield breaking up the Luxol attacks. They then made it 3-1 when substitute and debutant Ian Groves made sure he was in the right place at the right time from a Nick Ross cut back to slot the ball home. Chances fell for Luxol who were unable to find the net. Shepherd produced a number of good saves including a one-on-one to deny Luxol an opportunity to get back in the game. With Luxol searching for an opportunity to get one back the game became stretched and a through ball from Gavin Eyre to Ian Groves put him one-on-one with the keeper where he delicately chipped it into the top right hand corner to seal a 4-1 win for Freshford.  

Freshford’s man of the match was awarded to Waleed Bakali and the Jaffa was awarded to Joe Sharples for a scuffed free kick.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (10) --------------------- Jack Mitchell (9), Mark Gerrish (10), Nathan Gant (10), Joe Sharples (9)( Mike Little (9)) ----------------------- Theo Sing (10), Nick Ross 10), Waleed Bakali (10), Gavin Eyre (9) (Alfie Little (9)) -------------- Dave Percival (9), Phil Little (9) (Ian Groves (10))

Final Score: Luxol St Andrews 1 - 4 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 1) ----------------------- Phil Little (24), Gavin Eyre (47), Ian Groves (67, 83)

FRESHFORD PUT FIVE PAST MAGPIES - 21/01/2017

Sub-zero temperatures resulted in a pre-match pitch inspection on freezing Saturday morning. The referee was content that the pitch has sufficiently thawed and the league fixture between Freshford and Semmington went ahead as planned.

Freshford started much the better side creating an array of chances, however they were unable to illustrate to keep their composure in front of goal. Half way through the half, Theo Sing who was a thorn in Semmington’s left hand side put Bakali through and he delivered a cross to Gavin Eyre, who struck the ball on the bounce with composure to give Freshford a deserved lead. Freshford continued to dominate the midfield with Ross winning all of the aerial battles. Freshford created a number of chances but it seemed they could not create the much needed second before half time. However, two minutes before the half, Theo Sing was again put through on the right hand side and drove at Semmington’s Defence only to be tripped inside the box. The penalty was awarded and David Percival struck it well into the bottom right corner and even though the Semmington keeper got a hand to it he could not direct it around the post and Freshford went 2-0 up before the break.

The second half was much the same. A solid central defensive performance from Mark Gerrish and Nathan Gant meant that Semmington rarely had an opportunity to get back into the game. The all-important third goal resulted from the man of the match, Ollie Coghlan, dribbling the ball past two defenders on the left hand side and slipping substitute Fynn McCarthy – Driver who finished his one-on-one well. Freshford made it four when a short corner taken between Sing and Percival led to Sing whipping in a ball which the defenders were unable to clear; Bakali pounced on it and slotted the ball home from close range. The final goal of the game resulted from a salmon like leap from Percival and his header put McCarthy-Driver through again to produce a replica finish of his first goal.

Freshford’s man of the match was awarded to Olly Coghlan and the Jaffa was awarded to Nick Ross for various misses through out the game.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (8) --------------------- Harrison Amor (8), Mark Gerrish (8), Nathan Gant (9), Olly Coghlan (9) ----------------------- Theo Sing (9), Nick Ross (8), Waleed Bakali (8), Gavin Eyre (8) (Alfie Little (8)) -------------- Dave Percival (8), Phil Little (8) (Fynn McCarthy-Driver (9))

Final Score: Semmington Magpies 0 - 5 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 2) ----------------------- Gavin Eyre (10), Dave Percival (44 Pen), Fynn McCarthy-Driver (65, 88), Waleed Bakali (72)

SOMERSET CUP SORROW FOR FRESHFORD - 14/01/2017

Freshford were unable to continue their good run in the Somerset Cup when they were defeated 5-4 in a competitive game at Browns Park. They started poorly and Frome Collegians took a deserved lead when a Frome player lost his marker and headed home from a corner. Freshford could have equalised when after fine work from Dave Percival on the right hand side he was able to produce a low cross which was poorly struck by Waleed Bakali. Bakali then turned provider to Percival when he collected the ball in the centre of the park and clipped it first time to put Percival through on goal who smashed it home to make it 1-1.  Freshford were to rue missed chances. Another fine Theo Sing cross from a free kick was met by Nick Ross who was unable to direct his header down from close range. Freshford created further chances but were caught on the counter with poor tracking from midfielders and defenders allowing their strikers too much room. Frome made it 2-1 when their left winger picked up the ball, ran at us and directed his shot into the far top corner. Just before the half, Frome extended their league to 3-1 when a defensive tackle by Mark Gerrish landed at the feet of the striker who was able to easily finish from 10 yards.

Freshford started the second half the better side. Fynn McCarthy Driver supplied the ball to Percival who went on a dazzling run and was able to slot the ball left footed at an acute angle to make it 3-2. Ross came close again when he headed from close range but again was unable to direct his header downwards. Frome responded well and made it 4-2 when poor marking allowed a good cross to their striker who was left unmarked in the centre of the park and headed well into the bottom corner. Freshford who had not performed to their usual standards all game kept up hope and were able to bring the game back to 4-3 when Percival crossed to Theo Sing who slotted the ball home from close range. Freshford’s left back Newman, was then caught on the edge of his own box with a nasty challenge which resulted in him having to go to hospital. With only minutes to go Percival slotted Bakali in on the left hand side and he was able to meet the ball just before it hit the by-line and cross it left footed to Phil Little who struck the ball right footed to brushed the near side post and travelled into the net to make it four a piece. The game looked destined to go to extra-time, but again poor marking led to a cross finding the Frome central midfielder who struck the ball from the edge of the box which hit the underside of the bar and bounced over the line to complete his brace and a deserved win for Frome Collegians.

Freshford’s man of the match was awarded to Nathan Gant and the Jaffa was awarded to Theo Sing for saying therwe was only 6 teams in the quarter finals..

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (7) --------------------- Joe Sharples (7), Mark Gerrish (7) (Olly Coghlan (7)), Mike Little (7), Joe Newman (7) ----------------------- Theo Sing (7) (Alfie Little (7)), Nathan Gant (8), Nick Ross (7), Waleed Bakali (7) -------------- Dave Percival (8), Phil Little (7) (Fynn McCarthy-Driver (7))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 5 Frome Collegians (HT 1 - 3) ------------------- Dave Percival (13, 46), Theo Sing (70), Phil Little (84)

HOME TIE TO LUXOL IN THE A & B CUP - 10/01/2017

Freshford have been given a Home tie in the Semi Final of the League A & B Cup which we are the current defending champions. We will play fellow Division 1 side Luxol St Andrews on Saturday 4th March 2017.

FRESHFORD FIRE 11 PAST HEYTESBURY TO START THE NEW YEAR WITH A BANG - 07/01/2017

Freshford faced Heytesbury in the A&B Cup quarter final in the first game of 2017. The pitch was in a good condition which allowed Freshford to illustrate their better footballing ability. Freshford were the side quickest to start and a well-timed run from Theo Sing allowed him to slot the ball past the Heystesbury Keeper. Shortly afterwards Dean Ranger, back from injury made it two when Dave Percival’s cross from the left allowed him to strike from close range. Ranger back from injury started well but ironically suffered a back injury after 20 minutes when trying to chest the ball down. Freshford soldiered on and made it three when a threaded through ball from Waleed Bakali to Alfie Little was finished well. Freshford kept applying the pressure and Percival was brought down in the box and converted the penalty to make it 4-0. Percival completed his hat-trick soon after when he was put though by Nick Ross.

The second half was much the same. Adam Sheppard had his opportunity up front and made an immediate impact when he finished from close range from a Percival cross. He completed his brace when Theo Sing was brought down outside of the box and Sheppard curled in a free kick from 25 yards. The score increased to 8-0 when a Theo Sing corner was headed by Nick Ross which was saved of the line and deflected back into the net by the Heytesbury keeper. Ross was able to get his name on the goal sheet when he volleyed home from close range after another fine Sing corner.  Freshford’s full back, Sharpes had taken to over hitting passes for the majority of the second half. This proved to be a fine asset when applied to shooting and he struck a fine outside of the boot finish from 25 yards to make it 10. Percival made it four for him with a good finish after being put through by Theo sing. Freshford were unable to keep hold of the clean sheet as they conceded late in the game when the Heytsebury striker was put though and rounded the keeper.

Freshford’s man of the match was awarded to Andrew Backman and the Jaffa was awarded to Dean Ranger for chesting the ball and putting his back out.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (9) --------------------- Joe Sharples (8), Mark Gerrish (8), Nathan Gant (9), Andrew Backman (9) ------------------- Alfie Little (8), Dean Ranger (8) (Chris Birleson (8)), Nick Ross (9), Waleed Bakali (9) -------------- Dave Percival (8), Theo Sing (9)

Final Score: Heytesbury Utd 1 - 11 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 5) ------------------- Theo Sing (3), Dean Ranger (6), Alfie Little (9), Dave Percival (14 Pen, 35, 84), Adam Sheppard (48, 54), OG (59), Nick Ross (65), Joe Sharples (76)

FRESHFORD GRAB 3 POINTS AWAY AT HILPERTON - 17/12/2016

It was a cold winter’s afternoon at Whadden Lane when Freshford met Hilperton in final league fixture of 2016. Both sides started brightly creating chances but lacking clinical prowess. Hilperton created an early chance that was well blocked by Mark Gerrish. At the other end, Percival was put through only to see his low strike rebound off the post. Freshford came close again when Nick Ross met a corner from one of Theo Sing’s many crosses, but was unable to generate any power. At half time the score remained 0-0 and the second half was much the same. Freshford continued to create chances, targeting Phil Little as the big man upfront. The break finally came when Percival was put through and whipped a ball across the face of the goal which was turned in by a Hilperton defender. The boggy pitch began to take its toll as a lot of heavy legs were starting to show. Hilperton were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box and a delightful ball from Chris Foley was met by a Hilperton striker who was only able to direct his shot onto the post. Almost immediately after at the other end, Percival worked across a shot which was deflected to Bakali at the edge of the box who flicked the ball over the defender to volley against the post. There was a lot of passion during the latter part of the game which saw three yellow cards in quick succession. The game remained tight to the final whistle where Freshford were relieved to see out the victory and to maintain a well-deserved clean sheet.

Freshford’s man of the match was awarded to Theo Sing and the Jaffa was awarded to David Percival for losing his balance and falling over in the box with no one around him.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (6) --------------------- Joe Sharples (6), Mark Gerrish (6), Mike Little (6), Joe Newman (6) (Sam Phillips (6))----------- Theo Sing (7), Nathan Gant (7), Nick Ross (7), Waleed Bakali (6) (Frankie Elliott (6))-------------- Dave Percival (6), Phil Little (6) (Fynn McCarthy-Driver (6))

Final Score: Hilperton Utd 0 - 1 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 0) --------------------- OG (59)

FRESHFORD CANT FIND FINISHING TOUCH IN TOUGH GAME - 10/12/2016

A week after they knocked Freshford United out of this season’s Knockout Cup, Melksham Town ‘A’ returned to Brown’s Park and claimed a 2-0 victory that saw them consolidate top spot in the table. The first half was all Melksham who were simply too good for Freshford. They created a plethora of chances and were the deserved leaders at half-time. A shot from the outside of the box was heavily deflected and there was very little that Adam Sheppard could do to prevent it hitting the back of the net. The second goal was a fine run from their striker who managed to squeeze a left footed shot into the bottom corner despite pressure from the Freshford defence. Freshford were a much better side in the second half and looked like they could get back into the game. Nath Gant took control of the midfield to bring more stability to the side. There were plenty of opportunities for Freshford to get back into the game with Mike Little and Nick Ross having chances saved off the line from close range. Freshford continued to apply the pressure, but the fine finishing which saw large scoring games in the weeks before was nowhere to be seen. The game finished 2-0 with Melksham deserved winners after a fine first half performance.

Man of the match was given to Nathan Gant and Chris Birleson was awarded the Jaffa for messing up the Man of the Match vote.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (6) --------------------- Jack Mitchell (6) (Joe Sharples (6)), Mark Gerrish (6), Mike Little (6), Joe Newman (6)----------- Theo Sing (6), Nathan Gant (7), Nick Ross (7), Waleed Bakali (7) -------------- Dave Percival (6), Phil Little (6) (Alfie Little (6))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 2 Melksham Town A (HT 0 - 2)

FRESHFORD RUN OUT OF STEAM AGAINST MELKSHAM IN THE KNOCKOUT CUP - 03/12/2016

Freshford faced this seasons high flyers Melksham Town A in the Knockout Cup Quarter Final and with a bare 11 we started the game the better side putting the visitors under pressure and always on the front foot which was rewarded when Nick Ross set up Phil Little to give us the lead after quarter of an hour played. We continued to build on this and a well delivered ball from Theo Sing found Nick Ross to head in to double our lead, it took a while for the visitors to get going but we remained tight and kept the two goal cushion at halftime. The second half saw us start slow and were punished within 5 minutes after some slack making Melksham got a goal back and continued to put the pressure on, we mangaed to get a goal agains the run of play when another well delivered ball from Theo Sing found Alfie Little to beat his man and glance a header past the keeper. We should of continued to absorb pressure and ecspecially when they were reduced to ten men but we ran out of steam and stopped doing the basics which let them in and able to play football which opened us up and they gradually clawed 3 more goals back in the last part of the game to progress to the next round.

Man of the match was given to Jack Mitchell and Gavin Eyre was awarded Jaffa for getting injured in the warm up again..

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (7) --------------------- Joe Newman (7), Mark Gerrish (7), Mike Little (7), Andrew Backman (8)----------- Theo Sing (7), Jack Mitchell (8), Nick Ross (8), Alfie Little (7) (Chris Birleson (7))-------------- Dave Percival (7), Phil Little (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 4 Melksham Town A (HT 2 - 0) --------------------- Phil Little (16), Nick Ross (20), Alfie Little (61)

AWAY TIE TO HEYTESBURY IN THE A & B CUP - 27/11/2016

Freshford have been given an away tie in the Quarter Final of the League A & B Cup which we are the current defending champions. We will play fellow Division 1 side Heytesbury Utd and Saturday 7th January 2017.

FRESHFORD FIRE FIFTEEN TO PROCEED TO NEXT ROUND OF THE A & B CUP- 26/11/2016

Freshford faced last week’s opponents, Trowbridge Town Reserves but this time in the 2nd Round of the A&B Cup which we have retained for the last 2 years. The game was relatively tight for the first 15 minutes as Trowbridge looked a much improved side from the previous week. However, the deadlock was broken midway through the half when a quick throw-in to Theo Sing, who controlled the ball and delivered a pinpoint cross to Phil Little who headed home to put Freshford in front.  Soon after, Nick Ross headed home from a Dave Percival cross to make it 2-0. Freshford kept applying the pressure and created a number of chances including a Nick Ross header which rebounded off the woodwork. Fynn McCarthy-Driver did well to hold off a defender to allow Waleed Bakali to smash home left footed to make it three. Bakali and Ross linked up well for the fourth when Bakali chested the ball down turned a defender and slipped in Ross who casually rounded the keeper to make it four. The first half scoring was completed when McCarthy-Driver again assisted Bakali with a fine cross who struck the ball right footed into the bottom corner.

The second half began as the first half ended. Bakali knocked the ball out wide to Sing, who used his pace to get past his defender and then slotted the ball into the bottom corner. Mike Little made it seven when he met McCarthy-Driver ’s corner with a good header to the back post. McCarthy-Driver was again the supplier when he found Percival who netted Freshford’s seventh and his first of five. Nick Ross supplied him for his next two goals in between which Percival had whipped in a cross that was netted by a Trowbridge defender. Bakali completed his hat-trick by heading home a Sing corner. Percival’s fourth came when he was supplied by Bakali and with another fine finish, he made it 13-0. The supplier of many goals, McCarthy-Driver , finally netted himself when Percival pulled back a cross allowing McCarthy-Driver to finish well from close range. Percival completed his five goal haul when he received a pass from Bakali in a wide position, took on one defender and struck the ball left footed which met the underside of the bar and bounced over the line where Mark Gerrish stood in admiration.

Man of the match was given to Fynn McCarty-Driver and Theo Sing was awarded Jaffa for getting to the ball before the touch line and then tripping and toe punting it out of play.

Line Up: Chris Birleson (8) --------------------- Joe Newman (8), Mike Little (8), Jack Mitchell (8)----------- Theo Sing (8), Waleed Bakali (9), Joe Sharples (8), Nick Ross (8), Fynn McCarthy-Driver (9)-------------- Dave Percival (9), Phil Little (8) (Mark Gerrish (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 15 - 0 Trowbridge Town Reserves (HT 5 - 0) --------------------- Phil Little (18), Waleed Bakali (28, 43, 76), Nick Ross (22, 34), Theo Sing (48), Mike Little (52), Dave Percival (63, 68, 72, 78, 88), OG (66), Fynn McCarthy-Driver (84)

FRESHFORD AVENGE DROPPED POINTS AGAINST TROWBRIDGE - 19/11/2016

Freshford were keen to ensure all three points were bagged on a cold, November day at Christie Miller following a disappointing draw with Trowbridge Town Reserves only a few weeks earlier. Freshford started the brighter when Phil Little knocked down to Dave Percival who lashed home from 30 yards. The roles were reversed soon after when Percival was the provider to Phil Little who netted to put Freshford two up. Keen to keep the momentum, Waleed Bakali found Percival in a wide position, who took on three players before demonstrating a cool finish. Percival completed his first half hat-trick after linking up again with Phil Little. Next to net was Waleed Bakali following a delightful through ball from Joe Sharples, Bakali took one touch around the defender and struck from 20 yards to put Freshford 5-0 up. The frustration for Town was starting to show when Theo Sing, who had earlier tricked defenders with his dummy air shots, rounded the keeper to net again for Freshford. He then turned from scorer to provider when he delivered a pinpoint cross to Phil Little who headed home for his second. The second half was much the same, when Percival was blatantly fouled in the box which Percival very thoughtfully allowed Phil Little to have the penalty and complete his hat-trick. Trowbridge Town Reserves managed to obtain a consolation goal with a good low strike. Super sub Chris Birleson still had his shooting boots on from last week when he latched onto a through ball from goalkeeper Adam Sheppard and hit home. He later came close with an audacious bicycle kick. After good work from Bakali chasing down the goalkeeper, a poor clearance allowed Fynn McCarthy-Driver to slot the ball into the bottom corner to finish the scoring.

Man of the Match was Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Waleed Bakali for missing from 3 yards and slipping over in the changing rooms after the game.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (8) --------------------- Lee Wilson (8), Mike Little (8), Jack Mitchell (8)----------- Theo Sing (8), Waleed Bakali (8), Joe Sharples (9), Nathan Gant (8), Joe Newman (8) (Fynn McCarthy-Driver (8))------ Dave Percival (9) (Andrew Backman (8)), Phil Little (9) (Chris Birleson (8))

Final Score: Trowbridge Town Reserves 1 - 10 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 7) --------------- Dave Percival (3, 21, 23), Phil Little (5, 45, 58(Pen)), Waleed Bakali (28), Theo Sing (39), Chris Birleson (80), Fynn McCarthy-Driver (85)

FRESHFORD GET A HOME TIE IN THE SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP - 15/11/2016

Freshford have been given a home tie to Frome Collegians in the Quarter Final of the Somerset Junior Cup they currently play in the Mid Somerset Premier Division. The game will be played on Saturday 14th January 2017 at 1:45pm.

FRESHFORD BATTLE WELL AT DRAYCOTT TO GET TO SOMERSET QUARTERS - 12/11/2016

Freshford travelled away in the Somerset Cup again and got off to a great start when Dave Percival stole the ball from a defender to round teh keeper and give us the lead, Theo Sing then delivered a good corner finding Nick Ross to head home and double the lead. Midway through the half constant shape change and hard work form the hosts made things dificult for us and a missed clearance let them in to get one back before halftime. The second half saw us struggle to contain the hosts and they got two early goals leaving us unsure how to get back in the game but on teh hour mark an inspired substitution and formation change got us back on track and a parried save from the hosts keeper was latched onto by Chris Birleson to tap it in and get us back level. We continued to create chances and a hard working Chris Birleson won the ball back to find Theo Sing who went on a mazey run ignoring easy passes but to find himself space to rifle the ball in the top corner from 25 yards out leaving the keeper no chance. The hosts started to get back in the game and create chances but some good work from Dave Percival down the right managed to create space and hold up his pass before crossing it perfectly to Chris Birleson attacking the back post unmarked for another tap in but to also kill off the game with mnutes remaining. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for saying that if anyone takes the new kit there will be finesand still sweating in the pub from his sub appearance.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (7) ------------------------- Joe Sharples (7), Mike Little (7), Lee Holborn (7) (Andrew Backman (7))---------------------- Theo Sing (7), Waleed Bakali (7), Nick Ross (8), Nathan Gant (8), Alfie Little (7) (Chris Birleson (8))------ Dave Percival (8), Phil Little (7)

Final Score: Draycott FC 3 - 5 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 2) ------------------------- Dave Percival (5), Nick Ross (12), Chris Birleson (65, 85), Theo Sing (75)

TOUGH HOME TIE IN THE KNOCKOUT CUP - 10/11/2016

Freshford have been given a home tie against top of the table Division 1 side Melksham Town A in the Quarter Final of the League Knockout Cup. The game will be played on Saturday 3rd December 2016.

PERCIVAL HATRICK SEES US THROUGH IN THE KO CUP - 05/11/2016

Freshford hosted Calne Eagles in the 2nd round of the Knockout Cup and knew they would have a tough game as the Division 2 side are hard working and well organised, midway through the half Dave Percival was brought down in the box to earn a penalty which he stepped up to slot home and break the deadlock. Our lead was doubled when Theo Sing found Dave Percival who in turn found the net, we did step off the pace a bit and managed to conceed which kept the visitors interested. Soon after halftime Waleed Bakali set up Dave Percival for his hatrick but we couldnt kill off the game and Calne got another goal back to make it a good end to the game but a corner from Gav Eyre was met well by Waleed Bakali to give us the two goal cushion again and see the game out. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Theo Sing for failing to understand why Mark's nickname was Skid after 3 explanations.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (7) ------------------------- Jack Mitchell (7), Mike Little (7), Lee Holborn (7) (Sam Phillips (7))---------------------- Theo Sing (7) (Alfie Little (7)) , Waleed Bakali (7), Nick Ross (8), Nathan Gant (7), Gavin Eyre (7)------ Dave Percival (8), Phil Little (7)), (Mark Gerrish (7))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 2 Calne Eagles (HT 2 - 1) ------------------------- Dave Percival (24 (Pen), 35, 55), Waleed Bakali (85)

FRESHFORD CLAIM A POINT IN TROWBRIDGE GAME WE SHOULD HAVE WON - 29/10/2016

Freshford thought all they had to do was turn up in our League game at home to Trowbridge Town Resreves and were on track to have a comfotable day when Nick Ross put Steve Roddy through on goal to lob the advancing keeper and give us the lead. However after this they continued to work hard and we seemed to think the job was done but they managed to get a goal back to make the score level at halftime. The second half did not improve a great deal and Trowbridge took the lead and the day got worse for us when Mark Gerrish was sent off after ten minutes of coming on as a sub, however we did manage to claim a point towards the end of teh game when Theo Sing set up Steve Roddy for his second of the game.. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Steve Roddy and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Gerrish for being sent off after 10 minutes coming on as a sub.

Line Up: Mike Little (6) ------------------------- Jack Mitchell (6), Nathan Gant (6), Olly Coghlan (6), Joe Newman (6) (Alfie Little (6)) --------------------------Theo Sing (6) , Dean Ranger (6), Nick Ross (6) (Andrew Backman (6)), Gavin Eyre (6)------ Phil Little (6), (Mark Gerrish (3), S. Roddy (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 2 Trowbridge Town Reserves (HT 1 - 1) ------------------------- Steve Roddy (10, 85)

FRESHFORD NOT CLINICAL ENOUGH AGAINST STOCKTON - 22/10/2016

Freshford travelled to the new addition to the League Stockton & Codford who played in the Salisbury & District league last year and also beat us in the Final of the Wilts Junior Cup, we started the game a bit slow and were soon reminded that they were a very physical team and a long range shot managed to creep in the top corner for them leaving us a bit stunned and then a well taken free kick doubled their lead. We got one back when a Gav Eyre free kick found Nick Ross to head home and then got caught on the break to conceed another but good work from Phil Little set up Waleed Bakali to get on the scoresheet. The second half saw us create chances but not be able to finish them off and whilst pushing for an equaliser we were caught on the break again to conceed another. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Waleed Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Nathan Gant for calling safe on their first goal.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (7) ------------------------- Jack Mitchell (7), Nathan Gant (7), Olly Coghlan (7), Joe Newman (8) (Steve Roddy (7)) ---------------------- Theo Sing (7) (Mark Gerrish (7)) , Waleed Bakali (7), Nick Ross (7), Gavin Eyre (7)------ Dave Percival (7), Phil Little (7)), (Dean Ranger(7))

Final Score: Stockton & Codford 4 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 3 - 2) ------------------------- Nick Ross (30), Waleed Bakali (40)

FRESHFORD WIN GAME OF TWO HALVES AT WARMINSTER TOWN - 15/10/2016

Freshford travelled to Warmister Town Reserves looking to leap frog them in the league table but very aware that last season they came from behind to claim victory in the dying minutes against us. We started well and were pining back the hosts and dealing with their counter attack and after ten minutes some good work down the right ended up with Dave Percival crossing for Phil Little to head into the far corner to give us the lead on ten minutes, we had plenty more chances which we did not take but then Joe Newman set up Dave Percival who beat his man and rippled the back of the net from outside the box leaving the keeper stranded. Minutes later Nick Ross flicked on a goal kick and found Dave Percival get in behind his man to get our third of the game, unfortunately we stepped off a little after this and conceeded just before half time due to some slack marking. The second half saw both teams not as fired up as the first half but the hosts did have a couple of good chances which fortunately Adam Sheppard kep them out with a few great stops. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Dean Ranger for doing a volleyball throw for a throw in.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (8) ------------------------- Jack Mitchell (7), Mike Little (7), Lee Holborn (7), Joe Newman (8) (Dean Ranger (7)) ---------------------- Fynn McCarthy-Driver (7) (Andrew Backman (7)) , Waleed Bakali (7), Nick Ross (8), Gavin Eyre (7)------ Dave Percival (8), Phil Little (7), (Mark Gerrish (7))

Final Score: Warminster Town Reserves 1 - 3 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 3) ------------------------- Phil Little (10), Dave Percival (31, 35)

FRESHFORD GET ANOTHER AWAY TIE IN THE SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP - 12/10/2016

Freshford have been given an away tie to Draycott FC in the Third round of the Somerset Junior Cup they currently play in the Weston Super Mare & District League Division 1. The game will be played on Saturday 12th November 2016 at 1:45pm.

FRESHFORD WORK HARD TO WIN ON THE ROAD IN SOMERSET - 08/10/2016

Freshford travelled to South Petherton looking to beat them for the first time after losing to them twice in the past in the competition and we got off to a great start on a very wide pitch pressing the hosts and forcing mistakes as they played their long passing game across the back four and within minutes Dave Percival stole the ball and crossed which was sliced on by Steve Roddy to Fynn McCarthy-Driver who headed it in the bottom corner to give us the lead. A minute later with the hosts still thinking what went wrong Steve Roddy pressed his man and stole the ball to then round the keeper and tap it in to an empty net to double our lead. The rest of the half saw the hosts get back in to the game but not find the final ball and this continued into the second half and good defending and some great saves from Adam Sheppard kept the score as it was, with 15 minutes remaining the hosts grabbed a goal back which made the remainder of the game very tense but we defended well as a team and were unlucky to grab another goal with a few breakaway chances coming close. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Adam Sheppard and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for being very hungover for the bus journey down.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (9) --------------------- Jack Mitchell (8), Mike Little (9) ( Lee Holborn (8)), Nathan Gant (9), Joe Newman (8)------------- Theo Sing (9), Waleed Bakali (8), Nick Ross (8), Fynn McCarthy-Driver (8) ---------------- Dave Percival (8) (Andrew Backman (8)), Steve Roddy (8)

Final Score: South Petherton 1 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 2) ------------------------- Fynn McCarthy-Driver (3), Steve Roddy (4)

FRESHFORD SCRAPE 3 POINTS IN WESTBURY BATTLE - 01/10/2016

Freshford hosted Westbury Utd Reserves in the league on another wet and rainy day and came across a much better side than they were last season and took a while to match their physical presence but it was soon rewarded after 18 minutes when Dave Percival was awarded a penalty which he calmly dusted himself off to slot home and give us the lead. The rest of the half saw us with some chances but not quite being able to find the finishing touch and half time saw the game still in the balance. We got off to a good start in the second half and it was Dave Percival who was pressing the defence and nicked the ball from the keeper out by the sideline and he curled the ball perfectly around the keeper in off the far post to double the lead. Unfortunately we let teh visitors get one back ten minutes in to the half which made it harder for us but our two goal cushion was restored on the 67th minute when Gavin eyre set up Dave Percival for his hatrick, the remainder of the game stayed close with both sides creating chances and Westbury managed to get one back in teh last few minutes but it was too little too late. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Theo Sing and the 'Jaffa' was also awarded to Theo Sing for trying a little roll back instead of a cross and doing a double hit to put it out for a goal kick.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (7) --------------------- Jack Mitchell (7), Mike Little (7), Nathan Gant (8) (Lee Holborn (7)), Dean Ranger (7)------------- Theo Sing (8), Waleed Bakali (7), Nick Ross (7), Gavin Eyre (7) ---------------- Dave Percival (8), Phil Little (7) (Fynn McCarthy Driver (7))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 2 Westbury United Reserves (HT 1 - 0) ------------------------- Dave Percival (18(Pen),50,67)

HOME TIE IN THE KNOCKOUT CUP - 26/09/2016

Freshford have been given a home tie against Division 2 side Calne Eagles in the Second Round of the League Knockout Cup. The gane will be played on Saturday 5th November 2016.

FRESHFORD DOMINATE IN THE SECOND HALF AT WESTBURY TOWN - 24/09/2016

Freshford travelled to Westbury Town in the League and were not sure what they would be up against with a new side and management to the team from last year and on a windy day the game got off to a good pace with the hosts having the advantage and creating pressure early with a lively young side. We had glimpses of chances but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when they were rewarded a penalty for a foul by Adam Sheppard this didnt disrupt us and then a run from Dave Percival where he was brought down 25 yards out for Gavin Eyre to rifle the free kick in to the top right hand corner leaving the keeper no chance. Some good passing football was played by us and a cross from Joe Newman was forced home by Waleed Bakali to give us the lead but it was unfortunately short lived as we sat back and let them grab an equaliser just before halftime. The second half saw us with the advantage of the wind and after 5 minutes a free kick for a foul on Phil Little in our own half was pumped forward into the box by Jack Mitchell and the keeper miss timed his catch under pressure and the ball sailed into the net. Dave Percival continued to get past his man and a run dorced him out wide where he delivered fro Nick Ross to head home from 10 yards. A half cleared corner came to Sam Phillips who then set up Fynn McCarthy-Driver who lashed his shot through the crowd and in at the near post then we stepped off the pace and conceeded an own goal in the last few minutes through Mike Little but then with the last play of the game Nick Ross slotted in Dave Percival who beat a few defenders then found the far corner of the net to complete a good victory. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mike Little for scoring an own goal.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (8) --------------------- Jack Mitchell (8), Dean Ranger (8), Mike Little (8), Joe Newman (8)(Sam Phillips (8))------------- Theo Sing (8), Waleed Bakali (9), Nick Ross (8), Gavin Eyre (8) (Fynn McCarthy-Driver(8))---------------- Dave Percival (9), Phil Little (8)(Steve Roddy (8))

Final Score: Westbury Town 3 - 7 Freshford Utd (HT 2 - 2) ------------------------- Gavin Eyre (22), Waleed Bakali (34), Jack Mitchell (50), Nick Ross (65), Dave Percival (71,90), Fynn Mccarthy-Driver (80)

FRESHFORD SMASH HEYTESBURY FOR TEN GOALS - 17/09/2016

Freshford hosted Heytesbury in the league looking to get their league campaign back on track and a new look Heytesbury side were not the favourites on the day but played good football and battled well which made it difficult fro us to break the deadlock but after 18 minutes a flick from Phil Little found his brother Mike Little to give us the lead. Dave Percival then set up Theo Sing, followed by Phil Little setting Mike Little up again for our third, a cleared Heytesbury corner by Nick Ross fell to Dave Percival inside our own half and he exploited the space down the right wing and beat the man to enable him to break for goal and smash the ball in to the far corner of the net once in the box then just before halftime another good goal but this time from Dean ranger who stole the ball from his opponent and found space to hit it from 25 yards hitting the post and in past the sprawling keeper. The second half saw us continue to pile on the pressure and when a half clearance fell to Waleed Bakali he got his shot away which was deflected by a defender leaving teh keeper no chance, Waleed Bakali was on hand again to set up Dave Percival for another then Phil Little was assisting again to give Dave Percival his hatrick. Dave Percival turned provider when a well delivered cross found Nick Ross on hand to head home from 6 yards then teh game was wrapped up when Theo Sing set up Dean Ranger to bring the socre to double figures and a well deserved three points. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Mike Little and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Nathan Gant for face planted during the warm up and only lasted 15 minutes before being subbed due to injury.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (8) --------------------- Jack Mitchell (8), Nathan Gant (8)(Sam Phillips (8)), Mike Little (9), Joe Newman (8)------------- Theo Sing (8), Dean Ranger (8), Nick Ross (8), Gavin Eyre (8) (Waleed Bakali (8))---------------- Dave Percival (8) (Andrew Backman (8)), Phil Little (9)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 10 - 0 Heytesbury Utd (HT 5 - 0) ---------------- Mike Little (18, 32), Theo Sing (26), Dave Percival (34,53,65), Dean Ranger (44,75), Waleed Bakali (49), Nick Ross (67)

FRESHFORD GET ANOTHER AWAY TIE IN THE SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP - 12/09/2016

Freshford have been given an away tie to South Petherton in the Second round of the Somerset Junior Cup they currently play in the Perry Street & District League Premier Division. The game will be played on Saturday 8th October 2016 at 2:30pm.

BYE IN THE A & B CUP - 11/09/2016

Freshford have been given a Bye in the First Round of the League A & B Cup which we are the current defending champions.

FRESHFORD COME OUT ON TOP OF BATTLE IN WESTON SUPER MARE - 10/09/2016

Freshford travelled to Weston Super Mare in the first round of the Somerset Cup and found themselves in a very agressive match early on but needed to fight through it to get the season going, so in between dodging late tackles and retaliation after tackles we concentrated on the football and created good chances but were struggling to find the net but on the half hour mark a free kick delivered in to their box was not cleared properly and it came off Dean Ranger and fell to Phil Little who poked it home from a few yards to give us the lead. The hosts were looking dangerous on the break but we kept them at bay with some good defending, the second half started much teh same but with the wind against us we couldnt find a goal and were absorbing lots of pressure. Midway through the half we broke down the left and Andrew Backman crossed the ball which was met by Nick Ross who tapped it home to settle the nerves, minutes later Phil Little set up Nick Ross for his second of the game. With the game drawing to an end some good pressure from Phil Little forced a mistake which enabled him to get his second of the game and put us into the next round. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Lee Holborn and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Waleed Bakali for a wild free kick and tripping up when one on one with the keeper.

Line up: Chris Birleson (8) --------------------- Jack Mitchell (8), Lee Holborn (8), Mike Little (8) (Andrew Backman (8)), Joe Newman (8)------------- Theo Sing (8), Waleed Bakali (8), Dean Ranger (8), Nick Ross (8), Gavin Eyre (8) (Fynn McCarthy Driver (8))---------------- Phil Little (8)

Final Score: Weston Super Seagulls 0 - 4 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 1) ------------------------- Phil Little (31, 87), Nick Ross (68, 72)

LUXOL GET REVENGE FOR END OF LAST SEASON - 03/09/2016

Freshford hosted Luxol St Andrews who are defending league champions and they got the revenge they wanted for us beating them on the last day of the season last year, they were helped by a dubious penalty being rewarded to them midway through the half which knocked us back when the game was seeming pretty even until that point. They then caught us on the break with their pace and by the half hour mark they were rewarded another penalty for a very harsh handball and then just before halftime we were caught out by their pace again. We were some what deflated but managed to get back into the game before halftime but found teh woodwork and their keeper rather than the back of the net. We had the chances in the second half to get back in to the game but unfortunately could not find the finishing touch or shot. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Sam Phillips and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy.

Line up: Steve Sims (6) --------------------- Jack Mitchell (6), Lee Holborn (6), Mike Little (6), Sam Phillips (6)------------- Waleed Bakali (6) (Nathan Gant (6)), Dean Ranger (6), Nick Ross (6), Gavin Eyre (6) (Fynn McCarthy Driver (6))---------------- Steve Roddy (6) (Theo Sing (6)), Phil Little (6)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 4 Luxol St Andrews (HT 0 - 4)

BYE IN THE KNOCKOUT CUP - 01/09/2016

Freshford have been given a Bye in the First Round of the League Knockout Cup.

FRESHFORD GET AN AWAY TIE IN THE SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP - 01/09/2016

Freshford have been given an away tie to Weston Super Seagulls FC in the First round of the Somerset Junior Cup they currently play in the Weston Super Mare & District League Division 1. The game will be played on Saturday 10th September 2016 at 2:30pm.

PRE-SEASON COMPLETE WITH 4 WINS AND 1 LOSS BUT LOTS OF GOALS - 31/08/2016

Freshford played 5 pre-season games through August and as always it was a slow start where we played a mixed Bradford under 21's team after a last minute cancelation in fixtures and we came unstuck losing the first game. Next we hosted fellow team Hilperton Utd and had a better game winning 3-1 with goals coming from Jason Povey, Fynn McCarthy-Driver and Alfie Little. Next up was Heytesbury Utd which again was a last minute fixture which was much appreciated that they could raise a team the night before and we ended up winning that game 5-3 with goals from Steve Roddy, Gavin Eyre, Phil Little x2 and Waleed Bakali. Our toughest opponent was next in Three Daggers and we performed well running out 5-3 winners again with goals from Gavin Eyre, Steve Roddy x3 (1 Penalty) and Nick Ross. Our final game was against bath side Pig & Fiddle FC which we won 7-3 with goals from Steve Roddy x4 (1 Penalty), Nick Ross, Dean Ranger and Joe Newman. With some of last years squad leaving and some new faces coming in we are looking forward to getting the season underway this saturday.

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.

NEWS CLIPS 2015/2016

FRESHFORD BEAT THE "CHAMPIONS" ON LAST GAME OF SEASON - 14/05/2016

Freshford hosted Luxol St Andrews for the final game of the season on a day that the game didn't mean any positions in the league table would really be affected however there was a desire from both teams to beat the other, we decided to have a relaxed day and played games to build up the fines money instead of a warm up and pick positions out of a hat for each half. With a team of very verstile players this worked well and with everyone working hard and the visitors somewhat frustrated we took control of the game and were creating chances early on and a cross from Tom Rooney found the hard working Nathan Gant for a tap in to set the game alight. Nathan Gant built in confidence in his position as a striker pressing the defence and making their life uneasy then with a through ball from Steve Roddy playing a midfield roll found Nathan Gant who beat his man and struck a low drive from the edge of the box leaving the keeper stranded like a natural striker. This left the supporters wondering who the newly crowned league winners were, however Luxol continued to press and were awarded a goal midway through the half when a cross was deflected in for an own goal, despite this Freshford continued to frustrate them ecspecially doing Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide who took free kicks. We continued to create chances as well and great work from Steve Roddy who took the ball from the edge of our box and played Theo Sing in down the wing and then got himself in the box to be on the end of the cross to shoulder the ball in to the corner instead of a diving header but still a great goal. Luxol grabbed a late goal back with a well taken free kick just before half time. The half time break saw positions out of a hat again for Freshford and both teams creating chances but no one could find the finishing touch in the second half with the scores staying the same. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nathan Gant and the 'Jaffa' was also awarded to Gavin Eyre for being taught maths by Rooney before the game for the big sum of 3 minus 1.

First Half Line up: Steve Sims (8) --------------------- Frankie Elliott (8), Jason Povey (8), Gavin Eyre (8), Nick Ross (8) -------------------- Waleed Bakali (8), Steve Roddy (8), Tom Rooney (8), Dave Percival (8) ------------ Nathan Gant (9), Theo Sing (8)

Second Half Line up: Steve Sims (8) ---------------- Theo Sing (8), Dean Ranger (8), Waleed Bakali (8), Tom Rooney (8) -------------------- Dave Percival (8), Jason Povey (8) (Corey Overend (8)), Nathan Gant (9) (Lee Wilson (8)), Gavin Eyre (8) ------------ Nick Ross (8), Frankie Elliott (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 2 Luxol St Andrews (HT 3 - 2) ----------------------------- Nathan Gant (5, 12), Steve Roddy (36),

FRESHFORD EVENTUALLY BRUSH ASIDE TEN MAN POTTERNE - 07/05/2016

Freshford travelled to Potterne and were boosted by the fact that the hosts only had ten men for the game but we started the game far too relaxed and within 3 minutes found ourselves a goal down wondering what happened. We started to get into the game but on a bobbly pitch the final touch was not happening for anyone with many chances going close but not close enough, the hosts kept pressure on us despite our advantage and we got to halftime wondering if it was going to be one of those days. We started the second half alot better with a different approach and within minutes a cross that came to Frankie Elliott on the edge of the box slotted a pass into Dean Ranger who sliced his shot which took a deflection off a defender to leave the keeper stranded and get us back in the game. The next minute a cross from Waleed Bakali found Frankie Elliott on the edge of the box again who rifled his shot into the top corner to give us the lead, we continued to create chances and kill of any hopes Potterne had of grabbing something from the game. Jason Povey was next to be provider setting up Nick Ross for a tap in then good work from Dave Percival saw him set up his strike partner Jason Povey for a tap in then again a minute later Dave Percival broke through teh defence and was brought down in the box to which he dusted himself down and converted the awarded penalty. With the game drawing to a close we kept pressing and getting deliveries in the box and Theo Sing found the perfect one when his cross was met with a header from Chris Birleson to get on the score sheet. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Dave Percival for sending a naked picture to the group text..

Line up: Steve Sims (7) ---------------- Waleed Bakali (7), Matt Jones (8), Nathan Gant (7), Gavin Eyre (7) -------------------- Theo Sing (7), Dean Ranger (7), Nick Ross (8), Frankie Elliott (8) ------------ Dave Percival (7)(Chris Birleson (7)), Jason Povey (7)(Andrew Backman (7))

Final Score: Potterne FC 1 - 6 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 0) ----------------------------- Dean Ranger (48), Frankie Elliott (49), Nick Ross (66), Jason Povey (73), Dave Percival (Pen 74), Chris Birleson (86)

FRESHFORD COMPLETE DOUBLE OVER HILPERTON - 26/04/2016

Freshford travelled to Hileprton in the league and looking to keep ourselves on the tails of the leaders we needed a win and started well creating pressure on the hosts goal and Dave Percival set up Jason Povey to get the first goal of the night which should of lead us on to get more but for the rest of the half we couldnt find the finishing touch and chances came and went with the hosts looking dangerous when we got caught on the break. The second half carried on much the same until Tom Rooney set up Jason Povey for his second of the game and then a Gavin Eyre cross found teh hard working Dean Ranger to get on the score sheet. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dean Ranger and the 'Jaffa' was also awarded to Dean Ranger for two dives in the box and missing two open goals.

Line up: Steve Sims (7) ---------------- Adam Hyde (7), Matt Jones (7), Lee Wilson (7), Gavin Eyre (7) ----------------- Tom Rooney (7)( Theo Sing (7)), Dean Ranger (8), Waleed Bakali (8), Frankie Elliott (8) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Jason Povey (8)(Steve Roddy (7))

Final Score: Hilperton Utd 0 - 3 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 1) --------- Jason Povey (11, 56), Dean Ranger (73)

FRESHFORD BEAT WHITE HORSE BUT SHOULD OF BEEN BY MORE - 23/04/2016

Freshford hosted White Horse FC in the league and after losing in a smash and grab game a few weeks ago we were hoping to avenge the loss and score some goals in this game, we got off to a good start with everyone working well and creating chances and a defensive error by their defence let Dave Percival through on goal and calmly beat the advancing keeper to give us the lead. We continued to create chances and the visitors were playingin bursts of energy and occasionally causing trouble for us but a cross delivered by Dave Percival which was right down the throst of the keeper was being attacked by a few of our players but it was Tom Rooney who got the crucial glancing header to double our lead. It seemed like the goals would keep coming now with the visitors losing interest fast and Frankie Elliott found Jason Povey who got himself on the score sheet then a half cleaarance from a White Horse corner fell to Dave Percival who took the ball from just outside our box round a few players and witha bit of luck and fortune got all the way into their box and got his second of the game. The second half should of seen us score plenty more but no one seemed to have any finishing touch with them in what was a very frustration second half. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Matt Jones and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Jason Povey for a hat full of missed chances in the second half.

Line up: Chris Birleson (7) ---------------- Adam Hyde (8), Matt Jones (8), Lee Wilson (8), Gavin Eyre (7) ----------------- Tom Rooney (7), Dean Ranger (8), Nick Ross (7)( Waleed Bakali (7)), Frankie Elliott (7)(Theo Sing (7)) ------------ Dave Percival (7)(Steve Roddy (7)), Jason Povey (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 0 White Horse FC (HT 4 - 0) --------- Dave Percival (7,36), Tom Rooney (15), Jason Povey (25)

FRESHFORD BEAT WESTBURY TOWN TO RETAIN A & B CUP - 19/04/2016

Having lifted the Briken Motors & A M Print & Copy-sponsored A&B Cup for the first time in their 44-year history last season, Freshford United defended the trophy with a 2-1 victory that saw them withstand a battling display from First division leaders Westbury Town in the final at Westbury United’s Meadow Lane ground on Tuesday evening. Freshford made a blistering start and were unlucky not to take the lead on 2 minutes when Nick Ross saw his header hooked off the line, however 4 minutes later they were ahead, a free kick was headed onto Jason Povey by Nick Ross and the striker tucked the ball home to make it 1-0. Westbury who had been second best for most of the first half fell further behind in the 40th minute, once again they were undone from a set piece, a Gavin Eyre free kick was met by Nick Ross whose header fell to Povey who calmly stroked the ball beyond the keeper for 2-0. If the first half belonged to Freshford the second period was bossed by Westbury Town who were only denied an equaliser in the 50th minute by a brilliant stop from keeper Steve Sims who somehow kept out a 20 yard thunderbolt. Westbury had the bit between their teeth and on 55 minutes Freshford had Lee Wilson sent off after bringing their striker down on the edge of the area. The resulting free kick was brilliantly saved by Steve Sims, but unfortunately a Westbury player was on hand to smash home the rebound, although Sims almost produced another great save to keep the ball out, but the strike had too much power and found the back of the net. Freshford tested the Westbury keeper in the 62nd minute and his excellent stop denied Dave Percival from making it 3-1. At the other end Westbury pounced on a defensive error and really should have squared things up, but once again keeper Steve Sims came to our rescue with another suburb block to keep his team in front. With 15 minutes remaining Westbury introduced extra bodies and legs up front who almost made an instant impact, and saw a shot go close when it hit the bar. With Freshford down to 10 men, Westbury were now finding the gaps, however the villagers back line were great under the constant pressure from Westbury who were unable to find a way through the stubborn defence and force extra time. The trophies on the evening were presented by Roxi Meaden on behalf of sponsors Briken Motors & A M Print & Copy. Nick Ross received the Kevin Mounty memorial player of the match award. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Steve Sims and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Frankie Elliott for putting their striker in with a through ball from just outside their box with a very skewed attempted cross.

Line up: Steve Sims (9) --------- Adam Hyde (8), Nathan Gant (8), Lee Wilson (8), Gavin Eyre (8) ----------- Tom Rooney (8), Dean Ranger (8), Nick Ross (9), Frankie Elliott (8)(Rich Bliha (8)) ------------ Dave Percival (9), Jason Povey (9)(Ricky Trott (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 1 Westbury Town (HT 2 - 0) --------- Jason Povey (6, 41)

ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT FUNDRAISER - 16/04/2016

Freshford held their annual Quiz Night at The Old Bear in Staverton and 8 teams entered with 49 people spread between the teams and a good quiz was put on by Andrew Backman & Chris Birleson also with a few cash games of Heads or Tails and Deal or no Deal as well as the normal Raffle. We raised another £289.30 for the club after costs and special thanks to those who attended, Andrew & Chris and to Alastair and Jo of The Old Bear for letting us hold the event and serving up some very nice Chilli and Curries.

FRESHFORD LOOSE IN WILTS JUNIOR CUP FINAL 2ND YEAR RUNNING - 09/04/2016

Freshford made it to the Final of the Wiltshire Junior County Cup for the second year running and were hoping to claim the title this year against Salisbury side Stockton & Codford on a very wet and windy day at Westbury United's ground, we got off to a good start having the majority of the ball but not creating much pressure on their goal. On the 15 minute mark Stockton had a corner which we didnt defend well and a free man at the back post had an easy tap in to take the lead against the run of play. This knocked us for six and we seemed to sit back and panic and were up against it, midway through the half they doubled their lead from a corner and continued to take control of the game. The second half carried on much the same as the first half finished and it toook us a while to realise we had to up our game and with the game looking like it was over a through ball from Dean Ranger found Jason Povey who beat the keeper to get us a goal back then minutes later some good work down the left from Dave Percival found Jason Povey at teh back stick to head back across where Nick Ross was on hand to head home from a few yards to bring us back on level terms. We had chances to get the winner and looked like we would be the side to do so but the final whistle blew and it went to Extra Time. We continued to have the upper hand and a few chances went begging and crosses that couldnt quite be connected with gave us all the pressure and it hopefully looking like only a matter of time till we got another goal, unfortunately we were caught against the run of play again when a corner was not cleared by Steve Sims and they grabbed a goal just before the half time. We then pressed to get back in to the game but were caught on the break and they grabbed another to all but finish off the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Adam Hyde and the Jaffa was awarded to Gavin Eyre for saying his shower wasnt working when he hadnt even turned it on.

Line up: Steve Sims (7) --------- Adam Hyde (8)(Sam Phillips (7)), Gavin Eyre (7), Lee Wilson (8)----------- Theo Sing (7)(Frankie Elliott (7)), Dean Ranger (7), Nathan Gant (7), Nick Ross (8), Rich Bliha (7)(Waleed Bakali (7))------------ Dave Percival (7), Jason Povey (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 4 Stockton & Codford (HT 0 - 2, FT 2 - 2) --------- Jason Povey (75), Nick Ross (79)

FRESHFORD PUT IN A STEADY DISPLAY AGAINST SEMMINGTON - 05/04/2016

Freshford travelled to Semmington in the league looking to get back on track with our performances and we responded well putting the hosts under pressure from the start of the game and were rewarded early on 4 minutes when a Gavin Eyre corner was helped in by Nick Ross from about a yard out with the keeper struggling to read the flight of the ball in the wind. We continued to create chances and should of had a few more goals but couldnt find that finishing touch but with continued persistance a through ball from Dean Ranger found Tom Rooney who slotted it past the advancing keeper to double our lead. The hosts managed to get themselves a goal back just before halftime when we let the ball bounce and bobble through the defence to an unmarked man at the back post to tap in. We needed to start the second half well and did putting pressure on again and a few half chances and then a half clearance fell to Dean Ranger who managed to get the ball out of his feet 6 yards out and tapped it home. Minutes later some great work down the left from Dave Percival ended up with a good cross which Jason Povey lashed perfectly in to the goal off the inside of the post. This should of been the game wrapped up but some more slack marking let Semmington get another goal back, both sides had chances to get another goal but no one could find the net again. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Theo Sing and the Jaffa was awarded to Tom Rooney for losing his footing and falling over in goal scoring positions on various occasions.

Line up: Steve Sims (7) --------- Lee Holborn (7)(Adam Hyde (8)), Nathan Gant (7), Gavin Eyre (7) ----------- Theo Sing (8), Dean Ranger (8)(Frankie Elliott(7)), Nick Ross (7), Rich Bliha (7) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Jason Povey (7), Tom Rooney (7)(Waleed Bakali (7))

Final Score: Semmington Magpies 2 - 4 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 2) --------- Nick Ross (4), Tom Rooney (35), Dean Ranger (48), Jason Povey (53)

FRESHFORD STRUGGLE TO FINISH AND PAY PRICE AT WHITE HORSE - 02/04/2016

Freshford travelled to White Horse in another tough test in the league and we got off to a good start putting lots of pressure on the hosts but struggled to be clinical enough with the last ball or shot and with the scores staying level it gave the hosts more confidence and they soon got in to their stride creating their own share of chances. The second half carried on much the same and it was looking like no one was going to score with the White Horse keeper pulling off some very good saves to keep us at bay, with 15 minutes left we gave them a little too much room and the hosts took a chance and held on to it defending until the last minute to earn themselves a smaash and grab victory. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Lee Wilson and the Jaffa was awarded to Dave Percival for a scuffed shot when through one on one with the keeper.

Line up: Steve Sims (6) --------- Lee Wilson (7), Nathan Gant (7), Lee Holborn (7), Gavin Eyre (6) ----------- Frankie Elliott (6)(Waleed Bakali (6)), Dean Ranger (6)( Rich Bliha (6)), Nick Ross (6)------------ Dave Percival (6), Jason Povey (6), Theo Sing (6)(Tom Rooney (6))

Final Score: White Horse FC 1 - 0 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 0)

FRESHFORD LOOSE EASTER BATTLE TO WARMINSTER - 26/03/2016

Freshford travelled to league leaders Warminster Town Reserves needing a win to keep any title hopes alive and on a very wet and windy Easter weekend the game got off to a quick pace as was expected and the wind playing a big part keeping the majority of the play at the bottom side of the pitch with both sides creating occassional chances on the break. We were the first to take control midway through the half when Dave Percival closed down their defender and stole the ball from him to then attack the goal and slotting the ball through the keepers legs to give us the lead, but it was only short lived before we were caught on the break and the hosts equalised. Our lead was restored 5 minutes later when a well delivered cross by Gavin Eyre found Nick Ross on hand to head in from the 6 yard box, the hosts were playing a very physical game as normal with many late challenges coming in but we had chances to extend our lead but couldnt quite find the finishing touch. The second half saw us start sluggish and let the hosts build up momentum and their late challenges got worse but were not punsihed in the second half despite some very dangerous challenges one which knocked Lee Wilson to the floor leaving him concussed and a huge lump above his eye forcing him to be substituted. The hosts were starting to cause us problems which then resulted in an equaliser midway through the half we had glimpses of chances that we couldnt quite finish and deep into extra time the hosts grabbed a last minute winner. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Lee Holborn and the Jaffa was awarded to Nick Ross for a back header.

Line up: Steve Sims (7) --------- Lee Wilson (7)(Jason Povey(7)), Gavin Eyre (7), Lee Holborn (8) ----------- Theo Sing (7), Nathan Gant (7), Dean Ranger (7), Nick Ross (7), Rich Bliha (7)(Adam Hyde (7))------------ Dave Percival (7), Frankie Elliott (7)

Final Score: Warminster Town Reserves 3 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 2) --------- Scorers: Dave Percival (28), Nick Ross (39)

FRESHFORD MISS OUT ON SOMERSET CUP FINAL IN A POOR DISPLAY - 12/03/2016

Freshford travelled to Milborne Port looking to reach their third Final for this season but were met by a side who were very much up for it compared to us and we never really got going on a short but wide pitch. With a few away we still had a strong team but couldnt find the final touch or shot in the final third in a very scrappy first half and with the hosts not creating a huge amount they took their oppurtunity on the half hour when we half cleared a corner and then let them react to the second ball quicker than us and they took the lead. The second half saw us improve but still lacked that final touch and with it looking like we were never going to score it got worse as a handball from Dean Ranger in our box resulted in a penalty which the hosts scored to double their lead. We continued to try and get into the game and a few chances and strong penalty shouts we came close and the woodwork was struck a couple of times but in the 84th minute a through ball from Steve Roddy found Dave Percival who rounded his man and then calmly beat the keeper to get us into the game, Shortly after we then hit the woodwork again but then a sloppy mistake let the visitors through on goal and Steve Sims brought down the striker after he had his shot and they were awarded another penalty which they tucked away with minutes to go and left us thinking what could have been if we had been on better form. The team decided no one deserved Man of the Match and the Jaffa was awarded to Chris Birleson for saying that both semi finals were being played on this pitch.

Line up: Steve Sims (6) --------- Adam Hyde (6), Dean Ranger (6), Nathan Gant (6) ----------- Tom Rooney (6)(Jack Bristow (6)), Waleed Bakali (6)(Corey Overend (6)), Frankie Elliott (6), Rich Bliha (6) ------------ Dave Percival (6), Jason Povey (6)(Theo Sing (6)), Steve Roddy (6)

Final Score: Milborne Port 3 - 1 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 0) --------- Scorers: Dave Percival (84)

FRESHFORD BATTLE HARD AGAINST MELKSHAM TO REACH A & B CUP FINAL - 05/03/2016

Freshford hosted Melksham Town A who are flying in the division below us witha young side with lots of energy so we knew we would be in for a tough game if we wanted to have the chance of retaining the A & B Cup this year. The game got off to a frantic pace with both teams creating chances but no one able to find the final touch to open the scoring with both defences standing strong and keeping their team on level terms. The second half saw us up the pressure straight from the start and within minutes we were rewarded when Jason Povey was fouled in the box to earn us a penalty which Dave Percival stepped up to calmly slot in to the bottom corner and give us the lead. The game continued to be an end to end affair with many chances for both sides and the visitors had the majority of the pressure for the last part of the game when they were pressing for an equaliser but we held on and defended well to keep a clean sheet and put ourselves in the Final where we will wait to see if we play Westbury Town or Hilperton Utd. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nathan Gant and the 'Jaffa' was also awarded to Nathan Gant for saying "we didn't just win it with that goal".

Line up: Steve Sims (8) --------- Lee Wilson (8)(Lee Holborn (8)), Gavin Eyre (8), Nathan Gant (9) ----------- Theo Sing (8)(Sam Elkins (8)), Dean Ranger (9), Nick Ross (9), Rich Bliha (8) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Jason Povey (8)(Frankie Elliott (8)), Steve Roddy (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 0 Melksham Town A (HT 0 - 0) --------- Scorers: Dave Percival (48 Pen)

FRESHFORD REACH WILTS CUP FINAL 2ND YEAR RUNNING - 27/02/2016

Freshford hosted Heytesbury Utd in the Wiltshire Junior County Cup Semi Final at the third attempt after the previous weeks have been postponed due to weather and with a few players away we had to buckle down and work hard which we had not been doing lately, fortunately our players responded to the request and within minutes a free kick delivered by Gavin Eyre found Nick Ross who beat his marker in the air to glance the ball in the net to give us the lead. We continued to create chances and good work from Theo Sing down the right found Jason Povey who fired home to double our lead, the rest of the half saw us create plenty of chances but unable to beat the visitors defence and keeper with various goal line clearances. The second half started off much the same with us having the majority of the play and everyone working hard all over the pitch to stop Heytesbury creating many chances and then a corner delivered by Gavin Eyre found Nick Ross again on hand to head in his second of the game. The visitors made some changes and got back into the game a bit but we stood strong and worked together to keep our lead and then good work from Jason Povey found him in space where he chipped the ball to the back post where Nick Ross made it a hatrick of headers and to all but finish off the game. We will meet Stockton & Codford in the Final which we are waiting for the date and venue to be confirmed. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Corey Overend for doing 32 press ups and hitting himself in the face trying to prove his arm had healed.

Line up: Chris Birleson (7) --------- Dean Ranger (8), Gavin Eyre (7), Nathan Gant (7) ----------- Theo Sing (7), Waleed Bakali (8), Nick Ross (8), Rich Bliha (7) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Jason Povey (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 0 Heytesbury Utd (HT 2 - 0) --------- Scorers: Nick Ross (4, 56, 74), Jason Povey (18)

FRESHFORD HOLD ON FOR A DRAW AGAINST HEYTESBURY - 20/02/2016

Freshford travelled to Heytesbury after their home tie in Wilts County Cup was postponed again and on a nother wet and boggy day we were hoping to get our season back on track and started the game well and looked the better side against a nervous Heytesbury side, we took the lead when The Sing was put in down the right wing and he crossed to find Steve Roddy unmarked at the back post to slide in and get on the score sheet. Minutes later a half cleared corner from the hosts fell at our feet and a shot that was deflected to Waleed Bakali who seemed to be in an offside position played to teh whistle and slotted the ball in at the near post to double our lead despite much discussion. However we though the day was ours then although only 20 minutes in to the game but were caught out by a long throw which went through everyone without being cleared and an easy tap in was had by Heytesbury, we continued to play in fits and starts whilst teh hosts grew with confidence and with minutes to go they got an equaliser when a corner was headed in without any challenge in our own 6 yard box. The second half saw us battle on the back foot and show glimpses of looking like scoring but we gave the opposition too much room and time on the ball which saw them come very close various times on taking the winner but we managed to hold on to a point. It was an individual achievement to see Waleed Bakali making his starting return to football a year and a week after the day he broke his leg and put in a good performance and getting a goal, which will encourage him to carry on and get back into the swing of it again. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Frankie Elliott and the 'Jaffa' was also awarded to Frankie Elliott for losing his man on their second goal.

Line up: Steve Sims (6) --------- Adam Hyde (7), Dean Ranger (6), Nathan Gant (7), Sam Phillips (6) (Jack Mitchell (6)) ----- Theo Sing (7), Waleed Bakali (7), Frankie Elliott (7), Rich Bliha (6)( Jason Povey (6))------------ Dave Percival (6), Steve Roddy (6)

Final Score: Heytesbury Utd 2 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 2 - 2) --------- Scorers: Steve Roddy (16), Waleed Bakali (18)

FRESHFORD NOT AT THEIR BEST AGAIN IN LOSS TO LUXOL - 13/02/2016

Freshford travelled to Luxol St Andrews after their home tie in Wilts County Cup was postponed again and on arrival it looked like this game should of been postponed as well with the pitch being in poor condition and like a swamp in alot of places, however both teams were faced with the same conditions and Luxol took the lead within ten minutes when Chris Birleson filling in as keeper for the day failed to deal with the wind and an easy goal was conceeded. We started to get back in to the game a bit and compeeting when Dave Percival was brought down in the box by their keeper and we were awarded a penalty which Dave Percival stepped up to score and get us back level. The remainder of the half stayed level despite a few chances from either side. The second half should have seen us up our game and cancel out the trouble they were causing us but we did not and continued to give them too much time and space to play and midway through the half they took the lead again when a few clearances fell to their players and were not closed down and a delivery into the box was met by an unmarked striker. We got ourselves back level again when Tom Rooney intercepted a long ball and headed it in to the path of Jason Povey who slotted it home from the edge of the box, however we laid back again and the hosts did not to which we conceeded 2 more goals through poor marking and pressing of our opposing players again. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Sam Phillips and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for not getting near their free kick for the first goal.

Line up: Chris Birleson (6) --------- Gavin Eyre (6), Nick Ross (6), Nathan Gant (6), Sam Phillips (7) ----- Tom Rooney (6), Rich Bliha (6), Dean Ranger (6), Theo Sing (6) (Frankie Elliott (6))------------ Dave Percival (6), Jason Povey (6) (Waleed Bakali (6))

Final Score: Luxol St Andrews 4 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 1) --------- Scorers: Dave Percival (19 Pen), Jason Povey (67)

POINTS GIVEN TO WARMINSTER IN POOR DISPLAY - 30/01/2016

Freshford hosted Warminster Town Reserves in the league which we knew would be a tough game but unfortunately we didnt really ever get going or play as well as we know we can and it was very obvious that the visitors were the team more up for it on the day. With our backs against the wall the only time we looked dangerous was on set pieces and we took the lead when a Gavin Eyre free kick was latched onto by Dean Ranger who headed in to the bottom corner, minutes later we were caught out by their pace and they were back on level terms. A corner well delivered by Gavin Eyre was headed in by Nick Ross and we had chances to grab another and extend our lead but our normal scorers were not on form and Warminster put he pressure on ans grabbed another equaliser in the last minute of the half. The second half was very scrappy and for some reason we were starting to be punished for things that the visiors were getting away with throughout the game and it seemed to turn very one sided and some very obvious un sporting behaviour was shown by the visitors but not punished as it should have been. We had a very strong appeal for a penalty which was not given as well as hitting the post and bar but it was seeming like nothing was going to go in, we were caught out again on the break and conceeded a penalty with ten minutes to go and then were caught again in the last minute when pressing for an equaliser. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nathan Gant and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Nick Ross for winning the toss and choosing to swap ends and play in to the sun for the first half.

Line up: Steve Sims (6) --------- Tom Rooney (6), Nick Ross (7), Nathan Gant (7), Gavin Eyre (6) ----- Steve Roddy (6) (Jack Bristow (6)), Frankie Elliott (6), Dean Ranger (7), Theo Sing (6) (Adam Hyde (6))------------ Dave Percival (6), Jason Povey (4) (Waleed Bakali (6))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 4 Warminster Town Reserves (HT 2 - 2) --------- Scorers: Dean Ranger (17), Nick Ross (34)

FRESHFORD AVENGE LOSS TO ACES ON RETURN FIXTURE - 23/01/2016

Freshford hosted Aces FC who took all three points from us earlier in the season and on a winter swept pitch we were looking to avenge our loss but didnt get off to the best start by conceeding a goal in the first fifteen minutes, we started to improve and start creating problems for the visitors and Gavin Eyre found Jason Povey who got us back on level terms. The second half saw us take the lead when Nick Ross got on the score sheet, we then continued to cause trouble down the right side when Tom Rooney was able to set up Nick Ross for his second of the game and then Tom Rooney was provider again when he set up Jason Povey fo r his second of the game and to all but finish off the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Theo Sing for missing a header from 2 yards out.

Line up: Steve Sims (7) --------- Tom Rooney (7), Nick Ross (8), Dean Ranger (7), Gavin Eyre (7)( Sam Phillips(7)) ----- Steve Roddy (7) (Waleed Bakali (7)), Frankie Elliott (7), Rich Bliha (7), Theo Sing (7) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Jason Povey (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 1 Aces FC (HT 1 - 1) --------- Scorers: Jason Povey (25, 74), Nick Ross (54, 68)

AWAY TIE IN SEMI FINAL OF THE SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP - 18/01/2016

Freshford have been given an away tie to Milborne Port in the Semi Final of the Somerset Junior Cup they currently play in the Dorset League First Division and are currently second in the table with games in hand. The game will be played on Saturday 12th March 2016 at 2:30pm.

FRESHFORD CLAW THROUGH INTENSE GAME TO REACH SOMERSET SEMI FINAL - 16/01/2016

Freshford hosted Shepton Beauchamp in the Quarter Final of the Somerset Junior County Cup and after a postponement due to rain the week before we managed to host the Perry Street League side at a second attempt. The visitors started the better side and our break of 4 weeks without a game was showing as we were under pressure from the start by giving them too much space and time we started to create chances but were still under pressure without the ball, Dave Percival found Jason Povey who gave us the lead with a good shot from the edge of the box. Minutes later a well delivered free kick from Gavin Eyre was met by Tom Rooney who glanced his header past the stranded keeper, we were still giving them too much room and they grabbed a goal back midway through the half. Another well delivered free kick from Gavin Eyre was met by Nick Ross this time with a carbon copy of the previous goal but again we let them back in the game conceeding minutes later. With halftime approaching Dave Percival was fouled in the box which he dusted himself off to step up and convert the penalty giving us the two goal cushion back at halftime. The second half we knew we had to up our game but did the complete opposite and within minutes of the re-start the visitors grabbed another goal back, a through ball from Nathan Gant found Steve Roddy through on goal and with the keeper standing no chance he let fly a rocket from just outside the box giving us our 5th goal. We continued to play in fits and starts throughout the second half and fitness was starting to show with a sloppy goal conceeded midway through the half and then the visitors grabbed an equaliser in the last minute of normal time. It was looking as though we had nothing left in the tank as extra time started and within 5 minutes we conceeded again but still looking like we could score on the break Steve Roddy was fouled a minute later in their box and we had a lifeline back into the game which Dave Percival stepped up and slotted home bringing us level again. With penalties looking like the end result both teams had chances which should of been taken and then in the last minute a ball in to the box from Steve Roddy was heading towards the penalty spot and Dave Percival who was on his own with 3 of their defenders and he rose like a salmon above the defenders to glance a header into the corner and put us in to the Semi Final . The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Tom Rooney for going off with cramp.

Line up: Steve Sims (7) --------- Jack Bristow (8), Lee Wilson (7), Nathan Gant (7), Gavin Eyre (7) ----- Tom Rooney (7) (Waleed Bakali (7)), Dean Ranger (7), Nick Ross (7), Rich Bliha (8) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Jason Povey (7) (Steve Roddy (7))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 7 - 6 Shepton Beauchamp (HT 4 - 2, FT 5 - 5, AET 7 - 6) --------- Scorers: Jason Povey (15), Tom Rooney (17), Nick Ross (35), Dave Percival (45 Pen, 98 Pen, 119), Steve Roddy (55)

SEMI FINAL HOME TIE IN THE WILTS JUNIOR COUNTY CUP - 12/01/2016

Freshford have been given a home tie to fellow league side Heytesbury Utd in the Semi Final of the Wiltshire Junior County Cup, with only one team left in from outside of our league the other Semi is between Hilperton Utd and Stockton & Codford FC. The games will be played on Saturday 6th February 2016 at 1:30pm.

FRESHFORD BEAT SEMMINGTON TO REACH A & B SEMI FINAL - 19/12/2015

Freshford hosted Semmington Magpies for the third time this season but in the Quarter Final of the A & B Cup this time and we started teh game off the pace and we should of been behind but fortunately for us they didnt take their chances and some good defending kept us on level terms. Then midway through the half we found our rhythmn and Tom Rooney set up Jason Povey to give us the lead which gave us more confidence and chances kept coming and then a corner resulted in the keeper making a save which fell to Rich Bliha on the edge of the box who's shot found a way through the crowd to double our lead. Jason Povey then was instrumental with the next two goals with the first he held teh ball on the halfway line then found Dave percival in behind their defence to beat the advancing keeper, then Jason Povey again was linking up on the left side found Rich Bliha on the edge of the box who smashed the ball home giving the keeper no chance. We unfortunately started the second half slow but Theo Sing set up Rich Bliha to complete his hatrick with a good break, we didnt raise our game from here and minutes later the visitors got a goal back from slack defending. Gavin Eyre then set up Jaosn Povey at the back post to all but finish off the game and the visitors got one back in the last ten minutes from a free kick but we had already done all the damage before. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Rich Bliha and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Sam Phillips for an awful foul throw and for coming off with blisters again.

Line up: Steve Sims (7) --------- Gavin Eyre (7), Lee Wilson (7), Dean Ranger (7), Sam Phillips (7) (Jack Bristow (7)) ------- Tom Rooney (7), Frankie Elliott (7) (Corey Overend (7)), Rich Bliha (8), Theo Sing (7) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Jason Povey (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 6 - 2 Semmington Magpies (HT 4 - 0) --------- Scorers: Jason Povey (21, 78), Rich Bliha (26, 35, 51), Dave Percival (32)

FRESHFORD PUT 6 ON POTTERNE IN A GREAT DISPLAY - 12/12/2015

Freshford hosted Potterne FC in the league which what willbe a clash of the top few teams at the end of the season and we got off to a great start and put the visitors under pressure from the first whistle and Jason Povey set up Theo Sing to give us the lead on 4 minutes, we continued to cause trouble for their defence and Dean Ranger then found the right pass to set up Dave Percival to double our lead. Jason Povey was creating trouble again for the visitors and then he picked out a perfect cross which was headed in by Dean Ranger who ran from halfway to get on the score sheet. The second half saw us loose 2 defenders to injury which un settled us and we conceeded within a few minutes with slack marking and then a soft penalty was given against us when Tom Rooney went shoulder to shoulder with their striker who didnt think he was fouled either. Theo Sing then found Jason Povey out wide who cut inside and found a yard and shot from the edge of the box to find the bottom corner and extend our lead, then Dave Percival chased down a back pass which the keeper hit straight into Dave and it rebounded in to the goal. More chances came our way and we should have scored more but one last one was taken when Steve Roddy found Jason Povey who again scored from outside the box. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dean Ranger and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for an easy header in front of goal he headed it back to the crosser.

Line up: Steve Sims (8) ----------------- Gavin Eyre (8), Nick Ross (8), Nathan Gant (8) (Frankie Elliott (8)), Sam Phillips (8) (Steve Roddy (8)) -------------- Tom Rooney (8), Dean Ranger (9), Rich Bliha (8), Theo Sing (8) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Jason Povey (9) (Corey Overend (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 6 - 2 Potterne FC (HT 3 - 0) --------- Scorers: Theo Sing (4), Dave Percival (14, 69), Dean Ranger (36), Jason Povey (65, 78)

FRESHFORD REACH WILTS SEMI FINAL 3RD YEAR RUNNING - 05/12/2015

Freshford hosted Ashton Keynes in the Witshire Junior County Cup and with a few players away and disruptions we started the game with a bare 11 and were able to stop the visitors from playing by pressing early and giving them no time on the ball. Jason Povey got the first goal of the game midway through the half and then our lead was doubled when a corner form Gavin Eyre was headed in by Nick Ross who evaded his marker to get a free header. The second half saw us let them back in teh game with a sloppy goal being conceeded but after getting our stride back Sam Phillips found Gavin Eyre who let fly with a screamer of a shot to give us a 2 goal cushion back but another easy goal kept the visitors hopes alive but the hard working Dave Percival was brought down in the box to which he dusted himself off and conerted the resulting penalty. The game was wrapped up when a cross from Jason Povey was met by Dave Percival who smashed it home to finish off the game and put us in the semi final draw. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dean Ranger and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Anthony Ottviano for messing up the team sheet.

Line up: Will Eamer (8) ------------------------- Sam Phillips (8), Nick Ross (8), Dean Ranger (9), Andrew Backman (8) (Steve Roddy (8)) ----------------------- Theo Sing (8), Corey Overend (8), Rich Bliha (8), Gavin Eyre (8) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Jason Povey (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 2 Ashton Keynes (HT 2 - 0) --------- Scorers: Jason Povey (24), Nick Ross (36), Gavin Eyre (55) Dave Percival (68 Pen, 82)

FRESHFORD GET FORM BACK AND HIT HEYTESBURY FOR 8 GOALS - 28/11/2015

Freshford hosted Heytesbury Utd in the league and got off to a great start on another cold and wet day with us terrorising the visitors from the first whistle and Dave Percival was brought down on teh edge of the box which could of seen the visitors reduced to 10 men within 4 minutes but the ref decided not to and Jason Povey then rocketed the free kick past the wall and the keeper with some swerve minutes later a good through ball from Dean Ranger found Dave Percival through on goal to double the lead. Dean Ranger was on hand again to set up Tom Rooney at the back post to tap in unmarked, then another last ditch challenge by their defence on Theo Sing resulted in a Free Kick on the edge of the box which Jason Povey lined up to do the same but cleverly sold a dummy to which many people were confused and Gavin Eyre stepped up and chipped the ball up and over the wall in to the net with a brilliantly planned out free kick. With the half drawing to a close continuous pressing by Frankie Elliott enabled him to win the ball back and set up Dave Percival for his second of the game and to all but kill off the game. The second half started a bit sluggish but chances kept coming for us and the oppositions keeper was pulling off lots of saves until a cross from Dean Ranger was met by a defender with a great header beating his keeper for an Own Goal, the chances kept coming and we would have had alot more was it not for their keeper but a corner from Gavin Eyre was headed in from a few yards out by Tom Rooney. Then good work from Gus Wright found the killer pass to set up Theo Sing to get on the score sheet. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Lee Wilson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Dean Ranger for missing from a yard out.

Line up: Steve Sims (8) ------------- Jack Bristow (8), Nick Ross (9), Lee Wilson (9), Gavin Eyre (8) (Sam Phillips (8)) --------- Theo Sing (8), Frankie Elliott (8) (Corey Overend 8)), Dean Ranger (9), Tom Rooney (8) ------------ Dave Percival (9) (Gus Wright (8)), Jason Povey (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 0 Heytesbury Utd (HT 5 - 0) --------- Scorers: Jason Povey (4), Dave Percival (8, 45), Tom Rooney (15, 64), Gavin Eyre (35), OG (57), Theo Sing (69)

FRESHFORD MISS CHANCES IN KO CUP AGAINST WESTBURY TOWN - 21/11/2015

Freshford travelled to Division 2 side Westbur Town in the 2nd Round of the Knockout Cup and with one of the ties of the round we knew the hosts would give us a battle as they are walking their league so far this season. The game started with both teams pressing and creating chances but a defensive error from their keeper fell to Craig Brown who forced a save and then the rebound fell to him again to which he knocked it in the back of the net to give us the lead. Westbury got themselves back on level terms about 20 minutes later and panicked us at the back for a good ten minute spell. The second half saw both sides create chances but we had the bigger share despite losing 2 players to injury and should have taken our chances as well as had a penalty but the game was sent in to extra time. We started extra time with the better chances again but a silly free kick given away and sloppy defending enabled them to score from the kick. Westbury sat on their lead and we pressed for the equaliser but again we coulndn't take our chances and lost the game and the run in the cup due to not taking oppurtunities. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Gavin Eyre for wearing gloves for the first half.

Line up: Steve Sims (7) ------------- Jack Bristow (7), Nick Ross (8), Nathan Gant (7) (Corey Overend (7)), Gavin Eyre (7) ---------------- Theo Sing (7), Frankie Elliott (8), Dean Ranger (7), Craig Brown (7) (Jason Povey (7)) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Westbury Town 2 - 1 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 1 FT 1 - 1 AET 2 - 1) --------- Scorers: Craig Brown (15)

QUARTER FINAL HOME TIE IN THE SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP - 17/11/2015

Freshford have been given a home tie to Shepton Beauchamp in the Quarter Final of the Somerset Junior Cup they currently play in the Perry Street & District League Premier Division and are currently second in the table and remain in all cup competitions. The game will be played on Saturday 14th November 2015 at 1:45pm.

RACE NIGHT FUNDRAISER - 14/11/2015

Freshford held their 7th Race Night which was a success and good night had by all who attended. We held it at Freshford Village Hall again and we had 50 people on the night, with a few coming from the village which is nice to have some support. The Raffle made £98.00, the betting £771.00, race sponsors £100.00 and the bar £355.00 which combined with the 50 peoples tickets and costs we raised £927.50 which is a good amount for the club. Thanks to our race sponsors Opticolour, Dentons, The Inn at Freshford, Fonesolutions and StagWeb. Also thanks to Chris Birleson for organising the night and all the people who helped on the night to make it run smoothly and Anne Birleson for doing the bar along with Will. Also thanks to the Race Night staff for all their hard work and everyone who attended and supported the event.

FRESHFORD SLIDE PAST HYDEZ FC TO GET TO QUARTER FINAL IN SOMERSET CUP - 14/11/2015

Freshford hosted Hydez FC in the 3rd round of the Somerset Junior County Cup and with the weather making it difficult we just managed to get the pitch playable and it worked well for us as within 5 minutes of the start a silly push in the back to Dean Ranger in their box rewarded us with a penalty which Dave Percival stepped up to give us the lead. The game continued with both sides creating chances but a rash retaliation challenge from their midfielder after about 25 minutes saw him receive a straight red card, however this did not give us control of the game it actually made it harder for us to get motivated as the remaining ten players were battling hard. With halftime looming Dean Ranger received a half clearance 25 yards out from their defender and shot immediately placing the ball in the far corner leaving the keeper stranded and doubling our lead. The second half started rather sluggish and both teams just going through the motions in the pouring rain with no one taking their chances, Steve Roddy broke down the left and crosseed to the back post to find Dave Percival who fired home getting perfect contact on the ball. Minutes later Dave Percival was causing the visitors trouble again and was taken down in the box to which he stepped up and scored from the spot to give him his hatrick for the day. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Nathan Gant for his moustache.

Line up: Steve Sims (7) ------------- Jack Bristow (7), Nick Ross (7), Nathan Gant (7), Jack Mitchell (7) ---------------- Tom Rooney (7), Frankie Elliott (7) (Corey Overend (7)), Dean Ranger (8), Rich Bliha (7) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Jason Povey (7) (Steve Roddy (7))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 0 Hydez FC (HT 2 - 0) --------- Scorers: Dave Percival (6 (Pen), 78, 82 (Pen)), Dean Ranger (44)

FRESHFORD CARVE OUT A RESULT AGAINST SEMMINGTON IN THE LEAGUE - 07/11/2015

Freshford hosted Semmington Magpies for the second week running after their pitch was waterlogged both sides agreed to reverse the fixture which was good on all parts so we didnt miss a weekend of football, both teams had some changes and knew it would not be as one sided result as last week. Both teams got off to a good start with end to end action and fortunately for us on 14 minutes a great ball across teh box was missed by everyone but found Theo Sing at the backpost who beat his man and slotted it in form a tight angle then minutes later a well delivered corner from Gavin Eyre found Nick Ross who headed home from a few yards out. We then showed too much of the ball to the visitors and some mistakes enabled them to get 2 goals back in a few minutes halfway through the half, this kicked us into action a little and a flicked on ball from Dean Ranger was latche don to by Dave Percival who beat the advancing keeper to settle the nerves a little. There should of been goals added by us but some easy misses and great defending kept the visitors in the game until halftime. The second half started with the next goal looking to be the decider and it was good work from Tom Rooney who found Jason Povey who fired in from the edge of the box to give us an improtant goal and two minutes later a mistake by their defence meant the ball fell to Dave Percival who turned and put it past the keeper to secure our lead. We should of scored a few more but their keeper made some very good saves and we ended up conceeding in the last few minutes. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Gavin Eyre for saying in his team talk 'there is alot of grass out there'.

Line up: Steve Sims (7) ---------- Jack Bristow (7), Nick Ross (7), Nathan Gant (7), Gavin Eyre (7) ------- Theo Sing (7) (Corey Overend (7)), Frankie Elliott (8), Dean Ranger (8), Tom Rooney (8) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Jason Povey (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 3 Semmington Magpies (HT 3 - 2) --------- Scorers: Theo Sing (14), Nick Ross (18), Dave Percival (28, 72), Jason Povey (70)

SUPERB PERFORMANCE TO BEAT SEMMINGTON IN WILTS JUNIOR CUP - 31/10/2015

Freshford hosted fellow league side Semmington Magpies for the 3rd year running in the Wiltshire Junior Cup and we got off to a great start with Steve Roddy finding Jason Povey to score after 5 minutes, then minutes later Theo Sing who was causing problems down the right wing found Dean Ranger to slide in and double our lead. Jason Povey then found space out wide and his pin point cross was met by Theo Sing attacking across the goal to catch the defence and keeper off guard, Nick Ross then intercepted a pass and picked out Dave Percival with a great run and through ball which he slotted passed the advancing keeper to put us 4 up in just 17 minutes. Theo Sing continued to cause trouble down the right and set up Jason Povey for his second of the game then it was Craig Brown advancing down th left wing who crossed to find Theo Sing in the right place again to get his second of the game as well. The second half started off sluggish but Jason Povey got things doing again when he found Frankie Eliott in the box to tap in to get on the score sheet then Jason Povey set up again but for Steve Roddy this time to get on the score sheet. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Theo Sing and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for various misses in the game.

Line up: Steve Sims (8) ---------- Craig Brown (8), Nick Ross (9), Nathan Gant (9) (Andrew Backman (8)), Jack Bristow (8) ------------------ Theo Sing (9), Frankie Elliott (8) (Corey Overend (8)), Dean Ranger (8), Dave Percival (8) (Rich Bliha (8))------------ Steve Roddy (8), Jason Povey (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 0 Semmington Magpies (HT 6 - 0) --------- Scorers: Jason Povey (5,28), Dean Ranger (8), Theo Sing (13,35), Dave Percival (17), Frankie Elliott (53), Steve Roddy (58)

GOOD PERFORMANCE GAVE US A WIN AGAINST HEYTESBURY IN A&B CUP - 24/10/2015

Freshford started their defence of the A & B Cup by hosting fellow League side Heyesbury Utd in the 2nd Round after receiving a bye in the first round and on a very wet and slippery day we got off to a great start when Dean Ranger won the ball back from their kick off and threaded a pass through to Jason Povey who drilled the ball home from just inside the box to give us the lead on 44 seconds. We continued from here to press the visitors and cause problems for them and Jason Povey then turned provider and set up Dave Percival to put the ball back across the goal in to the bottom corner to double the lead and Heytesbury tried to get back in the game but our defence stood strong and gave them very little room to play. Towards the end of the half Jason Povey was on hand again to set up Dean Ranger who slid in and scored with his body. The second half saw us start a bit slow and within ten minutes we were punished when the visitors got in to grab a goal shaking the game up a bit but ten minutes later a goal kick out the hands from Chris Birleson beat the defence and was latched on to by Dave Percival who controlled it and slotted it past the keeper to settle the nerves a bit and all but kill off the visitors. With the game seeming to be just played out Jack Bristow found Jason Povey who got his second of the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Frankie Elliott and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for shooting from 40 yards when he was clean through on goal and his fluffed shot not even making the goal.

Line up: Chris Birleson (8) ---------- Gavin Eyre (8), Nick Ross (8), Lee Morgan Geer (9), Jack Bristow (8) ------------------ Frankie Elliott (9), Nathan Gant (8) (Rich Bliha (8)), Dean Ranger (8) (Corey Overend (8))------------ Dave Percival (9), Theo Sing (8) (Steve Roddy (8)), Jason Povey (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 1 Heytesbury Utd (HT 3 - 0) ------------------- Scorers: Jason Povey (1,80), Dave Percival (15, 60), Dean Ranger (37)

TOUGH AWAY TIE IN THE KNOCKOUT CUP - 22/10/2015

Freshford have been given an away tie against high flying Westbury Town in the Second Round of the League Knockout Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 21st November 2015 at 2:00pm, they currently play in Division 2 of the Trowbridge & District League and are top of the table scoring lots of goals.

WIN AWAY AT WESTBURY UTD RESERVES IN A TERRIBLE GAME - 17/10/2015

Freshford travelled to Westbury Utd Reserves who are back in the league after a year out and on paper we were expected to win easily as they have a very new young side who are still finding their feet, however we seemed to think we just had to turn up and after a shakey start we began pressing their players and forced a mistake when their defender hit the ball back to the keeper who missed the ball and it rolled in to the open net. We were still giving them too much room and five minutes later we let in a sloppy goal but then worked hard again for a spell and Jason Povey set up Nick Ross with a header at the back post. Jason Povey was provider again when he set up Dave Percival to get on the score sheet, then a minute later Dave Percival was fouled in the box which the resulting penalty was put away by Gavin Eyre. The second half saw us go through the motions and not do much which meant the hosts clawed a goal back but we did just enough to maintain the lead and the three points. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nathan Gant and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Corey Overend for saying at halftime that they were the best team we have played this season.

Line up: Steve Sims (7) ---------- Gavin Eyre (7), Corey Overend (7), Craig Brown (7), Sam Phillips (7) (Jack Bristow (7)) ------------------ Frankie Elliott (7) (Rich Bliha (7)), Nathan Gant (8), Nick Ross (7) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Theo Sing (8), Jason Povey (7)

Final Score: Westbury Utd Reserves 2 - 4 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 4) ------------------- Scorers: OG (12), Nick Ross (19), Dave Percival (36), Gavin Eyre (37 Pen)

FRESHFORD GET A HOME TIE IN THE SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP - 13/10/2015

Freshford have been given a home tie to Hydez Futebol Clube in the Third round of the Somerset Junior Cup they currently play in the Bristol & Suburban League Division 2 they won the Bath & District Legua last year before it folded. The game will be played on Saturday 14th November 2015 at 1:45pm.

BACK ON TRACK IN SOMERSET CUP WIN AWAY - 10/10/2015

Freshford travelled to West & Middle Chinnock who play in the same league as our opponents in the last round of the cup and only 5 minutes up the road so it was another long trip for us in the 2nd Round of the Somerset County Junior Cup, Playing again on a pitch with a big slope advantage we played against it for the first half and created lots of chances but couldnt find the finishing touch or ball and the hosts did not use their advantage at all. The second half saw our hard work pay off when Dave Percival set up Steve Roddy to give us the lead then Craig Brown set up Dean Ranger to double our lead. Nathan Gant got his first for the season with an individual effort giving us a comfortable lead with ten minutes remaining but some changes made us switch off and we conceeded 2 goals in the last stage of the game and held on to our victory by the skin of our teeth with the woodwork saving us at times. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Gerrish and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Corey Overend for falling over taking a penalty in the warm up.

Line up: Steve Sims (8) ---------- Gavin Eyre (8), Nick Gerrish (9) (Corey Overend (7)), Craig Brown (8), Sam Elkins (8) (Jack Bristow (7)) ------------------ Dean Ranger (8), Nathan Gant (8), Nick Ross (8) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Marc Sheppard (8), Steve Roddy (8)

Final Score: West & middle Chinnock 2 - 3 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 0) -------------------- Scorers: Steve Roddy (50), Dean Ranger (58), Nathan Gant (78)

BAD DAY WITH NO KEEPER AGAINST ACES - 03/10/2015

Freshford travelled to Aces FC in the league and with no keeper we knew it could be a tough day but we still had a good team and with Marc Sheppard offering to play in goal for the day we should of played with confidence but didnt and ended up conceeding within ten minutes, Dave Percival found space and crossed the ball which was put in the net by the opposition for us to equalise. We then went on to let in 2 more goals before halftime and not be able to take our chances at the other end. The second half saw us get back in to the game with Craig Brown geting on the score sheet with an individual effort then Nathan Gant setting up Dave Percival to bring us back level with 15 minutes remaining, but we seemed to loose all steam and the hosts scored 3 times within 5 minutes. We than grabbed one goal back through Nick Ross but then conceeded 2 more in the last few minutes finishing the game wondering why we collapsed and regretting missed chances that could of changed the outcome of the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Marc Sheppard and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Marc Sheppard for falling over and letting the shot bounce over him on the floor for one of their goals.

Line up: Marc Sheppard (5) ---------- Gavin Eyre (5), Corey Overend (5), Craig Brown (5), Andrew Backman (5) ------------ Frankie Elliott (5), Nathan Gant (5), Nick Ross (5) ------------ Dave Percival (5), Theo Sing (5) (Anthony Ottaviano (5)), Dean Ranger (5)

Final Score: Aces FC 8 - 4 Freshford Utd (HT 3 - 1) -------------------- Scorers: OG (15), Craig Brown (55), Dave Percival (76), Nick Ross (85)

SLUGGISH GAME AGAINST WANRERERS BUT IN TO THE NEXT ROUND - 26/09/2015

Freshford hosted Division 2 side Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves in the first round of the Knockout Cup and got off to the best start possible when the ball was passed from kick off back to Gavin Eyre who knocked the ball down the line to Dave Percival who went past his man and then cut in past another defender and slotted the ball in at the near post on 22 seconds to give us the lead. The goal probably came too early as we sat back thinking it was going to be an easy day but we still had plenty to do and fortunately Dave Percival was still pestering their defence and a cross from him that was only half cleared fell to Frankie Elliott who tapped home to get his first goal for the club. The rest of the half saw us create half chances but not quite able to find a finishing pass or shot apart from when Jason Povey intercepted a pass on the halfway line and he beat one man then attacked the box but caught the keeper unaware when he hit it from 25 yards out and found the far bottom corner of the goal to give us a 3 goal lead at halftime. The second half saw us start slow and going theorugh the motions and keeping the visitors hopes alive by not defending too well and wasting chances to increase the lead, midway through the half Dave Percival was brought down on the edge of the box which Steve Roddy put the free kick up and over the wall in to the top corner to get on the score sheet. Dave Percival was then provider again when he beat his man and squared the ball to Nick Ross for a tap in and all but finish off the game with ten minutes left. We switched off for the last ten and let the visitors in and they got two consolation goals. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Sam Phillips and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Frankie Elliott for throwing up in an empty box on the back of the minibus at the last game.

Line up: Steve Sims (7) ---------- Gavin Eyre (7), Corey Overend (7), Dean Ranger (7), Sam Phillips (8) -------------- Farnkie Elliott (7) (Jack Bristow (7)), Nathan Gant (7), Nick Ross (7) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Jason Povey (7) (Marc Sheppard (7)), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 2 Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves (HT 3 - 0) -------------------- Scorers: Dave Percival (1), Frankie Elliott (12). Jason Povey (39), Steve Roddy (66), Nick Ross (78)

HOME TO HEYTESBURY IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE A & B CUP - 20/09/2015

Freshford have received a home tie to newly promoted Division 1 side Heytesbury in the Second round of the League A & B Cup which we are the current champions. The tie will take place on Staurday 24th October 2015 at 2:30pm.

BRADFORD UTD FOLDED SO NO GAME THIS WEEK - 19/09/2015

Bradford United have unfortunately folded and pulled out of the league so we will not have a fixture this weekend. It will be a great shame not to have them in the league as our games in the past have always been very entertaining and close.

FRESHFORD GET ANOTHER AWAY TIE IN THE SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP - 14/09/2015

Freshford have been given an away tie to West & Middle Chinnock in the second round of the Somerset Junior Cup, which is only 5 minutes away from where we travelled to this past weekend to play Combe St Nicholas. The game will take place on Saturday 10th October 2015 at 2:30pm, they currently play in the Premier Division of the Perry Street & District League, the same league as our last opponents but are towards the top of the table compared to Combe.

BYE IN THE WILTSHIRE JUNIOR CUP - 14/09/2015

Freshford have been given a bye in the first round of the Wiltshire Junior Cup. The next round will be played in November.

CRUISE PAST COMBE RESERVES IN SOMERSET CUP WITH 8 GOALS - 12/09/2015

Freshford travelled to just outside Chard to play Combe St Nicholas Reserves in the first round of the Somerset County Junior Cup and started the game with the advantage of the slope and got off to the best start possible with Dave Percival setting up Nick Ross to get the first of the game within minutes then Dave Percival continued his good start and forced a mistake from their defence and got himself on the score sheet. With our strikers causing trouble for the hosts it was Jason Povey who then set up Nick Ross for his second goal then minutes later Dave Percival was providing again this time for Jack Bristow to get his first goal for the club. A great ball through from Frankie Elliott found Dave Percival to make it 5 within the first half hour of the game but we were not done there Dean Ranger set up Charlie Coghlan for his first goal for the club then it was Frankie Elliot providing again to set up Dean Ranger for his first goal to all but kill off the game with a 7-0 advantage at halftime. The second half was alot slower pace as the game was pretty much over but Gavin Eyre set up Dave Percival to complete his hatrick before we conceeded a consolation goal towards the end. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Gavin Eyre for screaming like a girl in a challenge... again.

Line up: Steve Sims (8) ---------- Jack Bristow (8), Gavin Eyre (8), Neil Birleson (8) (Matt Lay (8)), Andrew Backman (8) -------- Farnkie Elliott (8), Dean Ranger (8), Nick Ross (8) ------------ Dave Percival (8) (Marc Sheppard (8)), Jason Povey (8), Charlie Coghlan (8) (Tom Ferris (8))

Final Score: Combe St Nicholas Res 1 - 8 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 7) -------------------- Scorers: Nick Ross (5,14), Jack Bristow (20) Dave Percival (9,27,72), Charlie Coghlan (36), Dean Ranger (41)

GOOD START TO THE SEASON WITH PLENTY OF GOALS BEATING HILPERTON - 05/09/2015

Freshford hosted Hilperton Utd in the first League game of the season and were unsure what to expect from the hosts as they are an unpredictable team but fortunately for us we faced them at a time without their normal keeper and with our attacking style we started creating chances from the start and were soon rewarded when Steve Roddy set up new signing Jason Povey for his first goal of the season. Steve Roddy was the provider again when he set up Nick Ross to double our lead midway through the half then a minute later a perfectly thread through ball from Frankie Elliott put Steve Roddy through to get on the score sheet. With the half drawing to an end Dave Percival's hard work and constant terrorising of their defence was rewarded when he set up Steve Roddy to give us a four goal advantage at halftime. The second half got off to a shakey start due to us thinking the game was done and sitting back too much which the visitors took advantage of and after ten minutes they had grabbed back two goals due to various errors from ourselves. Once the secomd goal was conceeded we seemed to wake up and went up the other end the next minute where Dave Percival beat his man to deliver for Steve Roddy to complete his Hatrick for the day, then Dave Percival beat his man yet again to set up Jason Povey for his second of the game. With the final whistle approaching Dave Percival found Jason Povey in the middle again who hit his shot straight at the keeper but it went through the keepers hands and legs for him to earn his hatrick on his first league game for the club. In the last minute of the game Dave Percival put his man under pressure and blocked the clearance winning the ball back and slotted it past the keeper at his near post to get on the score sheet. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Nick Ross for 2 awful first passes and a terrible shot in the second half.

Line up: Steve Sims (8) ---------- Gavin Eyre (8), Corey Overend (8), Craig Brown (8), Sam Elkins (8) -------- Farnkie Elliott (8), Nathan Gant (8), Nick Ross (8) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Jason Povey (8), Steve Roddy (8) (Charlie Coghlan(8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 2 Hilperton Utd (HT 4 - 0) ---------- Scorers: Jason Povey (13,71,87) Nick Ross (26), Steve Roddy (27,42,56) Dave Percival (90)

GREAT FINISH TO THE END OF PRE SEASON BEATING WHITE HORSE - 25/08/2015

Freshford hosted White Horse FC in the last pre season game of the summer and with new faces still coming in and finding our best formation and positions for players still to be decided we had to get it right in the last chance before the season. We got off to a good start up against a very strong White Horse with a big physical presence and created chances getting in behind their defence on various occassions but just needed to find the finishing touch or delivery. The deadlock was brocken when hard working Ashton Shanley pressed their fullback winning the ball from him and slotting it past the advancing keeper and we had the ball in the net minutes later when Sam Phillips cross was tapped in by Owen Evans but was ruled out for offside. White Horse had a few chances through the half but we defended well and some good saves from Steve Sims in the goal kept the score at 1-0. The second half saw the visitors have the better start and we were put under pressure but good defending and saves from us kept them at bay and midway through the half we found our rhythmn again and had plenty of oppurtunities but a few wayward shots and near misses meant the second half was goalless. A great performance from everyone should give us confidence to start the league campaign on the back of a well deserved win. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Jason Povey.

Line up: Steve Sims (8) ---------- Sam Phillips(8), Lee Wilson (8), Craig Brown (8), Gav Eyre (8) -------- Dean Ranger (8) (Corey Overend (8)), Nathan Gant (8), Nick Ross (8) ------------ Ashton Shanley (8), Jason Povey (8), Owen Evans (8) ( Ross Gabrieldes (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 0 White Horse FC (HT 1 - 0) ---------------------------- Scorers: Ashton Shanley (21)

GOOD FIRST HALF BAD SECOND HALF AGAINST WESTBURY TOWN - 18/08/2015

Freshford hosted Westbury Town in our 3rd pre season friendly and knew we would be up against it with the majority of our central midfielders and defenders unavailable but we still fielded a good side. We had the better start of the game containing their attacks and creating our own chances once we settled in to it and the visitors handed us an easy opener after about ten minutes when the back four were struggling with our strikers getting in behind them a confusion with defender and keeper saw them both colide and hit the floor leaving Steve Roddy with the ball at his feet on teh edge of the box with no one to challenge him so he easily tapped the ball in to an empty net. We switched off midway through the half and some laxy marking let Westbury in to equalise but we were continuing to cause trouble with their defence and a ball from Charlie Coghlan found Steve Roddy 25 yards out who struck a sweet shot finding the underside of the crossbar in the far cornerfor his second of the game, we couldnt hold our lead till halftime with more lazy marking letting them in to level the scores just before halftime. The second half saw us with 5 strikers on the pitch with a couple having to drop futher back we had to adjust our shape which worked well to start when a through ball out of the hands of keeper Ross Gabrieldes found Jason Povey who clinically found the bottom corner from just inside the box. We then started getting sloppy and gave the ball away too much in our half and Westbury got 3 quick goals 1 being a penalty and our heads dropped and positional sense lapsed which then saw us conceed another penalty and goal making their total 7 but with minutes to go a well delivered corner from Ashton Shanley found Jason Povey free to head home from a few yards. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Gus Wright.

Line up: Ross Gabrieldes (7) ------------- Sam Phillips(7), Mike Little (7), Craig Brown (7) (Jack Bristow (7)), Sam Elkins (7) ----------- Owen Evans (7) (Ashton Shanley (7)), Chris Henry (7), Gus Wright (7)( Marc Sheppard (7)), Charlie Coghlan (7) (Jason Povey (7)) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 7 Westbury Town (HT 2 - 2) ---------------------------- Scorers: Steve Roddy (11, 34), Jason Povey (49, 87)

AWAY TIE IN THE SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP - 18/08/2015

Freshford have been given an away tie to Combe St Nicholas Reserves in the first round of the Somerset Junior Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 12th September 2015 at 2:30pm, they currently play in the Premier Division of the Perry Street & District League.

CLOSE WIN AND GOOD PHYSICAL GAME AGAINST FROME TOWN SPORTS - 11/08/2015

Freshford hosted Somerset Premier League Frome Town Sports in our 2nd pre season friendly and knew we would have a tough and physical game ahead of us, with the normal scenario of pre season we had a few away but still fielded a strong team and also introduced some more new faces. The visitors had the better start whilst we were settling in to new positions and new faces but we defended well and found our rhythym and started creating chances with some good football. The visitors did get the ball in our net but it was ruled out for offside and the first half ended with both teams having a few chances but no one able to get a goal. The second half saw us dominate a bit more and the game turn very physical at stages but we matched our opponents for strength and midway through the half a good through ball from Dean Ranger found Steve Roddy who snuck in behind his man and calmly slotted the ball in to the far corner past the advancing keeper. The game continued to be fairly even with a few chances going begging for both teams but we defended well and secured our first win of pre season. Some great performances were put in by everyone all over the pitch and some of our new players proved they have what it takes to secure a place in the team. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Owen Evans.

Line up: Ross Gabrieldes (8) ------------- Harry Hamlin (8), Corey Overend (8), Lee Wilson (8), Sam Phillips (8) ----------- Frankie Eliott (8), Dean Ranger (8), Craig Brown (8), Charlie Coghlan (8) ------------ Gus Wright (8) (Mike Little (8)), Owen Evans (8), (Steve Roddy (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 0 Frome Town Sports (HT 0 - 0) ---------------------------- Scorers: Steve Roddy (64)

TOUGH START TO PRE SEASON - 04/08/2015

Freshford hosted Wiltshire Premier League side Trowbridge Wanderers for our first pre season friendly and with some new faces, people away and some playing in a different position we knew we would have our work cut out for us, it didnt help that our keepers were away and Manager Chris Birleson went in goal as cover and lasted 4 minutes before dislocating his finger making a save and had to go to hospital to get it fixed. Andrew Backman stepped in between the sticks and made a sterling effort for a non keeper but we found oursleves conceeding 5 times in the first half which a couple should of been ruled out for offside and Lee Wilson was sent off midway through half for a handball. The second half was better and we changed our formation which worked better and we grabbed a couple of goals back with Dave Percival setting up Steve Roddy and Matt Lay then setting up Steve Roddy for his second of the night. We then got another back when a Dave Percival shot was deflected in by a defender but soon after our fitness started to show and Trowbridge came back at us towards the end of the game and getting 4 more goals with a dubious penalty being in amongst them. It wasnt the best start to pre season but if some key players were not missing it would of been a different game, some good performances were displayed by some of our new signings for the season. The team did not vote for Man of the Match.

Line up: Chris Birleson (7) (Andrew Backman (7))------------- Sam Phillips (7), Nathan Gant (7) (Harry Hamlin (7)), Lee Wilson (7), Gavin Eyre (7) ----------- Marc Sheppard (7), Dean Ranger (7) (Matt Lay (7)), Craig Brown (7), Sam Elkins (7) (Dave Percival (7)) ------------ Gus Wright (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 9 Trowbridge Wanderers (HT 0 - 3) ---------------------------- Scorers: Steve Roddy (50,58), OG (67)

BYE IN THE FIRST ROUND OF RETAINING THE A & B CUP - 20/07/2015

Freshford have received a bye in the First round of the League A & B Cup which we are the current champions after a great extra time win against Holt FC (now Luxol St Andrews FC).

HOME TIE IN THE KNOCKOUT CUP - 20/07/2015

Freshford have been given an home tie against Trowbridge Wanderers in the First Round of the League Knockout Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 26th September 2015 at 2:30pm, they currently play in Division 2 of the Trowbridge & District League but have had a few new faces after a change around in their team and managers this year so we will be unsure of what to expect of them.

SIX-A-SIDE 6TH YEAR AND STILL GOING STRONG AND NATIONAL - 18/07/2015

Freshford hosted their 6th annual Six-A-Side tournament at Browns Park with 14 teams entering. It was another success with the weather being on our side again and the sun shining on and off all day. This year we tried to attract more people to bring their families along and had a bouncy castle for the children as well as our new facilities which have suitable facilities for women and children. We entered two teams with the A team being managed by Chris Birleson (Chris Birleson, Steve Fox, Marc Sheppard, Rich Bliha, Nick Ross, Lee Wilson and Dave Percival), they got off to a slow start but were looking very strong and progressed all teh way to the Final of the Cup Competition without conceeding a goal in the 6 games but unfortunately lost 1-0 to Staverton FC in the final. Our B team was managed by Harry Hamlin (Luke McFarlane, Tom Ferris, Matt Lay, Neil Birleson, Harry Hamlin, Steve Bryant and Chris Henry) who started slow as well but found their game and got through the group stages but unfortunatley they were knocked out by Staverton FC in the Semi Final of the Cup Competition. We also helped out a few other teams put in by previous players with Andrew Donald Bathampton FC borrowing Craig Guthrie and Jamie Birleson to help their team to reach the quarter final of the Cup competition and Mike Littles Aces FC borrowing Andrew Backman who were knocked out in the semi final of the Cup Competition by our A team. The final of the Cup Competition was between Freshford Utd A and Staverton FC who took the lead in the first half after some laxy defending by us and then they sat back on their lead to the final whistle. In the Shield Competition the Final was between Anson Security FC and AFC Bradley which was a close game but won by Anson Security FC.

The club managed to raise £403.88 once all bills were paid which is a good help to our fundraising pot to continue developing our facilities. 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 on the day who made this event another success for the club and a good day had by all. We will be looking to build on it again next and we hope to encourage more children and families along to the event with more entertainment for them other than just football. Plus we will hopefully hosting a kids tournament on the sunday with our new youth teams being more establishe this time next year.

NEW PLAYERS WELCOME TO FRESHFORD UTD F.C. - 15/07/2015

Freshford United F.C. is starting a new season and training will start on Thursday 2nd July 2015 from 7:00pm at Browns Park with Friendlies throughout August before the season starts on Saturday 5th September 2015. We are always open to new players and hope we can add to our league & cup winning squad from last year and hopefully win more competitions this season. If you are interested please call the Manager Chris Birleson on 07738 741477.

NEWS CLIPS 2014/2015

FRESHFORD FALTER AT THE FINAL OF THE WILTS CUP - 25/04/2015

Freshford travelled to Warminster Town’s Weymouth Street ground and a classic final was anticipated and the fans weren’t disappointed. Dave Percival had a glorious opportunity to but Freshford ahead on two minutes, but bearing down on goal he stumbled just as he was about to shoot. We found ourselves one-down on eight minutes, when our defence were caught napping as they failed to pick their man who was left unmarked at the far post to tap in a cross. A few minutes later Alderbury had a great chance to make it 2-0 but a header found the hands of keeper Adam Sheppard. At this stage of the game Alderbury were on top and we pushed on looking for an equaliser and they nearly got it on 20 minutes, Tom Rooney’s header fell to Ricky Trott who blasted over from 6 yards out. Midway through the half Freshford thought they had got back on level terms but Elliot Carris-Smith had a goal ruled out for offside. At the other end Alderbury had chances to double their lead but some misses and some good saves kept us in the game. As the game flowed from end-to-end we wasted a few chances but
we got ourselves back on parity in the 30th minute, a Jack Mitchell free kick was headed back across goal to Tom Rooney who found the net to square things up at one-apiece at halftime. Alderbury undoubtedly made the best start to the second half and they regained the lead on 48 minutes then a few minutes later they should of got another but were only denied by a great save from keeper Adam Sheppard. Action swithed to the other end and Alderbury keeper produced a brilliant one handed stop to deny Elliott Carris-Smith, who then headed on to the bar from the resulting corner. Alderbury went 3-1 on 62 minutes, not following up abd unable to keep out the rebound from a save to what seemed total control. But back came Freshford and two minutes later the deficit was reduced, Craig Brown from midfield picked out Tom Rooney who crossed for Carris-Smith to fire home from eight yards out. With us looking for an equaliser we threw bodies forward and on 87 minutes we were awarded a penalty for handball, Craig Brown usually Mr Reliable from the spot stepped up but his effort flew over the bar and from their let off Alderbury went straight up the other end and won a penalty of their own which they tucked away to kill off any hope we had of taking the game to extra time. Freshford may have been missing players like Steve Roddy, Gavin Eyre, Matt Lay and manager Chris Birleson who were away on stag do’s but they could have had no complaints at the final whistle as they had been beaten by the better team on the day. Special thanks to Tom Ferris, Gary Wilson and Adam Hyde who were on the bench for the game but didn't get a run out but played their part in helping the team offering constant support. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Gavin Eyre for not being there.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (8) ----- Jack Mitchell (8), Lee Wilson (8), Lee Morgan-Geer (8), Ricky Trott (8) ---------------- Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Craig Brown (8), Chris Foley (8) (Nathan Gant (8)) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Elliott Cariss-Smith (8)

Final Score: Alderbury FC 4 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 1) ------ Scorers: Tom Rooney (93), Elliott Cariss-Smith (104)

FRESHFORD BEAT HOLT TO WIN THE A & B CUP IN EXTRA TIME - 14/04/2015

Freshford travelled to Melksham Town ground to face Division 2 winners Holt in the League A & B Cup Final looking for the clubs first Cup win in this competition and to secure the double for the season. In front of a healthy crowd at the Conigre ground the opening 15 minutes were end to end with no real goal scoring opportunities for either team. Holt went close on 19 minutes with a free kick that sailed just over the bar and almost immediately at the other Steve Roddy broke clear but his first touch let him down and the ball was gathered by the Holt keeper. A few minutes later a Holt player was lucky to escape with just a yellow card following a lunging challenge on Chris Foley. On 25 minutes Holt somehow missed the target from three yards out when they headed over the bar and five minutes later were just inches away from getting on the end of a cross. Freshford went close on 33 minutes to breaking the deadlock, Steve Roddy finding Dave Percival who chipped his effort wide of the target. Freshford were forced into a change at the break, a shoulder injury to keeper Adam Sheppard saw him replaced between the sticks by Chris Foley and it was the first division champions who were quickest out of the blocks in the second half and Holt’s keeper had to be alert to turn a Gavin Eyre free kick out for a corner on 50 minutes. 10 minutes later he would have stood no chance when Steve Roddy struck a glorious shot on the turn but luckily for Holt his effort dropped just wide of the target.With 15 minutes remaining we presented Holt with a golden opportunity to give them the lead, a player left unmarked and with time to compose himself he like his teammates before failed to find the net when it looked certain that he would score. With the game heading for extra time Holt should really of broke the deadlock in the 87th minute after appearing to control the ball with a hand their player chipped the ball over the advancing Foley only to watch as the effort drop inches wide of the goal and with that chance went Holt’s hopes of winning the cup in 90 minutes as referee Sam Gooding brought an end to proceedings shortly after. After having enough chances to have won the game a couple of times over in normal time, Holt then paid the price for not taking them. Three minutes into extra time Ricky Trott headed in a Gavin Eyre free kick to put Freshford one-up. Trott then had his keeper to thank as a couple of minutes later Chris Foley turned his goal bound header over the bar. Freshford doubled their lead in the 104th minute, a great ball from Dave Percival found Steve Roddy who produced a clinical finish to almost settle the game. The second half saw Freshford look to add a third and only a brilliant save from the Holt keeper denied Dave Percival a goal. Holt did manage to get the ball in the net late on but the effort was ruled out so any hope they had of salvaging anything from the game ended before it started. Holt can be proud of their performance over the 120 minutes and they will thinking what could have been had the scored just one of their many chance in normal time. Freshford were relieved at the final whistle as we knew we had been in a game that Holt could so easily have won but constant hard work and determination from the whole team earned them their victory and should be very proud of it against a very young side with various ringers who were brought in for the final. Special thanks to Marc Sheppard, Matt Lay and Lee Morgan-Geer who were on the bench for the night but didnt get a run out but played their part in helping the team to win offering constant support. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Elliott Cariss-Smith and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for taking his shirt off when celebrating his goal.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (10) (Elliott Cariss-Smith (10))----- Jack Mitchell (10), Lee Wilson (10), Ricky Trott (10), Gavin Eyre (10) ---------------- Tom Rooney (10), Nick Ross (10), Craig Brown (10) (Nathan Gant (10)), Chris Foley (10) ------------ Dave Percival (10), Steve Roddy (10)

Final Score: Holt 0 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 0 FT 0 - 0) ------ Scorers: Ricky Trott (93), Steve Roddy (104)

FRESHFORD COMPLETE SEASON UNDEFEATED IN THE LEAGUE - 11/04/2015

Freshford hosted North Bradley in the last league game of the season where a win would secure the visitors second place and with nothing to play for with the league already won it was difficult for us to get going and we were caught on the back foot from the start then within 15 minutes Bradley took the lead which encouraged us to up our game and ten minutes later a shot going in the top corner was blocked by a defender who raised his arm and we were awarded a penalty but no caution as shown to the defender, Craig Brown stepped up and calmly slotted home his penalty to get us back in the game. We continued to press and create chances and then with the first half drawing to an end Tom Rooney beat his man and found Elliott Cariss-Smith at the back post to give us the lead at halftime. The second half saw both teams start slow but it was the hosts who took the advantage when Nathan Gant was deemed to foul his man in our box which they scored the resulting penalty, minutes later they took the lead again catching us out on the break. This raised us again and we came close with many chances but then a Gavin Eyre delivered free kick was met by Tom Rooney who hooked the ball in to the top corner leaving the keeper stranded. Both teams had chances to steal the victory but the game finished a draw and Freshford happy with a season undefeated in the League and back to back titles. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Gavin Eyre for screaming like a girl in a challenge.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (8) ----- Jack Mitchell (8)(Adam Hyde (8)), Lee Wilson (8)(Mark Birleson (8)), Nathan Gant (8), Gavin Eyre (8)(Andrew Backman (8)), ---------------- Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Craig Brown (8), Chris Foley (8) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Elliott Cariss-Smith (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 3 North Bradley (HT 2 - 1) ------ Scorers: Craig Brown (26 Pen), Elliott Cariss-Smith (43), Tom Rooney (67)

FRESHFORD COMPLETE DOUBLE OVER HILPERTON - 04/04/2015

Freshford hosted Hilperton after beating them last week at their ground and with bothe teams missing players the game started fairly even with both teams creating chances but we took the advantage when a long throw was headed down by Nick Ross to Tom Rooney who hit it threw the crowd to find the net, our lead was doubled on teh half hour mark when Marc Sheppard followed up a half cleared free kick on the edge of the box which he smashed in to the goal leaving the keeper stranded. The second half saw us start slow but after 15 minutes we found our next gear and Matt Lay in a more forward role found Marc Sheppard to get another at the back post this time, Matt Lay was the creator again 5 minutes later when he found Dave Percival who rounded the keeper to tap home and get on the score sheet for our 4th. Minutes later Dave Percival then turned provider chipping the ball to the back post where Marc Sheppard beat his man to the ball heading in at the back post to get his hatrick, minutes later Lee Wilson broke in front of his man to steal the ball then threaded a perfect ball through their defence which was met by Marc Sheppard as he rounded the keeper and tapped it in. On a bit of a goal rush Hilperton seemed helpless in our attacks and a corner delivered by Gavin Eyre found Tom Rooney out jumping his man to head in at the back post and the same pair linked up again 4 minutes later to get our 8th of the game and 5th within 13 minutes leaving the visitors wondering what had just happened. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Marc Sheppard and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Gavin Eyre for bringing cheap imitation Jaff Cakes.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (8) --------- Tom Rooney (9), Lee Wilson (8), Nathan Gant (9), Gavin Eyre (8), ---------------- Marc Sheppard (9), Nick Ross (8), Craig Brown (8) (Andrew Backman (8)), Matt Lay (8), Chris Foley (8) ------------ Dave Percival (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 0 Hilperton Utd (HT 2 - 0) ------ Scorers: Tom Rooney (16, 77, 81), Marc Sheppard (30, 62, 71, 74), Dave Percival (68)

 

FRESHFORD BEAT HILPERTON TO BE CROWNED CHAMPIONS - 28/03/2015

Freshford travelled to Hilperton on a very windy day and we needed a win to confirm back to back league titles, we started the game a bit nervously being against the wind and after ten minutes and some slack marking the hosts took the lead but this spurred us on and good link up from Tom Rooney and Dave Percival set up Craig Brown to equalise a minute later. Craig Brown turned provider ten minutes on setting up Nick Ross to give us the lead but with the wind playing a part we conceeded again ten minutes later to a free kick which was headed in by Nick Ross by accident. This only spurred us on again and we started playing better football and the pressure mounted for Hilperton and on the 35th minute Ricky Trott broke down the left to whip the ball across the goal and a defender tried clearing it but lashed it in to his own net, Craig Brown set up Nick Ross for his second of the game. Then Dave Percival found Gavin Eyre on the edge of the box who clipped the ball in to the net wrong footing the keeper and then in the last seconds of the half Gavin Eyre made a perfect little flick to put through Tom Rooney who slotted past the keeper to all but kill any upset hopes the hosts may of had. The second half saw us continue to press and were rewarded for our efforts when Craig Brown crossed the ball only for it to be put in his own net by the same defender in the first half. The game slowed and a few chances came along but the only ones to take their chance was Hilperton with a goal in the last few minutes. The whistle blew and we confirmed our Division 1 title again with two games left to play. Thanks to Marc Sheppard for helping the team out and playing in goal whilst his brother was still on holiday and Foley was suspended. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Craig Brown and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Gavin Eyre for screaming like a girl and falling over trying to avoid a stinging nettle.

Line up: Marc Sheppard (8) --------- Jack Mitchell (8), Lee Wilson (8), Lee Morgan-Geer (8), Ricky Trott (8), ---------------- Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Nathan Gant (8) (Elliott Cariss-Smith (8)), Gavin Eyre (8) (Gary Wilson (8)) ------------ Dave Percival (8) (Matt Lay (8)), Craig Brown (9)

Final Score: Hilperton Utd 3 - 7 Freshford Utd (HT 2 - 6) ------ Scorers: Craig Brown (11), Nick Ross (23, 39), Gavin Eyre (43), Tom Rooney (45), OG (35, 52)

ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT FUNDRAISER - 21/03/2015

Freshford held their annual Quiz Night at the Bustard Club and 5 teams entered with 24 people spread between the teams and a good quiz was put on by Andrew Backman & Chris Birleson also with a few extra cash games of Heads or Tails and Deal or no Deal as well as the normal Raffle. We raised another £194.85 for the club after costs and special thanks to those who attended, Andrew & Chris and to the Bustard Club for letting us hold the event again.

FRESHFORD BATTLE THROUGH TO BEAT BRADFORD - 21/03/2015

Freshford travelled to Bradford Utd looking to avenge their dropped points earlier in the season when they were held to a thrilling 5-5 draw at home, the game could not have got off to the worst start when both teams were suprised when Bradford were awarded a penalty after 2 minutes which they scored from, although rattled by the bad start we soon buckled down and started to get in to the game putting pressure on the hosts defence and finding their keeper in fine form but a corner delivered by Steve Roddy found Nick Ross who managed to find some space with his forst touch then shoot through the crowd with his second touch to level the scores. We continued to take control of the game but looked vulnerable on the break but it was a break from us that saw Tom Rooney breaking free and finding Dave Percival who flicked the ball past his man to Steve Roddy who went through to beat the advancing keeper and give us the lead, unfortunately it was short lived as minutes later Bradford equalised on the break. The second half carried on with both sides creating chances and we seemed to have the better share but the hosts keeper was keeping them in the game and the pressure was mounting with both teams eager to get the next goal which we were given the oppurtunity with a penalty which took along time to be taken due to compliants from Bradford then Steve Roddys penalty was saved by the keeper who came off his line a few yards before it was hit but it was somehow not asked to be retaken. A few minutes later a corner from Marc Sheppard was headed in by Craig Brown and despite claims of it not crossing the line before it was cleared the referee deemed it was a goal for us to take the lead, the game was frantic until the last whistle but we were able to keep our lead and put us one win away from confirming the League title for teh second year running. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Craig Brown and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for missing his penalty and then skying the rebound over the bar.

Line up: Chris Foley (7) --------- Jack Mitchell (7), Lee Wilson (7), Lee Morgan-Geer (7), Ricky Trott (7), ---------------- Tom Rooney (7), Nick Ross (7), Craig Brown (8), Marc Sheppard (7) (Nathan Gant (7)) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Bradford Utd 2 - 3 Freshford Utd (HT 2 - 2) --------- Scorers: Nick Ross (13), Steve Roddy (30), Craig Brown (76)

A & B CUP FINAL DATE SET - 16/03/2015

Freshford will be playing Division 2 leaders Holt FC in the Final of the A & B Cup, the game will take place at Melksham Towns Ground, The Conigere, Melksham on Tuesday 14th April 2015 at 7:30pm. Please come and support us in our Cup Final.

FRESHFORD EXIT KO CUP IN SEMI FINAL - 14/03/2015

Freshford travelled to Potterne in the Semi Final of the KO Cup and knew they would have a tough game ahead of them against the Division 3 winners after a good battle we had earlier in the season, we got off to a great start putting them on the backfoot and causing their right back lots of trouble when good link up work with Gavin Eyre and Ricky Trott found Steve Roddy who then threaded the ball through to Ricky Trott who stormed in on goal and smashed the ball in the top near corner to give us the lead on 4 minutes. We continued to create good chances but couldnt quite find the next goal and the hosts started to get in to the game but also began to disrupt the game with abuse and late challenges. The second half saw the hosts continue to get back in the game but on the break Steve Roddy found the right pass again to set up Tom Rooney who lashed the ball in to the net to double the lead, we then lost both our centre backs due to injury which meant we had to do a major re-shuffle but we seemed to switch off a bit form here. Potterne were awarded a soft penalty when Tom Rooney was seen to bring down his marker which the hosts scored the resulting penalty which imspired them then they equalised with ten minutes to go and took the lead with 5 minutes to go despite some good saves from Chris Foley who was then unfortunately sent off for bringing down a defender in a one on one challenge. We had a few glimmers of getting a goal back but unfortunately nothing could find the net. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Elliott Cariss-Smith and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Foley for saying the keepers top was not in the bag and then finding it in the bottom.

Line up: Chris Foley (7) --------- Jack Mitchell (7), Lee Wilson (7) (Matt Lay (7)), Lee Morgan-Geer (7) (Marc Sheppard (7)), Ricky Trott (7), ---------------- Tom Rooney (7), Nick Ross (7), Elliott Cariss-Smith (7), Gavin Eyre (7) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Potterne FC 3 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 1) --------- Scorers: Ricky Trott (4), Tom Rooney (50)

WILTSHIRE JUNIOR COUNTY CUP FINAL DATE SET - 12/03/2015

Freshford will be playing Salisbury & District League Division 1 leaders Alderbury FC in the Final of the Wiltshire Junior County Cup, the game will take place at Warminster Towns Ground, Weymouth Street, Warminster BA12 9NS on Saturday 25th April 2015 at 2:00pm. Please come and support us in our first ever Wiltshire Junior County Cup Final.

FRESHFORD COMPLETE DOUBLE OVER SEMMINGTON MAGPIES - 07/03/2015

Freshford travelled to Semmington looking to secure the double over them and found the hosts start very weak at the back compared to two weeks ago where they made it very difficult for us to find a goal, 2 minutes in a half clearance from a defender came to Craig Brown on the edge of the box who lashed the ball in to the far corner to give us the lead. We continued to cause trouble to their defence despite playing against the wind and Steve Roddy found a gap and slotted through Dave Percival who rounded the keeper to double our lead, it was Steve Roddy again the provider who flicked a header on to Dave Percival who rounded the keeper to finish in the empty net. The second half saw both teams start with very sluggish, probably due to the hosts wanting their full 15 minute break but it didn't help them much when Tom Rooney passed to Dave Percival who rounded his marker and rocketed the ball from the edge of the box in to the net to complete his hatrick in style. Nick Ross then found the perfect through ball to Steve Roddy who drilled the ball home to get on the score sheet, Tom Rooney then was provider for Steve Roddy to get his second of the game. We should of scored more but found it difficult to drive on and ended up with some slack marking and conceeding a goal in the last ten minutes. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Lee Wilson for trying to open the bonnet instead of the boot of the car.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (8) --------- Jack Mitchell (8), Lee Wilson (8) (Adam Hyde (8)), Ricky Trott (8), Gavin Eyre (8)-------- Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Craig Brown (8) (Elliott Cariss-Smith (8)), Chris Foley (8) (Marc Sheppard (8)) ------------ Dave Percival (8), Steve Roddy (8)

Final Score: Semmington Magpies 1 - 6 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 3) --------- Scorers: Craig Brown (2), Dave Percival (8,27,56), Steve Roddy (64,80)

FRESHFORD THRASH BREWERY BOYS TO REACH FINAL OF A & B CUP - 28/02/2015

Freshford travelled to near neighbours FC Box Steam Brewery who play at Westwood and are flying high in Diviion 3 with some impressive results through the season so we were expecting a very tough game but it never seemed to appear, within 2 minutes Chris Foley delivered a cross from the left which Steve Roddy converted in to the bottom corner to give us the lead. With everyone playing well the hosts couldnt seem to catch a break being given no time on the ball and Dave Percival was causing chaos with his mazey runs keeping hold off the ball and he found Steve Roddy on hand to get our second of the game. Tom Rooney was also creating pressure on the right and with the half nearing an end he found Steve Roddy who was taking his chances and struck home just inside the box for his hatrick, minutes later Dave Percival was provider again but for Tom Rooney this time at the back post. The second half started off much as the first ended and with 3 minutes gone good work from Steve Roddy found Dave Percival free to get on the score sheet and all but kill of any hopes of the hosts getting back into the game. A few minutes later Ricky Trott broke down the left to set up Dave Percival for his second of the game, then the game went quite for 20 minutes with the hosts all but giving up and us relaxing a little on our lead. Dave Percival was then brought down in the box to gain us a penalty which Steve Roddy slotted home, then a free kick conceeded on the edge of our box resulted in the hosts grabbing a consolation goal with a good strike. We still had more to give though and good interplay form Matt Lay found Steve Roddy to grab his 5th and our 8th of the game with minutes to go. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Lee Wilson for a nice driving run from the halfway line which ended up with a wild shot from the edge of the box.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (9) ------------ Jack Mitchell (9), Lee Morgan-Geer (10), Lee Wilson (9), Ricky Trott (9) -------- Tom Rooney (9) (Marc Sheppard (9)), Nick Ross (10), Craig Brown (10) (Matt Lay (9)), Chris Foley (9) (Nathan Gant (9)) ------------ Dave Percival (10), Steve Roddy (10)

Final Score: FC Box Steam Brewery 1 - 8 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 4) --------- Scorers: Steve Roddy (2,19,40,77(Pen),89)Tom Rooney (43), Dave Percival (48,55)

FRESHFORD BEAT STUBBORN SEMMINGTON MAGPIES - 21/02/2015

Freshford hosted Semmington Magpies in the League in what we knew would be a close game as it always is and although the visitors were not creating much pressure on our defence they were holding firm at the back with a stand in keeper making plenty of good saves for them and us not taking our chances it was starting to look like one of those days where we wouldnt find the net. With the half nearing an end it was another goal mouth scramble which had a few blocks in it from Semmington defenders and then a keepers save fortunately fell to Tom Rooney who tapped it home from a few yards to break the deadlock. We started the second half still eager to increase our lead and a well delivered corner from Gavin Eyre found Nick Ross free to head home a few minutes in to the half, the next minute another pin point corner from Gavin Eyre found Tom Rooney this time at the back post to head it in. Three minutes later a goal kick was flicked on by Steve Roddy to Tom Rooney who struck the ball first time from the edge of the box which sailed over the keeper and in to the net to give him his hatrick for the day. The game sort of settled out from here and both teams were not putting too much pressure on but another corner from Gavin Eyre towards the end of the game found Craig Brown on hand to head in another goal for us. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Tom Rooney and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Lee Wilson for falling over the ball in our own box then diving when trying to recover the ball.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (7) ------------ Jack Mitchell (7), Lee Morgan-Geer (8), Lee Wilson (7), Gavin Eyre (7) -------------- Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (7), Craig Brown (7), Chris Foley (7) (Andrew Backman (7)) ------------ Dave Percival (7) (Matt Lay (7)), Steve Roddy (7) (Tom Ferris (7))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 0 Semmington Magpies (HT 1 - 0) --------------- Scorers: Tom Rooney (35, 52, 55), Nick Ross (51), Craig Brown (83)

GAME ABANDONED AFTER INJURY TO WALEED BAKALI - 14/02/2015

Freshford hosted Hilperton Utd in the league in what was the start of some crucial games to pick up points in our league titlle race, we didnt seem to be as up for it after our great performance last week and were caught out with slack marking and defending midway through the half when the visitors took the lead. We started to create a few chances but were still shakey when not on the ball. On the 43rd minute Waleed Bakali went up for a header in the middle of the pitch and was nudged whilst in mid air which affected his body shape for landing and whilst still watching the ball he landed awkwardly on his right leg and immediately everyone knew it was a broken leg. The ambulance was called but took an hour to arrive and by this time the ref had waited as long as he could and the game was abandoned which was the right decision. Unfortunately Waleed found out later that he had a nasty break where he had broken both Tibia and Fibia as well as damage some ligaments which resulted in him having to have an operation to put a screw in to help hold the bone in place. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him cheering us on for the rest of this season and playing again next season. There was no vote for Man of the Match or the 'Jaffa'.

Line up: Chris Foley ------------ Jack Mitchell, Ricky Trott, Lee Wilson, Gavin Eyre -------------- Tom Rooney, Nick Ross, Waleed Bakali, Marc Sheppard ------------ Dave Percival, Steve Roddy

FRESHFORD BEAT SWINDON'S AVTAR IN WILTS JUNIOR CUP SEMI FINAL - 07/02/2015

Freshford hosted high flying undefeated Avtar Construction FC from the Swindon & District League in a tense well played game, the visitors got off to the better start having more of the pressure in the first 20 minutes but we were working hard and soon started creating chances and putting the pressure on Avtar and good work from Tom Rooney found Craig Brown on hand to get his first goal for the club. Both sides were looking dangerous on the break but no one could find the next goal with some good defending from both sides. The second half carried on much the same and then on the hour mark we were awarded a very soft penalty when Tom Rooney was challenged in the box but unfortunately Dave Percival missed the target with his Penalty. This spurred the visitors on and made them think this was their game to take so we had to defend well for ten minutes until a free kick was delivered by Gavin Eyre in to their box and cleared which Gavin ran on to and struck it first time 35 yards out and it sailed sweetly in to the top right hand corner giving their keeper no chance. The game was not done yet and a great team performance saw us defend and out match Avtar until the end and with minutes left we sealed the game when Elliott Cariis-Smith set up Craig Brown for his second of the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Elliott Cariss-Smith and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Gavin Eyre for hitting the ball out of play first time when under no pressure from any opposition player.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (10) ------------ Jack Mitchell (10), Ricky Trott (10), Lee Wilson (10), Gavin Eyre (10) -------------- Tom Rooney (10), Nick Ross (10), Elliott Cariss-Smith (10), Chris Foley (10) ------------ Dave Percival (10), Craig Brown (10)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 0 Avtar Construction FC (HT 1 - 0) --------------- Scorers: Craig Brown (28,88), Gavin Eyre (71)

FRESHFORD GET AN AWAY TIE IN KNOCKOUT CUP SEMI FINAL - 01/02/2015

Freshford have been given an away tie against high flying Third Division side Potterne FC in the Semi Final of the League Knockout Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 14th March 2015 at 2:30pm.

FRESHFORD SCRAPE THROUGH TO SEMI FINAL PAST HILPERTON - 31/01/2015

Freshford hosted fellow Division 1 side Hilpeton Utd in what was our first game in the Knockout Cup due to a bye and Trowbridge Town giving us a walkover in the previous round. We got the game off to a good start on what was another boggy pitch when a goal kick from Adam Sheppard went all the way through to Dave Percival who latched on to it behind the defence and slotted past the keeper to give us the lead on 3 minutes, Dave percival then doubled our lead on 18 minutes with a good individual effort, we should of added more goals to the score before halftime but the finishing was not quite up to scratch. The second half started off much as the first ended with us creating lots of chances and were awarded a penalty when Tom Rooney was shoved in the back in the box and Dave Percival stepped up to score and complete his Hatrick. The game should of been out of sight but we sat back and let the visitors grab a goal back and then responded well within minutes when Martin Johnson set up Tom Rooney for a goal. We switched off again and some slack defending let Hilperton in twice again setting up a nervy last 5 minutes but we held on to progress to the Semi Final. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Dave Percival for hitting the post form a few yards out rather than taking an easy tap in.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (7) ------------ Tom Rooney (7), Jack Mitchell (7), Ricky Trott (7), Gary Wilson (7) (Gavin Eyre (7))---------------- Marc Sheppard (7), Nick Ross (8), Waleed Bakali (8), Chris Foley (7) (Jamie Hancock (7))------------ Dave Percival (8), Craig Brown (7)(Martin Johnson (7))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 3 Hilperton Utd (HT 2 - 0) --------------- Scorers: Dave Percival (3,18,51(Pen)), Tom Rooney (67)

FRESHFORD BATTLE HARD TO WIN AGAINST WARMINSTER TOWN RESERVES - 24/01/2015

Freshford travelled to Warminster Town Reserves with a few injuries and players missing on a boggy pitch and a young hard working Warminster side who caused us problems from the start and let us know we were not in for an easy ride and they were rewarded for their efforts when they took the lead on 28 minutes on the break with slack marking from us. The next minute we pressed their box and a ball from Nick Ross found Marc Sheppard on hand to get his first goal for the club, beating the advancing keeper but we were pegged back again minutes later when they took the lead again, fortunately we were in a resilliant mood and Dave Percival broke down the left and crossed to what seemed to be behind Waleed Bakali but he managed to trail a leg and divert the ball in to the corner of the net to draw us level again. With the first half drawing to a close a well delivered corner from Steve Roddy found Nick Ross at the back post to head us in front. The second half started with us causing pressure on the hosts again and Nick Ross picked up the ball on the left just outside their box to round a couple of players to be more central and catching the keeper off guard with a shot from the edge of the box to double the lead. More good work from Dave Percival this time down the right found his strike partner Steve Roddy at the back post with an easy tap in to see off the game, both teams seemed to relax after this goal and the game was played out with a slower pace. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Jack Mitchell and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for being set up when all he had to do was head it at the goal he headed it back to the wing where the cross came from.

Line up: Chris Foley (7) ------------ Jack Mitchell (8), Lee Wilson (7)( Matt Lay (7)), Ricky Trott (7), Gary Wilson (8)---------------- Tom Rooney (7), Nick Ross (7), Waleed Bakali (7), Marc Sheppard (8) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Steve Roddy (7)( Andrew Backman (7))

Final Score: Warminster Town Reserves 2 - 5 Freshford Utd (HT 2 - 3) --------------- Scorers: Marc Sheppard (29), Waleed Bakali (37), Nick Ross (42,51), Steve Roddy (55)

FRESHFORD GET A HOME TIE IN WILTS JUNIOR CUP SEMI FINAL - 24/01/2015

Freshford have been given a home tie against Avtar Construction FC who play in the Swindon & District Premier League in the Semi Final of the Wiltshire Junior Cup. The game will take place on Saturday 7th February 2015 at 1:45pm.

FRESHFORD COMPLETE THE DOUBLE OVER TROWBRIDGE TOWN RESERVES - 17/01/2015

Freshford hosted Trowbridge Town Reserves in the league and what on paper was a certain win started off very much different with the visitors having the majority of the chances in the first twenty minutes and some close calls soon woke us up and started playing better when midway through the half Waleed Bakali threaded through Steve Roddy who rifled his early shot past the keeper to give us the lead. With pressure on the visitors being increased and chances going astray it was Tom Rooney who stole the ball and beat the unexpecting keeper to double the lead, minutes later a Gavin Eyre corner found Ricky Trott to head home before Steve Roddy added a second on the stroke of halftime. The chances carried on in the second half for us when Dave Percival set up Steve Roddy to complete his hatrick and then Waleed Bakali was the provider again for Dave Percival to get on the score sheet after a good string of passes were put together. The game was wrapped up when Dave Percival stole the ball on the halfway line and passed a few players before slotting it past the keeper to get his second. It could have been more when Steve Roddy came very close when a cross from his strike partner beat all the defenders and with a big stretch and slide at the back post he was unfortunate to not get a toe on it by a few inches but then clattered in to the post. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for saying it was his abs that dented the goal post.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (7) ------------ Adam Hyde (7) (Marc Sheppard (7)), Lee Wilson (7), Ricky Trott (7), Gavin Eyre (7) (Jamie Hancock (7))---------------- Tom Rooney (7), Nick Ross (7), Waleed Bakali (7), Elliott Cariss-Smith (7) ------------ Dave Percival (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 7 - 0 Trowbridge Town Reserves (HT 4 - 0) ----------------- Scorers: Steve Roddy (24,45,48), Tom Rooney (37), Ricky Trott (42), Dave Percival (55,79)

FRESHFORD GET AN AWAY TIE IN A & B CUP SEMI FINAL - 13/01/2015

Freshford have been given an away tie against high flying Third Division side FC Box Steam Brewery in the Semi Final of the League A & B Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 28th February 2015 at 2:00pm.

FRESHFORD EXIT SOMERSET CUP AT HANDS OF AFC BRISLINTON - 10/01/2015

Freshford travelled away in the Quarter Final of the Somerset Junior Cup to undefeated AFC Brislington who play in the Bath & District League, on a very wide and windy pitch we were against the wind the first half and did not start the best but were still creating chances and from an early stage found the hosts keeper in fine form denying a few clear cut chances with some spectacular saves. Half an hour in to the game we were caught out on the break and they took the lead and carried on defending right to the last with more saves and a goal line clearance. The second half saw us pushing to get the equaliser and take the game to the hosts but we were caught on the break again and stopping to appeal for offside whilst they played the whistle, we kept pushing and again found their keeper and defence always in the right place at the right time for them and a couple of goal line clearances kept them ahead. We did get a goal midway through the half when Nick Ross tapped home a half saved shot but we could not find an equaliser past a hard working Brislington side and us not having any rub of the green on the day. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Nick Ross for losing his car keys then finding them in his back pocket.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (6) ------------ Adam Hyde (7), Lee Holborn (6) (Lee Wilson (6)), Ricky Trott (6), Gavin Eyre (6) (Jamie Hancock (6))---------------- Tom Rooney (6), Nick Ross (7), Jack Mitchell (6) (Elliott Cariss-Smith (6)), Waleed Bakali (6)------------ Dave Percival (7), Steve Roddy (6)

Final Score: AFC Brislington 2 - 1 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 0) ------------------- Scorers: Nick Ross (71)

FRESHFORD DROP POINTS AT HOME TO BRADFORD - 03/01/2015

Freshford hosted Bradford United in the League on a wet and rainy day we knew we would be given a tough match and the game started at a frantic pace with both teams eager to get the first goal and 12 minutes in we took the lead when Tom Rooney set up Dave Percival and we should have increased our lead with various chances going astray but it was the visitors who got the next goal with slack marking from ourselves midway through the half. We still seemed to have the better of the chances and managed to take the lead again when a pass back by Dave Percival from a corner to Gavin Eyre who attacked the box and shot through the crowd to regain the lead. The second half saw us start well again and 7 minutes in a corner from Gavin Eyre found Ricky Trott at the back post to head home, we should of carried on and secured our lead but we sat back and let them back in to the game conceeding within minutes but then minutes later after conceeding Gavin Eyre set up Dave Paercival to give us a two goal cushion back. We still didn't learn from our mistakes and sat back again and gave them too much room and they got two goals back to draw level, with ten minutes to go a flick from Steve Roddy found Waleed Bakali who slotted past the keeper to restore our lead but frustratingly we still couldnt close up the game and let them through minutes later to equalise. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Ricky Trott and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Gavin Eyre for a double touch whilst attacking their box, calling Ricky "Rocky" and calling "Safe" for their first goal.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (7) ------------ Adam Hyde (6), Lee Holborn (6) (Dan Fowler (6)), Ricky Trott (7), Gavin Eyre (6) -------------- Tom Rooney (6), Nick Ross (6), Jack Mitchell (6), Chris Foley (6)(Waleed Bakali (6))------------ Dave Percival (7), Steve Roddy (6)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 5 Bradford Utd (HT 2 - 1) ------------------- Scorers: Dave Percival (12,57), Gavin Eyre (37), Ricky Trott (52), Waleed Bakali (82)

FRESHFORD THRASH CASTLE COMBE IN THE LEAGUE - 20/12/2014

Freshford hosted Castle Combe in the league and were looking to complete the double over them for the season and the currently 2nd placed team were expected to put up a good battle but never really caused any problems and we took a while to find our finishing form with various chances going astray but then on 26 minutes Dave Percival was brought down in the box to win us a penalty which Steve Roddy stepped up to finish and give us the lead. A minute later a through ball from Gavin Eyre found Dave Percival who slotted it past the keeper then a minute later again Gavin Eyre delivered a corner for Nick Ross who headed in from 5 yards out. With the visitors still in shock from 3 goals in 3 minutes Dave Percival threaded a pass through to Tom Rooney who smashed the ball in at the near post then with a few minutes remaining in the half an individual effort from Dave Percival pretty much closed off the game to put us 5 up at halftime. The second half carried on much the same when 2 minutes in to the half Tom Rooney found Steve Roddy unmarked to get his second of the game, Chris Foley then set up Elliott Cariss-Smith to get on the score sheet. Matt Lay unselfishly set up Dave Percival to complete his hatrick. The hard working Jack Mitchell found a perfectly weighted pass to Dan Fowler then the goal which took us in to double figures came when Tom Rooney set up Dan Fowler to finish a brilliant team goal with plenty of passing and moving from within our half. The game was finished with Dan Fowler setting up Tom Rooney to get his second of the game on what was a very good day and game for all players on the pitch to finish off before Christmas. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for sulking after being subbed.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (8) ------------ Lee Wilson (8) (Elliott Cariss-Smith (8)), Lee Holborn (8), Ricky Trott (8), Gavin Eyre (8) -------------- Tom Rooney (9), Nick Ross (8), Jack Mitchell (9), Chris Foley (8)(Matt Lay (8))------------ Dave Percival (9), Steve Roddy (8)(Dan Fowler (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 11 - 0 Castle Combe (HT 5 - 0) --------------------- Scorers: Steve Roddy (26 Pen, 47), Dave Percival (27,42,65), Nick Ross (28), Tom Rooney (32,86), Elliott Cariss-Smith (51), Dan Fowler (75,78)

FRESHFORD GET A BYE TO THE KNOCKOUT CUP QUARTER FINAL - 16/12/2014

Freshford have been given an away walkover win for the 2nd round game in the League Knockout Cup due to Trowbridge Town Reserves unable to raise a team, we will face fellow Division 1 side Hilperton Utd at home on Saturday 31st January 2015 at 1:30pm in the Quarter Final. We now have a home League fixture against Castle Combe this saturday.

FRESHFORD BOOK SPOT IN 2ND SEMI FINAL THANKS TO FOWLER - 13/12/2014

Freshford hosted Potterne in the Quarter Final of the League A & B Cup and with the visitors flying high in their first season in the League we knew we would be in for another tough game but we got off to a great start pressing the visitors and creating problems and within minutes Dan Fowler was fouled outside the box and he stepped up to put the free kick in off the stantion of the goal to give us an early lead. We continued to dominate the game but Potterne were looking dangerous on the break but their strikers were not on form for the day, fortunately ours were and a through ball from Tom Rooney found Dave Percival who beat his man and fired home at the near post to double the lead midway through the half. The second half saw us start slow and the visitors struggled to take the advantage due to some good defending from us but with just over ten minutes remaining a couple of errors let them in to get a goal back and set up a possible shakey end to the game. However this gave us the kick we needed to raise the tempo and a ball from Elliott Cariss-Smith found Dan Fowler who took the ball from just in their half round a few players and scoring from the edge of the box to strengthen our position. Two minutes later good work down the right from Tom Rooney ended with him cutting the ball back from the byline to find Dan Fowler unmarked who slotted it home to finish off the game and put us into another Semi Final. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dan Fowler and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Gavin Eyre for starting the warm up late, poor passing and setting up their goal.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (7) ------------ Adam Hyde (7) (Matt Lay (7)), Lee Wilson (7)(Lee Holborn (7)), Ricky Trott (7), Gavin Eyre (7) ---------------------- Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (7), Jack Mitchell (7), Chris Foley (7)(Elliott Cariss-Smith(7))------------ Dave Percival (8), Dan Fowler (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 1 Potterne FC (HT 2 - 0) -------- Scorers: Dan Fowler (3,81,83), Dave Percival (26)

FRESHFORD MARCH ON TO WILTS CUP SEMI FINAL - 06/12/2014

Freshford hosted Stockon & Codford in the Wiltshire Junior Cup quarter final and we knew it wouldn't be an easy game as they won it 2 years ago and were runners up last year. The game got off to a quick pace to start and it was the visitors who seemed to be having the better start but we soon got going and creating chances catching them out on the break and a Corner delivered by Gavin Eyre was met in the box with a good header from Tom Rooney to put us in the lead. We continued to frustrate the visitors with some good saves from Adam Sheppard in goal and then Steve Roddy stole the ball form a defender and broke past their backline to slot it past the advancing keeper to double the lead, then minutes later a long ball in behind their defence from Gavin Eyre found Steve Roddy again to slot home his second of the game. The first half continued to be in our favour and we should have scored a couple more but couldnt find the finishing touch, the second half was started slow by us and kept Stocktons hopes alive but good defending and more saves from Adam Sheppard kept them at bay until the 80th minute when a saved shot by Adam fell to an unmarked attacker for an easy tap in but we had a last burst of energy and Gavin Eyre delivered again to find Nick Ross this time to finish off the game with minutes to go. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Adam Sheppard and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Foley for missing an open goal from a yard out.

Line up: Adam Sheppard (8) ------------ Lee Wilson (8), Ricky Trott (7), Nick Ross (7), Gavin Eyre (8) ------------ Tom Rooney (7), Waleed Bakali (7), Jack Mitchell (7), Chris Foley (7)(Jamie Hancock (7))------------ Dave Percival (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 1 Stockton & Codford (HT 3 - 0) -------- Scorers: Tom Rooney (19), Steve Roddy (28.31), Nick Ross (86)

FRESHFORD GET ANOTHER UNBEATEN SIDE IN SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL - 24/11/2014

Freshford have been given an away tie against AFC Brislington who play in the Bath & District League in the Quarter Final of the Somerset Junior Cup, AFC Brislington are flying in their first season in the Bath League and are undefeated in all competitions so far. The game will take place on Saturday 10th January 2014 at 1:45pm.

FRESHFORD TAKE 2ND CHANCE AGAINST SOMERTON TO GET TO QUARTERS - 22/11/2014

Freshford hosted Somerton FC again after the game 2 weeks ago was abandoned after Mark Gerrish broke his leg in the 84th minute, we were eager to progress to the Quarter Final of the Somerset Cup but knew Somerton were not going to be easy to beat and for the first ten minutes of the game we were not giving them enough respect and we conceeded after 6 minutes being caught out on the break again like in the last game. We managed to change things slightly and some good saves from Chris Foley kept us just one goal behind then we managed to start creating troubles for the visitors and Waleed Bakali spead the bll out wide and a cross/shot from Tom Rooney was fumbled by their keper in to his own net to bring the scores level. We continued to up our game and we took control of the game when a free kick was headed goalwards by Tom Rooney and with the keeper looking like he was going to push it wide Waleed Bakali slid in to slam the ball in the net from a few yards. Then a few minutes before half time Steve Roddy latched on to a missed header by their centre back and slotted it past the advancing keeper to give us a two goal cushion at halftime. The second half saw Somerton try to get back in to it but some good defending all over the pitch and more saves from Chris Foley kept us ahead, we created lots of chances ourselves and some good work down the left side ended up with Elliott Cariss-Smith finding Gavin Eyre who had a shot through the crowd from teh edge of teh box which crept in at the near post to seal the game for us and set up the Quarter Final tie in January. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Foley and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Gavin Eyre for selling both sides of the raffle tickets at the Race Night.

Line up: Chris Foley (9) ------------ Tom Ferris (8)( Lee Holborn (8)), Ricky Trott (8), Lee Wilson (8), Gavin Eyre (8) ------------ Tom Rooney (8), Waleed Bakali (9), Jack Mitchell (9), Elliott Cariss-Smith (8) ------------ Russell Stritch (9), Steve Roddy (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 1 Somerton FC (HT 3 - 1) -------- Scorers: Tom Rooney (17), Waleed Bakali (36), Steve Roddy (41), Gavin Eyre (78)

RACE NIGHT FUNDRAISER - 15/11/2014

Freshford held their 6th Race Night which was a success and good night had by all who attended. We held it at Freshford Village Hall again but had less people attending this time unfortunately so we had 40 people on the night. The Raffle made £117.00, the betting £522.00, race sponsors £200.00 and the bar £396.42 which combined with the 40 peoples tickets and costs we raised £772.33 which is a good amount for the club. Thanks to our race sponsors Opticolour, Dentons, The Inn at Freshford, Fonesolutions, Russell Whatley Gas Services, StagWeb, Kennedys Legal and Ken Birleson. Also thanks to Chris Birleson for organising the night and all the people who helped on the night to make it run smoothly and Anne Birleson for doing the bar along with Will. Also thanks to the Race Night staff for all their hard work and everyone who attended and supported the event.

GAME ABANDONED AFTER INJURY TO MARK GERRISH - 08/11/2014

Freshford hosted high flying undefeated Somerton FC in the Somerset Junior Cup 3rd Round and on a very wet and boggy day we started very slow and let our opponents start the game alot better than us and we were very much up against it from the start against our toughest opponents we have faced this season. Midway through the half another break from the visitors saw us not doing our jobs and we conceeded and for the rest of the half we couldnt seem to get going or create the final ball or shot required then with a minute before the half more casual defending let them in for a second goal. The second half took us a bit longer to get going but the final shot still going astray until a long ball from Adam Sheppard in goal was latched on to by Steve Roddy getting in behind the defence and he slotted it past the advancing keeper to get us back in the game. The game continued with both sides getting forward but we were the ones looking more likely to score, then on 84 minutes a bad challenge in the box from the visitors on Mark Gerrish brought the game to a stop whilst we waited for the ambulance to arrive. Unfortunately Mark had to wait for an hour for the paramedics to arrive and the game was strangely abandoned as Mark was being lifted on to a stretcher with only 6 minutes left on the clock despite both teams willing to play on and the light still fine. The game will have to be replayed again this week as it did not complete the full 90 minutes due to no fault of either side. Mark Gerrish unfortunately found out later in the evening he had brocken his Tibia and will most likely be out for the rest of the season, everyone at the club wishes Mark a full and speedy recovery and hope to see him cheering us on from the sidelines soon and back playing for us again next season. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Foley and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for messing up his pre match team talk.

Line up: Chris Foley (7) ------------ Russell Whatley (7), Ricky Trott (7), Lee Wilson (7), Gavin Eyre (7) (Dave Birleson (7)) (Adam Sheppard (7)) ------------ Tom Rooney (7), Nick Ross (7), Jack Mitchell (7), Matt Lay (7) (Nathan Gant (7)) ------------ Mark Gerrish (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 2 Somerton FC (HT 0 - 2 Game Abandoned after 84 mins due to Injury) -------- Scorers: Steve Roddy (70)

FRESHFORD GET ANOTHER TOUGH TIE IN WILTS JUNIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL - 04/11/2014

Freshford have been given a home tie against Stockton & Codford who play in the Salisbury & District Premier League in the Quarter Final of the Wiltshire Junior Cup, Stockton & Codford were runners up in the competition last year and won the competition 3 years ago. The game will take place on Saturday 6th December 2014 at 1:45pm.

FRESHFORD CRUISE PAST OAKSEY FC TO GET TO WILTS CUP 1/4 FINAL - 01/11/2014

Freshford travelled to play Oaksey FC in the 2nd round of the Wiltshire Junior Cup and on a windy day on a very rural village pitch we had to adapt to a bumpy and very wide playing surface but with the wind in our favour for the first half we took the advantage and started strong putting the hosts under pressure constantly and were rewarded for our efforts on 8 minutes when a corner delivered by Gavin Eyre was headed home by Nick Ross. We started playing with more confidnce and knocking the ball about well making use of the wide pitch and a chip from our defnece was flicked by Chris Maskrey over their defence which Mark Gerrish latched on to and beat the keeper to double our lead, the long ball with the wind seemed to be troubling Oaksey and a goal kick from Chris Foley put Elliott Cariss-Smith in behind the defence perfectly where he took one touch and slotted it past the keeper midway through the half. Good work down the left from Chris Maskrey and Elliott Cariss-Smith resulted in a cross being handled and we were given a penalty which Mark Gerrish fired in from the spot. With the first half drawing to a close and the game looking nearly all tied up another Gavin Eyre corner found Tom Rooney to head in another goal. The second half saw us start slow but Oaksey did not up their game very much and a boat load of chances were not taken by us and a foul by Nick Ross 5 yds outside our box was somehow given as a penalty and Oaksey got one back but minutes later we were rewarded a penalty when Elliott Cariss-Smith was brought down in the box but the keeper read Mark Gerrish's penalty this time and parried the save which Mark followed up and tapped in. We could of scored many more in the game but did not test the keeper enough and too many shots were straight in to his hands but we managed one more when Mark Gerrish slid the ball to Matt Lay unmarked attacking the back post who rifled the ball in the top corner to make it seven and confirm us into the draw for the quarter final. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for buying the Times instead of the Wiltshire Times by accident before the game to see the write up from last week.

Line up: Chris Foley (7) ---------- Russell Whatley (7), Ricky Trott (7), Lee Wilson (7), Gavin Eyre (7) (Andrew Backaman (7)) --------- Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Waleed Bakali (7) (Matt Lay (7)), Chris Maskrey (7) (Jamie Hancock (7)) ------------ Mark Gerrish (7), Elliott Cariss Smith (7)

Final Score: Oaksey FC 1 - 7 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 5) -------- Scorers: Nick Ross (8), Mark Gerrish (16,25 Pen,74), Elliott Cariss-Smith (23), Tom Rooney (41), Matt Lay (81)

FRESHFORD GET ONE OF THE TOUGHEST TIES IN A & B CUP QUARTER FINAL - 30/10/2014

Freshford have been given a home tie against high flying undefeated Third Division side Potterne FC in the Quarter Final of the League A & B Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 13th December 2014 at 1:30pm.

FRESHFORD CRUISE PAST FC TROWBRIDGE IN A & B 2ND ROUND - 25/10/2014

Freshford hosted third Division side FC Trowbridge in the 2nd Round of the League A & B Cup and on the opening day of our new facilities we had alot of photos and standing around before the game but we managed to keep focused for the start of the game and we immediately pressed our opponents and could see they were going to struggle to keep us at bay and on 4 minutes we won a free kick on the edge of the box which Ricky Trott stepped up to slide it round the wall to give us the lead. Elliott Cariss Smith linked up well with Mark Gerrish to double our lead midway through the half, Tom Rooney got past his man to find Mark Gerrish in the box to tap home for his second of the day then in the last minute of the half a goal mouth scramble came to Russell Whatley who managed to head the ball over the keeper and Adam Hyde smashed it in from a yard for his first goal of the season. The second half saw us start brightly again our strikers linked up well again when Elliott Cariss Smith set up Mark Gerrish for his well earned hatrick then a low driven corner from Elliott Cariss Smith went through everyone and Ricky Trott was free at the back post to tap in from a yard. Russell Whatley then crossed for Tom Rooney to get on the score sheet before Waleed Bakali set up Mark Gerrish for his fourth of the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Maskrey for debating his fines.

Line up: Chris Foley (7) ---------- Adam Hyde (7) (Chris Maskrey (7)), Ricky Trott (7) (Matt Lay (7)), Lee Wilson (7) (Nathan Gant (7)), Russell Whatley (7) --------- Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Jack Mitchell (8), Waleed Bakali (8) ------------ Mark Gerrish (8), Elliott Cariss Smith (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 0 FC Trowbridge (HT 4 - 0) -------- Scorers: Ricky Trott (4,57), Mark Gerrish (20,37,47,76), Adam Hyde (44), Tom Rooney (62)

FRESHFORD WIN BATTLE OF HEAVYWEIGHTS IN LEAGUE AGAINST BRADLEY - 18/10/2014

Freshford travelled to main league challengers North Bradley in the biggest game of the season so far, with both teams fired up and knowing how important the result was it was the hosts who took the early advantage catching us not quite switched on and scoring after 4 minutes which gave us the wake up call that was needed and minutes later we created good pressure and Steve Roddy set up Nick Ross to level the scores. The battle was now on and both teams were throwing everything at it but with Bradley mainly playing long ball we were cleaning up easily at the back and catching them out on the break and midway through the half a goal mouth scramble from a corner after 2 goal line clearances the ball fell to Tom Rooney who smashed it home to give us the lead. Then some good saves from the hosts keeper kept us at bay until just before halftime when a free kick out wide was delivered by Gavin Eyre which all players could not get on the end of and it flew in to the far corner of the net. The second half saw us start still the better team and Mark Gerrish set up Steve Roddy at the back post to knock in his first of the game and then midway though the half Steve Roddy got his second after some good individual work saw him go round a few players and end up with the ball after a tackle and smash the ball home to what should of been sealing off the game. However we stepped off the pace in the last ten minutes and conceeded twice and had a couple of close calls but managed to hold on to claim all three points and a great win. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Adam Hyde and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Lee Wilson who started tackling people on his own team in the warm up as he forgot he was wearing a bib.

Line up: Chris Foley (8) ------------- Adam Hyde (8), Ricky Trott (8), Lee Wilson (8), Gavin Eyre (8) (Russell Whatley (8)) -------------- Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Waleed Bakali (8), Elliott Cariss-Smith (8) ------------ Mark Gerrish (8) (Jack Mitchell (8)), Steve Roddy (8)

Final Score: North Bradley 3 - 5 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 3) ----------------------- Scorers: Nick Ross (7), Tom Rooney (28), Gavin Eyre (43),Steve Roddy (57, 75)

AWAY TIE IN 2ND ROUND OF THE KNOCKOUT CUP - 15/10/2014

Freshford have been given an away tie against fellow league side Trowbridge Town Reserves in the Second Round of the League Knockout Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 15th November 2014 at 2:00pm.

SOMERTON FC AT HOME IN THE SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP 3RD ROUND - 13/10/2014

Freshford have been given a home tie against Somerton FC in the Third Round of the Somerset Junior Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 8th November 2014 at 1:45pm, they currently play in the First Division of the Yeovil & District League.

FRESHFORD PLAY BLINDER AGAINST LOCOMOTIVES IN SOMERSET CUP - 11/10/2014

Freshford hosted undefeated Taunton & District side Locomotives FC in the Somerset Junior Cup 2nd Round and with a few last minute changes we set about the game really well against a very busy visiting side who gave us no room to breathe but we habdled their pressure well and created as much trouble for them and our hard work was rewarded midway through the half when Waleed Bakali delivered a cross which was put in the net by a defender. Good work down the left from Elliott Cariss-Smith found Waleed Bakali to get our second of the game, we then stamped more authority on the game when Nick Ross got our third before halftime. The second half was still a battle with the visitors not willing to give up and they battled the whole game but Steve Roddy set up Tom Rooney to get on the score sheet and then a penalty for handball was converted by Steve Roddy to confirm our pass through to the next round. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Foley and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Andrew Backman for trying to sub himself on with no shirt.

Line up: Chris Foley (9) ------------- Adam Hyde (9), Ricky Trott (9), Lee Wilson (9), Gavin Eyre (9) -------------- Tom Rooney (9), Nick Ross (9), Waleed Bakali (9) (Matt Lay (9)), Elliott Cariss-Smith (9) (Jack Mitchell (9)) ------------ Mark Gerrish (9) (Nathan Gant (9)), Steve Roddy (9)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 0 Locomotives FC (HT 3 - 0) ---------------------------- Scorers: OG (17), Waleed Bakali (24), Nick Ross (37), Tom Rooney (51), Steve Roddy (75 Pen)

OAKSEY FC AWAY IN THE WILSHIRE JUNIOR CUP 2ND ROUND - 06/10/2014

Freshford have been given an away tie against Oaksey FC in the Second Round of the Wiltshire Junior Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 1st November 2014 at 1:30pm, they currently play in the First Division of the Cirencester & District League.

FRESHFORD BATTLE PAST SEMMINGTON IN WILTS CUP - 04/10/2014

Freshford hosted fellow Division 1 opponents Semmington Magpies in the first round of the Wiltshire Junior Cup and as expected they were not given an easy game and were put under pressure all over the pitch from the start and sloppy play at the back enabled the visitors to grab the lead after 7 minutes and give us a scare. We soon started finding our shape and creating oppurtunities but not quite being able to beat the keeper and woodwork until midway through the half Nick Ross found Tom Rooney to head home an equaliser from close range. The second half we started alot brighter and concentrated on our game and were rewarded with Tom Rooneys hard work latching on to a parried shot to take the lead, then Tom Rooney causing trouble again down the right and set up Mark Gerrish to get on the score sheet. Waleed Bakali linked up with his central midfield partner and set up Nick Ross to put the game out of reach then Elliott Cariss-Smith had a strike from the edge of the box that the keeper fumbled through his legs and Waleed Bakali was the only one to follow up and rewarded with a tap in form a yard. The game was wrapped up in the last minute when Matt Lay threaded the ball through to Dan Fowler who slotted past the advancing keeper. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Tom Rooney and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Russell Whatley for ordering a coffee in the pub after the game.

Line up: Luke Mayne (8) ------------- Russell Whatley (8) (Adam Hyde (8)), Ricky Trott (8), Harry Hamlin (8), Gavin Eyre (8) -------------- Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Waleed Bakali (8) (Matt Lay (8)), Chris Maskrey (8) (Elliott Cariss-Smith (8)) ------------ Mark Gerrish (8), Dan Fowler (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 6 - 1 Semmington Magpies (HT 1 - 1) ---------------------------- Scorers: Tom Rooney (21,51), Mark Gerrish (56), Nick Ross (63), Waleed Bakali (79), Dan Fowler (90)

FRESHFORD BRUSH ASIDE TROWBRIDGE IN THE LEAGUE - 27/09/2014

Freshford travelled to Trowbridge Town Reserves in the league and the newly promoted side have had a troubled start to the season due to various reasons but we were glad of the extra effort they went to get the fixture played. The game started well for us with pressure on the hosts goal early on and a few minutes in a corner delivered from Dan Fowler found Tom Rooney to head home and take an early lead, Matt Lay was getting in to the right positions and soon provided Mark Gerrish with a goal. Mark Gerrish then turned provider for his strike partner setting up Steve Roddy, then we were not as clinical for the next half hour despite the hosts having a player sent off but it was the top two working well again when Mark Gerrish provided for Steve Roddy again to put us four up and close out the game. Steve Roddy then set up Dan Fowler before Chris Maskrey was bought down and awarded a penalty that Steve Roddy slotted home for another hatrick, the game was wrapped up when Nathan Gant set up Chris Maskrey for our 7th goal. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Luke Mayne and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Nathan Gant for falling over in the warm up by getting 2 feet on top of the ball.

Line up: Luke Mayne (7) ------------- Russell Whatley (7), Ricky Trott (7), Lee Wilson (7), Gavin Eyre (7) ----------- Tom Rooney (7) (Jamie Hancock (7)), Nick Ross (7), Matt Lay (7) (Nathan Gant (7)), Dan Fowler (7) ------------ Mark Gerrish (7) (Chris Maskrey (7)), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Trowbridge Town Reserves 0 - 7 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 3) ------------------------ Scorers: Tom Rooney (3), Mark Gerrish (14), Steve Roddy (19,56,82 Pen), Dan Fowler (72), Chris Maskrey (85)

HOME TIE IN THE A & B CUP 2ND ROUND - 22/09/2014

Freshford have been given a home tie against FC Trowbridge in the Second Round of the League A & B Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 25th October 2014 at 2:30pm, they currently play in Division 3 of the Trowbridge & District League and had a bye in the First Round.

FRESHFORD THROUGH TO 2ND ROUND AFTER SCRAPPY GAME WITH ACES - 20/09/2014

Freshford travelled to Aces in Bath who are newcomers to the League, in the First Round of the A & B Cup. With a few away and some players playing in different positions we got off to a good start creating pressure on the hosts and good work down the right from Adam Hyde found Dan Fowler who got past his man and struck the ball which was on target and took a deflection to beat the keeper and give us the lead. Adam Hyde continued to cause trouble down the right with Tom Rooney and it was Adam who delivered again to find Steve Roddy in the middle to tap in from a few yards out, it was down the right again ten minutes later when Tom Rooney provided the ball in this time and an Aces defender put the ball in to his own net. Aces did not give up and a well shot from a half cleared corner got them a goal back and then a few minutes later sloppy passing let them in again to bring it closer than it should have been at halftime. The second half started sluggish from both sides on a very big pitch legs were starting to fade, on the 75th minute Russell Whatley put Steve Roddy through who slotted past the advancing keeper. Minutes later Dan Fowler broke away and found Steve Roddy free at the back post who shot across the goal to get his hatrick, then again minutes later we played to the whistle and while the hosts were debating with the ref Nick Ross put through Dan Fowler to get his second of the game and confirm us through to the next round. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Tom Rooney and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for going out the night before and then saying he couldnt play in the morning as he was ill then turning up and playing.

Line up: Luke Mayne (7) ------------- Adam Hyde (7) (John Bates (7)), Harry Hamlin (7) (Chris Maskrey (7)), Mark Gerrish (8), Russell Whatley (7) ----------- Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Matt Lay (7) (Jamie Hancock (7)), Gavin Eyre (7) ------------ Steve Roddy (7), Dan Fowler (7)

Final Score: Aces FC 2 - 6 Freshford Utd (HT 2 - 3) ---------------------------- Scorers: Dan Fowler (5,82), Steve Roddy (10, 75, 79), OG (21)

HOME TIE IN THE SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP 2ND ROUND - 15/09/2014

Freshford have been given a home tie against Locomotives FC in the second Round of the Somerset Junior Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 11th October 2014 at 2:30pm, they currently play in the Taunton & District League Division 1.

FRESHFORD CRUISE PAST WELLS IN SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP - 13/09/2014

Freshford hosted Wells City A in the first round of the Somerset Junior Cup and unsure what to expect form the young visiting side we started the game with great pace and pressure creating chances every few minutes and with the woodwork saving the hosts at least 4 times and various easy chances not being taken we were thinking how are we not 6 goals to the better within 25 minutes. The deadlock was finally broken when Dan Fowler set up Steve Roddy to settle the nerves then in the last few minutes of the half Steve Roddy turned provider when he delivered a corner which Tom Rooney headed home. The second half saw us switch off and the visitors grabbed a goal back in the first minute and we had to up our game again and we soon got back in to it when Mark Gerrish broke after a defensive error and found his strike partner Steve Roddy free at the back post to tap in. Good work down the left from Gavin Eyre found Dan Fowler who stormed past his man in to the box to slot it past the keeper, at this point the visitors knew the game was up and the flood gates opened and we played with great confidence. Steve Roddy returned the favour to his strike partner setting up Mark Gerrish to slot home, then Matt Lay found space in midfield and set up Steve Roddy to get his first hatrick of the season. Gavin Eyre linked up with Dan Fowler again who found space wide on the left of the box and superbly curled the ball in to the far top corner of the goal leaving the keeper helpless, Steve Roddy whipped another corner in whoch found the head of Tom Rooney again the game was wrapped up when Matt Lay linked up well again with Steve Roddy to get his 4th of the game and us through to the second round of the competition. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Steve Roddy and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Gerrish for missing many easy chances and tap ins during the game..

Line up: Luke Mayne (8) ------------- Adam Hyde (8), Ricky Trott (8) (John Bates (8)), Lee Wilson (8) (Harry Hamlin (8)), Russell Whatley (8) (Gavin Eyre (8)) ----------- Tom Rooney (9), Nathan Gant (9), Waleed Bakali (8) (Matt Lay (8)), Dan Fowler (8) ------------ Mark Gerrish (9) (Chris Foley (8)), Steve Roddy (9)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 9 - 1 Wells City A (HT 2 - 0) ------------------------ Scorers: Steve Roddy (29,54,69,83), Tom Rooney, (44,82), Dan Fowler (56,76), Mark Gerrish (62)

HOME TIE IN THE WILSHIRE JUNIOR CUP - 12/09/2014

Freshford have been given an home tie against Semmington Magpies in the First Round of the Wiltshire Junior Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 4th October 2014 at 1:45pm, they are in the same division as us and we had them in the First Round last year but away at their place.

CASTLE COMBE CRUSHED BY RAMPANT FRESHFORD - 06/09/2014

Freshford travelled to Castle Combe who had overturned North Bradley last week in the shock of last weeks results but Freshford knew from last year Castle Combe do not give up on games. On a big pitch with confusing blue lines on it from the youth pitches both teams were busy from the start putting pressure on all over the pitch looking for the first goal but it was us who broke the deadlock when Tom Rooney flicked on a deep cross to Mark Gerrish who lashed the ball home to settle the nerves, minutes later another well delivered corner from Chris Maskrey found Ricky Trott in the box to head home. Castle Combe got back in to the game for a bit but couldnt break our defence and the second half saw Tom Rooney causing the hosts problems again with his pace and his cross was put in to their own net by a defender then five minutes later Steve Roddy stole the ball from a defender on the halfway line and broke away towards goal and rounded a player before slotting it past the keeper to get on the score sheet. Tom Rooney was at it again on the right flank and delivered a perfect ball to Find Steve Roddy unmarked in the box who headed the ball back across goal in to the corner, Castle Combe seemed to loose it after this and resulted to dirty challenges and soon had a player sent off fortunately before he injured any players. Dan Fowler came on to add to Combes troubles and stole the ball from a defender again and saw a mazey run end up with his shot being saved but falling back to his feet for him to calmly tap the ball in to finish off the game. The hosts unfortunately for us got a consolation goal when a clear offside was not seen by Andrew Backman running the line but not wanting to cheat no flag was raised and play went on and Combe were through one on one and grabbed a goal. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Waleed Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde for letting it slip in the changing rooms before the game that he sunk a few bottles of wine with his mrs the night before the game.

Line up: Luke Mayne (7) ------------- Adam Hyde (7), Ricky Trott (7), Lee Wilson (7), Russell Whatley (7) (John Bates (7)) ----------- Tom Rooney (8), Nathan Gant (8), Waleed Bakali (8), Chris Maskrey (8) (Gavin Eyre (7)) ------------ Mark Gerrish (7), Steve Roddy (7) (Dan Fowler (8))

Final Score: Castle Combe 1 - 6 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 2) ---------------------------- Scorers: Mark Gerrish (17), Ricky Trott (20), OG (49), Steve Roddy (55, 60), Dan Fowler (84)

TITLE DEFENCE GETS OFF TO A WINNING START AGAINST WARMINSTER - 30/08/2014

Freshford hosted Warminster Town Reserves for the first game of the new season and did not get off to a good start when we conceeded in the first 2 minutes due to slack defending and not being ready from the start, this was probably the kick we needed to get us going and within five minutes we found our shape and started playing better. On the quarter hour mark a well delivered corner from Steve Roddy found Ricky Trott in the box to head home uncontested and level the scores. Minutes later Russell Whatley was brought down just outside the box and Mark Gerrish struck teh free kick nicely over the wall in to the top left hand corner leaving the keeper no chance, with confidence starting to grow we continued playing better football and hust past the half hour a flick from Mark Gerrish was latched on to by Steve Roddy who slotted home comfortably one on one with the keeper. The second half started a bit slow and it wasnt until twenty minutes in that Elliott Cariss-Smith found Waleed Bakali just inside the box who struck the ball in to the roof of the net to settle the nerves and ruin any come back hopes for the visitors. With minutes to go some route one football when Ricky Trott took a free kick just outside our box cleared their defence which Mark Gerrish gambled on and smacked the ball home to finish off the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Lee Wilson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for saying that the reason he got an injury was because his salt levels were low from drinking the day before.

Line up: Chris Foley (7) ------------- Adam Hyde (7), Ricky Trott (7), Lee Wilson (8), Russell Whatley (7) ----------- Tom Rooney (7) (Gavin Eyre (7)), Nathan Gant (8) (Jack Mitchell (7)), Elliott Cariss-Smith (8), Chris Maskrey (7) ------------ Mark Gerrish (8), Steve Roddy (7) (Waleed Bakali (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 1 Warminster Town Reserves (HT 3 - 1) ---------------------------- Scorers: Ricky Trott (15), Mark Gerrish (18, 88), Steve Roddy (33), Waleed Bakali (66)

 

CLUB FINES LIST UPDATED FOR START OF SEASON - 28/08/2014

Compulsory Weekly/Match £1

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Being Late £2

Going Out Night Before Game £2

Not wearing Club Shirt £2

Not bringing Jaffa shirt £5 (per week)

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Clean Boots £1

Losing a Ball in Warm Up £1 (Everyone)

Same Stretch in Warm Up £1

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Dissent to Ref £2

Dissent to Fan/Club/Management £2

Being told to stop talking during team talks £1 (each time)

Red Card £5

Yellow Card £1

Yellow Card for Dissent to Ref £10

Penalty Miss £1

Conceded Penalty £1

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Not Showering £1

Rubbish/tape left on floor in changing room £1 (Everyone)

Not Going to Pub £3

Leaving Pub Before 6pm £1

Not Paying fines on Day £1

Not Paying subs in full £1

Not Paying for bookings £1 (per week)

Jaffa £2

Not bringing Jaffa’s/wearing Jaffa shirt before or after game £5

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Missing a Game £5

Missing a Team night out/Club event £5

HILPERTON THRASHED IN FINAL PRE SEASON FRIENDLY - 26/08/2014

Freshford hosted fellow Trowbridge & District Division 1 side Hilperton Utd in the last pre season friendly of the year, we got off to a great start creating pressure and playing good football and we soon got on the score sheet on 7 minutes when Chris Maskrey found the through ball to Mark Gerrish who calmly slotted the ball past the advancing keeper. Good work down the right from Tom Rooney found Adam Hyde who burst through the gap to the edge of the box and fired a shot in which was going in but got deflected to leave the keeper helpless. With confidence increasing Mark Gerrish turned provider for his strike partner Steve Roddy who got the 3rd of the night, then a long kick from stand in keeper Chris Foley was flicked by Mark Gerrish which Steve Roddy latched on to to get his 2nd of the night, minutes later persistent work from Tom Rooney paid off when he tackled his man on the halfway line and took on the defender racing in to the box he fired it in hard and low at the near post to make it 5 - 0 at half time. The second half started as the first finished when Tom Rooney beat his man again to find Steve Roddy to get his hatrick for the night, Russell Whatley then broke down the left and whipped the ball in only for a defender to knock it in to his own net by accident. The eighth of the night came when Gav Eyre found Matt Lay on the edge of the box under pressure but calmly found the top right hand corner, unfortunately we stepped off the pace for a few minutes in the second half and conceeded a goal to slack marking all over the pitch. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Elliott Cariss-Smith .

Line up: Chris Foley (8) ------------- Adam Hyde (8) (Jon Bates (8)), Ricky Trott (8), Lee Wilson (8), Russell Whatley (8), (Lee Holborn (8)) ----------- Tom Rooney (8) (Jamie Hancock (8)), Nathan Gant (9) (Matt Lay (8)), Elliott Cariss-Smith (9), Chris Maskrey (8) (Gav Eyre (8)) ------------ Mark Gerrish (8), Steve Roddy (9) (Waleed Bakali (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 1 Hilperton Utd(HT 5 - 0) ---------------------------- Scorers: Mark Gerrish (7), Adam Hyde (14), Steve Roddy (33,42,46), Tom Rooney (44), OG (51), Matt Lay (59)

GAME OF TWO HALVES AND MISSED CHANCES COSTLY AGAINST WHITE HORSE - 19/08/2014

Freshford hosted White Horse in what we knew would be our toughest pre season friendly so far and we got off to a great start with the visitors starting sluggish we took control and were playing with confidence and knocking the ball around throughout the team and creating chances all the time but not being clinical enough in front of goal with various chances going begging. Then midway through the half a half cleared corner fell to Matt Lay who set up Mark Gerrish who turned and fored the ball in to the top corner to give us the lead. We had more wasted chances and easy tap ins which were not converted and found ourselves at halftime pleased with the performance but wondering how we were not ahead by 4 or 5 instead of the one goal. The second half saw us make some changes and White Horse upping their game and putting the pressure on from the start which we were not dealing with and found the scores level within minutes due to being caught out under pressure. With us not being able to adapt to the opponents applying the pressure we failed to play some good football and tried to play too much across the back and went on to conceed two more goals due to being closed down at the back and not dealing with the pressure. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Matt Lay .

Line up: Luke Mayne (6) ------------- Adam Hyde (6) (Andrew Backman (6)), Ricky Trott (6), Harry Hamblin (7), Russell Whatley (7), (Jon Bates (6)) ----------- Tom Rooney (6), Nathan Gant (6), Matt Lay (7), Chris Maskrey (6) (Jamie Hancock (6)) ------------ Mark Gerrish (6), Steve Roddy (6)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 3 White Horse (HT 1 - 0) ---------------------------- Scorers: Mark Gerrish (18)

HOME TIE IN THE SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP - 13/08/2014

Freshford have been given an home tie against Wells City A in the First Round of the Somerset Junior Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 13th September 2014 at 2:30pm, they currently play in Mid Somerset League Premier Division.

FIRST WIN OF PRE SEASON AGAINST WANDERERS - 12/08/2014

Freshford hosted Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves in our third pre season friendly, huge thanks again is owed to Matt Rusling and his team who stepped in when we were let down by our scheduled opponents 24 hours before the game and between the clubs we arranged to play at our ground and they provided the referee. The game got off to a good start in the wet conditions with both teams creating oppurtunities but no one able to find the final ball plus we were struggling to deal with their attacking formation until we changed our shape and soon took control of the game. On the half hour Steve Roddy was brought down in the box to earn us a penalty which Mark Gerrish took but was saved and parried by the keeper but fortunately Mark was first on hand to tap it in to give us the lead, five minutes later a well delivered corner from Dan Fowler found Nick Ross on the 6 yard box to head home to double our lead. The second half saw us continue to dominate and minutes after the re-start Dan Fowler set up Mark Gerrish to get his second of the game, a few changes from us settled things for twenty minutes but then a nicely threaded ball from Steve Roddy found Chris Foley one on one which he lashed the ball in to the back of the net. We started playing with more confidence and the visitors stepped off a little and a superb cross field ball from Chris Maskrey found Elliott Cariss-Smith at the back post who first time smacked the ball back across the keeper in to the far corner of the net, two minutes later Chris Foley got past his man and squared it to the unmarked Elliott Cariss-Smith who tapped in for his second in a matter of minutes. Dan Fowler then went on a mazey individual run and tried chipping the keeper from the edge of the box and unfortunately hit the bar but it fell to Mark Gerrish ten yards out who smashed it home to get his hatrick for the night, then with the game drawing to a close some persistent work from Tom Rooney enabled him to drag the ball back from the byline and square it to Ricky Trott who was able to tap home easily from two yards. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Russell Whatley .

Line up: Luke Mayne (8) ------------- Adam Hyde (8) (Andrew Backman (8)), Ricky Trott (8) (Lee Holborn (8)), Lee Wilson (8) (Russell Whatley (8)), Harry Hamblin (8) ----------- Tom Rooney (8) (Dan Fowler (8)), Nathan Gant (8) (Waleed Bakali (8)), Nick Ross (8), Chris Maskrey (8) (Chris Foley (8)) ------------ Mark Gerrish (8), Steve Roddy (8) (Elliott Cariss-Smith (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 0 Trowbridge Wanderers (HT 2 - 0) ---------------------------- Scorers: Mark Gerrish (31,48,79), Nick Ross (36), Chris Foley (68), Elliott Cariss-Smith (75,77), Ricky Trott (89)

SCORES LEVEL AS A LAST MINUTE FIXTURE AGAINST BRADFORD NEWS - 05/08/2014

Freshford hosted newcomers to the league Bradford News who played as Westwood News last year, huge thanks is owed to Gary Wilson and his team who were let down by their scheduled opponents 24 hours before the game also like we were let down by Frome Town Sports and between the clubs we arranged to play at our ground and they provided the referee. The game got off to a good start with both teams creating chances but a good through ball from Nathan Gant found Steve Roddy who raced on to it to slot it past the advancing keeper and give us an early lead. We stepped off the pace a bit and the visitors put their ringer on to cause trouble in our weakened defence but we managed to contain their attacks. The second half saw us with a constant changing back four due to player availability and people in new positions let Bradford in for an easy chance when everyone lost their man and the scores were equalised. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Luke Mayne.

Line up: Luke Mayne (7) ------------- Adam Hyde (7), Harry Hamlin(8), Lee Wilson (7) (Elliott Cariss-Smith (8)), Jon Bates (7) (Jamie Birleson (7)) ----------- Tom Rooney (7), Nathan Gant (8) (Andrew Backman (7)), Nick Ross (8), Chris Maskrey (8) (Gavin Eyre (7)) ------------ Mark Gerrish (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 1 Bradford News (HT 1 - 0) ---------------------------- Scorers: Steve Roddy (5)

BYE IN THE KNOCKOUT CUP - 30/07/2014

Freshford have received a bye in the First round of the League Knockout Cup.

AWAY TIE IN THE A & B CUP - 30/07/2014

Freshford have been given an away tie against Aces FC in the First Round of the League A & B Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 20th September 2014 at 2:30pm, they currently play in Division 3 of the Trowbridge & District League as they are newcomers to the league having just moved from the Bath & District League. We will probably be playing a couple of ex Freshford players James Moody and Mike Little who currently play for the Bath side.

FIRST FRIENDLY A GAME OF TWO HALVES BUT A GOOD START- 29/07/2014

Freshford hosted last years League runners up Westbury Utd Reserves who are moving to the Wilts league this season. We knew it would be a tough game with the visitors a few games in to their pre season and us having 7 players still away or unavailable. The first half was very much in the control of Westbury with their energetic young side trying to impress giving us very little time on the ball and reverting to using the long ball option which was not working and frustrating everyone. Early on in the half we were presented with a good oppurtunity when a miss kick and slip from their keeper fell to Matt Lay who had an open goal from 30 yds but unfortunately hit the post in what would have been a goal against the run of play. Midway through the half we were caught out on the break and the visitors took the lead. In the second half we collected ourselves and started playing football and working well together and we started to take control of the game and fifteen minutes in a good link up from Tom Rooney and Mark Gerrish got mark down the right wing who delivered a ball across the box to find Ricky Trott attacking the back post to slot home and bring the cores level. Both teams had some good chances in the rest of the game but we could not take our chances and some good defending from us and great saves from Luke Mayne kept the scores level. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Elliott Cariss-Smith.

Line up: Luke Mayne (8) ------ Adam Hyde (8), Ricky Trott (8), Lee Wilson (8), Jon Bates (7) ----------- Tom Rooney (7), Gavin Eyre (7) (Chris Foley (7)), Matt Lay (8), Chris Maskrey (7) ------------ Mark Gerrish (7), Elliott Cariss-Smith (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 1 Westbury Utd Reserves (HT 0 - 1) ---------------------------- Scorers: Ricky Trott (61)

SIX-A-SIDE 5TH YEAR AND BUILDING POPULARITY - 12/07/2014

Freshford hosted their 5th annual Six-A-Side tournament at Browns Park with 16 teams entering. It was another success with the weather being on our side againand the sun shining on and off all day. This year we added a Shield Competition to the existing Cup Competition where the 4 group winners and runners up went in to the quarter finals of the Cup and the 3rd and 4th placed teams went in to teh Quarter Finals of the Shield. We entered three teams with the A team being managed by Steve Roddy (Luke McFarlane, Ricky Trott, Chris Maskrey, Tom Ferris, Jack Mitchell, Lee Wilson, Mark Gerrish and Steve Roddy), they got off to a great start but couldnt win their group which was the hardest of the lot unfortunately they got knocked out in the Quarter Final of the Cup Competition. Our C team was managed by Gav Eyre (Chris Foley, Gary Wilson, Nick Ross, Ryan Mortimer, Gav Eyre, Tom Rooney and Dan Fowler) who stormed through their group to be winners and then they were knocked out by our B team in the Semi Final of the Cup Competition. Our B team who won the Cup Competition last year was ran by Chris Birleson and had a few changed from the squad last year (Chris Birleson, Andrew Backman, Neil Birleson, Tom Fisher, Nathan Gant, Rich Bliha, Jamie Birleson and Josh Maguire) and they did well like the others and won their group to go into the Cup Competition Quarter Final which they won in the last few seconds to then face our C team in the Semi Final which on paper they were expected to lose but turned out winners with good sprtsmanship shown between the players. The final of the Cup Competition was between Freshford Utd B and Bradley Boys who looked unstoppable all day and already beat our A team and it was only in the last few minutes they broke the deadlock with a good free kick through the wall then doubled their lead catching us on the break. In the Shield Competition the Final was between Semmington Magpies and The Royal Oak FC which was a close game with just one goal deciding it which came in the second half from Semmington Magpies to make them the First winners of the Shield Competition.

The club managed to raise £640.86 once all bills were paid which is a good help to our fundraising pot for developing our facilities. This year we were able to use the field behind the pitch for parking which was a great help and very kind of Paul Clarke and his family. Thanks to the referees and all the helpers on the day who made this event another success for the club and a good day had by all. We will be looking to build on it again next year and with our new facilities up and running by then we hope to encourage more children and families along to the event with more entertainment for them other than just football.

NEW PLAYERS WELCOME TO FRESHFORD UTD F.C. - 30/05/2014

Freshford United F.C. is starting a new season and training will start on Thursday 26th June 2014 from 6:30pm at Browns Park with Friendlies throughout August before the season starts on Saturday 30th August 2014. We are always open to new players and hope we can add to our league winning squad from last year and hopefully win more competitions this season. If you are interested please call the Manager Chris Birleson on 07738 741477.

NEWS CLIPS 2013/2014

FRESHFORD COLLECT THE TITLE DESPITE LAST DAY LOSS - 19/04/2014

Freshford hosted North Bradley for the final game of the season which saw Bradley wanting revenge as they were a title contender and Freshford having one eye on the Division 1 title presentation that was awaiting them after the game. The game started off with a high tempo as expected and it was us who broke the deadlock on ten minutes when Mark Gerrish set up Ricky Trott to calm the nerves but as the half progressed Bradley started to get a hold of the game with their keeper having a great game and us struggling to find a way past him and the next goal. The second half carried on with Bradley getting in to the game and 5 minutes in they equalised due to slack defending from us which kicked us in to gear a little before Tom Rooney set up Elliott Cariss-Smith to give us the lead again. However we switched off again and some very poor defending saw the visitors grab 3 easy goals within ten minutes, we managed to have a last ten minute onslaught and Chris Foley set up Nick Ross to claw one back but we couldnt find the equaliser with the visitors keeper playing a very impressive game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde for supporting the other team to have better stats personally for the season.

Line up - Craig Guthrie (7) ------ Ryan Mortimer (7), Lee Wilson (7), Ricky Trott (7), Andrew Backman (7) (Gary Wilson (7))------ Tom Rooney (7), Nick Ross (7), Jack Mitchell (7) (Mark Williams (7)), Chris Foley (7) ------ Mark Gerrish (7), Elliott Cariss-Smith (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 4 North Bradley (HT 1 - 0) ---------- Scorers: Ricky Trott (10), Elliott Cariss Smith (59), Nick Ross (80)

FRESHFORD CARVE OUT A WIN AT WESTBURY - 12/04/2014

Freshford travelled to Westbury Utd Reserves who have been the only team to defeat us in the league which was the first game of the season so we were looking to get some payback for that day. Both sides were throwing everything at the game and some good chances were being created but some good defending was equal to it which meant the game was mainly in a stalemate situation with no one able to break the deadlock. Fortunately a with 15minutes to go Nick Ross won a challenge on the edge of the hosts box and the ball popped out to the ever alert Mark Gerrish who latched on to it and slotted home from just inside the box to give us the result required. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Nick Ross as well for asking if Westbury could still catch us despite us winning the League 2 games ago.

Line up - Craig Guthrie (8) ------ Adam Hyde (8), Lee Wilson (8), Ricky Trott (8), Jon Bates (8) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Jack Mitchell (8), Chris Foley (8) ------ Mark Gerrish (8), Russell Whatley (8)

Final Score: Westbury Utd Reserves 0 - 1 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 0) ---------- Scorers: Mark Gerrish (75)

FRESHFORD HAVE A FLURRY IN THE SECOND HALF AT BRADFORD - 08/04/2014

Freshford travelled to Bradford and played on the terrible back up pitch at paulton that they use sometimes and found their hosts with a victory in mind when we went behind within ten minutes which in reply Mark Gerrish set up Nick Ross to draw level before Bardford took the lead again soon after then with the half drawing to an end we drew level when Chris Foley set up Dan Fowler to level the scores. The second half saw us come out all guns blazing taking all chances and leaving Bradford a little stunned when Dan Fowler set up Nick Ross to get his second of the night then Mark Gerrish set up Dan Fowler to get his second of the night. Some great football was being payed by us having the confidence and the lead now, Adam Hyde then found a lovely pass to set up Mark Gerrish to find the back of the net Dan Fowler then assisted again getting Tom Rooney on to the score sheet which was followed up by Nick Ross setting up Dan Fowler to comlete his hatrick. With everything going perfectly for us Mark Gerrish set up Tom Rooney to get his second of the night and then Tom Rooney with some great individual work bagged himself two more goals to take his tally to four for the night and round off a great display of football by the Division One winners. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Tom Rooney and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Gerrish for face planting in the centre of the pitch.

Line up - Luke Mayne (8) ------ Adam Hyde (8), Lee Wilson (8), Ricky Trott (8), Ryan Mortimer (8) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Russell Whatley (8) (Nathan Gant (8)), Chris Foley (8) ------ Mark Gerrish (8), Dan Fowler (8) (Craig Guthrie (8))

Final Score: Bradford Utd 2 - 10 Freshford Utd (HT 2 - 2) ---------- Scorers: Dan Fowler (40, 51, 60), Nick Ross (18, 48), Mark Gerrish (55), Tom Rooney (58, 64, 70, 78)

FRESHFORD SECURE TITLE WITH CLOSE GAME AT SEMMINGTON - 05/04/2014

Freshford travelled to Semmington in search of a point to confirm the Division 1 Title and we suprisingly found ourselves with alot of the squad unavailable due to holidays, suspensions and work commitments, so with a bare 11 players after our only sub was called to work minutes before kick off we approached the job in hand very well and in a evenly matched first half we took the lead with Tom Rooney finding the killer through ball to Mark Gerrish who finished comfortably one on one with the keeper. The second half got off to a great start when Mark Gerrish turned provider to Chris Foley who gave us the two goal cushion, Semmington pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go which made for a nervy finish but we played out the game and confirmed ourselves Champions with 3 games to spare. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Lee Wilson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Luke Mayne for nearly throwing the ball in his own net.

Line up - Luke Mayne (8) ------ Adam Hyde (8), Lee Wilson (8), Ricky Trott (8), Andrew Backman (8) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Russell Whatley (8), Jack Mitchell (8), Ryan Motimer (8) ------ Mark Gerrish (8), Chris Foley (8)

Final Score: Semmington Magpies 1 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 1) ---------- Scorers: Mark Gerrish (30), Chris Foley (47)

FRESHFORD SLAUGHTER THE LAMB DESPITE DISMISSALS - 22/03/2014

Freshford hosted The Lamb in the league needing to complete the double over them and be one step closer to winning the title, we got off to the best start possible within 2 minutes when Jack Mitchells long throw catching the visitors unaware and Ricky Trott latching on to it at the back poost to give us the lead. Unfortunately this was short lived as minutes later we got complaicent and gave away a sloppy free kick on the edge of the box which they scored from and then midway through the half we lost the ball on the break and The Lamb took the lead with a well taken goal. This did fire us up again and Ricky Trott turned provider for Nick Ross to get us back on level terms at halftime. The second half saw Freshford start sprinting out the blocks pressing and chasing everything down as a team and within minutes Nick Ross was fouled in the box which Mark Gerrish slotted the penalty home calmly, we continued to put the pressure on and a half clearance fell to Nick Ross who smashed teh ball through a crowd of players in to the net which left the visitors wondering what went wrong for them. On 60 minutes Chris Maskrey delivered a good corner which Ricky Trott popped up again to head home and give us a comfortable lead, unfortunately this didnt last long as minutes later Mark Williams saw red mist and was sent off for kicking out after a challenge and then The Lamb grabbed a goal back to make for an exciting last 25 minutes of the game. Things got worse for Freshford when Chris Maskrey found the red mist that his team mate had just seen minutes before and was giving his marching orders for exactly the same, fortunately the rest of the players dug deep and worked hard and continued to put the visitors under pressure despite having two players less and were rewarded for their efforts with ten minutes to go when Mark Gerrish set up Tom Rooney who lashed the ball in to the corner of the net from the edge of the box. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Mark Gerrish and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Maskrey for not bringing the Jaffa Cakes or wearing the headband and getting sent off.

Line up - Luke Mayne (8) ------ Adam Hyde (8), Mark Williams (7), Ricky Trott (8), Jon Bates (8) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Jack Mitchell (8), Chris Maskrey (7) ------ Mark Gerrish (8) (Steve Roddy (8)), Russell Whatley (8) (Lee Wilson (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 6 - 3 The Lamb FC (HT 2 - 2) ---------- Scorers: Ricky Trott (2, 60), Nick Ross (34, 52), Mark Gerrish (Pen 48), Tom Rooney (80)

ANOTHER SUCCESSFULL QUIZ NIGHT - 15/03/2014

Freshford held their annual Quiz Night at the Bustard Club and 8 teams entered with 48 people spread between the teams and a good quiz was put on by Phil & Mike Little also with a few extra cash games of Heads or Tails and Deal or no Deal as well as the normal Raffle. We raised another £386.02 for the club after costs and special thanks to Phil & Mike and to the Bustard Club for letting us hold the event again.

FRESHFORD SMASH CALNE EAGLES BY 12 GOALS - 15/03/2014

Freshford travelled to Calne Eagles who are struggling with their first season in the First Division and after we beat them confortably at home 8-0 last month we went looking to do the same and started with the advantage of the wind but it was some great football that kept the hosts pinned in their own half for most of the game. After a few minutes we earned a corner which was delivered by Steve Roddy and headed in by Nick Ross then four minutes later Tom Rooney put Mark Gerrish through who finished well from a tight angle, another four minutes on Chris Maskrey then delivered a good corner which Ricky Trott headed in comfortably. Russell Whatley then set up Tom Rooney for his first of the game on twenty minutes then Mark Gerrish set up Steve Roddy to get on the score sheet but then we struggled to find the finishing touch for fifteen minutes missing a hatfull of chances but with a few minutes left in the half Tom Rooney set Steve Roddy up for another and then in the last minute of the half Steve Roddy picked up the ball and went on a mazy run round four players and in to the box and chipping it round the keeper to get his hatrick with a great individual effort. The second half started a bit slower with Freshford making 3 changes and taking a while to find their rhythmn again and dealing with the wind against them, midway through the half Mark Gerrish set up Tom Rooney for his second of the game and then 2 more corners from Chris Maskrey were headed home by Nick Ross and then Ricky Trott to take it to double figures. Chris Foley then linked up well with Gerrish before Foley hit the cross bar and it falling to Chris Maskrey to tap in to the empty goal. In the last minute Nick Ross set up Mark Gerrish to score our 12th goal and complete the double over the hosts this season. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Maskrey for saying after he backed out of a tackle that he didnt want to hurt his new tattoo.

Line up - Luke Mayne (8) ------ Adam Hyde (8) (Jon Bates(8)), Mark Williams (8), Ricky Trott (8), Andrew Backman (8) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Steve Roddy (8) (Jack Mitchell (8)), Chris Maskrey (8) ------ Mark Gerrish (8), Russell Whatley (8) (Chris Foley (8))

Final Score: Calne Eagles 0 - 12 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 7) ---------- Scorers: Nick Ross (3, 76), Mark Gerrish (7, 90), Ricky Trott (11, 68), Tom Rooney (20, 53), Steve Roddy (25, 43, 45), Chris Maskrey (87)

FRESHFORD SCRAPE THROUGH AT STEEPLE ASHTON - 08/03/2014

Freshford travelled to Steeple Ashton in the league and on a very windy day we tried a new formation to get us back in to playing better football and winning ways, this seemed to have the desired effect and with the help of the wind on the 3rd minute a free kick by Chris Maskrey sailed over the advancing keeper and left Ricky Trott an open goal to head in to take the lead then 2 minutes later Nick Ross set up Chris Maskrey who doubled our lead. Freshford sat back a little after this and midway through the half they conceeded through sloppy defending but soon after we started creating chances and Steve Roddy chested down a cross to Nick Ross who drilled it home from just inside the box. The second half started with Steeple Ashton on top and we were going through the motions and miwday through the half again we conceeded due to sloppy defending but again we were inspired for a few minutes and Steve Roddy was taken down on the edge of the box which Mark Gerrish slotted in the far bottom corner. Steeple Ashton were not done here and took control of the game again and a weary looking Freshford seemed to have run out of fight and the hosts then got back on level terms with ten minutes to go. Unfortunately a strong 50/50 challenge resulted with a Steple Ashton player breaking his leg and the game having to be held up for about an hour waiting for the ambulance to arrive. With the hosts on top and looking like the team who would end up winning the game before the hold up the last 6 minutes gave Freshford a chance to redeem themselves and a half clearance in the last 2 minutes fell to Russell Whatley on the edge of the box who found the back of the net with his shot to give us the win. The referee should be thanked for waiting and eventually playing the full 90 minutes and ecspecially to Steeple Ashton who were willing to continue the game after seeing one of their players with a nasty break, also we wish their player a speedy recovery. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Tom Rooney and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for wanting to take a draw when the game was debating on being finished early with the broken leg.

Line up - Luke Mayne (7) ------ Adam Hyde (7) (Gary Wilson (7)), Mark Williams (7), Ricky Trott (7) ------ Tom Rooney (7), Jack Mitchell (7), Nick Ross (7), Steve Roddy (7) (Chris Foley (7)), Chris Maskrey (7) ------ Mark Gerrish (7), Russell Whatley (7)

Final Score: Steeple Ashton 4 - 5 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 3) ---------- Scorers: Ricky Trott (3), Chris Maskrey (5), Nick Ross (29), Mark Gerrish (71), Russell Whatley (88)

FRESHFORD OUT OF ALL CUPS - 01/03/2014

Freshford hosted Lacock in the Quarter Final of the A & B Cup who are flying this season in the 2nd Division, with the hosts knowing they had a tough game ahead of them and could not of started any worse giving the visitors too much room and taking the lead within the first minute. Freshford were up against it for the rest of the half and were limited to very few chances and failed to take advantage of any of them. The second half saw Freshford start a bit better but unable to find the net and then midway through the half a soft appeal for a penalty was not given to Freshford and Lacock played to the whistle and broke to score a goal leaving half the hosts looking silly still stood up the other end appealing the penalty. Freshford could not raise their heads and more lazy players resulted in Lacock going 3 up with our defence trying to deal with being outnumbered due to players not tracking back with their man. With ten minutes to go Freshford clawed a goal back with Mark Gerrish latching on to a half clearance with an overhead kick in to the net, this did inspire a bit of fight in us but it was tool little too late and Freshford being out of all cups now. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Lee Wilson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Maskrey for asking whether that was a roller Ken was towing on the back of his car up and down the pitch before the game.

Line up - Luke Mayne (7) ------ Adam Hyde (7), Lee Wilson (7) (Mark Williams (7)), Ricky Trott (7), Ryan Mortimer (7) (Jack Mitchell (7))------ Tom Rooney (7), Russell Whatley (7), Nick Ross (7), Chris Maskrey (7) ------ Mark Gerrish (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 3 Lacock (HT 0 - 1) ------ ------ Scorers: Mark Gerrish (80)

FRESHFORD MISS OUT ON SEMI FINAL - 22/02/2014

Freshford travelled to Swindon to play Fratellos in the quarter final of the Wiltshire Junior Cup and arrived at the standard awful council pitches that Swindon has to offer with the goals only being put up minutes before the game, with windy conditions the game got off to a scrappy start and the bobbly pitch proving to be an issue for our defence with a few close calls which the hosts could not take advantage of. The game was then stopped for about ten minutes whilst their keeper received treatment for his hand after catching it on Tom Rooneys elbow after the keeper cleared the ball and fell in to Tom and Tom's arm which was across his chest, the keeper eventually decided he couldnt play on and somehow Tom was awarded a yellow card for being collided into. This seemed to fire the hosts up and they went on to take advantage of a defensive error and take the lead, a free kick just inside their half was taken by Chris Maskrey which was deflected off a defender in to his own net to get the scores level. This did not encourage us to raise our game and another defensive error resulted in the hosts taking the lead again 15 minutes in to the game, with the first half drawing to a close another well delivered free kick from Chris Maskrey found Ricky Trott free to head home an equaliser. The second half got off to a good start with a corner being forced in the first minute and then a goal mouth scramble from the corner eventually fell to Ricky Trott who smashed the ball in to give us the lead. This still didnt inspire us to raise our game and we just sat back and midway through the half yet another defensive error let Fratellos in to equalise, the rest of the half was fairly even despite one onf their players escaping his second yellow card after calling the linesman a cheat which we were told by the ref that word would result in a yellow card if used during the game. Then with minutes left the hosts were able to get away with 2 blatant fouls on our defenders which somehow went un-noticed which then resulted to them taking the lead. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Lee Wilson for an air kick attempted clearance which resulted in their 3rd goal.

Line up - Luke Mayne (7) ------ Lee Wilson (7), Mark Williams (7) (Jon Bates (7)), Ricky Trott (7), Andrew Backman (7) (Ryan Mortimer (7)) ------ Tom Rooney (7), Jack Mitchell (7), Nick Ross (7), Chris Maskrey (7) ------ Mark Gerrish (7) (Steve Roddy (7)), Russell Whatley (7)

Final Score: Fratello's 4 - 3 Freshford Utd (HT 2 - 2) ------ ------ Scorers: OG (13), Ricky Trott (43, 47)

FRESHFORD MOVE 5 POINTS CLEAR IN SCRAPPY GAME - 15/02/2014

Freshford hosted Castle Combe in the League after much hard work on the pitch by groundsman Andrew Backman and Chris Birleson meant that withour Wiltshire Junior Cup tie in Swindon rained off again the league got us a last minute fixture arranged thanks to Castle Combe for agreeing to the change. We were hoping to complete the double over Combe who gave us a good game that the scoreline did not reflect when we won 6-3 earlier in the season, but after all the hard work to get the game on Freshford were left in a predicament after being let down at the last minute and Manager Chris Birleson had to put his keepers gloves back on for the first time in 10 months and it showed in the start of the game that he was a bit out of practice but with both teams not playing for a few weeks it took the first 20 minutes for everyone to blow away the cobwebs. Freshford started to dominate the game midway through and with the wind in their favour Ryan Mortimer was fouled just past the halfway line and Chris Maskrey delivered the ball in to the box which no one was able to get on the end of and it sailed in to the corner of the net with the keeper left confused what had happened. This calmed our nerves and a few minutes later a well delivered corner from Chris Maskrey found Ricky Trott at the back post to head home from 6 yards, then from the restart Combe hit the ball long which was headed back to Chris Birleson who in turn hit a long ball to Tom Rooney who was unmarked and on getting in the box a defender took him down to give us a penalty which Mark Gerrish slotted home from a soggy penalty spot. The second half saw the visitors get back in to the game with Freshford thinking their work was done and a blinding sun causing problems some slack defending saw them score after ten minutes. Freshford created a few chances in teh second half but could not find the net again and then a keeper error from Chris Birleson with ten minutes to go saw Freshford hanging on to their lead until the final whistle in a tense closing period of the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Ricky Trott and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Tom Rooney for slipping in the mud an falling flat on his face.

Line up - Chris Birleson (7) ------ Adam Hyde (7) (Mark Williams (7)), Ricky Trott (7), Lee Wilson (7), Ryan Mortimer (7) (Jon Bates (7)) ------ Tom Rooney (7), Jack Mitchell (7), Nick Ross (7), Chris Maskrey (7) ------ Mark Gerrish (7), Steve Roddy (7) (Russell Whatley (7))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 2 Castle Combe (HT 3 - 0) ------ ------ Scorers: Chris Maskrey (27), Ricky Trott (34), Mark Gerrish (35 (Pen))

FRESHFORD IN TO A&B CUP QUARTER FINAL - 18/01/2014

Freshford hosted 3rd Division side Trowbridge Rangers in the 2nd round of the A&B League Cup, we got off to a good start putting pressure on the visitors straight away and a corner delivered by Chris Maskrey found Rocky Trott unmarked at the back post to head home and take the lead early on 3 minutes. Freshford seemed to relax a bit thinking it would be another easy ride for them but fortunately despite some good posession Trowbridge could not find the final ball to get behind our defence, a few goal mouth scrambles and good saves from the keeper kept them in the game until Tom Rooney set up Nick Ross to double our lead and then another corner from Chris Maskrey found Rocky Trott beating his man again to get our third of the game. The second half took a while to get going and the rain starting to pour down made the conditions a bit more difficult to play some good flowing football but midway through the half we found another goal through Steve Roddy then another corner was whipped in which the keeper saved a header from Nick Ross which fell to Ricky Trott a few yards out who smashed it home to get his hatrick. With the game drawing to a close there was time for one more when Nick Ross put Mark Gerrish through to get the 6th of the game and put us through to the quarter final with a home tie against Division 2 leaders Lacock. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Ricky Trott and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for trying to reach through the barb wire fence to get the ball, getting caught on the wire then just pulling away from the fence and ripping his shirt in the process.

Line up - Craig Guthrie (8) ------ Adam Hyde (8) (Gary Wilson (8)), Ricky Trott (8), Lee Wilson (8), Ryan Mortimer (8) ------ Tom Rooney (8) (Dave Birleson (8)), Russell Whatley (8), Nick Ross (8), Chris Maskrey (8) (Chris Foley (8)) ------ Mark Gerrish (8), Steve Roddy (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 6 - 0 Trowbridge Wanderers (HT 3 - 0) ------ ------ Scorers: Ricky Trott (3, 37, 80), Nick Ross (29), Steve Roddy (71), Mark Gerrish (86)

FRESHFORD HIT CALNE FOR 8 TO GO TOP OF THE LEAGUE - 11/01/2014

Freshford hosted Calne Eagles in the League who were finding their first season in the top flight hard going and we didnt make it much better for them when we started the game well and started creating chances and after ten minutes a ball in from Chris Maskrey came to Mark Gerrish who hammered it in to the net with an unstoppable shot. We stepped off the pace a bit after taking the lead but the visitors could not create any chances and it was only really long balls we had to deal with against the blinding sun, Chris Maskrey delivered again and found Steve Roddy on hand to hit home and double our lead. A minute later Mark Gerrish then set up his strike partner Steve Roddy to get his second in two minutes, Nick Ross was taken down on the edge of the box which Steve Roddy calmly steered it around the wall and in the top corner to complete his hatrick in ten minutes. The second half started off with the visitors being pegged back and within a minute a Chris Maskrey cross was bundled in to the net by Nick Ross, then Ricky Trott was taken down on the edge of the box who then stepped up to curve his free kick around the wall perfectly in to the net. Freshford lost their rhythmn for a while but Chris Maskrey assisted again for Steve Roddy to beat the keeper one on one and then Adam Hyde broke down the wing and crossed for Steve Roddy to get his 5th of the game. We should of added many more goals but some good defending and the woodwork kept the goals to 8 but the win sent us to the top of the league 2 points clear. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Steve Roddy and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for an air shot in the first half.

Line up - Craig Guthrie (8) ------ Adam Hyde (8), Ricky Trott (8), Lee Wilson (8) (Mark Williams (8)), Andrew Backman (8) (Gary Wilson (8)) ------ Ryan Mortimer (8) (Chris Foley (8)), Jack Mitchell (8), Nick Ross (8), Chris Maskrey (8) ------ Mark Gerrish (8), Steve Roddy (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 0 Calne Eagles (HT 4 - 0) ------ ------ Scorers: Mark Gerrish (10), Steve Roddy (23, 24, 33, 62, 85), Nick Ross (46), Ricky Trott (50)

FRESHFORD GRAB THE POINTS IN LOCAL DERBY WITH BRADFORD - 28/12/2013

Freshford hosted Bradford Utd in the league after reversing the fixture due to their pitch being unplayable, with only one other game being played in the league and a local derby over the festive period we had 46 spectators to see if Bradford could continue their recent run of form. The game started with lots of energy from both sides and the visitors seeming to be in control of the game but after 17 minutes we earned a corner after a good break and Steve Roddy whipped the ball in to find Ricky Trott unmarked at the back post to head it in and give us the lead. Minutes later Bradfords hard work for the first 20 minutes was rewarded when a shot/cross was missed by everyone and found the corner of the net, both teams continued to create good chances and it was looking like either team could take the points. The second half saw Freshford establish a bit more control and create more chances and a half cleared corner by the visitors fell to Ricky Trott who crossed the ball back in which a retreating Bradford player could not clear and put it in his own net to give us the lead. The rest of the game was edge of the seat stuff with both teams having chances come and go but we held on to our lead to take the three points. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Maskrey and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for half of the team not receiving his text saying the game was reveresed to our pitch.

Line up - Luke Mayne (8) ------ Ryan Mortimer (8) (Adam Hyde (8)), Ricky Trott (8), Lee Wilson (8) , Andrew Backman (8) (Chris Foley (8)) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Jack Mitchell (8), Nick Ross (8), Chris Maskrey (8) ------ Mark Gerrish (8) (Elliott Cariss-Smith (8)), Steve Roddy (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 1 Bradford Utd (HT 1 - 1) ------ ------ Scorers: Ricky Trott (17), OG (71)

GERRISH GRABS ALL FOUR AGAINST WARMINSTER - 14/12/2013

Freshford travelled to Warminster Town Reserves in the league and were hoping to complete the double over their hosts this season, we got off to a good start and immediately put pressure on their defence and found their young keeper on top form but the good link up work form our stikers found a way through when Steve Roddy set up Mark Gerrish to give us the lead which was doubled minutes later with Steve Roddy setting up Mark Gerrish again for his second of the game. We continued to create chances but the hosts keeper kept them in the game with at least ten saves in the first half and a frustrated Freshford wondering if they could find the net again. The second half saw Waminster find their stride and midway through the half we gave them too much room and they clawed a goal back with a good shot from the edge of the box. Minutes later Steve Roddy set up Mark Gerrish again to give him his hatrick and regain the lead. With the game drawing to a close Chris Foley found Mark Gerrish in the box who found the net again to finish off the game and a great day for himself putting him at the top of the list of Goal scorers in the league. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Mark Gerrish and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Williams for turning up and not realising he had missed a big tuft of hair on the back of his head when cutting his own hair..

Line up - Luke Mayne (7) ------ Ryan Mortimer (7) (Matt Lay (7)), Ricky Trott (7) (Mark Willaims (7)), Lee Wilson (7) , Andrew Backman (7) ------ Tom Rooney (7), Jack Mitchell (7), Nick Ross (7), Chris Maskrey (7) (Chris Foley (7)) ------ Mark Gerrish (8), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Warminster Town Reserves 1 - 4 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 2) ------ ------ Scorers: Mark Gerrish (11, 17, 76, 86)

AWAY TIE IN QUARTER FINAL OF WILTSHIRE CUP - 09/12/2013

Freshford have received an away tie in the Quarter Finals of the Wiltshire Junior Cup to Fratellos FC who play in the Premier Division of the Swindon & District League. The tie will be played on Saturday 1st February 2014 at 1:45pm.

FRESHFORD SMASH AFC GLOBE TO GET TO 1/4 FINALS IN WILTS CUP - 07/12/2013

Freshford hosted Swindon Premier Division side AFC Globe and the game got off to a good start with both teams creating good chances and the visitors looking the more threatening for the first ten minutes. Freshford started to find their rhythmn and our strikers were on form to cause trouble for the visitors with Mark Gerrish setting up Steve Roddy for the first goal and it was Steve Roddy again 6 minutes later who latched on to a ball from Tom Rooney to get his second of the game, minutes later a free kick from the halfway line delivered by Jack Mitchell found Nick Ross getting to it behind the defence and before the keeper with a glancing header in to the empty net. The strikers teamed up again just past the half hour when Mark Gerrish crossed for Steve Roddy to pull the ball down in mid air and then strike it from the edge of the box leaving the keeper no chance and getting his hatrick in style, this seemed to drop the effort from the hardworking Globe and we took another ten minutes to pick up the pace again and it was a ball from Nick Ross who found the inform Steve Roddy who took his tally to four for the day and what seemed to be the game wrapped up for Freshford after 41 minutes. The second half carried on like the first finished and Tom Ferris slotted in Mark Gerrish who got himself on the score sheet after alot of good assisiting work, it was then Jack Mitchell who delivered another great ball to find Ricky Trott to head home. With just under 40 minutes left in the game Freshford made some changes and sat back a little but were punished for this with ten minutes left in the game when they lost their clean sheet with some relaxed defending to give the Globe a consolation goal, it was Mark Gerrish again working hard minutes later who set up Nick Ross for his second of the game and Freshford through to the Quarter Finals of the Wiltshire Junior Cup. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Steve Roddy and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for taking a free kick which he miss kicked and sliced then called the persons name it was bobbling towards by accident.

Line up - Luke Mayne (8) ------ Ryan Mortimer (8) (Adam Hyde (8)), Ricky Trott (8), Lee Wilson (8) (Mark Willaims (8)), Andrew Backman (8) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Jack Mitchell (8), Nick Ross (8), Tom Ferris (8)( Matt Lay (8)) ------ Mark Gerrish (8), Steve Roddy (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 1 AFC Globe (HT 5 - 0) -------- Scorers: Steve Roddy (17, 23, 32, 41), Nick Ross (25, 84), Mark Gerrish (48), Ricky Trott (53)

FRESHFORD GIVEN WAKE UP CALL BY MAGPIES - 30/11/2013

Freshford hosted Semmington Magpies in the league after beating them convincingly in the Wilts Cup they have picked up some form but we didnt treat them as a threat and after 25 minutes they grabbed a goal at the back post with a free header from a corner. We came to life a little over the next few minutes and started to create chances and tighten up our defensive part of the game, Tom Rooney started causing chaos for the visitors as normal and he was the provider for Tom Ferris who calmly slotted home from 6 yds out. It was Tom Rooney again the provider who set up Mark Gerrish to give us the lead right on halftime. We started the second half slow again and were soon punished as the Magpies equalised within minutes of the restart and carried on to dominate for the start of the second half and they took the lead midway through the second half from slack marking again. This gave us the kick we needed to get going and Tom Rooney was involved again when he broke down the right and whipped the ball past the advancing keeper in to the box but the retreating defender could not clear his lines under pressure on the line and put it in his own net to give us the equaliser. We had oppurtunities to finish off the game and claim the 3 points but we were not on form enough to take our chances and shared the points with Semmington. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Ricky Trott and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Gerrish for tripping himself up in the box and appealing for a penalty.

Line up - Luke Mayne (7) ------ Adam Hyde (7), Ricky Trott (7), Andrew Backman (7), Ryan Mortimer (7) (Chris Foley (7)) ------ Tom Rooney (7), Jack Mitchell (7), Russell Whatley (7), Tom Ferris (7) ------ Mark Gerrish (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 3 Semmington Magpies (HT 2 - 1) ------ ------ Scorers: Tom Ferris (39), Mark Gerrish (45), OG (78)

FRESHFORD COMPLETE LEAGUE DOUBLE OVER WANDERERS - 23/11/2013

Freshford travelled to Trowbridge Wanderers in the league who have not had their best start to the season and we were looking to complete the double over them in the league but the first few minutes of the game saw the hosts the better side and a couple of close calls soon woke us up and got us motivated and within a few minutes the keeper paried a save which Tom Rooney was on hand to head it past the stranded keeper. A minute later a Steve Roddy corner found Nick Ross losing his man to head home the 2nd in as many minutes then a few minutes later Mark Gerrish ste up his strike partner Steve Roddy twice in 2 minutes which he scored both times and then an individual effort with a great strike past the keeper Steve Roddy completed his hatrick in 7 minutes giving us a very comfortable lead only 20 minutes in to the game. Wanderers tightened their defence a little and we took our foot off the pedal and too much time was given to the hosts and they managed to claw a goal back which insoired us again and just before halftime individual efforts from Mark Gerrish and Tom Rooney gave us a 7 - 1 lead at halftime. The second half started off brightly with chances being created but not able to find the end product until the 58th minute when Tom Ferris on his debut set up Mark Gerrish to get his second. It could of been alot more goals as good chances were created by the team but Mark Gerrish struggled to capitalise and bag himself any more goals. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Steve Roddy and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Gerrish for missing at least 3 easy goals in the second half.

Line up - Luke Mayne (7) ------ Adam Hyde (7), Ricky Trott (7), Andrew Backman (7), Ryan Mortimer (7) (Mark Williams (7)) ------ Tom Rooney (7), Nick Ross (7) (Dave Birleson (7)), Russell Whatley (7), Tom Ferris (7) ------ Mark Gerrish (7), Steve Roddy (7)

Final Score: Trowbridge Wanderers 1 - 8 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 7) ------ ------ Scorers: Tom Rooney (9, 45), Nick Ross (10), Steve Roddy (13, 14, 20), Mark Gerrish (42, 58)

FRESHFORD GO OUT ON PENALTIES TO WHITE HORSE FC- 16/11/2013

Freshford travelled to White Horse FC in the 2nd round of the Knockout Cup and with the league newcomers doing well as expected so far this season we knew we were up for a tough game and having a bare 11 was not the ideal start. The game started well with both teams well up for the game but neither creating too many chances with the keepers only dealing with long range efforts, the second half saw the hosts on the back foot and we were putting on plenty of pressure then a Ricky Trott free kick found Nick Ross in the box who had lost his man and placed his header in the far corner out of reach of the sprawling keeper. The hosts changed things up and started asking questions of our defence which held up very well and some great stops from Luke Mayne in between the posts, it was proving a struggle for the hosts to find a way through but our tired legs started to show and with about ten minutes to go we were not alert to a quick corner and White Horse levelled to take the game to extra time. Extra time saw the hosts apply more pressure and within minutes of the start they took the lead from a quick corner again. Freshford were determined not to give up despite the tired legs and a few minutes later Steve Roddy found some space on the left and delivered a cross to Mark Gerrish who headed home an equaliser to take the game to Penalties after neither team could find a winner. With darkness closing in the penalty shoot out got under way with us going first Mark Gerrish scoring and then Steve Roddy having his penalty well saved then Ricky Trott scoring his penalty with Luke Mayne saving the next penalty bringing the scores level, Nick Ross scoring his penalty then Russell Whatley missing the goal for his but fortunately the White Horse taker missing as well. Tom Rooney slotted his penalty home then Ryan Mortimer had his penalty saved and White Horse scored theirs to go win the shoot out. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Lee Wilson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Nick Ross for his man scoring both their goals from corners.

Line up - Luke Mayne (8) ------ Ryan Mortimer (8), Lee Wilson (8), Ricky Trott (8), Andrew Backman (8) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Matt Lay (8), Nick Ross (8), Russell Whatley (8), Steve Roddy (8) ------ Mark Gerrish (8)

Final Score: White Horse 2 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 0, AFT 1 - 1, AET 2 - 2, Penalties 5 - 4) ------ ------ Scorers: Nick Ross (52) Mark Gerrish (101) Penalties - Mark Gerrish, Ricky Trott, Nick Ross, Tom Rooney

HOME TIE IN THE 2ND ROUND OF A & B CUP - 08/11/2013

Freshford have received a Home tie in the second round of the League A & B Cup against Trowbridge Rangers who play in the 3rd Division. The fixture will take place on Saturday 21st December 2013 at 1:30 pm.

HOME TIE IN 3RD ROUND OF WILTSHIRE CUP - 04/11/2013

Freshford have received a Home tie in the 3rd round of the Wiltshire Junior Cup to AFC Globe FC who play in the Premier Division of the Swindon & District League. The tie will be played on Saturday 7th December 2013 at 1:45pm.

FRESHFORD MAKE HARD WORK OF VICTORY AGAINST STEEPLE ASHTON- 26/10/2013

Freshford travelled to fellow league side Semmington Magpies in the 2nd Round of the Wiltshire Junior Cup and with a few numbers away we fielded a very strong team and played against the wind for the first half. We started the better team creating chances on the break and finding space behind their defence and the pressure was mounting on the home side, Nick Ross broke in to the box and was fouled to give us a penalty in th 18th minute which Mark Gerrish made no mistake from the spot to give us the lead. Ten minutes later a second corner whipped in by Steve Roddy fell to Matt Lay who notched his first goal for the club, with the hosts being under constant pressure and our pace causing a problem Tom Rooney pounced on a ball in from Steve Roddy which the keeper thought he had comfortably until Tom nipped in front of him to tap it home. With minutes to go the ball fell to Steve Roddy on th edge of the box who smashed the ball in to the top corner giving us a comfortable 4 goal lead at halftime. The second half was lining up to be more goals to be scored with the weather advantage but it was quickly bought to a halt when Chris Maskrey was shown a straight Red in the first 5 minutes of the half for a dangerous tackle. Fortunately no injury was caused and we defended well for the rest of the game but could not grab anymore goals and rode out the tie to progress to teh 3rd round. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Ricky Trott and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for saying lets get the 3 points at the end of his pre match team talk.

Line up - Luke Mayne (8) ------ Ryan Mortimer (8) (Neil Birleson (8)), Lee Wilson (8), Ricky Trott (8), Andrew Backman (8) (Liam Richards (8)) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Matt Lay (8), Nick Ross (8), Chris Maskrey (8) ------ Mark Gerrish (8), Steve Roddy (8)

Final Score: Semmington Magpies 0 - 4 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 4) --------- Scorers: Mark Gerrish (18) Matt Lay (28) Tom Rooney (35) Steve Roddy (44)

RACE NIGHT FUNDRAISER - 26/10/2013

Freshford held their 5th Race Night which was yet again another success and good night had by all. We held it at Freshford Village Hall again and had more people attending this time thanks to some good efforts from various people so we had 61 people on the night. The Raffle made £150.00, the betting £808.00, race sponsors £175.00 and the bar £617.28 which combined with the 61 peoples tickets and costs we raised £1430.09 which is a great total for the club. Thanks to our race sponsors CDP, Bath & West Fire & Safety, CG Plumbing, Russell Whatley Gas Services, StagWeb Ruth & Hughie Fulton and Ken Birleson. Also thanks to Chris Birleson for organising the night and all the people who helped on the night to make it run smoothly and Anne Birleson for doing the bar along with Will. Also thanks to the Race Night staff for all their hard work and everyone who attended and supported the event.

 

FRESHFORD MAKE HARD WORK OF VICTORY AGAINST STEEPLE ASHTON- 26/10/2013

Freshford were due to be playing Steeple Ashton away but due to the bad weather their pitch was unplayable so we managed to reverse the fixture and play at home thanks to the hard work from Andrew Backman. The game got off to a good start with both teams fired up and some good chances being made by both teams and within 5 minutes the visitors failed to clear their lines and a header from Nick Ross was half cleared and fell back to him where he was able to control and strike it through the crowd in the box to give us the lead. Freshford seemed to sit off after scoring the goal thinking their work was done and it was the visitors who had the better chances for the rest of the half but we managed to keep the advantage. Mid way through the second half we started creating chances again and asking questions of their defence then Steve Roddy was taken down in the box which the resulting penalty was calmly slotted home by Mark Gerrish. Minutes later a corner whipped in by Chris Maskrey was headed home by Nick Ross for his second of the game. The game was finished off when Elliott Cariss-Smith made a mazey run and laid it in to Mark Gerrish who unselfishly returned it to Elliott in a better position who bombed pass the defence and struck across the goal to find the bottom corner. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for attempting a shot from just past the halfway line which went wayover the goal and nearly the trees.

Line up - Luke Mayne (8) ------ Adam Hyde (8), Mark Williams (8) ( Lee Wilson (8)), Ricky Trott (8), Ryan Mortimer (8) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Dave Birleson (8) (Elliott Cariss-Smith (8)), Nick Ross (8), Chris Maskrey (8) ------ Mark Gerrish (8), Chris Foley (8) (Steve Roddy (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 0 Steeple Ashton (HT 1 - 0) ------ ------ Scorers: Nick Ross x2 (5, 68) Mark Gerrish (65) Elliott Cariss-Smith (77)

FRESHFORD END THE LAMBS WINNING RUN - 19/10/2013

Freshford travelled to The Lamb who were so far unbeaten after five games in the league so expecting a tough battle ahead on a day where the windy wet conditions made it extra tricky for both sides. The game started with both sides creating chances and it obvious that both sides were fired up and eagerly wanted to win, it was Freshford who broke the deadlock after 20 minues when Russell Whatley made a good run behind the defence down the left side and found Mark Gerrish unmarked in the middle who calmly beat the keeper to take the lead. Freshford continued to create chances and come close but it was with not long till halftime a through ball from Nick Ross that found Mark Gerrish on hand to grab his second of the game then minutes later a good testing cross from Chris Maskrey was put in to the box which Russell Whatley challenged for and beat the keeper to it and found the corner of the goal to give us a comfortable lead at halftime despite taking a blow to the head from the keeper. The second half saw the Lamb do better with the calmer comditions and they managed to pull a goal back in the first ten minutes of the half making Freshford dig deep to keep them at bay and we then had a hat full of chances to get another goal and it wasnt until the 83rd minute when Nick Ross fed another perfect pass through to Chris Foley who beta the defence and fired home from the edge of the box leaving the keeper no chance. The hosts managed to pull one back with a few minutes to go due to our defence switching off and Andrew Backman trying to clear a cross out of the path of the striker but unfortunately finding his own net. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nathan Gant and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Nick Ross for skying a chance wayover the bar from a few yards out.

Line up - Luke Mayne (8) ------ Adam Hyde (8), Mark Williams (8), Ricky Trott (8), Ryan Mortimer (8) (Andrew Backman (8)) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Nathan Gant (9), Nick Ross (9), Chris Maskrey (8) (Neil Birleson (8))------ Russell Whatley (8), Mark Gerrish (8) (Chris Foley (8))

Final Score: The Lamb 2 - 4 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 3) ------ ------ Scorers: Mark Gerrish x2 (21, 39) Russell Whatley (42) Chris Foley (83)

AWAY TIE IN 2ND ROUND OF WILTSHIRE CUP - 14/10/2013

Freshford have received an away tie in the 2nd round of the Wiltshire Junior Cup to Semmington Magpies who are our League. The tie will be played on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at 2:30pm.

WHITE HORSE FC AWAY TIE IN THE KNOCKOUT CUP 2ND ROUND - 14/10/2013

Freshford have been given an away tie against White Horse FC in the Second Round of the League Knockout Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 16th November 2013 at 2:00pm, they currently play in Division 3 of the Trowbridge & District League but they are a new team and a similar standard to us, we drew 1 -1 with them in a pre season friendly this year.

FRESHFORD EXIT SOMERSET CUP IN A GAME TO LEARN FROM - 12/10/2013

Freshford travelled to Misterton in the Somerset Junior Cup and were suprised to see a pitch that was almost square shaped being wider than ours but the length of a junior pitch but both teams had the same and it was Freshford who showed they were not used to playing on such a small pitch and with the pressure on early from the hosts some slack defending and players not switched on found us two goals down after 15 minutes and struggling to get to grips with the task ahead. Just before halftime a cleared corner fell to Russell Whatley on the edge of the box who fired his shot in off the underside of the bar to get us back in to the game. Freshford changed their formation in the second half and took the upper hand with the hosts unsure how to deal with the change we started creating plenty of chances but kept finding their keeper on top form keeping them in the lead. Midway through the half we found the equaliser when Ryan Mortimer delivered a corner which Waleed Bakali lost his marker at the near post and headed home. Freshford had more chances to finish the game in normal time but with the woodwork and the hosts keeper always being on hand the game went to extra time. In the first few minutes of extra time a shot on the edge of our box was deflected the other direction giving Luke no chance and Freshford behind again, we pushed and pressed creating some good chances again and in the last minute with everyone pressing Misterton sealed their place in next round when they broke from our attack and grabbed a last minute goal. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Waleed Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Russell Whatley for why he was sent off with seconds to go in the game.

Line up - Luke Mayne (7) ------ Adam Hyde (7) (Matt Lay(7)), Andrew Backman (7) (Mark Williams (7)), Ricky Trott (7), Chris Maskrey (7) (Chris Foley (7)) ------ Tom Rooney (7), Russell Whatley (8) (Waleed Bakali (8)), Nick Ross (8), Ryan Mortimer (7) ------ Steve Roddy (7) (Dave Birleson (7)), Mark Gerrish (8)

Final Score: Misterton FC 4 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 2 - 0, AFT 2 - 2) ------ ------ Scorers: Russell Whatley (40) Waleed Bakali (70)

THREE POINTS DESPITE SHAKEY TIMES AT CASTLE COMBE- 05/10/2013

Freshford travelled to Castle Combe for their first away game of the season and were unsure what to expect with the hosts having varied results so far this season. We got off to a good start creating good chances and putting pressure on the hosts defence, a half cleared corner fell to Russell Whatley who layed it back to Chris Maskrey who struck across the ball perfectly on the edge of the box and found the top corner to give us the lead. Some good individual work from Mark Gerrish enabled him to get on the score sheet for our second of the game then minutes later another corner was not cleared properly by Castle Combe and Tom Rooney fired it in across the goalmouth in to the far corner of the net leaving us in a comfortable position at halftime. The second half started at the same tempo from Freshford when a cross from Tom Rooney was sliced by a defender in to his own net, with the hosts looking in trouble some more sloppy defending from a corner let Chris Maskrey set up Tom Rooney to fire home across the goal again like his first goal. Freshford then decided to step off the pace and give Castle Combe too much room and time and within the space of 5 minutes the hosts had picked their heads up and got 3 goals back which came from the majority of the team not closing their man down. We soon settled the nerves and got back to playing and with ten minutes to go a free kick 25 yds out was fired home by Steve Roddy to seal the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Mark Gerrish and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Luke Mayne for shouting he was not going to conceed a goal about a minute before their first goal.

Line up - Luke Mayne (7) ------ Adam Hyde (7), Andrew Backman (7), Ricky Trott (8), Chris Maskrey (7) ------ Tom Rooney (7), Russell Whatley (7) (Nathan Gant (7)), Nick Ross (8), Ryan Mortimer (8) ------ Steve Roddy (8), Mark Gerrish (8)

Final Score: Castle Combe 3 - 6 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 3) ------ ------ Scorers: Chris Maskrey (19) Mark Gerrish (25) Tom Rooney (29, 59) Steve Roddy (80), OG (51)

FRESHFORD CRUISE PAST TROWBRIDGE TOWN RESERVES IN KO CUP - 28/09/2013

Freshford hosted Trowbridge Town Reserves in the first round of the Knockout Cup and with the visitors on an unbeaaten run this season Freshford were expecting a tough game ahead of them, Trowbridge started the better team as we started sluggish again but fortunately a few close calls encouraged us into playing the way we know we can. We started creating chances and everyone was starting to play the ball around more and about half an hour in to the game a cross from Steve Roddy was deflected in by a defender to give us the lead and minutes later Nick Ross found Mark Gerrish who doubled the lead. A frustrated Trowbridge side went from bad to worse when they were reduced to ten men just before halftime for Foul and Abusive language. Freshford faced the second half challenge of their own mind games and closing out the game which we fortunately started to do within minutes of the start when a Mark Gerrish shot was palmed away by the keeper to the feet of Steve Roddy who got his first of the game which was soon added to when Tom Rooney with a nice through ball ste up Steve Roddy for his second, then Mark Gerrish set Steve Roddy up again to complete his Hatrick. Good interlinking play on the right set Ryan Mortimer free who delivered well to find Ricky Trott on hand at the back post to head home and finish off the game and time left to create more. Steve Roddy then turned provider for his strike partner ensuring Mark Gerrish got his hatrick as well. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Gerrish for skying an easy tap in about ten yards over the bar.

Line up - Luke Mayne (8) ------ Adam Hyde (8) (Ryan Mortimer (8)), Mark Williams (8), Ricky Trott (8), Chris Maskrey (8) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Dave Birleson (8), Nick Ross (8) (Waleed Bakali (8)), Chris Foley (8) ------ Steve Roddy (8), Mark Gerrish (8) (Chris Birleson (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 0 Trowbridge Town Reserves (HT 2 - 0) ------ ------ Scorers: OG (32) Mark Gerrish x3 (40, 65, 82) Steve Roddy x3 (49, 54, 59), Ricky Trott (63)

AWAY TIE IN 2ND ROUND OF SOMERSET CUP - 17/09/2013

Freshford have received an away tie in the 2nd round of the Somerset Junior Cup to Misterton FC who are in between Crewkerne and Yeovil and they play in Premier Division of the Perry Street & District League. The tie will be played on Saturday 12th October 2013 at 2:30pm and we are looking in to getting a coach or a minibus down for the game. If any spectators are interested in a day trip away please let Chris know ASAP.

BYE IN THE A & B CUP - 16/09/2013

Freshford have received a bye in the First round of the League A & B Cup.

WARMINSTER EVENTUALLY HIT FOR SIX - 14/09/2013

Freshford hosted Warminster Town Reservesin the league and were up against another young side with bags full of energy and it was the visitors who started the game better forcing a few good saves from Craig Guthrie but soon they found a way through and took the lead giving Freshford the wake up call they needed and we started to create chances. Chris Foley set up Steve Roddy to get the equaliser with a tap in then a long ball over the top from Ricky Trott found Mark Gerrish who let it bounce once on the edge of the box who superbly struck it in the far corner past the stranded keeper. With the hosts back in control and more settled more chances were made and Tom Rooney creating trouble down the right wing crossed to Mark Gerrish who got his second of the game with minutes remaining in the first half. Warminster came out the better side much as the first half and put Freshford at panic stations again ecspecially when they equalised from a corner which was not cleared after sloppy defending, again this seemed to spark us in to life and the ever hard working Nick Ross was upended in the box which enabled Russell Whatley to convert the penalty with style hitting the underside of the crossbar! This seemed to see Warminster off and they reverted to rash challenges being thrown in but Elliott Cariss-Smith had teh last laugh after avoiding 2 late tackles he found Nick Ross in the middle who set up Tom Rooney who drilled it home then to round off the game Tom Rooney delivered a well weighted cross which Steve Roddy headed back across the keeper in to the top corner. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Russell Whatley and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Craig Guthrie for letting their 3rd goal in by diving over the pea roller shot.

Line up - Craig Guthrie (7) ------ Adam Hyde (7), Andrew Backman (7), Ricky Trott (7), Chris Maskrey (7) (R. Mortimer (7))------ Tom Rooney (8), Russell Whatley (8), Nick Ross (8), Chris Foley (7) (Elliott Cariss-Smith (8)) ------ Steve Roddy (7), Mark Gerrish (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 6 - 3 Warminster Town Reserves (HT 3 - 1) ------ ------ Scorers: Steve Roddy x2 (20, 88), Mark Gerrish x2 (25, 40), Russell Whatley (Pen 75), Tom Rooney (84)

BYES IN WILTSHIRE & SOMERSET CUPS - 10/09/2013

Freshford have received byes in the First rounds of the Wiltshire and Somerset Junior Cups.

FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON AGAINST WANDERERS - 07/09/2013

Freshford hosted Trowbridge Wanderers in the league and were looking to get back to winning ways after a dissapionting loss in the first game, as per normal we took a while to get going and the first 20 minutes were fairly even ubtil we started to raise the game and a Chris Maskrey free kick found Tom Rooney on hand to head home to give us the lead and settle any nerves. Tom Rooney then turned provider and threaded the ball through to Mark Gerrish who went through one on one with the keeper and doubled our lead. The second half should of seen Freshford finish of the game but some good defending, various parts of the woodwork being hit and some poor composure in front of goal kept the visitors hopes alive until about ten minutes to go when Steve Roddy found the hard working Tom Rooney to get his second of the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Tom Rooney and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Foley for missing an easy tap in at the back post and then getting cramp.

Line up - Craig Guthrie (7) ------ Adam Hyde (7) (Rob Comba (7)), Mark Williams (8), Ricky Trott (7), Chris Maskrey (7) ------ Tom Rooney (8), Russell Whatley (7) (Elliott Cariss-Smith (7)), Nick Ross (8), Chris Foley (7) (Andrew Backman (7)) ------ Steve Roddy (7), Mark Gerrish (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 0 Trowbridge Wanderers (HT 2 - 0) ------ ------ Scorers: Tom Rooney x2 (26, 79), Mark Gerrish (34)

SLOPPY START TO FIRST GAME AND THE SEASON - 31/08/2013

Freshford hosted Westbury Utd Reserves in our first game of the season and with a few players away it was not the starting fixture we wanted but had a squad more than capable of getting the result required. A slow start to the game saw us on the back foot and some lazy defending started to cause us problems and with Westbury looking to be one of the teams who will be challenging for the title too many chances given to them soon resulted us being 2 goals down within 30 minutes. After a little shake up we started to get back in the game and create chances and were rewarded with a penalty just before half time but unfortunately Steve Roddy's penalty was saved by the keeper leaving us a little depleted. The second half saw everyone respond to the half time talk and a much different side appeared in the second half but it looked like the visitors defence was going to hold out but with 5 minutes to go Waleed Bakali created some space down the right and set up Tom Rooney to get us back in the game and with everyones tails up it was looking like the game was back on. Minutes later sloppy defending appeared again and a free kick from 40 yards which everyone left droppd in to the net leaving us looking sloppy but good attitude saw us continue to press and not give up and a shot from Waleed Bakali was parried by the keeper on the 90th minute and Chris Foley was quickly on it to slam it home and the come back back on. With 4 minutes stoppage time added on we continued to create good chances but Westburys keeper was on top form and in the last few seconds a overhead kick from Chris Bristow was going in until the keeper managed to somehow get a hand to it and Freshford ended up getting the season off to a bad start. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Tom Rooney and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for missing his penalty.

Line up - Craig Guthrie (7) ------ Tom Rooney(8), Chris Bristow(7), Andrew Backman(7), Chris Maskrey(7) ------ Ryan Mortimer(7) (Mark Williams(7)), Dave Birleson(7), Dan Weeks(7), Chris Foley(7) ------ Steve Roddy(7), Waleed Bakali(8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 3 Westbury Utd Reserves (HT 0 - 2) ------ ------ Scorers: Tom Rooney, Chris Foley

HOME TIE IN THE KNOCKOUT CUP - 31/08/2013

Freshford have been given a home tie against Trowbridge Town Resreves in the First Round of the League Knockout Cup, the game will take place on Saturday 28th September 2013 at 2:30pm, they currently play in Division 2 of the Trowbridge & District League.

FRESHFORD FINES LIST FOR THE SEASON - 30/08/2013

We have introduced this year fines for players where all the money will be collected and used to a kitty for drinks for the Christmas meal and the End of Season do, so look at it as a saving option for your drinks at the meals. Russell Whatley will be in charge of the collections of fines and Craig Guthrie will help Russ out. The fines are as follows.......

Compulsory Weekly £1 ........... Being Late £2........... Not Going to Pub £2 ............... Leaving pub before 6pm £1................ Dissent to Ref £2............. Dissent to Fan/Club £2 ............ Not Showering £1............. Red Card £5 ..............Yellow Card £1 ................Missing team night out £3 .................. Penalty Miss £1 ............. Conceeded Penalty £1 .............Going out night before game £2 ................ Missing a game £3 ..............Jaffa £2 .................. Not paying on day £1 .............. If your debt gets to £10 it is an extra £1 per week

 

FRESHFORD BATTER ODD DOWN SOCIAL IN LAST FRIENDLY - 27/08/2013

Freshford hosted Odd Down Social FC from the Bath & District league in their final pre season friendly. Odd Down seemed to have the better start and made the hosts realise they cant afford to be unprepared for a game and some good defending kept us from getting off to a bad start. Within ten minutes we found our stride and a exciting and heated game of football was on the cards, it was Freshford who looked like taking the first chance when a penalty was awarded for a foul on Nick Ross which Steve Roddy stepped up to take but was saved by the keeper. This didnt dent our spirit and within minutes Steve Roddy turned provider for Mark Gerrish who went through and smashed it past the keper to take the lead, Steve Roddy then assisted again with a well whipped corner which found Ricky Trott at the back post to head home from 8 yards to double our lead. Odd Down started to get frustrated and some rash challenges started flying in and a bad tackle on Russell Whatley on the edge of the box gave Russell the chance to then step up and curl his free kick in with the help of a slight deflection. With the first half drawing to an end and the visitors looking a little stunned and un organised a quick throw in from Tom Rooney put Mark Gerrish thorugh one on one again with the keeper which he fired in to the corner of the net again. The second half started off with Odd Down a bit more fired up but we defended well and kept them at bay for the first twenty minutes but they did claw back a goal on the break. We continued to create chances and could of scored more but just added one more in the second half when Nick Ross broke down the right side to square it to Mark gerrish who calmly completed his hat trick curling it round the defender and keeper in to the bottom corner. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Ricky Trott and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for missing his penalty and when coming back on for the last 15 mins not making one pass to any of our players but lots to theirs.

Line up - Craig Guthrie / Tom Rooney, Ricky Trott, Andrew Backman, Chris Maskrey / M. Lay, N. Ross, R. Whatley (D. Birleson), C. Foley / S. Roddy, M. Gerrish

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 1 Odd Down Social FC (HT 4 - 0)

 

FIRST WIN WITH COLEFORD HIT FOR FIVE - 15/08/2013

Freshford hosted Somerset side Coleford FC in a friendly on a very wet day making the conditions a bit slippy but a nice to play on and knock the ball about. Both teams had a fair share for the first 15 minutes of the game with chances at each end but midway through the half a goal kick was flicked on by Steve Roddy to find Mark Gerrish through on the keeper who slotted home from just inside the box. Coleford responded well and a few changes seemed to unsettle the home team and with not enough pressure on the ball a well taken strike on the edge of the box gave the visitors a goal. The second half was started alot better by Freshford and some discipline was found and chances were being created frequently and with Matt Lay relaxed and in control in the middle he slotted a perfect ball through to Steve Roddy who slotted home with ease. Against the run of play Coleford managed to claw another goal back with the help of a few slips and not closing our man down but we were still effective on the attack and Steve Roddy set up Mark Gerrish with another goal and at this point the visitors started to fade and Steve Roddy was provider again after breaking down the left he set Russell Whatley up for a 10 yd tap in past the keeper. It was then Russell Whatley who deflected the ball in to Steve Roddy who broke away form the defenders and wrapped the game up with our 5th goal. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Elliott Cariss-Smith and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Craig Guthrie for having a tantrum after the second goal was conceeded and then talking to his goal net about his frustration with his defenders.

Line up - Craig Guthrie / Adam Hyde, Ricky Trott (Chris Bristow), Lee Wilson (Mark Williams), Chris Maskrey (Andrew Backman) / T. Rooney (D. Blacker), E. Cariss-Smith, R. Whatley (M. Lay), R. Mortimer (C. Foley) / S. Roddy, M. Gerrish

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 2 Coleford FC (HT 1 - 1)

FRESHFORD STILL LOOKING FOR FIRST WIN - 08/08/2013

Freshford hosted new team White Horse FC in their second friendly and knew this would be a tough game looking at the squad the newly fromed team had available. The game started better for the visitors with more control over the game and Freshford still looking a bit uneasy in defence and the whole team still not quite settled and playing the flowing football we know we can. After a nervy start we soon found our rythmn and started creating chances and taking control, a soft penalty was given against Ricky Trott for handball although he was only a yard away when the ball was hit but Craig Guthrie was on hand to save from the penalty then minutes later a well delivered cross from Chris Maskrey was fumbled by the keeper and fell to Tom Rooney who was in the right place at the right time to tap in to an empty net. Freshford continued to control the first half but could not find the much needed second goal. The second half saw another slow start from the hosts and frustration on not finding the second goal was starting to show. Midway through the half a missed header back from Mark Williams let their striker in who chipped it over the stranded Craig who could not do much about it. Both teams continued to press for the winner but neither could find the final touch. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Russell Whatley for an attempted overhead kick which he missed with one foot and accidentally hit with his trailing foot.

Line Up - Craig Guthrie / Adam Hyde, Ricky Trott, Chris Bristow (Mark Williams), Chris Maskrey / Tom Rooney, Russell Whatley, Nick Ross, Chris Foley (Ryan Mortimer)/ Elliott Cariss-Smith, Mark Gerrish

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 1 White Horse FC (HT 1 - 0)

 

FIRST FRIENDLY FULL OF PROMISES BUT ENDS EVEN- 01/08/2013

Freshford started off their pre season friendlies with a game against newly promoted The Lamb FC who are a very young and energetic team and a new looking Freshford side with lots of new faces started off sluggish and got an early wake up call with the visitors taking a 2 goal advantage within 15 minutes. Fortunately we pulled ourselves togeather and started playing and working as a team and some good work on the right soon developed in a goal when Adam Hyde pressed his man early and stole the ball to set up Tom Rooney to get us back in the game, we continued to put pressure on their defence and a goal mouth scramble from a corner ended up with Mark Gerrish laying it up for Ricky Trott to smash it home from 6 yds. The second half saw both sides starting slow but Freshford took the upper hand after 15 minutes with Dan Fowler creating his own chance and firing home to give us the lead, which was only short lived with some sloppy defending letting The Lamb level the scores within 5 minutes. With fitness levels not quite up to speed the last 20 minutes it was showing but Tom Rooney showed he still had energy left he pressed and won the ball back from his man and put an early cross in to find Mark Gerrish at the back post who fired it in to give us the lead. With the game coming to an end legs were even more tired and lack of concentration lead us to giving a free kick away on the edge of the box with a minute remaining which a easy save was not made and the ball sailed in to the net leveling the game with seconds remaining. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Tom Rooney and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Craig Guthrie for letting the 4th goal through his hands.

Line Up - Craig Guthrie / Adam Hyde, Ricky Trott, Lee Wilson, Chris Maskrey / Tom Rooney, Russell Whatley, Elliott Cariss-Smith (Chris Bristow), Chris Foley / Dan Fowler, Mark Gerrish

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 4 The Lamb FC (HT 2 - 2)

SIX-A-SIDE 4TH YEAR WINNERS - 13/07/2013

Freshford hosted their 4th annual Six-A-Side tournament at Browns Field with 16 teams entering. It was another success with the weather being on our side and the sun shining all day long but possibly too hot with heat wave warnings being given for the area on the day. We entered two teams with the A team being managed by Steve Roddy with alot of our new signings this season (Luke McFarlane, Nick Ross, Chris Maskrey, Tom Rooney, Nathan Gant, Lee Wilson, Mark Gerrish and Steve Roddy), they got off to a great start scoring alot more goals than other teams in the group stages but unfortunately got knocked out with a deflected goal in the Semi Final. Our B team was ran by Chris Birleson and consisted of mainly last seasons players (Chris Birleson, Andrew Backman, Neil Birleson, Dave Cheshire, Elliott Cariss-Smith, Will Griffiths, Mark Birleson and Jed Osborne) and they won the tournament with some solid displays not scoring many goals but a clean sheet for the whole tournament Winning 1 game and drawing 2 in the group stage then after a close game in the quarter final they won on penalties the semi final was to the wire with the winners of their group FC Trowbridge and a last second goal at the end of the game by Will put them in the final. The final was won by a goal direct from a corner by jed that deflected in of a defender and we then held on to the goal and cancelled Trowbridge Wanderers A out of the game by solid defending. It was almost a perfect Final for us with both teams in the final but it will be something for us to aim for next year.

The club managed to raise £672.92 once all bills were paid which is a good help to our fundraising pot for developing our facilities it was also the most we have raised for a tournament so far. Thanks to the referees and all the helpers on the day who made this event another success for the club and a good day had by all.

NEW PLAYERS WELCOME TO A NEW ERA OF FRESHFORD UTD F.C. - 20/06/2013

Freshford United F.C. is starting a new era without Freshford Legend and loyal member Hughie Fulton in the Managers role. We are pleased to say that Hughie will be staying with the club as a role of Vice Chairman and will still be along to support the team most weekends.

Chris Birleson will be the new manager and play as needed but trying to concentrate more on managing than playing, he will be supported by Steve Roddy and Andrew Backman to help drive the team forward and have continued success as we have in the past. New players are welcome and training will start on Tuesday 25/06/2013 at 6:30pm and will be every week until the season starts.

HUGHIE FULTON RETIRES AS PLAYER & MANAGER AFTER 40 YEARS - 31/05/2013

Hughie headed down South from Glasgow in 1969 after finishing his shipbuilding apprenticeship on the Clydeside. He first worked in London for a Petro Chemical Company but found it difficult to settle there, and when an opportunity arose to move away from London and back into shipbuilding with a contract in Southampton, he jumped at the chance. When the contract ended he moved to Bath subcontracting to the MOD Navy Dept. As he was new to the area he did not know many of the locals but thro work colleagues he soon managed to find a place in the Civil Service Team who then played in the Somerset Senior League alongside Phil Senior who is now the Trowbridge and District vice Chairman. Through football Hughie made friends quickly and when two of his friends came down from Glasgow they looked for another club. One of his Glasgow chums, Robert McKay, and Hughie soon became regulars in the FUFC line up. A short time later Hughie met Ruth Brown the daughter of Henry the founder of the club. Ruth & Hughie quickly hit it off and after a whirlwind romance they married in 1974.

In 1980/81 due to Govt. cut backs all MoD contract staff were made redundant and Hughie found himself with a bit of time on his hands as he looked for work. During this time a friend who worked with Ruth and did a lot of part time Coaching for the FA suggested that He may do well to try for an FA Coaching Badge through a course being run by Roy Hodgson. One of the highlights of Hughie’s footballing career was passing the 8 week in depth course. He got on very well with Mr Hodgeson and he is sure that Roy wouldn’t mind when he says that not only has he trouble with prouncing ‘R’s he couldn’t pronounce his ‘H’s very well either as he called him “OOey”.

With the help of Freshford Stalwarts Dennis Barnett and Pete Smith, Hughie took over as manager from the late great Leo Norris who for many years was very aptly known, as Mr Freshford. Leo was totally devoted to the club and formed a big part of the strong and lasting foundations. Dennis and Pete were two of the original players and both their fathers were contributory in the formation of the club. To this day the Fred Barnnet Memorial Cup is awarded to the outstanding Clubman of the year. Over the forty years with FUFC in the T&DFL Hughie served the club as Player, Captain, Player Manager and Manager, and the Forty Years would never have been achieved without primarily his wife Ruth who was brought up with Freshford FC’ and secondly our Chairman Ken Birleson, who has been a solid rock over the last twenty five years.

Hughie is standing down as manager with no real regrets although there have been a few occasions over the years when he felt he should give up. Once in 19?? when Manny Schnieder brought along several players from his Sunday side and saved the day, and once or twice when he felt that one or two of the players thought that they knew better and maybe he should just let them get on with it. However the support shown by Ruth and Ken together with the vast majority of the players persuaded him that he should stay on. What they did not want was for all the hard work done by them and their predecessors over many years to have been for nothing, as together they had established a club with strong roots and firm foundations which they hope will carry on for years to come.

Announcing retirement from football management is not the only thing that Hughie has in common with Sir Alex Ferguson, They both played for Drumchapel Amateurs, one of the best (if not the best) amateur clubs in Scotland. The club also boasts players such as David Moyes, Kenny Dalgliesh, Asa Hatford, Archie Gemmill, Alex Willoughby, Jim Forrest and Donnie Kerrigan to mention but a few ( I am sure some of the younger readers will ask who was ??? but I can assure you they were all Scottish internationals ‘back in the day’. Hughie feels that he couldn’t reminisce about his time at Freshford without mentioning apart from Leo, two of his very close friends who have also passed away, Bob Parson’s who did an incredible amount of work on the ground and Robert Mckay who played for many years and was his best man. Another great character who played for the club and was recently killed in a RTA was Micky Rustell.

Hughie feels that now is the right time as he has Chris Birleson who is fairly young, has been brought up in the village and is very keen to take on the role as manager and also Andrew Backman who already has devoted a lot of time helping to look after the ground and is happy to take over the role of groundsman from Ken (Who is also getting on a wee bit).

 

 

 

 

NEWS CLIPS 2012/2013

SEMMINGTON SHARE THE POINTS - 30/04/2013

Freshford travelled to Semmington for the final league game of the season and Hughie Fulton’s 40 year association with Freshford United as player and Manager came to an end. With the team wanting to put in a good last show for their manager A spectacular 40 yard effort from Mark Birleson gave Freshford the lead but unfortunately as most of the season a defensive error was made to get the Magpies back on level terms before Chris Bristow fed the ball through another long range stunner by top scorer Steve Roddy sent Freshford in at half time with a 2-1 lead. Midway through the second half Semington got their equaliser and held on against all the pressure to claim the draw. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Bristow and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde for standing on the ball whilst trying to dribble up the pitch.

Final Score: Semmington Magpies 2 - 2 Freshford Utd (1 - 2 HT)

MELKSHAM BRING IN FIRST TEAM - 27/04/2013

Freshford hosted Melksham Town Reserves who were looking to confirm 2nd place and possibly take the title. Freshford still struggling with injuries called on a few of the older players to make up their team and were faced with a very young and fit Melksham team who had put in a few first team players. Freshford held their own but slipped behind by two goals by halftime struggling to deal with the pace of the ringers. The second half saw Freshford pull a goal back when Ryan Mortimer set up Steve Roddy and whilst chasing the next goal with ten minutes left we conceeded again. Throwing everything forward we got a goal back through Elliott Cariss-Smith but again got caught on the break pushing for the equaliser. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Russell Stritch for a wild slice of the ball instead of tapping it in the net to equalise.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 4 Melksham Town Reserves (0 - 2 HT)

WARMINSTER WIN ON THE NIGHT - 23/04/2013

Freshford travelled to Warminster with a put together team and were up against a young side playing to keep their place in Division 1 and Freshfords night seemed a struggle with players out and an injury within the first ten minutes made the night even harder for them. The hosts took their advantage well and took the lead by 2 goals by half time. Freshford threw everything they had at the second half but could not find the back of the net. There was no team vote for Man of the Match but the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Will Griffiths for attempting an overhead kick and getting injured from it ten minutes in to the game.

Final Score: Warminster Town Reserves 2 - 0 Freshford Utd (2 - 0 HT)

WESTBURY TAKE POINTS & 3RD SPOT - 20/04/2013

Freshford travelled to Westbury Utd Reserves in the league in what could decide who took third spot in the league. Westbury started the game well but the first half was full of chances for both sides and the big pitch and a few different players lead to us conceeding halfway through the half. The second half looked promising but it was a case of missed and wasted chances for Freshford and in the end ran out of steam after the second goal was conceeded midway through the half then we held on until the last ten minutes when 3 late goals were conceeded. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Elliott Cariss Smith and the 'Jaffa' was also awarded to Elliott for missing a sitter which would of changed the game.

Final Score: Westbury Utd Reserves 5 - 0 Freshford Utd (1 - 0 HT)

POINTS SHARED AT WINDY WANDERERS - 18/04/2013

Freshford travelled to Trowbridge Wanderers in the league and on a evening with a low constantly low sun and what seemed like gale forse winds Freshford took the option to have the advantage to start. After many missed chances we took the lead through Will Griffiths who latched on to a flick on from Elliott Cariss Smith but were pegged back by Wanderers with lazy defending again to square things up. Freshford regained the lead via Elliott Carris-Smith with a 25yd free kick he rocketed in to the corner leaving the keeper helpless. Wanderers leveled the scores ten minutes in to the second half with Freshford struggling to deal with the Sun and wind. Freshford claimed the lead for a third time thanks to a second of the evening from Carris-Smith who latched on to the end of Neil Birlesons cross, but Wanderers never say die spirit saw them equalise again and claim a deserved point. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Elliott Cariss Smith and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Bristow for trying to clear a ball and Kung Fu kicking Dave Birleson in the head instead.

Final Score: Trowbridge Wanderers 3 - 3 Freshford Utd (1 - 2 HT)

SEEND TAKE POINTS IN STRANGE GAME - 16/04/2013

Freshford hosted Seend in the league and after a goalless first 45 minutes that saw Freshford miss a host of guilt edged chances to open the scoring it was Seend who took the lead midway through the second half from what Freshford thought was a harshly awarded penalty which was duly converted. Freshford got themselves an equaliser when Will Griffiths rolled the ball from the free kick to Steve Roddy whose superb 25 yard thunderbolt made it one-each. Freshford were celebrating taking the lead thanks to a second from Roddy, but his effort was ruled out must to the disappointment of the hosts. With 10 minutes remaining some slack defending from a free kick we conceeded to hand Seend victory. The teams Man of the Match vote was Mark Williams and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Steve Roddy for going to Trowbridge Wanderers pitch getting the fixtures confused.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 2 Seend Utd (0 - 0 HT)

POINTS SHARED WITH MELKSHAM - 06/04/2013

Freshford travelled to title contenders Melksham Town Reserves in the league Melksham Town Reserves saw their hopes of finishing top of the pile suffer another blow after they were held to a 1-1 draw at the Conigre by a Freshford United team whose own bid for the title may have just evaporated after they failed to claim a much need three points. After a goalless first half with both teams having good chances Melksham broke the deadlock and went in front with ten minutes remaining, however Freshford denied them victory when Jamie Olding who had already missed two glorious chances to find the net made it third time lucky as he bagged the equaliser after the keeper fumbled a cross. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Bristow and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde for not turning up and leaving us with no subs.

Final Score: Melksham Town Reserves 1 - 1 Freshford Utd (0 - 0 HT)

QUIZ NIGHT - 23/03/2013

Freshford held their annual Quiz Night at the Bustard Club and 5 teams entered which is not as many as normal unfortunately but a good quiz was put on by Mark Birleson and Phil Little and we raised another £196.00 for the club after costs. Special thanks to the Bustard Club for letting us hold the event again.

POOR SHOW AT HOME IN BIG GAME - 09/03/2013

Freshford hosted Boomsbury in what should of been another big game but with some players missing and some not seeming up for it on the day we had a tough battle ahead of us. On a day where Boomsbury were there for the taking we struggled to get going and half hearted defending let the visitors take the lead midway through the half and double it just before the half. Unfortunately the second half started much the same and a glimpse of enthusiasm saw Freshford pull one back through Elliott Cariss-Smith setting up Ryan Mortimer to lob the out of position keeper. Instead of going on from here we went on to conceed 2 more goals before the end of the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Waleed Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Williams for a easy missed header in a goal scoring oppurtunity.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 4 Boomsbury (0 - 2 HT)

BEATEN BY BOOMSBURY - 02/03/2013

Freshford travelled to Boomsbury in the first of 2 big games against the current league leaders in what was always going to be a good battle and both teams started well with the hosts having the first few chances only to be denied by Chris Birleson with some key saves. Steve Roddy was uncinvincingly given offside a few times when through one on one, but the deadlock was broken when a penalty was given aginst Chris Maskrey for a push which was outside the box and Boomsbury scored from the spot. Shortly after Russell Whatley found himself in space about 30 yards out and hit a stunning strike over the keeper to bring the scores back level. The second half carried on as fast paced as the first but a Boomsbury break away ended up with Chris Bristow missing his tackle on his mand and conceeding another penalty which Boomsbury scored to take the lead. Freshford again replied soon after with a Chris Maskrey free kick found Elliott Cariss-Smith who headed it goalwards which the keeper could not deal with and helped it in. Midway through the half Boomsbury took the lead again when slack marking and Chris Birleson losing the ball in the sun saw a sloppy goal conceeded. Freshford threw everything at the game but were caught on the break and conceeded again with ten minutes to go, Boomsbury were reduced to ten men eventually and we managed to get a goal back with minutes to go when a half cleared ball fell to Chris Bristow to smash home from a few yards out but unfortunately there was not enough time to get another. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Russell Whatley and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Maskrey for the Penalty he conceeded.

Final Score: Boomsbury 4 - 3 Freshford Utd (1 - 1 HT)

POINTS GIVEN AWAY AT BRADLEY - 23/02/2013

Freshford travelled to an awful North Bradley pitch but both teams had to deal with the surface which was very uneven and soft, the game started at a good pace with some good individual battles forming for a good game which was unfortunately brought to an end with some strange decisions being made and both teams being stopped from a flowing game of football. Freshford broke the deadlock midway through the half with Mark Birleson setting up Steve Roddy to finish from just inside the box. Some slack defending led to the hosts getting back in to the game just before halftime. Freshford seemed to have the better chances of the game in the second half but struggled to find the target and a lot of chances went begging. Ryan Mortimer then delivered a corner to find Waleed Bakali well positioned after losing his marker to head home to give us the lead back. Freshford looked set to take the points for the day despite many chances not being taken but with a few minutes left a quickly taken free kick by the hosts caught out Craig Guthrie who couldnt recover in time and the scores were level. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Bristow and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Nick Beaverstock for tripping over the ball and falling flat on his face.

Final Score: North Bradley 2 - 2 Freshford Utd (1 - 1 HT)

BRADFORD BEATEN IN STYLE - 16/02/2013

Freshford hosted Bradford Utd in the League after only playing the reverse fixture last week. A slightly different team started the game a little on edge and not giving their opponents the respect they should have, within 5 minutes we conceeded from a corner with some sloppy defending. This seemed to give us the shake up we needed and we soon started creating chances and a cross from Ryan Mortimer found Steve Roddy in the middle to slot home to tie the scores. Good work again from Ryan Mortimer put a cross in to the back post where Andrew Donald headed home perfectly across the keeper and in to the far corner. With the visitors looking shakey Steve Roddy set up Andrew Donald for his second of the day and to settle any nerves we had by halftime. The second half saw Bradford start the better side and Freshford were up against it for the first ten minutes and a disallowed goal for a push seemed to wake Freshford up a bit and Russell Whatley set up Andrew Donald to complete his hatrick for the day. This seemed to knock the wind out of the visitors and in the last ten minutes Dave Birleson set up Nick Angell twice and Andrew Donald set up Steve Roddy to finish the game with a flattering 7 goals for Freshford. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Andrew Donald and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for trying to take a short corner to Roddy who was still coming back from retrieving the ball from the trees and Ryan kicked the ball straight out for a goal kick.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 7 - 1 Bradford Utd (3 - 1 HT)

BRADFORD BEATEN IN BOGGY DAY - 09/02/2013

Freshford travelled to Bradford Utd in the league and with the pitch on the verge of being unplayable the hosts managed to get the fixture to go ahead in the boggy conditions. We started the better team and midway through the half Mark Birleson was taken down on the edge of the box to enable Steve Roddy to hit the free kick home giving us the lead. Minutes later some good inter linking play between Mark Birleson and Steve Roddy ended up with Steve taking a shot just inside the box and doubling our lead. Freshford seemed to switch off after this thinking their work was done and Bradford almost took advantage in the last minute when a free header form a corner was scrambled off the line by Chris Birleson. The second half started with Bradford putting the pressure on from the start and creating chances but not being able to find the net, they were awarded a penalty midway through the half for a handball by Mark Williams but Chris Birleson saved his team mate by saving the penalty low to his right. With a few injuries to the visitors and tired legs it was looking like Bradford could get back in to the game but they were reduced to ten men which eased the pressure on Freshford and not long after Steve Roddy turned provider for Mark Birleson who curled a shot in the top corner from outside the box. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson as well for thinking he had lost his phone and panicking in the changing room only to find it was in his pocket and not the valuble bag.

Final Score: Bradford Utd 0 - 3 Freshford Utd (0 - 2 HT)

FRESHFORD FIND THEIR FORM AGAIN - 02/02/2013

Freshford hosted Warminster Town Reserves in the league and were not sure waht to expect with the new youngsters to the division an unknown team to us. The game started with both teams making chances and Warminster looking like the ones to get the first goal but a determined defence and after settling in to the game Freshford soon started to create some chances and it was then the hosts who looked the more threatening and a good run from Elliott Cariss-Smith down the left found Jamie Olding on hand in the middle to give us the lead. Minutes later it was the Ryan Mortimer working well down the right wing and a cross creeped over everyone and hit the far post and went in much to Ryans delight. The second half saw Freshford continue to press their visitors and Steve Roddy managed to set up Jamie Olding for his second of the game within minutes of the re-start. Warminster continued to create but our defence stood strong whilst many chances were created at the other end but the visitors keeper having a great game keeping the score down. Will Griffiths' good work all game was rewarded when he found the killer ball through to Steve Roddy who finished off the game to make it 4 goals with no reply. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Tom Bates and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for going to kick the ball with his right foot and missing and accidentally hitting it with his left foot.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 0 Warminster Town Reserves (2 - 0 HT)

CASTLE COMBE BEATEN IN BOGGY DAY - 11/01/2013

Freshford hosted Lacock in the Knockout Cup on a wet boggy day hoping to stay in the last Cup competition. With a mixed side with some new faces and people in different positions we did not get off to a good start when the visitors took the lead with a 30yd strike sailed in the net within a minute when no one closed down their opponent from the kick off. Freshford remained edgy at the back but started to create chances and a good Free kick taken by Will Griffiths after ten minutes forced the keeper to save but he could not hold the shot and Ryan Mortimer was there to tap in an equaliser. With our defence not on their best day two errors let the visitors take the lead by 2 goals by halftime. The second half we were better but could not find the finishing product and a well battled second half remained goalless and Freshford are now out of all Cup competitions this season. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Waleed Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarde dto Jamie Olding for missing a couple of good chances to get us back in teh game in the second half.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 3 Lacock (1 - 3 HT)

CASTLE COMBE BEATEN IN BOGGY DAY - 08/12/2012

Freshford travelled to Castle Combe in the League looking to get the season back on track after 3 cup exits and few games in the last month. It started well with Freshford creating chances and looking in control and then against the run of play Castle Combe got 2 goals within ten minutes leaving Freshford confused of being so in control but 2 goals down. The hosts were battling well and a few goalmouth scrambles were cleared but with minues remaining in the first half a Free kick struck superbly by Elliott Cariss Smith hit the post and fell to Mark Birleson to tap it in. The second half carried on seeing Freshford pressing the hosts and a individual run by Steve Roddy ended with a great strike form the edge of the box bring the scores level. Freshford were behind again within 5 minutes to a sloppy goal but it only drove us on and we were rewarded with a Penalty which Steve Roddy slotted home comfortably. With the scores level again it looked like Castle Combe were going to hold on to a point with their keeper keeping everything out. In the last five minutes Steve Roddy turned provider for Jamie Olding to give us the lead and then in the last minute a corner drilled in by Steve Roddy found Matt Attree who headed home from close range to seal the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Elliott Cariss Smith and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for being lobbed on the first goal from 30 yds.

Final Score: Castle Combe 3 - 5 Freshford Utd (2 - 1 HT)

RACE NIGHT FUNDRAISER - 25/11/2012

Freshford held their fourth Race Night which was yet again another success and good night had by all. We held it at Freshford Village Hall again but had less people attending this time to lack of players involvement for various reasons but still had 32 people on the night. The Raffle made £90.00, the betting £490.50, race sponsors £250.00 and the bar £185.75 which combined with the 32 peoples tickets and costs we raised £795.74 which is a great total for the amount of people attending. Thanks to CDP who made a larger donation as well as other sponsors Fonesolutions, Bath & West Fire & Safety, Leonard Curtis Business Solutions, Dentons Directories Ltd, Ken Birleson and Chris Birleson. Also thanks to Chris Birleson for organising the night and all the people who helped on the night to make it run smoothly and Mark Birleson for doing the bar along with Anne. Also thanks to the Race Night staff for all their hard work and everyone who attended and supported the event.

WESTON PLAYERS WIN CLOSE BATTLE- 10/11/2012

Freshford hosted high flying Weston Players in the 3rd round of the Somerset Junior Cup with numbers short again with injuries and people away we were up against it but created many chances as did the visitors but both keepers were on hand to keep the scores level to start. Towards the end of the half the visitors took advantage and got 2 quick goals to rattle the hosts. The second half saw us improve but still unable to get the goal needed until Will Griffiths was fouled in the box for Steve Roddy to step up and slot the penalty home. Unortunately the defence couldnt hold out and Weston got a goal back within 5 minutes, Freshford continued to press and scored again with Mark Williams to assist Jamie Olding to score at the back post. Unfortunately Weston held on to their lead and we just couldnt find the back of the net when needed. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Andrew Backman.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 3 Weston Players (0 - 2 HT)

TROWBRIDGE TOWN WIN CUP TIE- 27/10/2012

Freshford hosted Trowbridge Town Reserves in the A & B Cup and with a few people away and some covering players in we struggled to find our form and get up for the game. We went 2 goals down by halftime and ended up losing 3-0 in the end. There was no vote for Man of the Match and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Sam Elkins for being turned inside out for a goal.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 3 Trowbridge Town Reserves (0 - 2 HT)

HOME TIE IN SOMERSET CUP - 22/10/2012

Freshford have been given a home tie in the 3rd round of the Somerset Junior Cup against Weston Players FC who play in the 4th Division of the Weston Super Mare & District League. The game will be played on Saturday 10th November 2012 at 1:45pm

SUPER RODDY BATTERS WANDERERS - 20/10/2012

Freshford hosted last years league winners Trowbridge Wanderers in the league with the visitors having a varied start to the season after losing players in the summer. Freshford started the game brightly with chances at both ends being created but a keeper error from the visitors found Steve Roddy who punished him firing in our first goal of the day. Minutes later Steve Roddy latched on to a Waleed Bakali ball and doubled our lead, then Wanderers showed their potential up front when we were caught with pace on the break and they pulle don back. A little rattled we stepped up our game again and pressure from Will Griffiths, making his full debut for the club, on their keeper set up Steve Roddy again to take his hatrick within 25 mins of the start. Freshford and Roddy continued to harass the visitors and a scramble in the box fell to Steve again to make it 4 and then a Rob Little delivery to Steve Roddy took it to 5 - 1 at half time and Roddy scoring all of them. The second half started off just as well as the first ended with a clearance from Andrew Backman fed through behind Wanderers defence and quick thinking Steve Roddy latched on to it to slide it past the advancing keeper to get his double hatrick. Wanderers pulled another goal back ten minutes later and a much closer second half saw some good passing between Sam Elkins and Steve Roddy from the halfway line eventually put Sam in to the box who slotted the ball in to the corner to finish off the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Steve Roddy and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for a really bad slice of a shot which was at least 20 yds off target and then waiting for contact from one of their players in the box and when it didnt happen he just fell over.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 7 - 2 Trowbridge Wanderers (5 - 1 HT)

LITTLE HATRICK FINISHED PERRY ST - 13/10/2012

Freshford hosted Perry Street & Yonder Hill in the 2nd round of the Somerset Junior Cup and got off to a great start within 30 seconds when Steve Roddy brought the ball down for Jamie Olding to strike home from the edge of the box. Ten minutes later a corner by Sam Elkins was met by Steve Roddy attacking the near post who lost his marker and glanced his header in to double the lead. With chances being created all the time it was one way traffic and a mazey run by Steve Roddy past 4 players in the oppositions box lead him to the side of the goal where he shot back across goal and in to the bottom corner for a good finish. The opponents rattled then seemed to be getting away with some rash challenges and then a dubious penalty decision against us gave them a boost getting a goal back just before halftime. Freshford battled through the second half seeming unsettled and some good saves from Chris Birleson kept us in control. With 15 minutes left Rob Little came on as sub and made his mark within minutes getting on the end of a ball from Pete Gaskell to tap in from 6 yards out, then minutes later a half clearance form the visitors fell to Rob Little who made no mistake taking his second in 5 minutes. Then James Ward found a ball through to Rob Little again who sealed his hatrick with a calm finish and to finish off the visitors. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde for a good run past a few players and in to the box then his attempted shot trickled out for a goal kick and was well off target considering he was in front of goal when he shot.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 6 - 1 Perry Street & Yonder Hill (3 - 1 HT)

WILTSHIRE JUNIOR CUP DRAW - 09/10/2012

Freshford have been drawn away in the Wiltshire Junior Cup against Old Town Utd who play in The Swindon & District First Division. The game will be played on Saturday 3rd November 2012 at 2:00pm

CASTLE COMBE BEATEN IN 2ND HALF - 06/10/2012

Freshford hosted Castle Combe in the League with the visitors finding their first victory in their last game against Seend who our only loss so far came against. The game started off fairly even but we should of taken the lead in the first half a few times but various players were struggling to find the finishing touch. The second half saw us still creating chances but not finding the back of the net, fortunately a good ball from Mark Birleson found Steve Roddy who gave us the lead. Minutes later Mark Birleson provided again for Jamie Olding to give us a 2 goal lead which should of seen us to finish the game comfortably but we sat back and soon conceeded a goal from a defensive error. After a nervous 10 minutes a delivery from Elliot Cariss-Smith found Jamie Olding again to get his second of the game. With a few minutes remaining Steve Roddy took the ball from in his own half and exposed the visitors defence and his saved shot was not quite over the line so Jamie Olding put it in the net for his Hatrick and to finish off the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Jamie Olding and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Birleson who was through one on one with the keeper and tried to curl it round him and got it wrong and pretty much just passed it gently in to the keepers hands.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 1 Castle Combe (0 - 0 HT)

RACE NIGHT DATE SET FOR 24/11/2012

Freshford will be doing their annual Race Night on Saturday 24th November 2012 at Freshford Village Hall again. We are looking for some Race Sponsors if anyone or business would like to help out it is £25 per race sponsorship. The more people attending the better so bring as many as you can for a good night out with food and entry for £10 per person. There will be a bar throughout the night and along with the races we will be doing some small cash games and a raffle like normal. For information or tickets please speak to Chris on 07738 741477.

BRADLEY BEATEN IN TIGHT GAME - 22/09/2012

Freshford hosted North Bradley in the league, the game started off fairly even with both sides creating chances and midway through the half a cross from Ryan Mortimer found Steve Roddy on hand to give us the lead. We unfortunately did our normal and sat back and let the visitors back in to the game from a sloppy corner and it was all going against us for a while until the last few minutes of the half Elliot Cariss-Smith provided a ball in for Steve Roddy to get his second of the day. The second half started off sluggish for both sides but then Bradley found their form and got an equaliser from some slack defending again, with our backs up against the wall we needed to up our game and start playing football again which after a nervous ten mnutes we did and some good pressure and hitting the bar it looked like a goal was on the cards. It then came in the last ten minutes with Steve Roddy getting his Hatrick and proving his worth again. With Bradley pressing for the equaliser we managed to break with a flick from debutant Tom Bates putting Andrew Donald in to seal the game with minutes left. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Steve Roddy and the 'Jaffa' was also awarded to STeve Roddy for a shot in the second half which went across the area and out for a throw in.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 2 North Bradley (2 - 1 HT)

FIRST WIN AGAINST SEMMINGTON - 15/09/2012

Freshford hosted Semmington Magpies in the league and were eager to get the first win of the season and started the game well creating good chances and putting pressure on the visitors. Midway through the half after a few close chances a ball in to their box was not cleared properly and fell to Steve Roddy who made no mistake from ten yards to give us the lead. The second half found us sitting back and Semmington were applying the pressure and were rewarded within minutes with some slack defending and equalised to put the pressure back on us. We eventually raised our game again and both teams had oppurtunities to take the lead but fortunately it fell to us with about 20 minutes left when a through ball from Mark Birleson to Steve Roddy left him one on one with the keeper which he slotted it past the advancing keeper. Freshford then held on for the remainder and a few good saves and the post helped earn us our first win if the season. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Steve Roddy and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Andrew Donald for when the ball was kicked to him after their goal to take the re-start he flicked it up and hit himself in the face with the ball.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 1 Semmington Magpies (1 - 0 HT)

SEEND START BETTER TO SEAL WIN - 08/09/2012

Freshford travelled to Seend Utd on a hot summers day looking for their first win of the season but only had a bare 11 to do it with as 7 players from the week before were away this week. The hosts started the game alot quicker than us and pressed us on to the back foot early on and were soon rewarded for their efforts when slack marking in midfield led to a cross being taken well by their striker. With everyone a bit rattled too much space was given to the hosts and they soon made it two with a great 20 yard shot curled in to the top corner. The second half saw us liven up a little but not enough and with the heat and no subs we struggled through and managed to create a few chances but not find the finishing touch. With ten minutes left a good run by Jamie Olding on his debut for the club was brought down in the box for Andrew Donald to convert from the spot but it was too little too late and Seend held out for the three points. The team voted Rob Comba for Man of the Match who was on his debut for the club as well. The 'Jaffa' was awarded to Andrew Backman who sliced a cross out for a goal kick when he had time and we had extra bodies in the box in the last few minutes.

Final Score: Seend Utd 2 - 1 Freshford Utd (2- 0 HT)

BYE IN WILTSHIRE CUP FIRST ROUND- 06/09/2012

Freshford have been given a bye in teh first round of the Wiltshire Junior Cup and the second round games will be played in November.

POINTS SHARED WITH WESTBURY - 01/09/2012

Freshford started off the season hosting Westbury Utd Reserves who finished in third place last year and they are due to finish towards the top again this year. Freshford lined up with a fairly familiar team but James Ward making his debut for the club, Westbury had the best of the opening minutes with the hosts not looking paticularly sharp and a slow pre season showing in the display. The visitors took the lead with some slow reactions by our defence which gave us a wake up and within minutes a corner delivered by Mark Birleson found Elliot Cariss-Smith at the back post to head home and level the scores. We continued to be up against it but were dealing with it all comfortably until Chris Foley conceeded a penalty and Westbury took the lead in to halftime. The second half was much more equal with both teams having many chances to score but neither finding the finishing touch. With minutes to go another corner from Mark Birleson found Elliot Cariss-Smith at the back post to head back across goal to tie the scores again. The players vote for Man of the Match was Elliot Cariss-Smith and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde for a header he missed in the second half which he put well wide when under no pressure and just the keeper to beat.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 2 Westbury Utd Reserves (1 - 2 HT)

PIG & FIDDLE HIT FOR 8 - 28/08/2012

For our last pre season friendly we hosted Pig & Fiddle FC who play in the Bath & District Sunday League Division 1, the game started off with the opponents having the better share of the pocession with Freshford struggling to get going and make the passes link up. With some sloppy marking the guests took the lead after 15 minutes which seemed to be a good wake up call for Freshford and soon the style was turned on with Andrew Donald and Steve Roddy creating havoc for the pigs defence and within 5 minutes the scores were level with Steve Roddy firing home from close range and a gain a few minutes later from a good Andrew Donald cross. A great run by Adam Hyde saw him being taken down in the box for Andrew Donald to score from the spot, minutes later the opponents lost their temper and nerve as Roddy scored again with a overhead kick from another good ball in to the back post. The second half saw Steve Roddy carry on finding the net with two more goals to take his total to five for the night, Eliot Cariss-Smith stepped up to take another penalty awarded to Freshford which struck the bar but the referee claimed it bounced over the line and then out after hitting the bar much to Eliots delight. Freshford stepped off the pace and let the pig get more control on the game and they pulled a goal back again from sloppy defending and had a penalty to get a third but put it over the bar. Freshford finished the game off with Dan Fowler winning a one on one with their keeper.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 2 Pig & Fiddle FC (4 - 1 HT)

FRIENDLIES NOT GOING TO PLAN - 22/08/2012

Unfortunately for the second week running the team we were due to play in a friendly have called off at the last minute due to lack of numbers. We have tried arranging others but when it is the day before it is very hard to find an opposition. Tuesdays friendly on 28/08/12 is definately on and has been confirmed with the Pig & Fiddle. Sorry to mess people about but this is very rare this happens and it is out of our hands and we are frustrated as well.

BYE IN FIRST ROUND OF KO CUP- 17/08/2012

Freshford have been handed a bye in the first round of the Knockout Cup and looks like we will play either Trowbridge Wanderers Reserves or Lacock in the next round.

GOOD FIRST FRIENDLY WIN AGAINST THE LAMB- 09/08/2012

Freshford hosted The Lamb in the first friendly of the season with a few players away on holiday a jumbled togeather team put in a solid performance against last years Wilts Junior Cup finalists. Freshford took the lead midway through the first half with Phil Little who slotted home to settle the nerves. With a slight shuffle around of the team Mike Little latched on to a loose ball to score our second and then midway through the second half an own goal was conceeded to seal the game for us.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 0 The Lamb (2 - 0 HT)

SIX-A-SIDE 3RD YEAR SUCCESS - 28/07/2012

Freshford hosted their 3rd annual Six-A-Side tournament at Browns Park with 15 teams entering after Castle Combe pulled out on the day. It was another success with the weather being on our side and the sun shining all day long. Our teams were very mixed and the B team did not make it past the group stage and our A team got knocked out in the quarter finals on penalties.The winners of the tournament this year was Bathampton FC who played Semmington Magpies in the final, Bathampton was a team of friends entered by Andrew Donald who all went to school togeather.

The club managed to raise £586.10 once all bills were paid which is a good help to our fundraising pot for developing our facilities. Thanks to the referees and all the helpers on the day who made this event another success for the club.

 

NEWS CLIPS 2011/2012

SECOND PLACE TAKEN AGAIN - 28/04/2012

Freshford hosted Bradford Utd in the league knowing as long as we didnt loose by more than ten goals Freshford would secure second place for the second year running. The game started with Bradford the better side and Freshford going through the motions and not trying too hard to secure another win for the campaign but after a nervy twenty minutes we started to create some good chances and Adam Hyde fed the ball through to Mark Birleson who was heading one on one with the keeper and took his shot early on the edge of the box and powered it in the back of the net to settle our nerves. Minutes later Ryan Mortimer delivered a good cross to find Neil Birleson in the box to slot home nicely leaving the keeper with little chance. The second half started slow and some slack defending lead to Bradford pulling a goal back after ten minutes which encouraged the visitors to keep battlung till the end and some good saves and goalline clearances stopped Freshford scoring anymore. The win for Freshford secured them second place in the League for the second year running. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Mark Birleson and the 'Jaffa ' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for continuous missed oppurtunities.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 1 Bradford Utd (2 - 0 HT)

COMFORTABLE WIN AT BRADFORD - 24/04/2012

Freshford played Bradford in a reversed fixture in the league looking for 4 points over 2 games to secure 2nd place but we started the game on the back foot with Bradford creating lots of problems for us and creating many chances and coming close hitting the woodwork and a goal line clearance. Freshford took about 20 minutes to get themselves togeather and soon started creating chances of their own and Mark Birleson found Ryan Mortimer who gave us the lead. Ryan Mortimer then turned provider for Mark Birleson to give us a two goal lead at half time. Freshford continued to put pressure on in the second half and took a while to find the net again which came from a good run from Adam Hyde from the halfway line through a few players and then feeding Mark Birleson to slot home again. Ryan Mortimer then put another cross in which Mark Birleson slammed home on the turn to get his hatrick for the night and then with the game drawing to a close Andrew Donald put a good cross in for Matt Attree to slot home in similar style to the last goal. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Andrew Donald and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Birleson for a shot which cleared the bar by about 20 metres.

Final Score: Bradford Utd 0 - 5 Freshford Utd (0 - 2 HT)

MELKSHAM BEATEN - 21/04/2012

Freshford travelled to Melksham in the league with a bare 11 and made a fantastic start while their hosts who needed the victory got off to the worse possible start and found themselves a goal down inside the first minute, Ryan Mortimer’s cross found the head of Elliot Cariss-Smith who planted a header beyond a despairing Melksham Keeper to give Hughie Fulton’s side a dream start. Freshford went close to adding a second on nine minutes, when the keeper spilled a Mark Birleson free kick but luckily for the keeper Freshford’s forwards were slow to react and the ball was cleared to safety. Melksham’s best chance of the opening stages fell to Leigh Rogers who worked an opening for himself only to see his effort saved by keeper Chris Birleson. Mark Birleson had Freshford's next attempt at goal, after riding a challenge in midfield he smashed a hopeful 30 drive which sailed just over the bar in the 20th minute and two minutes later Phil Little should have done better when he had another chance for the villagers but the miss of the game went to Ryan Mortimer who with the keeper beaten headed wide of an open goal on 27 minutes. The second half began with Melksham on top and they really should have tested Freshford with an effort from close range, before Birleson was forced into a fine save when he kept out Jake Cooper's strike from a free kick which he did well to curl around the wall from 25 yards out. All this action coming in the opening five minutes, it seemed only a matter of time before Melksham would level and they went incredibly close in the 55th minute with only the woodwork denying them. On the hour mark, Freshford doubled their lead in controversial circumstances, Melksham were harshly adjudged to have fouled Adam Hyde in the area and from the resulting penalty Mark Birleson sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 2-0. In the 83rd minute the hosts thought they had given themselves a lifeline when a free kick was planted home but Melksham’s celebrations were cut short as to the surprise of both sets of players what looked to be a perfectly good goal was disallowed for a foul. With decisions seeming to go against them they were understandably getting frustrated a Melksham player already on a yellow card picked up a second booking and a sending off for his protests after the goal was chalked off. Melksham were unhappy after the final whistle as they had picked up five bookings and one sending off in game that was for the most part played in a great spirit, although a number of decisions had gone against them they hadn’t been at their best on the day and credit must be given to Freshford who with a makeshift eleven did what they had to do as they keep their hopes for second place alive. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Elliott Smith and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for a wild free kick and missing an open goal.

Final Score: Melksham Town Reserves 0 - 2 Freshford Utd (0 - 1 HT)

WANDERERS TAKE THE TITLE - 10/04/2012

Freshford went to Trowbridge Wanderers again in the League with our last chance of winning anything depending on a result tonight. Freshford failed to turn up eager to win the game and started the game very much on teh backfoot and it was within 20 minutes Trowbridge took the lead due to slack marking. Freshford had a few chances in the first half but could not find the finished product to equalise. The second half saw Freshford a bit more eager to win and were creating some good chances but Trowbridge were always dangerous on the break. Midway through the half Ryan Mortimer had a shot on the edge of teh box which took a kind deflection and left the keeper starnded to give us the equaliser. This didnt really drive us on as it should have and some slack marking and a mistake on a cross from Chris Birleson saw Trowbridge take the lead again with ten minutes to go. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Adie Baker and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Williams for not bringing the Jaffa Cakes for last week.

TROWBRIDGE THROUGH TO THE FINAL - 07/04/2012

Freshford travelled to Trowbridge Wanderers in the semi final of the A & B Cup with both teams looking for silverware this season it was always going to be a close fought game. Trowbridge started the game at a quicker pace than us but both teams had good chances in the first half but neither able to find the net. The second half started much the same and ten minutes in to the half a dubious penalty was given against Mark Williams and Trowbridge took the lead. Freshford pressed and made some good chances but could not find a goal despite a host of chances and a very good penalty claim turned down by the referee. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Adam Hyde and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Williams for conceeding the penalty.

Final Score: Trowbridge Wanderes 1 - 0 Freshford Utd (0 - 0 HT)

SEEND HOLD US TO A DRAW - 03/04/2012

Freshford hosted Seend Utd in the league and with all 5 remaining league games needed to be won for Freshford to guarantee winning the league the pressure was on. Old rivals Seend were not going to pass up the challenge of spoiling our plans and put out a very good side and made life hard for us. Both teams created alot of chances througout the game but neither could find the finishing touch. Despite Freshford throwing everything at it and unfortunate to find a winning goal it is now in the hands of Trowbridge Wanderers to drop points agains Bradford for any chance of us winning the title. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for taking the option to go for goal in the last minute of the game instead of putting the free kick in to the box.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 0 Seend Utd (0 - 0 HT)

WESTBURY DENT TITLE HOPES - 24/03/2012

Freshford travelled to Westbury United Reserves in the league and on a hot spring day we needed to start cashing in on our games in hand unfortunately we did not start the game as up for it as we should have been. Both sides were creating chances but no one finding the net until halfway through the half Westbury caught us out on the break and took the lead which spurred us on a bit and a few one on ones were missed by us and a clear penalty was not given. Westbury started the second half the brightest and some slack defending saw them double their lead 5 minutes in to the half then by midway through the half they had added another 2 goals giving the hosts the oppurtunity to sit back and relax. Freshford started a slight come back with a wonder strike from Andrew Donald from 25 yards out leaving the keeper with no chance and then a cross from Adam Hyde found Phil Little on hand to head home. Unfortunately the damage was done and Freshford got what they deserved. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Marcus Lewis and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde for a wild shot over the bar from inside the box with just the keeper to beat.

Final Score: Westbury Utd Reserves 4 - 2 Freshford Utd (1 - 0 HT)

SEMMINGTON LOSS AVENGED - 17/03/2012

Freshford travelled to Semmington in the League wanting to avenge their poor display and loss at home last month. Both teams started the game wit a high tempo and Freshford had the better chances but were struggling to find the final finish. With ten minutes to go in the half a well delivered corner from Neil Birleson passed all the players and crept in the net to give us the lead and ease the tension then minutes later a goalmouth scramble and a good save from the keeper parried the shot in to the path of Dave Birleson who followed up in to the empty net to give us a comortable gap at halftime. The second half saw Semmington come out more fired up and within ten minutes they were rewarded when 2 unmarked players at the backpost grabbed a goal back. Freshford realised they needed to step their game up and ten minutes later and a few chances missed a cross from Mark Birleson found Andrew Donald on hand to head home from ten yards. Andrew Donald then returned the favour putting Mark Birleson through to make it four and kill the game off. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Hughie Fulton for forgetting the footballs and Ruth having to go home to collect them and Hughie was left to fill out the team sheet and did nit know how to spell Birleson having known the family for over 20 years.

Final Score: Semmington Magpies 1 - 4 Freshford Utd ( 0 - 2 HT)

PETEHRTON WIN ON PENALTIES - 10/03/2012

Freshford hosted South Petherton in the Semi Final of the Somerset Junior Cup for the second time in 3 years, with our pitch not recovering from last weeks battering it should not of been played as one goalmouth was like a bog. Freshford fielded a different side to normal with some of the team away for the weekend, we started the game a little on the back foot with the hosts very physical and eager to get ahead. It was midway through when a penalty was awarded to Freshford and the reliable Andrew Donald couldnt find the target and gave the visitors even more belief it was their day. With the first half coming to the end a corner taken by Jed Osborne found the back of the net with the keeper struggling to move in the boggy goalmouth. Freshford were holding on for most of the second half and some great saves by Luke Mcfarlane deputising in goal kept Freshford ahead but in the last ten minutes South Petherton equalised with a well taken goal to take the game to extra time. Extra time saw both sides battling but not many chances being made and the visitors were reduced to ten men for a second yellow. Penalties for the second week running at Browns Park saw Freshford take first and Andrew Donald showing good character stepped up and slotted home, South Petherton missed their first penalty, Luke McFarlane stepped out of goal for our second and unfortunately missed, South Petherton scored their second, Marcus Lewis scored our third, Luke Giles scored our fourth, Elliott Smith our fifth but each time Petherton were equal to us. Sudden death saw Sam Elkins go first and score his and so did the visitors, Stu Lewis was next for us and missed from the spot and Petherton scored theirs to take them to the Final. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Marcus Lewis and there was no 'Jaffa' awarded this week.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 1 South Petherton (1 - 0 HT, 1 - 1 FT, 1 - 1 AET, 5 - 6 Penalties)

BOOMSBURY BEATEN IN SHOOT OUT - 03/03/2012

Freshford hosted Boomsbury in the 1/4 Final of the A & B Cup and with most of the league expecting Boomsbury to win with there unbeaten run in the league for nearly 2 seasons, Freshford had a big part to say about everyone elses thoughts. The game started off at a fast pace which was expected and both teams having good movement but with neither team making either keeper make many saves. The second half carried on much the same as the first with both sides still fired up and eager to draw first blood but no one coming close to any clear chances. With ten minutes remaining a penalty was conceeded by Adam Hyde and Rich Bliha who left Freshford after playing the last 2 seasons stepped up to take the penalty, it was struck wide of the goal keeping the scores level and Freshford even more fired up and a chance in teh last few minutes fell to Ryan Mortimer who could not wrap it up in normal time. Extra time saw no stopping for either team and very few chances again with both sides cancelling each other out. The second half of extra time saw Boomsbury reduced to ten men for a second yellow and the discpline starting to fade for the opposition. However after extra time was played it was still level so Penalties were the deciding factor. Boomsbury won the toss and decided to take the first penalty which again was hit wide of the goal, then Ryan Mortimer stepped up for Freshford and slotted home nicely to give us the lead. Next for Boomsbury was the ex - Freshford man Rich Bliha who was wanting to redeem his earlier miss in normal time and to score against his old club but Chris Birleson read his shot and saved well down to his left. Andrew Donald was the next Freshford player to step up and again finish well to give us a 2 goal advantage, Boomsbury scored their 3rd penalty which was only inches away from Chris Birlesons fingertips. Luke Giles then took his turn to score from the spot setting up the 4th penalty for the opposition to either score or be out of the competition, Chris Birleson read the kick again and held his ground as the player struck down the middle which was saved by Chris and Freshford earned themselves a Semi Final tie away against Trowbridge Wanderers. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Andrew Backman and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for not bringing them from last week.

Final Score: Freshford United 0 - 0 Boomsbury (0 - 0 HT, 0 - 0 AFT, 0 - 0 AET, 3 - 1 Penalties)

NINE AT STEEPLE ASHTON - 25/02/2012

Freshford travelled to Steeple Ashton who are struggling in the league this year but we had to battle for the game as the first half saw Steeple Ashton start the better side and coming close a few times in the first 20 minutes. Freshford soon raised their game and started creating chances of their own and Ryan Mortimer with a good run down the wing put the ball in the box for Mark Birleson to fire home and break the deadlock. Minutes later Freshford pressing the hosts goal again found Dave Birleson who layed it off to Ryan Mortimer who made no mistake from six yards out. We then went a bit quiet but just before the half a blocked shot fell to Ryan Mortimer who smashed it home again to give us a comfortable lead at the break. The second half saw Freshford continue to press and Andrew Donald was brought down in the box within minutes of the start and he let Ryan Mortimer take the penalty in which he sealed his Hat trick for the game. This seemed to kill the hosts off and we went on the rampage starting with Stuart Lewis intercepting a pass and slotting it through for Mark Birleson who slotted it past the advancing keeper. Then a half cleared cross fell to Marcus Lewis on the edge of the box who slotted it through the crowd to get on the score sheet. Dave Birleson then provided again for Phil Little to join the score sheet minutes after coming on the pitch, Phil Little then set up Mark Birleson for his third of the game. With the goals coming thick and fast Mark Birleson then set up Phil Little for his second of the game and still ten minutes to go and wondering whether there would be more but unfortunately we couldnt find anymore. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Ryan Mortimer and the 'Jaffa' was also awarded to Ryan Mortimer for a few sliced chances and being too greedy in the second half trying to score instead of a simple pass to set others up.

Final Score: Steeple Ashton 0 - 9 Freshford Utd (0 - 3 HT)

HOME DRAW IN SEMI FINAL - 19/02/2012

Freshford have been drawn at home To South Petherton in the Semi Final of the Somerset Cup which will take place on Saturday 10th March 2012 at 2:30pm. South Petherton play in the Perry Street League and came to Freshford 2 years ago in the same draw and walked away as winners and went on to win the Final.

SCRAPPY BATTLE TO THE SEMI FINAL - 18/02/12

Freshford travelled to Keinton Mandeville in the Quarter Final of the Somerset Cup where they were greeted by horrible conditions of wind and heavy rain throughout the game. We started with the wind in our favour and a long ball over the top put Andrew Donald through one on one with the keeper who took him down in the box and Donald made no mistake with the penalty to give us the lead after ten minutes. This encouraged the hosts more and within 5 minutes had a free kick on the edge of the box which was only half cleared and they managed to equalise with a shot through the crowd. The game continued to be evenly fought with some debateable tackles flying in but with teh weather in our advantage a free kick on our halfway line Sam Elkins struck the ball which everyone missed including the keeper and it found the back of the net to give us the lead again. The second half saw the conditions improve slightly but Freshford gave too much room to Keinton who found open space on teh edge of the box and struck in off the post to equalise again. The game stayed fairly level throughout the second half until the last ten minutes where Freshford upped their game and created plenty of chances and then a cross from Andrew Donald was not delivered to a player but in the back of the net leaving the keeper starnded and us the lead. There was a few more chances in the remainder of the game with Keinton Mandevilles keeper making a few crucial saves to keep them in it but our defence held strong. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Andrew Backman and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adie Baker for wearing all the modern supports and stating he felt fine and then only lasting ten minutes before having to be replaced.

Final Score: Keinton Mandeville 2 - 3 Freshford Utd (1 - 2 HT)

QUIZ NIGHT RAISED MORE MONEY - 04/02/12

We hosted a Quiz night again to raise money for the club and despite the weather stopping a few people making it we still had 54 people make it to The Bustard Club in Trowbridge who kindly hosted the event for us. We put on a ploughmans for everyone attending as part of their ticket prize and also had a raffle and some cash games inbetween rounds to increase the funds. We managed to raise £460.80 after all costs were paid for, a big Thankyou goes to Phil Little and Mark Birleson for preparing all the questions and delivering a very good quiz based on a school lesson for everyone. Thanks also to Chris Birleson for doing the food again and the Bustrad Club for letting us use their venue again. Thanks to everyone who heloed on the night and everyone who attended and supported the event.

SLACK AGAINST SEMMINGTON - 28/01/12

Freshford hosted Semmington Magpies in the League and should of continued their chase for the title but on the day it seemed alot of us were not switched on enough to contain Semmington. With the normal heated game taht is expected between the clubs it was business as usual with some hard challenges flying in and unfortunately a soft penalty was given against Andrew Backman midway through the half which Semington scored to take the lead. Freshford frustrated and hot under the collar switched off in many places and allowed Semmington to walk through us and make it two in five minutes. Freshford got themselves togeather a bit and Andrew Donald was bought down in the box in the last minutes of the half and stepped home to squeeze the penalty in to half the deficit. The second half saw us up our game a bit but not enough to get an equaliser and Semmington took the three points which was deserved and a dissapointment for Freshford and their title chase. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Adie Baker and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Andrew Backman for storming off the pitch midway through the half in protest against the referee.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 2 Semmington Magpies (1 - 2 HT)

BRATTON BEATEN IN A & B CUP - 21/01/12

Freshford travelled to Bratton in the A & B Cup on a windy day which didnt help the quality of football and with us playing against the wind first we were up against it. Mark Birleson forced a save from the keeper which came to Marcus Lewis on the edge of the box who curled it home nicely round the defenders to give us the first half lead. The second half did not improve and the wind still playing a big role in the game. Freshford were struggling to find that all important second goal Brattons hopes of an upset were increasing by the minute. Mark Birleson found the keeper somehow giving him the ball in open space and he made no mistake to return it over the stranded keeper in to the net to take us in to the next round. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Marcus Lewis and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for trying to kick the ball and missing and falling over.

Final Score: Bratton 0 - 2 Freshford Utd (0 - 1 HT)

AWAY TIE IN 1/4 FINAL - 16/01/12

Freshford have been drawn an away tie against Keinton Mandeville in the Quarter Final of the Somerset Cup who play in the Yeovil & District Premier League. The game will be played on Saturday 11th February 2011 at 1:45pm.

LOCOMOTIVES BEATEN IN CLOSE GAME - 14/01/12

Freshford hosted Locomotives FC in the Somerset Cup for the second time in 3 years and Freshford came out on top last time in the Quarter Final game away in Taunton in a scrappy 1-0 game. With an unchanged side Freshford looked to carry on from last week and on a heavy pitch it was hard work and it soon turned in to a battle with the opposotion putting in some hard challenges and soon a late challenge on Adam Hyde saw him have to be replaced due to injury and his replacement Elliott Smith only lasted ten minutes as he felt unwell and couldnt continue. With a unpredicted start from Freshford Andrew Donald managed to close down the Locomotives keeper on a back pass and squared it to Mark Birleson who chipped it over the returning defender to give us the lead at halftime. The second half continued as a heated game with both sides eager to win and both teams having good chances, midway through the half Neil Birleson found Mark Birleson who made no mistake making it two goals to the better. Locomotives did not give up and with 15 minutes reamining they managed to get a goal back after following up a saved shot with Freshford seeming a little distant thinking their work was done. The remainder of the game could of gone either way with both teams having chances but Locomotives looking like the team to take the next goal. But Freshford held on and a last minute goal line clearance from Sam Elkins helped Freshford progress to the Quarter Finals for the 3rd year running. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Mark Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Elliott Smith for his brief appearance as a sub.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 1 Locomotives FC (1 - 0 HT)

STEEPLE ASHTON BEATEN BY FIVE STARS - 07/01/12

Freshford hosted Steeple Ashton in the League for the first game back after Christmas, with a good start to the second half of the season crucial Freshford stepped up to the plate when a flick from Andy Donald found Mark Birleson just inside the oppositions half saw the keeper off his line and he looped it in over his head using the sun to his advantage to give us the lead after 5 minutes. Freshford continued to create chances and two clear chances went begging but midway in to the half Ryan Mortimer set up Mark Birleson for his second of the game. With the first half drwaing to a close Andy Donald was pulled down on the edge of the box which he slotted in the top right hand corner only to have the referee make him take it again as he didnt blow the whistle to which Andy Donald reply was to slot it in the top left hand corner to give us our third of the game. A few minutes later a good team build up found Dave Birleson who slotted it to Ryan Mortimer who slotted it through the crowd to give us four to the better at halftime. The second half started with Freshford being a little too relaxed and Steeple Ashton having a few chances but the defence holding firm, with ten minutes to go Mark Birlesons shot ended up with Phil Little who dribbled through the crowd and then slotted home through some players to give us the 5th and to kill the game off. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Mark Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde for chasing after his man he was marking although he was taking the corner and an attempted shot in the second half which he sliced massively.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 0 Steeple Ashton (4 - 0 HT)

POINTS SHARED WITH CASTLE COMBE- 10/12/11

Freshford travelled to Castle Combe in the league with expectations of 3 points after beating the new team easily in the first game of the season. Castle Combe have improved since the start of the season and started the game well creating chances and both teams were doing everything apart from scroing any goals. The second half saw much the same but with Freshford starting to put alot more pressure on but just failing to find the finishing touch when needed. With tenminutes remaining a free kick delivered by Ryan Mortimer was met by a Castle Combe defender who instead of clearing it he managed to put it in his own net. Freshford should of sealed the game up and taken the points but instead let Castle Combe break from one of our attacks and a 2 on 1 sitaution saw them find an equaliser with 5 minutes to go. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Dave Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde for instead of letting the ball roll out for our throwing he tried to control it and kicked it out for an opposition throwing.

Final Score: Castle Combe 1 - 1 Freshford Utd (0 - 0 HT)

MELKSHAM PROGRESS IN KO CUP - 03/12/11

Freshford travelled to Melksham Town Reserves in the Knockout Cup and with a few injuries and players away we started the game very well and were creating plenty of chances testing the home defence and after 20 minutes we were rewarded when Mark Birleson put Luke Giles through one on one with the keeper who he slotted it past to give us the lead. We continued to dominate the half but not find the second goal required but with minutes left in the half some slack defending Melksham got back in the game with a breakaway goal. The second half saw both teams tire on the big pitch and chances being created but no one finding the net. With minutes before extra time looming another defensive error let Melksham in to grab the winning goal. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Chris Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Birleson for not bringing the Jaffa Cakes from last week and not wearing the forefit headband.

Final Score: Melksham Town Reserves 2 - 1 Freshford Utd (1 - 1 HT)

CLOSE CALL AT BROUGHTON - 26/11/11

Freshford travelled to Broughton Gifford in the league and were keen to secure the double over them this season. The game started off in Broughtons favour and were rewarded a free kick on the edge of our box after ten minutes which they scored from as our wall split and left a gap letting the ball through to give the hosts the lead. Both teams continued to create pressure and Freshford seeming to not get that finishing touch with the woodwork and broughton defence keeping them ahead. The second half continued at a good pace with Freshford eager to get a goal back it came with 15 minutes to go when Phil Little put the ball through to Adam Hyde who slotted home to bring us back level. With the clock ticking Freshford were the side who were looking like scoring the winning goal and with ten minutes left Adam Hyde was in the middle of it all again when he turned provider for Phil Little who tapped home to give us the lead and three points. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Adam Hyde and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Birleson for a good run beating many players then kicking the floor instead of the ball when he tried shooting.

Final Score: Broughton Gifford 1 - 2 Freshford Utd (1 - 0 HT)

STRUGGLE AT SEMMINGTON - 19/11/11

Freshford travelled to Semmington Magpies at their new ground in the A & B Cup. The game started off at an even pace with both teams creating chances and it was just a matter of time before a goal was scored and it was Freshford who broke the deadlock with a delivery from Ryan Mortimer found Mark Birleson on hand to give us the lead at halftime. The second half saw much the same as the first half but it was Semmington who found the net first witha looping header from a corner to give Freshford something to think about and we soon started playing some football and Neil Birleson latched on to a half cleared ball to calmly lob the advancing keeper. Semmington didnt give up and created a few problems for us but we held out to earn an away game to Bratton on the next round just before christmas. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Andrew Backman and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Neil Birleson for telling the ref he was the last to touch the ball on a corner/goal kick decision.

Final Score: Semmington Magpies 1 - 2 Freshford Utd (0 - 1 HT)

RACE NIGHT A SUCCESS AGAIN - 12/11/11

Freshford held their third Race Night which was yet again another success and good night had by all. We held it at Freshford Village Hall again but had less people attending this time to lack of players involvement for various reasons but still had 59 people on the night. The Raffle mad £166.00, the betting £610.00, race sponsors £185.00 and the bar £411.50 which combined with the 59 peoples tickets and costs we raised £1132.92 which is a great total for the amount of people attending. Thanks to our sponsors CDP, Fonesolutions, Bath & West Fire & Safety, The Rising Sun at North Bradley, Dentons Directories Ltd, Ken Birleson and Hughie & Ruth Fulton. Also thanks to Chris Birleson for organising the night and all teh people who helped on the night to make it run smoothly and Mark Birleson for doing the bar along with Anne and Peri. Also thanks to the Race Night staff for all their hard work and everyone who attended and supported the event.

HOME TIE IN THE NEXT ROUND OF SOMERSET- 14/11/11

Freshford have been given another home tie in the next round of the Somerset Junior Cup. We have been drawn against Locomotives who we played 2 years ago in the quarter finals, they play in the Taunton & District League. The game will take place on Saturday 14th Januray 2012 at 1:45pm.

NAILSEA BEATEN TO LAST 16 - 12/11/11

Freshford hosted Nailsea Town Reserves in the Somerset Junior Cup and started the game very much on the front foot and within a minute Andrew Donald broke free and squared it across the goal for Neil Birleson to tap it in to the empty net then a minute later Andrew Donald assisted again for Mark Birleson to make it 2 goals in a matter of minutes. With about ten minutes gone a well placed cross by Andrew Donald again for Elliott Smith to put it in at the back post, then a few minutes later it was a Corner from Mark Birleson which Andrew Donald headed home at the back post. With a bit too much confidence we switched off for a while and let the visitors play with plenty of room and they were rewarded witha goal before halftime and then again just in to teh second half. We soon got our stride back and another assist from Andrew Donald set up Mark Birleson at the back post for his second of the game. Mark Birleson stepped up when we were awarded a penalty to make his hat trick and then to finish off teh game Luke Giles set up Mark Birleson for our 7th and his 4th of the day. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Mark Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Marcus Lewis for a missed one on one chance.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 7 - 2 Nailsea Town Reserves (4 - 1 HT)

EXTRA TIME WINNER IN KO CUP - 29/10/11

Freshford hosted Holt in the first round of the Knockout Cup and with a few people away we started the game off on the back foot by not starting with the desire that Holt had to win the game. A few missed cahnces form both teams saw halftime come with no score and Holt looking the better side. The second half saw Freshford start the better team and had the majority of play for the half and endless chances went begging with a many players missing chances to win the game. Extra time started much the same as the second half and within minutes soem good work by Jed Osborne and Sam Elkins lead to Sam providing a cross which Ryan Mortimer attacked and gave us the winning goal. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Ryan Mortimer and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Williams for a shot in the middle of the pitch outside the box which went out for a throw in.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1- 0 Holt (AET 0 - 0 AFT 0 -0 HT)

LITTLES LAST MINUTE WINNER - 22/10/11

Freshford hosted Westbury United Reserves in what was another 6 pointer for both teams and we seemed to be the most eager to win from the start, a well delivered free kick from Andrew Backman found Andy Donald on hand to give us the lead after ten minutes. We seemed to switch off soon after and Westbury started creating chances and putting the pressure on our defence and a second penalty appeal within minutes was given which Westbury finished to bring the scores level. Freshford still not getting back to the start they had Westbury had a shot in the box which hit Dave Birleson on the arm who was only a yard away when it was hit and strangely another penalty was given which Westbury scored to give them the lead seconds before halftime. The second half started with both teams well up for the battle of the second half, it was midway through the half when Andy Donald was bought down in the box and picked himself up to finish from the spot to bring the scores back level. With the game looking like it was going to finish level both teams were pressing and not happy to settle for the draw and Freshford had the better of the chances with many bad misses by various players but a cross from Andy Donald found Phil Little at the front post who made no mistake glancing his header in to the net with only a minute to go. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Andy Donald and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Marcus Lewis for missing an open goal from 2 yards.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 2 Westbury United Reserves (1 - 2 HT)

TEAM NIGHT OUT THIS WEEKEND - 22/10/11

We are having a team night out this saturday starting after the game at the Rose & Crown then heading in to Bath about 7pm.

MELKSHAM TURNED AROUND - 15/10/11

Freshford hosted high flying Melksham Town Reserves in the league which may well proove to be a six pointer game for both teams. Melksham had the better start with Freshford loooking very nervous and too quiet for such a big game and Melksham were soon rewarded for their start when they took the lead after 20 minutes. This seemed to wake Freshford up and within 5 minutes a good ball from Waleed Bakali found Sam Elkins at the back post who found the back of the net from a tight angle. The second half saw both teams up for the second half but it was another assist from Waleed Bakali this time setting up Mark Birleson to give us the lead. With Melksham pushing to find the equaliser Freshford continued to battle well and contain teh visitors then with about 5 minutes left a ball over the top from Mark Williams found Mark Birleson again to give Freshford their third and the game. The teams vote for Man of the Match was given to Mark Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde for firstly going to Melksham thinking it was an away game and then for being one on one with the keeper he kicked the ball out for a goal kick instead of having a shot.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 1 Melksham Town Reserves (1 - 1 HT)

HOME TIE IN NEXT ROUND - 10/10/11

Freshford have been given another home tie in the next round of the Somerset Junior Cup it is against Nailsea Town Reserves who play in the First Division of the Weston Super Mare and District League. It will be played on Saturday 12th November 2011 at 1:30pm. The same day as our Race Night.

FIRST WIN IN SOMERSET CUP - 08/10/11

Freshford hosted West & Middle Chinnock in the Somerset Junior Cup in the first game of the defence of the title we won last year. With a different side available we started the game a little bit on edge and a few nervy moments early on were dealt with plus a good double save from Chris Birleson kept us in it and the visitors were throwing their all in to the game. We carried on trying to play our game and the visitors cleared a corner was picked up by Andrew Backman off the back post who delivered the ball back in nicely for Ryan Mortimer to head home from 6 yards to give us the lead 30 mins in. The game continued to be a good battle with both teams creating good chances but neither able to convert. With 20 mins to go Elliott Smith found himself in good space about 35 yards out tried his luck with a powerfull effort which sailed past the keeper caught out and giving us the 2 goal cushion and pass in to the next round. The teams vote for Man of the Match was given to Chris Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Marcus Lewis for messing up an easy one on one.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 0 West & Middle Chinnock (1 - 0 HT)

OUT OF WILTS CUP IN FIRST ROUND - 01/10/11

Freshford travelled to Swindon on the hottest day of the year to face high flying Queensfield Utd in the first round of the Wiltshire Junior Cup. With a scratch team we didnt really seem up for it and it was difficult to get going in the heat. With the opposition being weak in defence and strong up front we made a few mistakes and gave away a penalty and soon found ourselves 3 - 0 down and then Matt Attree pressured their keeper and forced an error which enabled him to steal the ball and knock it in the empty net. Unfortunately just before halftime we conceeded a 4th goal. The second half started much the same with not enough determination and another goal was conceeded after ten minutes then a good delivery from a free kick found Amdrew Backman at the back post who headed back across goal to find Phil Little who scored our second of the day. We couldnt find the next breakthrough and with ten minutes to go the hosts made it six and soon after Dave Birleson forced and error from their keeper again to get our third. Their was no vote for man of the match but the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Andrew Backman for his foul giving away the penalty.

Final Score: Queensfield Utd 6 - 3 Freshford Utd (4 - 1 HT)

FIRST LOSS AGAINST SEEND- 24/09/11

Freshford travelled to Seend looking to continue their winning ways and with a few players missing and injuries we were slow to start the game and neither side were creating many chances. With a scrappy half coming to the end a Seend breakaway resulted in a penalty being conceeded by Chris Birleson and to give the hosts the lead at halftime. The second half started better from Freshford but could still not find the equalising goal. A few chances were not finished and we were unlucky to not earn a draw. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Waleed Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Foley for putting his effort over the bar from six yards.

Final Score: Seend Utd 1 - 0 Freshford Utd (1 - 0 HT)

RACE NIGHT DATE RELEASED - 19/09/11

We will be holding another Race Night on Saturday 12th November 2011 from 7:30pm at Freshford Village Hall. We are looking for some businesses to sponsor the races at £25 per race. Tickets are £10 per person which will include food, please contact Chris on 07738 741477 for more details or tickets.

FRESHFORD END WANDERERS RUN - 17/09/11

Freshford hosted top of the table Trowbridge Wanderers in a hope to close the gap on the current league leaders. The game was set to be a lively one with Freshford looking for revenge from their only defeat in pre season came from Trowbridge Wanderers. With Matt Attree making his debut for Freshford we started the game full of energy and were creating chances against a sluggish starting Wanderers. After ten minutes corner from Mark Birleson found Waleed Bakali unmarked who headed in to the far corner to give us the lead. We continued to create chances and put pressure on our opponents who were continuing to make mistakes and then a free kick some 40 yds out was hit by Ryan Mortimer and it sailed in to the net with teh keeper only getting a weak hand to it. The second half started a bit better from the visitors but Freshford managed to contain the pressure and within ten minutes of the restart Ryan Mortimer battled well down the right wing and delivered a ball to the back post which Sam Elkins headed back in to the box where Waleed Bakali nade no mistake from ten yards to make it three goals for the day. Trowbridge made some changes and started creating and were rewarded with a consilation goal with about ten minutes to go. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Waleed Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adie Baker for a sliced clearance that came right across our box which could of put Trowbridge back in the game if they had made use of it.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 1 Trowbridge Wanderers (2 - 0 HT)

COUNTY CUP DRAWS - 12/09/11

Freshford begin their defence of the Somerset Junior Cup at home against West & Middle Chinnock on Saturday 8th October 2011. The opponents are based down near Yeovil and play in the Perry Street Premier League. In the Wiltshire Junior Cup we have been given an away tie to Queensfield Utd on Saturday 1st October 2011. Our opponents play in the Swindon Premier League.

FIVE STAR AGAINST CASTLE COMBE - 10/09/2011

Freshford hosted newly promoted Castle Combe in the second league game with injuries picked up on tuesday a bare 11 started hoping for no more injuries and started the game slightly nervously dealing with long balls over the top and long throwings from the visitors. Good pressure from the whole team soon enabled Elliott Smith to break the deadlock to give us the lead after 15 minutes. Castle Combe created more pressure but couldnt break our defence and we gained our confidence back and with ten minutes to go Marcus Lewis doubled our lead with a good strike from the edge of the box. Minutes later a deflected shot found Mark Birleson in the right place to tap in for the third and with the last few minutes of the half a corner from Sam Elkins found Andrew Donald Jumping well to score a great header to all but finish the game by halftime. The second half saw both teams a little more laid back with a few chances being made but no one finding the next goal until good pressure from Andrew Donald with ten minutes left took advantage of a fumble from their keeper to give us the fifth goal of the day. The teams vote for Man of the Match was Andrew Donald and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for an awful sliced shot when in a good position to score.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 0 Castle Combe (4 - 0 HT)

BROUGHTON BEATEN IN FIRST GAME - 06/09/2011

Freshford hosted Broughton Gifford in their first league game of the season and started the game a little bit nervy with Broughton creating more of the pressure to start but Freshford soon found their stride and started creating some good chances unfortunately Luke Giles making his league debut pulled up injured midway through the half. Simon Kitchen came on instead and Andy Donald pushed up front and was immediately effective shooting from the edge of the box and putting us one ahead. Broughton replied well creating good pressure and had plenty of Free kicks on the edge of our box but could not find the back of the net. Whilst trying to play out from the back Broughton defenders were put under pressure by Andy Donald who was rewarded when he stole the ball from a defender and tucked it past the keeper to give us a two goal lead at half time. Both teams started the second half well but with injuries creeping through our side and some silly tackles in dangerous places Broughton had plenty more chances and Free kicks in good areas but could not score with some good saves coming from Chris Birleson. On the break Freshford sealed the game with Sam Elkins showing his hunger to attack and linked up with Phil Little to put him through one on one with the keeper which found the bottom left corner to get our third of the night.Stuart Lewis made his debut coming off the bench but unfortunately picked up an injury soon after coming on. The teams vote for Man of the Match was given to Sam Elkins and the 'Jaffa' was given to Mark Williams for a number of needless challenges around our box.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 0 Broughton Gifford (2 - 0 HT)

CLEAN SHEET AGAINST CHILCOMPTON - 30/08/2011

Freshford hosted Chilcompton in their final pre season friendly and found the opponents to be a young side who were very much a passing team who liked to play out from the back and gradually create their chances so Freshford had lots of work to do in winning the ball back. the deadlock was broken by Rob Little who was assisted by Mark Williams to give us the lead at half time. The second half was much the same as the first with Freshford having to work hard all round the pitch and Ryan Mortimer found our second goal with an assist from Rob Little.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 0 Chilcompton Sports (1 - 0 HT)

BETTER AGAINST BATH ARSENAL - 23/08/2011

Freshford hosted Bath Arsenal in their 4th friendly of the season and took the game to their opponents and were soon ahead with two goals from Andrew Donald one assisited by Rob Little. The visitors found their stride after this and got back in to the game and managed to get a goal back before half time. The second half started evenly until Simon Kitchen scored our third with an assist from Marcus Lewis. The visitors then upped their game again and got another goal back and could of had many more if it wasnt for a good performance by Craig Guthrie playing in goal for us. An great individual effort from Tom Jaukovic sealed the game for us and teh two goal cushion to see out the game.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 2 Bath Arsenal (2 - 1 HT)

BEATEN BY WANDERERS - 16/08/2011

Freshford hosted Trowbridge Wanderers in the third pre season friendly and we were outplayed by a team who wanted to win every ball and errors on our part resulted in the opposition getting 2 goals in the first half when breaking from our errors.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 2 Trowbridge Wanderers (0 - 2 HT)

BRADFORD BEATEN IN FRIENDLY - 09/08/2011

Freshford hosted Bradford Utd in the second pre season friendly and got off to a very poor start again with not enough effort being put in all round and a quick corner put Bradford ahead after ten minutes. We didnt really improve after this and battled through till halftime lucky not to be behind by more than one goal. With some changes and a teling off at halftime we started the second half with a bang forcing a corner within the first minute and the cleared corner was sent straight back in to the box by Neil Birleson where Luke Giles headed home from close range. We continued to put the pressure on and within ten minutes Ryan Mortimer made a run in to the box and was brought down for a penalty which he tucke nicely in to the corner to give us the lead. We continued to be in control for the second half with Bradford tiring and not causing too many problems at the back some good passing football found Phil Little on the left side who crossed the ball into the box where Tom Jaukovic was on hand to slot it home to seal the game.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 1 Bradford Utd (0 - 1 HT)

FIRST FRIENDLY FIRST WIN - 02/08/2011

Freshford hosted The Lamb in the frist pre season friendly, with lots of new faces and a big squad we nearly had 2 teams one for the first half and one for the second half. The first half got off to a nervous start with The Lamb seeming more on the ball and us struggling to take from what we had been doing at training, once we started passing the ball around we started creating chances and midway through the half a blocked shot from Tom Jaukovic fell to Neil Birleson who slotted it past the keeper from about ten yards out. With ten minutes left in the half we switched off a little and some poor defending saw The Lamb equalising with a header from a corner. The second half saw 9 different players starting compared the first half where again it took a few minutes for everyone to settle in and a cross from Ryan Mortimer found Phil Little there to get the second for Freshford. With more chances being created Rob Little went through one on one which the keeper saved but Phil Little was on hand again to win a 50 50 challenge to get our third goal. With 5 minutes to go a penalty was conceeded by Mark Williams which Chris Birleson could only get fingertips too but not enough to save it.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 2 The Lamb (1 - 0 HT)

SIX-A-SIDE SUCCESS AGAIN - 16/07/11

We hosted our second Six-a-side tournament at Browns Park and despite the continuous rain we had all morning whilst trying to set up we managed to be about ready by the time the teams started turning up and the rain stopped which was a relief as well. The tournament got underway with all teams seeming to enjoy the day and only one rain shower during the tournament. Our side unfotunately lost in the Quarter Finals on Penalties which lead to the Final being between Castle Combe and Boomsbury which Boomsbury won 1-0.

The funds raised this year were not quite as good as last year mainly due to the weather but we managed to raise £599.55 which is still agreat help to our pot for new facilities. Thanks to the Referees on the day and all the helpers who made this event happen.

SIX-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT - 16/07/11

Freshford are holding their second Six-a-side Tournament on Saturday 16th July 2011 at our pitch at Browns Park. We have 16 teams entering this year and the first games will start at 1pm with the final scheduled for 5:30pm.

We will be having a Bar and BBQ again and would appreciate any help anyone can offer on the day and if you want to bring the family up to watch some games and have a catch up it would be good to see you. Any questions please call Chris on 07738 741477

 

PRE SEASON TRAINING STARTS - 07/07/11

Freshford pre season training will be starting Thursday 7th July at 6:45 pm so arrive a bit before so we can start promptly. New players are always welcome call Chris on 07738 741477 for any information.

NEWS CLIPS 2010/2011

 

SOMERSET JUNIOR CUP WINNERS - 10/05/11

Freshford United had already written their name in the Trowbridge League record books by becoming the first ever side from the league to reach the final of the Somerset Junior Cup and their name will remain etched in history, as the division one runners up became the first side from the league since the competition started in 1892 to lift the trophy thanks to their 1-0 victory over Taunton & District League outfit Middlezoy Rovers at Street FC’s Tannery ground.
The game may not be one remembered for the football played on the night as both teams failed to get into top gear, but thanks to an excellent all-round battling display from Hughie Fulton’s side who must have been close to running on empty after seven matches in 21 days but their commitment couldn’t be faulted as they came away with an unpredicted but well deserved win against their opponents who may have looked the part but failed to deliver.Middlezoy got the 107th final of the Junior Cup underway and it took a while for both teams to come to terms with the slippery surface which was to play a part in the first real chance of the match on eight minutes, when Freshford’s Mark Williams sliced an attempted clearance out for a corner which was taken by Dan Luce and headed wide by Callum Laird.
Freshford’s first shot on goal came on 12 minutes but Sam Elkins 30 yard effort failed to test Middlezoy keeper Joe Warren. Two minutes later Freshford should have taken the lead but with the goal at his mercy Andy Donald miss kicked from four yards out with just the keeper to beat.Trowbridge League side, Freshford broke the deadlock in the 17th minute, a goal kick from keeper Chris Birleson came off the head of Andrew Donald and fell to Mark Birleson who got to the ball ahead of keeper Warren and rounded him to slot home for 1-0.
Midway through the half Middlezoy picked up the pace of the game but were restricted to shooting from distance with Andy Smith forcing a fine save from keeper Birleson who injured himself in the process but after treatment he was able to carry on. A Darren Warren free kick which around the wall was gathered by Birleson.
As the game went from end to end it was the turn of Freshford to have the better of the play, on 34 minutes Waleed Bakali’s ambitious long range strike flew well wide of the target and a few minutes later keeper Warren did well to hold onto a Richie Bliha cross under pressure from Donald.On 40 minutes Middlezoy’s keeper Warren was well beaten and Andy Donald’s header looked to have doubled Freshford’s lead but from under the bar Craig Robinson cleared the ball to safety. With the first half drawing to a close it was all Freshford as they looked for a second goal to kill Middlezoy off and for a second time they were denied by a goal line clearance when Callum Laird scrambled the ball clear after both Donald and Mark Birleson went close to giving Hughie Fulton’s side a two goal cushion at half time.
The first half had seen Middlezoy impressive in midfield and attack despite creating just a few chances but they were found lacking in defence with Freshford carving out numerous opportunities but only scoring from a defensive error.Freshford kicked off the second half and started to boss the game and in the opening five minutes both Bakali and Donald fluffed further chances to put the villagers two-up. Donald put the ball in the net on 60 minutes but his effort was ruled out for a foul on keeper Warren.
Middlezoy probably had their best spell of the game as they tried in vain to fashion an equaliser but a lot of their chances came from set pieces which came to nothing. Scott Turner tested Birleson from 18 yards and although the keeper spilled his free kick he was able to grab it at the second attempt.
At the other end Freshford were desperate for a second that their efforts deserved but once again they were wasteful when it mattered most with Birleson again guilty of missing a guilt edge chance to wrap the win up on 75 minutes, at the other end Andy Smith tried his look from 20 yards but his like all those before his shot failed hit the target.
For a second time in the game Freshford’s Andy Donald found the target but for a second time he was denied by the linesman’s flag who ruled his 80th minute effort out for offside.
With 10 minutes remaining Middlezoy threw players forward as they battled for an equaliser and on 84 minutes they gave Freshford a massive scare when substitute Brendon Pope’s long range shot looked to have dropped in over keeper Birleson but it also dropped inches over the bar much to the relief of Freshford.
Another goal line clearance from substitute Mark Modley kept Middlezoy in the game but although Middlezoy pressed forward they were unable to find away through a well organised Freshford defence of Jake Gaines, Sam Elkins, Marcus Lewis and Mark Williams who put their bodies on the line to keep their lead intact. Midfield quartet of Simon Kitchen, Elliott Smith and Weleed Bakali were outstanding and Richie Bliha who interrupted a family holiday had a steady game as they went about their business to restrict Middlezoy to picking up the scraps.
Come the final whistle Chris Birleson captain of Freshford United picked up the cup from John Mitchard Managing Director of the competitions sponsors Melhuish & Sanders Building contractors, but for the backroom staff of manager Hughie Fulton, Club Secretary, Ruth Fulton and Ken Birleson who have been with the side since before a number of the team were born it was a proud moment for all of them. The teams vote for man of the match was Waleed Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Simon Kitchen for a shot on the edge of the box which went out for a throw in.

RUNNERS UP POSITION CLAIMED - 07/05/11

Freshford travellled to League winners Foresters for the last game in the league where at least one point was needed to confirm Runners up in the league. With various people away we fielded a different side as planned and got off to a good start and immediatley put the pressure on the hosts and playing against the wind a long ball up field fed Elliott Smith through who fired it past the keeper to give us the lead. It did knock the wind out of Foresters but they soon found their normal game and replied ten minutes later when our midfield got caught on the break to tie the scores. Another long ball left the hosts defence lapsing and a through ball from Waleed Bakali found Jake Gaines to restore our lead at half time. With the wind in our favour for the second half and Foresters losing interest it was mainly all our pressure with the occassional attack from Foresters which was always dangerous. With 5 minutes to go our nerves were settled when a long range shot from Waleed Bakali somehow made its way past the defence and the keeper to roll in the corner of the net. After the game Foresters received their winners medals whilst Freshford also picked up their Runners up medals. The teams vote for man of the match was Waleed Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Stu Arnold for an impressive toe punt for a shot.

Final Score: Foresters 1 - 3 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 2)

LEAGUE LOST WITH GAME TO GO - 03/05/11

Freshford hosted Broughton Gifford in the league and if we won our last two games we would win the league but with this in mind and a few players not available we didnt get off to the start we wanted and it was very obvious the Broughton wanted to win more than we did. With some slack defending and dubious decisions and tackles we went one goal down after ten minutes and also lost Dave Birleson to injury from 2 late tackles in the space of minutes. However we could not pull ourselves togeather or find a goal and frustration set in which did not help the team. We threw our title chances away and it finished withthe one goal being the decider. Their was no vote for man of the match or Jaffa.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 1 Broughton Gifford (HT 0 - 1)

last minute at trowbridge - 30/04/11

Freshford travelled to Trowbridge Wanderers despite playing at a pitch with no changing rooms or facilities at all on a hot day we had no excuse to start as slow as we did and against the wind and slope we were put under pressure by the hosts and midway through their half they found a way through and took the lead at halftime. The second half should of seen Freshford use their advantage and press the opposition but everyone seemed to be struggling with fitness and the heat and withs ome slack inter passing we soon found ourselves two goals down. It looked like we didnt have it in us to get any goals back but in the last five minutes a goal mouth scramble and Phil Little found Simon Kitchen who slotted home to give us hope of claiming a draw. Trowbridge had the chance to wrap it up with most Freshford players up for a corner a breakaway should of been easy with an empty goal but a long range shot against the wind fortunately went wide and Freshford went back up the other end and another goal mouth scramble turned Simon Kitchen to provider and Rich Bliha found the equalising goal in the last few seconds. The teams vote for man of the match was Chris Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde again for bringing cheap Jaffa Cakes and practising his throw ins before the game and still committing a foul throw in the game.

Final Score: Trowbridge Wanderers 2 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 0)

Wonder Goal against westbury - 28/04/11

Freshford Hosted Westbury United Reserves in the League which was a crucial game for both teams who needed to win to stand a chance to still win the league. Both teams got off to a good start and were causing each others defence plenty of work and both sides dealing with the attacks. The second half was much the same with both sides creating chances but neither side able to find the winning goal. The game was destined to be a draw unless someone could produce something special which fortunately Mark Birleson found himself some space with ten minutes to go and from 30 yards out he struck the ball over the keeper and in the top corner to give us the lead and three important points. The teams vote for man of the match was Sam Elkins and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde for a crazy challenge in our baox which was fortunate a penalty was not conceeded.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 0 Westbury Utd Reserves (HT 0 - 0)

better against steeple ashton - 26/04/11

Freshford hosted Steeple Ashton in the league looking for revenge for their loss at Steeple Ashton last week the game got off to another nervous start with points being needed in every game. After twenty minutes a shot from Mark Birleson was handled by the oppositions defender and Rich Bliha made no mistake from the spot to give us the lead then a few minutes later a free kick on the edge of their box was struck by Ryam Mortimer which was missed by all their players and ours but found the bottom corner of the net. Mark Bileson then provided a through ball for Rich Bliha who found teh inside of the post to give us a three goal lead at halftime. The second half saw Steeple Ashton coming back in to the game and Freshford plenty of chances to get another goal and see off the game but many missed chances meant it was a battle to the end but a clean sheet was kept by our defence. The teams vote for man of the match was Mark Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Adam Hyde for a complete misskick and falling over on his attempted shot where he was free at the backpost with just the keeper to beat.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 0 Steeple Ashton (HT 3 - 0)

Freshford WIN AT FROME - 23/04/11

Freshford travelled to Frome Town Sports in the league on a glorious day to face the improving bottom of the table team a few changes to the team due to injuries and people away saw us start of a bit nervous. Midway through the half we found our pace and Rich Bliha put through Mark Birleson to give us the lead then Mark Birleson turned provider but set up Elliott Smith to give us a two goal cushion at half time. The second half started very slow as everyone was suffering with the heat and big open pitch but midway through the half Rich Bliha delivered a good corner and Andrew Donald was on the end to give us another. Then Freshford missed a host of chances and switched off towards the end and with a few minutes left conceeded a sloppy goal. The teams vote for man of the match was Waleed Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for a call for a ball he didnt make.

Final Score: Frome Town Sports 1 - 3 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 2)

SLOPPY AT STEEPLE ASHTON - 19/04/11

Freshford travelled to Steeple Ashton and quickly discovered they were not there for an easy match with chances being easily missed by us and the hosts doing well on the break. It was Steeple Ashton who took the lead with slack defending from us which let them have an easy goal, obviously frustrated with conceeding we went on the attack straight away and a good goal was made with Jed Osborne putting Rich Bliha through who made no mistake and put us back on level terms. Within 5 minutes the ref gave a dubious handball gainst us when the players hands were down by his side which gave teh hosts the lead again. On the attack again good play and passing Rich Bliha slotted the ball through for Mark Birleson to score the equaliser. The second half saw us start of very relaxed thinking all we had to do was make up the numbers and Steeple Ashton started causing lots of pressure on us and our defence were not dealing with it and frustration set in and the game heated up but it was Ashton who got the next goal withs ome more slack defending from Freshford. We had many chances to get goals back but too many wasted chances and greedy play left us with a loss and it all to do in the last six games. There was no vote for man of the match of Jaffa.

Final Score: Steeple Ashton 3 - 2 Freshford Utd

DOUBLE OVER SEEND IN LEAGUE - 16/04/11

Freshford hosted Seend Utd in the league and the normal battle between the two teams started well with both teams creating chances and putting pressure on which Freshford were more on edge for the first 20 mins. We soon pulled ourself togeather and started playing football and creating good chances then with minutes to go in the first half Rich Bliha whipped in a free kick which found Jed Osborne at the back post to finish and give us the lead at half time. The second half saw both teams still pressing and having good chances but Seend seemed to be the team who looked like they were going to score. But we continued to battle hard and again with a few minutes remaining another free kick was awarded to us and Wel Bakali made no mistake form the edge of the box firing it over the wall and in to give us the 3 points. The teams vote for man of the match was Wel Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was given to Adam Hyde for receiving a short goal kick in the box with no one around to put pressure on him.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 0 Seend Utd (HT 1 - 0)

cUP FINAL DATE & VENUE RELEASED

Freshford will play Middlezoy Rovers from the Taunton & District League at Street on Tuesday 10th May 2011 kick off at 7:30pm. We will be lookingin to getting a coach to and from the game probably leaving Trowbridge about 5pm anyone interested in this please let Chris know on 07738 741477.

good battle at blue circle - 12/04/11

Freshford travelled to Blue Circle in the league with a slightly changed team from the weekend and we got off to a good start creating chances and keeping the opposition at bay. The first half was fairly evenly matched and after alot of chances a great ball from Elliott Smith found Rich Bliha with a free header which he sent the keeper the wrong way and gave us the lead. Both teams continued to create chances and we should of scored a few more but couldnt finish and some good defending from us kept them at bay and a good 3 points earned. The teams vote for man of the match was Sam Elkins and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Williams for a clean shot on goal which he put about 30 metres over the bar.

Final Score: Blue Circle 0 - 1 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 1)

weston beaten to reach final - 09/04/11

Freshford travelled to Weston Super Mare to play high flying Weston St Johns Sportsbar in the semi final of the Somerset Cup. With a fresh side and 7 changes in the starting line up we started the game a little nervously but on a glorious sunny day we soon got down to business when Dan Fowler was on hand to find the first nerve settling goal. Dan was denied his second from a great save from the home sides keeper from a free kick on the edge of the box. Wel Bakali then provided Andrew Donald with a through ball which he slotted away nicely. Then Jed Osborne tok advantage from a missed clearance to give us a three goal advantage at halftime. The second half saw us face a few injury worries with Marcus Lewis being replaced by Andrew Backman who stepped in the defence and held it strong against a long period of pressure from the hosts. Everyone continued to frustrate the home team giving them no time and stealing possesion regularly. With 5 minutes to go Andrew Donald got pulled down in the box to deny him from scoring and Rich Bliha made no mistake from the spot to put us in to the Final. A great display by the whole squad on a very difficult day but the teams vote for man of the match was Waleed Bakali and no one was awarded the 'Jaffa'.

Final Score: Weston St Johns Sportsbar 0 - 4 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 3)

Bad night at semmington again - 05/04/11

Freshford travelled to Semmington Magpies in the league witha few players out and working James Moody stepped back in goal which was great to see. The game didnt get off to the best start with a debateable penalty being given against us after 20 minutes which the hosts scored. The second half was starting to imorove and some good chances starting to appear but then another defensive error let Semmington in to score their 2nd of the game. We carried on pressing and soon a goal was found with a good ball from Dan Fowler found Phil Little to tap it home. Whilst pushing for the equaliser we got caught on the break and a good goal by Semmington finished off the game. There was no vote for man of the match or 'Jaffa'.

Final Score: Semmington Magpies 3 - 1 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 0)

BEATEN IN SEMI BY MELKSHAM - 02/04/11

Freshford hosted Melksham Town Reserves in the semi final of the A & B Cup and faced a big task as Melksham are walking the league below us and already in one cup final. With a good side out Freshford were feeling confident and started the game well but it was the visitors who were creating more chances and we soon started making silly mistakes and within 20 minutes were 2 goals down. We picked our heads up and started to create more and get back to our own passing game with things looking better then Chris Birleson twisted his knee and Russell Stritch had to take over in goal for the second half and within 5 minutes Ryan Mortimer then injured his ankle and had to go off as well. With another mistake from defence and a non keeper in goal Melksham gradually progressed on their lead making it five goals to teh better by the end of the game. The teams vote for man of the match was Dave Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Williams for a few mistakes made.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 5 Melksham Town Reserves (HT 0 - 2)

win at worton for another semi - 26/03/11

Freshford travelled to Worton & Cheverell in the quarter final of the A&B Cup with a few injuries and people missing we started the game with Dean Stritch covering in goal. The game got off to a quick start and pressure on the opposition forced a corner which Rich Bliha delivered well to force a mistake and Freshford took the lead from an own goal. The second half saw us start off well and another good delivery from Rich Bliha found Dave Birleson on the box to head home. Our defences slipped a little and Worton pulled a goal back but shortly after Chris Foley was fouled in the box which Rich Bliha fired home the penalty to give us the 2 goal cushion again. We let orton back in the game again with some lapse defending but again took the lead again when a clearance fell stright to Dave Birleson who slotted it home to put us through to the Semi Final. The teams vote for man of the match was Dave Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Phil Little for missing too many easy chances.

Final Score: Worton & Cheverell 2 - 4 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 1)

beaten by sandford in semi - 19/03/11

Freshford took on FC Sandford at Melksham Towns ground in the Semi Final of the Wiltshire Cup, on a perfect day for it Freshford started the game with the same line up as last week but immediately found themselves on the back foot with constant pressure from the high flying opposition. Midway through the first half Sandford managed to find a break through when a corner was not dealt with and we were the last to react. Freshford looked to pick their game up in the second half but as the first half it seemed as though no one was really putting all the effort in you would expect for a semi final. Midway through the second half a breakaway from Sandford and left with loads of room to run at our defence they manged to find another goal and with us trying to seek a goal we were soon caught out again with a few minutes to go giving Sandford a three goal win. The teams vote for man of the match was Chris Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Williams for starting the second half with a split in his boot so big within minutes he basically had nobottom to his boot and was wandering around in what looked like a flipper.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 3 FC Sandford (HT 0 - 1)

wESTON ST JOHNS IN SEMI FINAL - 15/03/11

Freshford have been drawn away against high flying Weston St Johns Sportsbar who play in the Weston Super Mare & Distict League. The game will be played at their ground in Weston Super Mare at 2:30pm on Saturday 9th April 2011.

coleord beaten, into semi final - 12/03/11

Freshford travelled to Coleford who play in the mid somerset league with Freshford looking for their second semi final in the county cups. On a windy day on a pitch with a big slope Freshford played against the elements for the first half with the game starting off at a quick pace and physical as expected. Midway through the half the home team took the lead when a soft challenge on Chris Birleson caused him to spill the catch. Freshford continued to press the opposition and a long range shot by Rich Bliha floated in to the top corner beating the stranded keeper and getting us back on level terms. The second half saw Freshford start the better side and pressing the opposition and a good strike on the volley by Neil Birleson forced a good save from the keeper which Phil Little was on hand to tap in the spilled shot. The rest of the second half saw Freshford with most of the pressure and a reasonably easy end to the game with a few chances denied. The teams vote for man of the match was Marcus Lewis and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for his part in the oppositions goal.

Final Score: Coleford 1 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 1)

beaten by deverills - 05/03/11

Freshford hosted The Deverills in the league and were hoping to put any bogey team thoughts to rest and with a good squad out it all lookd possible. The game started its normal physical battle as we always have when the two sides meet. The Deverills looked the side who were creating more chances and Freshford not being able to find the final ball or even the net. The second half carried on much the same with our defence holding well but also making our own mistakes and having to recover from them. With about ten minutes to go some slack marking found The Deverills with an unmarked player at the back post with an easy tap in from a cross. The teams vote for man of the match was Mark Williams and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Andrew Backman for an air kick in the first half letting the striker through on goal.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 1 The Deverills (HT 0 - 0)

POINTS SHARED WITH FORESTERS - 26/02/11

Freshford hosted the Foresters in the league which was a potential 6 pointer with both teams challenging for the title. Freshford started the game well pressuring the opposition and an early goal mouth scramble should of kicked us on to carry on the way started but it only inspired Foresters to raise their game and soon had Freshford on the back foot and a free kick was awarded on the edge of Freshfords box which would of hit the wall had it stayed togeather but a big hole let the ball through to find the net and give the visitors the lead. Freshford got their act together in patches through the second half and eventually Rich Bliha made himself some room on the edge of the box and found the top corner leaving the keeper stranded. Both sides battled to the end but neither could find the winner. The teams vote for man of the match was Rich Bliha and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for taking throw in which went straight up in the air which he then caught and a free kick was given.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 1 Foresters (HT 0 - 1)

fc sandford in wilts semi - 23/02/11

Freshford have been drawn against FC Sandford of the Swindon League in the Wiltshire Junior Cup Semi Final. The game will be played at Melksham Town FC ground on Saturday 19th March at 2:30PM.

race night success again 19/02/11

Freshford hosted their 2nd Race Night but wedecided to try and make more money by doing the bar ourselves and using Freshford Village Hall as the venue this year. It was a success again with over 80 people attending the Raffle made £161.30, the betting £703.90 and the bar £599.10 there was also £212.00 in race sponsorship. The total raised was £1552.40 which is not as much extra than we hoped but still an improvement on last year and a good amount to put towards the future club house. Thanks to our sponsors CDP, The Rose & Crown, Fonesolutions, The Barge Inn, Bath & West Fire & Safety, Ken & Wendy Birleson. Also thanks to Chris Birleson for organising it all again and everyone who helped the night run smoothly. Also thanks to the Race Night Staff and Bar Staff for their hard work on the night and for everyone who attended and made the night enjoyable for everyone.

Blue circle beaten in a&b cup - 19/02/11

Freshford hosted Blue Circle in the last 16 of the A&B Cup, the conditions were good apart from having to play with the sun in our eyes for the first half. The game started probably in the favour of Blue Circle creating the most chances and Freshford failing to find the final pass to create any shots on goal. The second half saw Freshford start alot better and within minutes were rewarded with a failed clearance from a corner finding Phil Little at the back post to head home form a few yards. However some slack marking five minutes later let Blue Circle back on level terms. Chris Foley had a goal disallowed with ten minutes to go and Blue Circle seemed to be holding on. Extra time was to be played again and with the prospect of penalties 2 weeks running Freshford continued to raise their game and press the Blue Circle goal in the second half of extra time the efforts of Freshford were rewarded when a Rich Bliha free kick was calmly met on the six yard line by Adam Hyde to give us the lead. The teams vote for man of the match was Chris Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Wel Bakali for starting the game and having to come off injured for the second time this season after 10 minutes.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 1 Blue Circle (0 - 0 HT, 1 - 1 FT)

PENALTIES AGAIN IN SOMERSET CUP - 12/02/11

Freshford travelled to Mells & Vobster who play in the mid Somerset league for the last 16 round. On a very sticky pitch both teams started well and were making the most of the wide pitch stretching their opponents on the break. Freshford broke the deadlock midway through the half when a cleared corner was put back in the box by Rich Bliha who found Andrew Backman still up from the corner free to head in comfortably from six yards out. The second half carried on much the same with both sides making good chances and Mells managed to get one back midway through the half when Freshford couldnt clear the ball from the area and after the third shot was blocked the 4th found the net. Freshford never really seemed to get back in to the game and looked on edge until the end of full time. With Mells looking the better team Freshford stepped up their game in extra time and had a goal disallowed by a very late flag by the oppositions linesman, then within minutes a shocking two footed tackle on Andrew Backman saw the opposition reduced to ten men. Unfortunately we could not make full use of the extra man without any subs left and Andrew only able to hobble around the pitch. Freshford won the toss for penalties and chose to shoot first, good penalties from Phil Little, Ryan Mortimer,and Mark Williams were taken then Chris Birleson was sure he had saved the oppositions third deflecting it on to the bar but it was deemed to of came back down and bounce over the line to his frustration. Chris Foley stepped up and scored the 4th and then justice was prevailed when the Mells 4th taker decided not to re spot the ball after it rolled from where he placed it and ended up scuffing the shot which gently rolled down the middle of the goal for an easy save for Chris Birleson then Rich Bliha made no mistake with the 5th putting us in to the Quarter Final. The teams vote for man of the match was Adam Hyde and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Simon Kitchen who was eager to take a free kick saying he had it and slammed it straight in to the wall.

Final Score: Mells & Vobster 1 - 1 Freshford Utd (0 - 1 HT, 1 - 1 FT, 1 - 1 AET, 3 - 5 Penalties)

in to semi final of wilts cup - 05/02/11

Freshford travelled to Ashton Keynes who play in the Swinon league in the 1/4 final of the Wiltshire Cup. The conditions were nearly gale force winds making it very difficult to play and we had the challenge of dealing with the wind against us in the first half but some solid defending and good play made us look comfortable with it and getting the occasional breakaway causing problems in the opositions box. The first goal came from us when soem good play by Wel Bakali put the ball across for Rich Bliha to find the net giving a big sense of relief to the team dealing with the onslaught from the wind. The second half conditions did not change and with most of the play in the oppositions half struggling to deal with the wind Freshford were soon creating chances. A good ball from Ryan Mortimer put Rich Bliha in behind the defenders which he made no mistake beating the keeper from the edge of the box finding the bottom corner. With Freshford starting to relax too early Ashton Keynes started pressing us back and a goalmouth scramble which should of been dealt with Ashton got a goal back. Five minutes after a comfortable take from the oppositions keeper was somehow dropped after he held it and Wel Bakali was on hand to tap it in to the empty goal to give us the result. The teams vote for man of the match was Wel Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Andrew Backman for a big air kick on the edge of our area putting the striker through on goal.

Final Score: Ashton Keynes 1 - 3 Freshford Utd (0 - 1 HT)

BOUNcED BACK TO BEAT BRADFORD - 22/01/11

Freshford hosted Bradford Utd in the league on a game that was almost postponed due to frost but fortunately the ref used common sense and played the game with both teams happy to brave the conditions. The usual competeitive game with Bradford got off to a quick start with both teams pressing forward but without creating too many chances. The deadlock was broken after 30 mins when Mark Birleson found some space and slotted past the keeper to ease the nerves. The second half carried on in the same way with both teams looking dangerous on the break but struggling to find the finishing touch. With about ten minutes to go Freshford made a quick break from a failed Bradford attack and a half cleared ball found Wel Bakali at hand to fire it in the bottom corner to give us the two goal cushion we had been looking for. The teams vote for man of the match was Wel Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for consistently finding the trees behind the goal.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 0 Bradford Utd (1 - 0 HT)

UNDEFEATED RUN ENDED BY WESTBURY - 15/01/2011

Freshford hosted Westbury United Reserves in the Knockout Cup and with a few changes made to the team on a very windy day we started the game not creating alot but the oppositions keeper having a torrid time with the wind we didnt use it to our advantage. Midway through the half a forced corner was well delivered by Rich Bliha to the front post for Wel Bakali to head home from close range. Westbury always looked dangerous and with the advantage of the wind in the second half they were creating more and more chances. Soon a Westbury corner was whipped in and was forced in between defender and attacker and with our heads slightly down mistakes started to happen and before we knew it we were 4 - 1 down. We managed to find a goal with about ten minutes left when Mark Birleson put through Jed Osborne who beat the advancing keeper however we could not progress on the goal. The teams vote for man of the match was Elliott Smith and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to James Moody for coming out too far for a cross/shot and misjudging the wind but managed to recover just in time.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 4 Westbury Utd Reserves (1 - 0 HT)

RACE NIGHT PLANNED - 19/02/2011

Freshford will be holding a race night again after last years success and it will be held at Freshford Village Hall on Saturday 19th February 2011 from 7:30pm. If you have not received details or got a ticket please contact Chris on 07738 741477. We are also after some sponsors for each race which will cost £25 per race if anyone is interested in this please contact Chris.

sOMERSET cUP lAST 16 DRAW - 10/01/11

Freshford have been drawn away against Mells & Vobster in the last 16 of the Somerset Cup. They play in the same league as our last 2 opponents Chew Magna and Westfield. The game will be played in Mells between Frome and Radstock on Saturday 12th February 2011 at 2:00PM.

Wilts cup 1/4 final draw - 10/01/11

Freshford have been drawn away again in the Wilts cup against Ashton Keynes which is just south of Cirencester and they play in the Wilts League the same as last rounds opponents Old Town Wanderers. The game will be played on Saturday 5th February 2011 at 2:00PM.

just about made last 16 in thriller - 08/01/11

Freshford entertained Westfield Reserves in the Somerset Cup and were glad to have a full side and subs again. We started the game well creating good chances and soon found the break through when Rich Bliha rose to head a cross but it hit Mark Birleson without him really knowing and took it away from the keeper to give us the lead. Soon after a long free kick in to their box found the keeper struggling in the sun and Mark Williams challenged the keeper to make an error for Phil Little to tap it home. On the half hour a cleared corner came to Chris Birleson who hooked it back in to the box and Phil Little hooked it again over the keeper to give us our third of the half. The opposition finally got themselves adjusted and started to come back in the game at the end of the half and carried this in to the second half and after 5 minutes got a goal back. The next twenty minutes were fairly even and Freshford were eager to get the 4th goal and it soon came with Rich Bliha providing Wel Bakali to give us a 3 goal lead again. However with some changes and Westfield throwing everything at us we managed to collapse in the last 15 minutes of the second half and it was 4-4 after full time. With Freshford shaken up and dissapointed they were soon dreading the worst when Westfield scored in the first half of extra time and Freshford had to raise their game and eventually found the equaliser with 5 minutes to go when Ryan Mortimer delivered a brilliant free kick which probably was going in but Chris Birleson made sure of it from a yard out to put the game in to a penalty shoot out. Freshford picked their takers and supported them well and Phil Little scored the first Penalty and James Moody was close to saving the Westfield reply but was unfortunate then it was level scores with the second penalty scored by Ryan Mortimer, Third by Marcus Lewis and Fourth by Andrew Donald then Rich Bliha calmly scored our fifth to make it 5 - 4 and the Westfield captain stepped up only to hit his penalty over the bar to give Freshford the win to go in the next round. The teams vote for man of the match was Phil Little and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Rich Bliha for a shot on a open goal in the first half which he managed to hit the post form inside the box.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 5 Westfield Reserves (3 - 0 HT, 4 - 4 FT, 5 - 5 AET, 5 - 4 Penalties)

bare 11 TAKE US TO 1/4 FINALS - 11/12/10

Freshford travelled to Swindon with a bare 11, including 2 which were carrying injuries, to play Old Town Wanderers in the Wiltshire Cup. Freshford started the game well with both teams creating chances and within ten minutes Chris Foley was fouled in the box to earn us a penalty which Rich Bliha slotted away to give us the lead and settle nerves. Freshford were starting to dominate but let the hosts back in the game with a miss kick leaving their striker a clear shot on goal. With the game livening up Freshford made a break and Phil Little put Jake Gaines through one on one with the keeper and he guided it past him to take the lead again. Nearing the end of the half a goal mouth scramble and the hosts feeling a foul was committed on their keeper Phil Little found Mark Birleson on his first game back this season who slotted home through the crowd of defenders. This upset the home team and some wild challenges started flying in but the game was still an even battle. Midway through the second half a goal line clearance from Chris Foley fired up the home team sensing a come back then on 70 minutes the Ref pulled up with an injury and there was debate of postponing the match but luckliy common sense prevailed and the referee carried on from the centre spot and teh battle continued with Freshford being pinned down but enjoying the odd counter attack and were soon rewarded when Phil Little broke away and put the ball across the goal to find Chris Foley unmarked and sliding in to tap it in. Then Dudley Philpott making his debut for Freshford put Ryan Mortimer through one on one with the keeper and calmly chipped it over the advancing keeper to finish off the game. From the re start some sloppy marking and a 30 yd strike found the bottom corner for a late consolation for the hosts. The teams vote for man of the match was Dudley Philpott and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Andrew Backman for forgetting the kit and realising when we met in Chippenham meaning he had to return to Trowbridge then meet us at the ground late in Swindon with a shorter warm up than normal.

Final Score: Old Town Wanderers 2 - 5 Freshford Utd (1 - 3 HT)

Lamb hit for 8 in cup - 20/11/10

Freshford hosted The Lamb in the A & B Cup 2nd round and showed the difference between the teams in the leagues by taking an early advantage with Simon Kitchen setting up Ryan Mortimer within ten minutes soon after Phil Little earned his side a penalty which Rich Bliha made no mistake with from the spot. Ryan Mortimer then turned provider and set up Phil Little for his first then Tony Brett set up Phil Little for his second and Freshford four goals up by halftime. The second half saw The Lamb put up a good fight and had teh better start to the second half but soon we got back to scoring ways with Chris Foley setting up Rich Bliha for his second of the game then Rich Bliha turned provider for Phil Littles hat trick. Mark Williams then provided Chris Foley to score the teams 7th of the day then Rich Bliha finished up the game by setting up Phil Little for his 4th ot the game. The teams vote for man of the match was Phil Little and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Ryan Mortimer for various goal scoring oppurtunities missed but mainly for a shot on goal ending up going out for a throw.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 0 The Lamb (4 - 0 HT)

HOME TIE IN SOMERSET CUP DRAW - 15/11/10

Freshford have been given a home tie in the 3rd Round of the Somerset Junior Cup it is against Westfield FC Reserves who are in the same league as Chew Magna who we beat in the last round. The game will be at Browns Field on Saturday 11th December at 1:45PM.

laSt minute winner in somerset CUP- 13/11/10

Freshford travelled to Chew Magna in the Somerset Cup and started the game well against a very attacking Chew Magna side using their small but wide pitch to their advantage. We continued to create chances and with the game heating up with some tough challenges flying in Ryan Mortimer put a good ball in to find Rich Bliha unmarked at the back post to give us the lead. Chew Magna did not lay down and were rewarded for their efforts and got a goal back at the start of the second half. Freshford upped their game and made a few tactical changes to deal with the oppositions lively forwards. Midway in to the second half a cleared corner came to Mark Williams who suprisingly put it in to the top corner from teh ege of the box with a brilliant shot. Again Chew Magna threw everything back at us and got a free kick on the edge of the box with 5 minutes to go and got the equaliser and extra time was looking like a definate but within the last few minutes a cross from Marcus Lewis resulted in a Chew Magna defender missing his clearance for Simon Kitchen to turn and put it past the keeper to give us the winner and safely through to the next round. The teams vote for man of the match was Mark Williams and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Simon Kitchen again for a shot inside the box he put about 20ft over the bar.

Final Score: Chew Magna 2 - 3 Freshford Utd (0 - 1 HT)

IN SWINDON AGAIN FOR WILTS CUP - 08/11/10

Freshhford have been given another away tie in the 3rd Round of the Wiltshire Junior Cup against The Old Globe Inn who are a Swindon based team. The game will be on Saturday 4th December at 1:45PM.

sCRAPPY WIN IN WILTS CUP - 06/11/10

Freshford travelled to Swindon to play VBA Rangers in the second round of the Wilts Junior Cup with a few players unavailable and only one sub a few changes were needed. We started the game much like we were still playing Semmington and with slack marking and giving the hosts plenty of time on the ball we were two goals down within 3o minutes. We upped our game a bit at the end of the the half and a push on Phil Little in the box gave us a penalty which Rich Bliha made no mistake slotting it away. The second half started better and we were creating chances and Phil Little created some good space on the left and crossed it to Chris Birleson who was unmarked and nearly missed his shot but used his knee to put it in the corner to bring the scores level. With match fitness becoming a problem for some players we were holding on at the end and wondering how we would make it in extra time but Chris Birleson put a ball through to Phil Little who took it round his defender twice then put inside the keepers near post with minutes to go and earning us another Swindon away tie in the next round.The players vote for man of the match was James Moody and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Simon Kitchen again for an easy header when the scores were level which he had all the time to put away he gently placed it right in the keepers arms.

Final Score: VBA Rangers 2 - 3 Freshford Utd (2 - 1 HT)

Semmington beaten in cup - 30/10/10

Freshford travelled to Semmington in the League Knockout Cup and decided to let them still be our bogey team as we started the game seeming very uninterested and not up for the game. With a few changes having to be made throught the game due to injuries we never seemed to settle in to a run of any kind. It wasnt until the middle of the second half when the game started heating up and more chances were being created that a clearance from Adam Hyde set Ryan Mortimer off from the halfway line keeping the defenders just behind him and calmly slotting it past the advancing keeper to give us the lead. Then slack marking and play gave a break to Semmington who managed to find the equaliser with ten minutes left and putting freshford in a very nervous position. Then with five minutes left some good work from Rich Bliha on the left soon found Tony Brett free at the backpost with to head in from 5 yards to give us the win and awarding us a Home tie with Westbury Utd Reserves in the next round. The teams vote for man of the match was given to Adam Hyde and the Jaffa was awarded to Simon Kitchen for a good run in the first half and once passing a few players and space to cross he just hit it straight out for a goal kick.

Final Score : Semminton Magpies 1 - 2 Freshford Utd (0 - 0 HT)

Blue circle beaten to go 2ND - 26/10/10

Freshford Hosted Blue Circle who have had agreat start to the season and are proving to be one of the top teams this season. With a few changes and injuries we started the game very lively and put Blue Circle on the back foot and were soon rewarded with a goal with Rich Bliha setting Up Wel Bakali for his first goal for Freshford in his first eleven debut for us. It wasnt long till an error from Blue Circle in their own box created the chance which Wel Bakali made no hesitation in making it two goals for him and Freshford. The second half found the opposition finding their form and putting up a good fight against the first half lead and managed to pull one back in the second half but couldnt equalise and Freshford had a few chances missed in the second half to finish off the game. The teams vote for man of the match was Wel Bakali and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Jake Gaines for missing an open goal.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 1 Blue Circle (2 - 0 HT)

BRADFORD BEATEN AWAY - 16/10/10

Freshford travelled to Bradford Utd who are a much changed team this year and under new management, we introduced some new faces with Dan Fowler and Alex Huscroft starting and Wel Bakali coming on as sub all making their debuts for the club. The game started fairly even and both sides creating chances but no one finding the first goal but Ryan Mortimer who was very energetic against his old club was causing problems and with ten minutes to go till half time a Rich Bliha corner was headed home strongly by Ryan to give us the lead. The second half saw Freshford desperate to improve on their lead as Bradford were not backing down and it took some individual work from Dan Fowler to find himself some space and fire past the keeper to get his forst goal for Freshford then he was involved in the third forcing the defender under pressure and somehow clearing his own keeper to score an own goal. Freshford managed to let Bradford back in the game by slack marking on a corner but were soon able to cancel it out with a Corner from Wel Bakali found Alex Huscroft to steer it home for his first goal for the club as well. The teams vote for man of the match was Alex Huscroft and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Tony Brett for skying a chance well over the bar from about 8 yards out.

Final Score: Bradford Utd 1 - 4 Freshford Utd (0 - 1 HT)

away county cup ties - 11/10/10

The second round of the County Cups have been drawn and unfortunately we have been given two away ties. In the Wilts County Cup we will play VBA Rangers on Sat 06/11/10 who are a Swindon side and in the Somerset County Cup we will play Chew Magna on Sat 13/11/10.

five against frome - 09/10/10

Freshford hosted Frome Town Sports in the league and started off the game well taking the lead through a goal from Jed osborne which was an individual effort then an assist from Phil Little set up Elliot Smith to give us a two goal lead. We let things slip and a good strike after errors from us gave Frome a lift to make them only one goal behind at half time. We got back on track in the second half and continued pressing the oppositions goal and Jed Osborne turned provider in setting up Phil Little to give us the two goal lead back and dampen Fromes hopes soon Rich Bliha set up Jed Osborne for his second of the game. Then to finish the game off his first League goal and an individual goal from Vince Evans gave us the fifth goal. The teams vote for man of the match was Elliot Smith and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Jed Osborne for missing a few one on ones where he could of got his Hat trick.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 1 Frome Town Sports (2 - 1 HT)

Draw with deverills 02/10/10

Freshford travelled to Heytesbury to play The Deverills who are always a tough team to play and a few key players missing was not the best start we could of asked for. We started the game mainly on the back foot with the hosts pressing our defence continuously and forcing us to change our position to cancel out the threat, midway through the half the Deverills got the better of our defence with their pace and numbers forward and took the lead in the first half. The second half started off much the same but with the oppositions frustration on not being able to find the second goal Freshford kept pushing and were creating good chances. With about 5 minutes to go Freshford had a free kick on the edge of the box which when delivered a clear push on Chris Birleson was spotted by the referee who awarded the penalty. The penalty was taken by Rich Bliha and well saved by the keeper but as Rich approached the ball the defender who just received a yellow for his push in the box was nearly ten yards inside the box before Rich hit the ball which was done on purpose and very ungentlemanly conduct but the ref did not award him his second yellow but ordered the penalty to be taken again which Rich Bliha made no mistake on the second chance and levelled the score. Freshford could of had another penalty in teh last few seconds for more pushing in teh box but the ref decided to blow the final whistle. The teams vote for man of the match was Dave Birleson and the 'Jaffa' was given to Simon Kitchen for running to take a corner and pushing Ryan out the way saying "i have got this" and then ballooned the corner back towards our own defence.

Final Score: The Deverills 1 - 1 Freshford Utd (1 - 0 HT)

sloppy win against semmington 25/09/10

Freshford hosted Semmington Magpies who have seemed to become Freshfords bogey team and nothing was different this time as we started the game very lazy and not looking interested at all. Luckily the opposition seemed to be in much the same mood and neither side creating many chances. With about ten minutes left in the half a corner from Jed Osborne found Phil Little unmarked at the front post making no mistake with a tap in to the net. Freshford did not go on from here but instead with some lapse defending themselves let Semmington equalise just before half time. The second half was much the same as the first with neither side looking like they wanted to go on and win the game, with ten minutes left finally a winner was found when Jed Osborne made a good break down the right and put the ball across the box to find Chris Birleson who tapped it in to give Freshford the advantage and the points. The teams vote for man of the match was Jed Osborne and the 'Jaffa' was given to Jake Gaines for a good run in to the box being one on one with the keeper and putting the ball wide.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 1 Semmington Magpies (1 - 1 HT)

Seend seen off with Five 18/09/10

Freshford travelled to Seend not sure what to expect form the League winners for the past 2 seasons with big changes in their squad and management. The game started off the normal fair battle between the 2 sides with both teams creating chances but midway through the half Freshford forced through the defence with a good ball from Phil little who found Ryan Mortimer happy to put it past the advancing keeper. Near the end of the half Mark Williams suprised himself when the opposition seemed to open up for him making a run from the halfway line ending up with a one on one with their keeper which he Toe Punted straight at the keeper to earn himself the Jaffa but luckily the keeper didnt hold it and Jake Gaines was there to slot home the second. Freshford expected Seend to come at them hard in the second half but it never came and any slight oppurtunity was cut out straight away. Midway through the second half a long kick from James Moody bounced between the defenders and keeper to which the keeper misread the bounce and could only help the ball carry on in to the empty net. Freshford only grew from here and were pressuring the home teams goal and a ball in from Phil Little found Jed Osborne making no mistake and firing in to make it 4 and then a few minutes later Simon Kitchen set up Jed Osborne for his 2nd of the game and wrapping up a brilliant result for us. The teams vote for man of the match was Mark Williams as well as the 'Jaffa' for his brilliant run ending with a Toe Punt straight at the keeper.

Final Score: Seend Utd 0 - 5 Freshford Utd (0 - 2 HT)

Introducing the 'jaffa' 17/09/10

Based on a old tradition called the 'Toblerone' we are introducing the 'Jaffa' which is chosen by the players to someone who does something ridiculous or awful during the game. The nominated player has to bring Jaffa Cakes for the next week for before the game but if they fail to do so they will have to wear the forefit for the whole game.

league cup draws completed 15/09/10

The draws for the League Cups have been made and in the Knockout Cup we have been given an away tie against Semmington Magpies which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 30th October 2010 at 2:30PM. In the A & B Cup we have been given a home tie against The Lamb which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 13th November 2010 at 2:00PM.

WELL EARNED wIN AT WESTBURY 11/09/10

Freshford travelled to Meadow Lane to take on Westbury United Reserves who had a great start to the season and most were saying would be the likely winners come the end of the season. With a few people away we started a bit nervous and struggling to create much going forward and being ran around by a well organised opposition. Midway through the first half some desperate defending was not enough to give Westbury the lead after a few goal mouth scrambles and we had a rocky ten minutes trying to sort our shape. With five minutes to go a ball over the top saw Ryan Mortimer through one one one with the keeper who saved well but couldnt stop Dave Birleson slotting home the rebound from just inside the box. The second half saw Freshford creating as many chances as their opponents and the game was looking level then a defensive error midway through the half gave Westbury the lead again. Freshford never gave up and kept creating chances and a blocked shot from Dave Birleson on teh edge of the westbury box fell nicely to Chris Foley who found a gap and made no mistake from just inside the box. With minutes to go it seemed a draw was inevitable but a cross in to the opposition box was well flicked on by Elliot Smith and Jed Osborne turned his man and slotted home the winner in the last minute of the game. The teams vote for man of the match was Elliot Smith.

Final Score: Westbury United Reserves 2 - 3 Freshford Utd (1 - 1 HT)

County Cup draws 08/09/10

Freshford have received a bye in the First rounds of the Wiltshire Junior Cup and the Somerset Junior Cup. The draws for the Second rounds will be done in mid October.

POINTS THROWN AT BROUGHTON 07/09/10

Freshford travelled to Broughton Gifford to find the pitch in the best condition it has seen for a long time and with a few people missing started the battle well against a young and up for it opposition. Freshford dominated the first half with some very close chances but no one able to find the back of the net. The second half continued on the same way and within ten minutes a well delivered free kick from Elliot Smith found Phil Little with a great header leaving the keeper standing. Good interplay throughout the team saw Brougton wondering how to get back in the game and some good work from Phil Little enabled him to thread the ball through to Jed Osborne who made no mistake one on one with the keeper to give us a two goal cushion. Instead of carrying on and finding the third we seemed to switch off and let Broughton break through and within ten minutes they got 2 goals back leaving Freshford down in the dumps as all 3 points should of been taken and secured. The teams vote for man of the match was Elliot Smith.

Final Score: Broughton Gifford 2 - 2 Freshford Utd (0 - 0 HT)

FRUSTRATING START TO THE LEAGUE 04/09/10

Freshford played host to Trowbridge Wanderers in the first game of the season and started off the season under pressure with the oppostions strikers causing their normal good pressure which found us 2 goals down at half time. Freshford started the second half better and created more chances and soon forced the opposition in to mistakes and a handball gave us a penalty to get on the score sheet which Rich Bliha calmly slotted away. We carried on pressing and found their keeper in good form plus goal line clearences, hitting the post and some missed chances the opposition took advantage of our continual pressing for the equaliser and got 2 breakaway goals in the last 5 minutes to kill off the game. The teams vote for man of the match was Phil Little.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 4 Trowbridge Wanderers (0 - 2 HT)

loss in last pre season 31/08/10

Freshford hosted Bath Arsenal for their last game of the pre season and found it not as easy as the others and conceeding 3 goals in the first half. The second half was much brighter with more chances being created and with a 30 yard strike Chris Foley getting a goal back for us.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 3 Bath Arsenal (0 - 3 HT)

Tough GAME AGAINST WINSLEY 17/08/10

Freshford hosted Winsley in their third Friendly of the summer which also saw new players Dan Fowler and Mark Williams have their first run out for the club. The first half was fairly even with neither team able to find a goal but eventually in the second half goals came from Ryan Mortimer and Jake Gaines and assists from Adam Hyde and Dan Fowler. The Players vote for Man of the Match was Tony Brett.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 0 Winsley (0 - 0 HT)

GOALS KEEP COMING IN PRE SEASON 12/08/10

Freshford hosted Frome Town Sports in their second friendly of the season which again saw a good all round performance put in by everyone and another 6 goals scored with only 1 in reply. New players Chris Foley, Ryan Mortimer and Sam Elkins had their first run out. Our goals were from Adam Hyde, Andy Donald x 2, Rich Bliha (Penalty) and Jake Gaines x 2 with the assists coming from Adam Hyde, Rich Bliha and Phil Little with 4 assists. The Players vote for Man of the Match was Adam Hyde.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 6 - 1 Frome Town Sports (3 - 0 HT)

Pre season off to good start 03/08/10

Freshford started their Pre-Season friendlies in fine form with 5 goals and no reply from Bradford Utd. We were pleased to welcome new playes Grant Price and Elliot Smith who both had great games. A good performance all round made the game look reasonably comfortable with goals from Rich Bliha, Andy Donald, Jed Osborne, Dave Birleson and Inky with the assists coming from Jake Gaines, Phil Little, Paul Ranger, Rich Bliha and Elliot Smith. The players vote for Man of the Match was Jed Osborne.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 0 Bradford Utd (1 - 0 HT)

Successfull six-a-side 24/07/2010

We held our first Six-a-side tournament on saturday which was a great success with 15 teams entering the tournament. It was perfect weather for the day and the BBQ and Bar were steadily busy taking over £500 throughout the day. Once all the bills were paid and money was counted we raised £691.45 which is a great help towards the fundraising amount we are trying to achieve. Thanks to everyone who helped and gave up their time to help the tournament be a success and to the officials who kept control of the games throughout the day.

The Final was between Badford United and Broughton Gifford which was 1-1 after full time and in extra time Broughton Gifford found the winning goal and held on to the lead to be the first winners of the Henry Brown Memorial Cup. Freshford eneterd 2 teams but struggled with injuries prior to the tournament and it came between our teams on who went through to the Quarter Finals and Goal difference was the deciding factor which handed a tie against Broughton Gifford for one of our teams which we unfortunately lost 1-0. Both teams battled well and put up a good fight for other teams.

SIX-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT 24/07/10

Freshford are holding their first Six-a-side tournament at Browns Park on Saturday 24th July 2010 starting from about noon. We have 14 teams entering so far and more are welcome contact Chris on 07738 741477 if interested in entering a team. There will be a BBQ and Bar available all day, families and children welcome.

Once the tournament is finished we are asking all players and partners to hang around so we can clear up and have a few drinks and burgers providing the weather is good to us. Children welcome and friends and family.

Pre season training starts - 08/07/10

Freshford pre season training will be on Thursdays from 6:30pm at Freshford, please bring any new players along or people just interested in training.

 

NEWS CLIPS 2009/2010

 

WIN AT BOBBLY BROMHAM - 08/05/10

Freshford travelled to Bromham for the final game of the season knowing a win would give us a chance of finishing 3rd in the league if Bradford beat Trowbridge Wanderers. We started the game against the wind and going uphill on a very bobbly hard pitch.

Terrible against trowbridge - 01/05/10

Freshford hosted Trowbridge Wanderers in potentially the decider for third place in the league but we started the game very unorganised and not doing our jobs and within ten minutes we were three goals down from three shots. With some shufflimg around of players we managed to get a goal back from some good work from Tony Brett setting up Phil Little to give us a goal. Unfortunately this didnt phase the opposition and by half time they had found another three goals from only a handfull more shots.

After a halftime telling off we started teh second half better and were creating more chances but struggling to find the second goal to set us on our way to any kind of comeback. Eventually with ten minutes to go Simon Kitchens shot was helped over the line by Rich Bliha but we were unable to go on from this andd get any more.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 6 Trowbridge Wanderers

Lavington call off at last - 27/04/10

Freshford were due to host Lavington in the league but as half suspected they surrendered the game and the points a few hours before the game as they could not raise a team. This will give us the three points and a well deserved break.

POINTS SHARED WITH SEEND AGAIN - 24/04/10

We entertained league leaders Seend at Browns Park with a yet again weakened team with most of teh team carrying injuries and some failing late fitness tests, with nothing to loose everyone started the game well and were matching Seend for all they threw at us. With about fifteen minutes gone a Tont Brett corner found Chris Birleson unmarked at he back post to head it in to give us the lead, he was close to doing the same again minutes later from a Rich Bliha corner but could not quite jump high enough. Not long after a run through the defence by Mark Birleson rewarded him with a chance which was slotted past the keeper to give us the second goal of the game. Unfortunately we could not carry on our great start and Seend started playing and creating chances and by half time they were level in the game.

The Second Half was fought out at a frantic pace with both teams creating good chances but Freshfords injuries starting to show through. However neither team could find the winning goal and the points were shared with Seend for the second time this season.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 2 Seend Utd

Teams tied at trowbridge - 22/04/10

Freshford met Trowbridge Wanderers for the first time this season at their ground with a weakened team but still up for the challenge. The first half was full of both sides creating chances but neither side being able to find the finishing result.

The Second Half carried on much the same until we were caught on the break and lack of communication let their striker through who sliced the ball in to the top corner to take the lead. Fresshford felt this was undeserved and raised their game to get an equaliser and created many chances, then Fynn McCarthy came on for the last twenty minutes and created problems for the opposition and with five minutes to go his attempt on goal was finished off by Tony Brett to tie the scores. In the last minute we had the chance to win the game but unfortunately the ball fell to Jamie Birleson who found his "shot" cleared off the line.

Final Score: Trowbridge Wanderers 1 - 1 Freshford Utd

Lucky win at lavington - 20/04/10

A bare eleven travelled to Lavington and only just made it in time to start with a full team but with no warm up able to be done we were on the back foot from the start. Trying to contain the attacks from a young and quick team a cleared corner fell to a Lavington player on the edge of the box who found the bottom corner to give them the lead. We soon got going and started plaing football and were rewarded for the pressure put on the opposition a cross delivered to the back post which the keeper fumbled and Rich Bliha was on hand to tap it in. Ten minutes later a Rich Bliha corner was curling in the goal a young Lavington midfielder jumped only to catch the ball to stop it going in and he was shown a red card which he couldnt of expected anything else and a penalty given. Phil Little's penalty was saved well by the keeper and put out for a corner which Simon Kitchen delivered to find Andrew Backman at the front post to get his first goal of the season.

Freshford started the second half very sluggish and were soon on the back foot again with Lavington putting the pressure on and a few close calls were had goal line clearance from Andrew Backman was required along with a triple save from Chris Birleson. With Freshford picking up injuries and no subs available we were soon looking like the walking wounded and Lavington sensed a chance of a comeback and drew themselves level with twenty minutes to go. We still looked dangerous on the break and a few chances went begging but then a Phil Little flick found Simon Kitchen to headhome the winning goal.

Final Score: Lavington 2 - 3 Freshford Utd

Blue Circle beaten - 17/04/10

We travelled to Blue Circle to a very weather beaten pitch and with Mike Little still in goal we played a very different Blue Circle side, the game was started well by both sides creating chances and it wasnt long before Phil Little put Dean Stritch throughon goal where he calmly put it past the oncomng keeper to give us the lead until halftime

The Second Half saw Freshford a bit too relaxed and within ten minutes a long range effort from Blue Circle creeped in and five minutes later they scored another to take the lead. Luckily we didnt drop our heads and went on to create chances and get back to some simple passing football and Phil Little threaded a ball through for Mark Birleson who levelled the scores. Within a few minutes Mark Birleson returned the favour and put Phil Little through to give us the lead again. With ten minutes to go some good interplay from Mark Birleson and Jed Osborne left Jed in space who unselfishly squared the ball to Rich Bliha to finish the game off.

Final Score: Blue Circle 2 - 4 Freshford Utd

Shared Points at seend - 15/04/10

Freshford travelled to Seend with a few forced injury changes and Mike Little having to play in goal with James Moody on Honeymoon and Chris Birleson injured. We were matching Seend for everything they threw at us and creating chances ourselves but then midway through the half Seend took the lead from players not playing the whistle. It didnt put our heads down and within 5 minutes a Phil Little lofted pass found Paul Mockridge there to slot the ball home to level the game.

The Second Half started well with Freshford seeming the better side more chances were created but couldnt find the finishing touch. Midway through the half Seend managed to take the lead with a long range shot which Mike seemed to think was going wide but crept in at the post, with it all to do we carried on piling the pressure on and were rewarded with five minutes to go a delivery from Rich Bliha found Phil Little at the back post to head home. The game could of been won in teh last minute but a good save from the keeper dennied Jamie Birleson the glory.

Final Score: Seend Utd 2 - 2 Freshford Utd

fEEBLE DISPLAY AGAINST FROME - 13/04/10

We played Frome Town Sports at home in the League on a day where it seemed everyone was not totally on their game, The game started off brightly with Freshford creating some good chances but minds wandering Frome took the lead with players being left with a free header in from a corner.

The Second Half did not start much better with our heads down and no one seeming up for the game a stunning Free kick on the edge of the box was scored by Frome then a defensive error let Frome in on goal to seal the game. We still seemed distant but got a consolationgoal with ten minutes to goal where a flick from Mike Little forced an own goal.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 3 Frome Town Sports

Broughton Beaten - 10/04/10

Freshford hosted Broughton FC in the league on a perfect day for football but still with a few players missing. Broughton started the game better than Freshford creating a few chances and came very close to taking the lead but a fine save from Chris Birleson dampened their hopes. We pushed on from here to take the lead after a big goal mouth scramble which seemed to last for a long time eventually Andy Donald headed the ball in teh back of the net to give us the lead at halftime.

The second half we carried on creating chances and pressing the opposition and hard work was paid off with a Simon Kitchen shot parried by the keeper and Jed Osborne following to force the ball home to relax the nerves and a two goal advantage. With more pressing play and not many attacks made by Broughton Freshford wrapped up the game with a well delivered ball from Jed Osborne found Rich Bliha free at the backpost to give us the third goal and all three points.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 0 Broughton FC

STRUGGLE AT DEVERILLS - 08/04/10

We travelled to the rubbish pitch at Heytesbury to play The Deverills hoping to get the double over them this season, with people late from work and a few injuries we welcomed back Andrew Donald and gave Jed Osborne his first start. We soon realised it was going to be a tough game with the opposition creating chances early on and our shuffled line up struggling to deal with the pitch and create the final ball. Midway through the half a bit too much space was given to the Deverills and a shot from the edge of the box gave them the lead. We didnt give up and carried on creating chances and started applying pressure and soon were rewarded with a free kick on the edge of the box which Rich Bliha stepped up and rocketed it in to the far top corner leaving their keeper no chance and bringing the scores level until half time.

The second half carried on the same way with both sides creating good chances and the challenges getting heated at times, we started to show our weaknesses and injury problems with about twenty minutes to go and with no subs who were fit we had to carry on and were caught out on a break by the opposition which they took the advantage and the second goal. We tried pushing on to get a second goal ourselves and came close a few times but were caught in the last five minutes with another breakaway by the deverills and they wrapped up the game with a third goal.

Final Score : The Deverills 3 - 1 Freshford Utd

POINTS SHARED WITH CIRCLE - 06/04/10

We hosted Blue Circle for the second time in four days but this time in the League and with some good weather and hard work the pitch was remarkably playable after it was in a terrible state after the last game in the treterous rain. The game started off well with both sides creating chances but also dealing with each others counter attacks quite comfortably. At half time no goals were scored but some good play from both teams was being displayed.

The second half carried on much the same as the first and Freshford soon made one of their chances work with a knocked down cross finding Chris Birleson who laid it in to Phil Little on the edge of the box who delightfully slotted the ball in the to corner leaving the keeper with no chance. Freshford pressed and tried for the second goal but couldnt quite find the final ball or finish. Blue Circle didnt lay back either and with ten minutes left battled through and managed to get an equaliser to share the points.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 1 Blue Circle

Beaten by blue circle - 03/04/10

We entertained Blue Circle in the semi fianl of the A&B Cup on a very wet day with our pitch starting off being a great surface but constant rain showers hours before the game soon turned it in to a very boggy pitch. We couldnt of got off to a worse start with Blue Circle taking the lead within minutes a quick throwing and the player being able to run past a few players with no challenge they had teh lead. The rest of the first half was mainly a stalemate with both teams creating chances but no one managing to find the next goal.

The second half saw Freshford have most of the ball creating good play but not being able to get the equaliser and Blue Circle still looking dangerous on the break creating some close calls at the other end. Within the dying minutes with Freshford putting on the pressure a Simon Kitchen was delivered on top of the keeper who fumbled the ball in to his own net to put the game to extra time. Blue Circle took their chances early on in extra time with a saved free kick the ball was easily tapped in by the advancing Blue Circle players. With Freshford trying to push on to equalise they were caught out in the last ten minutes with tired legs and a looping header gave them a 2 goal advantage and the game.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 1 Blue Circle ( 1-3 After Extra Time)

Pub quiz a great success - 27/03/10

Phil & Mike Little arranged a Pub Quiz to raise some more funds for the Club which was held at the Bustard Club in Trowbridge with a good turn out of 41 people making up 9 different teams Mike and Phil delivered a well organised quiz with 2 bonus games of Deal or no Deal thrown in to raise a bit more cash. With the help of their parents a buffet was also prepared and well eaten at the interval, the winners of the quiz were friends of the Little Family 'The Freshford Rovers'. A raffle was also organised and thanks to all those who donated prizes for this also thanks to a Freshford Legend Bob Farrion who gave a generous special donation. The total raised for the night was £491.50 which is a great achievement and hopefully we can add this as a yearly event for fundraising. Many thanks to Mike, Phil and their parents for all their hard work and to The Bustard Club for supplying the venue.

stunners beat steeple ashton - 27/03/10

Freshford hosted Steeple Ashton in the league with a few key players missing but new faces in the line up, we were missing Tony Brett and James Moody from the line up but welcomed Jed Osborne in for his first game for us since pre-season. The game was started well by us containging teh steeple ashton forwards easily and creating chances at the other end keeping their keeper very busy, it wasnt until half an hour in to the game where a corner from Rich Bliha was cleared to the edge of the box where Simon Kitchen took no hesitation in firing it back through the crowd and in to the back of the net. We continued to create chances and then on the break Mark Birleson slotted a ball through to Mike Little who beat the offside trap and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper to give us a two nil lead at half time.

The second half started much the same as the first with Freshford dominating but ten minutes in a silly Penalty was given away by Chris Gale which Steeple Ashton scored to inspire their hopes. We were on edge for ten minutes with the opposition putting pressure on just as much as we were then another well delivered corner by Rich Bliha was cleared to the waiting Simon Kitchen to slam home another edge of the box stunner. With our nerves settled from the two goal advantage restored we carried on creating chances and a chased down ball by Mark Birleson was rewarded when he won the ball from their defender and knocked it in at the far post at a tight angle to make it four goals fro us. With their keeper still making good saves with five minutes to go he could only parry a shot in to the path of Jed Osborne who made no mistake in hitting the back of the net to give finish the game.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 1 Steeple Ashton

WIN & CLEAN SHEET AT FROME - 20/03/10

We travelled to Frome Town Sports with a weakened side due to injuries but welcomed back Chris Gale since his debut injury at the beginning of the season. The game started very scrappy with the weather taking its normal toll on the game at Gypsy Lane, both sides were matching each other for most of the first half with half chances being created but neither team able to take the lead.

The second half started much the same until Freshford started creating a bit more pressure and using the weather conditions to their advantage, ten minutes in a well delivered corner wasmet by Mike Little who glanced it on to find the oppositions captain turning his back on the ball only a yard out and it hit the defender and went in the goal to give Freshford the lead. The rest of the game was played much more as the first half giving Freshford the points and not a very exciting game.

Final Score: Frome Town Sports 0 - 1 Freshford Utd

PETHERTON STEAL PLACE IN FINAL - 13/03/10

Freshford played host to South Petherton in the Semi Final of the Somerset Cup, on a perfect day for football we were missing a few key players but welcomed back Jake Gaines form not playing since before Christmas. We started the game brightly containing the attacks from the visitors and starting to create chances at the other end. Unfortunately after 15 minutes Dave Birleson had to be replaced due to injury, we soon made good advantage of an aerial threat in their goalmouth and a long free kick from Rich Bliha found Phil Little getting his head on it before the keeper could claim it and giving us the lead. With the game staying reasonably level some of the Petherton challenges were getting worse and just before halftime Paul Mockridge injured his ankle and was unable to carry on.

We started the second half with a new central midfield due to injuries which put us on the backfoot and Petherton eager to get back in the game the tempo was raised. Midway through the half we conceeded a penalty which was converted and put us on the backfoot with Petherton taking the lead 5 minutes later after a possible foul on our defender. We eventually sorted ourselves out and started creating chances again and were rewarded ten minutes from time with a penalty which Phil Little calmly slotted away to put the game into extra time. With everyone fighting for energy to start the extra time we were looking to be in control but not creating many chances, Petherton put some fresh legs on creating more work for us and soon it paid off with a lucky half turn kick on teh edge of the box sneaking in the far corner to give them the lead. The second half of extra time continued with the ref for some reason letting Petherton away with everything and favouring them they were given a free kick on the edge of the box which was converted to just as much finish the game. Freshford didnt give up and clawed a goal back with minutes to go from Simon Kitchen Free kick which Chris Birleson glanced past the keeper who was caught out of position. A good cup run came to a sad end with injuries and an unfair referee taking their toll on the game.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 2 South Petherton (3-4 After Extra Time)

Four against fever - 06/03/10

Freshford travelled to Christie Miller sports centre to take on Fever FC in the Quarter Finals of the A & B Cup with an injury ridden team and players missing. James Moody was away on his Stag do so Chris Birleson played in goal with an injury also a first start of the season for Stuart Arnold. The hosts started the game full of energy and with some good pace on their side were testing the defence on the break. The game was reasonably level for 20 minutes until we were caught out on the break and the pace of the Fever winger set him free to set up his striker to take the lead. The hosts then made things worse for themselves by arguing with each other and the referee, Freshford took advantage of this and some sloppy defending from a ball in by Mike Little found Rich Bliha at the back post to slot the ball away for the equaliser. before the break Mike delivered again to the backpost and Rich was on hand again to slot home his second of the game.

Freshford started the second half well with good pressure from Phil Little set brother Mike free to get his goal for the game, we then looked like wrapping up the game with a long free kick from Tony Brett clearing the defence and finding Rich Bliha at the back post to claim his hat trick. Freshford then were forced to defend for the last twenty minutes as various injuries were picked up and our only substitute used we had 2 injured players just sitting up front and a whole team shuffle which let Fever break and cause problems but some determination and good defending held them back until the end. This earned Freshford a home tie on Easter Saturday against Blue Circle in the Semi Final.

Final Score: Fever FC 1 - 4 Freshford Utd

BEATEN BY BROMHAM - 27/02/10

On a soggy picth we played host to Bromham who had not won a league game this season and with this in the back of our mind we started the game very lazy and thinking we were much better. Eventually some added pressure and forced corners found Andrew Backman heading the ball back in from a cleared corner which Phil Little knocked in to Chris Birleson for a tap in to take the lead. Some lapse marking and defending let Bromham in on a break and with ten minutes before half time the scores were level.

The second half started brighter for Freshford with Chris Birleson thinking he had scored again with a header from a Simon Kitchen corner but unfortunately finding the referee thinking there was leverage used in the jump and the goal being disallowed. This took an effect on Freshford and more lapse defending let Bromham in again to take the lead. Freshford were struggling to gain control and also find an equalising goal with many goal line clearences and hitting the crossbar they were left regretting starting the game alot better and paying for some lapse defending.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 2 Bromham

Battle at bradford - 20/02/10

We travelled to Bradford for our first league game in over 2 months to find the normal battle ahead of us with the hosts always up for an upset. We started the game well creating chances and fending of the attacks from Bradford, halfway through the first half we were presented with a free kick inside their half which Chris Birleson delivered over the defence to find Rich Bliha on a well timed run to put it past the keeper to take the lead. This didnt stop Bradford and five minutes later a Bradford breakaway saw the sides draw level. Freshford kept raising their game and soon some good interplay between Simon Kitchen and Phil Little ended up with a cross from Simon to find Phil attacking the front post to poke it past the keeper. Just before halftime Bradford were reduced to ten men after the ref dismissed their captain.

The second half saw Freshford unable to deal with having an extra man and many players leaving their jobs to others and were soon caught out on a break and Bradford drew the sides level. Freshford managed to dig in after a few moments of uncertainty and confussion took teh upper hand again with goals from Mike Little and Simon Kitchen. Bradford still determined made a few changes and managed to take a goal back with ten minutes to go but it was soon cancelled out by Rich Bliha getting his second of the game and sealing the result and three points.

Final Score: Bradford Utd 3 - 5 Freshford Utd

Home tie in Semi Finals - 15/02/10

Freshford have been given a home tie against South Petherton in the Semi Finals of the Somerset Cup. It will be a 2:30 kick off on saturday 13th March 2010. South Petherton play in the Premier of the Perry Street League.

Locomotives beaten in 1/4 final - 13/02/10

Freshford travelled to Taunton to play The Locomotives in the Quarter Final of the Somerset Cup, making a road trip out of it we arrived a bit later than planned and only had time for a brief warm up and started the game slightly on the back foot but with Mike Little closing down the oppostions keeper in the first few minutes was rewarded with a misskick by the keeper giving Mike the ball who slotted it past the stranded keeper for Freshford to take the lead. As normal we seemed to sit back and fortunately the defence held strong and some fine saves from James Moody kept the score one nil to Freshford.

The second half should of seen Freshford go on to seal the game with teh wind and slope advantage but everyone seemed to still be on the coach and often found themselves under pressure. Luckily the hosts could not take advantage of their chances and a few close call penalty decisions were not given against Freshford and we created a few good saves from the oppositions keeper. With ten minutes to go Freshford pressured the opposition goal and a goalline clearance which seemed to be well over the line was given in favour of the hosts and left us holding on till the very end. Freshford will now go in to the draw for the Semi Finals.

Final Score: Locomotives 0 - 1 Freshford Utd

Minibus to taunton - 08/02/10

For those of you travellung to the away Quarter Final in Taunton this saturday we will be hiring a minibus and making a day and night of it so please contact Dave if you have not already put your name on the list. We will be leaving about 11:30am with Auntie Ruth being our very kind driver and returning later in the evening after a few beers.

Bradford beaten in a&b cup - 06/02/10

Freshford played hosts to Bradford Utd in the last 16 of the A & B Cup, with a few injuries and people away there was a welcome return from Paul Mockridge who is now able to play more often with his Business running well. We started the game thinking it would be easy and got the first goal of the match with Rich Bliha setting up Phil Little to head home, however Bradford decided they were not here to spectate and soon put the pressure on Freshford and forcing errors and putting the scores level before being given a penalty to take them in to half time 2-1 up.

Freshford reshaped and organised themselves better and within the first 5 minutes Mike Little set up Rich Bliha to make the scores level again, we went on form here and started to dominate and rattle the opposition who were resolving to some dangerous challenges. Freshford kept their heads and a quick over the top free kick from Chris Birleson put Mike Little through one on one to put the hosts in the lead again. With things going well it was only a few minutes before we let them back in again and a lapse in concentration put the scores level again. Freshford picked themselves up again and pressured the Bradford defence and Phil Little soon found Paul Mockridge to get his first goal of his frist game of the season, we then hung on to the lead despite Bradford throwing everything at the game but not getting the result. Freshford have earnt themself what lookslike an away tie to Fever FC in the Quarter Finals.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 3 Bradford Utd

aWAY TIE IN 1/4 FINAL OF SOMERSET CUP - 01/02/10

Freshford have been drawn against The Locomotives who are based in Taunton, Somerset. The tie is at the Locomotives ground and will be played at 2:00pm on the 13th February 2010.

extra time at meadow rangers needed to make quarter final- 30/01/10

We travelled to Midsommer Norton to challenge unbeaten Meadow Rangers with a few injuries and everyone not fully fit from having no game for 7 weeks. We started the game a bit rusty but soon took the lead through a well delivered free kick by Tony Brett forund Phil Little heading past the helpless keeper. With lapses of concentration we were soon under pressure and conceeded 2 goals within five minutes, luckily we managed to dig our heels in and fight of the Rangers attacks and Andrew Backman created a chance to set up Mike Little to bring the scores level.

With the advantage of the slope in the second half Freshford were the team to take the advantage and get their third goal with Mike Little setting up Rich Bliha. Unfortunately the lead was only held for ten minutes before Meadow Rangers came back again to bring the sides level with twenty minutes left. Freshford not really wanting extra time managed to get a 4th goal with a well taken free kick from Mike Little beating the keeper from the edge of the box, however we couldnot hold on to the lead and with ten minutes to go the score was levelled again.

Freshford with no subs left and most people struggling were hoping to hang on through extra time but some players managed to raise the game and do what was needed it was looking to go Freshfords way. After the first half of extra time being level Freshford had the last half battling uphill but some good work on the break from Rich Bliha found Phil Little to put Freshford in front again. Phil little continued to dominate up front and with Mike helping out in defence to try and keep the lead Phil went on to take on the weary defenders and soon found himself awarded a penalty which he calmly slottedhome to complete his hat trick.

Final Score AET: Meadow Rangers 4 - 6 Freshford Utd (4 - 4 after 90 Minutes)

Meadow Rangers in last 16 - 14/12/09

Freshford have been handed an away tie in the last sixteen of the Somerset cup, it will be played on Saturday 9th January 2010 against Meadow Rangers who are in the Mid-Somerset Premier League. Rangers are having a good start to their season having played 6 league games and unbeaten so far. Freshford do know of Meadow Rangers from arranging a few Pre-Season friendlies in previous years but Rangers always pulling out at the last minute. Hopefully the lads can do a job against the Midsomer Norton side and progress to the Quarter Finals.

Merriot rovers battered - 12/12/09

Freshford entertained Merriot Rovers from the the Perry Street league in the 3rd round of the Somerest Cup. The game started well with both sides creating good chances and Freshford having their work cut out with some good last ditch challenges keeping the visitors off the score sheet. After twenty minutes Freshford started to take control of the game and soon opened the scoring with Mike Little being set free down the wing and the keeper coming too far out of his goal Mike rounded him and slotted it in the empty net from outside the box.

With the game still being fairly even we started the second half brightly and within five minutes got a second goal coming from a good cross from Dave Birleson finding Simon Kitchen on the end to slot home. Freshford picked up steam from here and found Rich Bliha finding more and more space on the back post to get his goal from a well dilvered balls from Dave Birleson. The opposition who travelled with no subs had to go to ten men due to injuruy and were stretched well by the goal hungry hosts, soon Mike Little found space again with good work form his brother Phil and killed the game off with our 4th. Some forced errors were occuring with Rich Bliha reacting the quickest to a bad clearance from the keeper and slotting in to an empty net. Simon Kitchen had a Free kick on the edge of the box where he struck well and a deflection from a defender ensured it sailed past the keeper. The game was finished nicely with a good ball in from Mike Little for Rich Bliha attacking the back post again to make his Hatrick. A good clean sheet from Freshford and progression in to the last sixteen of the competition.

Final Score : Freshford Utd 7 - 0 Merriot Rovers

Boggy Broughton battle - 05/12/09

Freshford travelled to old rivals Broughton with the game being in doubt due to weather conditions again but the ref decided it was playable. The conditions were not the best with mole hills, long grass and boogy areas of the pitch but we started the game brightly keeping their young strikers at bay with good offside traps and creating good football ourselves. It wasnt long before a well delivered corner form Mark Birleson found Phil Little on the end to head home the first goal, Mark shortly found himself creating another oppurtunity and taking it himself to put us two up and looking in control. At the other end the young strikers were getting aggitated being caught offside at least ten genuine times in the first half and with constant moans to the ref soon enough he over ruled the linesman on an obvious offside which resulted in Broughtons first goal. With Freshford still amazed with the refs turn around were caught lapsing and soon conceeded another putting the sides level at half time.

We started the second half well and claimed the first goal of what was to be a goal filled second half with Freshford taking the lead 3-2 then Broughton equalising only for Freshford to reply making it 4-3 and then Broughton equalising again making us think it was going to be one of those days . Fortunately we managed to step up another gear and go on to score four more goals to kill the game off with goals from Mike Little, Mark Birleson, two from Rich Bliha and two more for Phil Little to make his Hatrick.

Final Score : Broughton FC 4 - 8 Freshford Utd

SEEND KNOCK US OUT OF CUP - 28/11/09

We hosted top of the league Seend Utd in the Knockout Cup and started brightly in the first half and dominating the game creating chances and holding Seends attacks off very well. It was mid way through the first half where an attempted shot from Simon Kitchen luckily was sliced in to the path of Mark Birleson who rounded a player and slotted home to give Freshford the lead. We went on and continued to be the team applying the pressure until a defensive mistake let Seend equalise just before half time.

The second half saw Seend start alot better and creating chances and within ten minutes they managed to take the lead from a quick break, Freshford replied straight away creating chances and soon a well delivered cross from Mark Birleson caused confussion between the oppositions keeper and defender who tried chesting it back to his keeper who could not turn quickly enough to stop the ball sneaking inside the post putting the scores level again. Unfortunately it was only level for a couple of minutes before another defensive error let Seend in to take the lead, after this Freshford seemed to collapse with three players having to come off due to injuries and with Freshford still getting their shape managed to conceed two more goals in a matter of minutes. Freshford pushed on the attack but couldnt manage to break the deadlock and within the last 5 minutes conceeded another two goals trying to push for one themselves.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 7 Seend Utd

HOME TIE IN NEXT ROUND OF CUP - 23/11/09

Freshford have been given a home tie in the 3rd Round of the Somerset Junior Cup which will be against Merriot Rovers or Chew Magna once they have replayed their fixture.The game will be played at Browns Park on Saturday 12th December 2009.

Progress away at PEN MILL 21/11/09

In a game that should never have been played Freshford came back from 2 early goals to progress to the 3rd round running out 4-2 winners. After the longest away trip of the season & in heavy wind & rain a long kick by Penn Mills keeper bounced once & flew over James's head just crossing the line despite a last ditch clearance. Shortly afterwards another mix up at the back resulted in Penn Mill being 2 up, Mike Little was then taken out by the keeper & had to be replaced by his brother Phil. Although being the better team Freshford were unable to convert any of their chances until just before half time when a cross from Phil Little was held up by the soggy pitch enabling Simon Kitchen to slot home. Freshford started the 2nd half as they left off & soon equalised with a Jake Gaines header coming off the crossbar & bouncing over the line. Freshford did well to keep their heads with a psycho left back not only spitting in Simon's face but also punching Dean with the referee obviously blinded by the er... rain!! With 15 minutes left & neither team wanting extra time Phil Little slotted home 2 quick goals to send Freshford through.

Final Score: Pen Mill 2 - 4 Freshford Utd

Successfull race night - 14/11/09

Freshfords fundraising Race Night was a great success with 81 tickets being sold for the event held at Bradford Rugby Club. There was a raffle with various prizes donated by the players and members of the club which raised £153.00 and with our sponsors for the evening CDP, Fonesolutions, Dentons Directories, the Rose & Crown, Opticolour, Ken Birleson and Winsley F.C. raised us £210.00 then all the betting was a great success and enjoyed by all but some more than most with some large prizes being won. A big thankyou to everyone for helping where they did on the night and to Chris & Brendan for preparing all the food. The total raised for the club was £1242.31 which will go towards our plan of rebuilding our own facilities at Browns Park.

Thanks to all who came and supported the event and hopefully there will be another fundraiser in the New Year.

Somerset cup game off - 14/11/09

Freshfords away tie to Yeovil side Pen Mill has been called off due to a water logged pitch.

Sorry Day at semington - 07/11/09

Freshford travelled to Semington Magpies without the attitude required for the day. A slightly changed formation from last week due to Tom Giles being involved in a Car accident on the way to the game luckily he was ok just shaken up. Freshford started the game asleep and not doing their jobs which found the home team having 2 shots in the first 5 minutes and being 2 goals up. Eventually Freshford sorted themselves out and started fighting back making the game fire into life with Semmington bringing the more dirty challenges including a blatant stamping which the ref only thought deserved a yellow card. Freshford eventually found the net after a few close chances and penaltys waved away when Phil Little scored with his first League goal of the season.

The second half went from bad to worse for Freshford with not being able to find the net and making substitutions to liven the game found tom Giles twisting his knee and damaging his ligaments leaving us with 10 men after all subs had been made. Whilst pushing for the equaliser Freshford got caught short at the back and the game was sealed with the third goal in the last 5 minutes.

Final Score: Semmington Magpies 3 - 1 Freshford Utd

BRADLEY BEATEN TO PROGRESS IN CUP- 31/10/09

Freshford travelled to a new North Bradley side but with the pitch in a bad state and the lines replaced by big trenches which was comical to see. The ref eventually turned up delaying the kick off by ten minutes and Freshford got off to a good start putting lots of pressure on the home side and creating good chances. It was after 15 mins we took the lead with some good battling from Tom Giles managed to force the ball through to Mike Little for him to steer it round the keeper from the edge of the box. The oppositios keeper pulled off some great saves keeping the home side in the game. On the half hour Mike Little managed to thread the ball through for his strike partner Tom Giles who fought off the defender well and slotted past the advancing keeper to put Freshford two goals to the better. Freshford thinking they had the game won relaxed a little only to find North Bradley not finished yet and a Stoke style long throw in to the box found the defence asleep and the home side grabbing a goal back ten minutes before the half.

Freshford started the second half well going up the hill and creating chances again and were soon able to press the opposition continuously before a oppurtunity arose with Mike Little flicking the ball on from a corner allowing Jake Gaines to get his first goal of the season. Soon after the lead was added to after some good work from Mark Birleson down the line set up Rich Bliha to find the back of the net easily. With Freshford in control and making all three substitutions decided to bicker against the ref who was appearing to help the losing side where possible. Instead of playing the whistle Freshford stopped when an obvious handball was not given by the ref and allowed the Bradley player to run on twenty yards and shoot from the edge of the box with no player attempting to stop him or the shot. The ref was not changing his mind and Freshford gave Bradley a sniff of a comeback once again, luckily Freshford managed to find themselves after a nervy ten minutes and soon broke down the opposition again with good work again from Tom Giles left him one on one with the keeper but having sense to square it to Neil Birleson who was on as a sub an open goal to slot it in to making it 5 - 2 Tom Giles had the oppurtunity for his second with Rich Bliah getting through one on one withe the keeper and squaring to Tom to slot in to an empty net but he only managed to find the trees behind the goal. Freshford progress to the last 16 with a home tie against Bradford Utd on the 19th December.

Final Score: North Bradley AFC 2 - 5 Freshford Utd

FIXTURE & KICK OFF TIME CAHNGE - 28/10/09

Please note that League fixtures have been changed in November and this Saturdays Cup game against North Bradley has been bought forward to a 2:00pm Kick off. See Fixtures page for up to date details.

SWEET VICTORY AGAINST DEVERILLS - 24/10/09

We played host to one of our bitter rivals The Deverills, with James back in between the posts, Mike back up front and Mark Birleson making a return from injury things were looking good. In a very physical and bitty first half both teams had chances but neither being able to convert them. Freshford tried their new formation of 4-4-2 and it wasnt always working for them with the opposition pushing forward on the break and Freshford defence standing strong but for how long.

The second half saw the weather change and the rain start to come in and Freshford soon found themselves one down when they gave the opposition too much room and an excellent strike form the edge of the box by the Deverills winger. Freshford changed to a 4-5-1 enabling Rich Bliha to play a link role and after a long ball through from Simon Kitchen, Rich chased it down and the keeper fumbled under pressure leaving Rich the space to slot it home putting us back level. Soon after both Dean Stritch and Dave Birleson playing in central midfield complained of injuries and knocks which meant both had to be substituted and a shuffle of the team was required. The introduction of Tom Giles and Adam Hyde got the team flowing again and frustrating the Deverills which soon showed their true colours and were reduced to ten men after Mike Little was kicked in the Head whilst on the floor after a tackle. Freshford made the most of the extra man and were starting to find holes in the defence and a through ball from Andrew Backman set Tom Giles on his way only to be fouled in the box enabling Mike Little to score from the spot. With ten minutes to go Freshford welcomed Stuart Arnold back from a long injury and he got his first run out under his belt. The pressure still piled on from the Deverills pushing to get a point form the game and a harsh penalty was given against Andrew Backman when a shot 2 yards away from him was hit against his arm which was by his side. The Deverill player stepped up to fire it in the bottom left corner to find James Moody equal to his shot and palming it away to keep the lead with a fine penalty save. Freshford had to play the last few minutes with ten men as Russell Stritch was concussed after a leading elbow to his face, but the team kept on battling and secured the three points.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 1 The Deverills FC

Hard work made of cup tie - 17/10/09

Freshford were at home to League newcomers Worton & Cheverell in the Knockout Cup, Freshford without regular keeper James Moody and Chris Birleson injured Mike Little eagerly took the gloves and started in goal. Freshford started brightly against a young but skillfull opposition and soon Rich Bliha clasped on to a Dean Stritch clearance where he took one touch and rifled home from the edge of the box. The partnership of Tom Giles and Phil Little started to show the oppositions weaknesses and Tom set Phil up to put Freshford two goals up, before Phil returned the favour setting Tom up to make it 3 - 0 at half time.

The second half saw Freshford start very sluggish and not dominating like they had done for the majority of the first half, before they could pull themselves togeather the scores were level with 3 goals conceeded within ten minutes. Freshford very frustrated with each other made som changes and got a bit of stability back but another mistake let Worton in to get the 4th with the home side left wondering how they had thrown it all away so easily. Mike Little was pulled out of goal to make use if his attacking presence up front with Russell Stritch taking the gloves for the last 15 minutes of the 2nd half. It was looking like the game was all over when some good link up play in the last few minutes and the opposition tiring, Rich Bliha put the ball across the danger area to find Simon Kitchen ready to head in form a few yards putting the game into extra time.

Freshford pulled themselves togeather for Extra Time and within 5 minutes a very soft penalty was given against Worton which Mike Little gladly slotted away in the bottom corner lowering the oppositions moral even more with all their subs used and a few players carrying injuries. The second half of extra time saw the ever working Tom Giles be awarded with a second goal form a Simon Kitchen corner although it went in off his back it was deserved for his persiatance all game. Freshford progressed through to the next round where they will play Seend Utd at home in a months time.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 4 - 4 Worton & Cheverell (6 - 4 AET)

Fundraising race night planned

Freshford United will be hosting a Race night on Saturday 14th November to raise money fro the club. It will be held at Bradford Rugby Club which is just off the Winsley bypass. Tickets will be £10 per person which covers your entry and a meal, there will be a bar but teh venue does not take cards or have a cash point so please bring cash for your betting and drinks. The night will start from 7:30pm and go on until about midnight. If you require any info or can sell some tickets please contact Chris Birleson on 07738 741477. If all players can do their bit in selling their tickets and turning up on the night helping where possible.

points shared with bradford - 10/10/09

Back to concentrating on the league Freshford hosted Bradford Utd who had a good start to the season with some suprise results and a strengthened side, Freshford welcomed back Tony Brett who sat in as sweeper allowing Jake Gaines to do a marking job at the back. The game started off being very physical with Bradford using their height advantage at every chance, Freshford were containing their opposition until halfway through the half when unmarked players took their chances and finally put Bradford one goal to the better. The game continued to be reasonably even although Freshford could not produce the final ball until Mike Little forced a handball from Bradford on the edge of their box, whilst setting the wall up still Mike Little acted quickly and shot around the wall making the scores even.

The second half saw both teams pressing for the next goal and it could of gone to either side, after 15 minutes Chris Birleson had to be subsituted after going over on his ankle which seemed like Ligament damage. Russell Stritch made his first appearance of the season replacing him and fitting straight back in to place at the back, the game continued to be fought out fairly but neither team could break the deadlock.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1- 1 Bradford Utd

wilts cup exit by ludgershall - 03/10/09

Freshford entertained Andover side Lugershall in the Wilts Cup, Freshford had a full strength side out and welcomed Chris Gale making his debut in Freshford colours however from the start Freshford were under pressure from a very attacking and dominant team, Chris Gale couldnt shake off a pull he got in the warm up and had to go off injured after 7 minutes. Soon after some lack marking against some taller players enabled the visitors to take the lead after ten minutes from a corner. Freshford were on the back foot the majority of the half struggling to deal with 3 up front and their attacking midfielders.

Freshford started the second half alot brighter and started creating chances and were containing their attacking style, with Freshford creating chances it was after ten minutes in Ludgershall gave away a penalty allowing Phil Little to step up and slot home in the bottom corner. Both teams now had their tails up and were creating good chances and either side were looking like progressing to the next round. With ten minutes to go some very slack refereeing let an obvious foul on Jake Gaines as the last man gave the Ludgershall striker a one on one to take the lead. This didnt help Freshford at all as the ref continued to anger them and pushing forward to get the equaliser in the last minute the visitors wrapped up the win catching Freshford on the break for their third of the game.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1- 3 Ludgershall

tROWBRIDGE pULL out - 21/09/09

Trowbridge Town A have pulled out of the league with immediate effect, this will mean saturdays 6-2 win will not count at all and may as well be treated like a friendly. Apparently this is due to lack of players over their 3 teams.

Trowbridge Thrashed - 19/09/09

Freshford played hosts to Trowbridge Town A who were an up and down side last year with suprise results. The First half started off with both teams having equal amounts of chances and neither taking the upper hand. Freshford took the lead with another goal from Mike Little but could only hold the lead for ten minutes before the visitors grabbed one back before half time.

The second half saw Freshford come out fighting but soon found Trowbridge getting a goal against the run of play which just inspired Freshford even more and an equalising goal from Mark Birleson came about fifteen minutes in to the second half. Trowbridge seemed to collapse after this with Mike little being in good form and grabbing the next 2 goals completing his first Freshford Hat-trick, then Mark Birleson added another goal to the list before Mike Little added his fourth of the game.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 6 - 2 Trowbridge Town A

Mikes double secures points - 12/09/09

Freshford travelled to the always difficult Steeple Ashton on a perfect day for football with James Moody being absent and a few injuries, but a welcome debut for Rich Bliha. Freshford started brightly and had the majority of the chances and only being threatened on the odd break. It wasnt long before Adam Hyde found some room and threaded a ball through for Mike Little to find the back of the net again.

The second half saw Freshford start a little sluggish but soon putting pressure on the home side again, with the second goal not appearing Freshford started to drift and soon found themselves under pressure. Steeple Ashton took advantage of the pressure and soon managed to equalise after Freshford were unable to clear their lines. This fired up the Freshford side and put them back on the ball threatening the other sides goal with many chances being cleared it was starting to look like we were not going to score again. But some good work from Mark Birleson soon found Mike Little in the right place again to slot home and secure the points for Freshford.

Final Score: Steeple Ashton 1 - 2 Freshford Utd

Frustrating START with SEMMINGTON - 05/09/09

On the opening day of the season we started with a few new additions with Jake Gaines back in Freshford colours and slotting in at sweeper, Tom Giles starting his first season with us starting in midfield and Mike Little committing to us for the season up front alongside his brother Phil. Whilst taking time to settle in to our rhythym we were soon caught on the break by an improved Semmington getting the first goal after 15minutes. The Magpies were dominating the game and creating more chances but Mike Little soon managed to find some room and a through ball from Simon Kitchen enabled Mike to bring thge sides back level. It didnt last long as Semmington were still creating continuous chances and broke the defence down again to make it 2-1 at half time.

The second half saw Freshford overturning the constant first half pressure and putting Semmington on the back foot by scoring an early goal with some good movement and passing with Adam Hyde finally slotting it through to Mike Little to get his second of the game with a crisp finish. Freshford continued to put the pressure on and create good chances only to be frustrated more and more with the opposition keeper having a series of good saves and the woodwork denying us on several occassions. We should of gone on to get the third but it just wasnt to be.

Final Score : Freshford Utd 2 - 2 Semmington Magpies

Blusterry Frome Stalemate - 05/05/09

On a extremely windy Gypsy Lane playing fields Freshford took on a new and young Frome Town Sports where the referee did favour the young players and gave some very strange decisions. Frome were the first to have the advantage of the blusterry conditions but Freshford very much under pressure took the lead through some good work from Adam Hyde setting up Stuart Donohoe to put us in the lead. Soon after Frome took advantage of the wind and caught Freshford on the break to level the scores.

The second half saw Freshford still recovering from the constant first half pressure and struggled to get going and deal with the pace of teh young Frome forwards. The game was fought out in a end to end battle but no one managing to find teh winning goal.

Final Score : Frome Town Sports 1 - 1 Freshford Utd

 

made hard work of magpies - 02/05/09

Freshford started well on a hot summers day to find themmselves goone up within ten minutes with a corner being half cleared Chris Birleson was there to slot it in past the keeper from 6 yards out. Freshford doubled their lead soon after with a Phil Little header from another corner.

Freshford went in to the second half with confidence but sat back and let the Magpies swarm in and put them on the back foot for the first fifteen minutes before Phil Little set up Adam Hyde to slot home from just inside the box. The magpies then caught Freshford on the break to make it 3 - 1 to put Freshford in a bit of a worry until Phil Little then set up Dave Birleson with a header to wrap the game up.

Final Score : Semington Magpies 1 - 4 Freshford Utd

 

DISGRACEFUL REF AT DEVERILLS - 28/04/09

Freshford with a injury stricken team travelled to Heytesbury to face The Deverills, an accident blocking the A36 left a few Freshford players stuck in traffic we were forced to start with 8 players. This confused The Deverills who were expecting to take an early advantage and came close but we kept them out and after ten minutes had eleven players on the pitch but no subs. Freshford were dominating the game and creating chances whilst keeping the opposition pinned down. The referee started losing control after he was upset with The Deverills players continuosly swearing and moaning at his decisions, so he spoke to both teams captains and said he would not stand for it and it had to stop otherwise in-direct freekicks would be given and cards would be shown. Five seconds later an opposing player did exactly this and the ref let him get away with it although he was 2 metres from the player.

The second half started well for Freshford still putting The Deverills on the back foot and creating chances, with our effort being rewarded by a corner from Will Taylor which was challenged by Chris Birleson and their keeper flapping at Chris's challenge, the ball fell to Chris's feet which slotted home from six yards. Freshford continued to stay in control until the ref again angered Freshford after a wreckless challenge through the back of Andrew Backman with no intention of playing the ball was seemed unrecognised by the ref who did not even speak to the offending player who was lucky not to cause a bad injury. Five minutes after a soft foul on the edge of the box was awarded to The Deverills which would of not been given if the ref was not so eager to help The Deverills out. The result was a Deverills player beating his marker to get his header in first and bring the scores level. The game was still in the balance until the referee again ruined the game once and for all where he suddenly, after 70 minutes of using his linesman all game where the Deverills obviously forgot how to look along the line and every decision was correct, he decided to over rule the linesman when 3 Deverills players were a good 5 yards offside and let the impeeding team through to make it 2-1. The referee at this point should of had the courtesy to speak to the linesman but refused to and his only answer was that they were not offside although the ref was 30 yards away from the play and had no idea. This ruined the game from then on with the Deverills players becoming even more petty with time wasting and knowing the ref was for some reason on their side and letting them get away with everything.

A game where if there was a non biased ref a fair result would of been delivered but unfortunately Freshford had the game taken away from them by a less than helpfull and fair official, who admitted after the game he may of got a few decisions wrong.

Final Score: The Deverills 2 - 1 Freshford Utd

Draw with westbury - 25/04/09

Freshford were up against a struggling but strong Westbury United A with the surface being ideal with a massive down pour just before the start making the surface quick after the pitch was cut the day before. Both teams got off to a good start creating chances at both ends but no final product being produced until some slack defending left a Westbury striker free to slot the ball in the net.

After the break both teams were still creating good chances if anything the game looking to be more in Freshfords control. After ten minutes a well delivered corner from Will Taylor was met by Chris Birleson just past the penalty spot who headed back across goal in to the bottom corner to put Freshford level. Freshford with their tails up continued to put the pressure on their opponents and after passing his marker Tony Brett powered the ball home from outside the box leaving the keeper with little chance to claim his first goal of the season. With ten minutes to go it was Westbury who managed to break the defence down and a well worked break found the defence stretched and an easy tap in for their striker managed to bring them level. Freshford tried to take the winning goal but could not get past a strong Westbury defence and the points were shared which was probably the fair result.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 2 Westbury Utd A

NORTHBRIDGE HOLD ON - 21/04/09

On another glorious day Freshford faced F.C. Northbridge who were on their last game of the season but already confirmed as relegated playing with no concerns and just for fun. Freshford had a few changes in the side due to work commitments and injuries being without Andrew Backman, Russell Stritch, Neil Birleson, Mark Birleson, Simon Kitchen, Tom Armstrong and Will Taylor. They welcomed back James Moody from injury with Jamie Birleson, Paul Mockridge and Tom Fisher called in to help. Freshford switched it around with Phil Little being not 100% fit Jamie Birleson replaced Chris Birleson at the back putting Chris and Paul Mockridge starting up front.

Another sluggish start from both teams with only half chances being created Freshford were the first to conceed from a Dean Stritch mispass putting a Northbridge player through to finish well. Freshford then woke up a little and started creating again and with a Freshford corner coming back across the goal a cleaver thinking Stuart Donohoe met the ball just in time from going for a goal kick with a perfect inside pass to the unmarked Chris Birleson to slot home from 5 yards. Freshford starting to get on their game and create more chances again found an opposition keeper having a great game keeping Freshford at bay and the crossbar denying Dave Birleson a long range effort. Ten minutes before the half some slack defending from Freshford giving Northbridge time on the ball a clearence from a corner again found an unmarked player on the edge of the box somehow finding the net through the crowd leaving Freshford 2-1 down at half time.

A rejuvinated Freshford started taking the game to Northbridge in the second half with many chances being created and the oppositions keeper somehow keeping them out. Freshford got back on level terms after ten minutes with Tony Brett delivering a perfect ball to Chris Birleson who found himself room on the edge of the box to volley in to the Northbridge top corner with a slight deflection edging it out of the keepers reach. Freshford with their tails up managed to again let Northbridge in with some bad marking leaving a free header from a corner to put the visitors ahead again. Freshford determined not to give up piled on the pressure to find the Northbridge keeper having the luckiest game of his life even when a Dean Stritch strike was destined for goal somehow it got stuck between the keepers legs to deny him. Soon after a Freshford free kick put in to the mixer by Tony Brett was flicked on by Dave Birleson for Chris Birleson to be in the right place again to force it home from 6 yards to claim his first Hatrick for the club.

The last ten minutes was like the alamo in the Northbridge goal but they stood strong even in the last minute when freshford hit the woodwork again and a goal line scramble saw Freshford thinking how did they not get the winning goal.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 3 F.C. Northbridge

Trowbridge terrible - 18/04/09

A tired Freshford team turned up against Trowbridge Town A with a few changes form injuries with Russell Stritch coming in at the back replacing Chris Birleson who was in goal covering for the injured James Moody.

On a hot day we got off to a sluggish start with neither team creating many chances until a break away ball from the Trowbridge keeper sailed over our defence only for Chris Birleson to miss time his run and let the advancing striker through on an open goal.

Freshford started to improve in the second half only to have their heads dropped again from an own goal which Russell Stritch could do nothing about and was not to blame. Freshford started creating chances again only to find the Trowbridge keeper having a brilliant game and his defence helping him out with goal line clearences. With ten minutes to go a Trowbridge corner was only managed to be half cleared by Chris Birleson which fell to an unmarked player on the edge of the box who managed to find the net through the crowd of players.

It was a poor performance of effort from the Freshford side but also a great day for Trowbridge having all the rub of the green and a great display by their defence leaving Freshford paying for their lack of effort.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 3 Trowbridge Town A

Deverills deny cup glory - 14/04/09

On a very hard Westbury Town pitch Freshford and The Deverills went to battle in the final of the Knockout Cup. There was a few changes to teh Freshford side and a few upset players not being in the starting eleven but everyone played their part and stuck togeather well as a team.

Freshford were up against it for the majority of the first half with the pace and power of a strong Deverills side who were not backing down to any challenge and making Freshford panic a little for the first ten minutes, it was also made clear it was going to be a physical battle with Chris Birleson getting elbowed in the face early on and despite a bruised and bloodied nose the officials set their stool out in claiming not to see anything.

At half time the game was still goalless and Freshford needed to change their plan as Phil Little was just too isolated on such a big pitch. Freshford started the second half brightly starting to create their share of chances whilst always dealing with the Deverills counter attack. Good play by Mark Birleson and Adam Hyde started to put Freshford as the team looking more likely to score. Freshford carried on creating chances with the intriduction of Will Taylor to replace a well worked Phil Little. Freshford could however not take their chances with Paul Mockeridge being well saved from the oppositions keeper and Mark Birleson firing just over.

Against the run of play Freshford could not seem to deal with a break from the Deverills and eventually they tucked the ball away leaving Freshford wondering how they were the ones behind. Freshford threw all they could at the rest of the game also with the introduction of Andrew Backman and Tom Armstrong, unfortunately the Deverills could not be broken down and Freshford were left feeling a bit down and cheated.

Overall it was a good match with plenty of action where the Deverills took their chances and it just wasnt to be Freshfords night, a big Thankyou goes out to all the friends and family who came to support us and to the whole squad for getting us there and being part of the team.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 1 The Deverills

Lavington last minute leveler - 11/04/09

Freshford went back to Lavington wanting revenge for the drumming they received in the cup earleir this year. Freshford started off brightly welcoming back Aidy Baker from a long injury and seeming like he had not been away controlling the Freshford back line and keeping on top of the Lavington attacks. After 10 minutes some good passing and use of the wide space Adam Hyde broke down the right to deliver a inch perfect cross to find the head of Mark Birleson who put it away in the corner leaving the goalkeeper no chance.

Freshford were soon back on the attack and from a corner Dave Birleson rose to outhead his marker which was heading on to Chris Birleson fro a tap in but a Lavington defender beat him to it and put it in his own net. Freshford then seemed to switch off in the second half and Lavington were not done for the day and were putting their opponents on the back foot. Freshford defended well with the odd break which should of resulted in at least one penalty being awarded but with the ref not on the ball Freshfords shouts were waved away.

With 10 minutes to go Myles Hickton went on another mazy run and after the 3rd swipe at the ball by a Freshford player he went to ground from Aidy Bakers challenge and a fair penalty was given which was tucked away giving James not much chance. Freshford holding on for a win were again under attack from the quick Lavington frontline and after a few last minute clearences and saves Aidy Baker caught Hickton again only for another penalty to be conceeded. With 2 minutes left on the clock Lavington put the penalty away to equalise only for Freshford to have a half chance in the last minute but only for the Lavington keeper to gather up his original fumble.

Final Score: Lavington 2 - 2 Freshford Utd

Tonights game off - 07/04/09

Tonights fixtured league game against F.C. Northbridge is off as they are not able to raise a team. This will be classed as a 3-0 win to us and we will be given the points.

BEATEN BY A BETTER BLUE CIRCLE - 04/04/09

Freshford travelled to Westbury to take on Blue Circle to find the pitch being more like concrete than grass but that was no excuse to give a half hearted performance. With Freshford deciding to play against the strong wind the frist half they were tested and pinned back by the long balls and pace of the Blue Circle attackers.

After 20 minutes a good ball against the wind from Andrew Backman enabled Dean Stritch to flick on to Phil Little who cruised pass the sleeping defence and slot it past the keeper to give Freshford the lead. It didnt last long as 5 minutes later Circle pulled one back with a debateable push on Chris Birleson but the ref gave the goal. Freshford were on the back foot for the rest of the half and heads had dropped. Circle then raised the game more in the second half and going down to ten men but not letting this affect them they were rewarded for their hard work with another goal against the run of play.

Chris Birleson should of levelled for Freshford but instead of just finding the target it was put out for a throwing. Circle then got another which was pretty unstopable before Freshford raised their game for 5 mins and Dave Birleson got one back following up Mark Birleson's parried shot. Circle then scored another unstopable goal taking all three points which they deserved against a poor Freshford performance.

Final Score: Blue Circle 4 - 2 Freshford Utd

steeple ashton beaten again - 28/03/09

Freshford faced Steeple Ashton again for the second week running but in the league this time which would be a six pointer with Ashton laying just above Freshford in the league table.

Freshford got off to a slow start as the thoughts of thumping them 5-0 the week before obviously fresh in our minds. Steeple Ashton had many changes to their side including old Freshford boy Robin Walker starting up front for them, Ashton started well but could not break the Freshford stronghold with James Moody and his back four on the ball.

At half time it was still even with everything to play for but Freshford raised their game in the second half and looking more promising and the more likely team to score. The break came from a Freshford corner where Andrew Backman headed back across the box only for Neil Birleson to slice his shot which turned in to being a lovely pass for Phil Little to turn it in to the back of the net and calming Freshfords nerves.

We got our passing game flowing again and good play by Simon Kitchen fed the ball into the box perfectly to Dave Birleson who slotted it pass the advancing keeper. Freshford then seemed to relax again but Ashton were not stopping, some childish chatback got the Aston captain sent off for mouthing after a decision didnt go his way.

With five minutes to go Robin Walker came back to haunt his old team where a tangle of legs with Stuart Donohoe the referee pointed to the spot for a soft but fair penalty. Steeple Ashton put it away but only just past the fingertips of Freshfords man of the match James Moody.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 1 Steeple Aston

 

Cup final 14/04/09 against the deverills

The Knockout Cup Final will be played at Westbury Town Football Club on Tuesday 14th April 2009 at 7.30pm where Freshford United will take on The Deverills. Please come along and support the lads and hopefully we can produce a stunning display of football against one of the stronger sides in the league.

 

Steeple aston stomped in cup - 21/03/09

On a beautiful spring day Freshford turned up full of enthusiasm ready to book their place in the Knockout Cup Final 2009.

We got off to a flying start and were helped by a strong wind beingon our side in the first half and the oppositions keeper seeming to not be able to deal with it. We took the lead through a delightful free kick from Neil Birleson sailing past the keeper and in to the top corner although it was supposed to be a cross. Then Phil Little netted again before the half with Steeple Ashton not looking dangerous at all.

With the wind against us in the second half Freshford were determined to not falter or throw it away. Mark Birleson got the first of the second half followed up by Neil Birleson finding the keepers weak spot again and scoring direct from a corner. It was all wrapped up by Tom Armstrong notching with fifteen minutes left.

Freshford march on to the final of the Knockout Cup with the oppostion being either The Deverills or Frome Town Sports.

Final Score : Steeple Ashton 0 - 5 Freshford Utd

 

Loose to leaders - 14/03/09

A very tired looking team took on the league leaders at Browns field but only having 10 men until 2 minutes before the game did not help the mental thought process. We defended well against a strengthened Seend side who had a point to proove after being knocked out of the cup by Freshford a couple of weekes before.

Eventually in the second half Seend broke the deadlock with Freshford still not looking like putting away any of the chances. The final result leaving Freshford very glum having conceeded three goals with no reply.

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 3 Seend Utd

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