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Man of the Match was awarded to Joe Newman and the 'Jaffa' was also awarded to Joe Newman for his hat.

Line Up: Chris Birleson (5) ------------ Mike Little (7)(Josh Sheppard (7)), Jake Gaines (8), Joe Newman (8) ----- Tom Rooney (7), Alfie Little (7), Ali Jaffari (8) (Harrisson Amor (7)), Dean Ranger (8), Jamie Parlour (7) -------- Dave Percival (7)(Andrew Bbackman (7)), Sean Horobin (8)(Kubilay Dde-Vanney (7))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 0 - 1 The Three Daggers (HT 0 - 0)


Freshford travelled to Division 2 side Aces in the first round of the A & B Cup to play on their pristine pitch where we should have been able to relax and play some good football but got off to a bad start when we didnt defend well from their first free kick and conceeded within 5 minutes. We started to play a bit better and Sean Horobin managed to get us back on level terms within ten minutes, Jamie Prlour having his first start for the club was finding space down the wing and set up Sean Horobin for his second of the afternoon. Tom Rooney down the other wing then turned provider and set up Jamie Parlour at the back post for his first goal for the club then Alfie Little won the ball back and finished comfortably to dampen the hosts spirits and then with the half drawing to an end a cross from Dave Percival was steered into his own net by an Aces defender.

The second half started slow and within 5 minutes Tom Rooney set up Sean Horobin for his hatrick and thsi all but killed off the game and a very steady second half with neither side creating much saw Ffreshford progress into the next round of the cup..

Man of the Match was awarded to Joe Newman and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Dave Percival for his meltdown at halftime during the team talk.

Line Up: Chris Birleson (5) ------------ Mike Little (7)(Josh Sheppard (7)), Jake Gaines (8), Joe Newman (8) ----- Tom Rooney (7), Alfie Little (7), Ali Jaffari (8) (Harrisson Amor (7)), Dean Ranger (8), Jamie Parlour (7) -------- Dave Percival (7)(Andrew Bbackman (7)), Sean Horobin (8)(Kubilay Dde-Vanney (7))

Final Score: Aces FC 1 - 6 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 5) -------------- Sean Horobin (15, 20, 50), Jamie Parlour (32), Alfie Little (36), OG (42)


Freshford needed to start positively on a wet and miserable day hosting newly promoted Heytesbury who had been scoring lots of goals and we certainly reacted to the request and within 2 minutes Dave Percival stole the ball from a defender and gave us an early goal, minutes later a corner fell to Tom Rooney who sliced the ball to Mark Gerrish who tapped in from 5 yards to double the lead. We continued to dominate the game and have many chances and on teh 13th minute Dean Ranger found Alfie Little who beat his man and then found teh bottom corner of the net, we sat back a little and Heytesbury started to cause problesm on the break and their winger was fouled in teh box by Ali Jaffari which gave Heytesbury a goal back with the resulting penalty. We then went on to miss a whole host of chances throughour the half with Heytesbury having lots of chances but struggling to get past Adam Sheppard who was having a great game in goal, just before halftime Dave Percival managed to grab another goal for us.

The second half started much as the first finished with both sides looking like they could score at any point but after 5 minutes Dave Percival was fouled in the box and scored the resulting penalty which crept under the diving keepers body, midway through the half Tom Rooney found the killer pass to Dave Percival to grab his fourth of the game. Heytesbury did not give up and every attack looked threatening but they could still not find a way past Adam Sheppard in open play, Alfie Little then set up Dave Percival for his fifth goal and then it was Alfie Little who stole the ball back and got his second of the game. It could have been a game with even more goals but a well deserved win for Freshford in the end after a great team performance all round.

Man of the Match was awarded to Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was also awarded to Dave Percival for missing loads of chances throughout the game..

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (9) ------------------ Mark Gerrish (7) (Joe Newman (8)), Jake Gaines (8)( Jamie Parlour (8)), Mike Little (8)(Josh Sheppard (8)) ------------ Tom Rooney (8), Nick Ross (8), Mark Reynolds (8), Dean Ranger (8), Ali Jaffari (8) -------- Dave Percival (9), Alfie Little (8)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 8 - 1 Heytesbury Utd (HT 4 - 1) -------------- Dave Percival (3, 44, 50 (Pen), 66, 72), Mark Gerrish (5), Alfie Little (13, 81)


Freshford were looking to get back on track in the league with a tough tie away to Melksham Town A but unfortunately started the game without the passion and desire needed to take the game to the hosts and found themselves a goal down at halftime with only themselves to blame

The second half saw us up our game but not enough and managed to grab a goal back through Ali Jaffari whose free kick was missed by everyone but crept in at the backpost, Melksham got a second goal and we did not do enough to earn anything more than a loss.

Man of the Match was awarded to Andrew Backman and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Reynolds for a deliberate handball.

Line Up: Mike Little (7) ------------------ Mark Gerrish (5) (Josh Sheppard (5)), Jake Gaines (5), Ali Jaffari (7) ----------------------- Tom Rooney (5)(Andrew Backman(7)), Nick Ross (6), Mark Reynolds (6), Dean Ranger (5), Harrisson Amor (5)(Kubilay De-Vanney(5))-------- Dave Percival (5), Alfie Little (5)

Final Score: Melksham Town A 2 - 1 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 0) -------------- Ali Jaffari (60)


Freshford were drawn away in the first round of the Somerset Junior County Cup against South Petherton from the Perry Street league and the sides have met a fair few times over the years so we knew it would be a good game which it started off with both teams pressing on what is a very big pitch and both teams making good use of the width and after 15 minutes Mark Rreynolds flicked a ball on that Sean Horobin latched onto to give us the lead. On the half hour Nick Ross found Alfie Little who beat his man and then slotted the ball in the far corner past the advancing keeper, we had plenty of chances through the half but also defended well against a good passing side who liked to counter attack.

The second half saw us up our game even more and started to take control of the game even against the wind we were creating alot of chnaces getting in behind their defence, Adam Sheppards kicking was on top form and a flicked goal kick by Nick Ross was met by Dave Percival in behind their defence to slot home a third goal for us. With the game seeming under control despite the hosts piling the players forward we were forced into a re-shuffle when injuries to Joe Newman and Adam Sheppard left as little unsettled for a few minutes but everyone kept to their job and we went onto grab another goal with ten minutes to go when Dave Percival found Alfie Little who cut inside and lashed the ball into the far corner to seal the game for us.

Man of the Match was awarded to Mark Reynolds and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for sweating after the game.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (8) ------------------ Mark Gerrish (8) (Josh Sheppard (8)), Mike Little (9), Joe Newman (8) (Harrisson Amor (8)) ----------------------- Tom Rooney (8)( Ali Jaffari (9)), Nick Ross (9), Mark Reynolds (9), Dean Ranger (8), Alfie Little (8)(Jamie Parlour (8))----- Dave Percival (8), Sean Horobin (8)

Final Score: South Petherton 0 - 4 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 2) -------------- Sean Horobin (15), Alfie Little (30,83), Dave Percival (66)


Freshford started off their defence of the Trowbridge & District League Division 1 title with a home game against Trowbridge Town Reserves and on paper it should have been a comfortable three points but we started the game on the back foot not pressing and taking control of the game and found a very fit and hard working Trowbridge team who were not willing to sit back. We had a few chances which could not be converted and then midway through the half another breakaway from Trowbridge after a failed Freshford set piece left us short at the back and the extra man found the back of the net for the visitors to take the lead. We had plenty more chances in the half despite everyone not playing at their best but could not produce the final touch.

The second half saw us up our game a bit but still not enough and chance after chance was presented to us but we were either not able to finish or not getting in the right position to score. We took control of the game after 15 minutes but it was liooking like one of those days where we would not be able to score no matter how easy the chance was presented to us. With about 10 minutes remaining and playing with pretty much 4 upfront a Dave Percival cross found Mike Little who scuffed the ball into the back of the net from a few yards out. We had chances to grab the victory but could still not find that final touch or right decision and were lucky to come away with a draw.

Man of the Match was awarded to Dean Ranger and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for not getting Joe Newman signed on in time.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (7) ----------- Tom Rooney (6)(Harrisson Amor (6)), Mark Gerrish (6), Jake Gaines (6), Jack Mitchell (6) (Mike Little (7)) ------------- Nick Ross (7), Mark Reynolds (6)(Tom Wade (6)(Josh Sheppard (6)), Dean Ranger (7) ---------- Dave Percival (6), L. Murden (6)(S. Horobin(6)), A. Little (6)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 1 - 1 Trowbridge Town Reserves (HT 0 - 1) -------------- Mike Little (79)


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.


Freshford United F.C. is starting a new season and training will start on Thursday 5th July 2018 from 7:00pm at Browns Park with Friendlies throughout August before the season starts on Saturday 1st September 2018. We are always open to new players and hope we can add to our squad from last year and hopefully win more competitions this season. If you are interested please call the Manager Chris Birleson on 07738 741477.