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FRESHFORD CRASH OUT OF SOMERSET CUP DUE TO A POOR PERFORMANCE - 12/01/2019

Freshford travelled to Frome Collegians in the quarter Final of the Somerset Junior County Cup and on an awful sticky pitch we had the advantage of the wind for the first half and had the majority of the chances for the start of the game but did not seem quite as fired up as we should have been. Midway through the half some good work down the wing from Mark Reynolds found Dean Ranger to slot home from six yards to give us the lead, this gave the hosts a kick into gear and they started to get back in the game but we continued looking vulnerable all over the pitch not pressing the hosts enough and letting them play around us.

The second half carried on much the same but the hosts getting a stronger grip on the game and we could not get going and held on for 20 minutes until the hosts got back on level terms with a cross that fortunately lopped into the top corner of the net with the wind and from this point they continued to create chances and sloppy defending let them in for a second goal with 15 minutes remaining. We then conceeded a penalty with 8 minutes left and let 2 more goals in trying to push for a goal attributed to by more lazy defending.

Man of the Match was awarded to Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Harrisson Amor for giving away a penalty.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (7) -------------------- Tom Rooney (7), Jake Gaines (6), Mike Little (6), Joe Newman (7)--------- Mark Reynolds (7), Nick Ross (7), Dean Ranger (7) (Harrisson Amor (6)), Alfie Little (6) ---- Dave Percival (6) (Sean Horobin (6)), Eddie Katumba (6)

Final Score: Frome Collegians 5 - 1 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 1) -------- Dean Ranger (28)

FRESHFORD START THE YEAR WELL THUMPING HEYTESBURY FOR 6 - 05/01/2019

Freshford travelled to Heytesbury in what was a must win game to close the gap on League leaders Heytesbury and both sides getting back into the swing of things after the christmas break it was Freshford who seemed to be creating the most chances but failing to find the finishing touch or being met with a good save then with the half nearing to a close a through ball from Tom Rooney found Eddie Katumba to give us the lead which rattled the hosts and a few minutes later another well whipped corner from Dave Percival was punched into his own net by the keeper to give us a two goal lead at halftime.

The second half carried on with us having the better of the chances and it was a pass from Dave Percival that set up Waleed Bakali to get his first goal of the season and to celebrate the birth of his first child Max over the Christmas break and the standard rocking the baby celebration, next a half cleared corner was met by Nick Ross to get on the score sheet. Then some good work by Kubilay De-Vanney found him in the righ place to capitalise on a defemsive error and tap home his first league goal of the season before it was all wrapped up when Tom Rooney found Alfie Little who glided past his marker and then the keeper to secure a comfortable win.

Man of the Match was awarded to Ali Jaffari and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Dave Percival for when he was through on goal he went towards the corner flag then tripped up over his own feet.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (9) -------------------- Tom Rooney (10)(Josh Sheppard (9)), Jake Gaines (9), Ali Jaffari (10), Joe Newman (9)(Alfie Little (9))--------- Mark Reynolds (10), Nick Ross (10), Dean Ranger (9), Waleed Bakali (9)(Harrisson Amor (9)) ---- Dave Percival (9), Eddie Katumba (9)(Kubilay De-Vanney (9))

Final Score: Heytesbury Utd 0 - 6 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 2) -------- Eddie Katumba (40), OG (43), Waleed Bakali (58), Nick Ross (70),Kubilay De-Vanney (80), Alfie Little (86)

FRESHFORD COME OUT ON TOP IN A CLOSE GAME WITH HILPERTON - 01/12/2018

Freshford travelled to Hilperton in what we knew was going to be a tough game and it got off to a good start with both sides playing with a high tempo but we were creating most of teh chances and midway through the half a corner was only half cleared and was then headed in by Nick Ross to give us the lead, we created more chances but couldnt find the second and with ten minutes left a mistake by Chris Birleson in goal gifted the hosts an equaliser and got their tails up.

The second half carried on with both teams very lively but it was us again who got our noses in front when Waleed Bakali found the killer pass to set up Dave Perciaval to give us the lead again but then some slack defending lead to the hosts getting two goals in the space of ten minutes. This did not phase us as it was against the run of play and with 15 minutes to go a flick from Nick Ross found Milke Little to head in the equaliser then a through ball from Tom Rooney set up Ali Jaffari for a goal. The hosts then seemed to be deflated and Nick Ross stole the ball back just outside the box and lashed the ball home from distance then Tom Rooney worked hard to create a tap in for Dean Ranger and to give us the win.

Man of the Match was awarded to Joe Newman and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Chris Birleson for their first goal calling for it and not making it.

Line Up: Chris Birleson (8) -------------------- Tom Rooney (8),Mike Little (8), Ali Jaffari (8), Joe Newman (8) -------------------- Mark Reynolds (9), Nick Ross (9), Dean Ranger (9), Waleed Bakali (8) -------- Dave Percival (8), Alfie Little (8)(Harrisson Amor (8))

Final Score: Hilperton Utd 3 - 6 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 1) -------- Nick Ross (25, 81), Dave Percival (50), Mike Little (74), Ali Jaffari (78), Tom Rooney (87)

FRESHFORD CRUISE PAST TROWBRIDGE IN THE A & B CUP - 24/11/2018

Freshford hosted Trowbridge Town Reserves in the 2nd round of the A & B Cup looking to avenge their opening day draw to the league strugglers and started early on the front foot with Dave Percival delivering an early corner to be headed home by Nick Ross on seven minutes which was added to when Eddie Katumba was bought down in the box and Dave Percival lashed home the resulting penalty after 15 minutes. Josh Sheppard then found a pass to set up Dave Percival for his second of the game and give us a comfortable halftime lead.

The second half was a relaxed half especially after Sean Horobin found Nick Ross on the edge of the box to strike home our 4th goal and kill off any hopes of a come back for the visitors and this was the tone set for the rest of the game with Sean Horobin setting up Nick Ross with two more goals to send us through to the next round with a comfortable win.

Man of the Match was awarded to Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Dave Percival for falling on his face and missing a sitter.

Line Up: Chris Birleson (7) -------------------- Josh Sheppard (7) (Harrisson Amor (7)), Mike Little (7), Ali Jaffari (8), Joe Newman (8) ------------------------ Mark Reynolds (7)(Waleed Bakali (7)), Nick Ross (7), Dean Ranger (7), Sean Horobin (7) -------- Dave Percival (7)(Alfie Little (7)), Eddie Katumba (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 6 - 0 Trowbridge Town Reserves (HT 3 - 0) -------- Nick Ross (7, 52, 62, 74), Dave Percival (15(Pen), 32)

FRESHFORD BATTLE OUT A WIN TO PROGRESS TO KO QUARTER FINAL - 17/11/2018

Freshford hosted Holt FC in teh 2nd Round of the KO Cup and were looking to avenge their loss a few weeks ago in the league to Holt and started the game very well pressing and keeping it tight and we were rewarded for our efforts when a through ball by Mark Gerrish found Eddie Katumba to put us in the lead taking an early shot catching the keeper off gaurd. Both sides had more chances through the half but neither could find the finishing touch.

The second half was much the same with both sides creating chances but no one clinical enough in front of goal until good work from Dave Percival down the right crossed for Eddie Katumba to slot home and send us through to the Quarter Finals against what woudl have been one of teh main contenders for the cup.

Man of the Match was awarded to Dean Rranger and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Harrisson Amor for washing his hair for 20 minutes.

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

Final Score: Freshford Utd 2 - 0 Holt FC (HT 2 - 0) -------- Eddie Katumba (15,31)

FRESHFORD PROCEED TO NEXT ROUND AND END VILLAS UNDEFEATED RUN - 10/11/2018

Freshford travelled to Bath Villa in the Somerset Junior Cup to face a side in good form who were undefeated for 18 months and on windy wet day we battled hard against the hosts not giving them room to play and the first half was a good battle with bothe teams creating chances but both defences holding strong with some excellent saves by Adam Sheppard in goal for us.

The second half saw us have the slight advantage of the slope and wind but the pitch started to become boggy and playing football was difficult and the most effect either team had was a long ball or clipped pass but both defences were holding strong again with Mark Gerrish mopping up any loose balls and Adam Sheppard saving anything else that came at us. The game was looking like it would go to penalties with the new rule of no extra time this year but with ten minutes to go Dave Percival was bought down in the box and dusted himself down to step up and convert the resulting penalty, it was now a case of seeing out the game and Villa threw everything at us but some more excellent saves kept our lead then on the break Jake Gaines crossed for Dave Percival to tap home with minutes left and secure our place in the quarter final.

Man of the Match was awarded to Mark Gerrish and the 'Jaffa' was also awarded to Mark Gerrish for going to the wrong pitch.

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

Final Score: Bath Villa 0 - 2 Freshford Utd (HT 0 - 0) -------- Dave Percival (81 (Pen), 90)

FRESHFORD TAKE THE POINTS IN A HIGH SCORING GAME WITH WARMINSTER - 03/11/2018

Freshford hosted Warminster Town reserves in the league who had a rise in their results recently with an improved side we were unsure what we would face but got the game off to a good start with us putting pressure on the visitors and creating chances and before long Nick Ross set up Dave Percival to give us the lead but this also kicked the visitors into life and they started creating chances and grabbed a goal back ten minutes later. We then took another chance when Sean Horobin found Alfie Little to give us the lead again. Just before halftime some slack defending by us let them equalise.

The second half saw us start bright and we got an early goal when Dave Percival threaded a pass through to Eddie Katumba to beat the advancing keeper, then a saved shot fell to Nick Ross who slotted home to extend our lead only for some more slack defending to let Warminster grab another goal back. We continued to be dangerous going forward and Alfie little forced a mistake and pinched the ball to grab his second goal of the game and then a long ball from Mark Gerrish found Dave Percival to get his brace as well. Our scoring was wrapped up when Alfie Little set up Dean Ranger to score and secure the points although Warminster did grab one more goal within teh last few minutes of the game.

Man of the Match was awarded to Alfie Little and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Gerrish for throwing his toys out the pram at halftime.

Line Up: Chris Birleson (7) -------------------- Jake Gaines (7) (Josh Sheppard (7)),Mark Gerrish (7), Tom Rooney(7), Joe Newman (7) -------------------- Alfie Little (8), Mark Reynolds (7) (Dean Ranger (7)), Nick Ross (8), Sean Horobin (7)( Kubilay De-Vanney (7)) -------- Dave Percival (7), Eddie Katumba (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 7 - 4 Warminster Town Reserves (HT 2 - 2) -------- Dave Percival (12, 64), Alfie Little (31, 61), Eddie Katumba (47), Nick Ross (53), Dean Ranger (75)

FRESHFORD TURN ON THE FLARE AWAY TO THREE DAGGERS - 27/10/2018

Freshford travelled to Three Daggers looking to avenge their narrow loss at home to them a few weeks ago and with no recognised keeper we knew we woudl have a battle on our hands but we took the game to them and kept a very tight defence and midfield and midway through the half we took teh lead when a through ball from Mark Gerrish found Sean Horobin to slot past the keeper. The hosts did manage to get one goal back before halftime but we were making life very difficult for them.

The second half saw us step up a huge gear and with some very clinical finishing we hit 6 goals through the second half with Dave Percival's corner finding Mike Little, Mark Gerrish with another good through ball for Dave Percival this time, Jamie Parlour finding Sean Horobin to get his second. At this point the hosts got another goal but then we continued our onslaught with Mark Gerrish providing for Eddie Katumba, Dave Percival setting up Alfie Little and then to finish it off Dave Percival delivering for Tom Rooney.

Man of the Match was awarded to Dave Percival and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Josh Sheppard for having wild hair.

Line Up: Mark Reynolds (7) -------------------- Harrisson Amor (8) (Tom Rooney (8)),Mark Gerrish (9), Jake Gaines (8), Joe Newman (8) -------------------- Jamie Parlour (8)(Kubilay De-Vanney(7)), Alfie Little (8), Mike Little (8), Sean Horobin (8) -------- Dave Percival (9), Eddie Katumba (8)

Final Score: The Three Daggers 2 - 7 Freshford Utd (HT 1 - 1) ------------- Sean Horobin (22, 61), Mike Little (48), Dave Percival (52), Eddie Katumba (67), Alfie Little (76), Tom Rooney (82)

FRESHFORD NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE BATTLE IN A CRUCIAL GAME - 20/10/2018

Freshford hosted Holt in the league in a huge game and the game got off to a slow start with neither team taking control of the game, after fifteen minutes a Dave Percival cross was hit into his own net by a Holt defender to give us the lead but it did not inspire us as it should have and minutes later a defensive error let them in to equalise. We then went another goal down midway through the half before soem good work from Dave Percival again found Eddie Katumba to tap in and level the scores at halftime.

The second half was started well by us when Eddie Katumba set up Alfie Little to give us the lead but we were not fired up enough to go and finish the game and gradually let the visitors take control of the game and score three second half goals to take the crucial points from us which we did not deserve to have based on our performance.

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

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (8) ------------ Mike Little (8)(Josh Sheppard (7)), Jake Gaines (7), Joe Newman (7) --------- Alfie Little (7)(Fynn McCarthy-Driver(7)), Nick Ross (8), Ali Jaffari (8), Mark Reynolds (7), Jamie Parlour (7) (Harrisson Amor (7)) -------- Dave Percival (7), Eddie Katumba (7)

Final Score: Freshford Utd 3 - 5 Holt FC (HT 2 - 2) ------------- OG (15), Eddie Katumba (41), Alfie Little (50)

FRESHFORD CRUISE PAST MILBORNE PORT IN SOMERSET CUP - 13/10/2018

Freshford hosted Milborne Port in teh second round of the Somerset Junior Cup and with a few players missing we started the game with a bare 11 but got off to a flying start when Dave Percival made a run down the left and crossed for his temporary strike partner Chris Birleson was in the right place to force the ball over the line from a yard out after 2 minutes, we got complacent and let the visitors get a goal back 5 minutes later. This kicked us back into gear and a long ball from Adam Sheppard was latched onto by Dave Percival to regain the lead, Alfie Little was proving too much for teh visitors and within the space of ten minutes two of his crosses were put into their own net by two of the Milborne defenders giving us a comfortable lead at halftime.

The second half was very sluggish with neither side throwing much into the game but a Dave Percival corner was met by Nick Ross to score the only second half goal and confirm our place in the next round.

Man of the Match was awarded to Nick Ross and the 'Jaffa' was awarded to Mark Reynolds for a wild shot from distance.

Line Up: Adam Sheppard (8) ------------ Mike Little (8), Mark Gerrish (8), Mark Reynolds (8), Josh Sheppard (8) ------------- Alfie Little (9), Nick Ross (9), Kubi De-Vanney (8), Sean Horobin (8) -------- Dave Percival (8), Chris Birleson (8) (Jake Gaines (8))

Final Score: Freshford Utd 5 - 1 Milborne Port (HT 4 - 1) ------------- Chris Birleson (2), Dave Percival (10), OG (20, 27), Nick Ross (64)

FRESHFORD FAIL TO TAKE CHANCES AND LOOSE POINTS AT THE END - 06/10/2018

Freshford hosted The Three Daggers in the League on what was a big game we were not as creative as normal but still had a few chances in a goalless half which we should have done better in taking our chances, we defended well and limited the visitors to very few chances.

The second half carried on much the same as the first but it was the visitors with ten minutes to go who managed to get the winning goal when a cleared corner was met with a shot from the edge of the edge of the box which was glanced in the opposite direction from teh original shot only ten yards out leaving us feeling aggrieved nopt to get something out of the game..

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 (7) ------------ Harrisson Amor (7), Mark Gerrish (7), Mike Little (7), Joe Newman (8) ------------- Tom Rooney (7), Jake Gaines (7), Mark Reynolds (8), Alfie Little (7) -------- Dave Percival (7), Sean Horobin (7)

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

FRESHFORD PROGRESS TO NEXT ROUND OF A & B CUP - 29/09/2018

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 Backman (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)

DOMINATING PERFORMANCE FROM A MUCH BETTER FRESHFORD SIDE - 22/09/2018

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 LACK PASSION IN LEAGUE YET AGAIN WITH A POOR PERFORMANCE - 15/09/2018

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 ARE ON FORM WITH FOUR IN THE SOMERSET CUP - 08/09/2018

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 GET OFF TO SLOW START WITH SLACK PERFORMANCE - 01/09/2018

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)

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

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

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

Under 10's - Cup Competition - FC Bath Blues

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

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

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

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

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

NEW PLAYERS WELCOME TO FRESHFORD UTD F.C. - 01/07/2018

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.