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by Matt Milham on November 18th, 2019

Shocked to concede two early goals Pumas fought back to record a well earned victory

Pumas welcomed Whiteley to the Crofton School field on a bright sunny day with long grass, and soft conditions, suggesting a taxing match. Play began with Whiteley gaining the lion’s share of possession, and the Pumas were shocked by an early goal for the visitors. A ball through the centre of defence was picked up by WILLIAMS who struck a fine shot into the roof of the Pumas goal.

Whiteley continued to win the majority of early possession and the Pumas were finding it difficult to attain their regular passing game on the difficult surface. However a fine ball from Miller saw Davey through on goal and the striker watched the keeper save the shot with his feet. Bowen –Thomas then presented Davey with a similar opportunity however, this time the striker saw his hard hot just rise over the crossbar.

Much to Crofton’s dismay it was Whiteley who registered a further goal. A free kick on the visitor’s right by GRIFFITHS was swung in on gaol from about 20 yards deceiving the keeper and ending up in the net. 0-2. Pumas however, were not lacking confidence and a shot-cum-cross from Davey on the left wing was not held by the visitor’s keeper, and an alert MILLER pounced on the rebound to reduce the deficit. Encouraged by the goal Pumas maintained pressure on the visitors and Rawlings made a fine run through the middle and watched the keeper push away his shot which was seized by LIGHTon the edge of the area and smashed into the corner of the Whiteley goal. 2-2

Corcoran was the next Pumas to have an opportunity and a fine ball from Davey was taken into the box but the shot pulled just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Corcoran then turned provider when a neat through ball from midfield was collected by Light and his hard shot unluckily struck the bar. Half time 2-2

Crofton began the second period on the front foot and a shot from distance by DAVEY arrowed across the six yard box struck the left hand post - bounced across and struck the right hand post - and deservedly ended in the net to give the home side the advantage. Davey then picked up a ball in midfield and drove onto towards goal under considerable physical attention from two defenders, however the strikers got a good shot away, which was just saved by the keeper but again picked up by MILLER who registered his second of the morning. 4-2

Lloyd was the next provider, winning a challenge on the left wing, before setting DAVEY in on goal and this time the striker gave the visiting keeper no chance shooting firmly past him into the corner. DAVEY was now firmly in the mood and a ball picked up about 30 yards from goal was cracked into the net past the keeper’s right hand. 6-2

To their credit Whiteley were still attempting to get forwards and a free kick wide on the Pumas right was swung in, evaded all but the marauding DIAPA on the far post who shot home to reduce the arrears. The goal was the final action of the morning as, immediately after the re start, the referee brought a halt to proceedings with the home side running out as worthy victors.

Final score: Crofton Pumas 6 Whiteley Wanderers 3.

by Matt Milham on November 13th, 2019

A most enjoyable game deservedly won by a determined bunch of Pumas!

Emsworth Town v Crofton Saints Pumas – Saturday 9 November 2019

The rain gods kindly postponed the threatened deluge from the west as Pumas kicked off on the wet, but well grassed Emsworth Recreation ground. Early exchanges were contained in midfield with strong tackles and no team giving any quarter nor indeed, winning prolonged periods of possession.

However, Pumas began to gain momentum, and Jamie LIGHT won a penalty when he was upended when driving into the penalty area on the left side. The midfielder picked himself up and planted a firm shot into the left corner of the home goal. Emsworth stung by the reverse pushed forward and Williams defended strongly pushing a contested ball away for a corner. The corner was easily cleared but a second Emsworth corner was headed narrowly wide by a home forward. Bruno was next in line to make a firm challenge to deny an onrushing Emsworth forward in the visitor’s penalty area.

Half time: Emsworth 0 – Pumas 1

Rain clouds were noticeably prominent as the second half got underway with the Pumas anxious to add to their goal tally. Early action saw Corcoran float a ball into the six yard box after being brought down near the corner flag. The ball was well met by Rawlings who saw his firm header well saved. However the visitors increased their lead when DAVEY won the ball on the left and an early shot was not held by the keeper and spun over the line. Pumas were noticeably gaining in confidence and playing neat football, with McMillan and Miller wining 50-50 challenges. The pressure continued, and a free kick from the Pumas left was pushed away by the defence, but fell invitingly to LIGHT who smashed the ball into the net. 0-3

The threatened rain now began to fall, but attention soon returned to the game as pressure on the left side of the home defence gained reward as a further free kick was not taken by the keeper and DAVEY utilised his strength to force the ball home. Crofton were now noticeably the fitter side, and a contested ball was well won in midfield by Light who then picked out CORCORAN with a fine diagonal pass. The midfielder drove onto towards goal and hammered a firm shot into the right side of the home goal. 0-5

The contest was being now being interrupted more frequently by the referees whistle with strong challenges being identified as transgressions. One such challenge inside the visitor’s box saw the home side awarded a penalty kick. Pumas Harris motivated himself to preserve his clean sheet however, he was only required to turn and run away after the ball as the home striker screwed the kick horribly wide of the left had post!

Pumas restored their territorial advantage in the home half and another superb ball from Light again combined with a Corcoran run on the right. The Midfielder struck a hard shot from a tight angle, watching the keeper push away the shot which was keenly collected by WAKE who arrowed the loose home.

Shortly afterwards the referee brought the enjoyable game to an end - reflecting a well deserved win for the visitors.

Final score: Emsworth Town 0 Crofton Pumas 6

by Phil Broadway on November 19th, 2013

Saturday November 10th 2013
Hampshire FA U12 Challenge Cup Round 3

Basingstoke Town Colts 3 - 1 Crofton Saints Lions

West End Lane, Basingstoke

On paper this looked a very difficult challenge for the Lions. Basingstoke Town Colts are sitting pretty on top of the North East Hants Youth League U12 Premier Division, having played seven matches winning six and drawing one. They have scored 24 goals in the process whilst only conceding four. But that did not countenance for the Lion strength, spirit and determination on the day. If there was any apprehension on the part of the boys it didn’t show and, despite the inclement weather, the boys put on a great display and gave the Colts the fright of their lives.
The match didn’t start off well when the home side took a six minute lead. This did not deter the Lions who fought back tenaciously. In the 14th minute of the half Ryan Cluett levelled the scores picking up the ball midway inside the opponents half before going on to calmly slot it past the home keeper. Basingstoke were good, there was no doubt about that. They were well-organised and moved the ball well, constantly threatening the Lions down the right wing where they always seemed to have a boy over. Technically the skill levels of the home team were a touch above the Lions, but there was also a large measure of petulance from the Colts displayed towards the referee – unusual in my experience at this age level. Despite that, the Lions stuck doggedly to their task and deservedly went into the break on level terms.
The second half saw the Lions suffer another early setback. Four minutes into the half a corner from the right was well cleared by Sam Blythin in the Lions goal but the ball came back with interest and there was nothing the keeper or the defence could do. Again the Lions fought back. Their fighting spirit and physical presence was certainly rattling the Colts and this manifested itself by their constant griping at the referee. Fortunately the referee was an experienced official and was quite unmoved by their bickering. The Lions were still well in the match and it was only going to take one moment of magic or skill to get them level. Two minutes from the end of normal play that moment almost came. The Lions won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Ryan Cluett stepped up to the plate and sent in a great effort which the home keeper tipped onto the post and the chance was gone. With the game moving into added on time the Colts hit the Lions on the break and added a third goal. The 3-1 scoreline, however, did not do justice to the Lions. They were never out of the match and it was much closer than that and the Lions had been so very close to forcing the match into extra time. Overall, the Lions had done themselves, the Crofton Saints Football Club and the Mid Solent Youth Football League proud: So well done to all of the boys. Next Saturday the Lions take on the Gosport FC Bullets in the 3rd Round of the Mid Solent Youth Football League U12 Challenge Cup – it will be a nice opportunity for them to put this disappointment behind them.

by Phil Broadway on August 18th, 2013

Goalkeeper training will be restarting on Thursday 5th September at 5pm on the 3G pitch at Crofton School. Usual charge of £2.50 per person payable on the night. 

by Mike Stephenson on July 29th, 2013

End of Season Dinner and Presentation

On Friday July 26th 2013, the players and coaching staff of the Crofton Saints U11 Lion’s were graciously provided with a three course end of season dinner by our Sponsors, the Agora Restaurant of Palmerston Road Southsea. On behalf of the boys and all of those involved, we would like to extend our hearty thanks to the Proprietor and his wife, Yllmas and Nu Sener.
As well as receiving their end of season Mid Solent Youth Football League campaign medals three of the boys received trophies for their efforts during the 2012/2013 Season. With so many good lads in the team it had been a very difficult choice to make but the honours went to the following boys.
Supporters’ Player-of-the Season and the Players’ Player-of-the-Season
These two awards went to Harry O’Malley. An outstanding young lad who can play anywhere on the park, including in goal. A well deserved achievement and a lad who is surely destined for greater things.
The Most Improved Player-of-the-Season
This award went to Josh Fox, a diminutive but tenacious young lad, who can terrorise the opposition when he is running at them. Josh is also a prolific goalscorer notching up 30 goals last season.
The Manager’s Player-of-the-Season
The recipient of this award was Kai Sterne, the Lion’s leading goal-scorer with 66 goals netted in all competitions last season. Another lad who could go a long way.

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