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COXA Team Sheet for Saturday 8th December

By Frank Barretta


Saturday 8th December 2018
1st XI vs. Old Ignatian
Kick Off: 14.00
AWAY at Loyola Clubhouse, Turkey Street EN1 4NW
Instructions: All players to meet at the ground at 13.00.
Hospitality at the club.
Contact: Michael Williams:

2nd XI vs. Old Wokingians II
Kick Off: 13.15
HOME at Southfields Academy School – 333 Merton Road, SW18 5JU
Instructions: All players to meet at the ground at 12.15.
Hospitality at The Earlsfield.
Contact: Dom Taggart:

3rd XI vs. Reigatians III
Kick Off: 14.00
HOME at 37 county road, off green lane, Norbury, CR7 8HN
Instructions: All players to meet at the ground at 13.00.
Hospitality at ground.
Contact: Tommy Cawkwell:

Vets vs. Hoo Vets
Kick Off: 13.45
AWAY at Cliffe Woods Rec Ground, Rochester, ME3 8UL
Instructions: All players to meet at the ground at 13.00.
Contact: Mike Garvey:
Hey all,

It's that time of year again. With the Christmas run in upon us that means just one thing... public service announcement and start preparing the best bib and tucker because of course the Chairmans Lunch 2019 is coming. Details included in the attached but mark the date (Friday 25th January), book the annual leave and sign on up as it's bound to be a cracker! Entry form included.

And to normal fixture matters. If the weather holds to extend to 4 fixtures this weekend.

Results from last weekend:
1s - 2-3 Loss home to Reigate
2s - 3-4 Loss home to Clissord Park Ranger
3s - 1-1 and points on the board away at Guildford

For those who aren't aware we have ended up dropping one side and therefore the 4s are the new look 3s now and have the customary match report below. Enjoy!
After a torrid start to the season (So bad, I can't even remember any of the games we played and lost...apart from the first game of the season, where we lost 5-2? 7-2? All I remember is that it the changing rooms were really hot. We played a bank, it was my birthday and I got super drunk)

In deep dark Guilford, a plucky young rabble of Clapham footballers gathered, hoping that the December period will bring them good luck.

First...the pitch. To get to the pitch we had to walk over the best football pitch I have ever seen. Wonkier than willy wonka on a windy Wednesday in Widnes. (Lovely bit of aliteration there) It was on a hill! Not like how Norbury has a bit of a slope from one end to the other....but from left to right...and With a good 45 degree slope. It looked like a carpet though. Not like our pitch... our pitch was boggy and muddy...but it was flat (ish)

Well, Brussel my sprouts...coxa started with an electric pace creating 2 clear cut chances which the keeper saved.

Jamie Morris wins the Rich Smith gaffe of the week...with a sublime header!....into his own net. Just top binned it. He rose like a salmon and nutted it, the keeper didn't even move. Whitts got angry and Chris Cole did a bit of ice skating. A few more chances from either team and the half ended.

The pitch got heavy and one would think the oppo would squeeze us out the game...but peel my tangerines...Did we bounce back.

The pressure was building and finally coxa scored from a whipped corner from Russ and a fine header from Harms.

Jay Buckerfield moment of the week goes to Whitts. Second half, back pass from Howell, to Critchlow who finds Whitts in the middle of the park, who decides to control it/pass it with a, well, the only way I can describe it was like when Zola scored that flick goal at the near post, rabona-ish. Top work and pointless as it went straight to the oppo.

Defence stood firm and coxa could have knicked it at the death, but it wasn't to be. How we didn't score was perplexing to say the least.

All those wonderful cliches start flowing after the final whistle. Points on the board....Stop the rot...etc etc.

Onwards and upwards!

Updated 09:33 - 11 Dec 2018 by Frank Barretta

Where next?

COXA Team Sheet for Saturday 15th December Last team sheet of the year. Merry Christmas one and all and a Happy New Year!


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