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A new club with a strong vision

Shepreth Spitfires Football Club was formed in 2015 through the start of an U12 side. It embarks upon its first season in 2015-16 in the FA Cambridge and District Colts League. The Club’s philosophy is simple: to provide boys and girls in South Cambridgeshire the opportunity to play football in a supportive, structured, challenging but fun way based in Shepreth, a wonderful village but one peculiarly without a single sports club to its name. Our catchment area extends from Shepreth to South Cambridge, including Harston, Haslingfield and Trumpington, which are presently not served by other clubs.

A club which is part of the community

81Although we start with a single age group, the goal is to build a sustainable club which is part of the community. For example, we see our initial Under 12 squad holding regular Saturday morning training clinics (on non-match days) for 6 and 7-year-olds, with a view to establishing a mentoring programme and a grass roots feeder system. We envisage that this – in addition to the other ongoing activities and exposure of the Club and its affiliation to the FA – will ensure we quickly establish other age groups. So, if you would be keen to get involved with The Spitfires, then we would love to hear from you.

SPITFIRES

#1 - Gian "Luigi" Buffon


POSITION:
GK

CLEAN SHEETS:
11

GOALS:
1

SPECIAL
SKILL:
The “Neuer”

FAVOURITE PLAYER:
Manuel Neuer

FAVOURITE CLUB:
Manchester City

 

#2 - Marshmallow


POSITION:
LB

GOALS:
1

ASSISTS:
5

SPECIAL
SKILL:
The Big Boot

FAVOURITE PLAYER:
Per Mertesacker

FAVOURITE CLUB:
Arsenal

 

#3 - Hénctor


POSITION:
RB

GOALS:
3

ASSISTS:
3

SPECIAL
SKILL:
Pace

FAVOURITE PLAYER:
Héctor Bellerin

FAVOURITE CLUB:
Arsenal

 

#4 - Tio


POSITION:
Defender

GOALS:
1

ASSISTS:
0

SPECIAL
SKILL:
The Toe Punt

FAVOURITE PLAYER:
Alexis Sánchez

FAVOURITE CLUB:
Arsenal

 

#5 - Gabs


POSITION:
CB

GOALS:
5

ASSISTS:
2

SPECIAL
SKILL:
The Slide Tackle

FAVOURITE PLAYER:
Santi Cazorla

FAVOURITE CLUB:
Arsenal

 

#7 - Geebeez


POSITION:
CAM

GOALS:
20

ASSISTS:
20

SPECIAL
SKILL:
Tricks

FAVOURITE PLAYER:
Neymar Jr.

FAVOURITE CLUB:
Chelsea

 

#8 - Fishfinger


POSITION:
LM

GOALS:
12

ASSISTS:
20

SPECIAL
SKILL:
Dribbling

FAVOURITE PLAYER:
Thierry Henry

FAVOURITE CLUB:
Arsenal

 

#9 - Corbs


POSITION:
CF

GOALS:
24

ASSISTS:
14

SPECIAL
SKILL:
Finesse on the ball

FAVOURITE PLAYER:
Cristiano Ronaldo

FAVOURITE CLUB:
Liverpool

 

#10 - Stánchez


POSITION:
CDM

GOALS:
19

ASSISTS:
21

SPECIAL
SKILL:
The Powershot

FAVOURITE PLAYER:
Alexis Sánchez

FAVOURITE CLUB:
Arsenal

 

#11 - Willy Wonka


POSITION:
RM

GOALS:
18

ASSISTS:
12

SPECIAL
SKILL:
Long shots

FAVOURITE PLAYER:
Philippe Coutinho

FAVOURITE CLUB:
Liverpool

FIXTURES & RESULTS

1.12/09/15 - 15.00 KO - Shepreth Spitfires [4] v Cambourne [2] - MATCH REPORT

SPITFIRES OFF TO A FLYING START

On a sunny September Saturday we welcomed Cambourne FC to our new home ground for our first competitive match and start of the Shepreth Spitfires FC story. Some of our boys had been involved in a school rugby match in the morning (which they won) and hence we were a little nervous about how that may impact on energy levels. Our concerns were soon laid to rest by an energetic team performance, gilded with stunning goals.

As the match unfolded, it was clear that Cambourne were a team with attacking intent and pace. The early skirmishes went in favour of the away side before Spitfires passing game started to come into effect. In the 7th minute Stan was brought down in a central area just outside the penalty box. A direct free kick was awarded. Stan shaped up to take it. A wall was in place but he whipped it over and in, beyond the clutches of the Cambourne keeper.

It was soon evident that this was going to be end to end with a mighty battle in midfield.

In the 10th minute, Spitfires broke again and Alex laid off the ball to Fin who finished from close range with a right foot chip over the advancing keeper. Two nil to Spitfires and all cylinders firing and Gabs was masterfully marshalling the back line with Byron and Henry. Louis was called in to action to claim several corners from Cambourne as the away team tried to get back into the game.

On 15 minutes, Alex made a run through the opposition back line and came close to extending Spitfires’ lead. Shortly afterwards, Corbin was put through and again came close to another goal. Spitfires pace was having its impact.

On 25 minutes Will flashed a free kick just over the bar.

In the closing minutes of the first half, both teams were attacking with full fury. Finn and Stan both had shots saved. In the final minute of the first half, Cambourne broke from a Spitfires attack and found space behind the Spitfires back line. Louis advanced to close down the Cambourne attacker and got one hand to the ball but the Cambourne attacker managed to poke the ball past him into the goal.

Shortly afterwards the referee blew the half time whistle with the Spitfires leading 2-1.

In the second half, Cambourne came out on a high having pulled a goal back, attacking in waves while Spitfires counter-attacked. Great movement and passing from Spitfires continued in the face of spirited battling from Cambourne.

On 36 minutes, Corbin found Will in space in the penalty area. Will beautifully curled the ball with his left foot high into the net past the Cambourne goalkeeper. After weathering the early second half storm from Cambourne, Spitfires started to get their passing game firing again. On 45 minutes, Corbin broke and neatly slotted past the goalkeeper but was deemed to be offside.

On 46 minutes, Cambourne’s persistence paid off and they scored from a long range shot which Louis acrobatically tipped onto the cross bar but unfortunately, the rebound fell to a Cambourne player to score to make it a nail-biting 3-2.

At this point Spitfires stood resolute with Gabs, Henry and Theo standing firm in defence while Cambourne continued with intense pressure. On 55 minutes, Louis made a point blank save to keep the score at 3-2. From one of the Cambourne attacks, Louis collected the ball and passed to Henry in space. Henry then quickly set-up a counter attack with Corbin running into space but was brought down just outside the left hand side of the penalty area. Stan took the ball again for a direct free kick and whipped it looping and curling into the far right top corner to make it 4-2.

The boys then closed out the final few minutes to register a thoroughly deserved first competitive win.


GOALS:
Stan – 2 (7”, 59”)
Fin – 1 (10”)
Will – 1(36”)

ASSISTS:
Alex – 2
Corbin – 1

MAN OF THE MATCH (as voted by the players):
Stan

2.19/09/15 - 10.30 KO - Shepreth Spitfires [0] v Cambourne Eagles [1] - MATCH REPORT

A HARD DOGFIGHT ENDING IN A NARROW DEFEAT

The Spitfires welcomed Cambourne Eagles on another sunny September morning. The ground was wet from recent heavy rain and autumn dew. The grass was also a little on the long side, not ideal for the Spitfires’ silky passing.

This was Shepreth’s second match for the 2015-16 season and a win would have seen the team hit top spot in the Cambs Colts Palace U12 League.

Unfortunately, Cambourne Eagles had other ideas.

Early signs in the match indicated this was going to be tough. Plenty of huff and puff in the middle of the park from both teams in the first 10 minutes. Both teams were attacking ferociously. Alex “twinkle toes” was creating magic in midfield but finding the going hard because of the wet conditions. Soon he won a free kick in a central position but the resulting Stan free kick flew over the top.

The Cambourne number 10 was showing great feet and was straight through on 15 minutes but Louis came and cleared in to touch in a “Neueresque” fashion. On 20 minutes, Cambourne won a corner, which was flighted into the mix and a Cambourne attacker lost his marker and produced a great bullet header past Louis. One nil to the away team.

Spitfires were not disheartened. Their response was quick with a Stan corner nearly being turned in to goal. Stan then had a free kick from a central area which struck the underside of the cross bar, bounce on the line and eventually cleared by the Cambourne defence.

The final minutes of the first half were pretty even. Corbs’ pace got him behind the opposition defence but his shot was saved. Shortly afterwards Cambourne nearly scored but Louis made a great save. The half time whistle blew with Cambourne one goal up.

The second half continued with Spitfires chasing the game. Every single Spitfire was playing his part. Byron was having a great game in defence. Spitfires were having the majority of possession and were launching attack after attack. Cambourne were very much playing on the counter and on several occasions penetrated the otherwise solid Spitfires defence. Luckily Louis was on hand to snuff out the threat.

Alex, Fin, Will and Stan were playing some great stuff in midfield with Corbs finding space behind a stubborn Cambourne defence. The ball just wouldn’t find the net. Corbs had a glancing header flash just wide and on another occasion was sent clean through by Alex with the keeper to beat but the ball just flew past the right hand upright.

The final whistle blew with Spitfires defeated but not dispirited. The boys came up against a very good team in Cambourne. With some better finishing from Spitfires, the result could have been very different.


Man of the match (as voted by the players):
Louis

3.03/10/15 - 10.00 KO - CUP MATCH - Shepreth Spitfires [13] v Bar Hill Colts [0] - MATCH REPORT

SOARING SPITFIRES

We welcomed Bar Hill Colts for our first ever cup match on a cool but sunny September morning. Having learnt the lesson from the previous match, our groundsman had been busy the previous day and had produced an immaculate surface which glistened with dew in the early autumn sun. We even had the Plough with their famous Winnebago providing refreshments to all. All was set for a master class from the Spitfires. We were not disappointed.

This was a scintillating performance from the team with each and every boy playing his part:

– Strong in defence (Theo, Gabs, Byron and Henry).

– Overlapping full-backs (Byron and Henry).

– Louis Neuer-like foiling any signs of danger when the back line was penetrated.

– Stan and Alex a combination of athleticism and deft passing in the middle of the park.

– Finn and Will providing the width and assists galore to Corbin at the tip of the diamond.

– A cameo striker appearance from Gabs (resulting in a goal)!

So on to the stats:

2 minutes – Corbs in through the middle. Shot over bar.
3 minutes – Stan corner with Will heading wide.
4 minutes – Shot from close range from Corbs – Alex assist. 1-0.
15 minutes – Byron and Fin combination play down left with Fin floating a cross and Corbs rising to head in. Sublime goal! 2-0.
21 minutes – Fin assist with Corbs slotting into corner. 3-0.
22 minutes – Fin assist with Corbs passing into net. 4-0.
27 minutes – Corbs goal. Stan assist. 5-0.
30 minutes – Great save from Bar Hill keeper from Stan shot.
32 minutes – Stan through ball with Will slotting in. 6-0.

Half time – 6-0.

32 minutes – Save by keeper from Fin.
33 minutes – Corbs sent through by Alex. One on one with keeper. Great save. 
35 minutes – Stan shot from edge of box. Great save.
38 minutes – Alex lay off. Stan shot. 7-0.
40 minutes – Corbs fouled in penalty area. Stan penalty saved. Fin follow-up shot into goal. 8-0.
42 minutes – Stan free kick from edge of box into bottom left corner of goal. 9-0.
48 minutes – Stan shot saved by keeper.
52 minutes – Gabs shot into goal. Fin assist. 10-0.
55 minutes – Stan blistering shot into right corner of net. 11-0.
59 minutes – Corbs brought down just outside penalty area central. Corbs with fierce direct free kick into top left corner. 12-0.
62 minutes – Corbs straight through middle. Slotted to right side of keeper. 13-0.

Full time – 13-0.


GOALS:
Corbs – 7 (4’, 15’, 21’, 22’, 27’, 59’, 62’)
Stan – 3 (38’, 42’, 55’)
Will – 1 (32’)
Fin – 1 (40’)
Gabs – 1 (52’)

ASSISTS:
Alex – 2
Will – 1
Fin – 4
Stan – 4
Corbs – 2

MAN OF THE MATCH (as voted by the players):
Corbs

4.10/10/15 - 10.30 KO - Shepreth Spitfires [12] v Shelford & Stapleford Strikers Blue [0] - MATCH REPORT

SPITFIRES HIT CRUISING ALTITUDE

Another sunny morning at Shepreth’s home ground on Saturday 10th October and we welcomed Shelford and Stapleford Strikers in a league game. Having had a great 13-0 Cup win the previous Saturday, our expectations were high!

The boys didn’t disappoint.

What followed was scintillating. The performance from our boys was sublime and the goals breath-taking. The defence stood firm while our midfield and attackers ran the show with movement and slick passing.

Nothing got past the defensive line! Byron was particularly noteworthy with some nifty footwork and vision to set-up attacks down the left via Fin in the first half and then Theo in the second.

Theo came on in the second half as we looked to mix things up (we were already 6-0 up) and was a revelation playing left wing, demonstrating pace, intelligent running and crosses. Just as Gabs proved last weekend (with his goal) our defenders can definitely contribute to our attacking options. Theo almost got on the score sheet with a neat header which looked to be over the line but was overruled by the linesman.

Louis was a spectator for most of the match. Sterner goalkeeping tests lie ahead!

So on to the stats:

2 minutes – Fin assist. Stan shot from left outside penalty area. 1-0.
5 minutes – Corner from Will on left side. Shot from Alex saved by keeper.
8 minutes – Will shot from right side. Just over.
10 minutes – Fin shot wide.
12 minutes – Fin shot saved by keeper.
13 minutes – Alex fancy footwork in box. Brought down. Penalty. Stan penalty saved by keeper.
14 minutes – Stan cross. Corbs shot. 2-0.
15 minutes – Stan fouled just outside box. Stan free kick just over.
16 minutes – Stan cross. Fin goal. 3-0.
18 minutes – Stan through ball. Will shot. 4-0.
28 minutes – Stan cross from left. Straight in. 5-0.
30 minutes – Counter attack. Stan to Will. Through ball from Will. Corbs slid into corner right side. 6-0.

Half time – 6-0.

35 minutes – Scramble in box with Corbs eventually putting into net. 7-0.
45 minutes – Stan blistering shot. Fin assist. 8-0.
50 minutes – Stan assist. Corbs shot. 9-0.
55 minutes – Corbs shot. Right side. 10-0.
56 minutes – Theo cross. Corbs hits post. 
58 minutes – Stan right foot shot. 11-0.
60 minutes – Cross from left. OG. 12-0

Full time – 12-0.


GOALS:
Corbs – 5 (14’, 30’, 35’, 50’, 55’)
Stan – 4 (2’, 28’, 45’, 58’)
Will – 1 (18’)
Fin – 1 (16’)

ASSISTS:
Will – 1
Fin – 2
Stan – 4

MAN OF THE MATCH (as voted by the players):
Theo

5.07/11/15 - 10.00 KO - CUP MATCH - Shepreth Spitfires [2] v Witchford Colts White [1] - MATCH REPORT

SPITFIRES PREVAIL DESPITE HEADWINDS

On 7th November Spitfires played Witchford Colts in the second round of the Cambridge & District Colts U12 Knock-out Cup competition. Although a wet and windy day, the pitch was in great condition.

This was a tough match with the visitors proving stubborn opposition. The windy conditions posed problems for both sides.

Spitfires came close to taking the lead in the first few minutes when Alex was through on goal, his shot flying wide. In the 10th minute, Witchford won a penalty. The penalty was thankfully saved with Louis diving to his left. The battle continued with both sides creating chances. In the last minute of the first half, Spitfires broke the deadlock after a swift counter attack. Finn threaded the ball through to Corbs in the penalty area who struck the ball high into the goal (1-0).

The second half continued with both sides taking turns to attack.

Witchford equalised on 50 minutes from a corner after a goal mouth scramble in the wet conditions (1-1).

This was nervy stuff but Spitfires continued attacking play paid dividend with a free kick awarded on the right wing. Will’s resulting free kick was subsequently deflected into goal by a Witchford defender (2-1).

In the final minutes, Witchford laid siege to the Spitfires’ goal through a series of corners but mercifully Spitfires held on to go through to the quarter-finals.


GOALS:
Corbs – 1 (29”)
OG – 1 (55”)

ASSISTS:
Will – 1
Fin – 1

MAN OF THE MATCH (as voted by the players):
Will

6.14/11/15 - 10.30 KO - Great Bardfield Youth [0] v Shepreth Spitfires [7] - MATCH REPORT

SPITFIRES DISPLAY STEEL

On Saturday 14th November, Spitfires U12 had their first away match at Great Bardfield. It was a wet and wintery morning, but the pitch was in good condition.

We were not quite sure what to expect from this match but what followed was probably the best Spitfires display this season.

Henry, Gabs and Byron were resolute in defence, repelling Bardfield attacks. On the few occasions the defence was breached, Louis came out “Neuer-like” to clear the threat. The key battle was in midfield where Spitfires hunted in packs and won everything. When in possession, passing was accurate and incisive. Alex, Finn, Will and Stan controlled matters. There was visible progression from the Spitfires as the boys seem to have added real grit (tackling and winning the ball back) to the usual silky passing.

Henry made some great runs down the right getting two assists. Gabs was proactive in the centre of defence cutting out any sign of danger. Byron’s passing was accurate. Corbs lead the line with finesse and guile. Will’s all round game was fantastic. We even discovered some new aspects to our game play which paid huge dividends. I won’t reveal what these are in case the competition is reading!

On to the stats:

5 minutes – Corbs’ shot hits post.
7 minutes – Will shot from outside penalty area. Henry assist from right wing. 1-0.
10 minutes – Corbs dribbled through middle of penalty area. Low shot. Stan assist. 2-0.
12minutes – Scramble in goal mouth. Alex shot into goal. Corbs assist. 3-0.
16 minutes – Stan corner from right. Will headed goal. 4-0.
20 minutes – Stan shot hits bar.
25 minutes – Henry fouled on right wing. Will free kick straight into goal. 5-0.

Half time – 5-0.

35 minutes – Fast break. Corbs low shot into goal. Finn assist. 6-0
45 minutes – Stan corner right side. Will header. 7-0.
50 minutes – Stan corner right side. Will header just wide.
52 minutes – Bardfield break. Attacker one-on-one with Louis. Louis closed angle deflecting shot wide for corner.

Full time – 7-0.


GOALS:
Corbs – 2 (10”, 35”)
Will – 4  (7”, 16”, 25”, 45”)
Alex – 1 (12”)

ASSISTS:
Henry – 2
Corbs – 1
Stan – 3
Finn – 1

MAN OF THE MATCH (as voted by the players):
Will

7.28/11/15 - 10.30 KO - Shepreth Spitfires [6] v Soham Town Rangers [0] - MATCH REPORT

SPITFIRES CLIMB TO 3rd IN THE LEAGUE

On Saturday 28th November, Spitfires U12 welcomed Soham Town Rangers. The pitch was looking the best it has been all season and perfect for Spitfires playing style.

The boys continued the momentum and grit shown against Bardfield in the last match.

The inevitable early goal came in the first minute as Alex showed fancy footwork in the box and a subsequent low shot from a Fin assist (1-0). Soham did show attacking intent and pressed back Spitfires for part of the first half before a great move down the left resulted in a through ball from Finn to Corbs. Corbs calmly sent a low shot past the goalkeeper (2-0). Despite continued pressure from Spitfires, it remained 2-0 at half time.

In the second half, the pressure continued with Spitfires creating chances galore. Midway through the half, Corbs was brought down in the penalty area and Stan scored from the resulting penalty (3-0).

Sparkling play continued from the boys, resulting in three further goals, all of which coming from close range. Corbs and Alex, respectively, both turning providers for Fin to make it 4-0 and then 5-0. The final goal came from Alex with Corbs providing the assist.

On to the stats:

1 minutes – Alex close range shot from a Fin assist. 1-0.
15 minutes – Corbs close range shot from Fin assist. 2-0.

Half time – 2-0.

34 minutes – Corbs brought down in penalty area. Stan scoring from resulting penalty. 3-0.
41 minutes – Fin close range shot. Corbs assist. 4-0.
56 minutes – Fin close range shot. Alex assist. 5-0.
58 minutes – Alex low shot. Corbs assist. 6-0.

Full time – 6-0.


GOALS:
Corbs – 1 (15”)
Alex – 2 (1”, 58”)
Stan – 1 (34”)
Fin – 2 (41”, 56”)

ASSISTS:
Corbs – 3
Fin – 2
Alex – 1

MAN OF THE MATCH (as voted by the players):
Fin

8.05/12/15 - 10.30 KO - CUP MATCH - Shepreth Spitfires [0] v Newmarket Town Youth Yellow [1] - MATCH REPORT

SPITFIRES SHOT DOWN BY NEWMARKET IN CUP QUARTERS

On Saturday 5th Dec, Spitfires U12 welcomed Newmarket Town Youth U12 Yellows. It was a windy morning not best suited to Spitfires’ playing style.

This was a tough match against a very good side. All the early pressure came from Spitfires. Corbs nearly put Spitfires ahead on 5 minutes. Newmarket responded with a couple of breaks including one in which Louis saved when a Newmarket striker was clean through. Further saves from Louis kept it level at half time.

In the second half, the pattern continued with Spifires dominating possession with shots from Fin and Alex both saved. However, through the second half Newmarket’s counter attacking became increasingly more dangerous. Henry had a storming game keeping some fast Newmarket strikers at bay.

In the 53rd minute, one such counter attack from Newmarket put one of their strikers into a one-on-one with Louis. Louis saved the first shot but the rebound fell to one of the Newmarket attackers to slot in neatly. Spitfires tried to pull one back to put the game into extra time but Newmarket weathered the storm.

Half time – 0-0.

Full time – 0-1.


MAN OF THE MATCH (as voted by the players):
Theo

9.12/12/15 - 10.00 KO - Cambourne [0] v Shepreth Spitfires [4] - MATCH REPORT

SPITFIRES SHOOT DOWN LEAGUE RIVALS

On Saturday 12th December, Spitfires U12 played Cambourne FC away on a cold, wet and windy morning. This was a repeat of the first match of the season against Spitfires’ main challengers for the League.

It was important to get into top gear quickly against a very good side and we were not disappointed.

The boys were playing into the wind but early pressure and hard tackling in the middle of the pitch resulted in a wonderful goal in the 10th minute with a passing move culminating in an assist from Corbs and fancy footwork and a close range low shot from Alex (1-0).

For the rest of the half, the two teams were evenly matched with Cambourne coming close from a long range shot, which – wind-assisted – was heading for the top corner before Louis managed to get a hand to it and tip away for a corner.

In the second half, the boys – with the wind behind them – put on a dazzling attacking display. On 40 minutes, a Spitfires passing move in front of the Cambourne goal led to Alex assisting Corbs’ close range shot for the second goal (2-0). Spitfires pressure continued with a Will shot nearly being turned in by Alex. On 50 minutes Will scored a spectacular volleyed goal into the top left corner from long range (3-0). Corbs provided the assist. On 52 minutes, matters were wrapped up via another close range shot from Will from a Corbs assist (4-0).

On to the stats:

10 minutes – Alex close range shot from a Corbs assist. 1-0.

Half time – 1-0.

40 minutes – Corbs close range shot. Alex assist. 2-0.
50 minutes – Spectacular long range volleyed goal from Will. Corbs assist. 3-0.
52 minutes – Will close range shot. Corbs assist. 4-0.

Full time – 4-0.


GOALS:
Alex – 1 (10”)
Corbs  – 1 (40”)
Will – 2 (50”, 52”)

ASSISTS:
Corbs – 3
Alex – 1

MAN OF THE MATCH (as voted by the players):
Alex

10.23/01/16 - 14.30 KO - Shepreth Spitfires [4] v Thurlow Youth [1] - MATCH REPORT

SPITFIRES IN SPIRITED TRIUMPH

On Saturday 23rd January, Spitfires U12 played Thurlow Youth at home.

With only eight men in the starting line-up, Spitfires put on a spirited and triumphant display against Thurlow’s nine men. Byron stepped up to be keeper with Louis missing. The rest of the formation was adjusted to compensate for 8v9. All season our defence has been spectacularly successful. Our defenders which include Byron, Gabs, Theo and Henry had only allowed Fortress Spitfires to be breached on 4 occasions in the League. The combination of pace, grit and passing ability has been the bedrock of Spitfires’ success this season.

The game against Thurlow was tough in the first half with the teams battling it out in midfield. Our lack of a ninth player was noticeable as we struggled to finish the opportunities we created. Finally, just before half time, the ball broke on the edge of the penalty area. Will laid the ball into the path of the marauding Gabs who lashed in a dipping low shot to score his second of the season (1-0).

Immediately after the break, Henry went on a trademark overlapping run, exchanging passes with Will on the right, beating several players for pace and whipped in a vicious cross which Alex skilfully turned in from close range (2-0). On 35 minutes, a dubious penalty was awarded to Thurlow which they converted.

On 45 minutes, Fin’s excellent work on the left fed a through ball to Alex which he finished off from close range (3-1). Finally, on 55 minutes, Alex acrobatically volleyed in from a Stan assist to finish the game off and complete his hat-trick (4-1).

On to the stats:

29 minutes – Gabs long range shot. Will assist.

Half time – 1-0.

32 minutes – Fast break and cross from Henry on right. Alex close range finish. 2-0.
35 minutes – Thurlow penalty. 2-1.
45 minutes – Alex shot. Finn assist. 3-1.
55 minutes – Alex volley. Stan assist. 4-1.

Full time – 4-1.


GOALS:
Gabs  – 1 (29”)
Alex – 3 (32”, 45”, 55”)

ASSISTS:
Will  – 1
Hen  – 1
Fin – 1
Stan – 1

MAN OF THE MATCH (as voted by the players):
Alex

11.30/01/16 - 09.45 KO - Shepreth Spitfires [13] v Witchford Colts Blue [1] - MATCH REPORT

SPITFIRES SEARCH AND DESTROY

On Saturday 30th January, Spitfires U12 played Witchford Colts at home.

Witchford arrived with 8 players and during their pre-match warm-up lost another. Spitfires did the sporting thing and offered to play the match as a 7v7. Despite losing our usual formation, the boys put on a dazzling display of total football. 

With the change of formation we initially struggled to finish off the chances we were creating but mid-way through the second half the goals started flowing. Our clean sheet record was yet again scuppered by a very dubious penalty decision.

On to the stats:

16 minutes – Will goal from Stan corner. 1-0.
18 minutes – Alex goal. Fin assist. 2-0.
20 minutes – Fin goal. Will assist. 3-0.
22 minutes – Alex shot. Fin assist. 4-0.
25 minutes – Witchford penalty. 4-1.
28 minutes – Stan goal. Alex assist. 5-1.
30 minutes – Fin goal. Alex assist. 6-1.

Half time – 6-1.

35 minutes – Corbs goal. Fin assist. 7-1.
37 minutes – Fin goal. Alex assist. 8-1
40 minutes – Stan goal. Fin assist. 9-1.
45 minutes – Stan goal. 10-1.
50 minutes – Stan goal. Byron assist. 11-1.
52 minutes – Stan goal. Will assist. 12-1.
56 minutes – Stan goal. Alex assist. 13-1.

Full time – 13-1.


GOALS:
Stan – 6 (28”, 40″, 45”, 50”, 52”, 56”)
Fin – 3 (20”, 30”, 37”)
Alex – 2 (18”, 22”)
Corbs – 1 (35”)
Will – 1 (16”)

ASSISTS:
Alex  – 3
Fin – 3
Stan – 2
Will – 2
Byron – 1
Corbs – 1

MAN OF THE MATCH (as voted by the players):
Stan

12.06/02/16 - 10.00 KO - Cambourne Eagles [1] v Shepreth Spitfires [2] - MATCH REPORT

SPITFIRES SOAR ABOVE EAGLES TO TOP LEAGUE

On Saturday 6th February, Spitfires U12 played Cambourne Eagles FC away on a cold, wet and windy morning. This was a top of the table clash with Eagles in first position prior to the match. A Spitfires win would make them leaders. What followed was a gritty, resilient and impressive performance from Spitfires who outplayed the opposition for most of the match.

The boys were playing with the wind in the first half. Gabs was played in a CDM position to ensure solidity in front of the back line of Byron, Theo and Henry. Stan and Alex were pushed further forward with the width coming from Will and Fin. Hard tackling from Spitfires and expansive play ensued with an early cross from Will flashing across the Eagles penalty area. Most of the play continued in the Eagles half with our back line thwarting counter attacks with pace and precision. Henry played his match captain role perfectly, ensuring good organisation and teamwork at the back.

In the 20th minute, as a result of Spitfires pressing high up the pitch, the breakthrough came. Gabs won the ball outside the penalty area, beat two players and laid it perfectly for Alex to slot in for the first goal (1-0). The pattern of play continued with the rare Eagles attack thwarted by a combination of our defensive line and Louis as sweeper keeper.

In the second half, Eagles – with the wind behind them – posed more attacking intent than the first half. On 40 minutes, a high ball into the area resulted in a sliced clearance which Louis caught. The referee deemed this as a back pass, which it was clearly not. A direct free kick resulted (practically on the penalty spot). A wall was lined up on the goal line but Eagles managed to score high into the net.

Spitfires were not disheartened by this awful decision and continued to press for the winner. Fin and Will were finding space on the wings with Stan and Alex tenacious in the tackle in the middle of the park. Meanwhile Gabs and the rest of the defence were keeping the Eagles front line very quiet. 

After several near misses and saves by the Eagles keeper, Alex’s tenacity paid off in the 50th minute when he won the ball from one of the defenders and went one-on-one with the Eagles keeper who parried it, only for Fin to be on hand to slot it into the net (2-1). 

In the last few minutes, Spitfires laid siege to the Eagles goal. Will beating the Eagles keeper on one occasion but a goal line intervention by one of the Cambourne defenders (who spectacularly chested it out for a corner) kept the final score to 2-1. 

An impressive and very significant win for Spitfires! We are now in the driving seat to win the League.

On to the stats:

20 minutes – Alex close range shot from a Gabs assist. 1-0.

Half time – 1-0.

40 minutes – Cambourne goal from direct free kick in box. 1-1.
50 minutes – Fin goal. Alex assist. 2-1.

Full time – 2-1.


GOALS:
Alex – 1 (20”)
Fin – 1 (50”)

ASSISTS:
Gabs – 1
Alex – 1

MAN OF THE MATCH (as voted by the players):
Henry

13.13/02/16 - 10.00 KO - Thurlow Youth [0] v Shepreth Spitfires [10] - MATCH REPORT

SPITFIRES EXTEND LEAD AT TOP

On Saturday 13th February, Spitfires U12 played Thurlow Youth away. This was another scintillating performance from Spitfires. Stan controlled the midfield winning every tackle and spraying passes across the park with keen running from Fin and Will on the wings. Incisive play from Alex and Corbs at the tip of our formation ensured our attacking potency. Henry, Byron and Andrew played their part at the back thwarting any rare Thurlow attack.

In the first half the boys dominated proceedings establishing a 6-0 lead at half-time. In the second half, Thurlow came back into it with a number of through balls which Louis was alert to in a Neueresque fashion. There was even a Thurlow shot on target which Louis acrobatically pushed out for a corner. Fortress Spitfires remained intact with another clean sheet for the boys.

This was a thorough and professional performance to extend Spitfires’ lead at the top to four points.

On to the stats:

2 minutes – Will goal curled over keeper from edge of penalty area from Stan corner. Stan assist. 1-0.
5 minutes – Corbs goal from close range. Fin assist. 2-0.
10 minutes – Will goal. Fin assist. 3-0.
15 minutes – Alex goal. Fin assist. 4-0.
20 minutes – Fin goal. Stan assist. 5-0.
28 minutes – Alex goal. Will assist. 6-0.

Half time – 6-0.

45 minutes – Alex goal. Will assist. 7-0.
48 minutes – Will goal. Alex assist. 8-0.
50 minutes – Alex goal. Stan assist. 9-0.
55 minutes – Corbs goal. Will assist. 10-0.

Full time – 10-0.


GOALS:
Alex – 4 (15”, 28″, 45”, 50”)
Will – 3 (2”, 10”, 48”)
Corbs – 2 (5”, 55”)
Fin – 1 (20”)

ASSISTS:
Alex  – 1
Fin – 3
Stan – 3
Will – 3

MAN OF THE MATCH (as voted by the players):
Will

14.12/03/16 - 10.30 KO - Witchford Colts Blue [0] v Shepreth Spitfires [4]

Match report to follow.

15.19/03/16 - 11.30 KO - Histon Hornets White [1] v Shepreth Spitfires [5]

Match report to follow.

16.09/04/16 - 10.00 KO - Soham Town Rangers [0] v Shepreth Spitfires [4]

Match report to follow.

17.16/04/16 - 10.00 KO - Shelford & Stapleford Strikers Blue [0] v Shepreth Spitfires [10]

Match report to follow.

18.20/04/16 - 18.30 KO - Shepreth Spitfires [4] v Histon Hornets White [0]

Match report to follow.

19.23/04/16 - 10.30 KO - Shepreth Spitfires [5] v Great Bardfield Youth [0]

Match report to follow.

LEAGUE TABLE

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NEWS

Spitfires Soar Above Eagles to Top League

On Saturday 6th February, Spitfires U12 played Cambourne Eagles FC away on a cold, wet and windy morning. This was a top of the table clash with Eagles in first position prior to the match. A Spitfires win would make them leaders. A gritty, resilient and impressive performance from Spitfires resulted in a 2-1 win putting us now in the driving seat to win the League.

Spitfires firing on all cylinders

On 14th November SSFC U12s had their first away match of the season at Great Bardfield. The score was a resounding 0-7 to Spitfires. Stats are looking good for the team who are already through to the quarter-finals of The Cambridge & District Colts League U12 Knock Out Cup. They have the League’s top scorer (Corbs with 15 goals), the top assists (Stan with 11) and the most number of clean sheets (Louis with 3). The team also has the tightest defence with only 3 goals conceded in the League and 4 all season including Cup matches.

Spitfires progress in The Cup

7th November saw SSFC U12s beat Witchford Colts White in a closely-contested clash in the driving wind and rain to make it to the quarter-finals of The Cambridge & District Colts League U12 Knock Out Cup. They will play Newmarket Town Youth Yellow at home in the next round on Saturday 5th December. See the draw here.

Match day refreshments

We’re delighted to announce that The Plough Shepreth will be providing the pitch-side catering for our home games in only the way they know how: from a massive winnebago. They will be offering the normal Saturday morning footy fayre of bacon rolls, coffee etc so come along and watch a quality game of football while enjoying an equally good breakfast…

SSFC form an U8 side

We are very proud to announce that Shepreth Spitfires Football Club now has a fully-fledged U8 squad. Under the formidable FA Level 2 coaching duo of Ben Yeomans and Jake Shepherd, the side will continue to train and play friendlies throughout the 2015-16 season, starting competitively in the Cambridgeshire Mini Soccer League as U9s in September 2016. 

2016 Shepreth Footy Festival

The cogs are whirring for a 5-a-side Shepreth Footy Festival in 2016. If you would like to enter a team then please contact Robin Gomm at office@comfabs.co.uk. The Festival will be for all ages, men and women, boys and girls, with a number of mini-tournaments running simultaneously. So start assembling your trophy-winning side and register your interest now… 

A big thank you to our sponsors: The first chapter of Shepreth Spitfires FC

The following have shown great faith in their support for a club that until recently didn’t exist, have all been completely instrumental in getting us up and running and we thank them enormously for that: Amberstone Technology for our Club away kit and waterproof jackets, The Plough Shepreth for our brand new Club goals, Rand Brothers for our Club training sweaters, Trova Consulting for our Club home kit and Simmons Pugh and FishVan for our Club website. We intend to repay the generosity of our sponsors by being ambassadors for your brands and playing it in the spirit of the beautiful game.

CONTACT US

Our home matches are played at:

Shepreth Recreation Ground
Station Road
Shepreth
Royston
Herts
SG8 6PZ

The entrance to the car park for the Ground can be found immediately to the right of Shepreth Village Hall.

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