Match Report – Cambridge University Press vs. Foxton– League – 17.02.24.

Foxton picked up a hard fought 3-1 victory away at C.U.P on Saturday, in a feisty encounter.

Foxton started on the front foot when Jake Emmett raced goalward but unfortunately, a heavy touch, at a critical time, saw the chance dwindle away.

The home team were then gifted a chance, after Pinney’s ball out to Stuart, took a nasty bobble over his foot, an onrushing Press player nicked the ball and headed goalward, but fortunately, he screwed his shot wide of the post. Press built up a little bit of momentum and had another strong attack on the counter, this time Pinney saved well, pushing the ball round the post. From the resulting Press corner, Foxton took the lead, when Elliott’s headed clearance was picked up by Antwan, who played a long ball over the Press defence, for Jake Williams to latch onto.  Jake still had plenty to do, but he did it brilliantly, holding off the defender, whilst running goalward and finishing well with his right foot.

The remainder of the half didn’t have much goalmouth action but plenty of spirit from both sides and some good defending from Foxton, marshalled by the impressive Hoskins.

Two minutes into the second half, Press equalised, after an excellent cross from the right side caused some uncertainty in the Foxton box, with the loose ball being tucked away from close range. 

Foxton then had to weather a small storm, which they managed to do, on one occasion Pinney saved well at his near post.

After this period of play Foxton then regained the lead, when Bonny’s free kick was headed back across the goal by Stuart, to Jake, who had his effort from close range saved, the rebound fell nicely to Antwan, who smashed his side into the lead. 

Foxton maintained their discipline and shape well and forced the home team to make too many mistakes when they had the ball.

The third goal came late on, when Jake converted from the spot, after Kaane had been chopped down in the box. Foxton managed to see out the last 10 minutes well, although Pinney made another good save in the 90th minute, when he tipped a headed effort over the cross bar.

TEAM: Pinney, Beard, Knight, Hoskins, Byrne, Meredith, Kotelo, Emmett, O’Dell, Ebanks-Blake, Williams.

Match Report – Foxton vs Wisbech St Mary - League – 03.02.24.

Foxton were at home on Saturday against Wisbech St Mary and dropped 2 valuable points, after being held to a 3-3 draw.

The first half was a tight, scrappy affair, without much action of note. Jake did have a header, superbly saved by the visiting keeper, from Alfie’s cross and Elliott Knight had another headed effort deflected wide, by a trailing leg of a defender, from Atwans’s long throw.

The second half started much better for Foxton, and after a short period of sustained pressure, they took the lead, Young Emmett played Jake Williams through one on one with the keeper, who saved well, the rebound fell to Antwan, who then had his efforts blocked, the ball stayed alive, as did Antwan, who was first to react and played a square pass for Alfie to smash home from close range. Moments later, the lead was nearly doubled, when Stuart managed to head Josh Byrnes free kick back into the mix, the ball fell to Elliott, who hustled his way goalward, but the keeper again saved well. After weathering this little storm, Wisbech equalised, when a cross from the left was tapped in from close range. Foxton regained the lead two minutes later, with Alfie again in the thick of the action, after a strong run goalward, he played into Jake Williams, his heavy touch fell kindly to Emmett, who finished well from just inside the box. 

Foxton then put themselves firmly in the driving seat, when Jake’s cross from the right was only half cleared to Mez 25 yards out, who hit a first-time volley hard and low into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance. 

The visitors didn’t cave in and almost pulled a goal back immediately, a long searching ball down the left, found the winger, who smashed an early shot across the goal, which went just wide. On 82 minutes, they did pull a goal back, after a counter straight down the middle of the park, with the striker finishing calmly past Pinney. One minute later, it was 3-3, with the damage coming down the left side again, with the winger latching on to a long clearance and finishing across Pinney. 

The game was still there for both sides to win, and it was Foxton who came closest, when in the 90th minute, Jake latched onto a ball in the box, although at a narrow angle, he hit a fierce shot goalward, which thundered into the onrushing keepers face and went out for a corner. 

FT 3-3

TEAM - Pinney, Byrne, Beard, Knight, Hoskins, Meredith, McMurrough, Emmett, O’Dell, Ebanks-Blake, Williams.

SUBS - Kotelo, Atkin, Gillies

Match Report – Foxton vs Whittlesey Athletic Reserves – Challenge Cup - 20.01.24.

Foxton progressed to the semi-final of the Challenge Cup on Saturday, after a 5-0 home win against Whittlesey Athletic Reserves.

Foxton started bright and nearly took an early lead, when Antwan got on the end of Elliott’s free kick, but his header went just over the bar. The visitors then countered with a long searching ball down the left, which found one of their attacking players, who, from 30 yards, smashed a first-time snapshot, which Pinney saved well. Foxton stayed on top of the early stages but couldn’t find a clear opening, although Antwan found himself through one on one with keeper but unfortunately lost his footing. 

We finally took a deserved lead on 21 minutes, when George managed to split the away defence and set Kaane away, the keeper came rushing out to close him down, but Kaane’s early shot gave him no chance and nestled nicely in the left side of the goal. 

The lead was soon doubled, when Kaane grabbed his second, after some lovely play down the left side, Stu picked out Alfie, who played a sharp one two with Mez and cut the ball back for Kaane to stroke home from close range. 

The visitors kept plugging away but Foxton didn’t let them get on top, winning most duels in the centre of the park and the back four dealing with anything thrown at them.

Just before half time, Jake Emmett had a great chance to make it 3 but after a sublime first touch in the box from a high ball in, he just couldn’t get his shot away.

2-0 HT.

Foxton again started well in the second half and young Emmett had another chance to make it 3 after he out hustled a defender and gave himself a one in one chance but his shot was well saved by the away keeper. The third goal came on 54 minutes, when Stuart headed home from Kaane’s corner. Whittlesey couldn’t get a foothold in the game but nearly pulled one back 5 minutes later, but Pinney saved well, tipping a powerful shot from distance onto the cross bar. 

Foxton stayed in full control, still winning most battles all over the park and holding a good shape out of possession. 

The 5th and final goal came on 90 minutes when Antwan dispossessed a Whittlesey defender and drove forwards, now one on one, his shot across the keeper was parried into the path of Jordan who made no mistake from close range.

5-0 FT

TEAM:  Pinney, Beard, Gillies, Hoskins, Knight, Meredith, McMurrough, O’Dell, Emmett, Ebanks-Blake, Fehmi. 

Match Report – Foxton vs Milton - League – 13.01.24

Foxton were back to winning days on Saturday, with a comfortable 3-2 home win against Milton.

Milton had the first effort on goal, via a free kick, which Pinney managed to put past the post.

Foxton then went straight on the attack and took the lead, when Alfie volleyed the ball past the keeper from 15 yards out, after his first effort had been blocked.

Ten minutes later and it was level, when Milton scored with another volleyed strike, from a free kick they put into the box.

Foxton soon regained the lead, when Joe Haynes played the ball to Alfie, who set himself and delivered an inch perfect cross to George Gillies, to open his Foxton account with his far post header.

Antwan then went on a run and created himself a chance from the edge of the box, but his goal bound effort was blocked by a defender. Then, just before half time, George missed a good chance to grab his second of the game, when Antwan found him at the back post but this time, he shot over the bar.

Foxton started the second half on the front foot and immediately had a chance, Antwan’s deep cross found Jordy, who controlled well, beat his marker and shot goal-wards, forcing the keeper to save well.

A host of attacks and chances followed in quick succession. Alfie linked well with Jake inside the box, but Jake’s effort was well saved. 

A third goal came on 51 minutes, when Stuart headed home Alfie’s corner.

Milton stayed honest and were largely on the back foot, meaning, they only had the odd counterattack. Nonetheless, they didn’t make things easy for Foxton, who kept attacking, looking for more goals. Kaane and Alfie then linked well, with Alfie getting a good shot away, which the keeper saved well, low down. Jake had the next chance, when through one-on-one but he put his effort wide. Kaane then had an effort well saved from close range, the rebound falling to Jez, but his effort was also blocked from close range. 

Milton then nearly pulled a goal back after a good counterattack but their forward put his shot over the bar.

Jake then won himself another one-on-one chance when he dispossessed a Milton defender. He raced goal-wards but unfortunately, put his effort wide.

An identical chance fell his way soon after but again, uncharacteristically, he shot wide again. 

Milton pulled a goal back right at the end, but Foxton saw out the last few minutes, to pick up a deserved, maximum 3 points.

Team - Pinney, Gillies, Haynes, Hoskins, Knight, Meredith, Kotelo, O’Dell, Atkin, Ebanks-Blake, Williams. 

Subs – Byrne, McMurrough, Fehmi, Cambridge

Match Report – West Wratting vs Foxton - League – 06.01.24

Foxton started 2024 with a tough away fixture against West Wratting and unfortunately, came away pointless, after a 3-1 defeat.

The game itself didn’t have a lot between the sides.

Foxton started the brightest and took the lead on 10 minutes, when Jake Williams glanced a header home from Alfie’s pinpoint cross into the box. We stayed the more dominant force, without creating anything of real substance, for the next 20 minutes. Wratting then started to grow into the game and missed two good chances in quick succession, one, which was excellently saved by Pinney. Very soon after and with their tails up, they equalised, after a deep cross from the right was met by the head of a Wratting player and somehow, squirmed in past Pinney. Then, just before half time, they took the lead with a first- time volley, from a poor Foxton, defensive, headed clearance.

The second half got underway and Foxton started on the from foot. Jack Davis had good chance from Fehmi’s header back to him but he screwed his shot wide. The home team were always a threat on the counter and on 65 minutes, could've extended their lead but their wide man put his shot, from a tight angle, past the post. A few minutes later, Williams created himself a chance and hit ferocious shot goal-wards, the home keeper saved it well, considering the ball was swerving all over the place and unfortunately, the loose ball fell to a Wratting defender to clear, when a couple of Foxton bodies were lurking. Foxton kept the home team on the back foot and on 75 minutes, an equaliser looked a certainty, when Jordy picked out Fehmi, who controlled and turned well. He then beat another defender, whilst travelling towards the 6 -yard box, just as he was about to pull the trigger, a Wratting defender made an excellently time timed interception and luckily for him, poked the ball just past his own post. 

Wratting were still a danger on the counter and on 84 minutes, grabbed a third goal, after a quick bit of thinking, when they were awarded a free kick in a central position. The home player, played an early pass through the Foxton defence for their substitute forward, who latched on to the ball to score past the advancing Pinney. 

Foxton kept going, knowing there would be a fair amount of stoppage time due to some long injuries but we just couldn’t get a goal, which our pressure probably deserved.

Credit must also go to the Wratting ground staff for getting the game on. Great work to all involved. 

Team - Pinney, Gilles, Beard, Hoskins, Knight, McMurrough, Meredith, Emmett, O’Dell, Ebanks-Blake, Williams.

Subs – Byrne, Davis, Kotelo, Atkin, Fehmi

Match Report – Foxton vs Great Shelford - League – 16.12.23

Foxton signed out of 2023 with a 3-1 victory over league leaders Great Shelford.

Apologies for not much detail, I was busy watching the game.

After an even, scrappy first half, in the difficult conditions, Shelford walked back to the pavilion with a just deserved 1-0 lead. Chances were few and far between for both sides, Jake having Foxtons best chance, with a glanced header from a corner which sailed wide. 

After the break, Foxton pulled level straight away, when Antwan latched onto Jake’s through ball and drove the ball past the keeper.

This goal was just the tonic required for the home team, as they went on to control the half. 

We took the lead on about 65 minutes, when the newly introduced Jake Emmett, beat his man and crossed towards the front post, Williams was first to the ball and diverted it past the keeper. Shortly after this goal, Jake missed a golden opportunity to kill the game off, when he had a shot from close range blocked on the line, after some great play from Alfie, again. 

Shelford failed to create an opening, with too many balls over-hit and miss directed. 

From another Foxton attack, Antwan nearly had his second, after more good work from Alfie, but his curled effort could only hit the post, Jake was on hand to score the rebound, but his effort was off target. 

Moments later, from another Alfie cross, Jake notched with a neat finish, but it was ruled out for off-side.

The points were finally secured, when Williams did grab his second of the game, this time from the spot, after Alfie was fouled by the Shelford keeper, on about 75 mins. 

TEAM - PInney, Gillies, Beard, Hoskins, Knight, Atkin, Meredith, McMurrough, O’Dell, Williams 

SUBS – Ebanks-Blake, Emmett

Match Report – Foxton vs Bassingbourn - League – 25.11.23

Foxton picked up another 3 points on Saturday, after a 4-0 home win against local rivals Bassingbourn.

Foxton started on the front foot and Kaane broke free in our first attack, but his shot was saved by the keeper. Moments later, we took the lead when Jez scored from the edge of the box, after good play down the right side from Jordan.

Bassingbourn nearly pulled level straight away after good bit play on the counterattack, their forward found himself through one on one but Pinney saved well with his legs. 

Foxton attacked again with Alfie playing in Jordan, who shot wide and then Bonny linked well with Jake who flashed the ball across the box - but nobody got on the end of it.

Bassingbourn slowly started to get up a head of steam and put the home back line under some pressure. They had plenty of ball in the box but couldn’t create the opening that their efforts may have deserved.

On 43 mins Foxton countered and the visiting keeper made an amazing save from Kaane’s close range effort. HT 1-0

The second half started well for Foxton, as they doubled their lead when Alfie picked up the ball, cut inside and curled the ball into the top corner 2-0.

Two soon became three, when substitute Jake Emmett scored with his first touch after Jake’s header across goal fell nicely on to his volley. 3-0

Bass nearly pulled one straight back from a set play, but their effort was cleared off the line by El’s. This spurred the visitors on, and they had another strong period in the game where they had Foxton on the back foot. A host of searching balls went into the box, without causing too much damage and a shot cannoned back off the post, Pinney also made full stretch diving save to keep them at bay. 

Foxton scored their fourth goal at the end, when Emmett grabbed his second, this one from close range at the second time of asking, after his first shot was blocked. 4-0 

TEAM - Pinney, Gillies, Knight, Gwynne, Byrne, Atkin, Kotelo, McMurrough, O’Dell, Fehmi, Williams

SUBS – Longland, Emmett, Sullivan, Cambridge 

Match Report – Cherry Hinton vs Foxton - League – 18.11.23

Foxton were back in league action Saturday, with an away trip to Cherry Hinton and picked up a valuable 3 points after a 4-2 victory.

The home team had the first effort on goal right at the start, with a snapshot from the edge of the box that went over the bar. Foxton attacked almost straight away and took the lead via Jake Williams, who headed home from close range after Kaane and Alfie had linked well on the left, Alfie sent a pinpoint cross to the far post to Antwan, who put it back straight onto Jake’s head, 1-0.

For the next 15 mins the game was short of much of quality and opportunity for either side. 

The lead was doubled on 22 minutes, with Kaane again involved, after he chased a lost cause and shut down the keeper’s attempted clearance, the rebounding ball falling in the path of Jake, who again made no mistake and beat the keeper with ease, with a cool finish, 2-0.

Cherries didn’t cave in and in the next 5 minutes had a couple of good chances to score but Pinney saved well on both occasions to keep them at bay.

Jake was then inches away from his hat-trick, after Antwan picked him out but his early shot across the keeper went just wide of the post.

We grabbed a third goal 5 mins before halftime, when George Gillies sent a lovey ball into the box, which found Alfie at the far post, he made no mistake and slammed the ball home off the underside of the cross bar. 3-0 

The second half started, and the home team pulled a goal straight back, with a good finish from close range after some good play.

The three-goal advantage was soon restored when Alfie grabbed his second of the game with a cool finish, after Kaane had picked up possession and laid it on a plate - 4-1.

Jordan Atkin nearly made it 5, when he got on to the end of Gwynnie’s cross into the box, but his deft header went just wide.

Kaane then had an effort saved, after another good Foxton move down the right flank.

After this period of being in full control, we then seemed to drop off and this allowed the Cherries to pick up a head of steam and they went on to have a strong 10/15-minute period. Foxton then seemed all at sea and the home side pulled back another goal, which their efforts deserved. Pinney then made another good save, tipping the ball over the bar from a powerful shot on the right edge of the box. Foxton weathered the storm and got back in control, to see out the remainder of the game and to pick up a deserved 3 points.

TEAM - Pinney, Gillies, Beard, Gwynne, Byrne, Meredith, Knight, O’Dell, Ebanks-Blake, Williams, Fehmi, 

SUBS – Atkin, McMurrough, Haynes

Match Report – Foxton vs Hardwick – Challenge Cup – 11.11.23

Foxton progressed to the next round of the Challenge Cup on Saturday after a 3-1 win on penalties with the game ending 1-1.

Apologies for the lack of notes…. I got to into the game.

However, it was an even affair throughout with, few chances at either end. 

After a tentative opening, the visitors took the lead on the half hour mark, from the penalty spot, after a foul on the box. 

They also immediately doubled the lead, after a good flowing move down the right side. Pinney in the Foxton goal saved well, to keep it at 1.0.

Foxton really struggled on the attacking front and failed to cause Hardwick’s defence many problems.

The second half was a bit different, with Foxton showing a bit more urgency and work rate in their game. Jake nearly levelled early on, after Kaane had played him in but his shot was off target. Hardwick were beginning to look a little rattled, so it was good opportunity Foxton to gain the upper hand, but credit to Hardwick, as they stood tall and got through the small storm unscathed. 

They then went on to have a bit of pressure themselves but this time it was Foxton’s defensive game that came out on top, to keep the opportunities down to a minimum. 

Going into the last 10 minutes and still a goal down, Foxton tweaked their formation, and this had the desired effect almost straight away, as Mez pulled us level, with a finish from close range, after a good bit of play from Kaane.

The last few minutes were still competitive, with both sides still believing they could win the game.

However, it stayed 1-1 and onto the dreaded penalty shoot-out it went.

Foxton won the shoot-out 3-1, with Williams, Meredith & Fehmi all scoring.

Pinney in the Foxton goal proved to be the match winner saving 3 of the Hardwick pens.

TEAM - Pinney, Haynes, Gillies, Gwynne, Knight, Meredith, McMurrough, Cambridge, Williams, O’Dell, Ebanks-Blake

SUBS – Byrne, Fehmi, Atkin

Match Report –Wisbech St Mary vs Foxton - League – 04.11.23

Foxton were again in action against Wisbech St Mary, this time, away from home.

The home side were on the front foot from the start and took an early lead in the second minute, after Pinney made an uncharacteristic mistake in the Foxton goal, allowing a St Mary player to finish acrobatically from close range.

This early goal spurred the home team on, and Foxton had to weather a bit of a storm and a good number of corners, that were all brilliantly delivered by their set piece man. Foxton managed to survive this storm and drew level on 20 minutes, when Jack Davis scored from a free kick, from about 30 yards out.

Foxton then were on the front foot and built-up lots of pressure. Jake Williams had a penalty shout turned down when he was through on goal and ended up in a heap. 

Antwan then had a good header saved from Alfie’s corner kick, the first of many in the next 15-minute spell, but the home defence did well to deal with Jack’s deliveries. 

Foxton started the second half where they left off and Jake Williams had an early shot that was well saved by the home keeper. 

After a good passage of play down the right-hand side, Foxton won a penalty after Alfie was chopped down in the box. Jake’s penalty was easily saved by the home keeper.

Jake soon made up for this miss, when he gave Foxton the lead on 61 minutes, with an early shot from the edge of the box, which caught the keeper flat footed and nestled into the right corner of the goal.

Foxton kept on top and nearly made it 3, when Elliott Knight’s header from Alfie’s corner, crashed back down off the cross bar, with the loose ball eventually being cleared.

Foxton were still searching a third goal, and this very nearly came in the 77th minute, when after another good attack, Alfie played in young Jake Emmett, who took the ball in his stride and headed towards goal. His shot across the keeper was well saved. 

After not making the pressure count, Foxton were dealt a sucker blow, when the home team came on strong and scored twice late on, to snatch all three points with 2 very good goals. The first, a bullet header after an attack down the right and the winner, an excellent curling finish, after a good run by their tricky no 10. 

WSM 3 - FFC 2

TEAM - Pinney, Knight, Gillies, Haynes, Byrne, McMurrough, Meredith, Davis, O’Dell, Williams, Ebanks-Blake.

SUBS – Henry, Emmett