Thanks to Jim and Jaynie Mulcahy

The new committee, parents and players of Fleet Town Colts football club would like to extend their thanks to Jim Mulcahy and his wife Jaynie for their service over the last 13 years. Jim has been very active at the club managing a team right through the age groups and performing the role of chairman for the last 5 years. Jim, in conjunction with Jaynie, who was the treasurer, have brought about many changes to the club and helped it grow into one of the most respected and largest local clubs providing football to over 300 boys and girls. Everyone at the club would like to wish them well for the future and thank them for all of their hard work and dedication.

New Chairman Appointed

Fleet Town Colts is delighted to announce the appointment of Darren Edwards to the position of Club Chairman. Darren has been involved with Fleet Town Colts for 10 years managing and coaching teams at many different age groups. He is also actively involved with the Fleet Town Ladies football club and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of junior football to the role. Darren said “it is a privilege to be appointed Chairman of the Colts football club, I am looking forward to working with the committee, parents and most of all the players of the club, to help build on the good foundations that are in place and help drive the club forward into the future”

New Committee at the Colts

Following the Annual General Meeting on 18th May, there is a new committee meeting in place at Fleet Town Colts.
Two members from last year’s committee will remain, Claire Ollington who is the Club Secretary and Simon MacDowell who is the Child Welfare Officer. They will be joined by Darren Edwards who has taken the role of Chairman and Michele Hulse who has taken over as Treasurer for the club. These four people will form the executive committee. A decision was taken to extend the working committee to include an age group co-ordinator from all age groups helping to ensure that all teams and ages have a voice and say in helping to run the club.

Message to Managers and Coaches – FA Number has changed

Fleet Town Colts would like to advise all Managers and Coaches that its FA Affiliation number has changed to S-HAM2996. This will be updated on the website but please ensure that you use this number for all official documentation.

Goalkeeper Trials for U16s (2016-17)

Fleet Town Colts U16 (2016/7 season, current school yr10) will be holding trials Wed 6th July to find a new goalkeeper to it team. Following two excellent seasons our goalkeeper has been scouted to join a local academy team to progress his football, as such we are looking to recruit a new Goalkeeper to the team.

We play in the Surrey Primary League, Premier Elite division which is a highest division in the Surrey Primary League and offers a very good standard of football. Our matches are played on Sunday mornings and we also train on a Wednesday evening. Additionally Fleet Town FC offers specific goalkeeper training on Thursday evenings. Please see below some information about the team

Stephen Finn and Darren Tye coach Fleet Town Colts U15s. This coaching pair are in their 12th year with the team where the focus has always been to encourage the boys to play confidently, expressing themselves on the pitch with a ‘pass and move’ philosophy, building on the boys technical capabilities and teaching them the way we believe the game should be played (keeping the ball on the grass, building attacks from efficient distribution from the goalkeeper through defence/midfield). At U15 coaching has evolved to the more advanced aspects of the game, players movement with/without the ball, maintaining possession, players’ decision making and communication.

The team are current holders of the Surrey Primary League Snr League Cup and have just returned from our End of Season Tour in Holland where they were successful in winning their first European Tournament trophy! Notwithstanding the success this team has enjoyed, our primary objective has been to create an environment for the boys to enjoy their sport, to understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and create a good network outside of school.

Please contact darren.tye@ntlworld.com (07740 921523) for more information. Given the nature of the team we are very interested to understand your son’s Goalkeeping experience to date.

New Club Secretary announced

Fleet Town Colts is delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Ollington to the position of Club secretary. Claire, who takes over from Chris Arnold, has been part of the club for a few years now and ran Danny’s Place for a while. Her husband Mike is the manager of the U10s team so Claire has a real commitment towards the club.

Jim Mulcahy, Chairman said “I would like to thank Claire for accepting the role and wish her all the best for the coming season. I am sad to see Chris Arnold leave the Colts and would like to thank him for his loyalty and hard work over the past nine years both as coach and secretary in ensuring that the standards of the club are maintained. I hope everyone joins me in welcoming Claire on board and providng her with the support she needs for the new season 2016/17.”

From Under 16s Colts

Fleet Town Colts Triumph in U15’s Senior Cup Final

Fleet Town Colts 1 v 0 Camberley Town

Sitting at either end of the table, these two teams met for the third time after two very evenly contested 2-2 draws in the league. Whilst both sides are capable of playing some great football, the league doesn’t lie over the duration of the season and Fleet must of been seen as the under dogs. And so the scene was set for a great Cup Final, it had everything. From the kick off, both sides enjoyed plenty of possession and created a few chances to take the lead but both keepers held firm. First major chance fell to Fleet as Danny and Mathew worked a few one two’s in the left corner, Danny’s cross was met by Dan H and as he span the defender his looping shot was well saved by the Camberley keeper.

Camberley then started turning up the heat, a lot of their approach play was down the their left and Ben R was rapidly becoming our busiest player and he dealt with it well.
Then from one such attack, Ben R was jockeying the man with the ball and then from what appeared to be an ‘off the ball incident’ close by in the box prompted the Ref to blow for a penalty. decision. So up stepped the lad in red and white to face Alex in goal. Cometh the moment, cometh the man, hit with pace down to Alex’s left, you will not see a better penalty save than this.
How he got down that quick to save with both hands and contain the ball in his arms, only he knows.

From then on, you knew Alex was more than up for this game having spent a couple of months out injured. Camberley were now really growing in confidence, not allowing Fleet any time on the ball as they pressed every Fleet pass and were first to every second ball. Camberley were in full flow as Alex had to dash out quick twice in succession to clear the now rampant Camberley front line.
With half time approaching, Fleet managed to steady the ship a little and became the more creative side but it was the final ball letting them down.

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Half Time 0 v 0

In to the second half and Fleet were guilty of some sloppy defending, the striker crept in but thankfully nestled his shot ‘on’ the roof of the net and not ‘in’ it. Ten minutes in and it was all Camberley as all Fleet offered was the occasional counter attack. In truth, Camberley should of taken the lead when a massive defensive blunder allowed the striker in but somehow he blasted wide.
Fleet were getting very few chances to even test the keeper now, but one chance did go begging as Olly put Chris through in on the keeper but a bad last touch allowed the defender in with a last ditch block before Chris pulled the trigger.

In another rare Fleet attack, Lewis won a free kick just on the edge of the box and we watched Kai send it agonizingly inches over the bar. There simply was no let up from Camberley now, they were coming at Fleet from all angles with corners, crosses and far to many senseless free kicks awarded outside the Fleet area. But every time, Alex was there to pluck the ball out the air or punch clear. Then with some quick thinking, he launched the ball down field and Fleet managed to force a corner. Kai to take and he sort of scuffed it a little which caught Camberley off guard, the ball flicked up off the first defender and looked like it was going out for another corner but Jamie reacted first to head the ball back across goal for Lewis to pounce and smash home putting Fleet 1-0 up and commit legal daylight robbery as Camberley looked stunned.

he game exploded and it went from one end to the other as Lewis nearly doubled Fleet’s lead but his bad touch allowed the keeper to collect. Alex was then bought in to action again as he saved point blank with a brave dash out to block a certain goal. With barely a minute left on the clock, a shot that looked destined for the top left was calmly collected out of the air by Alex.

Full Time 1 v 0

A tense but thrilling game that saw Fleet ride their luck and did well to win, its true they weren’t at their best but they defended resolutely for the entire game and Camberley made it tough for them throughout, so accolades to them. It was also no surprise when the SPL officials awarded Alex as their Man of the Match, you won’t witness a better goalkeeping display at this age group.

From Under 18s Colts

Colts U17s Triumph In The SPL Senior Cup

Our U17s squad reached the SPL Senior cup final for the second year running this season. The match was held on Sunday 8th May at Godalming FC against Worplesdon Hurricanes who have not been beaten all season! So we were expecting a competitive and tough game. However, having finished second in the league this season, the lads were up for a challenge and determined to finish on a high. Team spirit was strong and their attitude was positive from the off. Playing in the heat was no easy task but we showed great energy from the start. Worplesdon were a well organised team, quick on the break and scored a zinger of a goal from the edge of the box, leaving our keeper with no chance. Fleet dug in and battled hard, creating several chances in the first half but failed to convert before half time.

However, Fleet came out fighting after the half time break and kept pressing and were rewarded with a quick equaliser from Billy Smith. Soon afterwards, Mike Stapelberg scored a powerful and well placed header from a corner. Fleet took complete control and scored a third outstanding team goal with a perfect pass from James Vass up to Michael Colfer who took on two defenders and let fly and unstoppable shot to beat the goalkeeper. 3-1 up and looking comfortable but in true cup tie fashion there was another twist in the tale. An unexpected 8 minutes !!! into extra time, Worplesdon scored from a free kick outside the box and piled the pressure on. Fleet held firm and saw out the win 3-2. A well deserved victory in testing conditions. Well done to all the lads, each player giving their all. A proud moment for the club and team.

From Under 14s Panthers

Panthers’ pressure produces final glory!

The NEHYL came up trumps again yesterday and set the scene very well for a day to remember for both teams that made the Final. All the Fleet Town Colts Panthers’ boys were ready and up for the occasion from the minute they arrived at the ground. The talk in the changing room before the game was about giving 100% effort from the first second and not giving the opposition the chance to affect the positive memories that the boys wanted to create. As with most finals the first half was very tight. Although we dominated the half, their physicality was impressive. It was keeping us out and preventing us from turning our pressure in to goals. At half time the boys were told that they had done everything right bar score and that on a very large pitch our athleticism would eventually tell over their size. Sure enough we started the half well and soon our pressure caused a crack in their defence. Our pace up front was enough to nip it round the keeper and in to the goal. Some excellent football from the Panthers caused more difficulties for the opposition and their challenges were becoming more desperate as they tried to keep in the game. A foul at around 25 yards brought the second, a wonderful strike from the resultant free kick. Our final goal, also started from a set piece, saw our on rushing player at the back post smash it in to the net with aplomb! A wonderful day and happy memories for all the Fleet Town Colts Panthers’ Players, Coaches, Parents and Supporters.

Fleet Town Colts Panthers 3 – 0 Farnborough Youth Hunters

Scorer(s) James Beauchamp, Max Howard, Ethan Yewings

Man of the Match: The whole team!

New Child Welfare Officer Announced

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Child Welfare Officer to Fleet Town Colts Football Club. Simon MacDowall will be responsible for all age groups and should you need to contact him you will find full contact details here.