Under 16 Spitfires

The under 16 Spitfires are managed by Brett Dolman ([email protected] / 07766 550776), assisted by Anthony Forte and will play in the Crowborough League B division this season.

 
The Langton Green Spitfires were formed back in 2011, as a group of enthusiastic U7s. The fact that some of them are still part of the same team speaks volumes for their commitment through cold winters, muddy pitches and our inclusive approach to football, particularly in the early years. We have evolved, gradually but relentlessly, and are a hardworking bunch of committed friends and teammates. Our coaching is dedicated to improving everyone's individual skills, from defence through to attack, across the whole squad, but with an emphasis on team play and team loyalty. Our philosophy is all about positivity and support for each other: we win as a team and lose as a team.

Early Season report 2020/21, Nov 2020

It's been a genuine pleasure to see the boys back playing football this season, and there's been lots to be pleased with and proud of, in their performances so far this season. We've welcomed some new players, and its taken a little while to work out a new shape, and how everyone fits in, but we're progressing well, and we are currently joint top of our division with 12 points after 6 games.

It looks like its going to be a very competitive and tight league this year, with not much between the sides, so we're looking forward to starting again, hopefully in December, after our current winter break.

Keep active and fit in the meantime!

 
End of Season report 2019/20, April 2020

Our 2019/20 season will of course be remembered for its abrupt ending in March, but there had been much to enjoy over the winter, with the team doing a terrific job in continuing the previous season's successes, despite losing three key players over the summer. When the season was abandoned, we were third in our league, signing off with a tremendous victory over one of our close rivals, Paddock Wood, probably our best team performance all year.

Because the season ended prematurely, we weren't able to host our customary end-of-season get-together and player-of-the-year awards, and to look back on the season together. All the boys played their part in some memorable matches, but perhaps the one that sums up the spirit of the team the most is our recovery against Jarvis Brook, from 0-4 down with less than 30 minutes left, to draw 4-4.

Congratulations and thanks to all the boys for all their efforts at training and on match days, and to all the parents for their support and encouragement.

 
End of Season Report 2018/19, June 2019

A big thank-you to all the boys for all their hard work, enthusiasm and performances this season. Over the whole year, our record reads: Won 16, Drew 1, Lost 7. We finished 4th in the Crowborough U14 B table, and were the only team to beat the league winners. The memory of that remarkable game, coming back to win 3-2 in the closing minutes will hopefully remain a great memory for a long time.

If it hadn't been for a couple of cruel injuries, we might have finished 2nd - at the end, there were only a few points separating 2nd from 5th. We also reached the semi-final of the League Cup for the second year in a row!

More importantly, I hope that we got the balance right over the year between working to improve individually and collectively to become more competitive, whilst remaining a team who can, above all, enjoy their football without the pressure of too much expectation.

Congratulations, too, to our player of the year, Cass, and also our team player of the year, Xander, but the whole team of course deserved their end-of-season medals. A big thank you from Anthony and I as well to all parents for their support, help and encouragement across the whole, long, season.

Have a wonderful summer!
 
 
Mid-Season Report 2018/19, December 2018
 
At the midway point of the 2018-19 season, we are sitting second in our league (Crowborough League U14 'B') and have qualified for the Semi-Final of the U14 Cup, beating a team in the league above us in the Quarter Final for the second year in a row. These achievements are worth celebrating, whatever happens in the rest of the season, so 'well done' to all the boys ...
 
Every team starts with a strong defence, and at the beginning of the season we only had one defender, and Luke remains the first name on the team sheet as our fearless centre-back. He has been helped mostly by a trio of midfielders in Cass, Sam W and Leo, who are all fantastic ball-winners and passers of the football, and who are all better centre-backs than they would like to believe. Sam W is blessed with astonishing speed, and with the equally rapid Louis, currently our leading scorer, playing up front, we have learnt to break extremely quickly and make the most of the wide open spaces of our 11-a-side pitches. If that hasn't worked, we have the sheer unstoppable determination of Joe, playing as striker or as an attacking midfielder, or even, once, as right back. Outside, Ben, Xander and Harrison have weaved their magic, conjuring through balls and dribbles to unsettle our opponents and release the space for our strikers (and contributing goals themselves). Dan, playing alongside Louis or Joe, has often been the essential pivot for holding the ball up and playing others through, whilst scoring his own fair share of goals. Fred has transformed himself from a striker into a brick-wall of a defensive midfielder, with a great range of passing. Will S continues to prove that he can play practically anywhere, appearing so far this season at right back, left and right midfield, in goal, and his most valuable position, up front, while his corner-taking has become a potent threat. While at full-back our two new defensive recruits, Monty and Sam S, have starred in their debut seasons, learning one of the toughest positions on the football pitch and play with the widest smiles in the team. Finally, this season has also seen the return of Jack, on loan from the Langton Green Revolution, who has added some much needed strength and quality to our back line and midfield, and our new goalkeeper Will A, who has embraced his new position with enthusiasm, bravery and determination, despite a rotten run of injuries, and is fast becoming the rock at the back to build our performances on.
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and see you all for the second half of the season in January!