Falcons 2018 - 2019

Fishersgate Flyers 1 Langton Green Falcons 4 

Wednesday 17th April - 6:00pm ko at Fishersgate

Match reporter: Steve Conn

Another trip to the seaside, this time with the added complication of having to battle the midweek rush-hour traffic, and one more win needed to set up a title decider. The boys started the match with intent, controlling the ball well on a bumpy school playing-field. Joey came close in the first minute, but shot just over. Then a few minutes later, he shot just wide. Then a few minutes later, he shot just wide. Then a few minutes later, he shot just wide. Huge credit to Joey for always being in the right position and never giving up. We all knew his goal would come eventually. Luca almost nodded home from a corner, but still deadlock. Then, just before the half-hour mark, came Shay. The ball broke to him in the right-back position all of 30 yards out, he controlled and smack, into the top corner. 1-0 and some of the pressure eased. Cue more Falcons’ pressure. Joey did brilliantly to retrieve a ball to set up Lewie, but his shot was well-saved. A superb crossfield ball from Harv (ball of the season?) found Harry. Harry’s cross was perfect for Joey to take a touch and find the corner of the net for a well-deserved goal. 2-0, and half-time.

So, the Falcons’ just needed to keep playing their controlled football, but Fishersgate came out with more determination in the second half. Ten minutes in, the defence turned off and the ref determined that a Fishersgate player had been clipped just inside the box. Dan had no chance with a well-taken penalty. 2-1, pressure back on and the Falcons were struggling to find their rhythm. Max and Josh were competing hard in midfield, Harv was containing the big centre forward well, Kyle’s through balls were always dangerous, while Michael and Lewie were having to work hard to contain the opposition pace on the flanks. Dan was having to be on his toes and got clattered for his troubles. Meanwhile, Ben was causing problems for the Fishersgate defence, and with 10 minutes to go his strength got the better of the defenders, who had no option but to haul him down. Penalty.

Tucked away by a nerveless Bryn. 3-1 and some breathing space. The Falcons now had their mojo back. Harry hit a wonderful crossfield ball - definitely ball of the season.

Then just before the finish, Bryn dribbled and found Ben, who slotted a precise finish into the corner of the net for 4-1.Job done, and a meaningful trip to Newhaven to look forward to.

The boys have done brilliantly this season, with just a couple of lapses. It would be very sweet to get to the top of the league for the first time in the season on the final day. All to play for.


Mile Oak Wanderers 0 Langton Green Falcons 2

Sunday 14th April - 1:00pm ko at Mile Oak

Match reporter: Steve Conn

The Falcons travelled to the Sussex seaside needing two wins to set up a title decider against Newhaven. The wind was whistling off the sea and the pitch was hard and bumpy. Not great conditions for the Falcons to play their football.The omens were good as the match started, with Luca twice running past a statuesque defence. But as Mile Oak settled down it was clear that this wasn’t going to be an easy, or pretty, match.

The bumpy surface made the ball hard to control and the wind, at the Falcons' back, meant through balls were hard to judge. The breakthrough came on the half hour, when Kyle, who the surface or wind didn’t seem to affect at all, was first to react as Mile Oak cleared a corner. Kyle controlled the ball, knocked it past a defender and swept an effortless shot into the corner of the net from just outside the box. No more goals came in the half despite a couple of goalmouth scrambles from Harry’s precisely delivered corners.

Mile Oak started the second half with the wind behind them, and within a couple of minutes Dan was called into action in a one-on-one situation to make a vital save with his feet. The Falcons were stung into action, with Harry and Bryn coming close. Then a few minutes later, Bryn broke through, beat the defence, and stuck a firm shot past the keeper. 2-0 and a bit of breathing space. Max and Josh were having to battle to contain midfield, and doing so very effectively. And Harv, Kyle, Lewie and Michael (on for an injured Dan B) had to work hard at the back, helped by Shay, Harry and Luca on the flanks, against a couple of pacy forwards. Ben and Joey had few chances up front as the wind made accurate shots hard to come by.

With 10 minutes to go, Dan again made a crucial one-on-one save from a Mile Oak break to avoid a nervous end to the game. Bryn stepped in as left back for the last few minutes when Lewie found he’d made one forward run too many for his lungs to cope with!

So 2-0 it finished. Not a great advert for the beautiful game, but a vital win. Another win needed by the seaside against Fishersgate on Wednesday evening to set up that final challenge in Newhaven.


Lewes Juniors 1 Langton Green Falcons 4 

Sunday 31st March - 11:30am ko at Lewes 3G

Match reporter: Steve Conn

A sunny day with a bit of a cross breeze, but an immaculate 3G so no excuses for the Falcons not to play their fast, passing football and set the record straight against the only team to inflict a league defeat on them this season. From the start it was clear that this would be a physically competitive match, but the boys quickly found their passing range. Five minutes in, a nice move from the Falcons, shifting the ball around outside the Lewes box. Josh lofted a precise pass to Joey, who was too quick for the defence and finished smartly. 1-0. After 10 minutes, Joey grabbed his second goal with a fine shot to double the lead, after some great work from Bryn. 2-0 and just the start the Falcons wanted. But Lewes were still strong, and the game was tight as the Falcons struggled to control midfield. The momentum was with Lewes, and 10 minutes before the break the ref judged a 50:50 challenge in the box as a foul and pointed to the spot. The penalty was well struck but Dan launched himself to save full stretch down to his left. A great save and a clear warning for the Falcons that the game wasn’t yet in the bag. Half-time 2-0.The Falcons started the second half strongly. A mazy run from Luca, ball slipped to Ben, whose cross-shot just evaded Joey. Then came a frantic and ultimately pivotal 10-minute spell of action. First, another innocuous tangle near the edge of the Falcons’ box and the ref again pointed to the spot. Another well struck penalty but Dan was again equal to it, diving full length to save, this time to his right. This seemed to galvanise the Falcons, and they immediately stepped up a gear. A driving run down the left from Shay was just repelled, and the ball fell to Max outside the box. Max’s shot fooled the keeper and found the bottom corner. 3-0. The Falcons kept their foot on the gas with a sustained period of pressure. The Lewes keeper was forced into a couple of smart saves but his attempt at a quick clearance was brilliantly read by the impeccable Kyle, who nodded the ball to Lewie. And Lewie made no mistake with a firm shot over the keeper’s head. 4-0. Straight down the other end, Dan tried to shepherd out a Lewes through ball, but the striker nipped the ball away and shot home from a tight angle. 4-1. The final 25 minutes were competitive, but with no more goals. So a tough match and a very pleasing win. Credit to the defence for seeing the match out well. Harvey was immense, Kyle read every Lewes attack superbly and hit some exquisite long passes, and Dan B, Lewie and Michael were robust and energetic on the flanks. Max, Josh, Luca and Shay won the midfield battles, particularly in the second half, with Bryn selflessly slotting in when Luca had to come off. And the front three of Joey, Bryn and Ben caused problems all match. Three more wins needed to set up a finale for the league title against Newhaven.


Phoenix Sports 2 Langton Green Falcons 1

Sunday 20th January - 11am ko at Phoenix Sports Stadium, Kent U16 Cup Quarter Final

Match reporter: Steve Conn

The Falcons had played superbly to earn their Kent Cup Quarter Final spot, beating two Kent Youth League East teams in the process. But now came an even bigger test against a Phoenix Sports side riding high and unbeaten in the difficult Kent Youth League North. The sun was shining over beautiful south-east London, the pitch looked impressive and the opposition players warmed up with a swagger, but, as was stressed to the boys, it was 11 vs 11 and they fully deserved to be playing at this level. The match shaped up to be far from one-sided.

In fact, the best chance of the first quarter fell to the Falcons as Bryn used his pace to break through the Phoenix defence, only for the keeper to make a solid save. At the other end, Phoenix were moving the play slickly across the pitch and always looking dangerous. Dan B and Lewie were having to work hard to cover the flanks, ably supported by Harry, Shay and Luca, while Harvey and Jack were repelling all attacks through the middle and Dan C was called upon to make a couple of sharp saves.

Then just after the 20-minute mark, a Phoenix free-kick was swung into the six-yards box. Dan saved but the Phoenix striker was first to react and stabbed in the rebound. Now it really was an uphill battle, but the Falcons had come back from behind to win against similar opposition and settled down well, keeping their composure and shape. But the boys were having to work hard, none more so that the central midfield of Josh, Kyle and Captain Max, who was an inspiration throughout. Ben, Joey and Bryn up front were also putting in a mighty shift, without seeing much of the ball.

Harvey made a couple of heroic blocks before half time came to give the boys a much-needed breather. Over his half-time cuppa, the ref expressed his amazement that the boys were a Mid-Sussex League Division Two side, saying they were easily good enough to hold their own in the Kent Youth League (given his 20 years of experience refereeing there). Which was nice.

The second half started with Phoenix exerting pressure and trying to put the game to bed, forcing the Falcons to add a man in midfield and switch to 4-5-1. The pressure told after 15 minutes as the Falcons failed to clear their box and a Phoenix striker found the corner of the net from 10 yards. Two-nil looked hard to come back from, and Dan C prevented it getting harder with a fine save from the Phoenix striker through one on one. But still the Falcons wouldn’t fold, and gradually started to gain more possession. A well-worked free-kick from Jack found Lewie, who fed Max with a shooting chance, but the keeper saved.

Minutes later, on the half hour, Jack cleared to Bryn on the left wing. Bryn held the ball and drew in a couple of defenders, leaving Shay breaking in space on the right. Bryn’s pass was perfect, Shay controlled, ran and shot clinically past the keeper. 2-1 with 10 minutes to go, and Phoenix were starting to sweat. But to give due credit to a very good side, they managed to keep possession and see the game out despite the Falcons’ valiant efforts.

Reaching the last eight of the county cup and losing narrowly to a top side is something the boys can be very proud of. Every one of them gave everything they could, and their spirit and character were a joy to behold. If they can maintain this quality and intensity for the rest of the season, they can win the league, and maybe go on to greater things next season. Well done lads. 


Crawley Down Gatwick Youth 2 - Langton Green Falcons 2 

Sunday 13th January - 10am ko somewhere near Crawley

Match reporter: Steve Conn

So, after last week’s blip, could the Falcons get back on track against a very similar team, sitting third in the league? The muddy, ploughed field of a pitch didn’t look conducive to the Falcons’ quick passing game, and a battle looked likely. And so it proved.

The match started promisingly as Bryn was too quick for the Crawley Down defence, scoring after the keeper half-saved his first shot. 1-0 after five minutes should have settled the boys down. But a few minutes later, the ball was given away outside the Falcons’ box, the attack reacted quicker than the defence, and it was suddenly 1-1.

The match continued as a war of attrition, with promising Falcons attacks breaking down on the bumpy pitch because of a poor final pass and a tendency to overplay. Then 10 minutes before the break, a moment of quality: Kyle found Captain Max, whose shot arrowed into the top corner. So 2-1 at half time, and Crawley Down’s keeper off injured, with a defender deputising.  Instead of settling down and securing the match, the second half, like last week, proved a disappointment.

About 15 minutes in, a Crawley Down midfielder broke through several Falcons tackles and hit a lovely shot into the top corner. 2-2. The Falcons pressed but couldn't find the quality to create a clear chance, and the stand-in keeper went untested.

Harry rattled the bar, but the ball wouldn’t go in. Crawley Down battled well and celebrated heartily on the final whistle. So two more points dropped for the Falcons, and the league title now out of their hands.

It’s been a tough start to 2019, but the boys know they can play far better than they have in the past two weeks; they will have a chance to get their mojo back in next Sunday’s Kent Cup quarter final.


Langton Green Falcons 2 Lindfield Rovers 2

Sunday 6th January - 10am ko at Bennett 3G

Match reporter: Steve Conn

A new year and a first home fixture on the Bennett 3G against a Lindfield side sitting second in the table. The sense of a potential banana skin was enhanced as the boys warmed up looking like the new year festivities had taken a toll. And sure enough, the game started sluggishly with the Falcons unable to get their usual passing game going. Lindfield were set up to defend and the Falcons didn’t have the energy, creativity or precision to break them down. In fact, very little of note happened until five minutes before half-time, when Bryn collected a weak goal-kick, slipped Joey through, one-on-one with the keeper, and Joey slotted home. So 1-0 at half-time and a warning that the performance needed to improve significantly in the second half. But the second half started in the same vein, with the Falcons below their slick-passing best. Then five minutes in, a Lindfield corner was half cleared, a Lindfield player was quickest to react as the ball came out of the box and his shot was unstoppable. 1-1 and hopefully a wake up call for the Falcons. But the pattern of the match continued as before. And on 20 minutes a Lindfield counter-attack got behind the Falcons’ defence. Dan C saved the cross-shot but the ball found its way to an unmarked Lindfield forward a couple of yards from goal, whose scuffed shot agonisingly trickled agonisinglytowards the line. Goal-line technology (aka Infallible Colin Lino) signalled a goal. 1-2 and now a real test of character for the boys. Captain Max led from the front and had a fine shot tipped over. Luca headed just over from a nice cross from Michael. A few shots flew wide. Then in the last minute of normal time, Luca was clattered on the edge of the box. A lovely delivery from Josh and a goal-mouth scramble…and the ball jabbed home by Max. 2-2 and full-time.Despite the last-minute equaliser, this felt like two points dropped rather than a point gained. Hopefully the boys will have run off the Christmas pud and mulled wine by next weekend. The match report after the Newhaven game said the boys just had to see out the remaining 14 matches without any complacency or slip-ups. One match on, this was a slip-up…the boys can’t afford another one.


Bredhurst Juniors 1 Langton Green Falcons 2 

Sunday 16th December - 11am ko in Sittingbourne, Kent Cup Round 3

Match reporter: Marc Parris

We turned up to face Bredhurst on a lovely sunny morning, the grounds looked good, we even had a stand for all us parents to sit in. This was starting to feel as if we had turned out to watch a professional game, but could the quality of the football prove to be of a professional standard?

So we kicked off dead on 11:00 and for the first 15 minutes there was no dominant team. Some quality football from Bredhurst produced a corner. Taken well but out by our solid defence.Some great midfield work led to a through ball to Joey; from the stands it looked to be on for a cracking shot, but just too long a stretch led to a weaker shot, out by the defence to be struck by a lurking Josh, over for a goal kick.A lot of the play was in midfield, both teams battling well, with Kyle making some great stops and through balls, one of which was pushed through to Joey; couldn’t quite keep hold of it and cleared by the Bredhurst defence. 15 mins in and a great run by Ben, fouled just outside the box. Kyle struck a lovely free kick: was it dipping enough? No, hitting the crossbar but giving the Bredhurst boys something to think about. A couple of minutes laterthe Langton boys pushed into the Bredhurst half again, a lovely run from Shay and a great cross to Ben, it must be a goal, but again off the inside of the bar and back out again. Is this ball ever going to go in?! It didn’t take long for Bredhurst to regain their composure, and a spell of pressure saw the Langton defence on full alert, a great mix of saves and clearances, with a final clearance from Kyle on the goal-line with what can only be described as a scorpion-style kick saving the boys from going behind.Then on 20 minutes, a Bredhurst midfielder with a surging run, stopped in full flow by Joey, and awarded a free kick. Langton defence on red alert again as the ball was placed on the floor. That's all they needed: the shot clipped the underside of the bar and in.

GOAL 1:0 

Langton kept their composure and pressed, not fazed by the goal. A Bredhurst counter-attack forced a vital save from Dan C, but on 30 minutes Langton forced a corner. Harry, the corner king, to take. Floated in beautifully, causing a kerfuffle in the box, the goalie tried to hit it out, it came back down onto the back of Dan B, who then somehow managed to back-heel it into the goal, over the line it went.


The second half was much like the first, with a lot of play in midfield. There was some vital controlled play by Jack, who did a great job of organising those around him. The power of Max, Kyle, Shay, Harry and Josh, supported by Lewie Harvey and Dan B, made a solid platform for the Falcons. Up front, Joey, Bryn and Ben were working tirelessly, and causing problems for the Bredhurst defence.A couple of minutes in, a Langton counter attack. Another great run from Bryn, who flicked it over the Bredhurst defence to Ben. Could it be? A quick shot half cleared by the goalie, but run down by Ben, who managed to get a head to it, over the keeper, and nodded into an empty net.

GOAL 1:2

Bredhurst came back strongly, but the Langton boys showed great composure to keep them out. In goal, Dan C had to intercept a sharp Bredhurst break. Then, with 15 mins left, a well-struck Bredhurst shot looked destined for the top corner, but Dan launched himself and tipped round the post. With a few minutes left, a frustrated Bredhurst defender vented his frustration at the ref, who didn’t take kindly to being told he was a man of pleasure, and out came the red card.The final few minutes were probably the most tense from a spectator's point of view. But the boys managed to see it out.


A fantastic result going into the Christmas break, and a Kent Cup Quarter Final to look forward to in the new year. All the boys should be very proud of themselves, their quality and composure on the ball is second to none at the moment and is a pleasure to watch.Now time for a well---earned break. Merry Christmas all and a Happy New Year

Langton Green Falcons 6 Newhaven 1

Sunday 9th December - 10am ko at Groombridge

Match reporter: Steve Conn

A soggy Groombridge morning saw the Falcons hosting undefeated league leaders Newhaven. Captain Max, resplendent in Alice band, lost the toss and the opposition opted to play against the stiff wind in the first half. The early exchanges saw the Falcons very much on the front foot, and the deadlock was broken 20 minutes in courtesy of Harry swinging a corner straight into the top corner of the Newhaven net. Wind-assisted Falcons’ shots rained in, mostly ending up in the river. And just before half-time came a well-deserved second goal: Kyle found Harry, whose whipped cross was too hot for the keeper to handle, leaving a tap-in for ultimate predator Dan Baker.So 2-0 at half-time and a tricky second-half against the wind in prospect. But straight from the kick-off the Falcons’ task looked far easier as Bryn intercepted a weak Newhaven pass back, sprinted through the defence and tucked the ball into the net. 3-0 and the wind very much out of Newhaven’s sails. Ten minutes later, with the Falcons still dominant, a sweet ball from Shay found Bryn, whosepace was again too much for the defence. 4-0 and things were looking comfortable. A Newhaven free-kick was acrobatically saved by Dan C, but their main threat, the No 9 (with a record of 27 goals from 12 appearances), was not being given a kick by the imperious Harvey and Jack in central defence. The last 10 minutes saw Joey outmuscle the two Newhaven central defenders before calmly slotting past the keeper for 5-0. Then the Falcons’ clean sheet was slightly soiledas Newhaven scored with counter attack, before Max finished the game by smacking a shot into the top corner with virtually the last kick of the match to make it 6-1. The boys have done enough to demonstrate they are the best team in the league. All they have to do now is see out the remaining 14 league matches without any complacency or slip-ups.


AFC Crawley 0 Langton Green Falcons 5

Sunday 28th October - 11:30am ko in Crawley

Match reporter: Colin Campbell

The Falcons' sixth league game kicked off on a chilly, damp but neatly mowed pitch in the shadow of Gatwick airport. Crawley dressed in red, Langton in their blue kit. On the side-lines, about seven Langton Dads.

The first foray came from the Falcons into the Crawley box, a Shay cross, dribble, goalie save.Crawley didn't get into the Falcons' half much in the first forty-five. The only serious attempts on goal came in a flurry, with a shot on target that was confidently saved by Dan, then another that Dan punched clear, then came another shot followed by a catch.Down the Crawley end, where most of the action was, another Shay cross to Harry. Shot blocked.

Ben off. Brynn on.

In fact lots of changes I can't remember with our eager and impressive squad.On 26 minutes, Josh opened up with a powerful shot from outside the area. The shot was pushed away by Crawley's keeper but tapped in by Joey. Right place right time. 1-0

The second goal came a minute later from a great bit of individual skill from Bryn, who perfectly lobbed the keeper. Great goal. 2-0

The third was a repeat of the first. An attacking run from the back by Lewie ending with a long-range shot. The shot was on target and again pushed away by Crawley's keeper. Joey was again waiting, anticipating the mistake. 3-0

After the break, Crawley came out a bit more fired up. But it wasn't long before the Falcons got their fourth. A Lewie cross from the left wing, or was it the perfectly executed crossshot. Doesn't matter, it's a goal. 4-0

Crawley made a couple of breaks forward in the second half but they were easily taken care of with some great defending work from Kyle.The fifth goal came from a great pass from Josh in the midfield to Bryn. 5-0

Good game, great performances from all. Some challenging games to come in the form of Hassocks, Deal, Newhaven and fingers crossed Eastbourne in the Cup Final!


Riverside Colts 0 Langton Green Falcons 4

Sunday 14th October - 10:30am ko at Longmead, Kent U16 Cup - 1st Round

Match reporter: Steve Conn

The first round of the Kent Cup saw the Falcons visiting Riverside Colts (the team formerly known as Tonbridge Invicta).

From the first whistle it was clear that the Falcons were the superior side (despite a few of the boys looking a little sleepy…no idea why), but they took their time to break down a dogged 5-4-1 formation in front of an inspired goalkeeper. To quote one of our players, ‘absolutely nothing exciting happened in that game’, and I couldn’t really disagree, so I’ll keep the report brief… 15 mins - Dan C to Harry, Harry pinpoint ball to Joey, firm shot over the keeper. 1-0

28 mins - Perfect corner from Harry hung up under the bar. Weird but effective overhead kick from Luca. 2-0

Half-time - Jaffa cakes. 57 mins - Corner not cleared, rammed home by Harvey. 3-0

73 mins - The moment the crowd had been waiting for - a Bryn screamer from 20 yards, far too hot for the keeper. 4-0

A match that often resembled an attack vs defence exercise - but job done, and the Falcons safely through to the 2nd Round.


Langton Green Falcons 6 Lindfield Rovers 0

Sunday 7th October - 1:15pm ko at Groombridge

Match reporter: Steve Conn

Another sunny autumn afternoon at Groombridge and another fast start from the Falcons. A shot from Max in the first minute, Joey tapping in off the goalkeeper for 1-0, and the Falcons fully in control from the start.The next goal came after 9 minutes: a super cross-field ball from Shay to Ben, knocked across perfectly for another Joey tap in. 2-0. Straight from the restart, a nice combination from Luca and Josh, and a third tap in for Joey. 3-0 and a 10-minute hat-trick for Joey - very poor, it only took him 4 minutes last Sunday. The Falcons were dominating, many chances came and went, but after 20 minutes it was 4-0 - a cross from Luca driven in by Shay.

The second half was more of the same, with the Falcons creating many chances. Just before the hour mark, Shay hit a lovely ball to Josh on the right of the box. Calm finish from Josh. 5-0.

Bryn had the beating of the defence every time he advanced, but each effort was blocked or flew just wide. You get the feeling when Bryn scores his first, many will follow very quickly. With five minutes to go, the Falcons put the icing on the cake with a superb goal - from defence through midfield to the forwards, and a simple finish from Ben. 6-0 and you’ll struggle to see a better team goal. Remember that 25-pass goal from Cambiasso for Argentina vs Serbia in the 2006 World Cup? It was a bit like that….but better.

The final whistle blew and the Falcons advance to the quarter final stage.

A comfortable win, with solid performances all round. Dan C untroubled, Lewie and Dan B marauding down the flanks, Harv and Jack combining well in the centre of defence, Michael fitting in very nicely at full-back then in the centre, Captain Max and Josh controlling central midfield, a very promising debut from Kyle in three positions, Shay and Luca always threatening on the wings, and in Ben, Joey and Bryn, three of the fastest, strongest forwards you’ll see. With Harry’s cultured left-foot returning next week, the Falcons’ squad has never looked stronger.


Pass 0 Langton Green Falcons 12 

Sunday 30th September - 2:30pm ko in Eastbourne

Match reporter: Steve Conn

A bright afternoon on the south coast, and another comprehensive victory for the Falcons, despite lacking Dan B and Luca. Being 3-0 up after four minutes - a Joey hat-trick, including two headers - was never going to make for a great contest, but the Falcons did all that was needed to see out a comfortable victory. Four more goals followed before half-time: another for Joey (a long shot this time), one each for Harvey and Ben, and a perfect Harry corner nodded in by Max. So 7-0 at half-time and Joey off the pitch after a very nasty foul left him nursing a badly bruised shin.

The second half was much the same as the first. Another perfect Harry corner turned in by Ben, two beautiful strikes from Lewie (as the ref said afterwards ‘your left-back is a great centre-forward’), a lovely set-up by Bryn for Ben’s hat-trick and a beautiful free-kick from Josh for Max’s second headed goal.

And how Bryn didn’t score a hatful on his debut is a mystery...Overall, job done for the Falcons. Dan was barely troubled in goal, confidently letting one bounce over his head when he’d heard the offside whistle. A solid back four of Michael, Harv, Jack and Lewie. A dominant midfield of Max, Josh, Harry, Shay. And a constant threat up front from Joey, Ben and Bryn. There will be tougher challenges ahead. 


Lewes Juniors 0 Langton Green Falcons 4 

Sunday 23rd September - 10:30am ko in Lewes

Match reporter: Steve Conn

The Falcons ventured to a grassy field in Lewes on a cold autumn day in torrential rain, seeking to put the record straight after a narrow defeat to the same opposition last week.

It was far too cold and wet, and too tense a game, to take many notes. So to sum up, the Falcons were magnificent, showing determination, strength and skill to beat a spirited opposition side. The Falcons played some very nice football and thoroughly deserved the win, but they must remember to keep their discipline whatever the circumstances…last Sunday showed how hard it is to win a game with only 10 players.

The facts:

26 mins - corner turned into the top corner very deftly by Harvey. 1-0

30 mins - lovely play from Ben and Harry led to a tap in for Joey. 2-0

50 mins - great control and shot from debutant Shay, too hot for the keeper to handle. 3-0

58 mins - slick interchange between Harry and Luca, Luca clattered in the box, penalty. Joey’s penalty well saved, but Joey pounced on the rebound to set up Luca. 4-0

All of the boys played well. At the back, Dan C was solid in difficult conditions for a keeper, and made one exceptional save early in the second half. Harvey and Jack formed a very effective centre-back partnership, and Dan B and Lewie were their normal impressive selves on the flanks, with Michael fitting in well at right back in the second half. Captain Max showed what a big miss he was last week, dominating midfield, with Josh alongside putting through some beautiful passes for the forwards. On the wings Harry and Luca both won their battles and Shay made a very impressive debut. Up front, Ben and Joey were awesome, as usual.Let’s hope this is the start of a long cup run.


Langton Green Falcons 1 Lewes Juniors 2

Sunday 16th September - 9:30am ko at Groombridge

Match reporter: Steve Conn

Playing any competitive match with 10 against 11 is always likely to be a struggle, and so it proved for the Falcons. With Max and Luca missing, Josh and Jack anchored central midfield, Joey pushed out to the right wing in front of new boy Michael at right back, with Ben as lone striker. Lewie took the armband.The match started evenly. Dan B rattled the Lewes crossbar with a great long strike, but after 10 minutes a Lewes corner was flicked on at the near post and nodded in. An unfortunate 0-1.

Dan C then had to be at his sharpest with a flying save to stop the Falcons immediately going further behind.But on 20 minutes, a Lewes free-kick just outside the box found the top corner. 0-2 and an uphill struggle for the 10 boys.

The Falcons started to get a grip on the game but couldn’t fashion any clear-cut chances. Ben battled his way through on the touchline, looked to be clipped as he was about to shoot, but the ref said play on. Half-time 0-2. The Falcons came out for the second half like a team possessed. Lovely corner from Harry, but the ball couldn’t be forced in. Then Lewes were straight down the other end and Dan C had to produce another fine save. But the Falcons were now in control, forcing several corners in a row. From the third one, Harvey found his firm header kept out by a Lewes defender’s arm. Penalty and yellow card. Joey calmly slotted home. 1-2. The pattern was set: 35 minutes to go, the Falcons pressing for an equaliser, Lewes counter-attacking. Dan B had another shot just over. Then Ben again surged through on goal, his legs seemed to be taken away, but no penalty. With a few minutes to go, warrior-like Harvey picked up a yellow card. Free-kick cleared. Then, in the last minute of normal time, the Falcons won a free-kick on the edge of the Lewes box. Surely this time. Josh’s sweet strike looked to be heading for the top corner, but came back off the bar. Lewie smashed the rebound just over. No time for more chances, just a yellow card for Joey. 

Full-time 1-2, and a first ever league defeat at Groombridge.

A valiant effort from the 10 Falcons, who worked tirelessly and showed great character, particularly in the second half. The boys have their chance to put the record straight next week when they again face Lewes, this time in the cup, and hopefully with a full squad.


Langton Green Falcons 8 Crawley Down Gatwick Youth 2

Sunday 9th September - 9:30am ko at Groombridge

Match reporter: Steve Conn

So a new season in a new league, with new opposition, new balls, a beautiful new blue kit, and newly wonky goalposts. But some things don’t change - a typically slick Falcons performance and a very satisfying win.

Having won three Crowborough titles in a row, the boys decided they needed a new challenge, and opted for the Mid-Sussex league. A few obvious differences emerged before the game, notably a pre-match briefing from the ref for new captain Max revealed that any backchat would result in eight minutes in the Sin Bin. Immediate images of the Falcons playing parts of the game with five players on the pitch flashed across the mind, but the ref's warning was well heeded and we kept our 11 players on the pitch throughout.

Anyway, to the game. It was pleasant having no idea how good the opposition would be, and the match started evenly. The Falcons then began to get a grip, with good efforts from Luca, Harvey, Max, Joey, Ben, Harry and Josh that stretched the Crawley Down defence. At the back, Harv and new sweeping partner Jack, plus our two redoubtable full-backs Dan B and Lewie, were in control and limiting the opposition to long shots, which Dan C handled easily.

After 20 minutes, a cross-shot from Josh was pushed past the post by the keeper. A lovely corner from Josh, and Joey soared above the defence to nod home. A well-deserved 1-0.A scare at the other end as Dan C tipped a free-kick onto the bar was a warning that the game wasn’t won. Then on the half hour, a corner won by Joey on the right. Harry saw his chance and swung the corner straight into the net. Definitely intentional. Definitely. 2-0.

But just before half time, a long ball saw the pacy Crawley Down striker get the wrong side of the Falcons’ defence, and he slotted for 2-1.

Half-time - Jaffa cakes and a warning that the game should have been won, but wasn’t yet.

Quarter of an hour in, and one of those minutes of play that defines the game. Pressure from Crawley Down, a well struck shot heading for the corner of the net, but a lovely diving save from Dan C pushing the ball to safety. Then the Falcons attacked, straight up the other end, strong play from Ben giving Harry a tap in. So 3-1 rather than 2-2. This seemed to be just what the Falcons needed, and they began to dominate. Shots from Lewie and Josh, just wide. Then Ben set off on one of his trademark runs - pace, strength, too much for the defence, Ben beat several defenders, cut into the box and buried his shot. 4-1.

A couple of minutes later and Ben was at it again. Just too quick and strong for the defence, Ben was bearing down on goal again. A desperate tackle left him sprawling, just inside the box. Penalty. Joey. No doubt. 5-1.Then a few minutes later, Captain Max fed a lovely ball to Ben in the box. Ben battled through the defenders and the ball fell for Joey. No mistake. Joey’s hat-trick. 6-1. But Crawley Down weren’t finished. They kept battling and a nasty ricochet from a Falcons clearance saw the ball land at their striker’s feet. No chance for Dan C. 6-2.

The Falcons don’t like conceding, and immediately strengthened their grip. Max was dominating the midfield, chances were being made, but the ball wouldn’t go in.Cometh 70 mins, cometh a trademark Lewie Cameron goal. Picking the ball up on the left touchline near the halfway line, Lewie clearly thought ‘enough of this nonsense’. He ran, ran some more, beat about six defenders, and finished past the keeper WITH HIS LEFT FOOT. Simples. 7-2.

The Falcons weren’t done yet. Max obviously wanted a goal to top his great performance. He won the won ball about 20 yards out. As soon as he made space on his right foot it looked inevitable. And sure enough, the net bulged. 8-2. There was still time for Luca to nearly claim what would have been a very well-deserved goal, but he was thwarted by a good save from the keeper. So the Falcons top of the new league. There will be more tests to come, and the squad is still exposed having only 11 players. But this was a very satisfying start to the season.