Match Report Saturday March 30th, 2018
NFC Hampshire Premier League, Senior Division
Sway 3, COMMON 5 - Brad Appleby 2, Cal Holloway, Dave Paskins, Ollie Sourmenidis
Common notched their third successive League victory on Saturday (for the first time since December 2016) and no-one was more pleased than my cat (Tigger)!!!
Despite five changes to the squad that defeated Infinity the previous week Colden travelled in confident mood to face League Cup finalists Sway....
Dave Nicol returned between the posts (some 6 1/2 years after his last CCFC 1st  Team appearance - April 5th, 2011, away at Otterbourne), Adam Lowther recovered from the cold he was feeling against Hedge End and Sayim Kabir was back to full fitness. Dave Philpott, having made two substitute appearances, was in the starting line up for the first time in exactly four years - his last Common start was on March 31st, 2014
Sway's ground excellent drainage made this one of only three Hampshire League games to survive the recent rains and Common were delighted it did!
The home side made a fast start as Colden looked to settle with new personnel and positional changes, but despite Sway dominating the first the early stages Nic's, in the Common goal, had little to do aside from gather a mis-placed through ball or clear a back pass.
Sayim Kabir was showing no signs of not having played since February 10 - apart from the occasional wheeze!!! - and dealt comfortably with his left back role as Dan Burns, Dan Hansford and skipper - in the absence of Edgy - Matt Wardlaw, looked comfortable, organised and dependable.
Indeed, for all of Sway's possession it was Common who struck first just three minutes in when some delightful football involving Burns, Lowther, Appleby, Sourmenidis and Paskins saw CALLUM HOLLOWAY steer the ball home. ,
Although 'shocked' the home side retained composure and built again but, some twenty-five yards out a free-kick was awarded to Sway and from it they netted a 6th-minute equaliser. The free-kick was hit hard into our box where it made contact with Ashley Booker's head, looped over Dave Nicol and into the net. 1-1
Similarly, this did not seem to phase Colden and they began to play some delightful one-touch football down both flanks. Adam Lowther was prowling the midfield with Brad Appleby as the 'enforcer' while Ollie Sourmenidis, Dave Paskins and Callum Holloway were causing havoc in the home defence looking to free the exceptionally hard-working Dave Philpott whose running off the ball and hold-up play was a joy to behold.
On seventeen minutes the scoreline changed again. Burns won the ball from an attacking Sway player and fed Appleby who in turn found Sourminidis. Ollie released Holloway and his excellent cross to the far post was met by the mercurial DAVE PASKINS who nodded home. 1-2
The home side did not expect this from their lowly visitors but, truth be told, those 'lowly visitors' were playing by far the better football, finding their players and creating several chances to further increase the lead.
Soon after his strike Paskins received the ball on the edge of Sway's box and, as he played the ball to the ever-available Philpott, an opposing player caught him on the ankle which, after a few minutes, forced a substitution with Sam Strange replacing him.
When Sway did foray forward and present a threat to Nicol's goal, the defending was expert, determined and resilient denying direct shots and dealing with a series of three corners courtesy of Dave Nicols safe hands or the head of Hansford who was, like his fellow defenders, proving inspired. 
Both Adam Lowther and Brad Appleby were providing a terrier-like centre of midfield, snapping at the ankles of any opponent with the ball and, more often than not, forcing a mistake.
Half time 1-2
Much like Infinity the previous week the second half started with a renewed endeavour and lot's of shouting from the hosts. Their ball retention was good up to the edge of our box but they had little to trouble our 'old' custodian. Meanwhile Common continued where they had left off and, on fifty minutes, provided a similar scenario to our second goal, for OLLIE SOURMENIDIS to head home at the far post. Holloway, having received the ball from Sam Strange, providing an outstanding cross right on to the forehead of our gifted midfielder. 1-3
Much of what was happening was caused by Common's composure, confidence and belief that they would find their team-mate with a first-time pass but, unfortunately, some of the Sway faithful felt it was all the referee's fault.... I suppose we have been there too!!!
And it was the referee who gave the visitors a freekick some 24 yards out which Ollie hammered into the box and found the head of BRAD APPLEBY who looped the ball up and over the home keeper. 1-4
This drew a determined (or embarrassed) reaction from the hosts who were now finding their players going forward and a couple of chances were created and saved or balsted high, wide and handsome.
On 65 minutes, however, their disappointment deepened as, once again, Common played some flowing football from back to right wing from where, once again, Holloway provided the perfect opportunity for APPLEBY to head home his second. 1-5!
Common brought on Steve Hercock for the knackered (but excellent) Kabir, moved Wardlaw to left back and Sam Strange into defence while Hercock took up a midfield mantle.
Callum Holloway was, at this stage, feeling left out so he intervened defensively for all the right reasons but netted in the wrong end - he took it well!!! - 2-5
Credit where it is due and Sway poured forward against a tiring (but elated) Common side and Jordan Scares hit a tremendous effort from just inside our box which would have curled around any keeper in the world. 3-5
Ultimately the game finished in Common's favour, deservedly I would say, with, again, outstanding performances all around the pitch.
The win lifts us one further place up the table but also represents the continued development and progression of a squad that was devoid of confidence just a month ago.
A huge well done to the players and to our managerial team who have brought us to where we are today.
Oh, and why was my cat so pleased? For the third week in a row when I arrived home I didn't kick him!?!?!?!?
Ben Goble
Ian Steele
Secretary Colden Common FC

Saturday March 24, 2018 - NFC Hampshire Premier League, Senior Division

COMMON 3 (Cal Holloway 2, David Paskins), Infinity 1

Not very original but, WOW!!! Common followed their 3-1 defeat of bottom side Hedge End, the previous week, with a similar victory over leaders Infinity on Saturday.

A brilliant team performance was enacted by:- Dylan DIBBEN; Dan BURNS, Harry DAVIES, Dan HANSFORD, Matt WARDLAW; Brad APPLEBY, Dave EGERTON (C) (Louis Baldacchino), David PASKINS (Ben Mackay), Alex SIMMONS (Dave Philpott); Ollie SOUREMENIDIS, Cal HOLLOWAY

Thommo and Edgy worked their magic before the game to secure the signing's of Callum Magee, Dave Nicol and Harry Davies, the latter of whom made his 'second coming' for The Club, coinciding with the visit of Infinity

Despite the recent wet weather the game went ahead with Common negotiating 'uphill' in the first period... and what a start they made!

The hosts broke up an Infinity attack and the ball fell to skipper Edgy. He looked up  to see CALLUM HOLLOWAY breaking forward and fed the striker the ball. Callum had a lot to do but he brushed off an Infinity challenge and, from just inside the box, stroked the ball beyond the visiting keeper and into the net. 1-0 (after 1 minute!!!)

The visiting bench was aghast and urged their players forward but Common held a grip on midfield so all Infinity could hope for was that a couple of their speedy forwards would race onto a long ball.

However, Common defensively stood firm. Dan Hansford and Matt Wardlaw were rarely breached at the centre of the hosts defence - but when they were custodian Dylan Dibben, Ben Goble is away for a couple of weeks) controlled his box with aplomb. Out wide Dan Burns and Harry Davies each had quick and tricky wingers to deal with but even if the wide men did pass our full backs they were determined and fast enough to get back and nullify the threat. In fact, Mr. Davies was quite outstanding from first whistle to last, providing pin-point distribution and a prodigious work-rate - a mindset shared by all the Commoners on the park. Once again Brad Appleby, Dave Egerton, Ollie Sourmenidis, and Dave Paskins were controlling the midfield area and times without number they were able to win the ball back and release the dangerous Alex Simmons or look to Harry Davies, on the opposite flank.

Despite their position at the head of the table, Infinity were coming a poor second in the face of an outstanding Common display. Salt was further applied on 25 minutes. Once again Common worked the ball from back to front and Ollie fed Simmo on the right. Alex made the most of his speed before sending a fast, low cross for CALLUM HOLLOWAY to drive home. 2-0. To say our visitors were 'fed up' is a gross understatement. Common were irresistible and the Hampshire League top dogs could not cope. However, a life-line was grasped by the league leaders when following another long ball over Colden's defence Dan Hansford stretched to prod the ball back to Dylan but it fell short and PHILLIPS pounced to reduce the deficit. 2-1. For a while the hosts were unsettled but the effort of Paskins and Sourmenidis and the calming confidence of Davies - all three as in Pic above, helped Colden pick up a head of steam again. The game was now an end-to-end affair, although Infinity never went further than our 18-yard box before we would win the ball back and Edgy, Appleby and/or Davies would set up another Common attack. Such was the case on 34 minutes when, again, the hosts broke up an Infinity raid. Dan Burns knocked a ball down the right flank where Simmo collected and then fed Ollie Sourmenidis. Ollie looked up, spotted Paskins and then found him with an inch-perfect cross which DAVID PASKINS headed into the top corner of our visitors goal. 3-1 and Common were cock-a-hoop.
Simmo An immediate response from the visitors did not materialise as, despite several crosses and a couple of corners Dylan Dibben was in control and the half-time whistle was blown by an extremely competent and 'worldly-wise' match official; Half Time 3-1. Given the relevant league positions of the sides there was always going to be a backlash and Infinity came out of the second half blocks with renewed determination, composure and some shape which was missing in the first period. The pressure on Dylan's goal was immense as Common sought to fathom a response in the early minutes of the second period. Infinity were still reacting to their managers 'tongue' some 15-minutes in when they won another corner. The ball was played across the box and Infinity's rather large centre half won the ball and headed home. However the referee had spotted an infringement and the 'goal' was disallowed much to the chagrin of our visitors. Common were having trouble retaining the ball as Infinity kept pressing but the visitors continued to 'hit the wall' as defensively, from front to back, we were outstanding. As the game progressed the hosts recovered a foothold and the outstanding Callum Holloway was causing all sorts of problems for the visitors back line. In fact he saw the opportunity to net a hat-trick when bursting through Infinity's defence but he miscued his shot and the ball sailed wide. Ollie Sourmenidis, as always (it seems) in partnership with Dave Paskins, also worked a chance which was ballooned over the bar. Substitute Dave Philpott (replacing the injured Simmo) also created an opportunity but he was crowded out. Infinity's determination to reduce the arrears coupled with their waning confidence left gaps at the back and Common were exploiting them expertly. Harry Davies, although knackered, was providing some precision passing which provided the sniff of opportunity but a dispirited Infinity still managed to protect their 18-yard box. Louis Baldacchino replaced skipped Dave Egerton and Ben Mackay came on for a tiring but none-the-less outstanding Dave Paskins.
Full Time 3-1
An absolutely outstanding display from the hosts which caught our visitors totally unaware given the respective positions in the league table.
On Saturday March 30th we travel to Sway - ko 3pm.



COMMON 3, Hedge End Rangers 1

Dave Paskins netted a brace to seal the points for Common on a bitterly cold day but temperatures on the pitch, in the first half, almost shot through the thermometer!!
I suppose we have to label the game 'a six pointer' due to the two sides precarious positions at the foot of the table but Common's management were keen to play down it's importance as 'one of seven stepping stones'.
Common lined up with a CCFC legendary name amongst the players:-


Yes, Dave Philpott was back on the Common teamsheet for the first time in four years. Although he re-signed during pre-season Mr. Philpott broke his arm but has been champing at the bit ever since.
The game started at a cracking pace with Common, playing uphill and against the wind, showing more composure in their attacking threat. Hedge End played to their assets - the biggest being ex-Commoner Tom Munday - and looked to play the ball long for their exceptional striker.
Brad Appleby was having a big influence alongside Adam Lowther as Common were dominating the midfield area early doors.

As usual Ollie Sourmenidis was threatening with Dave Paskins as his aide but Hedge End were defending stoutly or our final pass went astray.

However, on 16 minutes, another long ball forward by the visitors was intercepted by Matt Wardlaw who played Ben Mackay down the left flank. Mackay fed LOWTHER who worked his way into the 18-yard box only to be felled by Hedge End's right back; Penalty!
Up stepped our own Penalty expert DAVE WARNES who slotted home to the keepers left. 1-0

No more than seven minutes later parity was restored. The Enders played another long ball which caught us out and Hedge End's left wing defeated Warnsey for pace before playing the ball across Common's 18-yarad box. Another visiting forward sensed his chance and, despite the attentions of Sam Phillips - who was having another fine game - fired toward goal only for Common Custodian Ben Goble to block his shot. Unfortunately the ball fell to MUNDAY who swept the ball home from some 14 yards. 1-1.
Every refereeing decision was being contested but, I have to say, Mr Paul Bower had an exceptional game and retained control of a sometimes feisty set of players. Disappointingly for Hedge End one of their players came off worse in a fair challenge and ultimately ended up going to hospital with a swollen ankle. We wish him well.
Alex Simmons was causing the visiting defence with his pace and on a couple of occasions put excellent ball over but we failed to connect.

After a quiet spell Ollie came to life once more and having retrieved the ball on the half way line, almost managed to free Dave Paskins but he was ruled offside.
Hedge End enjoyed a spell of dominating the ball before the half closed but they offered little threat. 

Half Time 1-1

Common once again came to the fore right at the start of the second half and, made such an impact they were soon two goals ahead. Going up the slope Warnsey worked up the right and found Simmo. Alex in turn played the ball along the edge of the visitors 18-yard box to Ollie who knocked it square to DAVE PASKINS who calmly controlled the ball and then placed an unstoppable, curling shot to the keepers left; 2-1
A similar mode of attack, once again emanating with Warnsey, ended with Ollie putting over an inch-perfect cross for PASKINS to rise and meet with his head; 3-1.

Hedge End were deflated but, to be fair then played their best football of the game although they failed to breach the Common defensive line or trouble Mr. Goble.

Brad Appleby, who had enjoyed an excellent game was struggling and replaced by Dave Philpott soon after skipper Dave Egerton  - another imposing display - was replaced by Louis Baldacchino.

The changes didn't change Common's attacking intent and threat with Paskins close to netting his hat-trick, Ollie almost connected correctly in front of goal while Simmo played the ball just a bit too far forward when in a one-on-one with the keeper. Ollie and Louis were influential going forward while Adam Lowther complained about the cold while controlling the midfield area
Dave Philpott was in the thick of the action almost straightaway but before he could get his shot away he was crowded out on the edge of the Penalty area.

Simmo left the preceedings with Dan Burns replacing him but there was no further goals

The game ended 3-1 for Common and boosted their points total to double figures (10).

Management was keen for the players to enjoy the success but were also aware that next Saturday the combined threats of Infinity was looming on the horizon.

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC

Tues 13th March >> East Cowes 0 - CCFC Dev Squad 4. (And no, they weren’t rubbish!)
A midweek fixture on the island is enough to strike fear into the heart of even the most experience Hampshire based manager. So on receiving the news that we’d have to play our game against East Cowes Vics midweek my main concern was  to make sure we weren’t beaten before the game had started. 
Doctors appointments, dentist visits and a few migraines were used as excuses to skip school/work/uni and despite a little scare of a later train arrival from Winchester, 3 fully loaded cars boarded the 4.30 Red funnel to East Cowes.
Fuelled by a giant box of assorted crisps, and couple of Costco ready made sandwich platters, (with all but the Coronation chicken proving popular) we arrived at the ground with plenty of time to spare. Indeed there was sufficient time for an impromptu pool tournament with the ‘winner stays on’ doubles champions of Dylan and Phil finally loosing to the Wiley and experienced management duo of Dixon and Powell.
With the stresses of the logistics of getting 15 lads, most of whom don’t drive, over to the Island on a school night firmly behind us, we are able to set about the task of continuing our upturn in form, which has seen us loose just twice in our last 7 games. 
Any thoughts that a win would be a formality we’re soon dashed, as East Cowes, who fielded a young side mixed with a smattering of experienced heads and first team fringe players, flew out of the blocks. Common were confined to their own half for the first few minutes. Despite the bright start East Cowes were unable to create any really chances of note.
Common, who were starting to win the midfield battle, started to get more and more into the game. The realisation that Common attacker Floyd Swift was marginally faster than his Cowes Defender allowed us to seize momentum. Cue 6 or 7, 50 yard dashes with the ball at his feet from Floyd, one of which carved out our first chance of the game, with their keeper doing well to save his shot from the edge of the box.  
Kieran Jones, who has been pivotal in our upturn in form was holding the ball up well, allowing both our wide players, Floyd and Aaron to attack at pace. One such attack allowed Kieran to play the ball out to Floyd, who once again skinned the right back before crossing to Aaron Ofori-Atta. After seeing his first two attempts blocked acrobatically, by first the goalkeeper and secondly the Cowes centre back, he made it third time lucky, by slotting the ball high into the home teams net to see Common deservedly take the lead after 25 minutes.
Common saw out the half on top and despite creating chances through the endeavours of midfield trio Matt Furnell, Scott Challis and Phil Proctor, were unable to increase their score line. 
H-T 0-1
East Cowes started the second half brightly and Common had ‘goalkeeper Dylan’ to thank with his smart handling and good reflexes saving them early in the half. After 10 minutes under the cosh we won a series of corners on our left hand side, the second of which resulted in our second goal of the night. A delicious delivery by Floyd Swift was met by the head of Centre back Scott Jones who scored his 3rd of the season (which he proudly states is 2 more than his twin brother Kieran who’s job is to score them).
2-0 is often a dangerous scoreline, especially if you are Colden Common, and East Cowes kept coming back at us with more and more desperation. A change in personnel steadied the ship, with Squad Captain Luke Robinson coming on for Nathan Armes, who has been struggling with groin problems of late. The ever reliable Phil Proctor slotted in at left back. 
Strong defending from Jon Percy who was having a storming game at right back allowed Robinson to set Aaron away on the right wing, his ‘cross come shot’ seeming rolling harmlessly into the keepers hands only for it to inexplicably go through his legs into the net for our 3rd.
Confidence was now soaring, and with Floyd Swift being replaced by Cameron Dymond, Common had pace to burn on the left against tiring East Cowes defenders. Triangles, overlaps and switching the play was the order of the day and had their been a crowd they would have been ‘olé-ing’ as Common in their yellow Kit resembled Brazil for about  2 minutes, until the big East Cowes lumps in midfield put an abrupt stop to this. The referee who has been excellent every time he has taken charge of us this season, did well to keep the lid on things and after a few bookings for Cowes players and 1 for Aaron things seemed to settle back down again. 
With 10 to go Common put the cherry on the icing on the cake with a 4th goal, as Cameron Dymond cut in from the left and tiptoed around both centre backs and the keeper to slot into an empty net - SCENES. 
East Cowes, who never gave up threw everything at us in the final 10 but we stood firm with the back 4 of Jon Percy, Sam Dixon, Scott Jones and Phil Proctor along with Goalkeeper Dylan Dibben dealing comfortably with the late onslaught. 
FT - 0-4
A near perfect performance from the lads who have been gradually improving since the season began, and have now set the bar for future performances. 
After sweeping the sheds, there was just enough time to scoff some hot dogs before dashing off for the ferry home. The convo back to the ferry terminal proudly accompanied by the sweet reggae beat of Derrick Sandy’s ‘Welcome to the Isle of Wight’ (nope, I’ve not heard of it either) which will no doubt become a regular sound in the dressing room for the remaining games.
With a lot of talk about lack of commitment from players ‘these days’ the efforts of the full squad should be commended. All had taken time off from work or their studies for such a long trip midweek. This was typified by Matt Furnell who I dropped off at Winchester Uni Library at gone midnight so he could finish off his dissertation to be handed in the next day!
Up The Common! 
1. Dylan Dibben
2. Jon Percy
3. Nathan Armes
4. Matt Furnell
5. Sam Dixon
6. Scott jones
7. Scott Challis
8. Phil Proctor
9. Kieran Jones
10. Aaron ofori-atta
11. Floyd Swift
12. Luke Robinson for 3. Armes - 55
14. Cameron Dymond for 11 Swift 70
15. Matt Powell
13. Billy Rathbourne (GK)
Ofori- atta x2
S Jones

Match Report Saturday February 17th, 2018
Common 4, Liss Athletic 4
Colden Common entertained Liss Athletic on Saturday and we witnessed an awesome drama unfold….. eight goals, two penalties, two goal leads, missed chances, bookings and a ‘dodgy’ linesman…. And that was just the first half!!!!
TEAM: Ben GOBLE; Dave WARNES, Ben MACKAY, Sam PHILLIPS, Matt WARDLAW; Adam LOWTHER, Ollie SOURMENIDIS, Louis BALDACCHINO; Alex SIMMONS; Dave PASKINS Cal HOLLOWAY: Subs – Brady HAMPTON (Cal Holloway 70) Dan HANSFORD (Adam Lowther 75),Dan BURNS (Ben Mackay 16), Steve HERCOCK (Not used), Ben THOMSON (Not used)
                Kicking uphill LISS made the perfect start as they were sharp out of the blocks and netted twice in the opening ten minutes. Smug, contented smiles began to appear upon the faces of the Liss contingent, players and supporters, as they sensed an avalanche of goals or a Common implosion.
Ollie Sourmenidis, Dave Paskins and Dave Warnes then worked the ball forward down our right and Ollie sent a teasing low cross across the box for CAL HOLLOWAY to prod home from 7 ¾ yards. 1-2
From hero to villain…. Ollie then chased back admirably to try and dispossess a Liss forward in our box but only succeeded in bundling the forward player over, PENALTY! 1-3
Common’s response was excellent and no sooner had the two goal margin been recovered, it was reduced with CAL HOLLOWAYS second strike. 2-3
Ben Mackay had to go off suffering from the ankle he turned at Clanfield and he was replaced by Dan Burns. Warnsey moved to left back and Burns took the right flank.
Common were now in the ascendancy and several good moves forward were rebuffed by a Liss side becoming more and more incredulous at what was going on.
Sam Phillips and Matt Wardlaw were forming a strong partnership at Common’s back while debutant Adam Lowther was directing ‘traffic’ as if he had done it all his life (he probably has!! Ed)
Remarkably Common were level soon after when Holloway was fouled in the box and DAVE WARNES stepped up to bury the kick. 3-3.                                                                                  
  Liss re-started but almost immediately lost the ball and a rampant Colden surged forward once more. Burns, Lowther, Sourmenidis (as ever) and Holloway carved a chance for DAVE PASKINS who was played into the box and with his trade mark finish put Common 4-3 ahead…. PHEW…
I mentioned at the start a ‘dodgy’ linesman and now he came into focus. In the very last minute of the first half (yes, we are still in the first half!!!) Liss were awarded a free-kick some twenty yards out from our goal. The ref blew his whistle for the kick to be taken and almost instantly (almost) Common sprung forward to set the offside trap… unfortunately ‘almost’ allowed several Liss players to be played onside and they equalised with a simple tap-in.
Half-Time 4-4!!!!
A cup of tea, or whatever your preferred tipple is, was certainly required during the break.
Not surprisingly the second half failed to live up to the first but it was still and end-to-end encounter with chances created and chances missed by both sides but there was some very enterprising and entertaining football played.
There were certain ‘flashpoints’ during the clash but the referee controlled the game with intelligence and strength
Brady Hampton replaced the struggling Cal Holloway on 70 minutes and Dan Hansford came on for Adam Lowther who had worked his socks off for The Cause.
Mr. Hansford had 15 minutes to perform, just enough time to register his obligatory booking!!! (To be fair to Dan his collection of Yellow Cards this season has been nothing like previous ‘sets’).
In the dying minutes Ollie Sourminidis broke free and bore down on the visiting keeper who appeared to foul Ollie but no penalty was forthcoming and, apart from a few words on the line, that was the end of that!!!
A brilliant display from the lads against a decent Liss Athletic side who were dumbfounded by our performance to such an extent their manager was heard to say:- “Our display has made them look good…. But they are shite!!!”
 The spirit of ‘Sour Grapes’ as mentioned in Nick’s piece, prevails!!!
And finally, Ben and Edgy deserve enormous credit for what they are trying to work at Common…. And we are ALL buying into it…… 
Ian Steele
Secretary Colden Common FC

Clanfield 3, Common 0 Saturday February 3rd, 2018
New Forest Care Hampshire League, Senior Division

One of the most disappointing displays of refereeing I have seen was the backdrop to a 0-3 loss which would not have been so severe for the visitors but for the man....
Common, with Sayim Kabir returning after a 6 month lay-off, Louis Baldacchino starting with the 1st team for the first time since his horrendous injury v Infinity back on Saturday August 27th, 2016 and Navinder Phagura making his debut, produced an excellent first half display which belied our lowly position in the league.
TEAM: Ben GOBLE; Dan BURNS, Ben MACKAY, Sam PHILLIPS, Matt WARDLAW; Costa SOURMENIDIS, Dave WARNES, Dave EGERTON, Louis BALDACCHINO; Ollie SOURMENIDIS, Dave PASKINS: Subs - Sayim KABIR (Dave Egerton 44), Navinder PHAGURA (Dave Warnes 75), Ben THOMSON (Not used)
Clanfield started strongly on a damp pitch which had seen much action beneath courtesy of moles in the top left corner, and sought to use their pacey wingers by releasing quick ball from deep.
However Dan Burns and Ben Mackay were rarely caught out with Burnsy showing an alarming turn of pace to match his counterpart. Indeed the work of our back four - with Sam Phillips(pictured below) and Matt Wardlaw again showing well - meant custodian Ben Goble (pictured below)  had few direct efforts to deal with.
Going forward Common were showing well with skipper Dave Egerton (pictured below)  patrolling and controlling the midfield area and through the abilities of Costa and Ollie Sourmenidis, Dave Paskins and Louis Baldacchino created several good openings which we failed to capitalise upon.
Through this period the opposition (primarily Darren Ferguson) were endeavouring to 'wind-up' Costa but our hard-working midfielder concentrated on his game determined to quieten the 'children', and he was instrumental in a lot of what was good from the visitors.
Ben Mackay and Dave Warnes were working hard down each flank but the resultant crosses into the  Clanfield box more often than not met blue heads.
Still the hosts took the opportunity to break forward when able but despite creating some good positions Clanfield were kept under wraps by the visiting back line.
 The game was now end-to-end and the referee was having difficulty deciding what were good challenges and what were bad. There were a couple of justifiable bookings but there was also a lot which went unpunished and, perversely, a significant proportion of 'incorrect' calls which left both sides exasperated. Skipper Dave Egerton tried to speak to the referee on several occasions but the referee would not respond.

Common manufactured a couple of very good chances but Warnes and Paskins could not hit the target although the build-up's, the commitment and determination from the lads in Red and white was the cause for much optimism.
Just before the break skipper Edgy pulled up having over-stretched winning yet another ball and he had to depart; disappointing because he was controlling the midfield area and working back when necessary. Sayim Kabir (PIC - TOP LHS) came on for his first Common encounter since August 19th, 2017. 

Half Time 0-0

After the break Clanfield took advantage of a slow Common start to start to dominate proceedings. They played some very good long ball football to cause the visitors no end of problems and when Common did win the ball back they habitually gave it straight back to their opponents!! 

The referee was now becoming more and more involved seeing indiscretions where there were none and missing obvious foul play. Common fought to regain some control and a tremendous break forward involving Mackay, Costa, Ollie and Dave Paskins almost brought reward but the finish was weak.
On 58 minutes a free kick was awarded to Clanfield on their right just in from the touchline and some 15 yards out from the goal-line. Josh Hazell drove an excellent ball into to six yard box and the hoists were the first to react, 1-0. 
The visitors were now determined to level the scores and turned the game around with some impressive forward play although the final pass went astray. 
The referee was now even more influential as he stopped play at regular intervals for no apparent reason and seemed to want to become the 'central character'. 
Another Clanfield break was again worked well down the right and as the home forward entered our penalty box Sam Phillips made an ill-judged challenge - Penalty which was duly converted by Ferguson. 2-0. 
Almost immediately following that goal Common moved forward and the ball fell in a central area where a Clanfield player seemed to push Costa but ultimately a shoulder-to-shoulder collision ended with both players falling to the ground. The referee blew for a free kick and Common were expecting the ball but the decision went the other way and Costa was shown a second yellow and dismissed from the field. 
An outrageous decision that brought the contempt of all who were there - players, managers, spectators. 
Before Costa had left the field the referee allowed Clanfield to take the free-kick at which point Common's manager (Ben Thomson) shouted at the referee - You can't start play our player hasn't left the field......The referee allowed play to continue as Costa was walking off the pitch and, when the ball went out of play, the referee's reaction to his comments was to 'send off' Ben Thomson. Beggars belief..... 
Navinder Phagura was introduced but before he could make an impact Clanfield worked an excellent goal   ,3-0.
Navinder looks a composed, talented player so we hope we can benefit from his abilities in the weeks to come. 
After such a good opening half it was disappointing to be on the end of such a convincing scoreline but, from a football point of view, the game was a victim of a very poor official.
As if to 'rub dirt' the referee did not hand over our team sheet before he left the ground!!!!!!
Ian Steele
Secretary Colden Common FC

COMMON 1 (Dave Paskins 89 min), QK Southampton 2 Saturday January 13th, 2018
New Forest Care Hampshire League, Senior Division

Ben_Mackay Common should have bagged three points from this one as a dominant first half gave way to a more even second period but one during which the hosts had four or five good goalscoring opportunities.

Our team: Ben GOBLE; Dan BURNS, Ben MACKAY, Matt WARDLAW (Dan Hansford), Sam PHILLIPS; George OWEN (Matt Dolbear), Sam STRANGE (Tom Strange), Costa SOURMENIDIS, Dave EGERTON; Dave PASKINS, Ollie SOURMENIDIS:

Manager Ben Thomson lost the services of Alex Simmons (we wish his better half well after losing her battle with a horse!!!) and saw, in total, six changes to the side which started our last game (Dec 23rd at Fleetlands).
However Tommo was boosted by the return of Matt Wardlaw, Dan Burns, George Owen, Costa Sourmenidis, Sam and Tom Strange to the ranks.

Playing against the slope Common started brightly and had the better possession all through the first forty five but our visitors were dangerous on the counter.

Costa, Ollie and Sam Strange were all providing the dogged resistance to breakdown the opposition's forward foray's and, turn things around to pose a threat ourselves from the midfield area which provided for George Owen and Ben Mackay to hurtle up the flanks and look to feed David Paskins. Ollie and Dave Paskins were proving to be huge thorns in QK's side as they worked like Trojans to recover lost ball and then endeavour to work openings for Common but the final ball and our finishing left much to be desired.

However, it was not all one-way and QK provided plenty of threat by breaking forward at pace but both Dan Burns and Sam Phillips, in particular, held the visitors in check with considerable assistance from Matt Wardlaw and Ben's Mackay & Goble. Skipper Edgy was controlling and directing the midfield area to such an extent that Zoe Leavers, on the touchline, was consistently complimentary of his performance

Zoe, Jesse and Leo (who had to depart during the break) all agreed, Dave Egerton with his touch, passing and composure was the best player on the park and Jesse reinforced that claim by shouting 'Come on, Daddy' (Favouritism?).
Half Time 0-0

Common started well going down hill but QK were sharp on the counter meaning the hosts had to be alert when possession was lost.
One such break saw the visitors test Ben Goble but, on 52 minutes, QK earned reward.
With Colden pushing forward through Sourmenidis and Paskins, once again, the ball was played forward for Mackay but an interception saw the ball clouted forward and as it entered Common's 18-yard box an onrushing forward was beating Phillips to the ball but the excellent defender lost his cool and bundled the attacker over; penalty, converted and 0-1.
No sooner had the dust settled and Common were under the cosh again. A couple of corners for the visitors were well defended but, from the second, the ball was lobbed back into the six yard box where Goble was beaten to the ball and QK tapped in, 0-2.
Tommo and Edgy were beside themselves but retained a measure of cool persona to endeavour to push their lads on and up the ante
Now came a huge examination of our character and, I have to say, the final twenty minutes saw us pass with honours although the composure was lacking.
The hosts upped their game once more and chances came thick and fast. George Owen was heavily involved down the right flank and he was found by excellent delivery from Sam Strange, Edgy, Ollie and Costa as well as Dave Paskins and some of the youngsters delivery was excellent but well-defended.
Matt Dolbear, Dan Hansford and Tom Strange all joined the fray to each force an impression!! 
Costa and Ollie carved a chance for Paskins but his effort went just wide. Seconds later Paskins hit the post following an exchange between Dolbear and Ollie.
QK were now defending for their lives but every time they cleared the ball it just came straight back.
The next chance fell to Costa who, charging through the middle, was found by his brother, but Costas effort from 12 yards was costly.... it sailed over the bar.
With time ticking on Mackay made several good breaks down the left but all too often he ran out of room or lacked support. However a couple of excellent crosses fell to the opposition before , in the 89th minute, Hansford found Paskins in midfield. The ex-QK player then played it to Dolbear who fed Ollie in the box. Ollie squared the ball to DAVID PASKINS who netted from close range. 1-2
The game ended that way and we (all Commoners on the touchline) blamed ourselves as we had dared - during the half-time break - to believe that we might actually break our duck against a side other that Hayling. It was not to be.
Tommo and his assistant Edgy (Daddy) must take great credit for the way they have pulled Common together in extremely difficult circumstances and given the players the belief that we can compete with all the sides in the division.
Our recent performances have been very good but, as with all sides at the bottom, Lady Luck has decreed against us.
Our game on Saturday January 20th against Hedge End Rangers - bottom of the table crunch - was postponed due to the weather.
We go again next Saturday (January 27th) when reigning champions BUSH HILL are our hosts.
Onwards and upwards.... it's a grand old team to play for................

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC

Following our defeat of top three Hayling United, Common have played twice but have lost narrowly on each occasion. Trips to Stockbridge and Fleetlands could well have provided a point apiece but chances went a begging, particularly against our Gosport-based hosts.
colden crest

     colden crest

The side for our trip to Fleetlands -: Ben Goble; Dave Egerton, Ben Thomson (Sam Dixon 24 mins), Sam Phillips, Brad Appleby; Aaron Ofori-Atta (Louis Baldacchino 65 mins), Scott Challis (Matt Dolbear 75 mins), Dave Paskins ( 1 pen, 52 mins), Ollie Sourmenidis; Oli Dobson, Alex Simmons: Unused Sub Matt Powell
- produced a good, determined display but a couple of lapses allowed the hosts a brace of goals that we could not match despite creating some excellent opportunities albeit in the face of some committed last-ditch defending. Dave Paskins - netted his first goal for the Club from the spot at Fleetlands - and highlighted the quality within our squad and his partnership with Ollie Sourmenidis makes Common's midfield a threat every time we go forward.

Both Ben Thomson and Dave Egerton have worked tirelessly to turn our fortunes around and we all hoped that that corner had been safely negotiated following an excellent 4-1 'double' securing win over Hayling back on December 9th - in which, incidentally, Dave Warnes provided two assists and started the move which provided our fourth goal (Man of the Match material most certainly), facts omitted by the author of the match report.
However, one Swallow does not a summer make and we needed to compound that result by earning something from two awkward trips.
It was not to be BUT the players - as more and more become more regularly available - have responded to the managerial team, to The Club and our dire position and given genuine hope that we can end the season on a 'high' - in our current situation with the playing record that we have, avoiding bottom place would be like wining the title.
The signs are most definitely there and we show during games that we most definitely have the ability, the desire and the commitment... it is just our concentration and our movement that needs 'tweaking'
However, all of those selected by Ben - including tremendous prospects;  George Owen netted his first goal for The Commoners in that 4-1 success - coming through from the Reserves, are working for 'The Common Cause'.

The New Year arrives with a sense of anticipation for the managers, players and staff at Colden Common Park so let's hope that we can turn season 2017 / 18 into a solid foundation from which to build for the next campaign.

Happy New Year to one and all from Colden Common FC

Ian Steele
Secretary Colden Common FC

Common 4, Hayling United 1 Saturday December 9th, 2017
New Forest Care Hampshire League, Senior Division

Ben Goble Colden Common FC finally laid to rest the 'L' of a run they have endured over 16 games and entered a 'W' in the result column following a comprehensive 4-1 defeat of visiting Hayling United.
A dogged, tenacious, determined and committed display from Ben Thomson's side saw the points go to the hosts who, to compound the Islanders misery, secured a League 'Double' and a third successive victory over their hapless visitors.
Common lined up:- Ben Goble; Owen George, Ben Mackay, Dan Burns, Sam Phillips; Aaron Ofori-Atta, Dave Egerton (C), David Paskins, David Warnes; Ollie Sourmenidis, Alex Simmons: Our Substitutes were Player/Manager Ben Thomson and Brad Appleby.
Kicking down the slope - which reminded the Hayling manager of Parks football - Common were soon under pressure from a confident visiting side who, against heir bottom of the table opponents while sitting in third place themselves, were looking to steal a march on their rivals and potentially draw level at the top of the table.
Ben Goble was called into early action, a comfortable save, but he proved a busy custodian as the visitors put together some promising moves which resulted in our midfield and back line closing ranks to deny serious openings. That was until 15 minutes into the game a remarkable period ensued when a Hayling corner was punched away by Goble but the ball fell to the visitors.
From the edge of the box a shot was attempted but Sam Phillips blocked, the ball again fell kindly for Hayling and another shot was stifled by Dave Paskins excellent tackle.
Still, the Gods were with our opponents as the ball fell to them but, once again, an intervention, this time from Dave Warnes,  ensured no breach. Ping-Pong continued and a Hayling forward lashed the ball goalward only for Goble to smother and put an end to the 'assault' on Common's goal.
Common were definitely holding their own against illustrious opposition with George Owen and Ben Mackay defending well and getting forward at every opportunity
Remarkably, Common responded by taking the lead. On 24 minutes Ollie Sourmenidis received the ball from Dan Burns and instantly released ALEX SIMMONS on the edge of Hayling's box from where he placed the ball beyond the visiting keeper. 1-0
Hayling reacted well but all too often they berated the referee for missing this infringement or that when the ball was won back by Common or went astray. I suspect they were anticipating a comfortable afternoon?
The referee was instrumental, however, when (in my opinion) an horrendous decision saw Sam Phillips penalised for a foul in the box.... Hayling penalty. The penalty was stroked home, 1-1.

Half time

Against the slope has been an achiles heel for Common this term but, today, it was as if we had mastered it as a matter of course. Yes the Islanders opened the second 45 with some intent and Ben had to, again, save the hosts from conceding but somehow the feel was different. Colden were comfortable putting their bodies in the way when danger ensued and, as has so often been the case this term, Ben Goble was equal to any threat.

Hayling seemed to have identified their left flank (our right) as a route of attack but George Owen was equal, if not better, than anything the Islanders tried and, I think (!!) it was George who released OLLIE SOURMENIDIS after some 52 minutes. Ollie tricked his way down the right flank into the box and, having beaten a couple of defenders for good measure, fired home from an acute angle. 2-1

Once again Hayling rallied BUT once again we responded and repelled any forward motion. Our opponents were enjoying greater possession but, seemingly, going nowhere.

The intervention of GEORGE OWEN proved decisive on 72 minutes. The excellent Paskins saw Owen moving ahead of him and lobbed a perfect ball which was converted by George with some aplomb. 3-1

The application of Hayling now slipped somewhat and. to rub salt, Common scored a fourth when Alex Simmons found Aaron Ofori-Atta free in the box and more than capable of converting. 4-1.

First goals for Aaron Ofori-Atta, George Owen and Ollie Sourmenidis - but obviously with the contribution from a strong, committed defensive unit - we are hugely indebted to ALL our players for an excellent result in the face of some unnecessary comments from the Hayling Manager.

Common 4, Hayling United 1

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC

It is with much regret that we have to announce the passing of a Common Legend- 'Legend' in the true sense of the word.

Brian Cleave was Physio par-excellence, offered a shoulder for disgruntled players and had a sense of humour that was especially entertaining but wicked when teamed up with Nigel Light. Both Saturday and Sunday football benefitted from Mr. Cleave's presence and he will have made a huge impression upon whoever he met in footballing circles.

Brian died after suffering a heart attack in his Taxi on Wednesday November 22nd. He will be missed enormously

Our thoughts, sympathies and condolences are with his family.

Brian is pictured below (far right) at a 1980's Colden Common Fete L to R Martin Cresswell, John Budden, Clive Egerton & Brian

(Thanks to Ged Magee)

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC

Our Reserves first win of the season!
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2017 - Wyvern Combination - Division One West
Verwood Town Res 3, COMMON RESERVES 4
Common Reserves came from 3-1 down to secure an odd-goal-in-seven victory at Verwood, thus recording a first win of the season for Matt Powell's squad. Our line up was as follows with CAMERON DYMOND and FLOYD SWIFT each netted a brace for the Commoners.
1. Matt Powell
2. Phil Proctor
3. Nathan Armes
4. Matt Furnell
5. Sam Dixon
6. Andy Furness
7. Brad Appleby
8. Graham Robinson
9. Floyd Swift
10. Luke Robinson(c)
11. Cameron Dymond
12. Edi Solca - for 3. Nathan Armes (85)
14. Jon Percy for 10 Luke Robinson 80
15. George Owen for 8 Graham Robinson 80


Ian Steele
Secretary Colden Common FC

Saturday October 28, 2017:

Liphook United 2, COMMON 1.

Lippy Liphook took over at the top of the Senior Division table after this unconvincing defeat of bottom dwellers Common

This was  a  tight game in which neither side dominated for any length and the number of chances created by each was shared although Common were more threatening going into the last ten and the hosts revealed their insecurities when, despite Colden being down to ten men, they played keep ball in the corners for the last five minutes.

A huge compliment to Ben Thomson's side and one which his lads should take on board.

The first half saw first Common Starts for both Ollie and Costa although the letter blotted his copybook by conceding a penalty and a yellow card in the second minute. Liphook 1, Common 0.

Liphook then created an excellent opportunity which ended with Harding's shot being saved at point-blank range by Ben Goble, Common's excellent custodian.

Now the visitors came into the game with Alex Simmons providing an excellent outlet and Ollie showing what a skilful and clever player he is by working several good opportunities which were ultimately crowded out.
From a Common corner Costa was tripped in the box but he kept his feet and had a chance to shoot but indecision cost the chance... but should there have been a penalty?

Liphook were always dangerous going forward but one of the League's best strikers, Steve Harding, was kept quiet (at least from a footballing viewpoint - his moaning is legendary!!) by the excellent Dan's, Burns and Hansford.

When they do play to feet Liphook will attack down the flanks but this outlet was denied them by tremendous displays from Tom Strange and Matty Wardlaw.

Skipper Costa was driving Common forward at every opportunity and with Matt Dolbear featuring in a  lot of what was good for Common the visitors were creating problems for the hosts back line. Warnsey was prominent in creating while Brady Hampton, beside Costa, proved a lynchpin in the middle of the park

On 16 minutes those problems were enhanced when Simmons, running across the edge of the box, was taken out by a Liphook defender and a penalty was awarded. The ever-reliable DAVE WARNES stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way; 1-1

Ollie continued to cause problems with his quick feet while Dolbear, Warnes and Brady Hampton were combining well in midfield to create some encouraging openings and Costas corners were just waiting to be nodded home... unfortunately we didn't. Half time 1-1

A good (football-wise) first half but the whinging and whining of the players (and, I have to say, primarily the home players) was at best unnecessary, at worst an insult to the Man in Black who, I thought, did an excellent job retaining his composure in the face of some ridiculous claims and assertions and I cannot say that Common were the innocent party because we also joined the heckling albeit, however, not as constantly as the hosts.

The referee spoke to both Managers and both captains at the start of the second period and, after a brief resumption of claim and counter-claim by each side things settled down.

Again Common were prominent and playing by far the better football. From defence through midfield to a pair of willing workers up front the bottom side were revelling in their freedom although the home backline was pretty secure which is why they share the division's best defensive record to date. Ollie and Simmons sought the breakthrough but it did not come

With Harding in your side you will always cause the opposition problems but, by-and-large, Colden kept his threat to a minimum and when he did work a shooting opportunity his path was blocked by the outstanding Goble or an equally impressive back line.

Common were dealt a self-imposed blow when on 55 minutes Costa fell on the ball and grabbed it with both hands to ensure a second yellow and a sending off.

Warnes had to leave the fray after some 67 minutes and Aaron Atta-Ofori came on to a standing ovation from the crowd.

Both sides were now employing the long ball game and Simmons was proving a threat although a calf problem slowed his progress somewhat.

Hampton had run his race and was replaced by Steve Hercock despite the latter having still not recovered from injury.

As the game became stretched the hosts were proving a threat once again and a cross from the left was half-punched by Goble but the ball fell to a Liphook player who, very coolly, chipped it back over the defensive line and into the net. 2-1.

Ten man Colden continued to look forward and Ollie was working like a Trojan to glean an opening but it was not to be and as the home side played in the opposing corner quadrants the referee blew for full time.
Ultimately Ben Thomson and Common endured contrasting emotions as their application, desire and display was tremendous but we felt that our efforts deserved reward... it was not to be.

No game next Saturday but we return to action on Saturday November 11th when Stockbridge are our visitors for a League encounter- kick off 2:00pm.

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC

As far as CCFC is concerned our latest reverse would suggest that things are going from bad to worse.... quite the opposite I am delighted to report and, with luck and a following wind, we might surprise a few Hampshire Leaguers with a result next Saturday.

Talking of the 28th, we were due to travel to reigning champions Bush Hill but thanks to the weather and fixture re-arrangements we are now off to LIPHOOK UNITED - kick off 3pm - for the reverse fixture following our 1-4 loss on October 7. We took the lead that day courtesy of on outstanding Common goal some 2 minutes in. WARNSEY was the architect and SIMMO took the glory with a first-time finish.

Delight tinged with, in hindsight,  exasperation because from that moment forth our visitors whinged and whined claiming time-wasting (three minutes into the game!) and any other number of misdemeanours which, at the very least, should have been punishable by death!

Our work-rate and desire was there for all to see, as was a never-say-die attitude (fitting, bearing in mind the above)... if only we could cut out the mistakes....

We then moved on to the Southampton Senior Cup and a visit from long-time opponents HYTHE & DIBDEN. The Sydenhams One side were young and, perhaps, that youth helped them progress to a trip to Team Solent. They netted twice before the break.... just before the break... but we were not done.

After an encouraging first 45 - although those 'mistakes' came back to haunt us - ALEX BRADY intervened with a sumptuous strike 1-2 and, as it always had been, game on.

The visitors held out and progressed while we only had the consolation of competing with, and bettering in outfield play, a side one league above us.

Wednesday October 18th - Common at LOCKS HEATH - was a curious affair. We shipped five goals (from perhaps just six efforts on target) during which we had a penalty converted then cruelly taken away for incursion.

A 'brawl' including loads of handbags, a couple of sendings off and a managerial blow-out made the game a must for spectators and also showed how, when your side is bottom of the pile, things (everything!) conspires against you!

The new Common managerial incumbents - Ben Thomson and Dave Egerton - are slowly imposing their will and the players are responding well... onwards and upwards staring at Lippy Liphook.

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC

New manager BEN THOMSON (centre), Skipper / Asst Manager DAVE EGERTON (left) and Dave's Dad, CLIVE, ex-Common player and now entrusted with the Flag!


Hedge End Rangers 1, COMMON 0

Another loss sent Common plummeting to the foot of the New Forest Care Hampshire League Senior Division as former basement occupants, Hedge End, secured a 1-0 success.

Once again player availability, cited as one of the main reason's for former manager Danny Barker resigning, caused wholesale changes in personnel and formation. SEVEN of last Saturday's squad were unavailable so it was another disrupted side on paper.

Tom Strange (above) was signed and drafted in to the centre of defence to make his debut while brother Sam (below) led the line 'up top'.
We lined up as follows:- Ben GOBLE; Dan HANSFORD, Matt WARDLAW, Tom STRANGE, Dan BURNS; Alex BRADY, Scott CHALLIS, Matt DOLBEAR, Dave WARNES; Alex SIMMONS, Sam STRANGE: Subs - Sam DIXON (not used), Floyd SWIFT, Phil PROCTOR, Jephthe DOUGIE (not used)

Common started disjointedly (I wonder why) but comfortably as Hedge End - themselves under a new regime after the previous manager (and most players) walked away - tried to find their feet.

The game did not find any direction until after the first (and only) goal some eleven minutes in. Hedge End collected a clearance down the right and, after some casual defending, the ball fell to Luke Shergold who drilled the ball into the roof of the net from twelve yards with Common custodian Ben Goble left wholly exposed. 1-0.

Colden's reaction was disjointed and, with visiting heads dropped, the hosts sought to further their advantage. A couple of excellent opportunities were worked by the home side but Tom Strange, Matt Wardlaw, Dan Hansford and the inspirational Dan Burns sought to protect custodian Goble and ensured the deficit was not increased.

In midfield Common were struggling to come to terms with the hosts hard work to such an extent that even if we earned possession we quickly gave it away but Dave Warnes was working like a Trojan to try and settle his team-mates, partially hidden by the ref).

Unfortunately Alex Brady had to be replaced after some 30 minutes as he was suffering from a virus so Phil Proctor took his place.

Sam Strange was proving an excellent target but we struggled to offer him decent support as an indecisive mood overtook the visitors. Alex Simmons was proving our most direct threat but, still recovering from injury, he was not at his most destructive albeit a good target, and outlet for his colleagues (below).

Half Time 1-0.

After the break it was obvious that Sam Dixon - driving the side to cover for the enforced (and long time arranged) absence of manager Ben Thomson - had gathered the troops and re-directed their focus as Colden were much more driven and proactive. Matt Dolbear and Scott Challis became more involved and contributed positively but chances were few and far between.

Floyd Swift replaced Matt Dolbear and ruffled a few feathers in Hedge End's defence but, in all honesty, we were unable to seriously threaten the home goal despite contriving some very good positions.

The workrate and desire of all involved was tremendous but at the moment we are suffering from a confidence crisis which ultimately proved our undoing.

Full Time
Hedge End Rangers 1-0 COMMON

Next Saturday (October 7th) we are at home against LIPHOOK UNITED - ko 3pm

Saturday August 19, 2017
New Forest Care Hampshire League
Senior Division Paulsgrove 6, Common 1

Common did themselves no justice at Paulsgrove with a primarily insipid display which saw us ship six goals and be thankful for another fine display from Ben Goble and some dogged defending by Steve Hercock.
Danny was forced to name a squad that contained no fewer than EIGHT changes from last Saturday's win at Hayling - and only two of those changes were injury-enforced!!
An opening ten minutes that contained two Paulsgrove goals did not inspire
Paulsgrove's Alex Miroy - who would eventually grab four - rises unchallenged to head the hosts into an early lead) but a Common response from the effective and very hard working Gary Fitzehorswell, who reduced the deficit on 12 minutes, followed by a couple of excellent opportunities in the following five minutes involving Callum Pragnall, Sam Carter and Gary served to lift the mood.
However, a counter on 30-minutes saw the home side net a third and several Common heads dropped.
The sharpness and energy of Paulsgrove was putting Common's huff and puff to shame and an already hard-working defence had to work harder still.
Another Paulsgrove goal just before the break saw the half-time scoreline read Paulsgrove 4, Common 1.
After the break the pattern was a familiar one with Common maintaining a work-rate - albeit somewhat inferior to that of the hosts - but determined to give their own defence the severest of test's with mis-placed passing and wrong choices.
We did move forward to try and create thanks to Edgers, Carter and Pragnall but even Gary, the lone frontman, couldn't make an impression on the hosts resolute defence.
Perhaps the mood of the Common camp was best expressed by Callum in picture as another ball went astray and the final insult was Paulsgrove's last goal, Steve Hercock cleared a ball hit across our 18-yard box, only to see it hit Brady Hampton and roll into the net!!!  
Final score 6-1
(The Referee see's the chance to get his name on the scoresheet)
Ben Goble clears another Paulsgrove raid.

Next Saturday is a blank one for Danny's side but we travel to Winchester Castle on August 28th, Bank Holiday Monday
Ian Steele
Colden Common FC

Saturday August 5th, New Forest Care Hampshire Premier League

Senior Division - Infinity 4, COMMON 1

Sayem Kabir - foreground - and Sam Carter

DAVE EGERTON's superb 20-yard strike, from Ben Thomson's excellent set-up on 75 minutes, gave a much changed Common the chance to earn something from a game in which they were previously 0-2 behind.

But a fine attacking host turned up the heat and Danny's side were fortunate not to concede more than the two Infinity netted in the final ten.

Danny Barker's Common lined up as follows:- Ben GOBLE; Sam CARTER, Ben MACKAY, Dan HANSFORD, Sayem KABIR, Jamie WAY; Dave EGERTON (C), Callum PRAGNALL, Oli DOBSON, John HOWARD, Ben THOMSON: Subs - Gary FITZHORSWELL, Scott CHALLIS, Brady HAMPTON, Matt DOLBEAR, Alex SIMMONS

Ultimately Five debutant's and two 'returning' Commoners who have been 'away' for some three years.

Common started well and initially retained possession to set up a couple of chances on a seemingly excellent 3G playing surface.

Infinity were all over the place from the outset and allowed their visitors a couple of goalscoring opportunities but Common failed to take advantage. Sam Carter was enjoying a free reign along the left flank and John Howard was making an impression down both flanks while Callum Pragnall and skipper Dave Egerton were controlling the midfield.

Common's sorties forward were, on the whole, blunted by a determined and uncompromising Infinity defence who were doing what they should do - defend their goal as if their lives depended upon it. However, Oli Dobson was causing some problems while Dan Hansford took to his new midfield role well.

On fifteen minutes it all changed!! Infinity were gifted the ball as Common sought to break forward and, from some thirty two and a half yards Callum Parker let fly and the ball arrowed into the net with Ben Goble (and another 1,000,001 goalies) beaten.

Infinity 1-0.

While the hosts were visibly boosted, Common slipped back into their shell and had to deal with constant Infinity pressure and be thankful that Ben Goble is such a good custodian. Still, some three minutes later, Common were breached again, this time Daniel Phillips converted a long clearance on 15 minutes.

Infinity 2-0.

Common regrouped and, to their credit, did not buckle but it was difficult to see where a goal was coming from for the visitors.

l to r John Howard, Callum Pragnall, Dan Hansford

Ben Thomson sought Common calm while Ben Mackay and Jamie Way worked their socks of for 'The Cause'.

Half time Infinity 2-0 Common

A turgid start to the second period from the visitors point of view so just as well that Kabir, Carter and Way, in harness in Ben Goble, were alive and alert to any threat.

The skipper's strike ignited hope and for some five minutes the hosts felt the pressure again. Gary Fitzhorswell, Scott Challis and Alex Simmons all came on for Common but Infinity persevered and netted two in the final ten minutes.

Perversely, this was an encouraging Common display, and while the pace Infinity had up top proved to be decisive Common's possession and movement was positive while the new signings all showed ability above and beyond this level.

For me, yes there certainly was encouragement but the final score was a disappointment.... but that was partially offset by two 'Z's.

During the game I spoke to Dave Egerton's partner Zoe Leavers who was with their two boys, Jesse and Leo. So good to see her after all this time... please call again!!!

I left at the final whistle to catch up on our Reserves at Main Road where another Zoe, Powell this time, Matt Powell's wife, saved me some of her 'homemade' cupcakes. Wow!!!

Thank you girls. 

Saturday August 12 - New Forest Care Hampshire Premier League - Senior Division;

Hayling United 2, COMMON 3

Danny's side secured their first three pointer with an excellent battling, determined and committed display against hosts Hayling United.

In Danny's absence Common lined up as follows:-


Five appears to be a recurring number so far this term as it was the number of debutants last Saturday, the number of changes Common had to make to last week's side and five is the total of goals from both games so far!!!

This time Common took the spoils with an outstanding all-round display which so very nearly brought Ben Mackay's first goal for the club!!!

Visiting a side that had, the previous week, earned three points with an 8-3 defeat of Stockbridge, , was obviously going to be a tough ask - even tougher when two of the initial squad pulled out.

However, Dave Egerton's leadership, Ben Goble's goalkeeping and the finishing of Ryan Lambert and Oli Dobson made a good display even better.

All over the park common showed a refreshing desire and they were causing the home defence problems.

Still, as with any good side going forward, Hayling were causing problems of their own by utilising the long ball and the pace they had up top.

Some twenty-five minutes into the game Common moved inexorably into the lead when Matt Wardlaw, Dave Egerton and Gary Fitzhorswell worked to release RYAN LAMBERT who lobbed the goalkeeper from 19 yards.


Jamie Way, Brady Hampton and Ryan Lambert

With Dave Warnes was proving to be a thorn in Hayling's side with several blistering runs down the right flank after which he supplied good ball for the likes of Oli Dobson and Ryan. 

At the other end Common's defending was assured and comfortable but when they did breach the back line (in which Matt Wardlaw and Brady Hampton were exceptional) Ben Goble was as assured as ever.

Ben Mackay was working like a Trojan, as Ben Thomson, Gary Fitzhorswell and the skipper took control of the midfield area and played some neat one touch football before finding Oli, Ryan or  Warnsey.

Just before half time Common had their lead wiped out when a Hayling forward had all the time in the world to rise and head home a colleagues cross from the left.

HT 1-1

After the break both sides had their moments but most efforts were well wide or clearing the intended target.

On 58 minutes Ben Mackay had a glorious opportunity when released on the left side of the 18-yard box but his shot was closer to the Hayling Island ferry than the goal!!!

The right flank had become a major outlet for Common with Warnes terrorising the hosts and it was from this route that Common took the lead. 

Again Warnsey was fed the ball and he beat a couple of opponents before looking up and seeing OLI DOBSON at the near post. The ball was played low and Dobson netted his first goal for the club in three years!!!


No sooner had the celebrations died down than Common were celebrating again when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after noticing a home defender wrapping his arms around Macker. Up stepped LAMBERT and placed the ball to the keepers right; he did not move!!


15 minutes remaining and, predictably, Hayling came on strong. Unfortunately Jamie Way was the victim of an ill-judged tackle so he had to leave the field to be replaced by the battling Dan Burns. Alex Simmons was also introduced (Ben Mackay) but Colden were fighting a rearguard action especially after an 83rd minute goal for the home side.


Common deservedly held on and took all three points from a hard-fought but never dirty game in which the referee saw fit to book nine players - coffers must be getting low!!!

A tremendous victory for the lads and, hopefully, the perfect prequel to a visit to Paulsgrove on Saturday August 19th - ko 3pm.

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC

Well, we approach another season - starting August 5th, 2017 - we have a series of friendlies the stats from which I detail below:

- Saturday July 8th - Away v Hythe & Dibden L 1-5 (Ben Thomson) a good workout against a resilient side but, in the heat, we struggled with match fitness after the break

- Tuesday July 11th - Home v Lyndhurst W 4-2 (Dave Philpott 2, Ryan Lambert, Matt Wardlaw) Another tough test against a very good attacking Lyndhurst side. Scoring 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 3-1, 3-2, 4-2

- Saturday July 15th - Home v Whitchurch United L 1-3 (Ben Thomson) Missed chances at both ends in a very open game. Some reckless challenges but, ultimately, tempers cooled in an end-to-end clash

- Wednesday July 19th - Away v AFC Stoneham Match postponed: Torrential rain on the Tuesday night and during Wednesday caused the match to be re-arranged for the following Wednesday

- Saturday July 22nd - Home v Totton & Eling W 2-0 (Dave Philpott and Ben Thomson) By all accounts a good Common display with Danny revealing the depth of his squad.

- Wednesday July 26th - Away v AFC Stoneham - KO 7:45pm

However, some bad news was the potential loss of Henry Bragginton for the season as he has torn ligaments. We await the extent of the damage and, obviously, wish him well.


Ian Steele
Secretary Colden Common FC

Eastleigh FC hosted Colden Common FC's Annual Presentation and Re-Union Evening, a fitting venue as so many of our past players had /have Eastleigh, previously Swaythling FC connections.

TERRY BARKER (right) looking justifiably smug as he has a fuller head of hair than son (CCFC Manager) DANNY and former player AARON WICKES!!!

ERIC LAVERSUCH (right) has just presented Veteran IAN NASH with yet another CCFC award. 'Nasher' scooped the Vets Players Player and Managers Player of the Year

SAM WILLIAMS earned Players Player for our Development side

DARRENHESKINS lifts Common's major award, Clubman of the Year

DAVE EGERTON (centre) voted Players Player of the 1st Team

CLIVE EGERTON, deserved reward for running our line

Although sitting back and enjoying the speeches, this picture belies the effort and determination expended by LARISSA DIXON and ZOE POWELL as they almost sold out of raffle tickets!!. Hugely appreciated girls.

(l to r) LYN STEELE, KAREN DAVIES and ANGIE BANFORD. Three more Common Crackers who did so much during the evening. Thanks ladies. Meanwhile DAVE BARFOOT abuses the speaker

All in all a tremendous evening to celebrate a good season and share many, many memories of The Friendly Club and it's people, past and present.

Mr. Chairman DAVE HADFIELD take a bow.

Wednesday April 12th, 2017 - at Locks Heath FC

COMMON 4, Locks Heath 2

Leading goalscorer Ryan Lambert looks to capitalise with Alex Brady (8) in close proximity.


Colden Common completed their 2016/17 Hampshire League campaign with a hard-fought, occasionally feisty, encounter against Hampshire Intermediate Cup runners-up Locks Heath, which was played under lights at Locks Heath Recreation Ground.

Despite Dave Egerton being unavailable (work commitments) his Dad, Clive, a past Commoner of some repute, still turned up to run the line for which we are extremely grateful.

Common started brightly with both leading scorer Ryan Lambert and speedster Alex Simmons causing problems going forward.

The Heathens, however, were a threat on the counter by solid defending by Ben Mackay, Henry Bragginton, the outstanding Henry Rule and Dan Burns, in front of Ben Goble between our sticks, denied any goalscoring opportunities or shot's on goal.

The first real chance of the game came on 14 minutes when an outstanding pass from Ryan Lambert set Dave Warnes free to run into Locks Heath's box but, one-on-one with goalkeeper, he dragged his shot wide of the left-hand upright.

Common were to pay soon after as Locks worked the ball down the right flank and, despite a couple of chances to clear the ball Common were undone when the ball was squared across their box  BEN CHAMBERS tapped home from eight yards on 18 minutes. 0-1

Common were shell-shocked and the visitors surged forward looking to increase the lead but Goble was in control and coped well with a couple of corners.

On 21 minutes a rapier-like Common thrust saw Alex Simmons collect the ball on the halfway line and open his stride before reaching the 18-yard box and squaring for the in-marked DAVE WARNES  who beat the keeper with ease to atone for his earlier miss. 1-1

An enjoyable game now descended into handbags and tit-for-tat as both sides sought ways to gain control.

Locks Heath, playing some good football, were a threat down both flanks but the work-rate of Dan Hansford, Sam Chandler and Alex Brady, in front of Common's back four, was integral in denying them opportunity.

An opportunity came Common's way on 37 minutes with the same combination as the first goal reaped reward once more. The ball was cleared by Common and Simmon's turned on the after-burners to catch and out-pace the indecisive Locks left back before again crossing on a plate for WARNES to net his and Colden's second. 2-1.

But, come the break, the scores were level again as Locks Heath won a justifiable penalty on 40 minutes which JOE COLLINS buried with some aplomb, 2-2, Half time

Henry Bragginton defends the near post after a Locks Heath corner

Under the lights an ever-more-fractious clash saw each side enjoy their moments and, although Locks were probably the more threatening, both defences held firm on their respective 18-yard lines.

60 minutes and the deadlock was broken as Alex Simmons earned a hat-trick of 'assists'. He burst down Common's right and crossed a low ball into Locks Heath's box. The ball fizzed past several attempts at goal and clearance before reaching RYAN LAMBERT who, despite mis-hitting his shot, saw it trickle through the legs of the Locks goalkeeper. 3-2 

No more than five minutes later Locks Heath's Jack Pilgrim received a second yellow for charging the Common goalkeeper and was dismissed.

By now everyone was having their say to the referee (very little complimentary) but he stayed the course.

Despite going down to ten men Locks were giving it their all and created a couple of half-chances and several corners but all were dealt with if not capably, then certainly comfortably. Locks Heath used their three substitutes, one of whom floated a perfect free-kick onto their strikers foot but the ensuing volley sailed over.

Common introduced Omar Al Haziazi (replacing Dan Hansford) and his touch and vision almost instantly created a gol. He beat a couple of Heathens defenders on the right flank and played a neat ball through to Lambert but several defenders denied the opportunity of a shot on target.

However, Omar was to make an even more telling contribution on 82 minutes.

Another Common ball worked forward and with a superb touch Lambert fed Al Haziazi on the edge of the box. Outstanding footwork from Omar took him clear of a couple of defenders before he rolled his foot over the ball and chipped the on-rushing goalkeeper to net Common's fourth, a truly outstanding goal borne of class, confidence and huge ability. 4-2

Justin Delon replaced Sam Chandler after the goal The remaining eight minutes were comfortable for Common and they were delighted for Manager Danny Barker and Assistant Ken Brady to end the campaign on a high.

Both Danny and Ken have been outstanding through the season and they alone deserved a win to take them into the summer break.

However, as Danny said after the game, we have built a solid base upon which to construct a better challenge next term and he hopes all this season's players will be around next season to see where it takes us.

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC

Sat, 11/03/2017 - Overton United 0 - 2 Colden Common - Ben Thomson's perfect corner is met by RYAN LAMBERT who put's Common 1-0 to the good at Overton.

This penalty - given for handball - was converted by leading scorer RYAN LAMBERT

Sat, 25/02/2017 Clanfield 3 - 0 Colden Common

HPFL Senior Division

[BELOW] Common apply some pressure but to little avail

[BELOW] Ben Goble punches the ball away from a crowded goalmouth

[BELOW] Ryan Lambert v Clanfield


Saturday February 11th, 2017

HPFL Senior Division

Paulsgrove 2, Common 1

Danny Barker's Common undeservedly tasted defeat on Saturday for the first time since December 3rd.

Paulsgrove started the stronger and
their rapid breaks had Common's defensive four - Hanry Bragginton, Ben Mackay,
Dan Hansford and Henry Rule on the back
foot but any early threat was dealt with
capably the ever-reliable Ben Goble, Common's custodian. A few 'unsavoury' tackles went unpunished by a lenient referee but, by and large, the foul and abusive language was kept to
a minimum as two sides sought to take
the upper hand. For a short while the home side were again in the ascendancy but,
despite a couple of defensive slips,
Common were relatively comfortable
with, once again, Ben Goble
mopping up the 'spills'.
With Darryl Phillips unavailable
Sam Crabbe stepped into the starting XI
while Ben Thomson swapped last weeks
place on the bench with the exciting
Omar Al Haziazi. While managers and Club always advocate being 'good losers'
the manner of this defeat left a nasty taste which was not the fault of either side.

Matt Austin was proving a thorn for Paulsgrove and he prompted several good moves down Common's right flank which would see Ryan Lambert collect the ball, hold it up and then look to release any runners, usually Sam Crabbe.

However, an uncompromising defence held sway until some ten minutes from the break. Another Common surge saw Bragginton feed Austin who, in turn found Lambert; the ball was played into the home sides box and Sam Crabbe somehow beat three players coming back from the by-line and with his back to goal passed to Ben Thomson on the left side of the goal. Ben stepped past a defender and then chipped the goalkeeper and onto the.... far post. The ball bounced back along the goalline before being cleared by Paulsgrove.

Common through Alex Brady, Dave Egerton, Matt Austin and Ben Thomson then gained a measure of control and looked to provide both Sam Crabbe and Ryan Lambert. However, the final ball was lacking and the home side were relatively comfortable.

On 15 minutes a long ball from Paulsgrove's back line had Common trying to recover and Dan Hansford collected the ball to seemingly end the danger. However the Groves Harry Griffen took the ball off Dan's toes and strode forward to finish with aplomb.

Half Time 1-0

Ben Thomson clears the danger

The second period provided much the same as the first with rapier-like thrusts provided by both sets of forwards fed from either long balls (Paulsgrove) or through the side (Common).

Common's back four had settled into a strong unit but the midfield battle was nip-and-tuck.

Chances were few and neither goalkeeper was troubled until the 60th-minute.

Paulsgrove's custodian cleared the ball and it fell to DAVE EGERTON

who, from the centre-circle looked up and returned the ball with interest as it sailed beyond the fraught home custodian and into the net. 1-1.

Brilliant vision, amazing strike. The visitors now held the upper hand as Paulsgrove were obviously deflated but strong defending at both ends was the order of the day. I can only recall once glaring opportunity from either side and it was Common who had cause to rue a missed opportunity from Ryan Lambert.

Dave Egerton attempts to find Will Gange (12) or Matt unsuccessfully

Scott Challis and Alex Simmons all came on for Common but the game was seemingly destined for a draw UNTIL the most ridiculous refereeing decision served to take a point and an unbeaten run away from the visitors.

With just five minutes remaining a Paulsgrove forward shot from the edge of the 18-yard box - with the referee behind him - and the ball travelled through players before taking a wicked bounce in front of our goalkeeper as he dived. However, although Ben Goble fumbled the shot he managed to claw the ball away before it crossed the line. The referee - 20 yards out and directly in front of goal - gave a goal......despite the fact he had no idea (in my opinion) whether the ball had actually crossed the line.

He did NOT consult the club linesman

During the Common protests Henry Bragginton [RIGHT] was shown a straight red!!!

Full Time: Paulsgrove 2, Common 1

Although obviously disappointed Danny was very philosophical about the loss and urged his players to remember the positives and take them into our next game away at Clanfield on February 25th.

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC



Winchester Castle 0, Colden Common 4 - HPFL Senior Division

- Darryl Phillips 51, Ben Thomson 62, Ryan Lambert 67, Matt Austin 76

Completing the 'double' following our 3-2 on Dec 17th

Ben Thomson strikes the free kick which put us 2-0 ahead

[below] Having run across the box, Ryan Lambert beats the home goalkeeper - 0-3

[below] Skipper Dave Egerton provides the cross

Matt Austin - Common's fourth

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC


Saturday February 4th 2017

Hampshire Premier Football League, Senior Division

Winchester Castle 0, Colden Common 4

The desire of Danny's side could not be questioned last Saturday and a shining example came in the 80th-minute of this competitive clash with Common 4-0 ahead.

A mis-placed pass on the edge of our box fell perfectly for a Castle midfielder, he prodded the ball into the box where a home striker lined-up his shot but Henry Bragginton dived in to deflect the ball away. 

Unfortunately it fell to Castle's Liam Magee but as he shot Henry Rule challenged and the ball fell harmlessly to Ben Goble, Common's custodian. Determination at it's best.

Dan Hansford made a welcome return to Common's defence to cover the enforced absence of Matt Wardlaw.

Both sides started the game trying to impose themselves but an end-to-end encounterheld little danger for either goalkeeper. Perhaps the visitors shaded the chances although two good openings for Castles Stewart Beck and Sam Strange were wasted. Debutant Matt Austin was making an impression down the flanks and of several Dave Egerton corner's one fell for Ben Mackay (3) but the rampaging defender failed to connect.

Both Darryl Phillips and Ryan Lambert were receiving the ball from a busy midfield, in particular skipper Dave Egerton, and looking to offload but all too often the move broke down

Indeed it was not until the final minute of the first forty-five that a serious opening was worked. Darryl Phillips released Omar Al Haziazi (who had netted his first for Common the previous week) on the edge of Castles box but as he bore down on goal he shot tamely wide from 12 yards.

Half Time 0-0

After the break Common eventually exerted dominance and a spell of 25 minutes produced four goals for the away side.

On 51 DARRYL PHILLIPS received the ball from Ben Mackay and bore down on goal, he turned inside on the edge of Castle's box and curled a tremendous drive into the top left corner. Super first goal for The Club; 0-1.

Alex Brady now began to make an impression using the ball well but it was substitute BEN THOMSON who was to make an indelible mark. He came on after 50-minutes and his first touch was a free-kick on the right edge of the home sides 18-yard box. He stepped up and, with the help of a wicked deflection, placed the ball beyond a despairing home goalkeeper.  0-2.

No more than five minutes later and another Common first - RYAN LAMBERTS first away goal for The Club. Some 20-yards out he collected the ball from Matt Austin and, although his first touch took him away from goal, he worked his way across the edge of the 18yard box before shooting across the Castle keeper  (4412) and into the net.  0-3.

Common were now surging forward albeit in a controlled footballing fashion and playing some terrific pass and move football and, after one such move, Dave Egerton surged down the Castle left flank, breached their defences and crossed for (yet another first) the impressive MATT AUSTIN to head home on his debut.  0-4

At this point Sam Crabbe and Will Gange joined the fray and the visitors continued to dominate.

However, with the match all but won Common became a little blasé and conceded a penalty. Ben was set as the Castle player addressed the ball... however, after a charge at the ball the Castle player thumped it onto the crossbar and the clean sheet was maintained.

Final Score Castle 0, Common 4

A tremendous second 45 from the Commoners and  it revealed the true quality of Danny's side with the additions he has made.  Common are now unbeaten in seven league games 

Saturday January 14th, 2017 - HPFL Senior Division - Liphook United 0, COMMON 0

Liphook Recreation Ground was fit, if rather 'stodgy', after rain and freeze but the weather was cold and overcast as Danny's troops arrived for their latest Hampshire League test.

Common fielded the following side:



Unbeaten in four Common faced a Liphook side who have not tasted defeat since early September and which, last Saturday, hammered ten past Stockbridge!

However, unfazed Danny and Ken primed the Commoners and then let them loose!

Throughout the first half the game was almost non-stop end-to-end as both sides sought to gain an advantage.

In the first ten minutes the visitors were quickest to settle and after some 19 minutes the Liphook goalkeeper had to produce an outstanding save, diving to his left, to deny the prolific Ryan Lambert.

Liphook moved forward menacingly but more often than not their attacks broke down courtesy of some excellent Common defending or a wayward pass. Indeed the Commoners protection of Ben Goble meant he didn't have a shot to save in the first half hour.Scott Challis was proving to be an important link from back to front for Common and, despite some wayward passing, both skipper Dave Egerton and Alex Brady were seeing their fair share of the ball.Phillips and Lambert were combining well and as a riveting half continued debutant Daryll Phillips found an excellent position to the right of the hosts penalty box but the ball he hoped for wasn't forthcoming as Lambert fooled the hosts and shot just past the post.

Late in the first half Scott Challis was played in by Ben Mackay but, one-on-one with the goalkeeper (unfair really as Scott was chasing the ball) but Liphook's custodian dived at Challis's feet to nick the ball.

Half time 0-0

After the break Liphook were a lot more controlled and enjoyed greater possession but still they found it difficult to breach an outstanding Colden back line with Henry Bragginton, Ben Mackay, Henry Rule and the admirable Matt Wardlaw defending Ben Goble as if their lives depended upon it.

Although Ben Goble was busier than in the first 45 there were few direct shots for our 'last line' to deal with and as Common's confidence grew again the visitors threat became more obvious once more.
Mackays marauding down the left flank was proving a thorn for the home side while Phillips and Lambert were holding the ball up and distributing to the likes of Egerton (constantly available) and the non-stop Harrison Moore (a vital cog in any engine).Omar Al Haziazi, Ben Thomson and Sam Crabbe all entered the fray and it was from a Ben Thomson cross that Daryll Phillips saw his chance although the home keeper maintained his excellence to push the ball away from danger.

Wardlaw at the back was giving one of his best performances for the club, as he stifled the prolific Steve Harding who barely had a shot on target throughout the 90-minutes. Ultimately the game ended 0-0 and that was probably a fair reflection but I think the visitors were the more pleased when the teams came off.

Both Danny and Ken were obviously delighted with the result and the extension of their side's unbeaten run.
We now look forward to visiting Clanfield 'mountain' on Saturday January 21st.

Ian Steele
Secretary Colden Common FC

Saturday January 7th, 2017

Hampshire Premier League, Senior Division

COLDEN COMMON 2, Hayling United 0

Facing by far the most difficult fixture of recent weeks Common manager Danny Barker had to change his line-up several times during the previous few days as players pulled out for a variety of reasons. However, he need not have worried because against the second-placed side his players responded with a tremendous display.

On a slippery surface following overnight rain Common settled first and, playing up hill, were dominating possession. Skipper Dave Egerton, Harrison Moore, Omar Al Haziazi (pictured left) and Scott Challis all played a part in seeking a breakthrough by providing or Ryan Lambert but the visiting defence was steely in it's response. A couple of flowing moves downhill from Hayling were covered by Common's defensive wall of Henry Bragginton, Ben Mackay, Matt Wardlaw and the rock-like Henry Rule in front of Ben Goble, or fell foul of an occasionally over-fussy referee.
Shots on goal were few and far between although the home side were working the better positions as Al Haziazi was proving a thorn in Haylings right side, Alex Brady was outstanding in midfield and Harrison Moore was working like a Trojan up and down Common's right. He worked several promising positions but Hayling were equal to the challenge.
The visiting side were not having things their own way and, as a consequence, the referee came in for a fair bit of 'abuse' with moaning becoming the order of the day. Moans greeted the referee's decision to award a free kick for a definite foul and from the kick Scott Challis and Ryan Lambert each had chances before the ball rolled to DAVE EGERTON who slammed the ball home on 40-minutes...1-0
The half ended with Common comfortable and in the lead. After the break, with the home side having the slope in their favour, the game was similar to that of the first; Common working the better positions although the visitors had upped the workrate and changed to a 4-4-2 formation. However the referee in their eyes was the villain of the peace and that where most of their effort was directed... towards the man in black.


Common's Lambert was like a man possessed as whenever he received the ball he valiantly held it up and fought off any number of Hayling defenders to allow Common to regain their shape on numerous occasions.

Ben Mackay (pictured left) was working well down Commons left and his rapid turn of pace caused all sorts of problems for the visitors although the final ball was either intercepted or lacking.

Common's custodian Ben Goble had been rarely troubled all game and so it proved in the second period although the Humbugs upped the ante and our goalkeeper had another couple of crosses to deal with. Alex Brady was enjoying a terrific game and soon he was joined by Sam Chandler who replaced the tremendous Scott Challis.

Prior to that move manager Danny Barker saw Al Haziazi was suffering fitness-wise so Dave Warnes replaced him to work his magic down the flank.

On 79 minutes Warnsey broke down Commons left and fed Lambert on the halfway line. Ryan then forged forward, beat the Hayling defender for pace and the visiting goalkeeper, despite his despairing dive (pictured below), to net for the fourth game in succession. 2-0

Soon after Ryan was replaced by Justin Delon but the game was now won thanks to a tremendous all-round gutsy, determined Common display with desire and direction which takes the winning run to four games.

Common 2, Hayling 0

Well done the lads but especially to the architects Danny Barker and his assistant Ken Brady

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC

Mon, 02/01/2017 Colden Common 3 - 2 Hedge End Rangers

THE sun was shining for this noon Bank Holiday match between Colden Common and Hedge End Rangers at Boyes Lane. 

That stated, a biting chilly wind was blowing across the pitch thus making it a bit on the ‘raw’ side. Rangers took an early lead when a free-kick from half-way was played into the Common box and taken down nicely on his chest by Faithfull who then turned and struck a fine low finish into the corner of the net. Play settled from there as both teams made some good approach play without turning it into worthwhile opportunities. Common began to look more dangerous in the box as the half progressed. A free-kick from about 25-yards by Egerton clipped the top of the Rangers bar, whilst Warnes received a Lambert pass, took on a visiting defender and shot just over the bar. 

A neat Common move with Warnes and Gange involved, it was passed on to Lambert who crossed into the box but Moore’s shot was deflected behind by a defender. Hedge End worked a good move on the left that ended with Scott shooting at Common keeper Goble. There was a rather interesting last five minutes to the first half. Common were awarded a penalty kick when opponents chased a ball that was going out near to the dead-ball line but it did appear that Cousens had unnecessarily fouled Lambert. 

This was disputed (claims that there was a foul on the defender earlier) but eventually, Lambert [pen] stepped up to hit straight and low as keeper Hixon moved to his left and the scores were level. That was followed by a further Common attack when Lambert made good ground but Rangers defender Roden tackled well to concede a corner. Wardlaw went up for the flag-kick and his header was held by keeper Hixon. The Rangers keeper was looking to move the ball out but Wardlaw was trying to hold him up by challenging about a yard away, the keeper bowled it out and then clearly struck the Common player in the face. The referee had little option but to show Hixon the red card and Rangers had to reorganise with Roden taking the keeper’s jersey. 

The decision that followed seemed rather strange which was a free-kick just outside of the Rangers penalty box. It appeared therefore that the keeper had handled the ball outside the box as he threw it out, which to me, didn’t appear to be the case! The only decision that seemed apparent to the rest of us was another Common penalty, which didn’t happen. The keeper certainly didn’t appear to be outside of his box but the referee, without the availability of neutral assistants (who aren’t normally required to adjudicate on such matters), was left to make the decision himself. Anyway, after all that, the ball was put wide and the scores remained at 1-1 going into the interval. Common made an interval change and Hedge End made a keeper change at half-time as Roden (who had played from 44 to 45+4 minutes in the net) returned to the field and Turner went in between the posts. 

Roden made a good block as the home sub AlHaziazi made a run into the box and tried to shoot, whilst Cousens got a good headed deflection to a teasing Lambert cross. Cousens got forward for Rangers and crossed in but Faithfull headed wide. Rangers were awarded a penalty when Mackay bundled over Scott as he’d forced his way into the Common penalty box. A penalty was given but there was a delay to enable the home player to have treatment and then be replaced by Challis. Up stepped Faithfull [pen] to score his second goal of the game with a firm and low spot-kick that beat the diving Goble. 

The visitors, now ahead for the second time in the game, didn’t retain their lead for very long as Common hit back. Lambert launched a free-kick into the box from the left, Turner got quite a decent connection with his fist out but it fell to Challis, from around 22-yards, who hit it neatly towards goal and it went over the defence and drifted home.

The game moved into the final ten minutes and there were several chances created in the remaining time. Al-Haziazi worked a good chance on the left for Common but his finish didn’t match his approach play, whilst Lambert forced a fine tip over from Turner, who was putting in a competent show between the Rangers sticks. Up the other end, Faithfull was searching for his hat-trick but, as he tried to bundle the ball home whilst under pressure, the ball rebounded off the post.

There were a number of errors in the box that eventually led to a chance to Al-Haziazi but that didn’t go in. Alas, in the first minute of stoppage time, it was Common who went in front for the first time in the game. It came from another set-piece which was again taken by Lambert. He played it to the near post where Gange netted with an impressive diving header at the near post which went inside the near corner. There was still time for further chances for the home side as Al-Haziazi’s firm shot was well saved by Turner and the same player had another effort wide before the final whistle came. 

Full-time: 3-2.

Rangers, who put up a good fight despite being a player short for half the game, remain second off the bottom of the Senior Division table whilst the win puts Common up three places to ninth. As a footnote, the hedge perimeter on the far side of the ground (looking from the dressing room block) provided excellent shelter from the wind. This did mean looking straight into the sunlight but the ‘old flat cap’ did the business, as it has done stoically for many years!! 

[Gary Day]

Saturday December 10th

Main Road Recreation Ground, Colden Common

Colden Common 3, Stockbridge 1

Against a vastly improved Stockbridge side Common secured a deserved 3-1 success courtesy of a brace of goals from RYAN LAMBERT and one converted by DAVE WARNES

Ryan's first was direct from a corner which is pictured below.

Dave Warnes netted for the second time this term to take his club tally to three

Common introduced new signings OMAR AL HAZIAZL and SOLOMON AINA during the game and both impressed with their ability and work rate.

Saturday December 17th

Colden Common Park, Boyes Lane, Colden Common

Colden Common 2, Winchester Castle 1

Ryan Lambert and Dave Egerton each netted for Common as they eked out another deserving victory over a visiting Winchester Castle side which we hadn't beaten since September 2012.

Saturday November 19th - Hampshire Premier League, Senior Division

Andover Lions 2, COLDEN COMMON 2 (Ben Thomson 50, Dave Egerton 72)

Despite another changed side - FIVE of last week's squad were unavailable - and despite falling two goals behind Common managed to extend their unbeaten league run to five games this afternoon following an entertaining encounter with hosts Andover Lions.

Brad Appleby, Scott Challis, Sam Crabbe, Ryan Lambert and Dave Warnes were all, for a variety of reasons, unable to play this afternoon so manager Danny drafted in Justin Delon, Ben Mackay and Alex Simmons and placed himself on the bench!!

The Lions, with a wealth of experience and some quality, started on the front foot playing some good football up to the edge of our box but their final ball was wasteful or intercepted with Dan Burns 'running the show' defensively for Common

The pace of Alex Simmons aligned to Justin Delon's quick feet made good use of Josh Coakley's and skipper Dave Egerton's excellent use of the ball from midfield and common carved the first real chance but Simmon's shot was well-saved by Michael Weatherall in the home goal - you might recall the name as Michael played for us several times back in 2014/15.

It's fair to say that the hosts were more dominant and another quick-fire attack saw the ball played wide right where it was knocked forward and Andover's forward, Lawrence Larbi, controlled the bouncing ball before hammering a volley onto the far post and into the net. 27 mins 1-0

Common suffered a setback when Alex Brady had to depart the action but were able to call upon a more-than-capable replacement in Harrison Moore.

Unfortunately this unsettled the Commoners and some eight minutes after the first goal, Lions doubled their advantage. An attack down Common's left was poorly defended by the midfielder dropping back allowing a cross and from 16-yards Nic Turpin hammered the ball home. 35 mins 2-0

Colden enjoyed brief moments thereafter and Ben Thomson's excellent delivery could (and should) have derived better reward.

Saturday November 19th - Hampshire Premier League, Senior DivisionAndover Lions 2, COLDEN COMMON 2 (Ben Thomson 50, Dave Egerton 72)Common's back line, Henry Bragginton, Ben  Mackay, Matt Wardlaw, Dan Burns and the outstanding Ben Goble were now somewhat under the cosh but they more than coped with the threats and went in at half-time 2-0 down.

While Common had shown enough in the first 45 to give notice they could breach the hosts back line it was, in truth a disappointing last 25 minutes for the visitors.

Danny reminded the players that they were a match for the hosts and Common responded after the usual jittery first five minutes of the second period. In that time Andover could have twice increased their lead but they failed to convert and on 50 minutes Alex Simmons fed BEN THOMSON on the edge of the Lions box and he coolly chipped Weatherall. 50 mins 2-1

A previously confident and composed Andover Lions now began to show they were on edge with Common pushing them further and further back. Delon, Coakley, Thomson and Egerton were calm and composed providing Simmons with a couple of opportunities.

From one of those Alex was down for a while but he recovered to continue to terrorise the home side.

Similarly Common had cause to be thankful to Ben Goble and their defence for a string of vital tackles, interceptions and good saves - they were also blessed with poor finishing from the hosts.

Harrison Moore had become more and more influential in the game and from a ball won by him Common ultimately won a corner. Thomson's pin-point delivery encouraged DAVE EGERTON leap like a Salmon see below) and head the ball downwards and it bounced into the roof of the net; 72 minutes 2-2.

The lions were deflated and in the ensuing ten minutes Common carved chances for both Alex and Justin but they were both crowded out.

The home side applied all sorts of pressure in the final ten minutes but Common were equal to everything they had to give to see the game end 2-2 after a riveting 90-minutes.

Danny and Ken can take much encouragement from this result and second half display and they must also take credit for ensuring that we went out for the second period on the front foot.

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC

Saturday November 13th, 2016 - HPFL Senior Division

COLDEN COMMON 2 (Ryan Lambert 46, Matt Wardlaw 85), Fleetlands 1 (Own Goal 44)

Common extended their unbeaten league run to four games and secured their first league victory since August 27th when visiting Fleetlands were defeated by the odd-goal-in-three.

With Ben Mackay, Justin Delon, Dan Hansford, Alex Simmons and Gareth Snelling all unavailable or injured manager Danny was again forced into change and he took the opportunity to introduce new signing's Ryan Lambert and Bradley Appleby.

Under grey skies and in persistent drizzle Common, skippered by Dave Egerton, were kicking downhill first half and, in truth, for the first ten minutes a well-organised and talented Fleetlands looked as though they would tear us apart. Playing some excellent football to feet they carved us open and fed the flanks enabling good crosses which, to be fair, were excellently defended by Matt Wardlaw, the excellent Dan Burns Henry Bragginton and Alex Brady or confidently taken in the air by Common custodian Ben Goble.

However, slowly the hosts exerted themselves on proceedings and the game became an end-to-end joust with each goalkeeper coming to their respective side's 'rescue' on several occasions.

Ten minutes in debutant Ryan Lambert combined well with Josh Coakley around the edge of the box and a chance was created but the new boy saw his goalbound effort well-saved by the visitors keeper.

Going up the hill Fleetlands continued to feed their wide men and, despite the efforts of Henry and Alex, worked themselves into good crossing positions and, indeed, provided excellent service but the marksmen were off-target or the cross was defended comfortably.

Dave Egerton, Josh Coakley, Scott Challis and Ben Thomson were 'putting it in' both forward and back and it was from a series of exquisite Thomson passes that Ryan Lambert, Sam Crabbe and Josh Coakley were able to fire on target, or almost on target, but the deadlock could not be broken.

Ryan's involvement in the game increased significantly and his efforts were rewarded with further shots but he could not beat the the visiting goalkeeper

Ben's handling between the sticks for Common was exemplary as was his command of the 18-yard box. Defensively Dan Burns (below) was putting in another of those excellent shifts and working his socks off to ensure the visitors were not given gilt- edged chances.

Entering the final minute of the first period Fleetlands won a corner from which the ball was played across, and met by a visiting striker. The ball was aiming for Ben Goble's arms until a cruel deflection from a home defender meant the hosts went in at half time 0-1.

The half-time period over Common made an instant impact upon the second half as another delightful Ben Thomson cross found the ever-willing RYAN LAMBERT  (below right) who nodded home with aplomb to level the scores. 1-1

Common were composed playing up the slope but Fleetlands were more dangerous and several times Ben Goble was called into action with the pick of his saves coming when he pushed a piledriver shot away diving to his left.

Dave Egerton was working overtime forward and back and, with Josh Coakley going forward, they contrived a couple of promising situations for Crabbe and Lambert but the visiting defence were coping comfortably with any threat.

After taking a heavy knock in the first period Henry Bragginton was replaced by Dave Warnes (returning from injury) who was the cause of a few bitten nails (below) but who coped well with a tricky winger.

The game continued to ebb-and-flow as Harrison Moore replaced Ben Thomson and neither side were able to break the deadlock.- However, Common again surged forward as Egers fed Crabbe. The ball was played wide to Warnes and his cross was defended well but went out for a corner. From the resulting kick the ball was a victim of head / deflection tennis before MATT WARDLAW nudged it over the line 2-1

In the final few minutes debutant Brad Appleby replaced a tiring Ryan Lambert and the excellent referee blew the full-time whistle. A tremendous battling display in which we managed focus throughout the 90-minutes. Ryan Lambert was outstanding on debut and Ben Goble was faultless between the sticks.

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC


Vets.... .... Langley 1 - Common 11 (eleven)!!!

With Darling away this week Barks took his merry men of Commoners on the return trip to Langley Manor following the recent disappointing draw in the home fixture.

With conversion of chances being a key issue Barks kept the team talk short and to the point... "when you get a chance score"! And for the first time in Barks' uninspiring career as a football manager it appeared someone was actually listening.

As previously reported the Common old boys have been playing with a creativity this season and Saturday was no exception. Neat and tidy movement of the ball from back to front was causing Manor problems straight from kick off so it was no surprise when after 11 minutes Sheps finished a flowing move to put the Commoners one up. One became two when new boy Burf capped a fine individual performance with a brave finish. He obviously doesn't score many goals based on the look of joy and bewilderment on his face as the ball hit the net!

The back three of wheelie, hawks and chippy had an assured afternoon playing in front of keeper Steve. Their only lap in concentration allowed the home side to pull one back, very much against the run of play. 

This appeared to insult Nash who decided to go straight back up the other end and score. Barks followed that up with number four before Sheps completed a well deserved first half hat trick. 

The first half display was one of the best Common performances of the 21st century. Industry in midfield exemplified by thorpey was one component. His ability to get box to box reminds me of a young Ron Jeremy. The creativity of our play was also highlighted by Norm. He had a hand in most of the goals, a magical display of passing not seen since he took to the stage with his son as Stavros Flatley.

With Barks demanding more of the same in the second half both subs had something to prove. Smithy returned from injury and was willing to risk those handsome good looks in the line of duty. Taking one in the face did not prevent him being involved in a number of second half strikes. And with Ali Walton making a surprise guest appearance, both subs contributed with Ali scoring twice.  Not to be outdone keeper Steve capped his day with a sexy penalty save.

But the final words must be reserved for our eight foot three striker Sheps. He had everything Saturday, good touch, endeavour, dominated in the air and a calmness and serenity in front of goal. His contribution of six goals was testament to a renewed confidence which Darling and Barks hope will be on display in the weeks to come.

Saturday October 29th, 2016: Hampshire League, Senior Division

Locks Heath 0, COMMON 0

Danny took his Common squad to top six side Locks Heath (P10 W5 D3 L2) and came away with a creditable and deserved  point following a 0-0 draw.

Indeed, The Commoners created more real chances than their hosts and could well have taken all three points against a strong but frustrated home side.

Common again had to make changes from the previous Saturday as Dave Warnes (injured), Dan Hansford (ill) Harrison Moore (unavailable) had to be replaced. Dan Burns, Josh Coakley and Gareth Snelling returned to the fold and Colden fielded the following side:-

Ben Goble; Henry Bragginton, Ben Mackay, Dan Burns, Matt Wardlaw; Ben Thomson, Scott Challis, Josh Coakley, Justin Delon; Sam Crabbe, Alex Simmons: Subs- Gareth Snelling, Alex Brady, Dan Barker

Having defeated Hayling United in midweek the hosts started in confident fashion playing long balls down the flanks for their wide men to pick up and, in the early exchanges, the tactic produced some reward although both Ben Mackay and Henry Bragginton worked hard to disrupt and the quality of the Heathens final ball was poor.

Common grew into the game and Ken directed operations from the side as Josh Coakley and Scott Challis were industrious and successful in the midfield area either intercepting or looking to release Alex and Sam up front.

After 15 minutes Justin Delon collected the ball on the halfway line and provided a magnificent ball through to Alex Simmons.

Alex took it in his stride on the edge of the 18-yard box but with pressure from a home defender his effort flew just wide of the far post. Promising. Sam Crabbe was also a menace and he used both strength and skill to create several promising opportunities which were ultimately denied.

At this early stage Locks Heath were growing frustrated and a couple of 'incidents' - admittedly involving both sides - revealed that level of 'frustration'.

The home side continued to feed their wide men and the wide men continued to provide poor ball or, if they managed to find a home player the outstanding Dan Burns and Matthew Wardlaw were on hand to clear the danger allowing Ben Goble to continue his 'nap'!?!?!?

That 'kip' was disturbed however following a well-worked home move through midfield and on to the edge of the box where the ball was played wide. The subsequent cross from the right was a good one but Ben was wide awake and collected the ball seconds before being almost pole-axed by an on rushing home forward. Ben received treatment from Darren and was, fortunately, fit to continue.

Justin Delon was causing some concern for the hosts and after some 35-minutes his 22 yard effort (above) had the goalkeeper scrambling and the ball just cleared the bar.

Alex Simmons was constantly a thorn in Locks Heath's side and he the chance to put Common ahead following a fine move involving Dan Burns, Ben Thomson, Scott Challis and Justin but, under pressure, he fired wide of the target.

Ben provided some excellent service but, to be fair, Locks Heath defended stoutly

Half time 0-0

More of the same would be the best description of the second period although Locks Heath did enjoy more possession but, again, posed little direct threat - all their efforts, including one on target, were from distance.

Josh Coakley was providing useful ball from our midfield, with Scott Challis both outstanding and booked, and Justin who continued to 'annoy' the home side.

Alex Brady replaced the influential Ben Thomson - injury - but little disruption was noticed amongst the Commoners.

Locks Heath continued to work the ball to some 20-yards out but still their final delivery was either over hit or poor.

At the other end Justin's corner was exquisite but Ben Mackay just failed to meet the ball... chance gone.

Ben, Henry, Mackers, Matt and Dan ensured any home threat was extinguished while Josh, Scott, Justin and Mr. Brady ensured a forward momentum with both Alex and Sam looking to capitalise upon.

The last, and best, chance fell Common's way as Scott, Justin and Sam fed Alex who was magnificent in working an opening but, from 16 yards fired high.

Final Score 0-0

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While We’ve Been Away….

To say it’s been something of an up and down close season in the Hampshire League would be something of an understatement !

However, whatever the existing members may feel, spare a thought for those who finished in a promotion place at the level below our Senior Division and have had their hopes of promotion denied. BOURNEMOUTH ELECTRIC have an outstanding record in the Haywards Bournemouth League Premier Division – over the last twenty-odd season’s they have almost always finished as winners or runners-up – and, following second-place last season, sought promotion to Step 7. The club’s denied them that place…

However, it was not ‘victimisation’ aimed at ELECTRIC or anything untoward; rather it was self-preservation. Earlier in the season Hampshire League club’s preference, expressed during a Special General Meeting, was for a sixteen team division for 2016-17 and onward – thus reducing the Senior Division by two - and it was just unfortunate that Bournemouth Electric chose to seek promotion when the club’s were determined to reduce the workload.

So, to accommodate the reduction Champions Baffins Milton and Runners-up Hamble Club were promoted to Sydenhams Div One while Andover Lions and Hayling United came up from Hampshire League Division One. Otterbourne FC folded and, unfortunately, Common were consigned to relegation for the first time in their Hampshire League history…. Or were they?

Some seven days before the official start of the new Hampshire League season all club’s were advised that Headley United were seeking voluntary relegation from the Senior Division because, they felt, that a very young and inexperienced squad would suffer to their and the club’s detriment if they remained in Hampshire League’s top-flight.

At an Extraordinary General Meeting it was proposed by the committee that Headley be granted their wish and they were to be replaced by the formerly ‘relegated’ Colden Common so that the desired 16-team Senior Division would remain.

The club’s voted and the motion was overwhelmingly carried – despite a couple of baffling abstentions – and we were back in the top flight – albeit by a rather curious route!!

Oh, and to bring the curtain down on the meeting the Chairman advised that Puma Engineering have withdrawn their sponsorship of the League. Now, lets get on with the football!

Following our rescinded relegation the first game of another Senior Division campaign ended with a win for the Commoners.

Stockbridge (who had their fair share of problems last season) were our generous hosts this afternoon for a Hampshire League Senior Division game which, while not top quality, provided compelling viewing for the gathered throng.

Common debutant, JUSTIN DELON, registered a hat-trick - a blistering 35th-minute strike from the edge of our visitors box, and two penalties In two minutes - 57th and 59th - finished with aplomb - to make an instant impression, while the inspirational SAM CRABBE (26th minute - IMG 3169) and strong running ALEX SIMMONS (85th minute) sandwiched the threesome to complete a 3-5 victory.

A shaky start with a line-up of Rovetto, Warnes, Mackay, Hansford, Wardlaw; Moore, Bragginton, Delon, Baldachino; Simmons, Crabbe: Subs - Walsh, Williams, Kneller, Burns - soon settled and, although Rovetto had saves to make, Common were in the ascendancy and took the lead when SAM CRABBE nodded home from ten yards out.

No sooner was it 0-1, that it became 0-2 when debutant JUSTIN DELON hit a blistering drive from 18-yards. 2-0

Disappointingly an 'unintentional' (the ref was right) handball gave Stockbridge a lifeline and they netted to make the game 1-2 at half time.

The second period (and how often have we said this?) began with Common in sloppy mood and our defence - Rovetto, Warnes, Mackay, Hansford and Wardlaw - had to be at their best to repel several Stockbridge raids. However, two penalties in two minutes, despatched with aplomb by Delon gave a comfortable margin....... until we started dropping back!!!

Stockbridge took the initiative and netted twice to cause several 'scary moments' in the Common box, 3-4.

Still the game ebbed and flowed and chances were created at both ends but Common were settling on the ball better than in the previous fifteen minutes. Kneller and the outstanding Crabbe were causing all sorts of problems but it was a perfectly flighted through ball from Delon that secured the points as Alex Simmons ran on midst cries for offside to plant the ball wide of the keeper - 3-5. A tremendously entertaining game for the neutral and, with Delon making an indelible mark, Common were the beneficiaries.

Ian Steele

Secretary Colden Common FC


Many congratulations to Colden Common FC Veterans side as they secured the Southampton League's Veterans Over 40's Division Championship following a 5-1 success at Humble Plumb today.

The scenario going into today's games was if BTC Southampton won the title would be theirs. However, their opponents, WINCHESTER OLD BOYS, helped to scupper the Southampton side's title aspirations as they held their hosts to a 3-3 draw allowing Alan Darling's Common Vets to take the silverware.

Saturday April 9th, 2016

Hampshire League Senior Division

At the sound of the final whistle Otterbourne's goalkeeper let out a scream of relief as his top three side had been scared to death by bottom dwellers Colden Common!!!

For the neutral this was a good game which ebbed and flowed from end to end.

Otterbourne, seeking to break into the top two, started the better wind assisted going up the Colden Common Park slope.

Their football was clever, concise and attacking but it lacked a finish around the edge of the box. Max Rovetto had to be alert on a couple of occasions when indecisive defending allowed the visiting forwards a shot toward goal.

Max Rovetto was particularly critical of the defence but saved his most stinging criticism for Common's midfield. At the back the excellent Steve Hercock, solid Matt Wardlaw, and Captain Dan Hansford with the never-say-die Ben Mackay in support had their work cut out but they dealt, in harness with Max, with most everything if not comfortably then with a 'last ditch' tackle an interception or a save!!!

Common's midfield was being by-passed as the visitors played the ball around the likes of Henry Bragginton, David Warnes, Oli Adams and the mobile Ben Mackay but each were putting in a serious workload to try and stem the flow.

Unfortunately another Otterbourne foray forward saw them double their lead on 40 minutes.  Another well-constructed attack ended with a shot which hit the bar but the rebound was headed home to give Otterbourne a 2-0 advantage.

That goal seemed to release the tension in Common's ranks and they began to come to terms with their visitors to such an extent that we reduced the arrears on the stroke of half-time.

However, the pace of Alex Simmons in harness with the strength of Sam Crabbe and the guile of Oli Adams gave Common a couple of sighters going forward to ensure that Otterbourne were aware we carried a threat.

A series of corners for Otterbourne, three in a short space of time, seemed to un-nerve the hosts and a half-clearance from one was collected by the visitors. They worked their way into the box before the ball was played out to the left edge and an Otterbourne forward fired home. 0-1
                                                                   MAX ROVETTO
Another Otterbourne attack was broken up by Dan Hansford who played the ball wide to Dave Warnes. Warnsey looked up and saw OLI ADAMS who he released on the right side of Otterbourne's box. Oli took the ball inside, beat a couple of Otterbourne defenders while heading toward goal and, from an acute angle, fired beyond the Otters goalkeeper and into the net.

1-2 Half time.

The second period was a mirror of the first really, the visitors starting brightly but Danny Barkers Common finding their feet and more than 'coming to the show' once again.
                                                                    STEVE HERCOCK
Steve Hercock was bullish while remaining composed in Common's defence and even had time for a 'discussion' with managers Danny and Ken on the touchline before getting on with a particularly impressive performance. Alex Brady suddenly came to life and he was choosing the right ball from midfield to unsettle The Otters and seek out Alex Simmons who was unfortunate not to benefit on a couple of occasions.

Sam Crabbe's workrate was now high octane along with Warnsey and the struggling Oli Adams who had taken a knock. Henry Bragginton shared the belief that was coursing through the bottom side and Otterbourne were now on their 'uppers'..... but they still held a threat and they increased their lead courtesy of a sloppy Common pass. The ball was picked up by Otterbourne in the centre circle and played forward to an area about 25 yards from goal where Mitch Parker unleashed a volley that was in the net before anyone could move!!! 1-3. Still Common responded and reduced the arrears almost immediately.
                                     ALEX BRADY
Ben Mackay collected the ball from Dan Hansford and surged forward to the edge of the 18-yard box. He flicked a ball into Sam Crabbe's feet and he, in turn, played the ball across goal for DAVE WARNES to nod home from four yards. 2-3.
Now the hosts were in the 'box seat' and with Otterbourne (surprisingly) tiring Common looked to take advantage by introducing Sam Dixon (Steve Hercock), Sam Williams for his debut (David Warnes) and Matt Powell (Oli Adams).

Otterbourne still held a threat but more and more they were blunted as Matt Wardlaw and Dan Hansford controlled the Common back line.
Although the hosts had the lions share of the ball chances were few and far between with Alex Simmons featuring in the best moment but he could only fire his shot just over the crossbar. 
Ultimately, the Otterbourne goalkeeper's relief was shared by all the visiting camp and Danny Barker's Common can consider themselves unlucky not to have shared the spoils.

Full Time 2-3.

MATCH REPORT – Saturday March 19th, 2016


Players at opposite ends of the pitch were the the ‘Stars of the Show’ for Common as the villagers secured victory after falling behind in the tenth minute.

A penalty save and several top-drawer stops would have put Common custodian Max Rovetto in the Man-of-the-Match bracket were it not for ALEX SIMMONS fulsome foursome.

Playing up the slope in the first half Hedge End dominated proceedings and deservedly took the lead on 10 minutes. Their third corner was sent over from the attacking left flank and Hedge End’s defensive kingpin, ANDREW BAUCK, swept the ball home. 0-1

Common were stunned into inactivity and their failure to close the opposition down saw Hedge End break through the middle and when the ball fell to Steve Bauck a goal looked certain. However, Max Rovetto came to the rescue with a wonderful save at the strikers feet.  Another Hedge End foray ended in another corner from which Rovetto again made a critical save but the ball deflected off a Common defender and onto Dan Hansfords elbow.... ‘penalty’ said the ref. This was, of course, hotly disputed and rightly so but the decision stood. Up stepped goalscorer Andrew Bauck but Rovetto dived to his left to pull off a stunning save.

Max’s heroics deflated The Enders somewhat and Common made them pay  on 30-minutes when Ben Mackay fed David Warnes. Warnsey found Henry Bragginton who released ALEX SIMMONS to run on and beat Hurst in the Hedge End goal. 1-1

Common were now more prominent but still lackadaisical in some areas allowing Hedge End several breaks up field. From one Shergold was completely free but Hansford recovered before Rovetto made another brilliant save and punched the ball away.

Matt Wardlaw, Sam Dixon, Andy Furness and Hansford were under the cosh but dealt with almost all that came their way, that they did not was address by the star custodian. Half time 1-1

During  the break the ‘haidryer treatment’ was applied in the home dressing room and Commoners re-emerged with tender ears!!

The second half was a totally different game of football with the home side more and more involved as the players applied the managers will. Throughout the side there was a verve and determination to impose upon the visitors.

Oli Adams, Warnes, Bragginton and Mackay were now dominant while Sam Crabbe and  Alex Simmons were a constant threat but there was still plenty to defend as Hedge End broke often and dangerously.

However, it was Common who would take the advantage when SIMMONS collected Hansfords clearance and ran clear of the visiting defence to put the hosts 2-1 ahead on 55 minutes. Some five minutes later Alex was at it again to give Common a 3-1 advantage and register his hat-trick.

Still Hedge End battled and broke forward at pace. One such break down Common’s left saw a throw-in directed at Andrew Bauck who won the ball, flicking it on for LUKE SHERGOLD to convert; 3-2.

Alex Brady came on for Ben Mackay and, with 75 minutes on the clock he received the ball from Oli Adams and found ALEX SIMMONS who netted his fourth, a class finish curling the ball around the keeper and into the net. 4-2.

Scott Challis and Steve Hercock each came on for Adams and Furness, respectively and Common saw out a cracking encounter with three points, and their first win over Hedge End for three years, in the bag



Sat, 27/02/2016

For the first time since September 3rd, 2015, Colden Common - on Saturday February 27th, 2016 - won a game of football!Of the intervening 19 games we had drawn 4, with three of those draws coming with our last three games... so improvement was well under way.

The coup-de-gras, however, came on Saturday when goals from SCOTT CHALLIS, HENRY RULE, MATT WARDLAW and ALEX BRADY secured a 4-1 defeat of visiting Stockbridge.

However, we started slowly and it was the visitors who toook the lead on 35-minutes. Fortunately we then upped the ante and equalised before the break.

Credit to Stockbridge for giving us another tough encounter but, come the final whistle, the delight of all Commoners was hard to contain.

Manager Danny Barker, assistant Ken Brady and Physio Darren Heskins deserve all the praise going for such a sweet moment but we all realise it is only the first few steps of a tough ask as we seek to move away from the relegation zone.


Title-winning manager Danny Barker returns to the Colden Common helm
DANNY Barker has returned to Colden Common as manager after a gap of six-and-a-half years.
Barker, who guided the club to the Hampshire League title in 2008/09, replaces out-going duo Sam Dixon and Ken Brady who stepped down in the wake of Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Overton United.
Common are enduring a tough season, marooned at the bottom of the Senior Division with just seven points from 20 games.
Ironically, Saturday's display was described by chairman Dave Hadfield as 'one of our most committed and honest this season', but Dixon and Brady have opted to relinquish their roles in the hope that a change of direction will turn the club's fortunes around.
Hadfield explained: 'Sam, since the managerial role was thrust upon him in November last year, and Ken (Common's first Hampshire League manager in harness with 'Rocky' Garrett back in 1985) have moved heaven and earth in their efforts to push the club onward and upward but, particularly in the wake of a lack-lustre team display at Hedge End recently, acknowledge that a change of leader may have the desired impact.
'Danny is keen that all players and staff remain with the club as he views a 'united front' as the firmest foundation from which to build'.
'The officers and members of Colden Common FC wish Danny well in his new role.'
Since leaving Common, Barker has managed the likes of Romsey Town, Sporting Bishops Waltham and QK Southampton.
The ex-Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Andover and AFC Totton defender has more recently been playing for Whitchurch United in the Sydenhams Wessex League.

SATURDAY 23rd Jan 
GROUNDHOPPER KEITH ASLAN - (from Broadstairs, Kent)
Colden Common v Fleetlands; - Hampshire Senior Division;

Result: 3-3; Admission: Free; Programme: £1; - Attendance: 21 (16 home, 4 away & 1 neutral)
There's only one team in Hampshire for paper fetishists and it is a long time ago since I last visited Colden Common. I remember absolutely nothing about the game but the superb programme sticks out in the memory.
The quality hasn't dropped and the best part of 25 years on, another terrific issue with the Editor cum Secretary cum Linesman, Ian Steele, producing another cracker. He's being doing them every season for the past 30 plus years, a labour of love, and this in a league where programmes are about as rare as an Aston Villa victory.
Colden Common is a village between Winchester and Eastleigh, and for public transport junkies it is the latter station you need to go to. Although only every two hours the X9 timetable fits in perfectly with a 2 o clock kick off, but not one at 8 minutes past which is when today's match finally got going.
Having been forced to leave their village green headquarters due to changing room issues (not particularly serious ones as they played their first five games back there, presumably due to cricketing conflicts) they aim to return permanently. Not that there's anything wrong with the current set up. Located on the outskirts of town in a country park, it has all the requisite new facilities including the all important hall to serve hot drinks, set in glorious countryside. But it's remoteness is the problem for the club. When they played in the centre of the village, everybody knew they were there and the club maintained a high profile. Attendances have suffered since the move and I wish them well in their attempt to return. Also the old ground was right next to the village pub which apparently helped to attract players! No matter what the weather brings, one thing the "Commoners" won't need to worry about is fixture congestion, having whipped through their first 8 games, almost a quarter of the season's fixtures, by the end of August.
Colden Common's most famous son is Steve Guppy who began his career playing here, scoring in the equivalent fixture in 1995. "Gupps" played for a number of clubs, most notably Leicester City and Celtic and was inexplicably a full international. Who will ever forget his solitary appearance in a friendly against Belgium during England's "Desperation Years" (1970-2016). Today his first club are rooted to the bottom of the Hampshire League with seven points, although why, this is beyond me judging by today's match. They were full value for their point in a scintillating game of football and they won't be bottom much longer if they can play like this on a regular basis. Great match, fantastic programme, what more could you want from an afternoon? Well just one thing actually, a 2 o'clock kick off.

Definition of a ‘Groundhopper’
There are two………A small predominantly brown insect that resembles agrasshopper and has well-developed wings. Family Tetrigidae, order Orthoptera: several species, including the European common groundhopper(Tetrix undulata)
Or, and more relative to what we are looking at….
Groundhopping is a hobby that involves attending matches at as many different stadiums or grounds as possible. Participants are known as groundhoppers, hoppers or travellers. Largely a football-related pastime, groundhopping probably found its origin in football in the 1970s in England. There is no universal set of rules for counting ‘hopped grounds’, although a generally accepted one is that a match must have been seen at the ground while many Groundhoppers will only travel to club’s that produce programmes.


Danny Barker's third game in charge in his second spell at the club ended with no reward despite an encouraging display against a rugged, hard-working Clanfield side who were a bit more 'switched on' in the forward areas.

Dan Hansford wins another header watched by (L to R) Alex Brady, Henry Bragginton, Connor Dalton and Ben Andrews

Common, with Ben Andrews and Henry Bragginton making their first starts. started brightly and created the potential of a chance in the first five minutes following a surging run from Ben Mackay but his cross eluded Sam Crabbe and David Warnes before Clanfield cleared.

On a heavy, uneven surface both sides were finding it difficult to keep possession so the game became an end-to-end affair but with neither side testing the opposing custodians.

However, on 23 minutes an enterprising break down Common's left saw Clanfield break into the box and DAN COLEMAN hit a rasping drive into the roof of the net to put the home side 1-0 ahead.

Henry Bragginton was like a Terrier in the middle of Common's midfield and he won plenty of ball before seeking out Ben Mackay or Alex Brady in an effort to prompt Common forward. He found Connor Dalton some 16 yards out but Dalton's shot sailed over the bar. Clanfield were well-equipped to counter but the back line of Sam Dixon,Matt Wardlaw, skipper Dan Hansford and Ben Andrews all combined to avoid Max Rovetto being troubled with any direct shots on target.

The game continued to flow from one end to the other but the quality of the respective 'final ball' was poor, defended well or the wrong option was chosen

Half Time 1-0

Ben Mackay, Sam Crabbe and David Warnes (L to R) surging forward once more

After the break Clanfield were more 'involved' as they upped their workrate but still Rovetto saw little action (apart from a verbal spat with some Clanfield supporters) but the same was true at the other end. Crabbe held up good ball, Warnes was working his socks off and Ben Mackay continued to threaten down the hoe side's left but Clanfield closed quickly to negate any danger.

Scott Challis, Nick Kemp and Gareth Snelling all came off the bench but, although there were a couple of 'nearly efforts', including Dan Hansford's shot that went out for a throw-in!!! Common did not give the home goalkeeper much to do.

Toward the end of the game Common skipper went in with a high foot on the home goalkeeper prompting a second yellow card and subsequent dismissal.

Final Score Clanfield 1, Common 0.

Despite the loss the attitude, desire and commitment for the visitors was good and some of the football on a difficult surface was very encouraging.

Danny is doing his stuff but being rock bottom does not court Lady Luck and, at present, we are having no luck at all.

Nick Kemp, Scott Challis, Henry Bragginton, Sam Dixon and Dan Hansford all admire the view from atop Clanfield 'mountain'


New manager DANNY BARKER took charge of his first game on December 12th - a visit from Liphook United - which, although ending in a 0-2 loss (two stunning goals late in the game), Danny will have been pleased with his team's effort, application and committment.

However, there was little threat from his Common side - aside from a 1st half Ben Mackay header which hit the crossbar and a late rally but it rarely troubled the visiting goalkeeper.

The neutral in the crowd would have considered a share of the spoils to be all Common deserved but as Max Rovetto was the busier custodian, Liphook will argue that the right result was achieved.

Danny introduced Joe Urquhart, Dave Warnes, Matt Kneller - Common debut for all and Gareth Snelling (unused sub) to The Club as he honoured his promise to boost numbers.

The following Saturday - December 19th - we travelled to Danny's old club, QK Southampton, where a 45-minute lack-lustre display from Common allowed the hosts to storm into a deserved 3-0 lead - despite, again, some heroic save's from Mr. Rovetto. Although The Common woke up for the second half - a 1-1 draw (Sam Crabbe) - the damage was already done and the game was lost 4-1.

Gareth Snelling and Tyler Lewis each made their debut. Joe Urquhart, who has made an immediate impact, was lost to the game midway through the first period through injury which hopefully will have cleared in time for our trip to Headley United on January 2nd, 2016

The first half 'performance' revealed the real tasks Danny has to address within the current squad but, perhaps, his biggest task is to try and restore confidence amongst all the players before they step on the park.

That done, only positive results can strengthen any chjanged mindset, so let's hope 2016 will start with a bang for The Commoners as we face Headley United (away), Clanfield (Away), Hedge End Rangers (Home), Fleetlands (Home) and Stockbridge (Home), during the month of January.

Danny and Ken Brady are prepared to do whatever they can to lift The Club out of the doldrums. We are all behind them in their efforts.




Saturday December 12th, 2015 - Hampshire Premier League Senior Division

Colden Common 0 Liphook United 2


Another Saturday game which was not aided by an end to end wind and a greasy surface and I don’t think any player or spectator would have ranked this as a classic.

The significant action of the first half happened early and late. In the first few minutes Ryan Angear of Liphook, who was playing in the back four, came up from the back to sting the hands of Common keeper Max Rovetto. From the ensuing corner Alex Elcombe shot wide. Then at the other end Sam Crabbe had a good chance but his glancing header went wide.

Through the half there were few chances with probably the best being a Sam Gray header that flashed across the Common goal. Then just before half time, both sides had chances to open the scoring. First, from a corner, Ben Mackay’s header glanced off the cross bar and over the at the other end Josh Marshall unleashed a vicious shot that Rovetto parried away at his near post.

With the benefit of the wind in the second half, Liphook started the brighter and Alex Yates flashed a shot across goal.

In the middle of the half there were two minutes that sealed the game. After 68 minutes the Common defence only half cleared a Rich Covey free kick and Josh Marshall pounced to send a shot that Rovetto could only get his fingertips to as it sped into the top corner. Then 2 minutes later Steve Harding got on the end of a through ball to shoot into the roof of the net from close range.

Both sides looked composed in defence but, if Common are to escape relegation, they will have to produce much more up front. Liphook are in transition but their side still contains match winners which will ensure their share of victories.

Roger Allen

Saturday October 15th, 2015 - SOUTHAMPTON SENIOR CUP

Saturday October 10th, 2015 - Hampshire Premier League Senior Division

Infinity 2, COMMON 2

Common worked their collective 'socks off' this afternoon against fifth-placed Infinity to thoroughly deserve a point from the hosts in an increasingly tempestuous encounter.

Manager Sam Dixon had a 14-man squad to choose from including Ben Mackay who had missed the previous four clashes and goalkeeper Max Rovetto (for whom Steve Hercock deputised so capably the previous week).
The starting line-up included a sickly Steve Hercock who, despite warming the toilet seat all morning, announced his readiness to play.

The game opened with the home side applying pressure down the flanks - ex-Commoner Ryan Moth featured on the left for Infinity - but defensively Common were sound with skipper Dan Hansford (who was to have an influential part to play) sweeping all that went beyond Sam Dixon and Matt Wardlaw.

Both Steve (Squits) Hercock and Andy Furness were employing their free roles well defensively so Max Rovetto had little to do.

Although Infinity dominated possession Common still broke forward and on several occasions found the exceptional Sam Crabbe who would either hold the ball up or move it on seeking Alex Brady or Scott Challis both of whom were supporting ably.

However, the increasing threat came from the hosts through Moth and it was he who forced the opening goal on 24 minutes. A Colden foray forward was broken up and Infinity broke swiftly down their right to Moth who beat Furness and then crossed for an onrushing forward but it was Dan Hansford who unwittingly put the ball in his own net. 1-0. 

Squits Hercock had to be replaced as he was in danger of leaking so Sam Chandler came on to fill the left wing back role with Andy Furness moving to the right

Although Infinity now tried to increase the pressure Common coped well and following a swift move down the left flank involving Sam Chandler, Scott Challis and the influential Mo Aslami the visitors won a corner. Alex Brady took the 27th-minute kick and under challenge from Sam Crabbe the home goalkeeper flapped at the ball which fell for Crabbe to backheel home from approx 75mm; his first goal for Common. 1-1.
It didn't stay that way for long however. A dubious free-kick was awarded to Infinity some 25-yards out and from that kick Sam Floyd stood his ground to net with a header on 28 minutes; 2-1.

Once again Colden responded positively and with Ken Brady leading from the sidelines sought a second leveller. Henry Rule was having a huge influence in his holding/spoiling role and more often than not came up against seven foot Sam Floyd in what was to be a tremendous battle all afternoon.

Meantime Infinity were causing problems and it took some excellent goalkeeping from Max Rovetto and critical interventions from Sam Chandler and Andy Furness to deny the home side chances.

As the game approached half-time Common managed to conjure the goal of the game. Chandler started things again down Common's left and found Mo Aslami. He in turn found Scott Challis who swept a ball into the hosts box where Alex Brady swept the ball home from 17 1/2 yards. 

2-2 Half Time. 

The second period was never going to match the first and, unsurprisingly, it did not. It has to be said that Infinity held most of the possession and created several very good chances which were thwarted through a combination of very poor finishing and good defending / goalkeeping.

On the occasion Common broke free from Infinity possession both Sam Crabbe and Mo Aslami could not find a worthwhile shot on target. Scott Challis was once again covering every blade and Alex Brady was also providing good movement for any potential breakaways. 

Sam Floyd was Infinity's main target but he finished poorly when given the opportunity.
When Common broke they did so with pace and Scott Challis had an excellent chance when he challenged the home goalkeeper only for a free-kick to be given to the Infinity custodian.

Matt Powell and Ben Mackay each entered the fray - replacing Scott Challis and Alex Brady - and each were instantly involved.

Infinity were becoming frustrated at their inability to finish off the Commoners but the hosts maintained a high level of possession although still without the major gain of a goal.

Common were now defending desperately but in the final few minutes again broke forward through skipper Dan Hansford. One on one as he approached the goalkeeper his final touch was poor and a lunging challenge for the free ball resulted in a heavy clash with Infinity's keeper and a red card for Hansford.

Obviously tempers flared and words were said and the situation could well have spiralled out of control. Disappointingly the referee was not able to quell the 'disturbance' it was down to the managers to settle things down for the last couple of minutes.

At the final whistle there were again 'rumblings of discontent' when players from both sides were speaking out of turn but a potentially explosive situation was calmed and the players were left to consider two points dropped or a point gained???

Final score 2-2.    

This was a committed Common display from all fourteen members, full of belief, ability and no little last-ditch defending. Credit to you guys for taking a point of a strong top six side.

Saturday October 3rd - Hampshire Intermediate Cup, 1st Round


When the draw for the Hampshire Intermediate Cup was made and this 'local derby' was pulled out of the hat, few people will have envisaged the differing fortunes being enjoyed / endured by each club.

A whole division stood between the two sides as top-placed Otterbourne entertained Common, sitting at the foot of the table.

A further difficulty was encountered by Common manager Sam Dixon when goalkeeper Max Rovetto cried off some 1/2 hours before kick off - STEVE HERCOCK donned the claret jersey.

The home side opened well and their quick movement and intelligent running, coupled with some slow reactions from the Commoners, saw CHRIS MASON (9) and then LUKE POTHECARY (11) give Ottebourne a 2-0 head start.

However, Common rallied and for the remainder of the half were unlucky not to reduce the deficit with the outstanding SAM CRABBE working well up front ahead of the impressive CONOR DALTON and ALEX BRADY. ANDY FURNESS (when not discussing the merits or otherwise of any given decision by a poor referee) was unfortunate not to find the net when his rasping shot cleared the bar forcing another member of the 'Ball Recovery Team' into the woods.

STEVE HERCOCK was not disgracing himself between the posts and, to be fair, a relatively solid back line - DAN HANSFORD, MATT WARDLAW, SAM DIXON with FURNESS and CRAIG VINCENT dropping back from their defensive / midfield roles coped generally well but a rapid Otterbourne break on 38 minutes ended with an exquisitely placed MASON shot into the top right corner - 3-0 and half time.

MO ASLAMI was struggling to impose himself on the game but he worked tirelessly with HENRY RULE to try and impact for Common in the middle of the park but still the home side were causing problems and on 51 minutes MASON completed his hat-trick. 4-0

SAM CHANDLER, MATT POWELL and SCOTT CHALLIS all came on for Common (replacing Mo Aslami, Alex Brady and Andy Furness) and Common managed to - in fits and starts - impose themselves on the game with CRABBE still providing some excellent work and WARDLAW becoming more and more dominant at the back.
HERCOCK was called upon to intervene when The Otters Tom Richards was clear but a bouncing ball was well-defended by the visiting goalkeeper before the two players collided.

The home side continued to look the more likely scorers but a combination of solid defending and some poor finishing meant the game ended 4-0.

Common's young side with CRABBE putting in an excellent 90-minutes have much to learn but, it seem's, they are slowly but surely upping the ante to give all Commoners hope that a poor run can be turned on it's head.
As for Otterbourne they are a very good side and one that will challenge for league and cup honours when the season draws to a close.


Southampton Senior Cup, Round 2.

Winchester City Res v Colden Common - Thurs October 15th - ko 7:45 at the Denplan ground, Winchester.

Saturday August 8th, 2015


Colden Common 2, Baffins Milton Rovers 5

Hugely influential for Common with another
excellent display

Scorer of our first goal

Following an impressive and determined opening victory against Paulsgrove last Wednesday, Colden Common started the meeting with last season's Runners-Up Baffins Milton Rovers in confident mood.

Unfortunately, some old defensive frailties came back to haunt us as the visitors netted three times in the opening eleven minutes!!

Baffins poured through a leaky midfield and stretched a static defence to score through TYLER YATES (2) and JAMIE WHITE.

However, at 0-3 down we then woke up and started to comply with the management instructions!!!

We were now keeping the ball and finding our own players as we sought to reduce the arrears.

LOUIS BALDACCHINO was again proving a thorn in the visitors side and he determined that he would 'make the difference'. Indeed he did and the game turned on it's head with Common creating chances through Baldacchino's strong running and intelligent use of the ball. SIMON WATERS was also instrumental as he looked to involve players running through from midfield where HENRY RULE, SCOTT CHALLIS, ANDY FURNESS and Louis found their feet and began to press.

On 26-minutes BEN MACKAY found AIDEN REED down the left flank from which Aiden won a corner. From the resulting kick MATT WARDLAW volleyed side-footed into the net; 1-3.

Common, although still troubled by long diagonal balls from the visitors, were now much more threatening with GRANT BROWN combining well with Andy Furness and Louis down the right flank.

Another Common surge forward saw Louis get to the by-line and drag the ball back but to no avail as Common were not rapid enough to fill the box.

MAX ROVETTO was called into action several times at the other end and, aside from one tremendous save, had little to trouble him thanks to the defensive work of skipper DAN HANSFORD and an improving Matt Wardlaw in the centre of Common's defence.

Half-time 1-3

After the break Common were again found wanting as Baffins applied the pressure. After 50-minutes CHAZ GARDNER capitalised on a defensive error and six minutes later Common's midfield and defence was torn asunder as Baffins netted again through DANNY RIMMER; 1-5

Back to the hard graft once more and, again, Common responded well. SAM TREADAWAY replaced the injured Henry Rule and ALEX BRADY came on for a struggling Aiden Reed and again a level of composure was regained by the home side.

Composure however was not apparent in the home goal as Max found justifiable cause to complain to the referee and our opposition about a couple of challenges. There was no quick fix!! Player/Manager SAM DIXON came on to replace Matt Wardlaw.

The game now became thrust and counter-thrust with Baffins looking the more dangerous but one last hurrah for the hosts saw ALEX BRADY curl a super strike beyond the excellent visiting keeper (Derek Harding) and into the top corner. 2-5

All in all a disappointing second game by the Commoners but credit to the guys who responded to their own frailities and sought to make amends which made the game a closer contest than the scoreline suggests.

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 - Hampshire Premier League Senior Division