Colden Common FC are delighted to announce a 'partnership' with TAYLOR WIMPEY who have become the Club's major sponsors.

In difficult times for our club, this committment from a National Company will serve to galvanise and inspire Colden Common FC.

The Officials and members of Colden Common FC extend their sincere thanks to TAYLOR WIMPEY.

Saturday March 18th, 2017

Hampshire Premier, Senior Division

COMMON 1, QK Southampton 6

Visiting QK SOUTHAMPTON were seeking to avenge a home defeat by Danny's lads a few weeks back, and they had little trouble achieving that aim.

A disappointingly poor Common display saw us ship FOUR first half goals against the slope and a further two when the visitors went with the hill.

One of few 'bright moments' was when BEN THOMSON reduced the arrears on 75 minutes with a precisely-placed shot beyond the QK keeper. However, thoughts of a 'stunning comeback' were short-lived when the away side converted a penalty to complete the scoring.

I heard a Commoner say; '...they only had six shots on target...', yes that may be the case but they all went in and we could only muster a solitary attempt between the sticks.

We must put it down to a 'bad day at the office' as desire, commitment, pride and determination were largely lacking (apart from a couple of Commoners who were prepared to work their socks off) and if we perform in a similar manner at Fleetlands on Saturday, against Bush Hill on Wednesday March 29th and when visiting Locks Heath for our final game of the campaign on Wednesday April 12th we will surely feel the impact of significant losses.

Danny and Ken do not deserve that.

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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