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 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.

On Saturday, Common travel to Andover Lions - ko 2pm

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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