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.


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.

The Club's Annual Presentation Evening (Friday May 27th) will heartily acknowledge this achievement.

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.




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