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January News Update
On behalf of Chipstead FC, I would like to wish all our readers a very Happy New Year!
The 1sts couldnít have had a tougher start to 2013 with back to back matches against a formidable Hildenborough Athletic, who are once again up there challenging for the title. A disappointing 5-1 home defeat was followed by another defeat, this time 3-1 at their Tonbridge ground. A much improved away performance ended in disappointment with Hildenborough taking all 3 points with 2 goals in the final 5 minutes. Languishing 3rd off bottom, our aim at the start of the season was to stay in the Premier Division and that still remains our target. Our 2nds are currently propping up Reserve Division West of the Kent County League with no wins to date. This has been a year of significant change for the Reserves with many young players coming into the side. It has been difficult, but we are optimistic that we can start stringing a few wins together now that performances are improving and the new players are starting to gel as a team. Following an inconsistent start to the season, our 3rds are now on a roll with 5 straight victories, an 8-4 win at the week-end against the league leaders moving them up to 4th place. Meanwhile our Veterans team donít seem to have played very much of late. They have similar problems to our 2nds with many new faces still getting to know one another. Everyone seems to be enjoying their football nevertheless, which is good news.
Itís been a very good season to date for our junior club teams. Our U18s are unbeaten and top their division, our U17s are 2nd in a very competitive division, our U16s are now joint top but have played more games than the other 2 teams sharing top spot, our U15s are 3rd with games in hand, our U14s are not faring quite so well but are looking for better results in 2013, our U13s are 3rd in the top division of the Crowborough League, our U12s have moved into 2nd place after an indifferent start, whilst our U11s won their 9 v 9 league and have stepped up to play at a higher level from January onwards.
All our mini-soccer teams at U10, U9 and U8 are doing exceptionally well with most results going our way; although everyone likes to win, enjoyment takes precedence with youngsters at this age.
Our Saturday morning coaching kicked off again on Jan 5th; whilst it was noticeable that quite a few were still away, the numbers were back up on the 12th when we had an excellent turn out. The presence of Coerver coaches added to the session and the response from parents and children alike has been very favourable. We will be looking to bring in Coerver on a regular basis to keep the coaching enjoyable and challenging. And it also gives our club coaches a bit of a break!
Next up on the social front is a possible Race Night in March or April Ė details to follow in due course.