The 2016-17 Season.
Cosham Baptist Football Club are playing the 2016-17 season in Div 2 of the Solent Churches Football League. They have entered the League Cup and the FA Faith Cup (involving all teams from SCFL and SWEA – the Bournemouth League) All the latest details and results can be found on The official FA Full-time website of the SCFL
4/3 Semi-final of Faith Cup away v Lansdowne (Chapel Gate, East Parley, Christchurch, BH23 6BL) – the BIG ONE #3
11/3 League Match Home v Leigh Park (Trafalgar School) – the BIG ONE #4
18/3 Semi-final of League Cup – Cosham v Kings Community Church (Winchester King George V playing fields) – the BIG ONE #5
25/3 League Match Away v RCCG DC (Havant Academy) – A Big One
1/4 League Match Away v Testwood Baptist
8/4 League Match Away v Leigh Park
Previous fixtures – scroll down for match reports…
- 25-02-17 SCFL Div 2 Klesis 1 – 8 Cosham Baptist
18-02-17 SCFL Cup Quarter Final – Cosham Baptist 6 – 0 Hedge End Blues
11-02-17 FA Faith Cup Quarter Final – Cosham Baptist 2 – 2 A B & C St Peters (Cosham win 4-2 on penalties)
28-01-17 SCFL Div 2 – Cosham Baptist 5 – 0 All Saints
14-01-17 SCFL Div 2 – Above Bar 0 – 5 Cosham Baptist
- 07-01-17 SCFL Faith Cup Round 3 – Cosham 7 – 0 Fareham Community
17-12-16 SCFL Division 2 – Cosham 12 – 1 SLIC
03-12-16 Faith Cup Round 2 – Cosham 8 – 1 MVC
26-11-16 SCFL Div 2 – Cosham 2 – 0 RCCG DC Utd
5-11-16 Faith Cup – Round 1 – Cosham 8 – 0 Testwood
29-10-16 SCFL League Div 2 – Cosham 8 – 0 Klesis
22-10-16 SCFL League Cup Round 2 – Fareham Community Church 0 – 9 Cosham Baptist
15-10-16 SCFL Division 2 – Cosham Baptist 3 – 3 Testwood Baptist
8-10-16 SCFL Division 2 – All Saints 0 – 5 Cosham Baptist
01-10-16 SCFL League Cup Round 1 – Cosham Baptist 4 – 3 Leigh Park Baptist
- 17-09-16 SCFL Division 2 Cosham Baptist 2 – 0 Above Bar Church
10-09-16 SCFL Division 2 SLIC 0 – 3 Cosham Baptist
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CBC traveled to Testwood rec on a blustery Saturday morning to face Klesis in a league match. Due to the appointed ref dropping out, CBC manager Dan Darwin stepped in to officiate the match.
A much changed Cosham line up fought hard in a scrappy first half which saw them limit the opposition to two shots on goal, but were also frustrated in front of goal themselves as Klesis swarmed around the attacking players at every opportunity and scrambling the ball clear. Paul Netting and Elliott Satchell had the best of the chances with the latter coming closest when his fierce drive clipped the post and re-bounded back into play before being hooked clear.
A formation change to 4-4-2 at half time paid instant dividends as a Jess Patrick cross from the right was headed home by Elliott Satchell at the far post. Cosham made it two moments later as the ball found its way through to Paul Netting in the area and he slotted home.
Klesis were struggling to clear their lines this half as they played against the wind, and this allowed CBC to pile on the pressure. The third goal came via an unlikely source as Klesis failed to clear after a corner and the ball fell to Chris Milner on the edge of the box, and after taking a touch he guided the ball low and hard to the near post and into the bottom corner. Paul Netting grabbed his second of the game to make it 4-0 with a powerful strike from 25 yards placed into the corner of the net.
Klesis managed to grab a consolation goal as CBC failed to deal with a corner, and the second ball dropped nicely for the opposition midfielder to half volley on the turn into the net from 10 yards out. Cosham snuffed out any chance of a revival when man of the match Alan Ayling curled a shot past a stranded keeper from 25 yards out to make it 5. Alan Ayling could have added to his tally on several occasions and was having his own personal battle with the woodwork as two fine strikes cannoned back of bar. He almost scored an outrageous flick from a Jess Patrick corner, but his one goal was not to be added to today.
Goal number 6 came courtesy of Elliott Satchell who ran onto a pass out on the left wing, and his first time effort caught the goalkeeper unawares as it curled in. Cosham were now in full flow going forward and Klesis seemed to have run out of steam, and although they didn’t have a few forays foward they could not find a way past Kev Dixey. Paul Netting completed his hat-trick after a nice passing move set Jess Patrick away into the area and he unselfishly squared the ball to the unmarked Paul Netting, who ‘megged the keeper as he slid the ball home. Jess Patrick rounded off the scoring as he calmly passed the ball into the net from 6 yards after some nice work and perfectly waited cut back by Alan Ayling.
A scrappy game where we really had to grind out a result but managed to do so and also using the maximum limits of our squad! An important 3 points to keep the league dream alive. Many thanks to the supporters who travelled from Cosham to watch today’s match.
18-02-17 SCFL Cup Quarter Final – Cosham Baptist 6 – 0 Hedge End Blues
Cosham’s great season continued as they booked another semi final berth, this time in the League Cup as they ran out winners against their old foe Hedge End Blues at Trafalgar school. CBC knew this would be a test of how they had improved as a squad as this time last year Hedge End Blues trounced them 9-0 in a cup game.
The game started at a frantic pace and both teams were strong into the challenge on a gloriously sunny Saturday morning. The first chance dropped to CBC as Joe Igoe let loose with a volley on the turn which was tipped away by the keeper on his second attempt. Unfortunately Joe Igoe had to leave the field of play after landing awkwardly on his knee after just 13 minutes gone. We wish him a speedy recovery. His replacement Jess Patrick was straight into the action as he drove down the right but couldn’t find a final ball on this occasion.
The Blues offered very little goal threat in open play but looked dangerous from every set piece as they tossed the ball into the box but with Kev Dixey commanding his area brilliant and the back four standing resolute they couldn’t find a break through. CBC started to dominate the midfield and the impressive Myles Hepworth was the reason, backed up by the drive and guild of Elliott Satchell and the experience of Ryan Haynes.
The opening goal came courtesy of an Elliott Satchell long throw from the left side into the box which evaded everyone, for Myles Hepworth to tap in at the near post. The second was tapped home at close range by Joe Stevens after another long throw was flicked on by Paul Netting.
The Blues hadn’t given up and continued to try and find that long ariel ball into the box but Alan Ayling and man of the match Nathan Dale were equal to it. The game descended into a niggly battle with both teams scrapping for the ball, but CBC always looked dangerous on the quick counter.
Goal three came after a free kick on the right just outside the box was taken, quickly setting Myles Hepworth away into the box and catching the opposition off guard. He then squared the ball for Joe Stevens to claim his second of the day.
CBC knew the game wasn’t over and came out of the blocks quickly in the second half, and with barely 5 minutes on the clock Elliott Satchell collected the ball 25 yards out and drove at the heart of the Blues defence, skipping past three defenders before smashing the ball low and hard back across goal into the bottom right corner. The crucial fifth goal came again courtesy of a throw into the box which caused confusion allowing Joe Stevens to fire home from close range completing his hat-trick.
The Blues offered no attacking threat in the second half and had faded somewhat, but they never stopped trying to make things happen. Cosham stood firm and continued to play their football. The result was sealed as Jess Patrick fired home through a crowd of players from the edge of the box after Hedge End failed to clear their lines after a corner.
Not always the prettiest of games but still some nice football on display and the better side won through. For those that were involved in last years humiliation it was a nice feeling to be on the other side this time round. Great effort from the whole squad. And thanks to everyone who came to make our biggest crowd of the season!
On a very cold February morning, Cosham Baptist Church FC welcomed AB&C St Peters to Trafalgar school with a place in the semi final of the Faith cup up for grabs. The visitors are the current Faith Cup holders and top of Division 1 in the Bournemouth league and they were certainly the toughest test that CBC have faced this season.CBC got off to a solid start and the first chance of the game fell to Paul Netting but his volley was well gathered by the keeper. AB&C started to impose themselves and found a couple of openings after crosses from the right wing, but their shots were off target. They found their range 15 minutes into the game when their right winger found some space and delivered a lovely ball from the touch line to the back post, where the forward stooped low to head home.
CBC were on the ropes and conceded a second 10 minutes later as the right winger got his second assist as he collected the ball just inside the Cosham half out on the right, and played a cross field ball to the far post and the big target man took the ball down well before side footing home from 8 yards. It could have been 3 moments later as yet another right wing cross caused problems but Paul Goldthorpe managed to clear the goal bound effort off the line.
Cosham have only been behind twice this season but never against a team of such quality and this would be a real test of character if the underdogs were to get back into the game.
A quick change of formation worked wonders and CBC started to match AB&C in all areas of the pitch. CBC then produced some of the nicest football of the match so far, as Elliott Satchell picked the ball up in centre midfield and played a quick 1-2 with Alan Ayling before driving into the box and skipping away from the centre back, before calmly slotting the ball under the advancing keeper.
The opposition was rattled and CBC could sense this was their time. They pressed every ball and were unlucky not to score from a corner after a goal mouth scramble somehow AB&C got it clear off the line.
CBC carried on where they left off at the start of the second half and really harried the opposition, closing them down and giving them no space to work in. The much deserved equaliser came after 10 minutes when a left field cross from Joe Stevens into the penalty picked out the run of Elliott Satchell who looped a header over the keeper who was caught in no mans land. Cosham were definitely the better team now but the ariel presence of the opposition could not be ignored and they looked dangerous from every set piece.
Joe Igoe had a great chance to make it 3-2 with 15 minutes remaining but couldn’t direct his effort on target as the ball flew high over the near post. The last 10 minutes the game could have gone either way but both teams hung on for penalties.
Paul Netting, Joe Igoe and Joe Stevens all tucked their pens away putting CBC 3-2 up. Kev Dixey then made a great save from AB&C third spot kick. Alan Ayling made sure CBC kept the advantage putting away the fourth penalty. Kev Dixey then pulled off another save as the opposition keeper stepped up to the spot putting CBC through on Penalties 4-2.
This was a real test and the whole squad put a great performance in and played their part.
Firstly a massive thanks to all the subs today for biding their time and although they didn’t get long on the pitch they made a massive contribution to the match. Plus, there are big games still to play and everyone in this squad has a role to play. I must give a big shout out to Mike Bell and Adam Brombley who didn’t get game time today, with my apologies, it was just the nature of the game, but they took one for the team today and their time will come as we continue to fight on 3 fronts.
All Saints were the opposition today at Trafalgar school as CBC looked to maintain their winning streak in the league. The game started at a frantic pace and the visitors showed they weren’t going to concede the 3 points easily, and were going to make CBC dig deep.Without making any clear cut chances All Saints kept punting the ball into the Cosham box, but CBC looked sound defensively and the back four dealt with everything comfortably. However, a few sloppy passes were giving the visitors hope they could snatch something in the final third. The way the opposition were looking for long balls and playing at such a pace didn’t allow Cosham to settle into any rhythm, and the ball was bypassing the midfield area.
The first real opportunity fell to CBC in the 15th minute as Joe Igoe ran on to a through ball but couldn’t guide it past the keeper. This gave CBC confidence and they started getting the ball in wide areas and All Saints defence was creaking with every cross sent into the penalty area. The deserved break through came for Cosham after a period of sustained pressure ended with Joe Igoe delivering a lovely ball from the right to the back, where Sam Scott leapt above the goalkeeper and defender and guided the ball into the net.
The first half display seemed to have taken a lot of energy out of All Saints and although they were still trying to press, Cosham were starting to find spaces. Joe Igoe put Cosham 2-0 up 13 minutes into the second half as a poor goal kick from the All Saints keeper was directed out to the right by Alan Ayling towards Joe Igoe, who collected the ball and hit a dipping and swerving half volley which totally fooled the keeper and found its way into the bottom left corner.
The opposition were now committing scrappy fouls as they became more weary and their only real forrays forward came courtesy of long balls, and again a well marshalled defence led by Nathan Dale dealt with this and allowed CBC to build the attack. The third goal came after a scramble in the box which saw a Myles Hepworth header come back off the underside of the bar only for the Birthday boy Alan Ayling to roll back the years with a venomous left foot shot which nearly broke the net as it flew in from 15 yards.
Man of the match Joe Igoe who was now having a field day down the right and finding so much space turned provider for goal number 4 as his right wing delivery was met by Joe Stevens, who side footed into the roof of the net for his 20th goal of the season. Nick Moth rounded the scoring off with a neat header at the near post after a Myles Hepworth corner.
A great squad performance and really ground out a result. Every player involved played their part and put a real shift in to keep us top of the league.
CBC come out on top in the battle of the bog!
14-01-17 SCFL Div 2 – Above Bar 0 – 5 Cosham Baptist
CBC travelled to Winchester to face Above Bar in the league this Saturday in a game that early in the week you would have said would be claimed by the elements. However the pitch was playable and the game got underway, but it didn’t take long for the recent weather to take effect on the pitch with it cutting up and turning into a mud bath in places.
Above Bar started brightly and were quick to put pressure on the ball at every opportunity, and played some neat crisp football and looked a solid outfit, which belies their current league position and it was clear that they would offer a stern test of Cosham’s title aspirations.
However it was CBC that opened the scoring with their first foray forward in the 10th minute as Sam Scott played a perfectly weighted cross field ball to Joe Stevens on the left who crossed the ball to the far post for the arriving Joe Igoe to tap home.
The pitch dictated that this become a scrappy affair and CBC knew it would be a battle if they wanted the points, but they were winning the battles in every area of the pitch, in particular Myles Hepworth was winning the ball back in key areas of the pitch.
Alan Ayling and Nick Moth were both unlucky not to add to the tally as Alan Ayling produced a powerful left footed shot that beat the keeper, only for it to cannon back off the underside of the bar and Nick Moths follow up was well saved.
CBC were now making chances and although not playing the best football that they have played this season, they stuck to the task well. With Nathan Dale a commanding presence at the back, Cosham had the platform to keep building wave after wave of attacks.
Paul Netting made it 2-0 with a delicate header that crept inside the far post via a divot on the pitch after a great cross from Sam Scott.
It was not long before Cosham scored a third, and Sam Scott’s recent fine form in front of goal continued as he added to last weeks hat-trick with a fine top corner finish from the edge of the box, after good work by Alan Ayling as he laid off the ball from Paul Goldthorpe’s free kick into the box.
The pitch was now a bog and players were finding it hard to keep their feet, especially in and around the centre circle.
Joe Stevens hit his nineteenth goal of the season to make it 4-0 as he rose well at the near post to convert from Joe Igoe’s corner.
Cosham were making a number of clear openings but a combination of good saves and poor finishing stopped them from adding to the score. However, they were winning the battles and with Ryan Haynes and Paul Goldthorpe anchoring the midfield they were snuffing out any resistance the opposition could mount. When Above Bar did manage to get through on goal they were thwarted by the excellent Kev Dixey.
The much deserved fifth goal came courtesy of Paul Netting whose tireless running paid off earning him a second goal as his shot from the edge of the area lobbed the advancing keeper.
A hard fought victory on a tough pitch against a good opposition in which all involved gave their all and a real squad win!!
Myles Hepworth was man of the match as he continually battled and fought to control the middle of the park and showed the calmness to pick out the passes when needed.
Elsewhere in the League there were wins for Leigh Park and Klesis so it looks like the top two will be battling it out. Remember we still have 2 league games to play against Leigh Park – but look at our goal difference.
And to be a little bit stato… here is the top of the table (in all divisions and matches for goals and assists)
This does not include today’s game – and Paul should be above Aime as he has more assists! Top 3 goalscorers!!!
Football is a game of two halves!
07-01-17 SCFL Faith Cup Round 4 – Cosham 7 – 0 Fareham Community
CBC started 2017 in the same fashion as they finished 2016 with another convincing victory. The visitors were Fareham playing for a place in the Faith cup quarter final.
Fareham managed to get their full contingent just in time for the 10:30 kick off and on a boggy pitch they started brightly. They hassled and harried CBC and put them under pressure and when they got the chance launched long balls over the top looking to stretch the game.
CBC grew into the game and started to attack with pace and purpose. They came closest to the first goal when a corner swung in was met by Ryan Haynes, only to see the keeper turn the ball onto the cross bar.
The opposition keeper was certainly the difference between the two sides as he kept out close range efforts from Myles Hepworth and Joe Stevens.
The game boiled down to a scrappy affair as the half wore on and the already soft pitch cut up in the conditions. This suited Fareham more than CBC and although they didn’t create clear cut chances the long balls launched into the box meant Nathan Dale and Alan Ayling had to be on their toes.
Tony Duncan’s lung bursting run down the left shortly before half time came close to providing a lead for CBC,but he just couldn’t find the final ball. Tony Duncan was replaced at half time due to a chest injury sustained during this attack and all the lads wish him a speedy recovery.
CBC went out on the second half with renewed purpose and from the off started to dictate play, and as Fareham dropped deeper Cosham found more space in which to play the neat football they have demonstrated so far this season.
Cosham took the lead through a neatly worked free-kick between Sam Scott and Ryan Haynes, with the latter finishing with pinpoint accuracy leaving the goalkeeper as a spectator as the ball flew into the top right corner.
It wasn’t long before it was 2-0 as Joe Igoe tucked away after the keeper had pulled off a point blank save at the feet of Ryan Haynes.
Fareham were on the ropes and couldn’t find a way out and CBC piled on the pressure. The third goal came as Myles Hepworth chased on to a through ball and beating the on coming keeper before squaring the ball for Sam Scott to side foot home.
Sam Scott got his second of the match and made it 4-0 as he ran on to Joe Stevens through ball and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.
The attacking trio of Joe Igoe, Joe Stevens and Paul Netting combined for goal number 5. Joe Igoe’s cross was neatly chested down on the penalty spot by Joe Stevens for Paul Netting to power the ball past the keeper.
Alan Ayling and Nathan Dale were in complete control at the back and were urging the full backs to push on and join the attacks, which both James Mullin and Arron Knight did brilliantly.
The scoring was not done though as Sam Scott completed his hat-trick and made it 6-0 as he finished low to the bottom right after Paul Netting’s lay off.
There was still time for one more as Adam Brombley made strides down the right before delivering an inviting cross for Paul Netting to head home from 5 yards.
A good first game after Christmas break where we kept going and played our football and got what we deserved for doing so.
Man of the match was James Mullin as he never put a foot wrong in a solid display and provided quality at both ends of the pitch.
Quarter Final to be played on 4 Feb v A B & C St Peters at home!
17-12-16 SCFL Division 2 – Cosham 12 – 1 SLIC
Cosham Baptist Church FC signed off 2016 with a victory at home against SLIC keeping them top of the table at Christmas.
Disaster struck for the opposition when two of their players failed to turn up at the ground leaving them to face the league leaders with only 9 men. However all credit to those 9 as they started the brighter and really passed the ball around nicely.
It wasn’t long though until CBC got a foot hold in the game and that came courtesy of Alan Ayling. He controlled the ball on the left hand side of the pitch deep in the opposition half and drove towards the Slic goal before letting fly with a right foot shot from 25 yards that curled into the top right corner.
Slic showed a few minutes later that they were going to make Cosham fight, and they broke quickly after CBC lost the ball in midfield and a cross come shot from their left midfielder looped over Kev Dixey and dropped under the bar.
It only remained level for a few minutes as a corner swung in by Dan Darwin was headed home by Paul Netting.
A lovely passing move between Sam Scott and Joe Stevens sent the latter through on goal and he made no mistake tucking it away to the keepers right.
CBC had found their feet now and Slic couldn’t find a way of getting the ball clear. Nathan Dale made it 4-1 with his first goal for the club as he made an intelligent run to the near post that wasn’t tracked by the Slic defence and was picked out by Dan Darwin from the corner and he neatly side footed home.
CBC looked deadly from every corner and set piece and Dan Darwin got his hat-trick of assists setting up Joe Stevens to score his second of the day as he rose at the far post to nod home from Dan Darwin’s corner.
Joe Igoe was next to get in on the scoring as he capitalised on a poor kick from the Slic goalkeeper and he ran to the edge of the box before striking the ball into the left hand corner of the net.
Joe Stevens bagged his hat-trick as he latched on to a lovely ball from Paul Netting and he lifted the ball neatly over the keeper and followed in to prod home on the line.
Minutes before half time Dan Darwin was body checked 20 yards from goal and from the resulting free kick he scored to make it 8-1.
All credit has to go to the Slic players as they continued to play and never gave up and can definitely walk away with heads held high. In fact similar to the first half they started the brighter of the two teams in the second half.
That said it was CBC who scored the next goal as Sam Scott delivered a delightful ball in from the CBC right and Dan Darwin rose to meet the ball on the edge of the six yard box and headed the ball past the keeper. This was to be Dan Darwins final on field contribution for this game and the season as he goes under the knife for knee surgery in the coming days.
With CBC now finding plenty of space as Slic started to run out of steam both Paul Goldthorpe and Tony Duncan were able to get forward from full back and join in the attacking play.
Goal 10 was scored by Paul Netting as he rose the highest to power a header home from Joe Igoe’s delivery.
The game had a training feel about it now but CBC continued to press for further goal scoring opportunities and with Tony Duncan and Joe Igoe both hitting the woodwork, you could tell a few more goals were to come. At the other end of the pitch Nick Moth and Nathan Dale sniffed out the rare Slic attacks and set Cosham going forward again.
The next goal came via a bit of fortune as Joe Igoe hit a shot from the edge of the six yard box which was eventually turned into the net by an opposition defender.
Adam Brombley rounded off the day’s scoring as Joe Igoe played the ball into the box for him to hit a first time shot from 8 yards out which sneaked under the oncoming keeper and rolled over the line.
A great team performance against a team that were outnumbered but gave everything to the cause.
And here is the table – we are in the lead but with two games against Leigh Park still to play, is is still very close. But we are top and still in both cups – a good first half of the season. Have a great Christmas everyone. Looking forward to 2017 –
8 is the Magic Number!
03-12-16 Faith Cup Round 3 – Cosham 8 – 1 MVC
Faith Cup football was on the agenda at Trafalgar school today as Cosham Baptist Church played against MVC for a place in the next round.
CBC got out of the blocks quickest and made some good early openings and looked dangerous from long throws and dead ball situations.
The first real chance of the match dropped to Paul Netting after a hooked through ball by Dan Darwin fell nicely for Paul Netting just inside the 18 yard box, but he dragged his shot narrowly wide.
MVC slowly edged into the game but their tactic of the early long ball up to their lone striker was being easily marshalled by a solid back line, led by the impressive Nathan Dale.
The first goal went to the home side as a perfectly weighted cross from Joe Igoe on the right found Joe Stevens arriving late at the far post and his guided header back across the goal found the corner of the net.
CBC were creating chances from the wide areas and both Joes were causing the MVC defence real headaches.
MVC got an equaliser with 10 minutes to go in the first half after CBC failed to clear after a long throw into the box and the second ball was headed home by the arriving MVC attacker.
That goal woke CBC up and they quickly took the game by the scruff of the neck and were back in front within moments, as this time MVC failed to clear their lines and Joe Igoe wasted no time in drilling a low angled shot from the edge of the box and into the bottom left corner.
The second half started with Cosham picking up where they had left the first and within minutes they had extended their lead as Paul Netting out paced the MVC defence and his powerful shot nestled nicely in the bottom right corner.
CBC’s fourth was the pick of the bunch as lovely give and go passing between Sam Scott, Elliott Satchell and Joe Igoe ended with the latter laying the ball across the six yard box for Elliott Satchell to stroke the ball home.
Paul Netting grabbed his second of the game and Coshams fifth as he ran though on goal and cut back to beat his marker before calmly slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
A long throw into the box from Elliott Satchell caused confusion in the away team defence and Joe Stevens managed to get enough of a touch on the ball to fool the keeper and add a sixth to Coshams Tally.
CBC were cruising now and knocking the ball around nicely and were looking to see the game out without further incident but that was not to be!
Elliott Satchell was penalised for a niggly foul in the middle of the park but as he got up the opposition player made a comment and squared up to Elliott Satchell who reacted by pushing the player away. The Ref saw this as a raising of the hands and showed a straight red, a very harsh decision.
Down to 10 men CBC did a quick reshuffle and had Nathan Dale and Chris Milner to thank as they both made last ditch clearances on the line to keep MVC out.
Kev Dixey got his second assist of the season as Goal kick put Joe Stevens through on goal down the left and he made no mistake slotting the ball past the on rushing keeper.
It was another good game from Joe Stevens but there was no hiding place for him with 10 minutes remaining on the clock. Some good counter attacking football found the ball dropping to Joe Stevens on the goal line with an empty net in front of him and with his team mates thinking it was just a formality before the keeper picked the ball out of the net again Joe Stevens managed to volley the ball clear over the cross bar before it was eventually caught by a neighbour from his loft window!!
However Joe Stevens did atone for this by adding the eighth goal of the day as he collected a ball from Chris Milner’s throw and smashed the ball past the keeper from outside the area.
Late on Paul Goldthorpe tested the keeper from range but his new boots were denied a fairy tale debut as the keeper parried the ball wide.
A good squad performance which sees us into the next round of the Faith Cup.
Man of the match Nathan Dale who didn’t put a foot wrong all game in yet another solid defensive performance
Battling performance from CBC earns the points.
26-11-16 SCFL Div 2 – Cosham 2 – 0 RCCG DC Utd
After a two week break Cosham Baptist Church FC returned to league action today against RCCG DC United at Trafalgar school.
The cold conditions seemed to be effecting CBC as they got off to a slow start and had to really dig in to get in the game against an opposition that liked to move the ball quickly. However luckily for CBC they didn’t move the ball accurately.
Cosham slowly got a foot hold into the game and made a few half chances and looked dangerous from set pieces.
The game was very stop start as both teams gave away niggly fouls caused by poor timing and the pitch conditions.
Finally the deadlock was broken with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. A long throw delivered into the box from the left caused confusion in the DC United back line which allowed Dan Darwin to get his left foot on the ball and sneak it past the keeper at his near post.
The second half was a real battle and DC United had the better of the play and created several good openings only to be thwarted by a solid back four led by the impressive Alan Ayling who put in a man of the match display and Kev Dixey who once again kept the opposition at bay with some good solid goalkeeping.
As the game wore on the opposition started looking for longer passes to try and break through a resolute and well organised CBC team.
Cosham found the much needed second goal as nice play set substitute Adam Brombley away down the right. He went past his man and delivered the ball into the box which fell nicely for Paul Netting who stepped inside one defender and struck the ball low into the bottom left corner of the net.
CBC continued to frustrate DC United until the final whistle and although not the best performance of the season it was a real team effort and a good three points!
Another 8 keeps cup runs going!
5-11-16 Faith Cup – Round 2 – Cosham 8 – 0 Testwood
Well done lads great win dominated the majority of the game. Goals from Joe I x3 Elliot x3 and Joe S x2. Assists from Elliot x2 Joe I and Nick. Moment of madness with the ref having a serious case of loss of sense of humour ending with Joe S getting booked and Kev well worthy of his clean sheet with some great saves! Enjoy a couple of weeks off lads
The Magnificent 8!!
29-10-16 – SCFL League Div 2 – Cosham 8 – 0 Klesis
Cosham Baptist Church FC were back in league action this week after last week’s cup match and faced Kleiss at trafalgar School.
CBC wasted no time and were one up within the first five minutes when Joe Stevens played the ball down the left for Joe Igoe to run on to and calmly slot past the keeper.
The second was only moments later when a corner from Joe Igoe was flicked across the six yard box by Sam Scott and Joe Stevens was on hand to skillfully back-heel the ball home at the far post.
Cosham looked dangerous with every attack but a hard working Klesis team were making sure they didn’t have it all their own way and Kev Dixey came to the rescue pulling off a good save when the Klesis forward broke the offside trap and was one one with him.
Cosham made it three nil when a long cross field ball took out the entire opposition defence and was neatly controlled on the chest by Sam Scott in the box before tapping home.
Joe Igoe grabbed his second goal of the day and Cosham’s fourth with a bullet header from close range after good work and an inviting cross from Paul Goldthorpe on the right.
Cosham were using the football well and it really showed in goal number five as Nathan Dale picked up the ball just inside the opposition half and stepped away from a challenge before firing the ball across the pitch to Joe Stevens on the left hand side of the eighteen yard box. Joe Stevens brought the ball down expertly and guided the ball past the keeper.
In the final moments of the first half Cosham made it six with Joe Stevens completing his hat-trick as he twisted and turned in the box before hitting a powerful shot to the keepers right.
The second half was damage limitation for Klesis and apart from one encounter up the pitch that Kev Dixey dealt with easily the CBC back four were left with little to do.
Cosham had many chances to increase their lead as Klesis had no answer to their attacking movement but close range efforts were squandered by Sam Scott and the impressive Joe Stevens.
However they did add to their tally with ten minutes remaining. As Joe Stevens collected the ball on left hand side and cut inside onto his right foot before curling the ball from the edge of the area into the top right hand corner of the net.
The scoring was completed three minutes from time as Sam Scott played a ball to Joe Igoe on the edge of the box and his perfectly weighted pass into the box for Joe Stevens to run onto and place past the on rushing keeper.
Joe Stevens takes man of the match for the second week in a row and notched another five goals but in truth it was a great team performance.
Cosham march on in cup!!
22-10-16 SCFL League Cup Round 2 – Fareham Community Church 0 – 9 Cosham Baptist
This Saturday Cosham Baptist Church FC faced off against Fareham Community Church for a place in the quarter final of the cup.
CBC raced into the lead with just 30 secs on the clock as Joe Stevens chased down the ball after Farehams kick off and his harrying caused chaos in the opposition defence. When his initial shot was blocked by the keeper it fell nicely to him once again on the edge of the area, and he chipped the ball over the stranded keeper and the ball dropped over the head of the defender on the line and into the net.
After such a fast goal both teams tried to then settle into the game. Fareham played a nice bit of football and found themselves clean through with the striker tucking the ball away neatly only for the linesmans flag to deny him. Shortly after it was CBC turn to be denied by the linesmans flag as the ball dropped to Paul Netting in the box and he slotted home, but after some debate the ref awarded offside.
Paul Netting only had to wait 5 minutes before putting Cosham 2 up as he struck hard and low from outside the area and the ball beat the keeper at his near post.
Cosham were now cruising and the full backs Paul Goldthorpe and Chris Milner were adding to the attacking threat whilst Nathan Dale and Nick Moth were making sure the door was remaining well and truly shut.
The third goal came on the half hour mark when a Dan Darwin corner was not cleared by the defence and after a bit of a scramble Joe Stevens smashed the ball home from 6 yards.
Joe Stevens turned provider for the fourth as his perfectly weighted ball over the Fareham defence found Paul Netting in the box and his first touch took him past the keeper and he fired the ball past the defender on the line.
The second was much of a similar affair to the first with CBC keeping a good solid formation and passed the ball around nicely, never letting the opposition have any time or space when they got on the ball.
It was then turn for Kev Dixey to get on the assist action when his cultured pass from a goal kick took out the whole of the Fareham back line allowing Joe Stevens to run through on goal and slot past the keeper for five.
CBC looked dangerous every time they got the ball and worked some really good opportunities. The 6th goal came from the spot which was awarded for handball after a defender clearly punched the ball away from a Cosham corner. Dan Darwin stepped up and side footed the ball low to the keepers left.
Another Penalty gave Cosham goal number 7 after Paul Netting was blatantly tripped just inside the box and this time Sam Scott took the spot kick striking low past the keeper.
Magic 8 was good combination play as CBC work the ball into the area and Paul Netting rolled the ball across the 6 yard box leaving Joe Stevens a tap in for his fourth of the day and capping a superb performance.
AL AYLING finished off the rout with a neat finish struck low across the keeper from the right hand side of the area after an excellent ball into him from Paul Goldthorpe.
It was a great team performance where CBC never took their foot off the gas in a game which was done by halftime, and in all honesty could have been well into double figures, with chances falling to Simon Morris and Joe Igoe who had another good game out on the right, and both Joe Stevens and AL AYLING struck the woodwork.
CBC FC rue missed chances and held to draw!!
15-10-16 – SCFL Division 2 – Cosham Baptist 3 – 3 Testwood Baptist
Cosham’s squad was hit by illness this week with 4 players dropping out after becoming ill, with the most high profile absentee being Kev Dixey. So Simon Ford stepped in as emergency cover between the sticks as they faced Testwood at Trafalgar School.
The game got off to a frantic start with Testwood having the better of it and it wasn’t long until they broke through on the left and the striker placed a low shot into the bottom left corner.
Cosham were losing battles all over the park and with 20 minutes played they found themselves 2-0 down and facing a real up hill battle. When CBC failed to clear their lines and Testwood gained possession in the CBC penalty area and a low ball across the six yard box left the Testwood striker with an easy tap in from two yards.
Conceding the second goal seemed to spur CBC into life and by the half hour mark they got back into the game when Joe Igoe got free down the right and unselfishly squared the ball across the six yard box for Sam Scott to roll the ball into an empty net.
CBC started to contest every ball now and the front three of James Mullin, Joe Igoe and Paul Netting were giving the Testwood defence real problems. The combination from two of them allowed Cosham to get back on level terms as James Mullin flicked on Nathan Dales floated delivery into the path of Joe Igoe who made no mistake from 8 yards out.
Although Testwood still looked dangerous on the break and Simon Ford was called upon to make two wonderful saves from balls delivered into a crowded penalty area CBC were now in the drivers seat and shortly before halftime they grabbed the lead for the first time in the match. A CBC throw on the left delivered long into the Testwood penalty area and not dealt with by their defence the ball dropped nicely for Dan Darwin who found himself one on one with the on rushing goalie and the veteran midfielder kept his cool to flick the ball past the keeper into the left corner.
CBC dominated the second half with counter attacks being launched by Testwood that were dealt with excellently by the centre back pairing of Nick Moth and Nathan Dale with some great cover from the full backs Arron Knight and Paul Goldthorpe.
Testwood had their goal keeper to thank on several occasions as he saved well at his near post as Joe Igoe continued to have lots of success down the right and he also got a strong hand to a Paul Netting strike after he broke through the Testwood back line.
However that vital fourth goal just wasn’t happening for CBC and with two minutes remaining on the clock a long ball forward wasn’t dealt with by the CBC defence with the ball being hit against the Testwood player in attempt to clear and he passed the ball into the net.
CBC threw everything forward in the last few minutes looking for a winner to claim all 3 points but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and they had to settle for the draw.
Man of the match today went to Nick Moth who had a solid game at centre back.
FT 3-3 – remain top on goal difference
The Famous Five and the mystery of the broken tooth!!
8-10-16 LEAGUE – All Saints 0 – 5 Cosham Baptist – Cosham Baptist go clear at top of league and are still to concede a league goal!
Cosham went into today’s away fixture against All Saints knowing a win would guarantee them their best ever start to a season after winning their first two games in the league.
The team settled quickly, even with Alan Ayling losing his tooth in the seconds before kick-off, and took control of the game and took only 2 minutes to break the deadlock. A quick throw-in from Joe Igoe to right back Tony Duncan who barged his way through several challenges en-route to the penalty area and he eventually slid the ball past the on coming keeper for his second goal in as many weeks. This was almost doubled just a few minutes later when great team play brought the ball to Elliot Satchell whose first time shot hit the post.
Cosham looked solid from front to back and dealt with everything that All Saints threw their way with Nathan Dale and Nick Moth looking assured at centre back.
In the 28th minute Cosham earned a Corner after a Nathan Dales shot was deflected out of play. Dan Darwin took the corner and Nick Moth rose to meet it with a bullet header which hit the underside of the bar as it powered past the keeper to make it 2-0
A long through ball by All Saints in the 38th minute was chased down by their striker and an accidental clash of legs between him and Nathan Dale in the box resulted in a penalty to All Saints. A very soft decision by the ref but the pen was brilliantly saved one handed by Kev ‘the cat’ Dixey and the rebound was kicked out for a corner by Simon Morris.
HT 0 – 2
All Saints came out quickly in the second half, but again Cosham held firm and settled back into a rhythm and with only 8 minutes goal in the second period Cosham mustered their first attack. Joe Igoe ran down the right wing and delivered a low hard cross across the 6 yard line which was met by Simon Morris whose placed side foot shot nestled in the bottom right corner.
A quick substitution occurred after the 3rd goal allowing Alan Ayling to visit the emergency dentist!!
The fourth goal was only minutes later when a quick Mike Bell throw was flicked on by Simon Morris causing confusion in the All Saints defence which was capitalised on by Elliott Satchell who headed the ball perfectly over the remaining defender into the path of Paul Netting who ran through one on one and smashed the ball past the keeper, great finish.
With 77 minutes gone the scoring was completed when a ball played along touch line to Scott Merritt was flicked into the path of Elliott Satchell who ran down the left wing beating the defender for pace and continued into the box before hitting the ball hard and low to the keepers right.
Final score 0-5 and the 100% record is maintained for another week, plus still to concede a goal in the league.
I didn’t want to mention Paul Netting blasting the ball over the bar from six yards with the goal at his mercy so we will gloss over that point!! However he did get off the mark for the season today with a much deserved goal.
It was a great team performance with both centre backs looking strong and Tony Duncan was always a great outlet at right back. Joe Igoe took up some amazing positions and grabbed himself another assist, Paul Netting was a constant threat and was a handful for their back line and Simon Morris scored his first ever goal for CBC.
However Elliott Satchell was my pick for man of the match, his tireless running and tough tackling capped by a great solo finish meant he got the much deserved award this week.
Special thanks to the secret weapon Scott Merritt for his amazing note taking skills making this report possible!!
01-10-16 LEAGUE CUP FIRST ROUND – Cosham Baptist 4 – 3 Leigh Park Baptist – Cosham can’t stop winning
On a rainy Saturday morning Cosham Baptist Church FC entertained Leigh Park Baptist at their new home ground of Trafalgar School (what was City Boys) in the first round of the cup.
The game got off to a frantic start and both teams had half chances. The best falling to Leigh park as they seized on a poor throw in and broke through but a good recovery by Nathan Dale and a great save with his legs by goalkeeper Kev Dixey kept the tie 0-0.
CBC FC grew into the game and the changed formation of 5-3-2 was influencing the style of the match with lots of passing moves by Cosham. Leigh Parks attempts and clearance were met by the three solid centre backs and the build up started again.
Then in the 20th minute the deadlock was broken Elliot Satchell beat two players on left and crossed low and the ball found Joe Igoe at the far post who took a touch before smashing the ball into the left hand corner of the net for his 4th goal of the season.
It was soon 2-0 as CBC started to take full control of the game. 31 mins played and the ball moved around the edge of box nicely and it broke to Tony Duncan who drilled the ball hard and low to keepers left from 20 yards.
CBC made it 3-0 3 minutes before half time. A corner floated in and Nathan Dale heads the ball goal bound and it was turned home by Nick Moth on the line.
Leigh Park came out the quicker of the two sides in the second half and with 5 minutes played Chris Milner caught their striker with a trailing leg in the box and a penalty was awarded and duly tucked away to make it 3-1.
The three goal margin was soon restored as in the 58th minute a short free kick by Elliot Satchell found Nathan Dale who picked out Alan Ayling free and unmarked in the box who was afforded so much time and space and he turned and stroked the ball home.
As Cosham seemed to be cruising into the next round Leigh park staged a come back.
With 66 minutes on the clock a free kick on the right side was headed home by Leigh park to make it 4-2
Nerves were jangling now and Leigh park threw everything forward and got rewarded with another goal as Cosham failed to deal with a long throw and the ball bobbled around the 6 yard box and it was finally prodded home to make it 4-3 with 20 minutes to play.
A CBC formation change to 4-5-1 to steady the ship had the desired effect but there was more drama to come as Elliot Satchell had a rush of blood and committed a two footed challenge against Leigh Park’s centre back and was rightfully shown the red card for dangerous play.
For the final 15 minutes Leigh Park took full advantage of the extra player and kept possession and pumped the ball into the Cosham penalty box at every opportunity. However Cosham stood firm against the pressure and saw out a 4-3 victory in a highly exciting (for the neutral!) and competitive cup match.
Man of the match for the second time this season was awarded to Arron Knight for another excellent display at right back.
17-09-16 LEAGUE Cosham Baptist FC 2 – 0 Above Bar Church – Another clean sheet takes Cosham Baptist to the top of the table
First home game of the season for CBC FC today played on a poor pitch at King George in Cosham against Above Bar Church.
The away side were already at a disadvantage having only turned up with 10 men but they set up well and held their own in the opening encounters. CBC slowly settled but the away side played a high pressure game and never allowed CBC to get too comfortable in possession. Chances were few and far between for both sides and nothing really tested either keeper.
The away side suffered more misfortune as one of the players limped off injured after a clash with Tony Duncan. CBC started to see a lot more of the ball now as the away team settled into a formation set to contain and frustrate. CBC moved the ball from left to right trying to find an opening and on the stroke of half time they got their break through. The ball was played out to the right wing and Joe Igoe ran on to the ball and struck it first time low to the keepers left.
The second half was much the same as the first with CBC needing to find a more ruthless streak in the final third to put the game to bed but as the tempo dropped CBC found it difficult to get into goal scoring positions. Joe Igoe had another good chance breaking into the box from the right and chipping the ball past the oncoming keeper only to see the effort hooked off the line by a defender.
The game was finally sealed with 15 minutes remaining as Michael Ferguson took control of the ball on edge of the box and he twisted and turned inside the area and slotted the ball home with his left foot.
CBC held on to make it two wins from two and another clean sheet.
Man of the match was Michael Ferguson who took his goal well and never stopped running for 90 minutes.
10-09-16 LEAGUE SLIC 0 – 3 Cosham Baptist FC – WINNING START
In tough conditions CBC FC got their season off to a winning start against SLIC FC at Crestwood College in Eastleigh.
Looking very smart in their new strip of yellow shorts, blue shorts and yellow socks CBC piled on the pressure from the first minute and put a shaky SLIC back four to the test with every chance they could.
It didn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken as after 5 minutes Sam Scott got down the left and put the ball across the box to Paul Netting whose first shot was blocked but dropped kindly back to him and he passed right and Joe Igoe was on hand to slot the ball low to the keepers left.
In the 12th minute the lead was doubled as Nathan Dale intercepts a loose clearance and threads a ball through to Joe Igoe on edge of area and he produced a carbon copy finish.
The game was being played at a frantic pace and because of this neither team settled into any pattern of play and SLIC came close with a couple of balls over the top but their forwards were well marshalled by the centre back pairing of Tony Duncan and Adam Buckland.
CBC had several good chances to increase their lead with Paul Netting and Michael Ferguson both coming very close.
Then in the 41st minute a shot from the edge of the area hit the arm of a sliding defender and the resulting penalty was confidently stroked home by Sam Scott.
The second half was a confident display from CBC who kept the game tight and started passing the ball and frustrating an opposition that never gave up and kept trying until the final whistle.
However apart from a Tony Duncan bullet header from a corner which was tipped over the bar by the SLIC keeper there was very little goal mouth action to talk of in the second half.
All in all a game played in the right spirit with a very competitive nature which saw CBC chalk up their first 3 points and keeping a deserved clean sheet.
Finally the Man of the match today and his match subs paid for by our club sponsor Victory Rose Building Services was Arron Knight, who in an outstanding team performance never put a foot wrong at right back.
The 2015-16 End of Season Awards
Player’s Player of the year – Paul Goldthorpe
Manager’s Player of the Year – Kev Dixey
Cosham Baptist FC Golden Boot – Joe Igoe
Sun Fantasy Six-a-side Dream Team Winner – Mike Bell
Sun Fantasy Six-a-side Dream Team Wooden Spoon Winner – Simon Morris
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