Saturday August 30th

Hampshire Premier League, Senior Division

Fleetlands 6, COMMON 2

What's to say in the wake of a defeat which was as comprehensive as the scoreline suggests as Fleetlands brushed aside the most fragile Common resistance as I can recall? Perhaps we were gazing out over Fareham Creek seeking the ferry that brought Kelly and her family home from France, but whatever our minds were on it most certainly was not football.

I felt for managers Curtis Osborne and Dan Martin when we fell behind in the first minute and ended the first 45 by conceding a fourth. A Common display that was bereft of the very values shown in our game at Paulsgrove, we were indeed a pale shadow of our real selves

Team: Sam Treadaway; Jamie Kerkhoff, Ben Mackay, Matt Wardlaw, Dan Hansford; Lewis Bridge, Mo Aslami, Scott Challis, Louis Baladacchino; Oli Dobson; Luke Dawkins: Bench -Scott Chester, Jayday Chiutare, Aiden Reed

Much the same as the first half we conceded in the first minute after the break, 5-0, as we continued our strategy of NOT talking to each other although the level of desire, particularly from Lewis Bridge, was on the rise.

The introduction of debutant Scott Chester lifted our tempo and we netted a couple through Matt Wardlaw - a header from a corner - and Jayda Chiutare who converted Luke Dawkins precise cross, but it was, almost for 90-minutes, a case of huff and huff but with absolutely no puff!!!

Let's hope we bring our 'heart' with us on Wednesday when we open our Home campaign at Colden Common Park, Boyes Lane, against Hedge End Rangers; ko 6pm

Monday August 25th

Hampshire Premier League, Senior Division

Paulsgrove 3 - 1 Colden Common

Common visited Paulsgrove on the last Bank Holiday Monday of the year but we could not celebrate with a win. We did, however, discover that the British climate and forecasters are not reliable and we realised the value of Wellington Boots and Oilskins.... if only we had some for a game that was played throughout in torrential rain.

While my daughter was still in France suffering the same weather but a different set of problems as she and her family endeavoured to keep the tent and it's contents dry, we were drenched as the home side prevailed 3-1 and, on chances created, deservedly so.

However, although falling behind we showed character and determination to battle back to 1-1 (Oli Dobson) before half-time and, despite conceding to go in at the break 1-2, in the wake of some 'strong' challenges all over the park we presented ourselves well. Oli's goal was an excellent example of the sides desire as he fought off three challenges as he surged through from midfield to put the ball beyond the home keeper.

After the break it is fair to say that Paulsgrove dominated possession but still we created some chances. On the down side we lost Alex Huxford, Jamie Kerkhoff and Harrison Moore to injury during the game

Common fielded the following side; Sam Treadaway; Jamie Kerkhoff, Steve Challis, Alex Huxford, Dan Hansford; Joe Dawson, Lewis Bridge, Sonny Field, Oli Dobson; Jayda Chiutare; Louis Baladacchino With Steve Challis, Harrison Moore and Richard Staples (making his debut) on the bench.

The desire, determination and focus of Common was there for all to see but, perhaps, we need to be more ruthless when defending our own line.