After two previous friendlies where we showed better performances than the previous game I was optimistic for this game against South Darenth. I could see in the friendly last Sunday that we were starting to get to grips with the adaptation to 11-a-side.
The grass was cut, the sun was shining and after a good warm up my confidence grew. We only had the bare 11 with Josh and Toby playing in different positions and doing a job for the team, which they both carried out with maximum effort and dedication.
We always try to get the boys to play nice attractive football, but wnet 1-0 up from a goal kick with the Darenth defenders letting the ball bounce and Jesse producing a great finish low into the corner.
The game continued in normal fashion and Darenth started to get a foothold in the game and this was evident by them hitting the bar from a free kick. However, Darenth got their deserved equaliser as we failed to clear the ball and their winger tapped in at the back post. 1-1 at half time.
Another sunny day for the 3rd Lexus Under 12 age group Champions League 9-a-side tournament. The tournament brought together teams all of whom had either won their league or come runners up, or competed in a shield or cup final, each group of teams as strong as the other.
10 teams in total were there, all wanting to win the now coveted Lexus Sidcup Champions League Trophy!
Unfortunately it was not to be the Long Lane Lions year again, but just playing against some of the great teams attending was a great experience for the U12 Lions and helps prepare them for the up coming season. Again this year we had coaches complimenting us on putting on what they consider to be the best tournament of the season.
The final saw Dartford Red v Crayford Arrows and the final score saw Dartford coming up 3-0 winners.
Now to get ready for the 2014/15 season!
Long Lane A mens team are looking for players to join them for this season. If you are in interested in playing please get in touch with the manager, Pat Carolan, on 07958 579529, or contact the club on 020 8856 1051.
The gym will now be closed for the final building work to be completed. We hope to reopen at the
start of September, please check back for more details of the reopening and the official opening.
UPDATE 07/08/14: The opening has had to be set back to end September / early October due to a delay with finishing the flooring.
If you are interested in using the new gym please contact James in the office, who will give you more information on prices, opening and the new facility!
Office: 020 8856 1051