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EB Lions - Club Statement regarding Astro pitch

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAs you know, the committee and team of EB Lions has worked tirelessly over the last 3 years to enlist Parish Council support in Eaton Bray to obtain planning and then build our own all-weather 3G training pitch. This was an ambitious project, costing over £275,000 but with the support and skill of the Club, the project was viable and achievable.

For EB Lions to continue to thrive we must have training facilities that are fit for purpose. We have tried training on the local grass pitches with portable floodlights - aside of the burdens of storage, charging, moving and erecting them, they provide illumination to a mud bath for most of the winter that is not a suitable surface and which also leaves the grass pitches unfit for matches. Most teams now have to hire facilities in distant places such as Barnfield, Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard and Tring. These pitches are expensive to hire and are much in demand - particularly the prime midweek evening slots. It also presents a logistical nightmare for the coach, often having to leave work early and families arranging transport to deliver and collect.

EB Lions need for this facility in the village seems to be widely acknowledged. At no time have we heard anything but praise and appreciation for what EB Lions is achieving in the locality. Even the fiercest critics of siting the all weather pitch at The Rye or Holmans Field have acknowledged this.

We have worked very hard, very professionally and persistently over a long period of time to bring the opportunity of a modern, fit-for-purpose all-weather pitch to Eaton Bray. We have the support of Beds FA and believe that with our fundraising we could have secured sufficient grant aid so that this investment in the village can be achieved AT NO COST TO THE PARISH COUNCIL. We were also committed to run the facility in a responsible and reasonable way to minimise any inconvenience to neighbours and to always be good neighbours and it was self-financing on an operational basis.

We are therefore very saddened to report that the Parish Council, in the face of a small but vocal group of 'Nimbies' have wavered on supporting the entire project and have effectively 'kicked the project into the long grass'. As you will be aware planning permission was granted for the facility at the Rye. All that remained was to agree the terms of the lease with the Parish Council. Threats of legal action by the objectors gave the PC cold feet and has now culminated in them voting at the December parish council meeting not to proceed any further with the Rye project.

At the same meeting a vote was taken on the motion to consider our proposal to locate the pitch on Holman's Field. An amended motion was passed, but only with the casting vote of the Chair. It was clear that a motion to merely consider, prolong the project suggesting that we do a great deal of further work to justify the already proven feasibility of the project struggled to pass, there is effectively no reasonable prospect of securing their support, which we need to both submit a planning application and also have an operating agreement which would work.

All of these decisions were taken in the face of the public consultation, which the PC insisted upon, producing a majority in favour of BOTH sites. So having made us jump through hoops they then ignore the inconvenient results. Therefore, despite being granted planning permission at the Rye and winning a majority in the public consultation neither of the proposed projects will now go ahead.

We feel that there is no realistic prospect of finding a new site and starting the whole process again. With a heavy heart we have therefore decided to close the project and reluctantly accepted that this now will not happen. A minority of the Parish Council have been hugely supportive of what we were proposing and to them, especially Chair Cllr Gordon Johns and Cllr. Brian Piggott we are appreciative, however with the change of composition of the Parish Council the majority have been against this and without their clear support it is now dead as a viable project.

We have been hugely successful with fund raising and have a considerable separate, ring fenced fund, made possible by the superb efforts of coaches, parents and teams. We will discuss and decide how to best use this, but will do so with common sense and for the good of the Club. Your ideas would also be welcome. One example would be to seek/buy a few acres of agricultural land and convert to grass pitches, which we also desperately need.

The practical result of this decision for the club may mean a reduction in the number of teams due to a lack of playing surfaces, which means less children in our villages playing sport and the loss of a fantastic facility for future generations.

We are so sorry to have to report this devastating news but have to accept that if the unelected Village representatives don't want such a facility then that is 'what the people want'. We remain committed to the Club and its future and with your support will overcome this big blow and continue to make this the most successful and well run Club in the County. 

We understand that many of you may have questions relating to this matter and Paul, Tim or Richard will be happy to answer them. Huge thanks again to all of our fantastic mangers, players, parents and sponsors who have supported us. We wish you all a happy 2014.

E B Lions AFC Astro team
December 2013


All-weather Training Pitch in Eaton Bray

Eaton Bray Lions AFCFollowing an initiative from EB Lions, our village childrens' Football Club, Eaton Bray Parish Council (EBPC) is considering a proposal to build a community all‐weather training pitch.

In 2011, a site in Bower Lane was deemed unsuitable by Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) planning officers. However the demand for such a facility was understood and supported.

In 2012, The Rye Recreation Ground was identified as an alternative site and following a public consultation, a successful planning application was made.

During and subsequent to the planning process there has been some local opposition to siting the facility at The Rye Recreation Ground. EB Lions have therefore suggested that Holman's Field, (the field behind Eaton Bray Academy, School Lane) also be considered.

Eaton Bray Parish Council is now undertaking a wider public consultation and invites parishioners of Eaton Bray to give their views on the proposal to build such a facility and the two possible sites under consideration;

  1. The Rye Recreation Ground, OR
  2. Holman's Field

Consultation & Public Meeting

Full details of the proposals can be seen in the following (PDF) document:

Eaton Bray electors are invited to write/email to the Parish Clerk. Please include your name and address with postcode, to enable the council to collate comments into areas of response.

Local residents are also invited to attend a consultation meeting to be held at Eaton Bray Village Hall on Monday 21st October at 7.30pm. The meeting will be attended by representatives of Eaton Bray Parish Council and EB Lions AFC who will be happy to address any questions or concerns.

All responses MUST be received
by the Parish Clerk NO LATER than
Friday 25th October 2013.


Approval for new football pitch

Eaton Bray Lions AFCEaton Bray Lions youth football club has been allowed to fence off part of the village green for an all-weather floodlit soccer pitch.

The club, which has nearly 300 players, will be moving to The Rye following approval by Central Beds Council's development management committee.

The approval is subject to an agreement that demands that the facility is made available for community use and that formal organised events on the site be controlled by the parish council while the pitch is in use to limit parking problems.


The Rye Recreation Ground - Planning Application submitted

All Weather Pitch on Rye Recreation GroundFollowing the consultation from earlier this year regarding the addition of an all-weather pitch on The Rye Recreation Ground, a planning application has now been submitted to Central Bedfordshire Council.

Please see Planning Application CB/12/01812/FULL – The Rye Recreation Ground for full details.


Use of the Rye Recreation Ground

Eaton Bray Parish Council has been approached by EB Lions, our local junior Football Club, about the possibility of enclosing a small part of the Rye Recreation Ground to build an all-weather training pitch. This would be paid for by EB Lions; the Parish Council would not provide any funding. We need your views on this proposal.

Rye Recreation GroundOn the plan shown, the proposed location of the proposed facility is to the right of the main football pitch on the Totternhoe Road side (the green is already used for grass football matches and will continue to be so).

A larger plan of this design can be found on the parish notice board (Knights Close) and the parish website - Rye Recreation Ground - Larger Plan. Although not shown, the playground area will remain in its current position.


The proposed development is being put forward with the view that the project offers the following benefits to the local community:

  1. An all-weather facility is important for the local youth football players to allow their training/ coaching to take place throughout the year.
  2. The facility would be available to the local primary schools to use during the week to support the delivery of the PE curriculum and extra-curricular activities. The shared use of the facility would also strengthen school-club links.
  3. The provision of an all-weather pitch would reduce wear on the current grass pitches which are being used for training and matches.
  4. Without a local all-weather pitch facility it is considered that the club's continued development would be hindered.

This is where you come in ...

To have your say regarding this facility, its proposed location and its benefit to the local community/children; please write to/email the Parish Clerk at Eaton Bray Parish Council.

Please ensure you include your postcode/village where you live, to enable the council to collate comments into areas of response.

Thank you

Parish Office: 20 Good Intent, Edlesborough, LU6 2RD
Email: clerk@ebpc.co.uk

All responses MUST be received by the Parish Clerk
NO LATER than Friday 24th February 2012.


EB Lions AFC - The Children's Village Football Club

Eaton Bray Lions AFCSeason 2011 - 12

We are THE village children's football Club – serving Edlesborough, Eaton Bray, Dagnall, Northall, Studham and Kensworth too. We provide village based safe, friendly, competitive and fun football for boys and girls of all ages, from 4 to 18.

This season has seen another record breaking number of teams and players - an amazing 22 teams and almost 300 children who play team sport in our villages every week, of which over 90% come from our rural villages!!!!

Furthermore the quality and skill of our players and teams just gets better and better.

We are now one of only 10 Charter Standard Community Clubs in Bedfordshire and one of the largest too – great for the villages!

Season 2011-12 - New Players Required

Whilst we have been hugely successful in stimulating huge demand for childrens football, particularly from the youngest age groups upwards, we do have a few places still available in certain teams.

This Winter we are keen to attract new players for the following teams, from the following school years;

  • Boys and Girls – Reception year – entry level Reception year, for our U5's.
  • YEAR 1 – Boys and Girls – just a couple of places left for our U6's,
  • YEAR 4 – 2 Boys required to complete our third U9 team this season.
  • GIRLS YEAR 3 and 4 – Girls to register interest in joining a new U10 Girls team 2012-13 next summer.
  • GIRLS YEAR 5, 6, 8 and 11 – 2 Girls each, to join our vibrant U11's, U13's and U16's squads.

We would particularly like to hear from you if you fall into these age bands – but indeed from anyone who has a son or daughter of any age who wants to play competitive football for their village club. We have teams at every age group. Please email us at enquiries@eblions.co.uk

Training Pitch – Project 'E B Astro'

We are working on an exciting project to build an all weather 3rd Generation pitch within the village envelope. This is at an early stage, but would, if successful mean we can provide all weather all year around facilities on an artificial surface to all our teams.

Clearly this will be subject to funding (this is a highly expensive investment) and planning, both of which are detailed and complex, but would transform our facilities and vastly expand opportunities for our local children, improve their fitness and skills.

It would also reduce both travelling to training and be provided at only a minimal cost to parents. We are working closely with Eaton Bray Parish Council who have been extremely supportive of this project so far, which is budgeted to cost around £200,000, a massive investment in rural sport and a huge fund raising project is just underway.

Golf Day

We had a hugely successful Golf Day in September 2011 at Three Locks golf club, where almost 40 golfers enjoyed bright sunshine to play team golf and a fantastic day was had by all. Our sincere thanks to Paul Cook (from Eaton Bray, our U13 Coach) for running a brilliantly organised event and we raised almost £2,500 as early fund raising for our new training pitch.

Committee

We have been blessed with a very keen and enthusiastic committee for the last 9 years and moreover have a wonderful group of dedicated coaches, which is now in total over 40!

As part of our continued development there are several key roles we are now looking to appoint and we are seeking keen mums or dads interested in the Club – be them parent, coach, grandparent etc.

  1. ASST CLUB SECRETARY – to support our excellent Club secretary and help with general organisational matters. This would suit an organised IT literate helper and is only a couple of hours a week.
  2. ASST GROUNDSMAN – to help Adrian Bush with lining and looking after our pitches and goals.
  3. U5/6 COACHES – to support our youngest age groups.

All these roles are very much occasional/part time. Everyone on the committee and those coaching have busy lives, jobs and families, but in sparing a few hours a week we make a vital difference to the fabric and life of our children in the villages, without which there would be few healthy sporting opportunities without getting into a car and travelling. Please step up to help make a difference. All require full CRB clearance and Club acceptance.

Team Sponsors

We are delighted to have team sponsors for all our 22 teams this Summer, whom we are hugely grateful too. They include the following new sponsors;

TALKTALK PROUDLY SUPPORTS E B LIONS AFC

NEXT GENERATION NETWORK COMES TO EATON BRAY BRINGING BEST VALUE BROADBAND

TalkTalk, the home phone, broadband and mobile provider, is proud to be sponsoring E B Lions AFC for the next twelve months. The donation will be used to maintain facilities at the club and to provide a personalised club training fleece for every coach. Alongside the sponsorship, TalkTalk is investing £50,000 in technology to bring best value broadband offers to Eaton Bray and surrounding areas. TalkTalk is expanding its Next Generation Network in the area, which gives customers access to fast, reliable broadband services for all of the family's needs. Tristia Clarke, Commercial Director at TalkTalk said, "We are delighted to be able to support E B Lions AFC for the upcoming year. We wish them all the best for their endeavours on and off the field".

Talk Talk / Get Into FootballExpanding its Next Generation Network allows TalkTalk to offer its best value for money packages to even more of the UK. With maximum speeds of up to 24 Meg, prices for broadband and phone packages start from as little as £6.50 plus line rental and include unlimited evening and weekend calls.

TalkTalk's Next Generation Network will cover Eaton Bray, Northall, Edlesborough, Slapton and Totternhoe.

For more information visit www.talktalk.co.uk/local

Keep the dedicated hard work going!

E B Lions AFC


How about a Cops v Kids football match?

Youth FootballBedfordshire Police's Local Policing Teams (formerly Safer Neighbourhood Teams) have organised a series of Active Surgeries during the summer holidays. In addition to offering help and advice, the teams will be carrying out property marking and offering to secure car number plates.

Sporting activities for youngsters will also be provided!

So, why not come along and see how our Officers fair against youngsters in a game of football?

Wednesday 3rd August, 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Eaton Bray Skate Park (School Lane)

Source: Ringmaster Bedfordshire


EB Lions AFC - The Village Football Club

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAfter another great season's football, we have some very good news to report! We are delighted to announce that our Under 9 Blues, coached by Nick Bramston and Becky McGee were winners of the Chiltern Junior Division 2 league. Well done to them and most importantly to the boys - Joe Thorne, Joseph Rabey, Oliver West, James Glover, Sam Carter, Cameron Burchill, Toby McGee, Sam Bramston and Myles Frederick. Heroes one and all!

In addition to another fantastic year of achievement throughout the club on the field of play, EB Lions AFC has been recognised twice by The Bedfordshire Football Association in the annual FA Charter Standard Club awards.

Firstly, the club has been recognised as Community Club on the Year. This comes on top of winning the Charter Standard Development Club of the Year only two seasons ago and only reaching Community status back in September. Again, this is a wonderful acknowledgment and recognition of everything that absolutely everyone involved in the Club contributes from Committee to coaches, to players and to parents together with all the people that support the club such as the Schools and Parish Councils.

Lastly, but by no means least, our Treasurer and U14s Coach Tim Sanders has been awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Community Football Award. This is the most prestigious individual award and within the club we all know how much time and effort Tim puts into everything that he does for the Club. This is fantastic recognition of his contribution over the years and is very much deserved award for someone who is defi nitely the driving force behind EB Lions, it is safe to say the Club would not be the success that it is without his sterling efforts over the last few years - Well done, Tim, we are all very proud of you!

New Players and Teams

There is a real and strong demand for village based football now, where the skill levels, coaching and development of players and teams is among the best in the county.

Whilst we have been hugely successful in stimulating demand and our teams are all of a good size and standard, we do have a small number of opportunities still available in certain age groups/teams and these are detailed in our advert in this months Focus.

We are now actively seeking new players for the following;-

  1. boys and girls reception year - to eventually form 2 new teams for our U7's season 2011.
  2. boys and girls year 1 (next seasons Under 7's). We have 4 coaches and 20 players, so there is just a couple of places left,
  3. girls in school year 3 and 4 - A new Girls team is being formed for next seasons Under 9/10 Girls).
  4. Boys 11 a side - there is a small number of opportunities - a player or maybe 2 at most for our U11, U12 and U14 boys - that's current school years 6,7 and 9.

We would particularly like to hear from you if you fall into these age bands - but indeed from anyone who has a son or daughter of any age who wants to play competitive football for their village club please email us at enquiries@eblions.co.uk

Reception - September 2010

We will create a new squad of boys and girls at our nursery entry age level of Under 5's, where we will hold regular sessions to introduce them to football in a structured, team environment. If your son or daughter is starting school this Summer, please preregister with us at enquiries@eblions.co.uk

Sponsors

If you are, or know of any local business that would be interested in supporting us next season please contact us at enquiries@eblions.co.uk to learn how this might boost your local profi le for a modest outlay and support youth sport in and around the villages.

-- E B Lions AFC


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Blues - 3
Luton Borough Dragons U9 Reds - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions compounded their league win in the final game of the season with a comfortable victory over a rugged Luton side.

Play was evenly matched for the opening ten minutes but the first of a brace of goals from top scorer Joe Rabey effected a swing in momentum that favoured the hosts. There were goal chances for Toby McGee and an accomplished performance by MoM Sam Carter, alongside fellow midfielder Ollie West, ensured Lions maintained possession up to the break.

The visitors pressed back in the second, but intelligent defending by James Glover and Sam Bramston, as well as athletic stretches from Cameron Burchill effectively shut them out for the remaining twenty minutes.

A well placed delivery from Bill Moynes found Joe for the second, before Myles Frederick tapped in for a third. More goals looked set to follow as Joe Thorne maintained a corner threat until the final whistle, and Lions can take comfort in a victory that saw them end the season as emphatically as they had begun it.


Clapham Colts U12 - 11
EB Lions U12 - 7

Lions produced their most potent display of the season in a thrilling encounter which swung back and forth throughout. It was a rampant Colts side though who, in the closing ten minutes, found a rhythm and opened up with a deluge of strikes to hammer out an insurmountable lead.

Lions opened the scoring, James Hurley smashing home after a searing run at goal, but Colts hit back with three of their own, despite rigorous back line work by Aarin Johnson, Tom Horner, Chris McGee and Ben Roberts. Keeper Dan Kenell was made to run and pounce on ball after ball as the hosts upped their work rate, but Lions refused to go under and battled back to draw level with a Sean Woodhouse wonder strike, snatched from mid air and buried into the top right corner of the net, followed by a perfect Dominic Ryan finish that ended the opening frame three a piece.

The second half started as a mirror to the first, Lions scoring with another strike from James, Colts then unloading their own arsenal to retake the lead. Jake Draper stood in for an injured Dan and was forced to use hands and feet to secure the goalmouth, while good forward play by Alex Poynter and Adam Bradley retained the visitors' share of possession.

The second in a brace of fine goals by Dominic and a clattering finish from Will Juster put the game back on an even keel, and a searing strike by debut scorer Aaron Gauntlett showed a gritty resolve before Colts produced a last gasp goal rush to snatch victory.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Eaton Bray Lions U9 Blues - 3
Luton Borough Dragons Whites - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCNeeding a point to win the league title, lions set out with their trademark tenacity and a Joe Rabey first-half hat-trick gave the visitors a vital early lead.

Lancing clearances from Joe Thorne and crunching tackles by James Glover made for an effective back line that held the hosts to nil in the opening stanza. Borough found momentum in the second, pushing Cameron Burchell into some outstanding saves.

Relentless work in midfield from Sam Carter, Bill Moynes, Ollie West and Sam Carter turned the tide and Lions saw a handful of chances to extend their lead. Borough were dangerous on the counter though and pulled on back with a searing strike from the right wing. Good forward play by Toby McGee and Myles Frederick maintained an attacking presence until the final whistle.

Source: EB Lions


EB Lions AFC

What are we?

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAs hopefully everyone knows by now, EB Lions AFC is a children's football club for the boys and girls living in and around the villages of Edlesborough, Eaton Bray, Dagnall and Northall.

Formed in 1994, the Club has grown enormously particularly over the last 7 years and now has 16 teams this season 2009-10, with 200 children, predominantly living in the village, playing competitive and active team sport. We have boys and girls teams ranging from Under 5's up to U15's and have 35 brilliant coaches, almost all of whom are FA qualifi ed, all hold CRB checks and are all devoted to creating fun, improving fi tness, technique, team spirit and above all else confi dence and great memories.

Please look us up on our website - www.eblions.co.uk

News

The 2009-10 season is starting to draw to an end and we are busy planning for our end of season awards, registrations for 2010-11 as well as all of the housekeeping necessary to kit out the 18 teams and 220 players we are anticipating for next season. We will be having our End of Season Presentation Day on Saturday 26th June 2010 - details to be announced shortly!

New Players and Teams

There is a real and strong demand for village based football now, where the skill levels, coaching and development of players and teams is among the best in the county. This also allows the boys and girls to play with their classmates and friends. Whilst we have been hugely successful in stimulating demand and our teams are all of a good size and standard, we do have a small number of opportunities still available in certain age groups/teams and these are detailed in our advert in this months Focus.

We are now actively seeking new players for the following;-

  1. boys and girls year 1 (next seasons Under 7's),
  2. girls in school year 3 and 4 - A new Girls team for (next seasons Under 10 Girls).
  3. boys and girls reception year - to eventually form 2 new teams for our U7's season 2011.
  4. girls in school year 6 and 7 - to support our U12 who play 9 a side football next season.

We would particularly like to hear from you if you fall into these age bands - please email us at enquiries@eblions.co.uk

Sponsors

We are again looking for sponsorship for the new teams - we hope to fi nd a local sponsor to advertise on a team kit and we actively encourage all of our members and supporters to support our sponsors.

Currently we are pleased to have the support of 15 sponsors, including CHRISTOPHER PALLET who have kindly sponsored our U12 boys team for 2 seasons and PINSTRIPES, where Penni and her team have sponsored our U9 Whites for this season and next.

If you are, or know of any local business that would be interested in supporting us next season please contact us at enquiries@eblions.co.uk to learn how this might boost your local profile for a modest outlay and support youth sport in and around the villages.

Congratulations

As part of our club development plan we aim to ensure that all of our volunteers gain recognition, qualifi cation or at least enjoyment from all of their hard work! In particular we require that each team has at least one qualified coach at FA Level 1 - we now possibly have more qualifi ed coaches than any other junior club in the county with 18 coaches qualifi ed at FA Level 1 or taking the exam shortly. We also have 7 FA level 2 qualifi ed coaches and the most recent additions to this impressive line-up is Tony Farnfi eld (U8), Bryan Wright (U11 Girls) and Colin Bradley (U12) who have achieved Level 2. Paul Cook, Tim Sanders, Colin Bradley and Nick Bramston have now booked up for level 3 (their UEFA B Licence (FA Level 3) in June 2010 - look out Mr Capello!

Also, we were delighted to hear that our Under 8 Blues were winners of the County Fair Play team of the season 2010 award and by the time you read this will have received this at a presentation on the pitch at Kenilworth Road before Luton Town vs Wrexham. This is a great recognition for our players and coaches by their league and Bedfordshire Football Association.

Website

After a few years as our webmaster Russell Sears is stepping down and Richard Potten has kindly agreed to take on this modern day necessity for any serious group. Many thanks to Russell for his fantastic work and good luck to Richard.

All-weather training facility

We are currently looking into the feasibility of developing an all-weather training facility in the village to allow all of our teams to train throughout the winter months in a safe local environment. For the last two seasons we have had portable fl oodlights that have saved travelling into Dunstable or Leighton Buzzard but despite their portability the grass areas used at Edlesborough School and The Green just can not withstand the demands placed by the large numbers of junior players that we have regularly training in addition to the weekend matches.

With the support of Eaton Bray Parish Council and St Mary's Church we have identified a plot of land in Eaton Bray that is perfect for our needs - this is at an early stage but would be a fantastic facility for EB Lions - there are a lot of hurdles yet to overcome with fundraising and planning permissions currently in our sights. We would also love to hear from anyone that has expertise to help us with such a project and also any other clubs, groups or associations that could give additional usage to an artifi cial surface of 30m x 60m - please contact us.

Soccer Buddies

Finally look out for our brand new piece of innovative kit - with the support of Bovis Lend Lease (Jason Reynolds), a youth development grant from Aylesbury Vale DC PAYP scheme and a substantial equipment grant from Central Beds District Council, we have bought 10 soccer buddies, 10 iGoals, renovated new goals at the Rye and specialist training equipment all totalling almost £6,000.

These Soccer Buddy mannequins are training aids in full EB Lion kit, designed to improve shooting accuracy and dribbling ability. On top of this we have our very own Speed Buddy to record the speed of a shot, which we are planning on presenting at the Village Carnival in July to see who can claim the hardest shot in the village!

Source: Focus, April 2010


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Blues - 4
Sundon Park Rangers U9 Blues - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAfter a nervy start Lions settled down with a brace of goals from Myles Frederick and began to establish their habitual tone.

Sundon found range from their goal kicks though and maintained a threat, providing full backs James Glover, Joe Thorne and Sam Bramston with a stern test. Lions struck again before the break, Bill Moynes feeding through for Joe Rabey to complete.

Keeper Cameron Burchill was kept busy in the second as Rangers found their momentum, but sustained pressure from Ollie West in midfield and Toby McGee in front of goal gave the visitors scant margin for error, and the hosts picked up a fourth as Sam Carter found the end of Joe Rabey's corner, tapping in ahead of the final whistle.

The win puts Lions three points clear at the top of the league table.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

St Martin's U9 Whites - 0
EB Lions U9 Blues - 5

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions went three points clear at the top with a comfortable win over St Martin's, bolstering their title hopes.

A Joe Rabey hat trick, and goals from Sam Carter and Ollie West, sealed a dominant victory over a determined host side. St Martin's were not without threat for the opening ten minutes but a flawless Cameron Burchell safely fielded the early attempts on goal, while stout defending from Joe Thorne and tireless MoM James Glover effectively staved off further attacks.

Lions were three up by half time and in the second began to build on their momentum to control possession for the final twenty minutes. A well placed lob from Toby McGee landed at the feet of Joe, who finished in clinical style, while searing work in midfield by Sam Bramston opened up more chances on goal, allowing Lions to extend their lead and compound a vital win.


Lewsey Centre U12 - 6
EB Lions U12 - 0

Lions gave a worthy account of themselves against league champions Lewsey Centre, but were unable to capitalise on a string of goal attempts.

Gutsy forward plays by Sean Woodhouse and James Hurley kept a talented home defence on red alert for the full 60 minutes, and stylish passing between Tom Horner, Aaron Gauntlett, Adam Bradley and deserving MOM Alex Poynter kept Lions in the game despite the one sided scoreline.

Lewsey attacked in waves during the second but in between offensive strikes there was good work by the visitors, Aarin Johnson and Ben Roberts feeding through to James and Sean who almost opened Lions' goal account on a handful of occasions.

Dominic Ryan and Chris McGee maintained a stalwart defence in the dying minutes but it was stand in keeper Jake Draper who drew plaudits from supporters on both sides, putting in a string of stunning saves.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Sacred Heart U9 - 0
EB Lions U9 Blues - 4

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions regained top spot with an emphatic win over previous league leaders Sacred Heart in Saturday's pivotal away fixture.

After a tense start that saw keeper Cameron Burchell well tested, Toby McGee netted from the edge of the box to hand Lions a vital early lead. A resurgent Sacred Heart pushed back but solid tackling from James Glover and Joe Thorne gave the hosts scant openings, and midfield domination by 011ie West and Sam Bramston turned the tide in favour of the visiting side.

Lions capitalised as Joe Rabey blazed in from the right wing, finding the top corner of the net, and Sam Carter tapped in a deft cross to extend the lead ahead of the break.

The frantic pace took its toll in the second, Lions easing off until a searing strike from Myles Frederick, run into the goalmouth by Joe, added a fourth to the tally and compounded a decisive win.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U12 - 2
Bedford Park Rangers U12 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions made a bright start in a closely contested battle, Sean Woodhouse breaking loose to volley in early for a goal that was ruled off side. Stand in keeper Jake Draper made short work of Bedford's subsequent counters but they were able to net after a smart run on goal.

Lions hit back immediately with another Sean Woodhouse strike, and clever defending by Chris McGee, Ben Roberts and Mason Ashby halted Bedford's key chances. Good link ups in midfield by Alex Poynter, Charlie Nevitt and Adam Bradley saw Lions retain possession for the majority of the half until a Dominic Ryan free kick almost secured the lead.

Going into the second one a piece, Lions eked out every chance, Will Juster and James Hurley putting in regular goal charges. A deft lob from Sean defeated the Bedford keeper for the lead but despite promising through balls from Tom Horner and Aaron Johnson and enterprising runs from Aaron Gauntlett, the visitors drew level in the dying minutes of play.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Blues - 2
Sundon Park Rangers U9 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions retained a top place with a comfortable home win over Sundon Park on Saturday. A clinical finish from Ollie West in the first half gave Lions the lead, Joe Rabey tapping in cleanly for the second following a jinking run that left the visitors defence confounded.

Sundon's goal came from a penalty following a Lions hand ball and despite an accomplished stop from keeper Cameron Burchell, the visitors slotted in the rebound.

There was no paucity of chances for the hosts to increase their tally, Sam Carter, Toby McGee and Sam Bramston all shooting wide. Laser guided corners from Joe Thorne and resolute defending by James Glover kept Lions on top in a game which could have finished with a much broader goal margin.


Bedford Park Rangers U12 - 5
EB Lions U12 - 2

Lions slipped to defeat despite promising glimpses of their evolving potential. Undone by some pacey Bedford runs and strategic deliveries, the visitors nonetheless defended resolutely, Aarin Johnson, Alex Poynter, Tom Horner, Mason Ashby and Adam Bradley clearing well to the wings. Lions' persistence at goal paid off, Charlie landing a well timed shot to grab the first of two, but Bedford were able to strike back too easily.

Regrouping after the break, Lions put together some talented runs, Chris McGee working the right wing effectively, and a barrelling through ball from Ben Roberts finding the feet of James Hurley.

The ensuing goal mouth scrabble resulted in Lions' second, credited fifty-fifty to James and Charlie. Gritty attacks by Will Juster almost secured a third but the defensive skills of Aaron Gauntlett were well tested and Bedford drove in hard to the final whistle, inspiring Dan Kennel into some athletic saves.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Blues - 4
Luton Borough Dragons Whites - 3

Eaton Bray Lions AFCIn an intriguing match-up Lions claimed most of the early chances with a handful of goal attempts from Sam Carter and Myles Frederick. Borough were dangerous on the counter and despite excellent defensive work from Sam Bramston and James Glover were able to snatch the opening goal. Lions maintained a frenetic pace and a blistering Joe Rabey run brought about the equaliser. He followed up with a second but not before Borough had slotted in two.

The tempo remained high and good forward plays by Toby McGee and Ollie West looked set to pull the hosts level, until a Myles Frederick strike added the third goal ahead of the whistle.

Lions took the lead again in the second half as a perfect Joe Thorne corner found Ollie West, who netted the hosts' fourth.

Excellent keeping from Cameron Burchill held off a resurgent Borough who attacked up to the final whistle. Lions go top of the table.


Eastcotts U12 B - 2
Eaton Bray Lions U12 - 3

Slick finishes from Sean Woodhouse and James Hurley contributed a goal to each half in a match Lions dominated throughout.

Even so Eastcotts were able to match the visitors piece for piece on scoring, sneaking in twice on the counter. Slicing runs from Charlie Nevitt and Will Juster looked set to increase Lions' tally in the second but the hosts were still dangerous on the break forcing Dominic Ryan, Aarin Johnson, Mason Ashby and MoM Tom Horner into some crunching tackles.

With 10 minutes remaining, an Adam Bradley free kick found Sean, who netted for the lead, but Eastcotts seemed to establish their on momentum as the clock wound down and some tense moments ensued for well tested stand-in keeper Jake Draper.

There were scoring opportunities at both ends though, with Alex Poynter, Chris McGee and Aaron Gauntlett all in position to force possession and ultimately the visitors were able to hold on for a deserved win.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Eaton Bray Lions U9 Blues - 2
Sundon Athletic U9 - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions showed no sign of rust following the Christmas lay-off, poking holes in the Sundon defence and winning a string of early corners.

Agile runs from Sam Carter and Ollie West looked set to activate the hosts' goal account for 2010, but it was Toby McGee who found the end of Joe Rabey's neat through ball to finish in stunning style.

Sundon regrouped though, forcing defenders James Glover and Joe Thorne into some intelligent counters. Momentum swung back and forth and twice Cameron Burchill was called on to make some deft saves.

Excellent running and vital tackles came in the second half from Sam Bramston, as once again Sundon battled to draw level, but in a replica of their first half link-up, another Joe Rabey pass found Toby who netted to complete a brace of goals and seal the match.


Eaton Bray Lions U12 - 2
Langford U12 A - 3

Early strikes from Will Juster, MoM Sean Woodhouse and James Hurley ensured Lions took momentum during the opening half. A Langford corner ahead of the break put the visitors in front though, another shortly after stretching the gap. The balance shifted back and forth for the last few minutes of the half and Dan Kennell was pressured into some eye-catching saves. Strong support from defenders Aarin Johnson, Mason Ashby, Rom Horner and Jake Draper staved off further offences until the whistle, while Aaron Gauntlett pressed forward in relentless fashion.

Langford stepped up their forward movement following the break and a nervy goalmouth scrabble was cleared well by Ben Roberts and Adam Bradley, swinging possession back to the hosts. Sean capitalised to send in the perfect through-ball before James completed a corner with a goal-of-the-season contender to draw level.

Despite accomplished links between Dominic Ryan, Alex Poynter and Chris McGee, as well as a barrage of threatening Charlie Nevitt runs, Langford were able to strike once more, securing a narrow victory.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Sundon Park Rangers U9
EB Lions U9 Blues

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions eased into an early lead with a Myles Frederick strike, having maintained possession for most of the opening 10 minutes. Even so, Rangers broke out more than once, forcing James Glover and Sam Bramston into some last-gasp clearances.

Three minutes after the first goal, MoM 011ie West was on the end of a Joe Thorne corner, heading in for a second. Rangers hit back almost immediately though, halving Lions' lead following a goalmouth scrabble. An extended grab from Cameron Burchill held the hosts to a single goal, maintaining Lions' 1-2 lead ahead of the interval.

A Joe Rabey strike and a second goal from 011ie established an insurmountable margin for victory, with on-target shots from Toby McGee nearly increasing an already impressive tally.


Luton Old Boys Youth
EB Lions U12

Lions were soundly beaten by an accomplished Luton side, despite strong attacking plays and a continued goal threat.

There were accurate strikes from Charlie Nevitt, James Hurley, Sean Woodhouse and Adam Bradley, but all were claimed by the impressive Luton stand-in keeper. Excellent link-ups between Aaron Gauntlett, Chris McGee and Will Juster stretched the hosts' defence, but the Luton back line proved insuperable, foiling the visitors' attempts on goal time and again.

MoM Dominic Ryan gave a fine display of controlled heading, expertly fielding the ball away from danger, and Aarin Johnson, Tom Horner and Jake Draper all had a hand in safeguarding the Lions goal area.

Keeper Dan Kennell was well tested throughout but took some eye-catching saves in conditions that were quickly deteriorating.

Ultimately Luton's adept passing game and steadfast defending proved too much, overpowering Lions and handing them one of their worst losses of the season.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Blues - 1
Sundon Park Rangers U9 Reds - 4

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions' cup run came to an end at the quarter final stages on Saturday as they slipped to a 1-4 defeat against a regimented and resolute Sundon team.

The hosts started well, hogging possession for most of the opening half as 011ie West and Sam Carter put in a series of threatening runs at goal. It was a searing Joe Rabey strike though which opened the scoring and handed Lions an early lead.

A handful of corners came up for Lions and some imposing attacks from Toby McGee looked likely to add a second, but it was Rangers who struck back from long range to draw level before the half time whistle.

Lions held on for the start of the second, defenders Sam Bramston, Joe Thorne and MOM James Glover executing some fine tackles and linking up nicely to keep Rangers at bay, but the visitors managed to find an opening and despite strong saves from Cameron Burchill, netted three times in the half.

Following their departure from the cup tournament, Lions will now focus on retaking top spot in the league.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Blues - 0
St Martin's U9 Whites - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions turned in a scintillating display against St Martin's to secure a valuable point and retain second spot in the league table.

Despite the goalless scoreline, there was eye-catching football at both ends. Stout defending from James Glover and mobile rear guards Joe Thorne and Sam Bramston ensured a quiet game for keeper Cameron -Burchill, who was nevertheless reliable on those rare occasions he was called upon.

Intelligent passing from midfielders Joe Rabey, 011ie Ward and Myles Frederick culminated in a string of strikes at goal, and shots from Toby McGee and Sam Carter might have put a goal on the scoreboard, but ultimately the stalemate remained intact, so equally matched were the two sides.


EB Lions U12 - 2
Langford U12 B - 3

Lions found themselves well contained for the most part in a match which they could have won but for a lack of co-ordination and some frequent errors.

Threatened time and again by an effective Langford strike force, the midfield were finally able to break loose as Chris McGee made a run and fired in a cross to be completed by a perfect Sean Woodhouse touch. Charlie Nevitt scored immediately afterwards, finishing his own 40-yard run with a fine strike on goal.

Almost as quickly as they had reasserted themselves, the hosts once again surrendered possession and Langford hit back twice to level the match at the break.

The second half saw Langford continue their dominance, testing the back line of Aarin Johnson, Jake Draper, Mason Ashby, Alex Poynter and Adam Bradley.

Dan Kennel showed safe hands as a sequence of well placed corners and long range lobs came his way, but the visitors were able to land a third to go ahead.

Enterprising runs from James Hurley and Will Juster, along with some neat link-ups between Aaron Gauntlett, Sean Woodhouse and Tom Horner almost resulted in the equaliser.

Tireless midfield work from MoM Ben Roberts helped maintain momentum and a mis-struck Dominic Ryan kick passed just wide of a post but Lions could not grasp the opportunity to draw level before the whistle.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U12 - 6
Oakley Rangers U12 - 8

Eaton Bray Lions AFCSpectators endured torrents of winter rain at the Rye but were recompensed by an equally copious deluge of goals at each end in a gritty battle that saw both sides pushing for a win.

Lions scored the opener, Charlie Nevitt landing a clean strike to take the lead, but Rangers were unfazed and hit back an incredible six times in the first half having opened up and exposed a ragged defence and some below par work in midfield. A promising run from Chris McGee broke down as the Rangers rear guard drew into tight formation, but a turning point came ahead of the break as Will Juster completed a Sean Woodhouse cross.

Lions drew together in the second half as the weather deteriorated and under a chilly downpour showed admirable determination to pull back to near level with Oakley. Defenders Aarin Johnson, Jake Draper, Dominic Ryan, Tom Horner and Mason Ashby sealed up the holes and a surge in midfield saw Adam Bradley and Ben Roberts sweep up a string of Oakley attacks.

Will took a second goal early in the half and was followed up by Sean and MOM James Hurley, pulling Lions in range of the visitors who had looked to be running away with the game only 10 minutes before. Oakley scored again but the hosts responded in kind, Charlie completing a brace of goals to put the side one behind.

Determined efforts from Alex Poynter and Aaron Gauntlett could not open up the precious chance at goal though, and Rangers were able to slip another past the fingertips of Dan Kennell, who had been truly tested throughout.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Blues - 3
Luton Borough Dragons U9 Whites - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions booked a place in the quarter finals of the league cup on Saturday with a razor thin victory over Division Two rivals Luton Borough.

MOM Joe Rabey put Lions ahead in an opening half that saw a tenacious Borough side frustrated time and again by strategic link-ups and intelligent through-balls from midfielders Sam Bramston and Myles Frederick, resulting in a fine display of attacking football and a sequence of plays which looked likely to result in a goal rush.

Lions' dominance prevailed into the second half as Sam Carter netted for a 2-0 lead. Cameron Burchill looked to have the goalmouth sealed up, deflecting a string of tidy shots and collecting some tricky volleys, while defenders Joe Thorne and James Glover shut down an enfilade of quickfire attacks.

Borough turned the tables though, scoring twice to draw level and force the match into extra time. A searing shot from Joe Rabey in the final minute of extended play narrowly avoided a shoot-out, and Lions notched a well-deserved win in a scintillating encounter.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Blues - 0
Crawley Green U9 - 4

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions ended their unbeaten run on Saturday falling to a 0-4 defeat against Crawley Green. The result ill-reflected the tenacious efforts of the boys and their long spells of possession during a match which they controlled for the most part.

Dominating much of the opening half, the hosts were able to set up a panoply of goal shots, Joe Rabey brushing the crossbar more than once to maintain pressure on the visiting side.

MOM Joe Thorne and fellow defender Sam Bramston picked up their share of loose balls at the back but Crawley were able to land a long-range strike and pulled ahead before the break.

Cameron Burchill was well stretched as the second half got under way and despite the efforts of a mobile 011ie West and Sam Carter in midfield, Crawley were able to build on their lead. Toby McGee maintained a goal threat in the final 10 minutes but, despite a string of near misses, Lions were unable to get back into contention.


EB Lions U12 - 0
Clapham Colts U12 - 3

Making a bright start, Lions earned a pair of corners and carved out a handful of strike opportunities, culminating in a Chris McGee lob that sliced the crossbar.

Strong clearances from Aarin Johnson held off the Clapham attack until two goals fell in back to back.

Pressing forward, the hosts drove in towards goal, Alex Poynter and James Hurley battling for possessing at the goalmouth. Searing runs from Will Juster and Charlie Nevitt compounded the pressure on a waning Clapham side and Lions looked set to overturn the scoreline.

The visitors opened the second with a nice lob to go three up but smart keeping from Dan Kennel) and textbook defensive work from Mason Ashby, Dominic Ryan and MOM Jake Draper stemmed the flow allowing Lions to strike back on the counter. A looping Sean Woodhouse corner missed by a fraction and invigorating efforts from Aaron Gauntlett maintained the fight until the final whistle.

Source: EB Lions


EB Lions AFC

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAs we hope everyone knows by now, E. B. Lions AFC is a children's football club for the boys and girls living in and around the villages of Edlesborough, Eaton Bray, Dagnall and Northall. Formed in 1994, the Club has grown enormously in the last 7 years and now has 16 teams this season 2009-10, with 200 children, predominantly living in the village, playing competitive and active team sport. We have boys and girls teams ranging from Under 5's up to U15's and have almost 40 brilliant coaches, most of whom are FA qualified and CRB checked and all devoted to creating fun, improving fitness, technique, team spirit and above all else confidence and memories.

We are working hard to develop our players and teams to continue the successful, happy and thriving Club we have been building. Our 5 year plan is to grow to 20-25 teams maximum with 275 children, which we feel is the optimum size of Club that our Geographical Parish player base/demand can 'and will support. Please look us up on our website - www.eblions.co.uk

Additional Players

There is a real and strong demand for village based football now, where the skill levels, coaching and development of players and teams is one of the best in the County. This also allows the boys and girls to play with their classmates and friends. Whilst we have been hugely successful in stimulating demand and our teams are all of a good size and standard, we do have a small number of opportunities still available in certain age groups/teams and these are detailed in our advert in this months Focus.

Moreover, we are now actively forming 3 new teams - boys and girls year 1 (next seasons Under 7's) and also a new Girls team for girls in school year 3 and 4 (next seasons Under 10 Girls), so would particularly like to hear from you if you fall into these age bands - enquiries@eblions.co.uk.

There are 1 or 2 places available at Boys year 4, 5 and 6 so please get in touch if you are keen. Finally there is just 1 or maximum 2 additional places in both the boys and separately girls U14's (year 9) teams and we would love to hear from you too! Our player registration fee is amongst the lowest in the area, made possible by not having the cost and liability of our own ground and is great value as it includes all subs and playing kit too. More importantly, the huge support of our team sponsors, who make such a huge contribution, helps keep fees low. Please see our website for our current sponsors details and we thank them again for helping us so much.

Charter Standard Community Award

We are delighted to announce that EB Lions AFC, after much focused work by our committee along with our dedicated coaches, has secured the coveted Charter Standard Community status from the FA this September. There are only 6 Charter Standard Development Youth Football Clubs in Bedfordshire who hold this highest level CS status.

This scheme is a core component of the FA Football Development programme. The scheme established minimum standards for football development and acts as a quality assurance mechanism recognising well run schools and clubs. As a benchmark for quality it will improve the playing experience for all. Community Clubs, the pinnacle of the club development pathway, will be those that have a high quality, multi-team (minimum of 10 teams) set up with excellent social, training and playing opportunities for all. As such, the number of Community Clubs is one of the truest measures of success for The FA Football Development strategy.

Youth Football Clubs are the heartbeat of football in this country. That is why The FA Charter Standard club programme, which raises standards and recognises and rewards quality, is so important and is a big priority for the FA nationally. It demands strong governance (CRB, codes of conduct etc) and beliefs, including the FA's Respect campaign which we fully endorse.

Parish Councils

We enjoy huge and very appreciative support from the Parish Councils in Eaton Bray and Edlesborough, plus the Dagnall Village Council, who allow us to play all our matches in the centre of our community and on pitches and village Greens, where anyone can come along and watch.

Eaton Bray Parish Council have very kindly just confirmed agreement for us to use the Rye (previously Eaton Bray FC) pitch for our younger 11 a side teams and this is gratefully appreciated in supporting our growth and provision of local, quality sport.

Schools

The three local Primary schools are hugely supportive of the Club and we enjoy the use of Edlesborough Schools facilities for training and development (many thanks to the new head, Jane Foster). Moreover all 3 schools actively promote us within school and we have recently seen a surge in the number of children from Eaton Bray joining the Club, which is fantastic news.

Projects

We have had significant support from the Football Foundation, who have provided substantial funding over a 3 year period to allow us to develop new teams and enhance coach development, with a substantial number of our coaches undertaking their FA Level 1 and increasingly Level 2 FA coaching badge. Last month (October 2009) we are proud to advise that we have 6 coaches starting their six month Level 2 badge, all funded by the Club through FF support.

We also have a project well advanced, which will substantially increase the equipment we provide for our teams and players and with the added involvement of a number of young potential coaches. The FA is concerned about the high drop out rates of teenagers at 16-18 age group from football and we have a number of players whose teams have finished, but who would like to stay in football. With the help of the following grant and funding partners we are looking to offer them intensive coaching and training and to become role models to the younger players/teams.

The project cost including equipment and coaching support/badges will be over £3,500 and would not be possible without the following;-

  • BovisLendLease - via our U10 Coach Jason Reynolds (whose employer has kindly provided community grant through his involvement),
  • St Marys Carnival - who have supported us over the last few years,
  • Bucks Playing Field Association - The AVDC PAYP scheme to support 13-19 year olds.
  • ......and of course the fruits of our own fund raising. There is the further possibility of additional grant funding which will increase the project and equipment purchased even further.

Other Club News

Other noteworthy news in the active and busy world of E B Lions is:-

  • Our fitness coach, Nick Bramston, who has gained his first module of the FA Level 3 coaching badge is working with many of our teams to improve fitness and agility at all levels.
  • We have appointed Richard Potton to the Committee and specifically to be our Girls Football Development Officer. We have 4 girls teams already and are at the forefront of this fast growing and exciting area of football.
  • Rob Gadsden won the first Janet Hatfield annual trophy for his contribution to the Club. Rob is only 18 and is our first young sports person to develop his coaching skills. He is starting his Level 2 as we speak and has done wonders with our U13 boys team, alongside Adrian and Ian. He is a wonderful advert for the youngsters living in our villages. Rob also won a County FA Development Workforce Award for Young Volunteer of the Year.
  • Adrian Bush also won a County FA Development Workforce Award which recognises the huge contribution of volunteers within the game.

And Finally!!

We work alongside the Eaton Bray and Edlesborough Scouts as well and you will know from last month's Focus how well they are doing, with demand for places at an unprecedented level and with dynamic, keen and committed leaders.

We are both providing high quality, structured and organised fun and learning for the children in the villages and are leading the way in the Counties in our chosen subjects.

The children are fortunate to enjoy such wonderful opportunities and in turn do us all proud with their commitment, effort and behaviour which doesn't always get as much noise as it should. So we have, in case you didn't know !!

Source: Focus, November 2009


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Sundon Park Rangers U9 - 0
EB Lions U9 Blues - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions extended their unbeaten run with a hard-fought away win over Sundon Park to go a point clear at the top of the table.

Shots from Sam Carter, Joe Rabey and Toby McGee might have expanded the margin of victory but only MOM Sam Bramston was able to complete, firing in from the edge of the area for a first-half lead.

Even so there was eye-catching football in the second as Lions unloaded a series of offensive plays, including a fine lob from Joe Thorne. Accomplished defending by James Glover, tireless support from 011ie West in midfield and another clean sheet from Cameron Burchill amounted to another strong display and a statement of intent for the 2009/2010 season.


Langford U12 B - 2
EB Lions U12 - 4

Lions made it two wins in a row with an away victory over Langford on Sunday. Having conceded a goal inside the first 20 minutes, James Hurley drew level with a neat finish to keep the visitors in the match.

Intelligent defending from Tom Horner, Ben Roberts, Jake Draper and Aarin Johnson ruled out the majority of Langford's goal assaults, while MOM keeper Dan Kennel) put paid to a string of difficult shots that broke through Lions' back line.

Increasing the pressure after the break, Lions opened up a series of scoring opportunities, Sean Woodhouse, Will Juster and Charlie Nevitt setting up enterprising runs into the Langford half.

A well-earned goal from Dominic Ryan and a clinical finish by debut scorer Chris McGee opened up a comfortable margin, which James extended further, netting his second of the match.

The hosts remained defiant though and, after missing a penalty, drew one- back with 10 minutes remaining. Even so, energetic runs from Mason Ashby, Alex Poynter and Adam Bradley maintained further goal threats, and a long range Aaron Gauntlett lob fell inches wide of Langford's upright.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Blues - 3
Sacred Heart U9 - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions recorded their second victory in as many games this season, besting third place holders Sacred Heart in a scintillating encounter which saw the first half end on a stalemate.

Despite a string of shooting chances from Joe Rabey, Sam Carter and Toby McGee, the hosts were unable to score for the opening 20 minutes, and Sacred Heart maintained a goal threat on the counter attack, keeping defenders Joe Thorne and James Glover busy.

Lions maintained their strategic passing game in the second and patiently nurtured a string of strike opportunities as MOM 011ie West fed through to the forwards, allowing Joe Rabey to score twice and Myles Frederick to add a third.

Keeper Cameron Burchill maintained Lions' clean sheet this season with adept saves both on the line and at the limits of his area, ensuring the team's place at the top of the league.


EB Lions U12 - 7
Eastcotts U12 - 1

A Dominic Ryan hat-trick and goals from James Hurley, Mason Ashby and Charlie Nevitt saw Lions ease to their maiden win of the season against a resolute Eastcotts side.

Slotting Lions ahead inside the first 10 minutes, Mason gave the hosts a lead which added spark to the team and ignited an occasionally dormant potential. Well executed passes followed as midfielders added structure to the game, linking up with defenders Jake Draper, Tom Horner, Aarin Johnson, Ben Roberts and Adam Bradley to secure the back sectors of the pitch.

Eastcotts levelled the scoring before the break but a resurgent Lions hit back in the second, a brace of strikes from James opening a lead, extended by Dominic's three and Charlie's bottom-right corner shot, defeating a well-tested keeper.

There had been scoring opportunities throughout, with attempts on goal from Will Juster and Aaron Gauntlett, but smart defending from Alex Poynter, confident saves from Dan Kennel) and strategic positioning by Chris McGee held Eastcotts to a single goal.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Sundon Athletic U9 - 0
EB Lions U9 Blues - 4

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions commenced their season in earnest, securing top spot in league division two with a clinical victory at Sundon Athletic.

Stand-in keeper Toby McGee retained a clean sheet with a display of clattering saves and intelligent deflections, while striker and MOM Joe Rabey began his hat-trick early in the first and completed it in the second with a brace of no-nonsense deliveries.

Strong attacks from 011ie West and Sam Carter piled pressure onto the outgunned hosts, but it was forward Myles Frederick who slammed in the third of four goals for the visiting side.

Full backs Sam Bramston, Joe Thorne and James Glover presented a robust and mobile defensive line, with some rigorous tackles to neutralise the Sundon goal threat.


Brickhill Wanderers Youth - 6
EB Lions U12- 1

Lions showed tenacity and some encouraging signs of improvement against league two side Brickhill Wanderers in their away cup fixture.

Refusing to recognise the lofty ranking of their experienced opponents, Lions dominated much of the opening half, defenders Dominic Ryan, Tom Horner, Jake Draper and Aarin Johnson setting about a series of crunching tackles that grabbed the attention of the Brickhill forwards from the opening whistle.

With 10 minutes of the half to run, a slicing cross found Sean Woodhouse, who netted confidently to finis a tight opening stanza 2-1 down. Forwards James Hurley and Will Juster pressed into the Brickhill box on several occasions but, like Charlie Nevitt's marathon runs, these dynamic attacking plays were ultimately thwarted by the resilient defence of the hosts.

Mason Ashby, Chris McGee and MOM Adam Bradley nimbly worked the centre of the pitch during the second, while Aaron Gauntlett and Alex Poynter reinforced the back line.

Smart keeping from Dan Kennell kept the Lions in the match up until the final 10 minutes, when a string of opposing goals fell in to hand Brickhill an unassailable lead.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Blues - 0
Sundon Park Rangers U9 Reds - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions hosted an accomplished Rangers side but were unlucky not to pick up points from what would prove to be a close fought encounter.

MoM James Glover, alongside fellow defenders Joe Thorne and Sam Bramston, held the visitors off for most of the opening half, while Cameron Burchell put in some athletic saves to maintain a goal stalemate for the first fifteen minutes.

In midfield Ollie West applied pressure with clinical passing, while Myles Frederick and Joe Rabey harried the Sundon keeper with a series of accurate strikes.

Forwards Sam Carter and Toby McGee pushed forward in an attempt to wrest at least a draw from what had been a thrilling encounter, but ultimately Rangers took a goal in each half.


EB Lions U12 - 1
Lewsey Centre U12 - 6

A first half penalty from James Hurley handed Lions an early lead and contributed the impetus to their attacking plays for the opening 10 minutes. Ben Roberts, Adam Bradley and Mason Ashby teamed up to feed through for Will Juster and Sean Woodhouse.

But Lewsey were able to strike back with a handy lob to draw level and then go ahead minutes later.

The visitors maintained a goal threat but centre backs Dominic Ryan and Aarin Johnson closed up to foil the few last minute efforts of the half.

Pressure on the right wing from Chris McGee and tireless MoM Charlie Nevitt kept Lions in the game for the first few minutes of the second, but a Lewsey penalty for a handball saw them extend their lead to a comfortable margin.

Strong defensive work from Jake Draper and saves by Dan Kennell stopped the match from unravelling entirely, and some accomplished last minute touches by Aaron Gauntlett and Alex Poynter demonstrated tenacity and a refusal to capitulate.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U12 - 0
AFC Dunstable U12 - 9

Eaton Bray Lions AFCSpirited runs from James Hurley and William Juster as well as strong second half link-ups between Sean Woodhouse, Adam Bradley, Charlie Nevitt, Aaron Gauntlett and MOM Chris McGee could not see Lions through to the third round of the league cup.

Fielding a team of nine, Dunstable were nonetheless able to break open the Lions defence, scoring four times in the first half and five more in the second.

Even so, pressure at the back line from Alex Poynter, Jake Draper, Aarin Johnson, Tom Horner and Mason Ashby, coupled with fine saves by Dan Kennell, fended off the aggressive Dunstable offence for long periods and when the goals came they were in quick succession.

Lions will be returning to their league fixtures next week under increasing pressure to secure their maiden win of the season.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Langford U12 - 7
EB Lions U12 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCStrikes from James Hurley and Chris McGee lent promise to the initial phases of this encounter but it was Langford who scored first, managing to poke through the otherwise rigid defence of Adam Bradley, Tom Horner, Jake Draper, Ben Roberts and MOM Aarin Johnson.

They would land second before the close of the half, but James Hurley gave the visitors hope, heading in with minutes left.

Keeper Dan Kennell pulled off some impressive saves, drawing applause from supporters on both sides.

Once again though Lions' worrying propensity for easing off when behind was in evidence, and Langford quickly built up an unassailable lead in the second. Even so there was good work from midfielders Sean Woodhouse, Dominic Ryan and Mason Ashby, with front men Will Juster and Aaron Gauntlett maintaining a goal threat.


EB Lions U14 Girls - 5
Westoning FC - 0

After 23 minutes French took her chance well after some good link play with Elsa Kirkwood and the Lions were one up. Only three minutes later, Megan Viljoen went on another strong run and after beating three players slotted the ball in. The defence of Katy Thiel, Emily Hodson and Eden Scott coped easily with everything that came into the Lions half. At half time it was 2-0 to EB Lions.

The second half started of the same as the first had finished with the Lions attacking strongly and with only a minute gone French got her second after a good through ball from Ashby. A further five minutes saw GOM French score her third with a great header from a corner to complete a great hat trick. Then with only a minute remaining Ashby scored a fantastic goal with an overhead kick and the birthday girl finished off a great match. Team: Oliver, Thiel, Hodson, Scott, Ashby, French, Edwards, Ferguson, Viljoen, Kirkwood, Byrne. Goals: French 3, Ashby, Viljoen.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Blues - 2
Crawley Green Kestrels - 6

Eaton Bray Lions AFCOut to better their impressive performance last week, Lions faced the formidable Kestrels in what would always be a challenging encounter.

Forced into a sequence of outstanding saves, MOM Cameron Burchell excelled to foil the majority of Crawley's marksmanship. Even so the visitors finished the first half with a five-goal lead.

Lions began to link up in the second, defenders James Glover and Joe Thorne closing in to neutralise a ferocious Crawley onslaught. Strong passing plays between midfielders Myles Frederick, Sam Carter and Sam Bramston and forwards Joe Rabey and Toby McGee opened the door on a handful of strike opportunities.

Ten minutes into the half, Joe broke free to find Toby who loosed a searing shot, clawing one back for the hosts. Minutes later Joe lashed in from 15 yards and Lions seemed to be on the comeback trail. Crawley refused to be turned over, though and managed a sixth, leaving Lions insufficient time to continue their impressive fight back.


EB Lions U14 Girls - 2
Letchworth Eagles U14 Girls - 0

It was good to see the Lions doing what they do best and that's giving 100 per cent from the first kick to the last. The Lions got off to a great start and after nine minutes they went ahead with a fine goal from Megan Viljoen (who was awarded GOM) after some great linkup play with Darcy Ashby pushing forward from midfield. The Lions continued to dominate from midfield with Ashby, Hattie French, Emily Edwards and Devon Ferguson giving some great service to Viljoen, Elsa Kirkwood and Shannon Byrne up front. Then, with 20 minutes gone, Viljoen got her second and the first half ended 2-0.

The Lions defence of Katy Thiel, Eden Scott and Emily Hodson were solid all match which meant keeper Nancy Oliver had little to do. The game ended 2-0 but could have ended with a much larger goal difference had the Lions put away more chances. This was a great team effort with everyone playing their part.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Barnfield Colts U9 - 6
EB Lions U9 Blues - 3

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions kicked off their season debut with the same resolve they had displayed at the end of the last, creating a sequence of strike opportunities. Forwards Joe Rabey and MOM Toby McGee linked up to pour on goal threats and within 10 minutes a neat through ball found Toby who netted.

Colts fought back and, foiled by textbook defensive work from James Glover and Joe Thorne, were initially frustrated in their attacking plays. Expert keeping from Cameron Burchill put paid to three on-target strikes before two landed in quick succession, handing Colts a sudden lead. The opening half ended with some dominating play and searing shots from the visitors, who looked to open the second with a statement of intent. Midfielders Sam Bramston and Sam Carter began working the length of the pitch to frustrate the home team and hog possession, but Colts bit back, scoring a third on the rebound.

Stubbornly maintaining their new-found clinical form, Lions patiently worked the Colts' back line until finally Joe Rabey slammed home to go 2-3. The home side countered once again as another goal slipped in. Refusing to capitulate, Lions increased the pressure with a stunning through-ball from Sam Carter to Toby McGee, who netted for his second goal of the match. Colts struck twice more before the final whistle to end a display which bodes well for both teams.


EB Lions U12 - 0
Luton Old Boys Youth U12 - 10

Lions began their season with a promising display of dominance over 11-a-side newcomers Luton Old Boys Youth. Forwards Sean Woodhouse and James Hurley teamed up well to maintain a goal threat and at the opposite end, outstanding defensive work from MOM Tom Horner and Aarin Johnson, and strong saves from Dan Kennell, held the visitors at bay. Following a goalmouth scramble, Luton opened the scoring in what had been an even match, but Lions pushed back with aggressive passing moves from midfielders Chris McGee, Charlie Nevin and Dominic Ryan.

A stunning run from Will Juster and Charlie almost resulted in a well-deserved equaliser before the break but, starting the second half strongly, Luton began to find their momentum. Midfielders Adam Bradley and Mason Ashby kept up some intelligent pass work and Ben Roberts continued to pull off his trademark smashes to clear the defensive line. Even so Luton managed to score five more in quick succession. Another two followed shortly after and Lions were beginning to dissolve. Strong reinforcement came from Jake Draper and Alex Poynter and Aaron Gauntlett, while a searing cross from new player James Hurley to Charlie suggested the home side were not ready to capitulate. Even so the final scoreline was disappointingly lopsided.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U13 Girls

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAfter being knocked out in the semi-finals two weeks ago in the Cranfield Colts tournament on penalties the Lions were determined to go one better this week in the Chiltern Junior Sevens tournament — and they did.

After coming second in the group stages the Lions were up against Leighton Utd in the semifinal. After extra time the match was drawn and went to penalties.

This week was different, penalty takers Darcy Ashby, Hattie French, Shannon Byrne, Megan Viljoen, Elsa Kirkwood and in goal Nancy Oliver (who made some great saves) did what was needed to send the Lions into the final.

The opposition was Biggleswade, in a great match, and with defenders Katy Thiel, Eden Scott and Devon Ferguson keeping it tight at the back and Ashby, Hudson and Kirkwood controlling midfield it looked like the Lions were going to get a result.

Strikers French and Viljoen pushed forward to try and score and then against the run of play Biggleswade scored and with only a couple of minutes remaining there wasn't enough time to get one back.

The girls collected their medals and are looking forward to the presentation on Tuesday evening when they will collect another medal for finishing runners up in Division 1.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, French, Viljoen, Hudson, Byrne, Ferguson, Kirkwood.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Reds - 3
Brache Sparta - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCPlaying with the only six players who were available this week against seven, the Lions were always going to work hard to get a result, and that's just what they did. The Lions took control of the game from the start with only some good saves from the Brache keeper stopping the Lions from scoring, then after 14 minutes Dax Roe showed some good individual skills to put the Lions one up. Keeping the pressure on, it was only another five minutes and the Lions went two up from a forced error resulting in an own goal. In goal Toby Higgs had very little to do because of the work put in by defenders Ryan Luff and Jack Nevitt who were solid in defence.

As the second half started the Lions were outnumbered at the back and Brache scored. The rest of the second half was really tough for the Lions on a big pitch plus a man down. In midfield George Oliver, Jack Quigley and Roe had to cover lots of ground and in the last minute their hard work paid off with a goal in the last minute by Quigley to give the Lions a well deserved 3-1 win. Team: Roe, Quigley, Oliver, Nevitt, Higgs, Luff


EB Lions U9 Reds - 5
Luton Borough Dragons - 3

In what will be the last game for this team as they are unfortunately breaking up at the end of the season the Lions finished in style. After a slow start the Lions went 1 ahead after seven minutes with a goal from Oliver and then 5 minutes later after a well taken corner from Roe, Oliver got his second. With the Lions controlling midfield through Nevitt and Luff it was only a matter of time before the Lions got their third with a great finish from Roe. Then on the stroke of half time LBD scored on the break and it was 3-1.

The Lions scored in the first minute of the second half after a good run by Quigley but a minute later LBD scored and it was 4-2. Two minutes from full time LBD made it 4-3 then a minute later Oliver got his third and the match ended 5-3 to the Lions. The Lions finished the season in 3rd place in Division 1 and were only three points off the top team. Congratulations and well done to all the boys, you did us proud.

Thank you, Manager/Coach Key Roe and all the parents and supporters.

Team: Roe, Quigley, Oliver, Nevitt, Higgs, Luff, Christie.


EB Lions U13 Girls - 3
Cranfield Colts - 0

In the Lions final match of the season the team were determined to win and finish the season Division 1 runners up. They did and they did it in style. Although the first half was tight the Lions had the majority of the possession and always threatened to score. By controlling midfield Ashby, Ferguson and Hudson ensured that the Lions kept Cranfield in their own half and when the Lions needed to defend Thiel and Scott dealt with anything they had to. The first half ended 0-0.

As soon as the second started the Lions scored in the first minute when Viljoen tapped home a deflected shot. With the Lions keeping the pressure on it was only another six minutes before French scored and the Lions were two up. Substitutes Byrne and Kirkwood came on and helped keep the pressure on.

Meanwhile, Oliver in goal made a great save from a hard shot at short range and again the Lions kept a clean sheet. With 12 minutes left French got her second and the Lions were on their way.

Congratulations and well done to all of you from Manager/Coach Key Roe, coaches Tabitha, Sharon, Michelle and all parents and supporters.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, French, Viljoen, Hudson, Byrne, Ferguson, Kirkwood.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U11 - 1
Oakley Rangers U11 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions culminated their season with one of their most illustrious showings to date, outplaying onetime title challengers Oakley for much of the opening half and a chunk of the second. There were some early threats from the visitors which were comfortably dealt with by MoM goalie Dan Kennell but ultimately Oakley found their range and sliced in a scything shot that handed them an early lead.

Strong work in midfield by Dominic Ryan, Charlie Nevitt, Mason Ashby and Aarin Johnson kept Lions in the match though, with a Chris McGee shot passing just wide of the left post.

In the second half Lions continued to demonstrate their strength in attack, as well as producing classy defensive work courtesy of Ben Roberts, Jake, Adam Bradley, James Pratt and Tom Horner. More forward work had the Rangers suddenly back peddling as Aaron Gauntlett, Will Juster, Will Petherbridge and Alex Poynter all assisted with eye-catching attacking plays, until Sean Woodhouse completed with a searing strike to level the score-line.

The visitors struggled to get back on top and eventually managed to net a second, bringing about a narrow and hard fought victory.


EB Lions U13 Girls - 5
AFC Kempston - 1

This was a must win match for the Lions and what a match this was, right from the first kick to the last the Lions were awesome. With Oliver commanding in goal and Thiel, Scott and Hudson in defence the back always looked safe. Again midfield was dominated by Ashby, Ferguson, and Kirkwood while upfront strikers French, Viljoen and Byrne caused all sorts of problems for Kempston who were unable to stop a determined Lions team from scoring five times.

The first goal came after 14 minutes after a long throw from Viljoen into the box and French headed home, a great move. Lions' second goal 3 minutes before halftime was a combination of passes starting with Ashby then Viljoen and good finish by French.

A minute into the second half from a move started from inside the Lions half the ball moved effortlessly up to French who completed a great hat-trick and the Lions were 3-0 up. The Lions continued to push forward and then with 12 minutes left against the run of play Kempston scored. The Lions replied 5 minutes later with a good individual goal from Viljoen and then in the last minute Viljoen got her second and the Lions finished a superb performance 5-1 winners.

This put the Lions into second place in Division 1 and made the Manager and Coaches very proud of every one of them, again.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, French, Viljoen, Hudson, Byrne, Ferguson, Kirkwood.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Luton Borough Dragons U8
EB Lions U8 Blues

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions acquitted themselves well against top flight opponents, conceding a single goal and creating a panoply of textbook football to score twice in the first half and once in the second. Goals came through Joe Rabey (2) and an 0llie West penalty.

Myles Frederick was instrumental in establishing the forward momentum of the team throughout, accompanied by Toby McGee. Midfielders Sam Carter and Sam Bramston were energetic in both attacking and defensive roles, while on the back line Joe Thorne and James Glover offered a stubborn and effective resistance to the Borough strikers.

Keeper Cameron Burchell produced a handful of fine saves to frustrate the hosts, safeguarding what was to be one of the Lions' most notable performances of the season.


EB Lions U9 Reds - 3
AFC Luton - 0

The Lions started strongly and went close a few times before Jack Quigley found Dax Roe, who opened the scoring. Playing into a strong wind the defence of Ryan Luff and Findlay Christie played well together and helped Toby Higgs in goal keep another clean sheet.

With the wind behind them in the second half the Lions midfield of George Oliver and Jack Nevitt continued to control the game and then four minutes into the second half a throw in from Nevitt to Roe and then a cross into the penalty box from Nevitt gave Oliver the chance to score a great header. Ten minutes later a free kick from Oliver was helped on its way by Nevitt and the Lions were 3-0 up. The Lions played some really good football today and played for the team and not just for themselves.

Team: Roe, Quigley, Oliver, Nevitt, Higgs, Luff, Christie.


EB Lions U11 - 2
Sandy Colts U11 - 7

A superb strike from Mason Ashby and an own goal deflected in from a curling Sean Woodhouse cross couldn't help the Lions in a match which slipped away from them after the break.

It was 1-1 at half-time but Lions ought to have netted on two or three more occasions, effective forward Will Juster just failing to complete a string of promising runs. Following the break, the home side faced an uphill gradient and an opposing wind, which Sandy were well able to capitalise on. Despite some accomplished keeping by Dan Kennel the visitors seemed to find a surge in momentum and scored six times.

But there was excellent defensive work from Ben Roberts, Tom Horner, Aaron Gauntlett, Aarin Johnson and Will Petherbridge, and energetic play by a well linked midfield comprising Dominic Ryan, Chris McGee, Mason Ashby and Charlie Nevitt.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U13 Girls - 3
Sacred Heart - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAnother great team performance, right from the start the Lions were in control. Oliver was back in goal from a recent injury and was back to her confident self and coped well with anything that came her way.

In defence Thiel and Scott were never under pressure and pushed forward well to help keep the pressure on Sacred Heart.

It was on 12 minutes after a great move from the Lions that French (who was GoM) put the Lions ahead.

With Ashby and Hudson dominating midfield it was only a matter of time before The Lions scored again and after some passing again it was French who scored from a really acute angle.

Just before half time the Lions were unlucky to concede a scrappy goal and at half time it was 2-1.

Three minutes into the second half after a great run French scored again to complete a first class hat trick.

The Lions created many more chances with Viljoen and Byrne up front always looking dangerous and only some good goalkeeping by Sacred Heart kept the score down.

Another quality display from the Lions. Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, French, Viljoen, Hudson, Byrne.


EB Lions U9 Reds - 1
Bushmead Rovers - 0

A really close match between two top teams, with both sides moving the ball well and creating goal scoring opportunities. In goal Higgs pulled off some great saves while in defence Luff and Christie looked solid and coped well with anything that came their way. At half time the score was 0-0.

The second half started with Oliver and Nevitt continuing to control midfield it was always going to take something special to split the two teams.

Then after 34 minutes Roe slipped a great ball through to Quigley who took his chance well to score an excellent goal.

This game showed again that there is very little difference between the top teams and was another entertaining, end to end match. Well done both teams.

Team: Roe, Quigley, Oliver, Nevitt, Higgs, Luff, Christie.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U11 - 0
Mid Beds Tigers U11 - 8

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLeague leaders Mid Beds moved another step closer to clinching the division on Sunday at the expense of a resolute but ultimately out gunned Lions side. The hosts were on level terms for the opening ten minutes and maintained a goal threat through forwards Dominic Ryan, Ben Roberts and Aarin Juster, but by degrees the visitors' confidence established itself and a flourish of goals landed before the half time break.

Making their defensive debuts, Will Petherbridge and Aaron Gauntlett conducted themselves impressively, driving home every challenge and alongside Aarin Johnson and Alex Poynter worked well to protect keeper Dan Kennell, who produced a series of eye-catching saves.

During the second half, a mobile unit of midfielders comprising Mason Ashby, Chris McGee, Sean Woodhouse and MoM Charlie Nevitt were instrumental in making forward progress, but were overcome by the structured plays and organised passing of an impressive Mid Beds team.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues
Sundon Park Rangers U8

Eaton Bray Lions AFCA brace of goals from MoM Joe Rabey and a third from Myles Frederick landed the hosts their first victory of 2009. Adept midfield work from Ollie West, Sam Carter, Toby McGee and Joe Thorne had the Lions in charge for most of the opening half, harrying the Rangers' defence with their marshalled style and organised passing.

The visitors emerged resurgent from the break however, maintaining a goal threat throughout the second half. Solid defending from Sam Bramston and James Glover neutralised opposing strikes for the most part, and the occasional shot that broke through was comfortably dealt with by keeper Cameron Burchill.

Lions will be looking to carry forward their momentum into this weekend's away clash with SKF Colts.


EB Lions U9 Reds - 1
St Martins - 3

After a great start with a goal after three minutes by Christie, the Lions were looking comfortable, with Nevitt and Oliver controlling midfield they had many more chances to increase their lead but a mixture of good saves and hard luck meant that the Lions couldn't do it.

Then against the run of play St Martin's scored the equaliser making it 1-1 at half time.

Lions made a couple of errors early in the second half and were punished for them going behind 1-3. Despite Roe and Christie doing plenty of work trying to pull the score line back, it was not going to happen. In their first game in defence for the Lions, Luff and De Meo settled into the team well and will be a great addition. Higgs did well in goal and was unlucky to concede three.

Team: Roe, Christie, Oliver, Nevitt, Higgs, Luff, Di Meo.


EB Lions U13 Girls - 3
Biggleswade - 2

This was always going to be a tough match against top of the division team who hadn't dropped a point. With only six minutes gone, the Lions were two down and then goalkeeper Nancy Oliver had to come off injured. Once the Lions settled they took control of the match and took the game to Biggleswade.

In defence Katy Thiel and Eden Scott dealt with anything that came their way. With two minutes to go before half time Megan Viljoen forced an error from a throw-in and Biggleswade scored an own goal and it was 1-2 at halftime.

Upfront Hattie French, Viljoen and Elsa Kirkwood always looked like they were going to score and went close on many occasions.

Substitute goalkeeper Shannon Byrne made a couple of great saves and by controlling midfield GoM Darcy Ashby, Devon Ferguson and Emily Hudson allowed the Lions to push forward and keep the pressure on.

Then with five minutes to go the Lions domination of the match paid off and French scored the equaliser and in the last minute with the Lions still pushing forward again it was French who scored the well deserved winner.

This match was a credit to a team who never give up, play some great football and got a well deserved result.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, Ferguson, French, Viljoen, Hudson, Byrne, Kirkwood.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Reds - 2
Crawley Green Lions - 3

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions created most of the chances, but Crawley Green, against the run of play, scored the first goal from an intercepted throw-in during this league cup final.

The second half continued with George Oliver and Jack Nevitt controlling the midfield and distributing the ball well to help strikers Dax Roe and Jack Quigley.

But with a well disciplined defence it was hard to find the opening that was needed.

Then Roe laid the ball off to Oliver who took his chance well to score a great goal.

EB Lions' defence of Findlay Christie and Tom Barbato were under a lot of pressure from Crawley Green who pushed forward whenever they could. As the minutes ticked away it looked as if the match was going to extra time and it did.

Crawley Green had three subs and used them, but EB Lions were down to only seven players who were eligible to play and had to play the whole match without a break. Extra time was ten minutes each way and four minutes into the start Crawley found a way through and went into the lead. Then Quigley headed Lions back on level terms.

With penalties looming, both sides were trying to find one last goal to settle the match.

In goal Toby Higgs pulled off some great saves, but with only two minutes to go Crawley scored to secure victory.

Team: Roe, Quigley, Christie, Oliver, Nevitt, Higgs, Barbato.


EB Lions U9 Reds - 5
Luton Borough Dragons Whites - 1

Manager Kev Roe would like to thank the manager, players and parents of Luton Borough Dragons Whites for playing an after school match to help with the fixture backlog that occurred due to the recent poor weather.

The Lions started strongly with Dax Roe scoring in the first minute and George Oliver getting the number two in the third minute, five minutes later with only seven minutes gone Roe got his second. The Dragons then settled down and at half time the score was 3-0 to the Lions. The second half started with the Lions again having more opportunities to go further ahead but it was the Dragons who scored the next goal which then gave the Lions the boost to push forward and after two minutes Roe scored a well taken goal to complete a great hat trick.

With the Lions keeping the pressure on, again it was Roe who scored from the edge of the box with a strong shot across the keeper. With some good combination play between Quigley, Oliver and Nevitt the Lions looked a well balanced side. In defence Barbato, Christie, Luff and Di Meo looked solid and coped well anything that came their way. Higgs in goal, distributed well the ball and made some good saves.

Team: Roe, Quigley, Christie, Oliver, Nevitt, Higgs, Luff, Barbato, Di Meo.


Toddington U11 - 8
EB Lions U11 - 1

Lions crumbled to a disappointing loss in Sunday's league fixture, during a match which they were unable to break into for the most part. Strong defensive work from James Pratt, Adam Bradley, Aarin Johnson and MoM Chris McGee was insufficient to counter the neater passing and resolute strikes of the host side, who netted three times before the break.

There was the occasional riposte from the Lions, when Sean Woodhouse, Charlie Nevitt and Mason Ashby were able to poke openings in the Toddington defence, but it would take a solid shot from Dominic Ryan to finally bring about the visitors' loan goal.

Going into the second half with the wind behind them, Lions must have fancied their chances of a more enterprising 25 minutes, but with Toddington seemingly on a roll the visitors were unable to establish any kind of dominance. Some nice saves from Dan Kennell and some eyecatching plays by Tom Horner, Will Juster, Alex Poynter, Aaron Gauntlets and Will Petherbridge weren't quite enough to shift the balance, and Lions suffered their heaviest defeat in several months.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues
Bushmead Rovers U8

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions were rightly confident ahead of Saturday's clash with arch-nemeses Bushmead Rovers, having turned in solid performances since their last meet. Having previously endured a drubbing at the hands of the tricky side, a drastically improved performance was called for.

Front men Myles Frederick and Toby McGee swooped in at every opening and threatened the keeper repeatedly. Defenders Sam Bramston, Joe Thorne and James Glover ensured an even slice of possession was retained throughout, effectively countering the blistering strikes launched by Bushmead forwards.

Nonetheless a sublime goal went in ahead of the break and Lions had some work to do in the second half. Covering midfield and other positions besides, Ollie West, Sam Carter and Joe Rabey were effective in neutralising a string of pacey attacks, and the Rovers were made to fight for every scoring opportunity.

Storming play by the Blues and a sparky attitude culminated in a much improved scoreline compounded by deserving MoM Cameron Burchell, whose diving saves far outshone the Bushmead goals.


EB Lions U9 Reds - 3
AFC Dunstable - 0

With only seven players available the Lions knew that they were going to have to work really hard to get a result, and what a result. From the first kick to the last the Lions were always in control of this match. After 8 minutes Findlay Christie scored the opening goal after some great play between George Oliver and Dax Roe. The Lions had many more chances before half time and only some good saves and the woodwork kept the score at 1-0. When Dunstable did get towards the Lions end goalie Toby Higgs looked confident and dealt with anything that came his way.

The second half started with Jack Nevitt and Oliver controlling midfield as they had done in the first half and it was only a matter of time before the Lions scored again and with some good passing from Nevitt and Roe it was Christie who finished the move off with a well taken goal. It was only five minutes later with a move starting from defence by Ryan Luff with a strong run forward that allowed Christie to complete a well deserved hat trick. Defender Tom Barbato had little to do playing the sweeper role and coped with the few chances that Dunstable created.

This was a great result for the Lions and now they can look forward to the League Cup Final next week.


AFC Luton - 6
EB Lions U11 - 0

Lions encountered a regimented and well discipline Luton side in their away fixture on Sunday, whose combined arsenal of controlled passing, accurate shooting and energetic pace proved overpowering in a nevertheless entertaining match.

Centre backs James Pratt and MoM Aarin Johnson adapted well to deny the home side on more than one ooccasion and, assisted by Tom Horner, Adam Bradley and Chris McGee, established a tidy defensive unit.

Even so keeper Dan Kennell was worked hard from the start, shutting out an enfilade of shots which could easily have doubled Luton's goal tally.

Emerging from the half time break 4-0 down Lions found revitalised momentum, midfielders Ben Roberts, Dominic Ryan and Sean Woodhouse effecting a series of goal opportunities, while right winger Charlie Nevitt completed a seemingly endless run past the Luton defenders, finishing with a slicing cross in front of goal for one of the plays of the match. Mason Ashby was tireless on the opposite wing, badgering the home side continuously to deliver the ball to rotating forwards Alex Poynter, Will Juster, Will Petherbridge and Aaron Gauntlett. Nonetheless Luton managed to net twice more taking their final score to an impressive six goals.


EB Lions U13 Girls - 1
Sandy Colts - 2

With a goal after six minutes from a corner by Darcy Ashby and scored by Hattie French and with the Lions in control of the match it looked like the they were going to have a great day, but five minutes later Sandy got the equaliser and the game was on. Despite having many chances to score it was Sandy with a minute left to half time who scored.

Although again in the second half it was the Lions who looked most likely to score they couldn't find the back of the net and the Lions ended up going home empty handed even though they were the stronger team. Had the Lions put their chances away they would have got the result that they so deserved. Eden Scott was awarded GoM for a really strong display in defence.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, Ferguson, French, Viljoen, Kirkwood, Woolsey, Byrne

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Langford U11 - 3
EB Lions U11 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCDominic Ryan's brace of goals ensured Lions stayed afloat throughout a tough match on Sunday, but ultimately the visitors were undone by the tenacious forward work of their on-form hosts.

Langford found success from their goal kicks, with repeated shots hoisted above the Lions defenders, who were forced to scramble back. Even so, Tom Horner's lively pace was sufficient to arrest a series of attacks, and safe play by Adam Bradley, Aarin Johnson and James Pratt put paid to the majority of Langford's striking opportunities.

Heading into the second half 1-2 down, midfielders Mason Ashby, Ben Roberts, Charlie Nevitt and Chris McGee worked well to control the pace and breadth of the game, assisting forwards Alex Poynter, Will Petherbridge, Aaron Gauntlett and deserving MoM Will Juster with a sequence of striking opportunities. In the end it was left to Dominic to scoop up a pass from just beyond the halfway line and outrun the Langford defenders to score a dramatic equaliser.

Keeper Dan Kennell, who had exhibited a succession of fine saves, was ultimately beaten by a slicing shot to put the home team a goal ahead in the final 10 minutes.


EB Lions U9 Reds - 1
Bushmead Rovers - 0

This was only our second match since mid November 2008, and what a match! Playing Bushmead Rovers who are currently top of Division 1, the Lions knew that they would have to work hard to get a result. The Lions had both defenders away so new signing Findlay Christie was needed to play as a defender and did really well. Captain George Oliver and Jack Nevitt were both asked to play as a defender for half a match and they responded by playing a really solid role keeping the Lions strong in defence.

When in midfield, Oliver and Nevitt teamed up well with Dax Roe and Jack Quigley who took it in turns to play the striker role. The first half ended with both teams having played some great football at a very high tempo. The second half started as the first had finished with chances at both ends and the match very evenly balanced, with either team capable of getting a result. In the last few seconds it was Roe who scored the goal that finally separated the teams. This match is what football is all about - quality, passion, determination and entertaining. Well done, both teams.

Team: Roe, Quigley, Nevitt, Oliver, Higgs, Luff, Christie.


EB Lions U13 Girls - 0
Biggleswade - 4

This was the first time that these two teams had played, and what a great match played at high tempo!

The first 15 minutes saw Lions pushing forward and giving the opposition all sorts of problems and it was against the run of play that Biggleswade scored. With five minutes left before half time, Biggleswade scored a second and despite some good efforts on goal from Hattie French, Megan Viljoen and Shannon Byrne the Lions couldn't score. Our midfield of Darcy Ashby, Devon Ferguson and Bethan Woolsey were always looking for ways to break down the opposition.

With the score at 2-0 against, the Lions started the second half looking solid in defence with Katy Thiel, Eden Scott and Elsa Kirkwood trying to push forward to help get a goal back. The Lions goalkeeper GoM Nancy Oliver had a great match and it was unfortunate that with the Lions pushing forward there were times when she was left exposed which resulted in the opposition scoring halfway through the second half and in the last minute. This was a proper cup match with both sides giving their all to provide an exciting, high-tempo and entertaining game.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, Ferguson, French, Viljoen, Kirkwood, Woolsey, Byrne.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions Blues U8
St Martins Blues U8

Eaton Bray Lions AFCEB Lions kicked off with a confidence that was to shine through for the entire game. Facing an accomplished side, the Lions channelled new energy into the game from the starting whistle.

Sam Carter, Toby McGee, Joe Rabey and Ollie West were on rotation for mid-field duties, and all made enterprising plays which manifested in some tantalising shots on goal. Forward Myles Frederick likewise found success with impressive runs into opposition territory, and within the first half netted an awesome goal. Solid saves from star keeper Cam Burchell kept the Lions heading for victory.

Joe Thorne, who picked up MoM honours, was on searing form in defence, along with Sam Bramston and James Glover, whose gritty determination maintained a clean slate up to one minute before the half time whistle when an unstoppable St Martins goal equalised for the visitors.

The second half remained goalless but the seesawing play from both teams thrilled spectators right up until the final whistle.


EB Lions U11 - 1
Beecroft Rovers U11 - 1

An in-form Lions side inched ahead of their talented visitors after the break when Dominic Ryan slotted in from ten yards, establishing a 1-0 lead. Beecroft responded and for a time bombarded the host team's goal, but it was only with ten minutes remaining that keeper Dan Kennel was, for once, unable to deny the visitors who drew level to 1-1.

Lions rallied with a succession of corner opportunities, any of which might have been on target. Vigorous attacking plays from Charlie Nevitt, Sean Woodhouse, Aaron Gauntlett, Will Juster and Alex Poynter all contributed to an almost overwhelming offensive strike, but in a match that swung back and forth, defenders Aarin Johnson, Adam Bradley and Tom Horner had their work cut out for them too. MoM Mason Ashby never missed a tackle, setting up a string of tidy passes to return the ball to a forward position time and again.

A last gasp effort to wrest victory from the game came as Chris McGee's strike hit the bar, but the final tally was a fair result for two determined teams who played with spirit.


EB Lions U13 Girls - 2
Leighton United - 0

Lions started strongly and with a goal from Hattie French after five minutes and a second from Megan Viljoen only four minutes later.

With the midfield of Darcy Ashby and Devon Ferguson dominating totally the Lions kept the pressure on Leighton who to their credit defended well, frustrating the Lions for the rest of the first half. In defence Katy Thiel and Eden Scott covered well when needed and pushed forward to try and increase the lead. In goal Nancy Oliver who was GoM) kept another clean sheet, her distribution of the ball is very often the start of another great move from the Lions. All three substitutes, Emily Hudson, Shannon Byrne and Elsa Kirkwood made an impact when they came on and helped keep the Lions in control.

In the second half uphill and against the wind the Lions again came close with French, Viljoen and Ashby all nearly scoring what would have been a well deserved third goal. The Lions can feel very satisfied with a great win in the local derby match. Again this match showed what a well disciplined and well organized team the Lions are.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, Ferguson, Hudson, French, Viljoen, Kirkwood, Byrne.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Reds - 2
AFC Dunstable - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCA match with everything - high tempo, all action, tension and end to end football.

It took an unlucky own goal after fifteen minutes to give Dunstable the lead and then Lions had to dig deep to get a well deserved equaliser a minute before half time.

The goal came after some great movement and passing from the Lions to give George Oliver the opportunity to slot in a great goal. The second half continued at the same pace with both teams creating scoring chances, and after three minutes Jack Quigley scored from a really tight angle to put the Lions in the lead for the first time.

Soon after Lions had a penalty awarded against them. Toby Higgs in goal, who had been having a great match, was in the hot seat and he pulled off not one but two great saves, the first from the penalty spot and the second from the rebound from his first save. The match continued in true cup fashion with both teams giving their all.

Oliver played a true captains role today and lead the team to a well deserved victory. Lions can now look forward to a well deserved place in the final.

Well done and thank you to both teams for an entertaining, fair and exciting match.

Team: Roe, Quigley, Nevitt, Oliver, Barbato, Mines, Higgs, Giblin, Shrewder.


EB Lions U11 - 1
FC Dunstable U11 - 0

Lions kicked off the new year with their maiden win of the season, overcoming a tenacious Dunstable side.

Goalkeeper Dan Kennel made a series of stunning stops to deny the visitors, while midfielders Chris McGee and Charlie Nevitt linked up to establish a continued goal threat with pinpoint passing and linking runs.

Sean Woodhouse was happy to entertain fans with his slicing runs at goal which looked set to put Lions ahead before the break.

It was not until the second half though that their resolve finally paid off, a corner from Adam Bradley sailing first in front of goalmouth and then, on the rebound, bending in to secure a narrow lead.

Not ready to capitulate, Dunstable countered with impressive resolve, and thanks only to solid defensive work from Aarin Johnson, Ben Roberts and James Pratt were they able to fend off the efforts of their opponents.

Mason Ashby posed his usual problems to the Dunstable attack drives, needling the ball away from the forwards and then establishing intelligent passes to maintain possession, while Tom Horner showed real discipline to drive play forwards to active front men Will Juster and sub Will Petherbridge.

The return of Dominic Ryan, who has lost none of his skill and determination, also buoyed the team.


EB Lions U13 Girls - 1
AFC Kempston - 2

This was the Lions first match for six weeks after the Christmas break and then the cold weather.

You would never have known, the Lions dominated from start to finish and only two opportunities against the run of play stopped Lions from what would have been a well deserved win.

From the start Nancy Oliver in goal with defenders Katy Thiel and Eden Scott were solid, our midfield of Darcy Ashby and Emily Hudson were in total control and up front Megan Viljoen and GoM Hattie French, were causing all sorts of problems for Kempston. The Lions' subs Bethan Woolsey, Shannon Byrne and Elsa Kirkwood all had an impact when they were brought on.

Five minutes into the second half Kempston scored after an unlucky bounce and the Lions were one down.

It was only ten minutes later after a move started in defence by Thiel and then Ashby in midfield who made a great run and set up French who took her chance well to send the ball into the back of the net, the Lions were back on even terms. With less than five minutes remaining, Lions conceded another goal.

As always, Lions responded the only way they knew how by pushing forward and attacking strongly, and with four or five good chances in the last few minutes of the game, only the post and two good saves stopped the Lions scoring again.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, Hudson, French, Viljoen, Woolsey, Kirkwood, Byrne.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U11 - 1
Langford U11 - 4

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions floundered on Sunday and capitulated to fellow league strugglers Langford, slumping to a 14 defeat. There were occasional flashes of potential and Sean Woodhouse's second-half goal was one of several chances created.

Will Juster also made some encouraging attempts at goal but could not pick out a clean strike, a problem which hampered the host team throughout.

There were moments when Lions looked to make a competitive game of it, Alex Poynter setting up the forwards on more than one occasion with some slicing passes, Charlie Nevitt and Aarin Johnson battling a path through the Langford defence, and Chris McGee working his way to a shooting position, but the game progressed with an increasing paucity of chances and the visitors met less resistance as the clock unwound.

Some thorough defensive work came courtesy of James Pratt, Tom Horner, Adam Bradley and deserving MoM Ben Roberts, as usual displaying the level of tenacity that might have won the match had it been adopted by the majority.

Keeper Dan Kennell struggled against the low sun but put together some consummate saves nonetheless, while front men Will Petherbridge and Aaron Gauntlets showed determination in their attempts to create striking opportunities.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Bushmead Rovers U8
EB Lions U8 Blues

Eaton Bray Lions AFCUnder some of the most testing conditions, Lions bravely took on top dogs Bushmead Rovers. An encouraging start had Myles Frederick breaking away with Joe Rabey to threaten the opposition keeper and then, minutes later, a second run opened up as mid-fielders Sam Carter, James Glover and Ollie West fed the ball through to the forward again, setting up an impressive strike.

The weather showed no signs of turning, but Lions rallied and following a brace of stunning saves from Cameron Burchell, Myles skipped past defenders, made a neat pass to Ollie and adeptly, on receiving the ball back, netted a fantastic goal.

Defenders Toby McGee, Joe Thorne and MoM Sam Bramston worked hard to keep the oppressive opposition at bay, successfully wresting the ball on more than one occasion, but following the half time break goals went against the Lions in quick succession.

Like so many matches, the scoreline ought to have been a lot closer, but the ultimate tally was nothing shameful; the Rovers were a formidable opposition.


EB Lions U13 Girls - 2
Sacred Heart - 0

From the first kick of the match to the last, the Lions were playing total football, busy all over the pitch, controlling the pace, but at half time it was still 0-0. This was a high tempo game with the Lions controlling mid-field with some strong tackling and great movement forward by Darcy Ashby.

GoM Devon Ferguson was by far the fastest player on the pitch and after some great runs scored what must be a contender for goal of the season. Upfront Hattie French and Megan Viljoen worked hard and Viljoen scored a well deserved second goal for the Lions.

The Lions had Katy Thiel and Eden Scott in defence who were solid and overlapped well to give support when the Lions pushed forward. In goal another clean sheet for Nancy Oliver who was confident and commanding. This was another match when the honour of GoM could have gone to anyone, another great team display by a side with a great future. Congratulations to every one of you and thank you to the subs for their great support.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, Ferguson, Hudson, French, Viljoen, Kirkwood, Byrne.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Reds - 3
AFC Luton - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe Lions started strongly, playing up the slope and with a bitter wind blowing across the pitch.

After five minutes George Oliver put the Lions ahead and for the rest of the first half the attack and midfield of Dax Roe, Jack Quigley, Jack Nevitt and Oliver dominated.

In defence Freddie Mines and Tom Barbato kept the back safe and when goalie Toby Higgs needed to do something he was always in control. At half time the Lions were 1-0 up.

After bringing on Charlie Giblin and Karl Shrowder at half time the Lions came close on many occasions and after 12 minutes Shrowder scored the Lions second and 7 minutes later Shrowder scored again to give the Lions a comfortable 3-0 win.

The Lions played some good passing football and moved forward strongly when in possession and defended well when needed.

Team: Roe, Quigley, Nevitt, Oliver, Barbato, Mines, Higgs, Giblin, Shrowder.


Maulden Magpies U11 - 7
EB Lions U11 - 0

Lions endured bitter conditions to halve their previous losing record against the Magpies.

The home team had netted a stunning 14 times in that last encounter so this weekend's 7-0 defeat reflected some progress in the Lions performance.

Lions began the opening half in earnest, but a sequence of difficult balls combined with slick conditions underfoot had the boys 3 goals down by the break. Nonetheless, keeper Dan kept his momentum and exhibited some quickfire saves, while bracing defence work from Tom, Adam and Aarin put paid to most of Maulden's attacking drives.

MoM Ben displayed characteristic grit to harry the Magpies' strikers and played a vital role in safeguarding a scoreline which might have plunged still further against the visitors.

A strong midfield, comprising Charlie, Will J, Mason and Chris showed mobility moving forwards as well as in retreat, while Sean made a succession of threatening runs to fire in a handful of shots, slicing wide by the narrowest of margins.

Rotating front men Aaron G and Alex contributed their usual determination to keep the Maulden defenders on their guard throughout, but ultimately Lions were outgunned by the determined and consistent play of their opponents.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Reds - 1
Crawley Green Lions - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThis match was evenly balanced with both sides producing some good football but after eight minutes EB Lions went one down and then against the run of play conceded a second just before half time.

EB Lions started the second half strongly and after seven minutes Dax Roe put EB Lions back in the game with a well taken goal but despite hitting the post twice and the bar EB Lions couldn't score again and the match ended 1-2. This match could have gone either way but this time EB Lions just missed out.

Team: Roe, Quigley, Nevitt, Oliver, Barbato, Mines, Higgs, Giblin, Shrowder.


EB Lions U10 - 4
St Martins Orange U10 - 2

A missed header from Dylan Karavadra in the first minute set the tone for Lions in the first half. Good chances but no goals. Despite the bright start from Lions, St Martins fought back well and went into the break with a two goal lead which could have been worse if not for James Pratt's goaline intervention.

Half time changes galvanised Lions who were quickly back in the game with goals from Jack Cook from long range just crossing the line and Archie Bunker bundling in from close range.

A number of fine saved from MoM keeper Tom Sage kept the scores level but with fine runs down the right flank from Archie Bunker, Lions looked the more likely. The capacity crowd were rewarded when a long strike from Dylan Karavadra crept under the St Martins keeper. The game was sealed when a cross shot from Jack Cook was forced into the net by Jonny Evans.

EB Lions U13 Girls - 4
Sandy Colts - 1

A fantastic game for the Lions who dominated from the first kick. In the opening minutes the game was all in the Colts' half with at least three good goal scoring opportunities denied by the Colts keeper.

Some great runs from Dev and solid tackling from Darcy (setting up three of the four goals), Eden and Katy kept the pressure fully on for the Colts. The two attempts by the Colts to score in the first half were saved confidently by Nancy.

Just one minute before half time Meg scored the first long awaited foal for the Lions.

The Lions controlled the game once again in the second half with them scoring quickly again from Meg within the first 3 minutes.

A rare opportunity for the Colts gave them a goal narrowly missed by both Katy and Nancy.

In the final five minutes the Lions scored two in quick succession, the first from Hattie and the second from Eden which was helped in by the Colts' keeper.

Lions earned two corners from Shannon, one resulting in the fourth goal. Beth gave a great performance, tackling hard and winning ball after ball with many scoring opportunities, earning her GoM.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, Ferguson, Hudson, Woolsey, French, Viljoen, Kirkwood, Byrne.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 Reds - 4
AFC Luton - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCWhat a great match, the conditions were wet and slippery but this did not stop the Lions putting on a great display in this league cup quarter final. After 5 minutes Dax Roe took his chance well to go one up.

The Lions were in control of the game, but on 11 minutes against the run of play AFC Luton scored an equaliser. It was only two minutes later that Roe got his second. The Lions continued to dominate the match and then a minute before half time Roe got his third for a great hat trick.

After the half time substitutions it was only two minutes before the Lions got their fourth from Jack Quigley and only some good saves from the AFC Luton keeper meant the match ended 4-1 to the Lions. This was a strong team performance in a high tempo match with all the players giving their best.

Team: Roe, Quigley, Nevitt, Oliver, Barbato, Mines, Higgs, Giblin, Shrowder.


EB Lions U13 Girls - 2
Cranfield - 0

This was another great match for the Lions, a game that they dominated from start to finish.

Goalie Nancy Oliver was commanding and kept another clean sheet. In defence Katy Thiel and Eden Scott coped with anything that came their way from Cranfield; the midfield was dominated by Darcy Ashby, Devon Ferguson (who as GoM), Emily Hudson and Bethan Woolsley; up front Hattie French, Megan Viljoen, Elsa Kirkwood and Shannon Byrne always looked dangerous.

On 27 minutes French scored for the Lions after a great move by Ashby and Hudson and it was 1-0 at half time. The Lions started the second half strongly and could have gone further ahead many times but it was with two minutes left that Ferguson scored a well deserved second goal and the match finished 2-0 to the Lions. This was a well deserved win over a team that finished runners up last season. Lions were well organised and determined.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, Ferguson; Hudson; Woolsey, French, Vjljoen, Kirkwood.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

St Martins - 1
EB Lions U9 Reds - 4

Eaton Bray Lions AFCEvery boy played with conviction and purpose and never allowed St Martin's to get into the game.

With only four minutes gone Dax Roe laid the ball back to Karl Shrowder who put the Lions ahead.

It was only another three minutes before Jack Quigley got the Lions' second from some good football involving Jack Nevitt and George Oliver. The rest of the first half saw the Lions pushing forward and when they needed some solid defending it was Freddie Mines with Nevitt and Oliver who did it.

Goalie Toby Higgs was confident and distributed the ball well.

The second half started with more of the same from the Lions, always busy and chasing every ball. After another good move involving Roe and Nevitt it was Quigley who put the ball in the back of the net for his second and the Lions were three up. Then after a quick break Lions were unlucky to concede a goal but it was only five minutes later that Roe got the Lions' fourth goal and the game finished with a well deserved 4-1 win.

Team: Roe, Quigley, Nevitt, Oliver, Barbato, Mines, Higgs, Giblin, Shrowder.


Hatfield Youth - 0
EB Lions U13 Girls - 6

This was a friendly match where both teams had players away on holiday and against an unknown opposition.

Lions travelled to Welwyn Garden City to play to enable both teams to gain more match time. Lions started strongly with two goals in the first eight minutes both from Eden Scott. The rest of the first half was controlled by the Lions with many goal scoring opportunities but the first half ended 2-0.

As this was a friendly we made many substitutions and players were tried in different positions. Four minutes into the second half Darcy Ashby scored with a long range shot and then after more pressure GoM Megan Viljoen scored twice in four minutes to make it five.

Katy Thiel scored her first goal for the Lions to give the Lions a well deserved 6-0 win.

In goal Nancy Oliver had another good match and kept a clean sheet.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, Ferguson, Viljoen, Kirkwood, Byrne.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions Reds U9 - 1
Brache Sparta - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions had a key player of sick and most of the team had been to the school disco the night before. Although Lions had a good start with a goal after four minutes from Jack Quigley, they looked a different side to normal.

With continued pressure it was only a determined opposition and some good goalkeeping that kept the Lions at bay. After 15 minutes Brache scored the equaliser and it was 1-1 at half time.

The second half saw the Lions have most of the play and another strong display by Tom Bartbato at fullback helped to ensure that the match ended level. The Lions now need to get back to their normal game to ensure that this display is a one off.

Team: Quigley, Nevitt, Oliver, Barbaro, Mines, Higgs, Giblin, Shrowder.


EB Lions U13 Girls - 1
Leighton United - 1

What a great start against a well organised and determined opposition in Lions' first division one match. With most of the pressure coming from the Lions they could have got on the score sheet on a few occasions during the first half.

But United's Emily Tickell, Leonia Moore and Louise Eddy closed down Lions' attacks. A commanding display in goal by Lions GoM Nancy Oliver kept shots out by United's Alyss Lander. Chelcie Page played an excellent role in centre for United.

The second half saw Sammy Beharry take over the most forward position back up by Clara O'Halan and Georgia Pennington for United. United went 1 -0 up through a left footed shot by Pennington.

Ten minutes later Lions equalised with a corner from Darcy Ashby and a well placed shot from Hattie French.

This was a high tempo match with good football being played by both teams. United GoM Katie Dickerson.

Lions' team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, Ferguson, Hudson, French, Viljoen, Kirkwood, Woolsey, Byrne.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions Girls U13 - 1
Cranfield Girls U13 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAfter only four minutes Lions were unlucky to concede an own goal and had to dig deep to pull themselves back from an unfortunate start. With twelve minutes gone Darcy Ashby scored from the penalty spot to put the Lions back on level pegging. For the rest of the first half Lions were the stronger team and came close to scoring on many occasions with some good efforts from Hattie French and Megan Viljoen up front.

Lions made various substitutions during the match but were unable to find the right combination to put them ahead. With all the pressure coming from Lions it was only a penalty decision against Lions that enabled Cranfield to regain the lead. Again Lions pushed on with everyone pushing forward doing what they could to equalise. Katy Thiel was GoM with a strong all round performance.

This was a real team effort from Lions with everyone giving their all.


EB Lions U15 - 3
Bushmead U15 - 2

This was a very competitive and closely fought match with plenty of action producing scoring chances for both teams. Lions were first to score when Crace neatly flicked the ball over the keeper, though it seemed to take an age for the ball to reach the net.

Lions lost two players to injury during the first half, but excellent play by MoM Audouard, Ali Thorne and Thiel prevented Bushmead from equalising until Lions were too slow to clear the ball in the final minute before half-time.

Five minutes into the second half Gus Thorne passed over the defenders to Marshall who coolly chipped the ball over the keeper to score Lions' second. Bushmead retaliated almost immediately with a superb shot from close range leaving Lions' goalie no chance. Lions piled on the pressure again and were rewarded with the winning goal when a great attacking move left Crace free to score his second with five minutes remaining.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Memorial Park Whites U9 - 4
EB Lions Blues U9 - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCEB Lions were out of the blocks quickly with David Wood, Connor Tough and Robert Bunting (captain) marshalling the midfield well.

They should have gone into the break in front, but found themselves a goal down despite dominating play.

The second half saw a great debut performance from Lee Saunders, who combined well with Jack Reynolds on the left. Bradley Hicks and Luke Jearrad in defence both put in a tremendous tough tackling display.

Upfront, Matthew Kennel) ran tirelessly creating chances continually testing the opposition's goalie. Performance of the day went to the EB Lions goalkeeper MoM Ollie Mulcahy who commanded his area well and produced some truly outstanding saves.

With such a great team performance the EB Lions will find this defeat hard to swallow; but they will take heart from their overall efforts, and with continued hard work, dedication and some long overdue luck they will turn the tide.


Letchworth Garden City U13 Girls - 1
EB Lions U13 Girls - 3

This was a match that the Lions needed to win to improve their chance of getting into Division 1.

From the start Lions looked the stronger team and after 10 minutes Hattie French scored after some fine passing and movement.

At half time it was 1-0 but could have been far more. After the break Lions got an early goal from Bethan Woolsey after a long throw from French. With six minutes remaining Megan Viljoen scored their third after a strong run and then in the last minute Letchworth broke through and scored.

Lions produced some good play throughout the match, controlling midfield with Darcy Ashby, Katy Thiel, GoM Devon Ferguson and Eden Scott putting in some very strong performances.

Team: Oliver, Thiel, Scott, Ashby, Ferguson, Hudson, French, Viljoen, Kirkwood, Woolsey, Byrne.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues
Sacred Heart U8 Sapphires

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions received an early wake up call as The Sapphires slammed home a loose ball within a few minutes of kick-off, forcing defenders James Glover and Joe Thorne to draw together and effectively seal the gaps.

A string of fine saves from Cameron Burchill cut off any further efforts at goal for the remainder of the half, freeing an adept Lions attack force to go on the offensive. Ollie West and Toby McGee both saw some goal mouth action, but it was Sam Carter that sliced an incredible ball past the keeper. Midfielder Sam Bramston doggedly stuck to Sacred Heart forwards as they upped the pressure, and Lions continued to press, making some potent attacks.

The midfield trio skipped past the Sacred Heart defence to leave them ball watching.

Ultimately though, even Lions steadfast defence and Cameron's acrobatic saves could not prevent a Sacred Heart goal in the last few minutes.


EB Lions U11 - 4
Barton Rovers U11 - 5

Lions went 0-3 down within 25 minutes, but throughout the opening half maintained a goal threat, which Sean would eventually capitalise on minutes before the half time whistle. Still it had been a torrid 30 minutes, with an under-pressure Dan parrying hard to salvage a scoreline which might have swung much further in favour of the visitors.

Following the break, Lions found a new gear and defenders James, Tom, Charlie and MoM Aarin refused to capitulate, holding off any further strikes and firing shots deep into the Barton half, where they were expertly fielded by forwards Adam and Will P, as well as mobile mid fielders Chris, Aaron G, Alex P, Sean, Will J and Ben.

A brace of searing goals from Adam and Charlie had the Lions on level pegging, and the team looked set to capitalise on a new found impetus. Still the Barton side were not finished, and returned fire with two of their own, pulling ahead. A final strike from Sean brought the scoreline almost level, but ultimately the clock ran down and the home team were forced to concede a narrow loss.


Harlington Juniors U12 - 6
EB Lions U12 - 1

Lions were well beaten by league leaders Harlington who maintained their 100% start to the season.

The boys were 0-2 down within ten minutes but then matched Harlington for the remainder of the first half. Captain Scotty Mercer went close with a well hit free kick. Just before the break keeper Harry Rogers made a great save tipping a shot over the bar. Harlington added a third early in the second half before Scotty immediately scored an amazing goal for the Lions.

From the restart the ball was passed back to Scotty who hit an unbelievable strike from well inside his own half. The ball took one bounce over the keeper and into the net. Both Matt Bramston and Ed McBrearty went close but the Lions could not match the strong play of Harlington.

Lions MoM was Jayden Newman for an energetic gutsy display on the Lions right.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Eaton Bray Lions Reds - 5
AFC Luton B - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions continued their strong start to the new season with a good result against a busy and determined opposition. After three minutes, Tom Barbato put Lions into the lead with a long range shot, but it was not until two minutes before half time that Dax Roe scored the second, which saw some good passing and movement from Lions.

After making substitutions at half time, it was only four minutes before Roe got his second from a well placed shot and then four minutes later Jack Nevitt added the fourth.

Lions made their final substitution with five minutes to go and Jack Quigley came on and made it five.


Eaton Bray Lions U13 Girls - 1
AFC Kempston Colts - 3

A great match with Lions taking control from the start. Nancy Oliver did well in goal coping with a very long throw-in.

It was from a long throw that there was a forced error that gave Kempston the lead. Lions changed keepers due to an injury and Shannon did well to cope with the long throws for most of the remainder of the match. Lions controlled defence and midfield with a great performances from Katy Thiel and GoM Darcy Ashby.

Ten minutes into the second half, Megan Viljoen scored a well deserved equaliser and from then on it was all Lions until, against the run of play, Kempston's long throws caused more problems and Lions conceded two goals in the last five minutes. Lions were the stronger and better team so this was disappointing.


Woburn Lions U15 - 5
EB Lions U15 - 0

The first half of this County Cup match was a close fought affair. Dear and Moriarty worked hard for the visitors in midfield whilst MoM Gus Thorne and Taylor in defence thwarted the challenges of Woburn.

Even when Woburn managed to break through they found Ali Thorne just too good for them in goal and it was goalless at halftime.

Early in the second half a long shot from Woburn sneaked into the top corner despite Thorne getting a hand to it. EB responded quickly but a great cross from Audouard was kicked over the bar by Moriarty. EB failed to clear the ball from their area quickly enough, allowing Woburn to score their second, and then EB lost Audouard through injury.

This gave Woburn the edge they needed and they went on to score a further 3 goals as they overwhelmed a tiring EB team in the closing stages.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Brache Sparta Spartans US - 2
EB Lions US Blues - 3

Eaton Bray Lions AFCBack from the break and into the game as if these players had not once taken their eye off the ball, the Blues launched into play spurred on by their fervent supporters.

Mid-fielders Sam Carter, Joe Rabey and Ollie West slotted some accomplished passes between Brache Sparta's defence, delivering effective balls to centre forward Myles Frederick.

First half goals from Joe and Ollie saw the Lions end the opening twenty minutes on level pegging with a talented home side, but the Spartans had no answer to a third goal after the break, courtesy of Myles.

Taking turns in goal, Toby McGee and Cameron Burchill pulled out a string of stunning saves, aided by a sturdy back line consisting of Joe Thorne, James Glover and Sam Bramston.

A fine opening start to the season and a promising performance from a bunch of talented young players.


Luton Borough Dragons U9 Whites - 5
EB Lions U9 Blues - 1

The match started in emphatic style with both teams playing an open game. Ollie (captain) Mulcahy in goal made some outstanding saves and was protected well by some decisive and brave takles by Daniel (flip flop) Challis and Bradley Hicks. Unfortunately, the EB Lions were 2 nil down at half time.

MoM Connor Tough was pinnacle in midfield along with Robert Bunting and Luke Jearrad aiding in providing cover to the defence and feeding the attack.

But it took a great majestic solo run by Matthew Kennell to put the Lions on the scoresheet to make it 3-1. Other great performances were by the versatile Jack Reynolds who played out of position to cover injuries and David Wood upfront who relentlessly came back searching for the ball to try and get the Lions back in the game.

The only disappointment from a great team performance is they went down 5-1, but the season looks bright with the commitment they showed alone.


EB Lions U9 Reds - 4
Bushmead U9 - 1

Lions were away for the first match of the new season and what a start. Only having played one previous match as a full squad this was always going to be a good match against a strong opposition.

Lions started well with a goal after three minutes from Jack Quigley then after fourteen minutes George Oliver got their second. The match was evenly balanced with both teams playing open, high tempo football.

Lions made their first substitution at halftime and scored a third goal after a great run from Dax Roe, two minutes later Bushmead scored and the pressure was back on as they pushed forward looking to get back into the game. With five minutes remaining George scored his second and Lions finished 4-1 winners.

Birthday boy Tony Barbato put in a superb display in defence and was unlucky not to score.

This was another great team performance from the Lions.


Barton Rovers Youth B U12 - 1
EB Lions U12 - 6

Lions recovered from a poor first half to emphatically win their opening match of the season.

Midway through the first half Barton deservedly took the lead. Lions' keeper MoM Harry Rogers was in inspired form and made three excellent saves to keep his side in the match. William Poole's great pass set up Ed McBrearty to pull a goal back just before half time, to give the Lions a flattering interval score line.

However in the first minute of the second half Jayden Newman scored to give the Lions the lead and they never looked back. Jamie Holt blasted the third with a fantastic long range shot. Matthew Bramston scored two goals and Ed got the Lions sixth and his second to wrap up a great win.

Harry made more great saves in the second half and Jakob Knappitt was superb throughout in the Lions defence.


EB Lions U13 Girls - 2
Dunstable Colts - 0

This was it, the first time Lions had played together this season and what a great start. With both sides playing well it was 24 minutes before Emily Hodson put Lions in front. With most of the pressure coming from Lions they were unlucky to be only one up at half time.

During the match Lions made lots of substitutions to try and find the right balance for the team.

Ten minutes into the second half Darcy Ashby scored Lions' second from a corner. Although the Lions were always in control Dunstable got a goal on the break with ten minutes left but three minutes later Devon Ferguson went on a run and scored Lions third.

This was a good match and a great team effort. GoM - Eden Scott.

Source: EB Lions


E B Lions A.F.C. End of Season Awards 2008

Eaton Bray Lions AFCOn Saturday 7th June players and parents of the 10 teams from E B Lions AFC gathered at Edlesborough School for their annual end of season awards presentation. All the players received a trophy in recognition of their contribution and hard work and each team manager nominated players for the special individual awards of "Most Improved Player of the Year" and "Manager's Player of the Year". The players in each team voted for their "Player of the Year" from amongst their team-mates. The club would like to thank Edlesborough School for kindly allowing us to make use of their premises and facilities.

League Results

  • U7 Whites 7th Division 2 (U8) Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • U8 Reds 4th Division 1 Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • U8 Blues 4th Division 2 Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • U9 2nd Division 2 Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • U10 8th Division 4 Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • U10 Girls 6th Division 1 Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • U11 5th Division 4 Chiltern Youth League
  • U12 6th Division 2 Chiltern Youth League
  • U12 Girls 5th Division 2 Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • U14 5th Division 5 Chiltern Youth League

5 Year Service Awards

The following players received awards for 5 continuous years of playing for the club:

  • U11 - Harry Rogers
  • U12 - Luke Dunstan, Jake Higgs, Nathan Sears, James Pearce, Robert Moseley
  • U14 - Lee Cavendish, Jack Coates, Matt Lancefield, Sam Marshall, Jonnie Moriarty, Gus Thorne.

2007/2008 Season Round-up

Our Under 12's had previously tasted cup success when winning the Under 9's Chiltern Junior Sevens League Cup. This season they reached the semi-final in both League and County U12 Cups, beating several high placed division 1 teams along the way. Not to be outdone, the young players of the Under 8 Reds team also impressed us. They showed a maturity of play well beyond their tender years and also reached the semifinal of their cup competition. Meanwhile the Under 9 team were successful in the league, stringing together a run of twelve consecutive victories to finish runners-up in division two of the Chiltern Junior Sevens league.

We established two new girls' teams at under 10 and under 12 this season. Few if any of the girls had played competitively before but they showed enormous enthusiasm and the results improved beyond our expectations as the season progressed. The under 10 Girls finished in the top half of their league. Given that the girls were all new to this and were playing some established Clubs we think this is a remarkable achievement.

Other Club News

A major achievement for the club this season was receiving FA Charter Standard Developing status. We are one of only 8 clubs in Bedfordshire to do so. The FA Charter Standard Programme provides recognition that clubs are well run and sustainable, with child protection and safety paramount. It also recognises a club's commitment to coaching, player and coach development, and the raising of standards of behaviour in the game - all of which are big priorities for the Club and the FA.

We have made several new appointments during this year. Lewis Taylor will be Senior Coach to act as a mentor to new coaches. Nick Bramston is our fitness coach and Steve Rogers our goalkeeping coach. Carol Mercer is our New Team Co-ordinator - seeking out players for new teams each season and forging links with local schools.

Thanks

The club would like to thank Eaton Bray and Edlesborough Parish Councils, Edlesborough School and Dagnall Village Hall Committee for their continued support.

The Club has significant growth plans over the coming 5 years and hopes to double the number of teams in that period, so if you would like to join a growing and friendly Club with aspirations, please contact Tim Sanders by email: enquiries@eblions.co.uk

For more information about the club please access our website at www.eblions.co.uk.

-- Liz Coates, Press Officer - EB Lions AFC.

Source: Focus, July 2008


Record amount raised at fete

The record sum of £3,700 was raised at the Dagnall village fete.

The sunshine attracted the crowds, who were glad to spend towards the provision of a new all-weather track at the village recreation ground and towards school funds.

Cathy Bovington at the school said: "There was a great community spirit. It was a wonderful day."

The fete on Saturday (May 10) included many side shows, family races and games.

There was a display of vintage cars and motorcycles and staff member Adrian Bush ran a goal shooting attraction on behalf of Eaton Bray Lions.

Sally Thorne organised the family races and also the hog roast which followed in the evening and included a disco for the children.

Source: Hemel Today, 12 May 2008


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions Reds U8 - 1
St Martins Blues - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCIn the last match of what has been an exciting and successful season we were away to the runners up in our league, having already beaten them twice we knew that they would be looking to try and get one back.

In what turned out to be a great match there was nothing between the two teams. With the score 0-0 at halftime we made our substitutions and with six minutes left we went one up and then straight from their centre they ran at us and scored the equalizer and then the rest of the match was very tense with both sides pushing to score the winning goal but the match ended in a draw. This was a great match to finish on and gives us plenty to look forward to next season.

Kev and Steve thank all the players and parents for their support this season.


EB Lions U10 - 3
Barton Rovers Gunners U10 - 6

The visitors netted almost immediately, but the goal would prove Lions' wakeup call as they responded to the pressure and an arcing strike from Sean evened the scoreline.

Barton maintained their attacking surge but, testament to keeper Dan and some stylish defending from James, Mason and Aarin, were held at bay until the closing minutes of the half, when a controversial goal landed. Any sideline debate would prove academic though, as Barton struck four more times in the second half.

Still Lions would not succumb without a fight, and displayed some of their most accomplished football to date. Ben took up position in goal and pulled off some impressive diving deflections, while Charlie and Tom knocked the ball easily between the Barton defenders. Forward Adam finally saw his hard work pay off as he drove a corner ball into the back of the net, while MoM Chris slotted a crisp pass to Dom who completed beautifully to bring Lions' tally to three.


EB Lions U12 - 1
Cranfield - 1

What a great finish to a great season, at home against a team that needed to win to stand any chance winning the league. The Lions were on fire, controlling the game from start to finish. With some strong runs up front from Hattie, who scored a great goal from a corner, and Megan who kept the pressure on the Cranfield defence.

Lions controlled midfield with Darcy putting in another strong performance and Elsa and Emily ensuring that we kept the pressure on Cranfield. In defence Katy and Devon (GoM) showed what a strong pairing they have at the back, with some great runs up field to assist our attack.

When Lions made their substitutions Beth and Shannon worked hard and continued to protect our goal while also pushing forward to help in midfield. In goal Nancy again looked confident and made some good saves.

Kev and Kazza would like to take this opportunity to thank all the players and parents for all the support they have had this season.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 0
Luton Borough Dragons U8 Whites - 6

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThis always promised to be a tough encounter for Lions, facing league leaders Luton Borough, but having held on to a narrow 3-1 defeat previously, there was understandable disappointment at the end result. And so there should have been after an accomplished performance from all players.

Forwards David Wood and Toby McGee worked hard on the ball and made some promising runs, while midfielders Luke Jearrad, Matt Kennell, Connor Tough and Jack Reynolds produced a string of impressive one-twos to bind an ever improving Lions side.

In defence Bradley Hicks, Daniel Challis and MoM Robert Bunting held off a heavier defeat. Keeper 0llie Mulcahy faced a sustained onslaught but saved more balls than Luton Borough were able to net.


EB Lions U8 Reds - 0
Crawley Green Lions U8 - 2

This was always going to be a hard game, away to the top of the league. Lions started strongly and had a lot of the possession but couldn't find a way through a well organized defense. Lions were solid at the back and coped well with anything that came their way. At half time it was still 0-0 and everything to play for; Lions made their substitutions and started the second half well.

Ten minutes into the second half Lions had a harsh penalty awarded against them and went one down. Then four minutes later, with a free header, Crawley scored again. Lions continued to try and get one back and came close a couple of times but it was not to be.


Brache Sparta U10 - 1
EB Lions U10 - 1

Lions maintained a recent surge in form to draw 1-1 with Brache Sparta on Saturday thanks to a last gasp goal from Dominic. A gripping encounter saw the visitors press the home team relentlessly from the opening whistle, with a catalogue of shots fired in from all angles. In the end it was testament to the skills of the Brache keeper that Lions were able to net only once.

Stand in keeper Ben nevertheless had his hands full and easily matched the opposing goalie with some sharp saves and confident takes. Excellent defensive work from perennial star performers Aarin, James and Mason kept the Brache strikers at bay, while Charlie, Adam, Sean and Tom all had scintillating chances on goal.

Chris, playing in defence, prevented a handful of corners but Brache went ahead in the first half, a lead they would retain until the final ten minutes.


EB Lions U12 Girls - 8
Barton Rovers U12 Girls - 0

After a great season this was the match when it all came together for Lions. From the start Lions looked good and were always in control. Against a strong wind it was 9 minutes before Lions got their first goal from Darcy with a great volley from a corner. After 20 minutes Megan got her first goal, Lions' defence of Devon, Beth and Shannon were solid and coped well with a strong wind. Lions' manager was confident that playing with the wind in the second half would ensure more goals.

One minute after kick off Megan got her second and ten minutes after Darcy (GoM) got her second. Then with three goals in three minutes from Megan and a penalty from Hattie, Lions were on the way to their biggest win of the season. Lions' midfield of Elsa and Emily controlled midfield totally so goalkeeper, Nancy, had little to do but pull off a couple of good saves when needed.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 1
St Josephs U8 - 5

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe opening goal for Lions came seven minutes in, as Connor Tough set up Matt Kennel) for a deft finish.

More good runs came by way of Toby McGee to keep the pressure on a tough St Joseph's side, who were forced to play defensively.

The occasional attacking burst was quickly dealt with by a steadfast back line comprising Bradley Hicks and Robert Bunting, who stopped every forward play made by the visiting team.

Following the break, St Joseph's reapplied themselves and pressed forward, inspiring Ollie Mulcahy to bring out his finest work. Sam Bramston switched to a forward position and put together a string of attacking plays, while Jack Reynolds in midfield moved forward with vigour to further harry the St Joseph's defence.

A sequence of needless goals trickled in during the final ten minutes to overturn the game and an impressive Lions team were left perplexed at the final result.


EB Lions U10 - 0
AFC Shillington U10 - 1

MOM Mason won the ball with some relentless tackling and picked his way past a resolute Shillington defence, while an impressive Charlie swept down the wings time and again to deliver a host of shooting opportunities.

Tom and Chris formed an impressive attacking partnership, outfoxing their opponents with some accomplished one-two passing, culminating in some stunning attempts on goal.

The opening ten minutes belonged to the Lions as they kept the ball tightly wedged into the Shillington half, Adam and Aarin charging through a determined opposition.

Shillington picked up towards the end of the half, forcing defenders Ben and James into some tricky clearances, either by their trademark scything kicks or else via breathtaking runs from end to end.

Shillington increased the pressure during the second half, and Dan continued with the exquisite saves that have become his trademark. A cruel ball rolled in before the final whistle though, handing Lions a bitter defeat.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Reds - 2
Luton Borough Dragons U8 - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCWith two key players missing this week Lions knew they would have to work hard to get a result and did just that. Away from home and with a strong wind and the slope against Lions in the first half they expected to have to battle for every ball.

Approaching half time Lions got a well deserved goal scored by Karl.

With no substitutes Lions started the second half with the same formation. After ten minutes Dax got a great goal straight from a corner. After that it was all Lions and they could have scored many more but with a packed defence and some good saves from the Dragons' keeper the match ended 2-0.

MoM George had a good game as did Freddie, Charlie and Lee. In goal Harrison dealt with anything that came his way.

This was a good team effort that could have seen a much higher score line.


Luton Leagrave Orange U9 - 3
EB Lions U9 - 3

Two long punts downfield saw EB Lions lose two soft early goals.

An excellent fightback was rewarded when Jack Cook fired in from long range and Jonathan Evans netted following up a cross shot pushed out by the keeper. EB Lions keeper Edward Lee had to make a couple of good saves diving bravely at the feet of a Leagrave striker.

Another long range effort from Jack Cook sneaked in just under the bar to put EB Lions 3-2 up just before half time.

After early second half exchanges EB Lions failed to clear their lines and were pegged back to 3-3 with a speculative effort through a crowd of players. Both teams had good chances in the final 10 minutes especially from Man of the Match Archie Bunker whose rasping shot was well saved but ultimately neither side could press home the advantage. A draw was a fair result.


EB Lions Girls U1O - 2
Woburn Lions Girls U1O - 1

After a three-week break the Lions were raring to go. They were soon in control of the game with some excellent solo runs, intricate passing and tackling in mid-field by Mel, Megan and Georgia. The breakthrough came with GoM Megan scoring as a result of a solo run from the halfway line.

Lions showed a loss of concentration allowing Woburn to equalise. They continued to soak up the pressure with some brilliant saves from Amber and with Holly and Liberty, in defence, cutting out many chances and providing great back up to the midfield.

Up front Hannah and Steph kept the Woburn defence busy but the telling goal for Lions came from a great run by Mel resulting in a cross to Georgia who made it 2-1.

All the Lions girls played brilliantly and showed great awareness in their passing play and also team spirit in the way they tackled and provided support throughout the game.


EB Lions U12 Girls - 0
Sacred Heart U12 Girls - 2

Lions were playing the undefeated, top of the league team but the match was evenly balanced with Katie and Devon doing well in Lions' defence.

Darcy, who was really strong in midfield, played alongside Elsa (GoM) and Emily and Lions controlled the game. Up front Megan and Hattie both had chances to score and were unlucky not to. After fifteen minutes Sacred Heart got their first goal and ten minutes later, from a speculative shot, they scored again.

Lions made substitutions, started the second half strongly and continued to dominate right up to the final whistle. Although they hit the post a couple of times the ball would not go in. Beth and Shannon both helped to keep Lions' defence solid and in goal Nancy continued to play well. This was another great team effort and Lions continue to play good football and will only get better.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions Reds - 3
AFC Luton - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCPlaying against a strong and bitterly cold wind with the odd snow shower to contend with it was fifteen minutes before a great free kick from Dax put Lions into a well deserved lead.

Lions' goalie, Toby, coped well with everything that came his way.

Lions kept the pressure on and got a second through Charlie just before half time.

With only seven players available, Lions unfortunately lost George towards the end of the first half due to an asthma attack.

Starting the second half a player down, Lions put Freddie, Lee and Harrison as back three leaving Dax and Charlie to try and find a way through to score again.

Some great runs from the front two put AFC under pressure, and a deflection off an AFC defender after a shot from Harrison gave Lions a well deserved third goal.


EB Lions Reds U8 - 2
Bushmead Wanderers U8 - 0

Lions started with the slope and the wind in their favour and despite the vast majority of the possession and pressure coming from Lions it was still 0-0 at half time.

Lions made substitutions at half time knowing that they had to work even harder to get a result.

Even with the slope and wind against them Lions still controlled the game and it appeared to be only a matter of time before they would score.

Then towards the end of the second half Lions got the goal that they had worked so hard for when Dax Roe rounded the keeper and put the ball in the back of the net.

Lions kept the pressure on and a minute later Dax rounded the keeper again and got his second.

This was a strong team performance with a well deserved result, MOM was Freddie Mines.


EB Lions Reds U8 - 2
Crawley Green Tigers U8 - 1

In a well-balanced match in which both teams were giving their best it was the Lions who proved the stronger team.

From Toby in goal, who made some great saves, through to Freddy and Jack in defence Lions looked solid at the back.

George, Harrison and Lee controlled midfield well for Lions.

Up front Dax, Charlie and Karl worked hard and gave Crawley problems throughout the match.

After 17 minutes the pressure from Lions paid off when Harrison found some space and put them 1-0 up at half time.

Against the run of play Crawley scored the equalizer four minutes into the second half.

Lions kept the pressure on and after a great run and goal from Dax (who was MOM), they were back in front.

George played a real captains role and held everything together so that Lions finished 2-1 winners to complete a great weekend.


Lewsey U10 - 1
EB Lions U10 - 1

The opening half belonged to Lions as Adam and Dominic tested the Lewsey keeper time and again.

Impressive attacks by way of Sean and Aarin kept the league leaders on their toes, forcing them out of a familiar comfort zone.

The occasional onslaught broke through but it was only the most ferocious efforts that were able to get by the steadfast defensive work of James and Ben, who rarely limited themselves to one position.

Keeper Dan, who has found a new form to improve on some already impressive work, expertly fielded the on-target attempts of some powerful Lewsey strikers to pick up a well deserved MoM award.

The opening goal came from Dominic's neatly placed corner kick, which deflected from a Lewsey defender into the net.

Following the break, a revitalised Lewsey emerged desperate to claw back the goal deficit.

Lions brought out their defensive game and held off the home team with some consummate counter work which saw Mason midfield Chris made some impressive passing moves to find a well placed Tom, who retained the pressure throughout.

Lewsey finally equalised with minutes to spare in an enthralling encounter.


Crawley Green U12 - 1
EB Lions U12 - 5

A bright sunny morning coupled with a very waterlogged pitch set the scene for the League Cup Quarter Final.

The whistle blew and within two minutes of play Lions had made several attempts on goal.

After a display of quick footwork by several players James Pearce landed Lions' first goal.

It wasn't long before Jake Higgs powered a long throw from Nathan Sears into the back of the net.

In the second half James Pearce made a great run up the pitch and outmanoeuvred the keeper to score again.

Crawley Green started to put pressure on but Luke Dunstan stood firm in Lions' defence.

Pearce was hungry for his hat trick and his patience was rewarded with another goal.

Crawley Green quickly responded with a superb display of passing to score their first goal.

Jake Higgs retaliated with a superb run up the field and a powerful shot straight into the net.

Declan Tomlinson was Lions' MOM.


Houghton Regis Youth U14 - 8
EB Lions U14 - 0

The lopsided score-line reflects the size of the squads: Lions fielded nine players whilst their opponents had 14 at their disposal.

Houghton Regis scored their first from a run up the right wing after just two minutes.

For a period Lions held the home team at bay with tenacious defensive play by O'Connell, Thorne and Lancefield.

Occasionally Coates or Marshall made a probing run forward, only to be overwhelmed by the home team defenders.

Meanwhile, Houghton Regis steadily increased their goal tally to reach 5 by half-time.

Coates donned the goalie shirt, allowing Cavendish to add his strength to Lions' midfield.

Lions' determination earned them two corners, one shot just wide and another saved.

Dear (MOM) was outstanding in Lions' defence and a clearance off the line by Moriarty immediately followed by a save from Coates even had the opposition supporters applauding. Unfortunately defeat was inevitable for the spirited but outnumbered Lions team.

Source: EB Lions


Mixed reaction to overhaul of youth soccer

Youth FootballAn overhaul of youth football across the county has prompted a heated debate among fans.

A mixture of disgruntled parents and supportive coaches swamped Bedfordshire's Football Association (FA) with calls following a decision to ban competitive soccer for youngsters.

The county's football bosses have enforced English FA regulations banning knockout cup matches, league tables and the awarding of points in under-eights matches.

The regulations were not new, but until now had not been enforced. They affect competitions across the country.

All of Bedfordshire's under-eights football teams will still follow a fixture list and play matches, but will not get points for winning, ending the competitive element of the Chiltern Junior Sevens League and Filmergraphics League.

Peter Brown, Bedfordshire FA's chief executive, said: "We have had a lot of reaction, but we are only the messengers not the decision makers and this is a policy across the country, not just in Bedfordshire."

Visitors to our websites were mainly against the FA's decision, and 76 per cent of people who took part in our internet poll said the spirit of competition is one of the key lessons in life.

Drew Stanley, of Luton, said: "Has anyone thought to ask the kids what they want? My bet is that 99 per cent of them will want the competitiveness of leagues. Kids love being competitive."

However the FA have also gained some support from football fans. Bob Smith said: "I think it is a good idea. We spend too much time just trying to win and not enough time playing the beautiful game.

"Maybe this will stop parents bellowing from the touchline - a public embarrassment."

Source: Bedford Today, 27 March 2008


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 3
EB Lions U8 Whites - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCPlay swung back and forth as Matt Kennel) and Toby McGee drove the ball forwards for Blues and created some superb strikes, but it was Whites who landed first to go ahead within ten minutes.

Connor Tough replied with a stunning shot to level the match and defenders Sam Bramston and Daniel Challis effectively closed down any further attacks before the break.

Blues settled into their rhythm in the second half, hogging possession throughout. Keeper 011ie Mulcahy traded with Daniel to get some on-pitch time, putting in some adept defensive work and working forwards to place an impressive shot that fell just short.

Jack Reynolds, Luke Jearrad and Robert Bunting slotted some neat passes in between the Whites defence to open up more opportunities, and Bradley Hicks dispossessed the occasional attacker to ensure the opposing goal tally remained at one. Ultimately MoM Connor scored again as did David Wood to compound a clear. victory.


EB Lions U8 Reds - 4
Crawley Green Crusaders U8 - 0

It seemed as if it was going to be a repeat of last week where Lions totally controlled the game with all the pressure coming from the Lions, but the ball would just not go in. The bar, posts and a well positioned goalkeeper simply kept the Lions out.

But with only 2 minutes to go of the first half Charlie Giblin put Lions ahead and they went in 1-0 up at half time.

Lions started the second half strongly with a goal from Dax Roe and two from Karl Shrowder in the first nine minutes. With strong performances from George and Jack in midfield and Freddy, Lee and Harrison working well together there wasn't much for Lions' goalkeeper Toby to do.

In a match that they dominated from start to finish this was a good result for the Lions.


Oakley Rangers U10 - 1
EB Lions U10 - 2

Lions notched up their first win of 2008 as they finally overpowered a game Oakley side in an enthralling encounter which the first of a brace of decisive goals.

Defenders Ben and James ran down every attack and countered with their usual scything clearances, while MoM Aarin took on all comers and made noteworthy inroads deep into Oakley territory.

The second half kicked off at the same frenetic pace and had onlookers gasping as shots winged the nets at each end. Mason and Charlie put together some accomplished passing moves that threatened the Oakley back line, while Adam and Chris worked hard to chase down every ball.

Finally, it was Sean's laser-guided corner into Dominic that resulted in the winning goal, although a seemingly never-ending half saw keeper Dan well tested forcing him into some truly textbook save-making.


Sandy Colts U12 Girls - 0
EB Lions U12 Girls - 2

Another great match and a super win, this one away from home, giving the Lions a run of four consecutive wins.

Lions started strongly with a goal after six minutes from Hattie and continued to control the match right up to half time and were unlucky not to have scored again. Lions used Shannon as reserve keeper after Nancy had to come off but the team pulled together and kept a clean sheet.

Six minutes into the second half Megan scored Lions' second. Again Lions' midfield of Darcy, Emily and Elsa were strong and in total control despite some unexpected decisions going against them. In defence Katie was in control with good support from Devon and Beth. The recent results are well deserved for a team that has worked hard and pulled together and never given up. It is a real achievement for their first season together.

Source: EB Lions


Should U8s be forbidden competitive football?

Youth FootballA decision by the English FA to ban knockout cup matches, league tables and the awarding of points in U8 matches means that the SKF Chiltern Junior Sevens League's U8 divisions have effectively been handed a death sentence.

Beds FA chief executive Peter Brown says the league should not have been running tables for U8s or cup competitions this season, either.

But league secretary Andy Piggins, 45, branded the decision 'silly.'

Mr Piggins helped set up the league in 2001 after 11-a-side games for U10s were banned by the FA.

He has had one child play at the U8 level and believes competitive football does not do the children any harm.

He said: "We've been doing U8s for six or seven seasons. It started off as an U10 league because they were who the FA stopped playing and it's gradually grown."

Children from as young as six have been allowed to play competitive football in recent seasons, but the enforced changes mean that children must be aged eight and over if they are to take part next season.

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Source: Luton Today, 5 March 2008


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

St Martins Orange U8 - 1
EB Lions U8 Blues - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCA gently undulant pitch and unpredictable crosswinds kept both teams on their toes in an enthralling first half.

Possession was divided evenly in a competitive opening 20 minutes, with both teams creating chances. Lions' rugged defenders Sam Bramston, Jack Reynolds and Daniel Challis bravely closed down the St Martins attacking plays, and, along with 011ie Mulcahy's commanding saves, ensured the score remained 0-0.

In the second half Lions came out firing and Connor Tough managed to break through as Toby McGee drew the attention of the home defenders in front of goal. A sliver of an opening was enough for Connor to slot the ball deftly into the net. Matt Kennel) looked set to compound that lead but was denied by some effective defence work.

Not ready to concede defeat, St Martins landed an equaliser five minutes later, despite expert plays from Robert Bunting, Bradley Hicks and deserving MoM Luke Jearrad, none of whom let up for a moment.


EB Lions Girls U10 - 0
Crawley Green Girls U10 - 2

Lions knew they were in for a tough match and raised their performances accordingly, but were unfortunately undone by a goal either side of half time.

The defensive duties displayed by Sarah Jane, Misha (GOM) and Holly were outstanding.

Megan between the sticks was forced to make some great saves. Mel & Liberty in the first half and Amber Wright and Steph in the second were all solid in midfield and gave the opposition little time to settle on the ball.

Lions felt that their luck would change mid-way through the first half when they were awarded a penalty for handball, but Georgia was denied by a lucky save from Crawley Green's goalie. Amber Walsh also came close on a number of occasions in the second half.

With the possession and chances that Lions had it must only be a matter of time before they turn their efforts into a much deserved win.


Potton Colts U12 Girls - 1
EB Lions U12 Girls - 2

Another great team effort and another great result with two away wins back to back.

The Lions playing with the wind were putting the pressure on Potton and took th lead through Hattie after 11 minutes and i wasn't long before Darcy came close to scoring a second.

After 15 minutes the Lions were unlucky to concede a goal and despite Megan, Elsa and Emily pushing forward it was 1-1 at half time.

Even against the wind in the second hal Lions' defence of Katie, Beth, Devon and Shannon looked solid and Nancy in goal coped with everything that came her way. I was Lions' constant pressure and determination that caused Potton to score an own goal. With three Lions ready to pounce on any mistake the ball was alway going to end up in the Potters net.

The Lions supported each other well an, earned themselves another well deserved two points.


Flitwick Eagles U14 B - 6
EB Lions U14 - 0

Lions needed a win to hang on to second place in the division but things started badly when they conceded a soft goal afte only five minutes and Eagles scored another soon afterwards.

Coates made some promising attacking runs for Lions, feeding the ball through to Marshall, but the Eagles defence seemed impenetrable. Under pressure Lions conceded an own goal and Eagles scored fourth before half-time.

Lions played better in the second half, with great defensive play by MoM Thiel, Lancefield and Broughton keeping Eagles at bay. However, Lions struggled to get past Eagles back four and could not get their shots on target when they did. Eventually Lions were worn down by the relentless pressure from Eagles, who scored twice more in the last five minutes.

This was a disappointing result for Lions who obviously struggled against a disciplined and physically stronger side.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Brache Sparta U8 - 6
EB Lions U8 Blues - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions' front men Matt Kennell, David Wood and Toby McGee swooped in at every opening and threatened the Brache keeper repeatedly. Defenders Sam Bramston, Robert Bunting, Daniel Challis and Bradley Hicks ensured an even slice of possession was retained throughout, effectively countering the blistering strikes launched from either wing by the adept Brache forwards.

Nonetheless three sublime goals went in ahead of the break and Lions had some work to do in the second half. Covering midfield, Connor Tough and Luke Jearrad were effective in neutralising a string of pacey attacks, and Brache were made to fight for every scoring opportunity.

A scorching run along the right wing from David finally paid off, bringing Lions onto the scoreboard, but the visitors matched their first half tally to secure another comprehensive win, and a scoreline which would have been still more lopsided were it not for deserving MoM 011ie Mulcahy, whose diving saves far outshone the Brache goals.


Bushmead Wanderers U8 - 3
EB Lions U8 Reds - 1

With Lions captain George phoning in sick just before the match and Dax up most of the night being sick it was no surprise that Lions could not get into their normal way of playing.

Despite the efforts of Jack and Charlie, who was MoM, Lions could not push forward often enough to get the attempts on goal that they normally have. Freddie had another good game as sweeper and in goal Toby did well and made some good saves.

With Harri, Lee and Karl all being asked to play in a different role it just did not work out the way they wanted. Lions kept trying to fight back but it was only in the last minute that Dax scored a goal. At least we know why it didn't work out as expected.


EB Lions Girls U10 - 1
Sacred Heart Cheetahs Girls U10 - 1

EB Lions were out of the blocks quickly with Misha hitting a rasping shot just wide. They took the lead with a great volley by Mel from the edge of the area. Georgia then went close, hitting the crossbar.

Lions continued to dominate with Megan up front coming close on several occasions. Holly (GOM) and Sarah Jane had strong displays in defence and both made driving runs to maintain a presence in the oppositions half.

The second half started brightly for EB Lions, with Amber Walsh making some probing runs on goal supported by Steph. Yet, despite all the pressure and possession the Lions failed to capitalise on their narrow lead.

Sacred Heart Cheetahs made a rare break and scored a scrambled goal luckily beating Amber Wright. It ended 1-1 and EB Lions Girls must reflect on how they only drew this game with the countless missed opportunities they had to comfortably win.


EB Lions Girls U12 - 5
Barnfield Colts Girls U12 - 2

We knew it would happen, if you play with the passion and commitment that the Lions have shown all season the results would start to come, and some. In a match that Lions totally dominated they could have scored twice as many.

With Darcy and Hattie up front having plenty of shots on target it was Megan, who was GoM, playing from mid-field who scored all the goals, Barton had no answer to the strong runs that Megan kept making and caused them problems all match.

With three players away the rest of the team had to adjust and Elsa covered well in mid field with Emily, Abbie and Shannon strong in defence. In goal Nancy had another good game and was unlucky to concede two goals.

With this well deserved win the Lions can look forward to a strong finish to the season. Well done.


EB Lions U14 - 3
Shefford Saints U14 - 2

Lions made the most of an early chance when Audouard chased in a long ball, which bounced over the goalie, and headed it into the net.

Lions continued to pile on the pressure, with several promising attacks being thwarted by the skilful Saints' goalie, and had a goal disallowed for offside. Broughton and Storey (MOM) worked well for Lions in defence. Shefford picked up their pace towards half-time and their efforts paid off when defensive errors allowed them through to equalise. Lions were awarded a controversial penalty early in the second half, but the shot hit the crossbar. A great cross from Moriarty was neatly collected by Marshall to score Lions' second. Their third soon followed when Moriarty struck a low, hard free-kick from just wide of the box.

Shefford made a comeback in the final minutes, managing to reduce Lions' lead, but the equaliser eluded them.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Luton Borough Dragons U8 Whites - 3
EB Lions U8 Blues - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions received an early wake up call as Dragons slammed home a loose ball within a minute of kick-off, forcing defenders Daniel Challis, Sam Bramston and Robert Bunting to draw together and effectively seal the gaps.

A string of fine saves from 011ie Mulcahy cut off any further efforts at goal for the remainder of the half, freeing an adept Lions attack force to go on the offensive. David Wood and Connor Tough both saw shots skim the posts, while Matt Kennel) sliced a ball into the side net.

Midfielder Jack Reynolds doggedly stuck to Dragons forwards as they upped the pressure, and Lions continued to press, making some potent attacks.

Luke Jearrad, in his debut appearance, skipped past the Dragons defence to leave them ball watching.

Ultimately though, even MoM Daniel's steadfast defence and 011ie's acrobatic saves could not prevent two more Dragon goals in the last quarter.


Cranfield Colts U12 Girls - 0 EB Lions U12 Girls - 0

This was always going to be a test of Lions' resolve and self belief, playing the top of the league away from home.

Lions passed that test with style and flair, in a game that they controlled from the first kick to the last.

Lions dominated the match and deserved to come away with both points. Nancy, in goal, is the only goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet against Cranfield all season. Lions' defense of Katie, Abbie and Shannon were solid. Darcy, Emily and Elsa controlled midfield, chasing every ball and didn't allow Cranfield to settle. Up front Hattie and Megan (who was GoM) Dept the pressure on the Cranfield goal.

This was another great team effort from the Lions who have grown into a well organised and structured team.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 1
St Josephs U8 - 5

Eaton Bray Lions AFCA second half David Wood goal retained the spirits of a determined Lions side in a tough game versus second place St. Josephs.

The scoreline belied a close and competitive match, which saw the home side up tempo after the break to establish a real threat to the talented visitors.

Positioning was excellent, not least from MoM Jack Reynolds who was finding space in anticipation of the next attack.

Daniel Challis played his usual effective style, powering the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, while Connor Tough worked hard to feed the ball forwards and Toby McGee delivered a handful of impressive shots on goal.

Keeper 011ie Mulcahy made some accomplished saves, snatching the ball from the air time and again during a torrid first half which saw four goals go against Lions.

Stiff defensive work by Robert Bunting and Bradley Hicks applied the brakes to the harried St Josephs strikers as the game progressed.


EB Lions U8 Reds - 4
St Martins Blues U8 - 0

Lions are settling into their new formation well and right from the start were in control of the match.

An early goal from Harri got them off to a great start.

With Dax up front keeping the pressure on the St Martins defense and Jack, George, Charlie and Harri controlling the centre of the pitch Lions looked comfortable.

Freddie was in charge at the back and in goal Toby dealt with anything that came his way.

Lions brought on Karl at half time and continued to push forward.

Six minutes into the second half, after a corner, George got Lions' second.

An on form St Martins keeper was all that kept the score line at 2-0 until five minutes from the end when Dax got two more.

In a match where it was difficult to award MoM it was decided to give it to Dax and George.


EB Lions U11 - 3
Flamstead Youth B U11 - 3

The Lions returned to form in this exciting encounter.

The boys started well when Scotty Mercer's persistence blocked the keeper's clearance and he rolled the ball into the net.

Flamstead got an equaliser when their speedy striker outpaced the Lions defence to a long pass and slotted home.

The same player scored a similar goal to put Flamstead ahead.

He almost added a third, this time his shot was cleared off the line by Jakob Knappitt.

The Lions were the stronger team in the second half.

Scotty scored the best goal of the match to equalise, a superb shot from the edge of the box into the top corner.

A period of Lions pressure resulted in MoM Scotty's third with another great strike.

However the Lions could not hang on and with a few minutes remaining Flamstead's striker scored from close range for the second hat-trick of a great match.


EB Lions U14 - 8
Stopsley Sports U14 - 0

Lions applied pressure from the start and a long throw from Coates allowed Crace to flick the ball past the keeper to score within two minutes.

Dear scored the second from a corner, but though their defence struggled Stopsley were persistent and had their chances.

Lions scored three more before halftime; Thorne calmly lobbed the advancing goalie from well outside the box, Auduoard connected with a great corner from Moriarty and Thorne blasted in his second.

Lions lost momentum after the break and Stopsley went on the attack but Taylor and Lancefield were solid in Lions' defence.

Lions scored three more; Thiel knocked in another of Moriarty's corners, Scott-Lewis scored from a neat series of passes culminating in a superb cross by O'Connell and Moriarty (MOM) finally found the back of the net.

It was a great performance by Lions and Stopsley showed great spirit in never giving up until the final whistle.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 4
Memorial Park U8 - 3

Eaton Bray Lions AFCIn a match that ebbed and flowed throughout, Memorial opened first, but their lead was reeled in as David Wood and Matt Kennell upped the Lions' goal tally to go into the second half ahead.

Stand-in keepers Toby McGee and Robert Bunting had a torrid time of it though, adeptly fending shots from a stubbornly persistent Memorial strike force.

Defenders Sam Bramston, Daniel Challis, and MoM Connor Tough, who battled the length and breadth of the pitch to defeat wave after wave of attack, ensured their opposition were frustrated at every turn.

Just as a 3-1 victory looked possible, Memorial squeezed through to score twice in a matter of minutes, and Lions had a fight on their hands.

It was a challenge they would rise to meet, defender Jack Reynolds shearing the crossbar with a long, looping shot from beyond the penalty area, and ultimately David netted again to clinch an electrifying win.


EB Lions U14 - 2
Shefford Saints U14 - 2

Shefford were a physical team but seemed unable to take advantage of the slope and strong following wind in the first half.

Good defensive play by Lions and effective goalkeeping by Cavendish prevented Saints from scoring but Lions struggled to produce any good attacking moves.

The second half was much more exciting.

Lions were caught out by a first minute goal from Saints, the shot coming from wide on the right wing.

Saints quickly repeated the move to score again and Lions countered with renewed energy.

Dear moved up to midfield for Lions and was soon linking up with Audouard to feed balls through to the forwards.

Auduoard (well deserved MOM) took the ball through and lobbed the keeper to score.

Moriarty took a corner for Lions and Audouard was perfectly positioned at the far post to knock in his second goal.

Lions applied relentless pressure but were unable to secure the winner.


EB Lions U12 (Girls) - 0
Sacred Heart U12 (Girls) - 1

Lions controlled the match from the start with every player giving their all.

Darcy (GoM) was all over the pitch with some great attempts on goal along with partner, Hattie.

Hattie kept pushing forward and looked like she was going to score but twisted her ankle and had to come off.

Meg kept taking the game to the opposition whilst Emily and Elsa covered well making good passes.

In defence, Katy played a faultless game as sweeper, Beth and Devon looked solid and Nancy in goal coped with everything that came her way.

Lions brought on Abbie and Shannon in defense in the second half and continued to keep control of the game but against the run of play a scrappy goal from a corner gave Sacred Heart the lead.

Despite constant pressure and more attempts on goal, the game ended in an undeserved defeat for Lions.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Reds - 4
Luton Borough Dragons U8 - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCWhat a match!

With a much improved Dragons team as opposition it took Lions a while to settle down but after the first two goals from Harry and Charlie things were looking good.

A more compact Lions' midfield meant that George and Jack had more of the ball and playing wingers Harry and Charlie less wide gave Lions the vast majority of the first half possession with a lot more opportunities to score.

Freddie adjusted to his role as sweeper well and was MoM.

In goal, Toby always looked a safe pair of hands dealing with anything that came his way.

Lee and Karl came on as wingers at half time and Dax and Lee soon scored.

Lions dominated the second half and could have scored more.

This week's goal scorers were Dax Roe, Charlie Giblin, Harrison Ambrose and Lee Saunders.


EB Lions U10 - 1
Sundon Park Rangers U10 - 3

A shearing cross wind which would facilitate play one end, hinder it from the other, ultimately led to the Lions' demise to one of the league's top performers.

Nevertheless the boys submitted an indelible performance, replete with slick passes.

MoM Sean fired the Lions ahead following a scything run, and the underdogs looked set for an upset.

Lions demonstrated a handful of their sublime one-twos which foxed their accomplished opponents, and for most of the opening half Charlie and Chris, abetted by robust defenders James, Ben and Mason, ran rings around Sundon Park, delivering endless neat passes to the able feet of forwards Adam and Dominic.

A rejuvenated Sundon Park emerged from the half time break with vehemence.

By the final whistle, three goals had slipped in but Lions' keeper Dan had one of his best games to date, ably deflecting shot after almighty shot from an endowed Rangers strike force.


EB Lions U11 - 1
Sundon Park Rangers U11 - 4

The Lions returned to play Sundon two weeks after beating them in the Cup and were surprisingly beaten by the team currently second bottom in the league.

The boys created a number of early chances but could not convert any of them, Sundon however scored twice in the first ten minutes.

The Lions continued to push forward and looked the more likely team to score as half time approached however it was Sundon who netted for a three goal half time lead.

The Lions played better in the second half with Captain Scotty Mercer pulling a goal back.

The boys created many more chances but it was just one of those days.

Sundon scored late on to wrap up the win.

The Lions were out-muscled by a physical team who showed more desire for the victory.

MoM for the Lions was defender Nik Challis who never stopped battling.


EB Lions U12 - 3
HR Hatters U12 - 2

In a very exciting and close County Cup Quarter Final, Division 1 Hatters drew first blood against Lions to edge ahead in the first half.

Lions calmed the nerves with a well executed goal early in the second half from Jake Higgs, whilst Lions' defence stood firm closing down most Hatters attacks before conceding a weak goal to fall 2-1 behind.

However, Lions rallied and from a corner Declan Tomlinson rose to bullet a header into the top corner to equalise.

Extra time beckoned, but the last minute substitute, Ed McBrearty, made an exquisite 15-yard pass to Jake to cross for Will Sanders to power in the last gasp winner.

Lions go through to the last 4 in the County!!


EB Lions Girls U10 - 4
Sandy Colts Girls U10 - 0

The early play was restricted to the midfield but both sides started to make inroads on the opposing goal with both teams hitting the post.

Lions seemed to change gear and took the initiative resulting in a great solo goal from Mel.

Confidence increased and Lions continued to pepper the goal with great displays from Liberty, Georgia, and Steph in midfield and Amber Walsh upfront.

The second half started brightly for Lions with Amber Wright smashing a goal into the roof of the net.

Colts then re-grouped, but were kept at bay by some inspiring defending by Misha, Sarah Jane (GOM) and Holly, aided by the reliable "safe hands" Megan in goal.

A long range shot was converted by Lions' Hannah who chased the ball down and beat the keeper on the rebound.

The fourth goal (Mel's second) came as a result of a free kick by Misha to finish the game off.


EB Lions U12 Girls - 1
Potten Colts U12 Girls - 1

This was another great match.

Lions were playing second in division Colts and knew that they faced a good team. Lions got off to a strong start and maintained the pressure right up until half time. Hattie and Darcy pushed the Potten defence to make a mistake and allow them to score.

In midfield, Megan and Emily worked hard to keep the game moving forward.

Katie and Devon, who was GoM, defended Lions' goal well and pushed up to help find a way through.

Nancy looked confident in goal and made some great saves.

The match continued at the same fast pace as the first half. After seven minutes Potten scored so Lions made changes to bring Darcy, Devon and Emily back on.

Lions were still fighting for every ball and three minutes before time Hattie scored a well deserved equalizer.

Teamwork, effort and determination enabled Lions to get a great result.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Whites - 2
EB Lions U8 Blues - 5

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe Blues launched into play, spurred on by fervent supporters.

Mid-fielders Connor Tough and Jack Reynolds instinctively stuck to the ball and drove it forwards, and with efforts from Toby McGee and Matt Kennell the ball danced around the box.

It was only minutes before Matt scored the first of what would transpire to be an accomplished hat trick!

The Whites, the slope in their favour, overturned the score to go 2 -1 up before the break.

With the second half under way, defenders Daniel Challis, Sam Bramston and Bradley Hicks closed ranks and, together with sterling saves from Ollie Mulcahy, ensured the Whites had scored their last.

The scare of the score-line unleashed the boys' fighting spirit and with Robert Bunting feeding the ball through, Connor sliced a shot behind the keeper.

A blistering goal courtesy of David Wood and the feisty completion of Matt's hat trick combined to bring victory to the Blues and their jubilant fans.


EB Lions U14 - 0
AFC Kempston U14 B - 2

In this League Cup tie Lions faced a team two divisions above them.

Lions played the first half uphill and against the wind and Kempston made repeated attempts to take advantage of the conditions only to be rebuffed by determined defensive play by Thiel, Dear (MOM), Broughton, Taylor and Lancefield. Kempston were caught out by a few attacking runs from Lions, with a shot from Crace being saved and both Coates and Crace being brought down by defenders.

One of the resulting free-kicks by Moriarty was on target but saved.

Early in the second half Crace shot over the goalie's head but the ball was plucked from the air in an impressive display of agility.

Kempston retaliated immediately, scoring with a shot from wide on the right wing.

Lions looked likely to level the score but Kempston's goalie always denied them. Pushing players forward in search of the equaliser left Lions open to the quick break and they conceded another goal seconds before the whistle, but it was a superb team performance.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 2
EB Lions U8 Whites - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe agile U8 Blues went two for two with an impressive win over their village counterparts in an anticipated derby match.

The Whites fought from the outset but were out gunned as the Blues hogged possession for a chunk of the game.

Several searing shots sliced just offtarget or else were absorbed by accomplished keeping.

An impressive header from Toby McGee brushed the post, while David Wood and Robert Bunting made imposing progress.

Any Blues player could have scored, with shots driven forward by Daniel Challis and Sam Bramston.

Ultimately Connor Tough placed a neat ball between the keeper's feet before the break, a lead consolidated in the second by Matt Kennell, powering in a decisive ball after ten minutes.

Guarding the Blues' net, Ollie Mulcahy made short work of occasional incoming shots, but a challenging task was ameliorated by outstanding defensive work courtesy of Jack Reynolds and Bradley Hicks.


EB Lions U8 Reds - 0
Crawley Green Tigers U8 - 2

This was the league cup semi-final and Lions did nothing wrong but not enough right.

Every time there was a loose ball or two opposing players arrived at the same time it seemed that Lions just couldn't get that final touch or even when they did they couldn't use it to their advantage. Lions were playing a team they had beaten 7-1 a few weeks ago and yet from the start it was hard going.

Lions seemed to be outnumbered (they only had seven)- maybe after the previous meeting, Tigers were more determined to get revenge than Lions were to confirm their superiority.

Lions will learn from this and become a stronger and better team.

Next week, they play the same team on the same pitch in the league so watch this space.


EB Lions U10 - 1
Brache Sparta U10 - 3

Lions were forced to swallow a bitter defeat at the hands of an erratic Brache Sparta side.

There were early indications that this would be a sapping match, with some blistering turns of speed coming from their effective right winger.

Nonetheless, the pacey hitman's attacks were well countered by defenders Ben, James and Mason, while keeper Dan scooped up any tricky balls that penetrated the rear guard.

Ultimately the shots would start landing, but it was testament to the Lion's iron-clad resolve that they retained a degree of celerity which would have undone many a foe.

Sean, Tom and Chris were as ever using the length and breadth of the pitch, along with Charlie who demonstrated adept on-the-ball turns to frustrate the Brache defenders, but efforts would ultimately spearhead in a deft pass from Mason, angled into the net by deserving MoM Adam, to at least bring determined Lions team onto the scoreboard.


EB Lions U11 - 3
Sundon Park Rangers U11 - 2

The Lions progressed to Round 3 of the Cup.

Lions took the lead early on, Scotty Mercer floating over a corner for Ben Flitton to volley into the goal.

Thomas Lancefield made a great goal line clearance from a Sundon corner.

However, Sundon equalised scoring from close range following a free kick.

The Lions regained the lead, their second also coming from a corner.

Jamie Holt crossed, Ben headed it on and Matt Bramston blasted the ball into the net.

The Lions had the better of the second half but it took until the 23rd minute of the half to score the decisive goal.

Matt Glover ran the ball to the goal line before cutting it back to Scotty who fired the ball into the net.

Sundon scored a second in the final minute.

MoM for the second week running went to Jakob Knappitt who was awesome once again.


EB Lions U12 - 3
Caddington U12 - 2

In one of the most stunning and exciting games, Eaton Bray Lions (2nd in Division 2) faced Caddington (2nd in Divisionl) in the 4th round of the Beds U12 League Cup.

Lions powered their way to a 3-2 victory with a breathtaking hat trick from James Pearce (who scored his 200th Club career goal!).

Captain Nathan Sears urged his team on and created some wonderful play from midfield to support the front two, Declan Tomlinson and Luke Dunstan controlled the defensive middle whilst Jack Bramston in goal made several stunning saves to deny Caddington.

Haydn Thomas and Tom Nevitt were superb left and right backs who both attacked the flanks in a pulsating win to leave E B Lions in the last 16 of the Cup.


EB Lions U12 Girls - 0
Sandy Colts U12 Girls - 2

Lions started strongly with good attempts on goal from Darcy and Hattie (GoM) giving them complete control of the game until against the run of play they conceded a goal.

This didn't change Lions' approach to the game and Megan, Devon and Elsa kept control of midfield giving chances to get back on level terms.

Lions' defence was solid with Katie, Beth and Abbey coping well with anything that came their way. In goal Nancy produced a couple of fine saves.

Ten minutes into the second half, Sandy scored again.

Lions continued to push forward but as the minutes ticked away they still couldn't get the goals they deserved.

Once again Lions didn't get the result that such a committed and dedicated team effort deserved but with a team spirit as strong as this and the talent that this team has there will be good results to come.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Leighton United U10 girls - 2
Eaton Bray U10 girls - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCIt took United about ten minutes to score through Zoe Molloy after some good play from Amy Gibbons and Amelia Enright who found her at the near post to score.

Charlie (safehands) Hedges played well in goal with little to do. The defence of Georgia Carey and GoM Sarah Miller, stood firm to sopy any attacks. Maive Kenny played well in midfield.

The second half saw Eaton Bray come out the stronger team, but United earned a penalty that Zoe converted in to the bottom left hand corner. Charlotte Mulford played well when she came on, as did Nimah Ryan.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 1
St Martins Orange U8 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions grabbed a second half equaliser to retain fourth place in the league table.

A dominant offence, made up of Matt Kennell and David Wood, supported by Connor Tough and MoM Jack Reynolds, hogged possession for most of the match. Still St. Martins found a chink in the Lions' shield-like defence, and it was enough to open the scoring ten minutes in.

Following the goal against them, defenders Sam Bramston and Bradley Hicks sealed the back line, effectively closing down the occasional St Martins forward drives.

After the interval keeper Ollie Mulcahy was sent forwards to harry the opposition's defence, his usual role adopted by Toby McGee, who was forced to make two impressive saves. Some crisp passing and intelligent dispersal opened up a string of striking opportunities for the Lions, as well as a wealth of corners, but the equaliser would finally come after a breakaway run by star scorer Matt Kennell.


EB Lions U14 - 2
Bramingham U14 - 5

Lions hadn't played competitively for three weeks and it showed. They gave away an easy goal from a free-kick within the first minute.

Good defensive play by Thiel and great tackling by Taylor kept Bramingham's persistent attack at bay for some time but Lions eventually conceded a second goal. The Bramingham goalie stopped a neat back-heel by Crace and a shot from Storey.

Lions improved in the second half with O'Connell making a couple of menacing attacks. A superb free-kick by Lions' Moriarty set up Crace to score with a header. Bramingham retaliated with a third goal but then conceded a free-kick which Moriarty curled neatly over the wall and into the net. Just when it looked possible for Lions to level the score, Bramingham dashed their hopes by scoring twice more from quick breaks.

Lions MOM was Ross Taylor for a series of fearless challenges.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 0
Luton Borough Dragons Whites U8 - 5

Eaton Bray Lions AFCUnder testing conditions Lions bravely took on league top dogs Luton Borough Dragons.

An encouraging start had David Woods breaking away with Matt Kennell to threaten the visiting keeper and then, minutes later, a second run opened up as mid-fielders Robert Bunting and Connor Tough fed the ball through to the forwards again, setting up an impressive strike.

The weather showed no signs of turning, but the match was about to and following a brace of stunning saves from Ollie Mulcahy, the first ball slipped in. Defenders Daniel Challis, Jack Reynolds and MoM Bradley Hicks worked hard to keep the oppressive opposition at bay, successfully wresting the ball on more than one occasion but, following the half time break, three goals went against the Lions in quick succession.

Like so many matches, the scoreline ought to have been a lot closer, but the ultimate tally of 0-5 was nothing shameful: the Dragons are undefeated to date.


EB Lions Girls U12 - 0
Barton Rovers Girls U12 - 0

With the wind blowing strongly, icy cold rain and the playing surface slippery, this was always going to be one of those games that could be decided by a simple mistake by either team.

Lions' goalie Shannon had to contend with either the ball skidding fast as it approached her goal or almost stopping dead as it hit the mud just in front of goal.

Defenders Katie, Beth and Devon fended off a determined Barton attack, which they managed to do all match.

In midfield Lions had Megan, Emily and Elsa working against the wind, rain and mud to try and set up Darcy and Hattie up front to score the goal that they so deserved but conditions did not give the attack the breaks.

Even with their strikers coming back to try and create a goal scoring chance it was not to be for Lions and the match ended goalless.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

St Joseph's U8 - 3
EB Lions U8 Blues - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCGoing into Saturday's clash with secondplace St Joseph's, Lions were anticipating a stern test. What transpired was a virtuoso display of football that culminated in the home team's narrowest win this season.

All three goals went in prior to the break, but as the second half got under way defenders Sam Bramston, Bradley Hicks and Daniel Challis drew together and cut off further attacks. As usual an on-form Ollie Mulcahy fielded the odd ball that squeezed through the Lions back line, pulling off half a dozen accomplished saves throughout the match.

Forwards David Wood and Toby McGee, assisted by mid-fielders Robert Bunting and Matt Kennell, harried the St Joseph's defence, creating a string of impressive chances. Despite adopting an accomplished passing strategy, dispersing strategically off the ball, they were unable to capitalise on the numerous openings they had established. Nevertheless, visiting fans were wowed by some of the best football Lions have played to date.


Crawley Green Lions U8 - 4
EB Lions U8 - 2

EB went one down after 4 minutes and had to push forward to get back on level terms in a very busy game, where both sides attacked strongly and defended well.

Freddie and George in defense kept the back safe with Jack, Harrison and Charlie keeping the Crawley midfield under control. With half time approaching fast an acute angled shot by Dax gave EB the goal they needed to end the half 1-1.

In the second half Crawley took the lead again but it only took EB three minutes to get level again after a free kick from Dax was pushed away by the goalkeeper and George put it in the back of their net.

EB MOM, goalkeeper Toby, made some great saves. Then Crawley scored twice more and although EB kept pushing forward and nearly scored twice more they ran out of time.


EB Lions U10 - 3
Oakley Rangers U10 - 0

Adopting his usual style, Dominic ran down every ball while Sean and Chris dispersed into receiving positions. The goals were spectacular, diverse examples each of them, demonstrating the Lions' ability to score from almost anywhere.

Opening the account, Adam fielded a neat cross, guiding it decisively into the net. Following the break, Sean took receipt of a mid-air lob from Dominic, delivering a shot into the top corner. Finally Dominic had his own chance to complete, firing at range to compound the victory.

Midfielders Charlie and Mason put their usual stamp on the game, turning and weaving with the ball past a bewildered Rangers defence, while defenders Ben, James and MoM Aarin, pulled off meteoric shots that would have sent most adult players running for cover.

Keeper Dan once again showed his style, putting in a sequence of stunning saves to retain the zero end of the scoreline.


EB Lions Girls U10 - 3
Houghton Athletic Girls U10 - 0

After a great victory and team performance last week EB Lions were raring to go. They started off the blocks quickly and were soon imposing themselves in the oppositions half.

The first goal to EB Lions was created by some great passing play between Megan and Mel resulting in the goal being scored by Hannah. GoM Hannah got her second quickly after courtesy of a throw in. A great solo effort by Liberty running down the left wing resulted in the third goal. EB Lions continued to work hard with impressive defence duties by Misha, Sarah Jane and Holly.

The second half started brightly for EB Lions with Georgia and Steph battling hard for the ball in the middle of the pitch. The pressure play then swung in favour of Houghton Athletic but they were unable to get on the score sheet due to some great saves by Amber Wright.


EB Lions U11 - 1
Barton Rovers Youth B U11 - 1

Lions' winning run came to an end but this result was every bit as satisfying as those wins. The boys showed huge determination and great team spirit to battle back for a draw after being behind at half time.

A physically strong Barton team took the lead halfway through the first half. Lions' keeper Harry Rogers was excellent again making some great saves and the central defensive pairing of Ivan Brodrick and Jakob Knappitt were solid throughout the game.

The Lions were the better side in the second period with Ben Flitton a constant threat. Matt Bramston and Scotty Mercer both went close to scoring. Lions continued to attack and finally Matt's tenacious play won the ball allowing him to score the equaliser. MoM Ivan used his pace and some great tackling to thwart numerous Barton attacks.

It was a gutsy second half performance from the boys in difficult conditions.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions Girls U10 - 4
Woburn Lions Girls U10 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCEB kicked off and immediately took the initiative pushing into the opposition's half.

It was soon 1 nil to EB courtesy of a pass by Hannah to Melissa who went on a blistering run down the wing before cutting inside and scoring from the edge of the box.

Numerous attacks continued on the Woburn goal ending in a cross being headed in by Amber Wright. Strong team play continued by Sarah Jane, Misha and GoM Holly ensuring they maintained their lead. By half time it was three nil thanks to a great goal by Liberty.

The second half continued as the first with Georgia hitting the side netting before Amber Walsh scored. Woburn then started to fight back but were denied by some great saves from Megan. They finally scored towards the end of the match but this did not take the shine off a great team performance by the EB Lions.


Caddington Youth U11 - 2
EB Lions U11 - 4

Lions continued their winning run in this league cup round one encounter. However it was a lacklustre first half display.

Caddington took the lead and MoM Lions keeper Harry Rogers kept his team in the game with some sharp saves. Late in the half James Tate reacted quickly from a corner to fire in an equaliser. After the break the Lions found their form. Matt Glover scored a great solo goal and Scotty Mercer turned in a free kick to make it 3-1.

Caddington pulled one back before Scotty was brought down in the area and scored his second from the penalty spot. For the final quarter of the match Harry and defender Jakob Knappitt were both magnificent in ensuring the Lions did not concede another goal.

This was an excellent victory over higher division opposition and made it eight wins in a row for the Lions.


EB Lions U12 - 5
Westoning Recreation U12 - 2

In round two of the league cup EB Lions started with some electric play and a stunning four pass move, with great link play from Jake Higgs, led to James Pearce scoring a superb opener. However Westoning roared back and scored two good goals to finish the half on top. They could have been further ahead were it not for a brilliant Jack Bramston in Lions' goal.

The second half from Lions was much better and they equalised when Pearce slotted home. Jake Higgs struck a 25 yard free kick into the top corner and the Lions were rampant - top scorer Will Sanders finished neatly, before Nathan Sears dribbled through five players to complete a fantastic solo effort.


EB Lions U12 Girls - 0
Cranfield Colts U12 Girls - 4

An early goal against Lions wasn't deserved and they responded with some strong attacking play from Darcy and Hattie.

In midfield Megan and GoM Emily - were pushing forward for Lions looking for the equaliser that they deserved. Katie and Beth were strong in defence with some good saves from Shannon in goaI.

Lions made their substitutions of Devon, Elsa, Nancy and Abi during the first half and were unlucky to concede another goal before half time.

In the second half Lions continued trying to find a way through the Cranfield defence. It was bitterly cold with a strong wind but Lions kept going, showing support for each other all over the pitch. In the end Cranfield scored two more goals which did not reflect the chances that Lions had.

It is only a matter of time before the results start to show the team spirit and quality of play that Lions deserve.

Source: EB Lions


Eaton Bray Lions AFC

Eaton Bray Lions AFCE. B. Lions AFC is a children's football club for the boys and girls living in and around the villages of Edlesborough, Eaton Bray, Dagnall and Northall.

We have ten teams this season, ranging from our Under 14's down to our newest U7's including two girls teams in the Under 10's and the Under 12's League.

This is providing competitive sport by qualified coaches to over 130 children! We are working hard to develop our players and teams into a successful and thriving Club and have FA qualified coaches running every team. Please look us up on our website which is being revamped as we speak - www.eblions.co.uk

Charter Standard Development Status

We are delighted to announce that EB Lions AFC, after much work by our coaches and committee, has won the coveted Charter Standard Development status via Beds FA. There are only 8 Charter Standard Development Youth Football Clubs in Bedfordshire.

This scheme is a core component of the FA Football Development programme. The scheme established minimum standards for football development and acts as a quality assurance mechanism recognising well run schools and clubs. As a benchmark for quality it will improve the playing experience for all.

The Charter Standard Scheme is a best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection for all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League. Youth Football Clubs are the heartbeat of football in this country.

That is why The FA Charter Standard club programme, which raises standards and recognises and rewards quality, is so important.

The FA Charter Standard Programme provides recognition that clubs are well run and sustainable, with child protection and safety paramount. It also recognises a club's commitment to coaching, player and coach development, and the raising of standards of behaviour in the game - all of which are big priorities for the Club and the FA.

Grant for new goalposts

With huge and much appreciated support from Eaton Bray Parish Council we have been able to purchase new steel 11-a-side goals at Holmans Field, Eaton Bray to continue the investment in high quality equipment and facilities. This was made possible by a grant from the Football Foundation and a significant contribution from the Parish Council.

Since 1991 nine young footballers have been killed in the UK by unsafe goals and many more have been seriously injured by posts and crossbars that fail to meet basic safety standards. The Football Foundation is funded by the Premier League, The FA, Sport England and the Government (visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk for more information).

The club is grateful for their assistance in helping to ensure the safety of our young players.

New Under 7's Team

Our 2008-9 season Under 7's have already held their first training session which was fantastic and there are clearly some able and skilful players. The interest, quality and skill levels were much higher than we expected and 3 or 4 players in particular caught the eye - indeed all the trainees looked very good. If we are able to attract 3 or 4 more school year 1 players we will be able to form two teams, which is our aim. This will enable all players to play regular football and ensure we have sufficient experience when 11-a-side football starts at Under 11.

Year 1 pupils at Dagnall, Edlesborough, Eaton Bray and Studham schools have already received invitation letters to join us at EB Lions. If your child did not attend the first training session and is interested in playing for the club please contact Liz Coates (see below). Please note to be considered, players need to be no older than 6 years old on 31st August 2008 i.e. all year 1 children are eligible.

Adrian Bush and Tim Sanders will run the second informal training session on Saturday 1st December at 9.30am on Edlesborough Green for one hour.

Other Club News

There are a number of other exciting announcements to make:-

  • We have appointed a fitness coach, Nick Bramston, who has gained an expanded version of the FA Level 1 coaching badge. He will work with all our 10 teams to improve fitness and agility at all levels.
  • We have appointed a Head Coach, Lewis Taylor, to help new coaches to the Club learn the ropes and the game.
  • We have established a 5 year plan that includes increasing the number of teams to 18 over 5 years and seeking a suitable site for an all weather floodlit training pitch.
  • We hope to secure substantial Football Foundation and Sport England funding for this once we have identified a suitable location - please help us with this if you can!
  • We are expanding our number of 7-a-side and 11-a-side pitches to 8 next season.
    Thank you to Dagnall Village Hall Committee for allowing the Club the use of Dagnall pitch this season and hopefully for many years to come.

-- Liz Coates, Press Officer, EB Lions AFC (01442 842550)

Source: Focus, December/January 2007


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 2
Memorial Park U8 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLeaving last week's game firmly behind, Lions looked set to dismantle their opposition from the whistle. Menacing shots from Matt Kennell and Robert Bunting tested the Memorial Park keeper, until a burst of attacking play from Connor Tough, skipping past defenders, evading the tackle, culminated in the opening goal.

Lions' back line was held strong by determined trio Bradley Hicks, Sam Bramston and Jack Reynolds, compounded by the usual accomplished efforts of keeper Ollie Mulcahy. While constrained by the Lions' robust defence and Daniel Challis's dominating presence in midfield, an undeterred Memorial Park managed to equalise following a penalty after the break.

A game which looked to be going the Lions' way turned as Memorial Park scored again with five minutes left. Home fans endured a torrid time as Lions rallied and a gifted run by Matt found MoM Toby McGee, who levelled the match with a deftly placed shot in the remaining seconds.


Luton Borough Dragons U8 Blues - 1
EB Lions US Reds - 6

Lions started the game looking sharp and after five minutes Harrison got them off to a great start with a goal, followed by another 5 minutes later.

Lions kept pushing forward and five minutes later Dax got their third. The Dragons scored and then Dax got his second just before half time to end the half 4-1 up.

Lions made their substitutions during the second half and kept pushing forward with all the pressure coming from the Lions; 15 minutes into the second half Dax got his third to complete his hat trick. Then in the last minute George scored to complete a 61 victory.

Jack Nevitt won MoM for a very good all round performance.

This week's goal scorers were Dax Roe 3, Harrison Ambrose 2 George Oliver 1.

EB Lions U11 - 5
Sundon Park Rangers U11 - 1

Lions got off to a great start, taking the lead after two minutes. MoM Matt Glover played a perfect pass through to Scotty Mercer who slipped the ball past the keeper.

Two minutes later the Lions doubled their lead when William Poole was brought down in the area following a mazy run. William blasted in the penalty himself.

Halfway through the first half Matt G scored the Lions' third firing in following a corner.

Early in the second half Sundon pulled a goal back but the Lions restored their three goal lead a minute later. James Tate lifted the ball over the defence and Matt Bramston scored for the seventh straight game. With a couple of minutes remaining Matt B scored his second rising to head in William's free kick.

Every player played their part in a great team performance to make it seven wins in a row.


Woburn Lions U12 - 2
EB Lions U12 - 5

On a bitterly cold morning the two Lions met in the County Cup. First strike went to EB with a superb solo goal from Will Sanders for his 16th of the season.

Woburn grabbed an equaliser just before half time.

Just after the break Woburn won a penalty only for EB's Jack Bramston to make a stunning save. EB Lions increased the pressure and super striker James Pearce scored his 192nd club career goal before winger Jake Higgs scored two quick goals.

Woburn pulled one back before man of the match Nathan Sears rounded off a great team performance with a 20 yard strike.


EB Lions U14 - 4
Brickhill Wanderers U14 - 1

Wanderers put an early shot wide which galvanised Lions into action. A long throw from Moriarty landed at the feet of ScottLewis who struck it into the net.

Lions scored a second from a corner when an inadequate clearance by Wanderers was pounced upon by Thiel. Crace made several promising attacks for Lions without success and towards the end of the first half Wanderers rallied and pulled a goal back.

In the second half Crace's persistence paid off when Wanderers' goalie found his shot just too high to stop. Wanderers never eased up on the pressure and forced Lions' goalie, Cavendish, to make some brave dives.

Finally Dear scored Lions' fourth with an impressive first touch curling shot which sailed over everybody into the top corner. This was a wonderful team performance by Lions against hard-working opponents. Lions' man of the match was defender Andy Broughton.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Brache Sparta U8 - 10
EB Lions U8 Blue - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAn ill-deserved scoreline if ever there was one! A shortage of players forced Lions to play out of their usual positions, but a gritty team emerged to take on a formidable side.

In the opening minutes keeper Ollie Mulcahy was kept busy as Sparta poured the ball forward at every opportunity.

Five goals landed before Lions decided they were not content to sit back and absorb the pressure.

A battling display followed, defenders Jack Reynolds, Daniel Challis and Sam Bramston fighting to counter the opposition's driving play. It wasn't all one way traffic, some impressive runs courtesy of midfielders Connor Tough and Robert Bunting testing the opposition.

Lions looked set to make a comeback in the second half as Toby McGee rounded the Sparta defence, finding David Wood who completed, at last bringing the Lions onto the scoreboard.

The tide turned, Lions successfully defending their goal up until the last five minutes.


Crawley Green Tigers - 1
EB Lions U8 Reds - 7

Away against second place in the league, Lions needed to get a good result. Playing against a fairly strong wind, it was hard to get going and then Crawley Green scored.

From the centre Lions tried a shot straight at goal and it nearly worked, it took the keeper by surprise and he only just held on to it. With five minutes to go, Karl scored the well deserved equaliser.

With only one substitution to make at half time it meant that Lions started strongly and after five minutes Hard put Lions in the lead. Then soon after, with four goals in nine minutes, from Dax who was also MoM, Lions were in a great position and playing a good passing game.

The defence stayed solid and another goal from Hard in the last minute secured Lions' huge win.

This week's goalscorers were Dax Roe 4, Harri Ambrose 2, Karl Shrowder 1.


Barton Rovers Gunners U10 - 1
EB Lions U10 - 1

Lions again proved it within their capabilities to ameliorate a humble league ranking, turning in one of their most potent displays yet against the nimble Gunners.

Forced to endure two early corners, defenders James and Ben scrabbled to clear the first before a second looped in, on-target but expertly palmed over the crossbar by outstanding keeper Dan.

Following the break, attackers Dominic, Sean and Adam, supported by Tom and Charlie, made the pitch their own, slotting neat passes between the Barton defence and opening up tantalising shooting opportunities. With regularity the ball was cleared by James and MoM Ben, Aarin making relentless progress from end to end, ultimately spearing a shot inches above the bar.

It would be ten minutes in though before Chris set up Dominic to put the Lions ahead.

Although Barton would grab one back before full time the match would end as Lions' most accomplished performance this season.


Luton Leagrave U11 - 2
EB Lions U11 - 3

Lions made it six wins in a row, but this was a tough match in a very strong wind. The Lions deserved to take the lead halfway through the first half.

MoM Ben Flitton took a quick throw and the ball was worked across to an unmarked Matt Bramston who fired home.

Harry Rogers made a fantastic save when a Luton striker was through on goal, but Luton equalised later in the half.

At the start of the second half the Lions took the lead again when top scorer Matt scored his second of the match from a corner. Luton hit back immediately to level again.

The Lions piled on the pressure for the next 25 minutes and finally scored the winner when Scotty Mercer volleyed in another perfect corner from William Poole. The boys showed great determination to keep their winning run going.


Aylesbury Athletic U12 - 4
EB Lions U12 - 2

The start of the game saw a great team effort from Jake, Nathan and Will that resulted in a superb first goal for EB.

Aylesbury capitalised on a free kick and soon scored the equaliser. Both teams continued to display some great passing and defensive play.

Just before half time, Aylesbury gained control of the ball and made a superb run up the field and powered the ball into the back of the net.

The second half saw some great defensive play from Haydn and several near misses on goal from the Lions.

Aylesbury were continually hungry for the ball and outmanoeuvred EB's goalie to score. Aylesbury made another chase up the pitch, played a long ball and scored again.

Just before the final whistle a great shot on goal through several players by Declan improved EB's score.


Sacred Heart - 1
EB Lions U12 Girls - 0

This was the third away match out of four and Lions were playing what turned out to be the top of the league.

They started strongly and could have gone into the lead with strong shots from Darcy and Hattie bringing some good saves out of the Sacred Heart keeper.

Lions reserve keeper Nancy made some great saves, she was confident and came out of the goal well to keep a strong attack at bay until half time.

At half time Lions made more substitutions to try and find a combination that would enable them to find a way through their defence and score the goal that the team deserved but against the run of play Sacred Heart scored. Megan, Emily, Devon and Darcy, who was GoM in midfield, pushed forward strongly and Hattie and Elsa looked to score the goal they deserved.

The defence of Katie, Beth and Abbie stayed solid the whole game.

This was a great team effort and if they continue to play with the same attitude and confidence they will soon start to get the results that they deserve.


EB Lions U14 - 0
Woodside Rovers U14 - 4

An eagerly anticipated third round county cup match saw Woodside progress to the last 16.

Woodside started strongly with a free-kick and two shots missing the target.

Edmonds, Jell, Stiles and Callahan were a different midfield line up and found it hard to find Sciascia and McGarvey up front. Lions' Thiel, MoM Dear, Lancefield and O'Connor in defence worked hard to contain Woodside's attacks.

Woodside reverted to playing the long ball over the top and the deadlock was broken when a well taken corner from Jell met with the head of O'Hara.

Coates, for Lions, made a good run up the left wing, but there was nobody to take advantage of his cross.

Ten minutes into the second half a defensive error by Lions gifted an easy goal to Jell following an attack by Davies and JonesWilliams.

Lions' attacks were not penetrating enough and Woodside scored again when even the defence joined with MoM Sage-Passant and O'Hara bringing the ball forward found Jell again for number three.

Lions' Scott-Lewis broke through Woodside's defence, but was brought down and the resulting penalty was kicked over the bar much to the relief of keeper Cherry.

Simons and Arscott-Smith for Woodside had menacing runs down the wing and finally, a fumble by Lions' goalie allowed Jell to nick another easy goal for his hat-trick.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 2
EB Lions U8 Whites - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe agile U8 Blues went two for two with an impressive win over their village counterparts in an anticipated derby match.

The Whites fought from the outset but were outgunned as the Blues hogged possession for a chunk of the game. Several searing shots sliced just off-target or else were absorbed by accomplished keeping; an impressive header from Toby McGee brushed the post, while David Wood and Robert Bunting made imposing progress.

Any Blues player could have scored, with shots driven forward by Daniel Challis and Sam Bramston. Ultimately Connor Tough placed a neat ball between the keeper's feet before the break, a lead consolidated in the second by Matt Kennell, powering in a decisive ball after ten minutes.

Guarding the Blues' net, Ollie Mulcahy made short work of occasional incoming shots, but a challenging task was ameliorated by outstanding defensive work courtesy of Jack Reynolds and Bradley Hicks.


EB Lions U8 Reds - 3
AFC Luton U8 - 1

In the quarter final of the League Cup Lions went one down after two minutes. Once Lions had got over the early goal they settled down and started to play some really good football.

Nearly all the pressure was coming from Lions with shots hitting the post, bar and near misses for most of the first half.

Just before half time Dax Roe scored a well deserved equalizer and Lions could have scored again before the break.

Lions started the second half by pushing forward and trying to find a way through a packed defense. After five minutes Dax scored his second and three minutes later Lee Saunders (MOM) got Lions' third. Lions were totally in control of the game and again hit the post and bar many times.

This was a great team effort with some strong individual performances. Lions passed well and moved the ball quickly.


EB Lions U10 - 2
Lewsey Centre U10 - 1

An unseasonably dazzling November morning submitted to more appropriately drab conditions as Lions got underway, looking to brighten their league status vs. Lewsey Central on Saturday.

Possession was divided equally between the two versatile sides for much of the opening half, with good forward work from Dominic and Adam, as well as some agile progress courtesy of Chris and Thomas.

Once again Aarin and Ben proved their worth, nabbing the ball at every opportunity and making decisive plays towards the Lewsey end, but it was MoM Charlie's moment of glory midway through that put the Lions in front for the first time this season.

Lewsey were down but not out, stealing a goal back after the break, threatening to overturn the score. Stunning saves from Dan, though, held their tally at one, and when debut scorer Mason slotted home a shot in the closing minutes the victory was sealed.


EB Lions U11 - 7
Clifton U11 - 0

The Lions started slowly but once Jayden Newman fired them into the lead after twenty minutes they dominated the remainder of the match.

The second goal came when Matt Glover's pass into the area was turned past his own keeper by an unfortunate Clifton defender. The Lions scored their third of the half when Ben Flitton headed in a corner.

After the break Jayden scored his second shooting in from the right. Matt G's great run and cross set up Scotty Mercer to score the fifth. Matt Bramston scored the next with a trademark finish after being released through on goal.

The last goal was the best, Jayden - completing his hat trick with some great skill followed by a terrific volley into the top corner.

A superb team performance from the Lions, with the added bonus of a clean sheet. MoM was Matt Glover who was outstanding in midfield.


Barton Rovers U12 - 1
EB Lions U12 - 3

Only five minutes into the first half and a solid pass from Lions' Nathan to Will S enabled Will to out-manoeuvre the keeper to score.

Lions continued to put pressure on Barton making several attempts on goal. Their patience paid off after James took control of the ball, turned and flicked it to Will who played a long ball past the keeper.

Will D came on and immediately made his presence known with some great passes. Barton dug their heels in and their number 8 made a good run past the Lions' defence only to be beaten by the goal post.

The second half saw James dribble the ball up the field play a cross to Spud who tapped the ball in the net. Barton continued to show a fighting spirit and their determination paid off. A good run up the pitch and Barton's captain kicked the ball past the keeper.


Bramingham U14 - 1
EB Lions U14 - 5

Bramingham's number seven kicked an impressive shot into the top corner within the first couple of minutes but Lions soon retaliated, with Gus Thorne scoring with one of his trademark long shots. For the remainder of the first half both teams worked hard but neither came close to scoring.

Lions increased their work rate in the second half. James Thiel and Andy Broughton did well to contain Bramingham's talented and quick number seven, whilst Andy Dear and Matt Audouard worked hard in mid-field to feed the ball to the Lions' forwards. Thorne scored a second and Jack Coates ran into the box only to be pushed off the ball by a defender.

Jonnie Moriarty scored confidently from the resulting penalty and soon after took the ball round the goalie and scored with a cracking left foot shot. Finally a good pass from Sam Marshall set MoM Thorne up for his hat-trick.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 - 2
Crawley Green Crusaders U8 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCWhat a game. As soon as the match started it was obvious that this was going to be a very tense and close game. Both teams were defending well and neither got into a proper rhythm.

After 12 minutes Crawley took the lead but three minutes later Lions were back on level terms with a great individual goal from Dax Roe. Lions kept the pressure on and could have scored again before half time but the bar and posts stopped this from happening.

The second half started and it was more of the same with the Lions having most of the chances but unable to find the back of the net. With seven minutes left Crawley scored again. Lions kept pushing forward and three minutes later Charlie Giblin got the equalizer. For the final few minutes it looked like Lions might score again but it wasn't to be.


Toddington Rovers Youth B U11 - 4
EB Lions U11 - 7

Another goal bonanza from the Lions with the boys confirming their current position as the league's leading scoters but also taking their supporters on another roller coaster ride. The Lions started off kicking up the slope into the driving wind and rain but incredibly were 3 - 0 up inside six minutes. Matt Bramston scored the quickest hat trick you will ever see.

As the half progressed Toddington, with the elements at their backs, scored two goals to leave the score 3 - 2 at half time. Toddington then equalised, but despite losing a three goal lead the Lions continued playing excellent attacking football. Matt Glover and William Poole both scored with great strikes.

Toddington scored again before William got his second and MoM James Tate wrapped up the win with the final goal. Another fantastic entertaining match giving the Lions a perfect month, four wins from their four matches played in October.


EB Lions U12 - 9
Oakley Rangers U12 - 1

Both teams started well and appeared evenly matched but Lions soon forged ahead as Will Sanders crossed a solid ball into the net and later scored a second from a packed goalmouth. A long throw from Nathan Sears bounced off an Oakley defender's head for an own goal.

The second half saw a more determined Oakley but Will was keen for his hat trick and his patience paid off. The Oakley keeper dropped the ball and Will was there to tap it in. Oakley retaliated securing their first goal. Lions followed with another goal from Will and a sixth came after another long throw from Nathan to James Pearce and a one on one with the goalie. A frustrating moment for Oakley as a second own goal was scored. Lions' Jake Higgs powered the ball into the net after a great run and finally Lions' Luke Dunstan kicked the ball over everyone's heads to score the ninth.


Sandy Colts U12 Girls - 2
EB Lions U12 Girls - 1

It only took Hattie three minutes to score the first goal for Lions.

Lions were looking strong and pushing forward along with some great defending from captain Devon and some good saves from Shannon when Colts attacked. An impressive tackle from Devon resulted in her coming off with a hip injury and being replaced by Nancy. Just before half time Lions had another near miss following a throw in from Darcy who got the ball back and then crossed it into Colts' goal only to be denied by their keeper.

Colts started strongly after half time and equalized within a minute. Some good defensive work from Katie and great clearances from Nancy, earning her GOM, kept the game level until Sandy scored again 23mins into the second half. This was a very tight game that could have gone either way with solid performances from all the team.

Please note names in last week's report should read Hattie French and Megan Viljoen.


EB Lions U14 - 3
Houghton Regis Youth U14 - 3

Lions started strongly and their pressure earned corners but yielded no goals. Eventually a good through ball from Matt Audouard enabled George Crace to volley the ball over the goalie for Lions' first.

Houghton retaliated immediately with an attack up the left wing and a shot from an unbelievably acute angle. Houghton's goalie came out to block a shot from Jack Coates and MoM Crace scored from the rebound. Lions lost their lead again when a free-kick bounced straight through their defence into the net and then had two shots saved.

Against the run of play, Houghton scored from a corner just before half-time.

Early in the second half Jonnie Moriarty kicked an excellent corner for Lions and Coates scored the equaliser with a diving header. Despite determined play from both teams, several shots and many corners neither team could manage to score the deciding goal in this exciting match.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Luton United U8 - 0
EB Lions U8 Reds - 3

Eaton Bray Lions AFCFor their first away game in Division 1, Lions needed to get a good result and settle back down to playing their normal game.

With a goal after 4 minutes and another after 11 minutes it was a great start.

For the remainder of the first half Lions kept the pressure on and were putting some good passes together. They were strong in defence and gave away very little.

After eight minutes of the second half Lions got their third goal and continued to stay in control of the game. Lions had some great chances to score again and were unlucky not to, staying strong in defence and looking solid.

This week's goal scorers were Dax Roe (2), Harrison Ambrose (1). MoM Captain Jack Nevitt.


EB Lions U9 - 4
Crawley Green Owls U9 - 3

In their first league match of the season Lions faced a theoretically stronger team.

The first ten minutes saw Lions in superb passing mood quickly go 1-0 up through Jack Cook, who scored from a great pass by Charles Gamble. Lions lost concentration for a short time and allowed Owls back into the game at 1-1 at half time.

In the second half Lions continued their good work, with Max Ward in defence and Dilan Karavadra in midfield.

Lions went 2-1 and 3-1 up through Jack Cook scoring his hat trick.

Owls then got one back for 3-2 and Charles Gamble made it 4-2 to the Lions, who then lost another goal to make the final score 4-3 to the Lions.

MoM hat trick hero Jack Cook.

The squad comprised: Tom Sage, Max Ward, James Pratt, Jonathan Evans, Dilan Karavadra, Jack Cook, Charles Gamble, Thomas Rainbow, Louis Thomas.


Harlington U10 - 6
EB Lions U10 - 2

Following a disappointing show last week, Lions looked to impress against accomplished Harlington.

Early shots from Dominic suggested a result that might compound that potential; however it was the home team who would capitalise a minute on, opening the scoring with their next strike. Lions dominated the first half though, hogging possession from a perturbed Harlington.

Adam, Tom, Ben and Charlie progressed doggedly towards an elusive goal, while keeper Dan was making secure catches and defenders Mason, James and MoM winner Aarin, aimed to retain the status quo.

Following the break though, Harlington sought to expand their lead, netting two early goals. Debut scorer Sean answered with a neatly executed shot, the perfectly struck ball sailing exquisitely into the net.

Harlington weren't done yet, proceeding to land three more in succession, but in an ebband-flow match the tide turned once again, and Sean slamming home his second in the closing minutes.


EB Lions U11 - 5
Luton Leagrave U11 - 3

The boys were electric in a great first half. MoM William Poole's pass allowed Scotty Mercer to score from a very tight angle.

After creating numerous chances the Lions' second came when William crossed for Scotty to score again. William then whipped in a great corner and Matt Glover's glancing header found the net. 3 - 0 at half time and it could have been double that score.

A communication breakdown in the defence allowed Luton to pull one back before Matt Bramston scored a goal, quickly followed by Scotty's hat trick with a fourth assist from William.

At 5-1 the Lions were cruising, but when influential defender Jakob Knappitt had to leave the field injured the Lions hit the self destruct button.

A resurgent Luton scored two more goals and but for some great saves by keeper Harry Rogers the Lions might not have won.


EB Lions U12 - 6
Dunstable Colts U12 - 0

At their first home game of the season Lions were looking for a great start and got one. A goal after 4 minutes from captain Darcy Ashby was just what they needed.

With two more goals from Hattie Viljune before half time it was going well. The defence was solid and kept everything under control.

Lions started the second half as they had finished the first in control of the game and it wasn't long before Hattie scored her third goal. A good strike from Megan French gave Lions number five.

With five minutes to go the girls were still pushing forward and keeping everything under control at the back, and Hattie got her fourth goal.

This was a great team effort with every player supporting and passing well to each other. Girl of the match went to Hattie for a great all round performance and four goals.


Stopsley Sports U14 - 1
EB Lions U14 - 3

With only ten players against Stopsley's squad of 16, Lions needed to work hard. And Lions dominated play in the first half, with shots by Jack Coates, Sam Marshall and Matt Audouard saved by Stopsley's goalie whose skills certainly kept Lions' goal tally down.

Lions' defence was effective, with Morgan O'Connell and James Thiel making crucial clearances from the goalmouth. Eventually, Coates' cross from wide on the left wing was turned into the goal by a Stopsley defender.

Early in the second half a superb corner from Jonnie Moriarty was blasted into the goal by Thiel. Stopsley saved another five shots and made more progress against the tiring Lions' players. A free-kick from Moriarty reached MoM Marshall, who crossed to Coates allowing him to make a quick shot past the goalkeeper to score Lions' third.

In the last minute Stopsley scored a consolation goal. This was a strong team performance by Lions.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

St Martins Orange U8 - 0
EB Lions Blues U8 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCHaving slipped to defeat in the pre-league openers, the young Lions team finally secured the win they deserved, overcoming the resilient St Martins and, significantly, refusing to concede a goal in the process.

MoM David Wood landed a brace of goals, scoring in the ninth and 19th minutes, ably supported by forwards Connor Tough, Matt Kennell and midfielders Toby McGee and Sam Bramston.

The team worked to a high pace and were clearly tiring by the second half, but solid defence work from Jack Reynolds, Daniel Challis and Bradley Hicks and a couple of saves from keeper Ollie Mulcahy ensured a happily lop-sided scoreline.

Having made the perfect start to the league, wowing proud spectators, the Lions look forward to moving on with the confidence of a winning team. A fantastic performance.


EB Lions U8 Reds - 0
Bushmead Wanderers U8 - 1

This was Lions' first league match in division one, with two players away and their striker up most of the night before the match they knew they had a lot of work to do.

As the game progressed towards half time with two chances from Lions hitting the post and other attempts on goal being well saved it was obvious that this was going to be tough.

During the second half the game was evenly balanced with both sides unable to find the back of the opposition net. Two minutes from full time Bushmead scored. With so little time left Lions were unable to get the equalizer which would have been well deserved.

Lions played well and know that this is one small set back in what will be a great season.

MoM went to Captain George.


EB Lions U10 - 0
Sundon Park Rangers U10 - 7

Given a handful of the tenacity which saw the Lions push Bushmead to their limits last week, a win was surely on the cards against Rangers, who had slumped to. defeat in all of their pre-league openers.

What transpired though was an abrasive match, punctuated by the odd spark but otherwise exasperatingly insipid: a stark contrast to the stylish moves and laser-guided passes we're accustomed to.

A languid first half saw the Lions absorb three goals and this continued into the second, another three firing past in as many minutes, before the final goal landed just ahead of full time.

Hats off to MoM Dominic who was resolute in his attempts to turn the tide, but the Lions need to rediscover a more focused approach to their play. Every player in a striped shirt showed his impressive talents, but those displays were sparsely demonstrated.


EB Lions Girls U10 - 3
Flitwick Eagles - 1

The match started with a rush of enthusiasm from both sides with play moving from end to end. Eagles' defence was eventually broken down by a continued attack on goal by Hannah Holloway resulting in a corner from which Melissa Sounders scored.

Eagles, not to be intimidated by Lions, swarmed into their half and scored an equaliser. The game now became rather one sided in favour of Lions, opportunities were created by excellent midfield activity by Holly Potton, Georgia Rigby, Liberty Woolsey and Stephanie Tate, these players feeding the forwards who had a number of goal opportunities.

In the second half a substitution was made bringing Melissa Sounders (Girl of the match) back on and within minutes she had scored another goal. Eagles now retaliated forcing some excellent saves from goal-keeper Megan Reynolds. Eventually in the closing minutes a cross across the goal from Lions was volleyed in by Amber Walsh.


EB Lions U11 -
4 Harlington U11 - 1

The Lions continued their run of good form with an excellent home win. A slick passing move ended with Scotty Mercer playing in Matt Bramston who blasted the ball into the net. The Lions allowed Harlington to equalise, conceding a sloppy goal from a corner. Matt Glover restored the Lions' lead, scoring from a narrow angle after the Harlington keeper had advanced to the edge of his box.

Scotty and Matt G both hit the post as the Lions dominated the remainder of the half.

After the break the Lions continued playing well and when the keeper spilled Scotty's shot, James Tate was in the right place to fire the rebound into the net. Matt B hit the post again before William Poole scored a fine individual goal to round off a great team performance. Every player contributed in an entertaining match. MoM was Lions captain Scotty Mercer.


Eaton Bray Lions U12 - 9
Dunstable AFC - 0

Both teams demonstrated some excellent passing and control. However, it wasn't long before the experience of the Lions showed through and after a well-placed corner Jack Bramston was able to score.

The Lions kept on the pressure and soon Jake Higgs, Ed McBrearty, Nathan Sears, Vincenzo Lombardo scored several more Lions goals. Dunstable's Beckham Cant played some great football and made numerous challenges.

The second half saw a more determined Dunstable AFC but once again Jack Bramston headed the ball for a sixth goal. A great pass by James Pearce and Vincenzo scored again.

It was soon the turn of Luke Dunstan who dribbled the ball through the Dunstable defence to score. This was shortly followed by a bullet shot by Tom Nevittt. EB Lions MoM Vincenzo Lombardo.

Dunstable AFC MoM Matthew Chapman.


EB Lions U12 Girls - 2
Potten Colts - 5

Lions first match of the season after the mini league found them travelling to Potten Colts, an early start was needed for the long journey ahead.

After going 0-3 down it took a lot of spirit, battling and self belief from all the team to enable Darcy Ashby and Elsa Kirkwood to score a goal each and by half time the score was 2-3. It seemed that in the second half they were going to get back on level terms and even snatch a win.

The second half progressed with the Lions working hard and chasing every ball with more attempts on goal. They could have drawn level, but Potten managed two more goals which left the score line not reflecting how close the two sides were.


Brickhill Wanderers B U14 - 0
EB Lions U14 - 4

Despite dominating the play it began to look as if Lions would never score. Four shots were just wide and two hit the woodwork.

Eventually Jack Coates threaded a ball through to George Crace who steered a long shot into the net. Wanderers fought back and both teams missed several more chances before half-time. Morgan O'Connell and Andy Dear worked well in Lions' defence.

Within seconds of the re-start Coates' shot hit Wanderers' goalie and Andy Scott-Lewis scored from the rebound. Scott-Lewis scored his second within minutes, neatly shifting the ball to his favoured foot. Lions took control again and always looked likely to increase their lead. One last attacking surge from Lions allowed Crace to score his second with the final kick of the match.

Man of the match was Coates for his hard work and vital assistance to the goal-scorers.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 1
Crawley Green U8 Lions - 7

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAs the preliminary matches draw to a close and the league placings are established, EB Lions U8 Blues can reflect positively on Saturday's game, despite slipping to a 7-1 defeat. They opened in spectacular fashion, holding their accomplished opponents at bay for much of the first half. An early goal for Crawley was countered with a searing penalty strike from Matt Kennel[ to level the score, after Connor Tough was felled inside the area.

A commanding defence, comprising Daniel Challis, Robert Bunting, Sam Bramston and Jack Reynolds, forced the dangerous Crawley forwards to work hard for their openings, and as usual Ollie Mulcahy's scorching saves were the epitome of effective keeping. Toby McGee, Connor Tough, Bradley Hicks and David Wood kept the Crawley keeper on his toes, while Josh Newman, out of action with a broken arm, was sorely missed.


EB Lions U8 Reds - 8
Crawley Green Crusaders - 0

The last match in the mini league was started strongly by Lions, and by half time they were 4-0 up following great play and plenty of passing and support for each other.

During the second half, another four goals were scored securing an 8-0 victory. The core of the squad proved strong again and allowed Lions to make substitutions with a minimum of disturbance.

Goals came from Dax Roe, 2, George Oliver, 2, Freddie Mines, 1, Karl Shrouder, 1, Lee Saunders, 1, and one own goal.

Lions' record in the mini league is played four, won four, goals scored 47 and goals against 0.

"I would like to thank the whole team for their commitment and effort in making this a great start to the 2007-2008 season." said coach Kev.

Lastly, a correction from last week's match report, the score was 14-0 and not 13-0 to the Lions. The missing goal was Karl's.


Luton AFC U9 - 0
EB Lions U9 - 3

The first five minutes saw Lions' pressure applied to the opposition, with several corners and a free kick nearly converted to goals. The pressure succeeded with a brilliant shot from Jack Cook, making it 1-0.

An excellent clearance from James Pratt, together with an inspirational passing movement into the opposing box terminated with another goal from Jack Cook.

Another good pass, from Dillon Karavadra, allowed Charles Gamble to score a poacher's goal, making it 3-0.

The second half was closer as AFC Luton reorganised, but Lions remained the stronger team and maintained the 3-0 score for an exceptional win. There were good performances from all the Lions' players and the MoM was, deservedly, James Pratt.

EB Lions team: Jack Cook, Max Ward, Thomas Rainbow, James Pratt, Tom Sage, Dillon Karavadra, Charles Gamble, Edward Lee, Jonathon Edwards, Archie Bunker.


EB Lions U10 - 0
Bushmead Wanderers U10 - 1

A searing performance was turned in by the ever-improving Lions U10s, who rattled the Bushmead defences and harassed a forward line well versed in hitting double figure goal tallies.

An early score saw Bushmead adopt the lead, but an equaliser seemed almost inevitable as the Lions turned the tables on their talented opponents to dominate much of the second half and a slice of the first. To elect any one player to man-of-the-match status would prove no mean feat, but defensive star James was an appropriate candidate, having dug in to fight stubbornly for every second he was in play.

And so into the league the Lions go with high expectations.


EB Lions Girls U10 - 2
Sacred Hearts Cheetahs - 1
(League Cup round 1)

Lions pushed through a resilient defence and mid-fielders Amber, Stephanie and Hannah served both wings with considerable success, causing Cheetahs' defence to move deeper into their half where the majority of the play took place.

The breakthrough came in the 10th minute when an outstanding pass from Liberty was picked up by Georgia and clinically steered into the top right of the net.

The pressure and fluency of Lions resulted in a penalty in the 15th minute awarded for handball, the shot, taken well by Melissa, glanced off the post to the relief of Cheetahs.

Just before half time Lions' dominance was rewarded with a goal by Georgia.

In the second half Cheetahs found their feet and Lions' goalie Megan, assisted by Misha and Holly, made some great saves. But a hard volley from Cheetahs provided an 18th minute goal. End to end competitive play provided an exciting culmination to the match.


Spartak Watling - 4
EB Lions U11 - 2

A cold sunny October morning set the scene and EB Lions were soon putting pressure on Spartak's defence.

It wasn't long before Nathan Sears had scored for the Lions.

Unfortunately, a misjudgement by their keeper resulted in a penalty being awarded against Lions and James Green from Spartak was able to level the score to oneall.

From that point the Lions seemed to lose concentration and Spartak capitalised on this and showed great tackling ability, Kyle Davidson soon scored Spartak's second goal shortly followed by a third goal scored by Darrel Millers.

The second half saw EB Lions give a much-improved performance with several attempts on goal. A well-deserved second goal for the Lions by Jake Higgs put hope back in the team. However, Spartak were not to be beaten and continued to play well and just before the final whistle Aaron Mayer scored Spartak's fourth goal.

This was a good game to watch played by two teams that showed great respect for each other. Lions MoM - James Pearce. Spartak Watling MoM - Ryan Shilleto.


Eaton Bray Lions - 3
Bushmead Rovers U12 - 3

The whistle blew and two very determined teams were keen to score. It wasn't long before Lions' James Pearce headed a corner taken by Jake Higgs into the back of the net.

Bushmead's, Billy Naughton quickly pushed past the Lions' defence and scored an equaliser. Bushmead spirits were running high and a great kick from Niall Winter put Bushmead one goal ahead. Some great tackles and passes from both sides but soon it was James Pearce's turn to score an equaliser.

The second half started well for the Lions. Vincenzo Lombardo kicked a great ball to James who secured his hat trick. Not to be beaten Ryan Kurt from Bushmead pushed through a group of Lions' defenders to score an equaliser.

Lions MoM - James Pearce, Bushmead Rovers - MoM Jack Scott.


Langford Youth U14 - 0
EB Lions U14 - 1

Lions faced a team two divisions above them in the first round of the county cup, but without their gifted player (now with Watford) who had caused Lions trouble when they met last season, Langford looked beatable.

Langford piled on the pressure but Lions' defence, particularly Matt Lancefield (MoM), never allowed them the space or time to get their shots on target. Five minutes from half-time a Lions' corner resulted in a goalmouth scramble from which George Crace scored.

The second half saw exciting attacking play from both sides. Lions' James Thiel almost scored with a header from a great corner by Jonnie Moriarty and a free-kick by Langford was cleared off the line by Morgan O'Connell.

Langford threw everything at Lions for the last ten minutes in an attempt to equalise, but Lions' goalie Lee Cavendish weathered the storm and their supporters greeted the whistle with relieved cheers. This was a gritty and determined performance by Lions.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions Girls U12 - 3
Barton Rovers Girls U12 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions' replacement goalie, Nancy, played well and Rovers' attacks were held off by excellent defence from Devon and Katie.

Megan came up from mid field to score early in the first half. Hattie taking advantage of Bartons weaker defence to score the second in the 20th minute. Barton scored late in the first half making it 2-1, Elsa subbed for Hattie to finish the first half. Darcy and Emily were replaced by Bethan and Abbie starting the second half. Good team work, and excellent tackles by Darcy. Keeping pressure on, the team created some excellent opportunities.

Megan Elsa and Devon came off midsecond half, replaced by Hattie, Darcy and Emily, the continued pressure by EB Lions gave Hattie her third goal making it 3-1, a late goal by Barton made the final score 3-2. A good game was had and both team played a highly spirited game.


St Martins U8 Orange - 0
EB Lions U8 Reds - 13

With no match last week, the Lions were keen to get back on the pitch. They started strongly and got their first goal after two minutes. With all the pressure coming from Lions they managed to score about every three minutes and at half time it was Lions 7 St Martins 0. Lions were moving the ball well and played some great football.

At half time Lions made substitutions and again started strongly with two goals in the first three minutes. Lions continued to push forward and finished the game winning 13 to 0.

With a great performance from all the team the Man of the match went to Dax Roe for his second game in a row with 8 goals.

The scorers were Dax Roe 8, George Oliver 1, Charlie Giblim 1, Jack Nevitt 1, Harry Ambrose 1 and Lee Saunders 1.


Orion United U10 A - 8
EB Lions U10 - 0

A ragged membrane of grey cloud and patches of mud growing at either end of the field; the season might be getting under way from the weather's perspective, but the Lions are struggling to establish a decent result on the scorecards.

An 8-0 tally in favour of a stylish Orion United A team was yet another frustrating result following fifty minutes of enterprising Lions football. Given an extra thirty minutes, a more balanced scoreline might have ensued, such was the rate of improvement as play progressed.

Orion's flashy plays were neutralised repeatedly by some stubborn and gritty defensive work, while Chris McGee, making his centre forward debut, scooped Man of the Match honours following some well-placed crosses from both wings.

So onwards and upwards - up to now the opposition has been tough and a win, almost certainly, is around the corner.


EB Lions U11 - 1
Clapham Colts U11 - 2

In a bizarre piece of fixture scheduling the Lions played league leaders Clapham for the second time in four matches and they so nearly avenged that opening day defeat.

On a perfect morning two evenly matched teams played a great game of football. The Lions were the better team in the first half and took a deserved lead when Jayden Newman fired a superb shot into the net.

After the break Clapham equalised with another great long range strike. The Lions battled for everything in a close match, but just when it looked like Clapham would drop their first points a final minute goalmouth scramble gave them the victory. Tough on the Lions and even the Clapham manager said a draw would have been a fairer result as he singled out Lions central defenders Jakob Knappitt and Ivan Brodrick for particular praise. MoM keeper Harry Rogers for an excellent game.


EB Lions U14 - 0
Flitwick Eagles U14 B - 4

For the first twenty minutes the match was finely balanced with Eagles putting two shots wide and Lions gaining four corners, but only managing one header over the bar.

Eagles scored from a long free-kick which landed just in front of the goalmouth and was bundled into the net. Lions had several more shots but luck was against them and Eagles scored again with a long shot which clipped the post and bounced in.

In the second half Lions were awarded a controversial penalty for handball but the shot went over the crossbar. Andy Dear and Jack Coates hit the post and shots by Jonnie Moriarty and George Crace were saved, but Eagles made the most of their chances and scored two more. Lions' goalie, Lee Cavendish was MoM for some fearless saves which prevented Eagles from increasing their goal tally.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Sandy Colts U10 Girls - 1
EB Lions U10 Girls - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCOn the back of a great win last week team morale was high, but against the run of play Colts scored after five minutes. Within three minutes after great driving runs from Megan Reynolds and Amber Walsh, Stephanie Tate scored the equaliser. Through some great defending by Misha Karavadra and Sarah-Jane Slater (GOM) the scores remained level. 10 minutes into the second half EB Lions broke the dead lock with a great goal from Melissa Saunders.


Barton Rovers Youth B U11 - 0
EB Lions U11 - 3

Lions chalked up their first win of the season with a superb first half team display. After eight minutes Matt Bramston's determination gave Lions the lead. Matt chased a through ball, holding off a defender and when his shot was pushed away by the keeper he followed up to fire into the net. Sixteen minutes later another great pass sent Scottie Mercer through one on one with the keeper. Scottie kept a cool head and slammed the ball into the goal. Lions got their third towards the end of the half when Barton gave away a needless deliberate handball. William Poole curled the, resulting free kick into the top corner of the net. MoM Jayden Newman.


Eaton Bray U12 Girls - 5
Leighton United - 0

Another impressive performance by the team. The midfield of Sammy Beharry, Zoe Law, Emily Keegan and Bethany Taylor played some great flowing football and it wasn't long before Law had fired a great shot into the net. A second goal came from a pass by Taylor enabling Keegan to slot it home. Louise Eddy and Leonie Moore never let the opposition through with some strong defending. Rachel Evans had a relatively quiet game in goal, but was ready to perform some great saves when needed. A shot by keegan hit the post, but Taylor was there to connect with the rebound making it 3-0 at the end of the first half.

Second half saw more of the same, GoM Emily Tickell scored a great goal from a corner ball, Tickell, Laura Jackson, Keegan, and Chelcie Page carried on with the relentless pressure from midfield, all having shots at goal. Moore, Eddy and Law worked tirelessly at the back with Evans to prevent the opposition getting through. Another shot by Keegan made the game 5-0.


EB Lions U12 - 7
Barton Rovers U12 A - 1

Within five minutes Barton's Calum Annetts had Lions' defence in trouble, forcing an own goal from Lions. Lions soon gained their composure after a great run by Will Sanders who powered the ball into the back of the net. A long throw from Nathan Sears and volley from James Pearce put Lions ahead. Within minutes the same set piece secured another goal for Lions. A well placed pass from James Patraico enabled Will to score again. Will was hungry for his hat trick and his patience paid off with a superb run up the pitch and well executed kick over the keepers head. Then a great pass from Jake Higgs allowed James to score his hat trick.

The second half saw a much stronger Barton side putting pressure on the Lions' defence but before long Jake Higgs landed another goal. EB Lions MoM Will D'Arcy.


Luton & Dunstable Hospital U14 - 6
EB Lions U14 - 0

Both sides probed each others defence early on but L&D scored after 10 minutes. It soon became obvious that L&D had the advantage in terms of height, strength and speed, particularly when attacking on the right wing. By half time they had secured a further two impressive goals via this route, whilst Andy Scott-Lewis' shot for Lions was saved. Good defensive play by Lions' Morgan O'Connell kept L&D at bay on the left wing. Lions struggled early in the second half, with defensive errors allowing L&D to score two quick goals. Lions switched goalie, Jack Coates, to attack and Andy Dear into defence and the reshuffle proved effective. MoM was Andy Dear.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 1
Brash Sparta U8 - 4

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions showed improvement over last week's performance in all areas with excellent defending from Jack Reynolds, Connor Tough and Daniel Challis and great attacking play from David Wood, Toby McGee, and Sam Bramston. Despite conceding three goals against a well disciplined Sparta side, the effort from the whole team in keeping the score down meant the Lions were still very much in the game at half time.

Sparta started the second half strongly, soon gaining another goal but were denied more by two great saves from Ollie Mulcahy, and crucial interceptions from Bradley Hicks and Robert Bunting.

As the match went on, Lions showed excellent interplay and passing and began to dominate with Josh Newman and Matt Kennell combining well in midfield and Matt scoring a great individual goal after dribbling the length of the pitch. The final score-line didn't reflect the hard work, commitment and massive improvement shown by Lions.


EB Lions U8 Reds - 20
Memorial Park U8 - 0

Lions started strongly with a goal in the first minute. With all the play taking part in the opposition half it was just a case of who was going to score the next goal. Lions kept pushing forward, the goals kept going in and by half time it was 9-0.

Lions made substitutions and kept up the pressure. With a goal in the first minute it looked as though Lions would continue where they left off.

Lions moved the ball about more with some great passes creating more space in the centre, allowing them to score 11 goals in the second half without conceding any.

This score is believed to be a club record and the whole team should be congratulated. Scorers were Dax Roe 8, George Oliver 6, Karl Shrowder 2, Charlie Giblin 2, Freddie Mines 1, Jack Nevitt 1.


EB Lions U11 - 2
Luton Borough Youth U11 - 3

The first 15 minutes of the match were very even. Lions came close to opening the scoring with a cleanly struck free kick from William Poole. However Luton took the lead towards the end of the first half with a well taken goal. Cam Abdullah made an excellent headed goal line clearance from an in swinging corner.

Luton doubled their lead at the start of the second half. Lions battled well but Luton scored their third from close range. Lions continued playing good football and were rewarded when Matt Bramston scored their first. Minutes later Matt fired in another great effort that narrowly missed the top corner.

Lions got their second when a long range shot from William Poole evaded the Luton keeper. Lions ran out of time before they could find an equaliser in a very entertaining match. MoM Cam Abdullah for an energetic tough tackling game in the Lions defence.


Brickhill Wanderers U12 A - 1
EB Lions U12 - 7

A fine breezy sunny morning set the scene.

Within minutes of the whistle Will Sanders found the top right corner of the Wanderers' net, which he followed up with a tap past the keeper. The Wanderers were under pressure and just before half time Jake Higgs made it 3-0 to the Lions. Minutes into the second half Jake Higgs made a great run and placed a superb curving shot past the keeper. Soon after Tom Nevitt kicked a high diving ball into the net and from a well placed cross by Nathan Sears, James Pearce scored the Lions 6th goal.

Nathan Sears then found the net with an arrow straight 15 yard free kick. The Wanderers maintained composure and through sheer determination and skill Gisham Amadi scored a well-deserved goal for the Wanderers. EB Lions MoM Will Sanders, Brickhill Wanderers MoM Nathan Saunders.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 Blues - 0
Luton Borough Dragons Whites - 4

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe 0-4 scoreline doesn't in any way reflect how well the team played or the gravity of their achievement on Saturday against Luton Borough Dragons, who brought their A team out to face them.

The first half was very much an exercise in finding our feet, as a steady stream of goals slipped past our able defences.

The second twenty minutes was a different matter altogether, as the U8 Blues held off every attempt Luton Borough made to try and score, and made good progress up the field on several occasions.

A goal would have been nice and there were instances where one would have been well deserved, but here's to the next match and a fantastic performance turned in from each and every player!


Luton Borough Dragons U8 - 0
EB Lions U8 Reds - 5

After a really strong start with all the pressure coming from Lions they opened the scoring with a shot from Harry from outside the box. Lions kept up the pressure with all players supporting each other and plenty of passing.

Dragons packed the defence and their keeper made some good saves but a shot from George put Lions two up. Dax went on a run and got Lions' third goal from a very acute angle.

In the second half it took a while and a lot of effort from Lions before George scored his second. After numerous attacking runs a Lions' corner finally pressured Dragons into scoring an own goal.

Lions were solid in defence and when attacking always looked likely to score. The team performed strongly in all areas. It was a great start to their mini league games.


Beecroft Rovers U10 - 5
EB Lions U10 - 2

Spectators garbed in shorts and T-shirts, a verdant pitch and glistening boots that left the field as clean as they came on: it was the football season, but not as we knew it. Nor were the EB Lions UlOs accustomed to being on the receiving end of a 5-2 scoreline, a result that belied the aptitude and ingenuity of an all-new, fitter, faster team.

Some weaving runs by new player Sean Woodhouse looked encouraging and there was a sense of promise that he might find the net, but his efforts were frustrated. Perennial scorer Dominic Ryan found success though, slotting the ball past Beecroft's keeper after 22 minutes and then again in the 42nd minute.

There was outstanding work from just about every player in a striped shirt at some point or other, culminating in an impressive, if frustrating, debut to the season.

Source: EB Lions


EB Lions AFC

Eaton Bray Lions AFCGoing into the 2007/2008 season we have 10 teams, including two girls' teams, which is fantastic news. We would like to develop even more teams and to involve more children but the main obstacle that we suffer from is a lack of pitches/amenities.

Edlesborough Parish Council kindly allow us to have two 7-a-side pitches on the Green and we have applied for use of a third 7-a-side pitch at Dagnall. Our 11-a-side teams play at Edlesborough School and at Holmans Field in Eaton Bray.

It would be wonderful for the future development of the village, children and community if we were to secure our own 'Ground', with 11-a-side and 7-a-side pitches altogether, an all weather pitch and training area, coupled with club house/changing room. We know from talking to Miss Hatfield at Edlesborough School and Nick Evans at Scouts that they would also make great use of such facilities for sporting and outdoor use and this would give the community a fantastic amenity too. We know that we can secure substantial funding from the Football bodies for such a project, so money would not necessarily be as big a hurdle as people might think. If anybody knows of a suitable site we would be grateful if they could inform the Club chairman, Andy Lancefield.

Recently we received news that our U15 team have won the Fair Play Award for the 2006/2007 season from the Chiltern Youth League. This is the second time that they have won the award. The U7 team took part in a Mini Soccer Festival at Kempston on 7th July, where the emphasis of the day was to encourage fair play. They were second in the fair play awards for their age group and their manager was very pleased with their performance. Although the organisers stressed that teams would not be judged on results and scores it was encouraging to note that EB Lions won 5 of their 6 matches which bodes well for the coming season.

For more information about the club please access our website at www.eblions.co.uk.

-- Liz Coates, Press Officer, EB Lions AFC.


Eaton Bray Lions A.F.C. End of Season Awards 2007

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAll the players received a trophy in recognition of their contribution and hard work and each team manager nominated players for the special individual awards of "Most Improved Player of the Year" and "Manager's Player of the Year". The players in each team voted for their "Player of the Year" from amongst their teammates.

The club would like to thank Dave Jones for doing such a great job as "Master of Ceremonies" and also Edlesborough School for kindly allowing us to make use of their premises and facilities.

League Results

Please note that the U7, U11 and U13 Girls teams were all playing in leagues against teams a year older than themselves.

  • Under 7's (Whites) 9th in Division 2 (U8) of Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • Under 8's (Reds) 10th in Division 1 of the Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • Under 9's 3rd in Division 3 of the Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • Under 10's (Reds) 8th in Division 2 of the Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • Under 10's (Whites) 8th in Division 3 of the Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • Under 13 Girls 9th in Division 1 (U14) of Chiltern Junior Sevens League
  • Under 11's 5th in Division 1 (U12) of South Beds Saturday League
  • Under 13 Boys 8th in Division 5 of the Chiltern Youth League
  • Under 15's 8th in Division 5 of the Chiltern Youth League

Player Awards

 Players' Player of the YearManager's Player of the YearMost Improved Player
U7George OliverDax RoeLuke Priestley
U8Dylan KaravadraJack CookJames Pratt
U9Neel SlatterAarin JohnsonMason Ashby
U10 (reds)Charlie SlaterMatt GloverIvan Brodrick
U10 (whites)Scotty MercerJacob KnappittJames Tate
U11Jake HiggsDeclan TomlinsonJames Patriaco
U13 (girls)Milly AbdullahTamzin MeadKim Squire
U13 (boys)James ThielLee CavendishMatt Audouard
U15Gareth HemmingGareth HemmingAdam Lancefield

Will Sanders and Declan Tomlinson received special awards for 5 years of continuous play for the club. James Pearce received a special award for scoring 150 competitive goals in only 4 seasons of play - well done!

Besides watching the presentation of the awards we all enjoyed a barbecue lunch before returning to the hall to watch the FA Cup Final projected onto a big screen.

Despite several Manchester United supporters sporting T-shirts flaunting their Premiership Champions status it was the Chelsea fans who came away smiling! To make use of a couple of football clichés - our club chairman was "over the moon" and our vice-chairman was "sick as a parrot".

We bid farewell to our two trail-blazing teams this year. After six seasons of competitive play, our senior team, the U15's, will not be playing next season. They were runners up in the Watford Friendly League in 2002/3 but will be best remembered for their reputation as good sportsmen. They were Fair Play winners at a football festival in 2004, won the Chiltern Youth League Sporting Trophy for the 2004/5 season and have set a wonderful example for the junior teams to follow.

The U13 girls team (our first girls' team) will also be leaving us after two seasons, but next year we shall have two new girls teams at U10 and U12. A new team at U7 will bring our numbers up to 10 teams and we look forward to the next season.

For more information about the club please access our website at www.eblions.co.uk.

--Liz Coates, Press Officer - EB Lions AFC

Source: Focus, July 2007


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U13 - 0
Watling Youth U13 - 4

Eaton Bray Lions AFCInitially the teams looked evenly matched, both forcing corners from good attacking play. It was fifteen minutes before Watling penetrated Lions' defence to score.

Watling's goalie blocked a shot by Morgan O'Connell and Lions failed to score from another three opportunities. Meanwhile, good tackling by Lee Cavendish and James Thiel and great work by goalie, Charlie Oliver, kept Watling at bay.

Just before half-time a Watling striker found himself with plenty of time to pick his spot for their second goal.

Frequent substitutions allowed both sides to keep the pace up in the warm conditions, and Watling made an impressive attack up the right wing to score their third. Watling's number 16 secured his hat-trick with a superb shot shortly afterwards.

Lions piled on the pressure up to the whistle, but they allowed Watling too much space midfield and couldn't match their opponents finishing skills.

Lee Cavendish was Lion's MoM.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U13 - 0
Westoning FC U13 - 5

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions faced a top team without two regular players, but never gave up.

Westoning attacked straight from the start and it was only down to excellent defending by James Thiel and Andy Broughton that the half time score was only 0-2.

Sam Marshall and Matt Audouard had good chances but the ball evaded the net every time. Westoning tactics were to pass the ball only about 15 yards at a time from end to end, basically keep possession and get it to a forward for the final shot. Or, on one lucky occasion, try a shot from the touch line and catch the keeper out.

The second half was lively as well. Lions prevented the score from getting really high by applying pressure and not letting Westoning totally dominate. Numerous substitutions by Lions kept them refreshed, but more tackling in midfield would have allowed Lions to go forward again. Jack Coates was Lions' MoM.

Source: EB Lions


EB Lions AFC

Eaton Bray Lions AFCA belated thank you to everybody who collected Tesco Sport for Schools & Clubs vouchers for us at the end of 2006. As a result we have been able to obtain some very useful training equipment for the teams. We are also expecting to be able to use our new storage facility very soon, which has been partially funded by the AVDC Sports Grant team. Thank you to Edlesborough School for kindly allowing us to site the facility at the school.

If you would like to check up on the progress of the various teams in the club, please access our website at www.eblions.co.uk. Match reports for some of the teams also appear in the Leighton Buzzard Observer.

Looking to the future, a new U7 boys' team and an U10 girls' team will be formed for next season.

Also, the club is still interested in finding a permanent site where we could have room for a pavilion, about three junior pitches and a senior pitch. If anybody knows of a suitable site please contact the club chairman, Andrew Lancefield.

Liz Coates, Press Officer, EB Lions AFC

Source: Focus, April 2007


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Crawley Green U8 - 9
EB Lions U8 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe Lions can and have played better during the season but on Saturday forgot the training given by coach Paul Cook.

There were a few good performances however from James Pratt, Jack Nevitt Archie Bunker (in goal for second half) and Thomas Rainbow in defence. The Lions goals came from Jack Nevitt in the first half and Jack Cook in the second, passing and positional play in the initial stages was impressive from the Lions but this quickly fell apart as the score against them increased. The Lions have a squad of very good players and we know they will perform much better in the future. Man of the match was James Pratt a shining example to the team.

The squad comprised Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Jack Nevitt, James Pratt, Archie Bunker, Charlie Gamble and Elliot Whitcombe.


Bramingham Youth U13 - 0
EB Lions U13 - 4

The small, sloping pitch did not lend itself to attractive football, but Lions had a couple of early shots just wide whilst Bramingham's speculative downhill shots were safely gathered by goalie, Charlie Oliver.

A huge kick from Oliver reached Jack Coates and a pass to Sam Marshall resulted in the first goal. Lions' Gus Thorne lobbed a free-kick to Coates, who headed it down and cracked it in with his left foot for the second. Bramingham looked dangerous with a couple of corners but Lions defended well.

In the second half the Bramingham goalie made a superb diving save to stop Jonnie Moriarty's shot, but Moriarty later succeeded with an impressive free-kick which just dipped under the crossbar. Lions' Matt Audouard gathered the ball in midfield and threaded a long pass forward to Coates who beat the goalie with a low, hard shot. Andy Scott-Lewis was Lions' MoM for his tireless work in midfield.


EB Lions U15 - 0
St Martins U15 - 0

St Martins probably expected an easy ride (after their 8-1 home victory) but Lions were determined to produce a good performance in their final match (of the season and their career).

Lions made most of the attacking play in the first half, with particularly good efforts by Alex Kirkwood and Dylan Taylor. Taylor had a shot saved and another which hit the underside of the bar. A shot by St Martins was cleared off the line by Alex Smith and Lions' goalie, Dean Clark, made good saves. Lions' captain, Rob Gadsden, took a free-kick which was tipped over the bar by the goalie and later his shot curled just wide of the top corner.

In the second half a reversal of fortunes saw St Martins forcing good defensive play by Lions, particularly from Sam Blumsom. Despite several corners St Martins were also unable to capitalise on their chances and the match remained goalless but thoroughly entertaining.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Eaton Bray Lions U8 - 3
Leagrave Orange U8 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe first half was exciting with Luton Leagrave dominant in attack initially, stopped on two occasions by Jack Nevitt in goal for the Lions.

Jack Cook showed exceptional skills cutting in from the wing to score a cracking goal with his right foot for the Lions to go one up at half time.

The second half saw Luton Leagrave equalising in the first minute only for Dylan Karavadra to score an opportunist goal for the Lions to go 2-1 up.

This was quickly followed by a superb free kick from Jack Cook to see the Lions achieve a 3-1 win against a team halfway up the league. MoM was deservedly awarded to Cook.

The squad comprised Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Charles Gamble, Jack Nevitt, James Pratt, Archie Bunker, Dylan Karavadra and Elliot Whitcombe.


EB Lions Reds U10 - 2
Luton Leagrave Whites U10 - 2

The Lions began slowly and it was no surprise when Luton took the lead, firing home a corner from close range.

Towards the end of the half Lions got their passing game together. Jayden Newman and Ellis Turrell create an opening for captain William Poole. William finished well flicking the ball past the advancing keeper to equalise.

The Lions started the second half much brighter and took the lead.

Crunching tackles from Jayden and Ellis won the ball for Matt Glover who went on an excellent run past a couple of defenders before firing in a low shot. The Lions continued to play well but couldn't find the third goal.

Charlie Slater was close with a header from a Lions' corner. Luton pressed for an equaliser and with two minutes remaining they scored an excellent goal when an out-swinging corner was volleyed in by their captain.

MoM William Poole.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Stopsley Colts U13 - 1
E B Lions U13 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCBoth teams struggled on the muddy pitch first of all. If anything, Stopsley attacked the most and only the staunchest of defending by Lions kept them from scoring.

Lions did provide a couple of good runs down the left wing, but the Stopsley keeper played excellently. His positioning and quick reactions stopped Lions' forwards Gus Thorne and Jack Coates from scoring many times.

The second half favoured the Lions. They had most of the play, and as usual in football, the other team got a goal first. Lions weren't downhearted and tried again numerous times to beat the Stopsley keeper. The save from Jack's scissor kick was world class! Matt Audouard got close as well, but the ball just wouldn't go in the net.

Jonnie Moriarty's crosses and constant hard work in the middle earned him MoM. Eventually a Lions equaliser came from a corner, courtesy of James Thiel. A draw was a fair result.


Bedford College Grasshoppers U15 - 4
E B Lions U15 - 2

Lions opened the scoring after five minutes when a free-kick parried by Bedford's goalie was pounced on by Dylan Taylor. Bedford equalised but were soon matching Lion's attacks and both goalies made some effective saves.

Unfortunately for Lions, the referee judged that a shot which hit the underside of the crossbar and fell to the goalie had crossed the line and Bedford finished the first half ahead.

Luck was still against Lions, with Bedford scoring from a controversial penalty and gaining a fourth by beating the offside trap in spectacular fashion. Lions' captain, Rob Gadsden, took the ball round four players and unleashed a scorching shot to score their second. Martin Coates was awarded Lions' MoM.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Ramsey Arnold Magpies U8 - 10
EB Lions U8 - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCSaturday was an away league game for the Lions at Barton against Ramsey Arnold Magpies, played in very muddy conditions.

The Lions started well and held the Magpies as a result of excellent passing and defending against a very well-organised team.

Archie Bunker featured well in defence, in front of Jack Cook in goal, as always superbly safe.

Dylan Karavadra and James Nevitt had several good moves in attack, showing their passing skills.

In spite of this, the Lions went 0-5 down at half time. The second half started with a converted penalty against the Lions, with the final score finishing at 10-0 to the Magpies, the strongest team played to date.

MoM for the Lions was Archie Bunker, who worked hard for the whole of the game.

The squad comprised: Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, James Nevitt, Jack Pratt, Dylan Karavadra, Charles Gamble, Archie Bunker, Elliot Whitcombe and Tom Phillips.


Limbury Saints U13 - 5
E B Lions U13 - 2

After heavy rain the pitch was more mud than grass and the conditions were not conducive to flowing football.

Lions scored from their first attack up the right wing, with Jonnie Moriarty putting in a successful long shot. Saints soon equalised from an attack down the centre and continued to pile on the pressure but James Thiel, MoM Lee Cavendish and goalie, Charlie Oliver, played effectively in Lions' defence. Lions missed a chance but Saints took advantage of a defensive error to score their second.

Lions played some good attacking football at the start of the second half and were rewarded with a goal when Gus Thorne's speculative shot trickled over the line.

Saints scored another from a goalmouth scramble and, despite hard work in midfield by Ross Taylor and Matt Audouard, Lions could not maintain their momentum. Continued pressure from a Saints team boosted by substitutes was too much and Lions conceded two more goals.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 - 0
Luton Leagrave U8 - 3

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe Lions had the better of the first half, with excellent passing and positional play.

Unfortunately, this did not convert to any goals for them. The second half started well, but went against the Lions in the first minutes, going down 0-1.

A missed penalty by Leagrave saw the Lions lift their heads and they attacked the opposing team's goal incessantly.

This, however, allowed two more breakaway goals by Leagrave, to leave the score 0-3 against the Lions.

Jack Cook again gave a magnificent display in goal, with Dylan Karavadra working well in midfield and attack.

Archie Bunker was prominent in positional play and throw-ins. The star, however, was Thomas Rainbow at central defence, who was awarded Man of the Match. Paul Cook, the Coach/Manager, was pleased that the Lions were progressing with their passing, the best this season.

The squad comprised: Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Dylan Karavadra, James Pratt, Charles Gamble, Callum Gardner, Archie Bunker.


EB Lions Reds U10 - 4
Ampthill Town Eagles U10 - 0

The Lions won their first match of 2007 with an excellent game against a good Ampthill side. After two close away defeats everything clicked into place for the Lions back on their home turf. The game was evenly matched for the first fifteen minutes but the Lions took the lead when a corner fell to Matt Glover who hit a low shot into the net. Matt scored his second later in the half when he broke clear of a group of Ampthill defenders and fired a shot into the top left-hand corner.

After a quiet spell at the start of the second half, excellent play by Ben Walsh set up Ellis Turrell for the Lion's third goal. Harry Rogers made a superb save to preserve the Lion's clean sheet. With a couple of minutes remaining Matt Glover completed his hat trick to round off a great team performance and earn himself the MoM.


EB Lions U13 - 10
Caldecote Youth - 1

It was a scrappy start to the game, as both teams wore similar colours - that didn't lend itself to either team stringing passes together. After about 10 minutes Lions got their act together and made lots of attacks, gained a few corners, but good Caldecote defence ensured nothing came of these attacks. Lions continued to battle through, and after 25 minutes Morgan O'Connell got his first of two goals before half time.

This two goal home lead seemed not enough for the Lions fans and in the second half they were richly rewarded with a further eight goals.

Some tenacious attacking saw Jack Coates get a hat trick within a five minute period and Morgan increased his tally to five - a new Lion's individual record this season.

Charlie Oliver and Jonnie Moriarty also scored penalties. A Lions' own goal gave Caldecote their consolation goal. MoM Gus Thorne - solid all-rounder.


Kempston Reds U15 - 10
EB Lions U15 - 1

Kempston caught Lions off guard, scoring three goals within the first five minutes, but Lions soon settled in to the match. Kempston dominated play in the first half, having the advantage over Lions in terms of strength, size and speed.

Despite good defensive play by Gareth Hemming (which earned him MoM), Ed Poole and goalie, Dean Clark, Kempston scored two more - one being an impressive lobbed shot from a free-kick. A long shot by Lions' Alex Kirkwood was plucked from just below the crossbar by the Kempston goalie.

Lions were stronger in the second half but missed several scoring chances whereas Kempston scored five more. Kirkwood made a great cross to Martin Coates whose header hit the crossbar and Lions finally achieved a consolation goal when Danny Law scored from a cross by Rob Gadsden. This was Lions worst result of the season but their coach praised them for their sporting behaviour in difficult circumstances.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Watling Youth U13 - 4
EB Lions U13 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions survived an early attack by Watling and won a corner from which Lee Cavendish's header shot just over the bar.

Lion's substitute goalie, Gus Thorne, made an embarrassing mistake and let a weak shot trickle through his legs to give Watling their first goal. However, he played brilliantly for the rest of the match, although his goal-scoring ability was sorely missed.

Both teams put on a display of exciting football and Watling scored their second just before half-time.

Watling looked the more dangerous side after the break and soon scored two more but Lions fought back, threatening to score from several excellent corner kicks by Jonnie Moriarty.

Cavendish made at least three more headers on target but all were blocked on the line. The small pitch worked to Lions' advantage when James Thiel struck a huge kick from within Lions' half which sailed past Watling's goalie.

A curling shot by Jack Coates missed the top corner by inches but he scored Lions' second minutes later.

This was a thoroughly entertaining match and Lions' MoM was Josh Gradley.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 - 1
Sacred Hearts U8 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThis match reflected the gloriously sunny weather and was one of the most exciting of the season.

Sacred Hearts went one up after two minutes, but an equaliser looked on the cards a few minutes later as a result of superb passing between Charles Gamble and Dylan Karavadra. The opportunity was narrowly missed, but Dylan equalised just before half-time.

Jack Cook, in goal, made excellent saves and clearances under extreme pressure from Sacred Hearts. This continued into the second half with several spectacular saves from Jack and a timely clearance from Archie Bunker.

Jack Nevitt nearly scored for the Lions, who unfortunately conceded another goal due to slack marking.

The final result was 1-2 to Sacred Hearts and Man of the Match was Jack Cook.

The squad comprised: Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Jack Nevitt, Dylan Karavadra, Archie Bunker, Charles Gamble, Callum Gardner, James Pratt.


Eaton Bray Lions U11 - 3
Square Rangers U11 - 5

A bright but cold morning set the scene. The Lions started well and were soon applying pressure to the Rangers.

Jake Higgs kicked a great long ball that soared right over the keeper's head and landed in the top corner of the net.

Rangers were not to be beaten and made a great run up the field and equalled the score. After a more evenly matched 10 minutes, Vincenzo Lombardo scored a second for the Lions.

The second half saw a very determined Rangers side and soon they had equalised with a well-orchestrated corner move.

Soon the Lions had scored again, only for the Rangers to execute another superb corner and score again.

The Rangers continued to apply pressure and looked the better side. The Lions' defence continued to show weakness and this was confirmed as the Rangers scored 2 further goals.

EB Lions Man of the Match James Patriako.


EB Lions U13 - 3
Flitwick Eagles B - 3

Early pressure from Flitwick meant lots of saves performed by the EBL goalkeeper, but eventually his luck dwindled and Flitwick went ahead after 15 minutes.

Eaton Bray weren't fazed and started to grab hold of the game. Runs down the middle were always being stopped by a solid Flitwick defence and so Lions needed to try the wings or lob the ball over the top and run onto it. This was duly done and an equalizer came from Jack Coates.

One more from Jonnie Moriarty and another from Coates meant EBL went 3-1 up.

A late flurry by Flitwick saw frantic Lions' defending, but the home advantage stayed at half-time.

The tempo in the second half was much quicker and this suited Flitwick more. Lions didn't seem to realise that a lot of work was needed to keep their lead, so Flitwick got two more goals. MoM Andy Broughton for excellent defending.


Dunstable St Mary's U15 - 4
EB Lions U15 - 3

Dunstable took full advantage of the sloping pitch in the first half, scoring an early goal from a speedy downhill run.

Lions missed several chances but equalised when a great pass from Ed Poole set up Dylan Taylor for a shot. Dunstable scored three more before half-time but Lions staged a comeback in the second half.

Danny Law's first shot was just wide but he made up for it with a beautiful long shot into the top corner. Under pressure, Dunstable's defence handled the ball in the area and Lion's captain, Rob Gadsden, scored an impressive penalty. Lions threw everything into the last fifteen minutes, with great play from Sam Blumsom, Gareth Hemming and Alex Smith, but the equaliser eluded them.

Lions' MoM was Rob Gadsden for his inspiring captain's performance.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Brickhill Wanderers U13 - 0
E B Lions U13 - 7

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions rebuffed an early attack and then proceeded to dominate play for the first half.

Andy Scott-Lewis scored Lions' first with a delightful chip from the edge of the area. Gus Thorne was on great form, achieving a hat-trick.

One goal was a solo run culminating in lobbing the goalie and the other two resulted from fine attacking passes from Jack Coates and Jonnie Moriarty.

Lions' defence performed well in the second half as Brickhill made several probing attacks. Coates ran on to a huge kick from goalie, Charlie Oliver, took it to the left and floated an angled shot into the top corner.

Sam Marshall increased the goal tally by two - blasting a pass from Coates into the net and then running onto a great cross from Scott-Lewis.

An excellent result for Lions, with Matt Audouard awarded MoM for his dominant mid-field play.


For the full mid-season league tables, see this week's Leighton Buzzard Observer.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Eaton Bray Lions U11 - 6
Luton on Track U11 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCWithin the first five minutes Nathan Sears threw a long ball just in front of the goal mouth for James Pearce to tap the ball in for Lions. Shortly afterwards James made a terrific run, was brought down, regained possession and scored.

Poor defensive moves by Lions allowed Luton to score their first but Lions rallied and an excellent pass by Will Sanders to James secured their third goal. A powerful corner from Jake Higgs allowed James to tap the ball in for 4-1 at half-time.

The second half saw a more determined Luton, a great run from their striker and a well-executed goal. Luton continued to put pressure on Lions but great saves by goalie Jack Bramston meant further frustration for them.

A great solo run by Jake meant a fifth goal for Lions and James landed another goal just before the whistle.

Man of the match Luke Dunstan.


Houghton Regis Youth U13 - 5
EB Lions U13 - 0

Excellent ball passing and end to end action entertained both away and home fans during the first half, but it was only the home crowd that enjoyed the second.

A half time score of 0-0 was justifiable as they were evenly matched. It was nearly 1-0 to HRYFC a few seconds before the whistle but an excellent save by Charlie Oliver, immediately followed by another clearance from Lee Cavendish kept it goalless.

After the break HRYFC were more determined to win and constantly attacked. Unfortunately, defensive errors by EBL led to most of the goals by the home side but it was only a matter of time before they scored anyway.

Lions were tiring on the big pitch and were often out run. This probably led to an unnecessarily clumsy tackle by their goalkeeper, the penalty duly slotted home with skill.

James Thiel was MoM for his good tackling.


E B Lions U15 - 2
Luton Borough Youth U15 - 5

An early defensive mistake by Lions allowed Luton to score, but Lions rallied and Ed Poole had two shots saved.

A well worked attack by Eaton Bray resulted in Martin Coates scoring by running on to a ball chipped into the area from the right wing.

Rob Gadsden's free-kick from just within the half-way line was tipped over the bar by Luton's goalie and several more chances were missed before Dylan Taylor nipped onto another of Rob's free-kicks to score Lions' second.

Good attacking play by Luton was initially frustrated by Lions' goalie, Dean Clark, but another defensive error allowed Luton to equalise. Lions would have gone ahead but Coates' goal was marginally offside.

Luton were much stronger in the second half, their goalie denying Lions more scoring chances and their striker (number 10) scoring two great goals and setting up a third.

Dylan Taylor's tireless performance in midfield earned him MoM.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 - 1
Luton Borough Dragons U8 - 4

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLuton Borough Dragons had previously inflicted a heavy defeat on Lions. This match was more even, particularly in the second half.

Elliot Whitcombe featured strongly in defence, clearing the Lions from attack twice in the first few minutes. Unfortunately, Lions were 0-3 down at half time, despite good performances by Elliot, Dylan Karavadra, Jack Cook and Thomas Rainbow.

The second half was better for Lions, with Jack Nevitt scoring well to make it 1-3, with the final score being 1-4 to Luton.

Manager and coach, Paul Cook, was pleased with Lions' performance, particularly as they are passing to each other in a much more positive way and also comparisons with games against teams played for the second time show improvement.

Man of the match was Elliot Whitcombe.

The squad comprised: Thomas Rainbow, Jack Cook, Dylan Karavadra, Jack Nevitt, James Pratt, Archie Bunker, Elliot Whitcombe, Charles Gamble, Callum Gardner and Tom Phillips.


EB Lions U13 - 3
Bramingham Youth U13 - 1

A competitive and evenly matched game saw good attacking play from both teams.

Lions had two shots saved and one just wide while their goalie, Charlie Oliver, made several good saves to keep the score-line 0-0 at half-time and earn MoM.

James Thiel, working well in defence, initiated a Lions' attack, passing to Gus Thorne who delivered the ball to Jack Coates. Coates coolly out-manoeuvred the goalie to score.

A huge kick from Oliver gave Coates another opportunity and as the goalie parried the shot Sam Marshall ran on to the re-bound to score.

Bramingham's quick number seven ran rings round the Lions' defence but an excellent free-kick by Thorne was blocked by the keeper and Marshall again pounced on the loose ball to score.

In the closing minutes a Lions' player unfortunately handled the ball in the area (believing that offside had been given) and Bramingham scored from the penalty.


EB Lions U15 - 1
Bedford College Grasshoppers U15 - 3

This was a difficult match for the injury-depleted Lions and further injuries during the match didn't help. Lions missed a couple of chances before Bedford scored from a run up the left wing.

Both teams had several more chances but the goalkeepers were on good form. At one point four different Lions players had shots on target within a matter of seconds, all blocked by the Bedford goalie!

In the second half a shot by Ben Turner was dropped by the Bedford goalie but nobody was there to follow up.

Bedford scored a carbon copy second goal and followed up with a run onto a forward pass and a shot into the corner.

Lions retaliated when Rob Gadsden scored from an impressive solo run up the centre.

Despite further shots on target from Gadsden and Dylan Taylor, Lions could not close the gap. Gareth Hemming got MoM for great defensive play.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 - 2
Crawley Green A U8 - 4

Eaton Bray Lions AFCSaturday saw the Eaton Bray Lions Under eights play at home for the first time this year, against Crawley Green A Team Under eights.

The conditions for the match indicated the possibility of a poor game, with wind and rain confirming this. However, it turned out to be a superb game with the Lions showing improved, and at times, skilful passing.

Jack Nevitt showed real prowess in goal and Dylan Karavadra was excellent in midfield and as a forward. Archie Bunker and Thomas Rainbow were solid in defence.

The final score was 2-4 in favour of Crawley Green, in spite of two finely-taken goals by Charles Gamble, who was deservedly Man of the Match.

The team comprised: Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Elliot Whitcombe, Archie Bunker, Dylan Karavadra, Jack Nevitt. Charles Gamble, Tom Sage, Tom Phillips, Callum Gardner, James Pratt.


EB Lions U15 - 2
Houghton Wanderers U15 - 1

Early attacking play by Lions never quite reached the stage of troubling Wanderers' goalie, whilst counter attacks by the visitors required home goalie, Dean Clark, to work hard.

However, the closest either team came to scoring in the first half was a great shot by Lions' captain, Rob Gadsden, which was just tipped over the bar.

Early in the second half Martin Coates' corner for Lions was deflected into the goal by a defender.

A period of fierce end to end play culminated in the Lions' goalie losing grip of the muddy ball and a Wanderers' striker taking advantage to equalise.

Lions put together an impressive attacking move from a throw-in deep within their own half. Coates booted the ball forward to Ed Poole, who passed neatly to Alex Lay and he coolly scored the winner.

All of the Lions' players performed well but MOM was awarded to Alex Lay.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Westoning U13 - 8
EB Lions U13 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions were without their regular keeper so Jack Coates was substituting.

Lions attacked and played well, being rewarded with a fine goal from Matt Audouard after only five minutes. Later a fine run by Morgan O'Connell produced Lions' second and he had another two shots cleared off the line. Westoning came back strongly though, and levelled the score by half-time.

Westoning played well in the second hald and were soon ahead, their centre forward making some great goals.

Lions were struggling and, at 5-2 down, drastic action was required. Lee Cavendish went in goal, Jack came onto the pitch and more substitutions were made. But it was to no avail and Westoning scored another three.

MoM to Jack for some fine saves playing in goal.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

St Joseph's U8 - 6
EB Lions U8 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions game with St Joseph's Under 8s at Leagrave, Luton, was a tremendous match, unfortunately lost by the Lions 6-1.

In spite of the score, Paul Cook, Lions' manager/trainer, thought that the Lions had their best match to date, showing good passing and positional skills. Charles Gamble was in goal for the first half, making several good saves, with Jack Nevitt in goal in the second, having shown great skills as a forward in the first.

The Lions' goal was as a result of a superb effort from Jack Cook, scoring from a narrow angle.

Again, Thomas Rainbow and Elliot Whitcombe were solid in defence, with Archie Bunker, James Pratt and Callum Gardner showing promise in attack. MoM Jack Nevitt.

The squad comprised: Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Archie Bunker, Elliot Whitcombe, James Pratt, Jack Nevitt, Callum Gardner, Charles Gamble.


EB Lions U13 - 4
Brickhill Wanderers U13 - 2

A sluggish start and defensive error by Lions allowed Wanderers to roll a rather feeble shot into the net.

Lions gradually picked up their pace and after two missed chances managed to equalize with a perfectly lobbed shot from Gus Thorne.

A beautifully built up attack from Lions saw Jonnie Moriarty run on to a forward pass and thread the ball through to Jack Coates who struck the ball into the net between two converging defenders. Another shot by Coates struck the goalie and Sam Marshall pounced on the rebound to score.

In the second half both sides struggled with the energy-sapping heavy conditions.

Wanderers struck a ball across the goal-face and an attacker toed it in for their second.

During a sustained attack by Lions, Andy Scott-Lewis gave Thorne the chance to score again, which he did confidently.

A solid performance in defence earned Matt Lancefield the MoM award.


NGS - 4
EB Lions U15 - 2

The cold wind and rain didn't prevent the boys from providing lots of initial excitement as both teams made constant attacks.

Lions lost striker Alex Smith due to injury early on and this probably cost a few goals as they couldn't finish off some very good probing runs. When NGS ran through it needed well timed tackles by Gareth Hemming, Adam Lancefield and Danny Law to keep out the home side.

NGS took the lead with shot from a narrow angle, but a superb solo effort by Rob Gadsden levelled the score just before the half-time whistle.

After a very short break it was the same pattern. NGS scored and Lions equalized with another excellent solo effort by Dylan Taylor.

Both teams were running down the wings and playing good attacking football, but Lions couldn't capitalize. Whereas NGS did finish off and scored two more goals.

MoM Gareth Hemmings.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 - 0
Crawley Green U8 A - 3

Eaton Bray Lions AFCTom Sage and Elliot Whitcombe had very good shots at goal, unfortunately unsuccessfully, and Charles Gamble also narrowly missed. In spite of the Lions being dominant, the first half closed at 1-0 to Crawley Green.

The second half was just as exciting, with good performances from Dylan Karavadna in attack and Thomas Rainbow in defence.

Jack Nevitt substituted for Jack Cook in goal and had several excellent saves, one of which was from a penalty, and he was awarded Man of the Match. Despite their excellent play, the Lions finally lost 3-0.


Luton Borough Youth U15 - 5
EB Lions U15 - 0

The referee asked the players to mind their language, consider their tackling and shake hands. This approach paid dividends - it was a pleasure to watch the ensuing display of sportsmanship.

Lions missed an early chance but Borough scored from a penalty resulting from a mistimed tackle.

The Lions squad, depleted due to injuries, battled well and Rob Dasden narrowly missed scoring from two free-kicks whilst Alex Smith's lob was brilliantly saved.

Borough made no mistake with their chances, scoring twice more, and their goalie again showed his worth in saving Dylan Taylor's long shot towards the top corner.

Lions increased their efforts in the second half and frequently looked likely to score - stringing together great passes but always failing to finish off the attack. Despite making most of the play, Lions conceded two more goals, the latter being a particularly well-worked effort.

Lions' MoM was Adam Lancefield.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Luton Leagrave U8 - 2
EB Lions U8 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCIn spite of appalling weather conditions, with rain, wind and at times lightning, an enthralling match ensued, with play very much even and end to end.

The final score, unfortunately for the Lions, was 2-1 in favour of Luton Leagrave, with Charles Gamble being the Lions' scorer.

The match saw many substitutions from both sides due to the condition, and this did not help towards a flowing game of football. James Pratt was notable for his hard work and was awarded the Man of the Match certificate; a really superb performance from him. Training this week will again concentrate on positional play and marking, which is beginning to take effect.

The squad comprised: Jack Crook, Thomas Rainbow, Elliot Whitcombe, Archie Bunker, Dylan Karavadra, Jack Hewitt, Amber Walsh, Charles Gamble, Finnley Payton, Tom Sage, Tom Phillips, Callum Gardner and James Pratt.


EB Lions U13 - 2
Shefford Saints U13 - 1

Early pressure from Lions resulted in Saints giving away a free-kick, which Gus Thorne curled over the wall, past the goalie and into the top corner - a splendid goal.

An excellent cross by Jonnie Moriarty was volleyed just over the bar by Jack Coates, and further chances by Matt Audouard, Andy Scott-Lewis and Coates were either wide, deflected or saved. Meanwhile, great defence by James Thiel and saves by Charlie Oliver prevented Saints from scoring.

End to end play in the second half saw a Saints goal disallowed for offside. James Thiel lobbed a great forward pass which Morgan O'Connell sprinted onto past four defenders, side-stepped the goalie and calmly placed his left-footed shot into the net to secure Lions' second.

Saints' determination paid off in injury time when they scored from a well-constructed attack.

Matt Audouard was awarded MoM for his determined play, despite being unwell.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U8 - 0
Arnold Magpies U8 - 11

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions, for the second week running, played Arnold Magpies' Under 8s, but this time in a league home match.

Unfortunately the result was similar to the previous week's cup match, the Lions losing this time 11-0.

The Lions, in the first half, played really well and were unlucky to be 5-0 down at half-time. Excellent defensive and midfield play were seen from Elliot Whitcombe, Dylan Karavafra and Archie Bunker.

The second half saw several substitutions, which affected the balance of the team and this half was marred by several injuries, notably to Jack Cook in goal, which also contributed to the poorer performance of the Lions.

Nevertheless, they are improving, as was shown by this match against such a particularly well-coached and talented team as the Magpies. MoM Archie Bunker.

The squad comprised: Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Jack Pratt, Dylan Kasavadra, Finnley Ryan, Elliot Whitcombe, Tom Sage, Archie Bunker, Jack Nevitt, Charles Gamble, Callum Gardner, Tom Phillips, Amber Walsh.


EB Lions U11 - 3
Luton Squares FC U11 - 0

Both teams started well but after a great run from Lions defender Robert Moseley who passed a solid ball to Joe Turner, the Lions had scored.

Luton Squares rallied the troops and nearly scored the equaliser only for Luke Dunstan of the Lions to head the ball off the line. The pressure continued from the Luton Squares but without any goals.

The second half saw several attempts on foal from the Lions, Jake Higgs made a great cross for Joe Turner to tap the ball in the goal. A free kick awarded to the Lions saw Jake Higgs power the ball straight into the top corner of the net.

The Luton Squares continued to apply pressure to try and even the score but the Lions goal keeper Jack Bramston made some excellent saves.

Men of the match: Jack Bramston / Joe Turner.


EB Lions U13 - 0
Mid-Beds Tigers U13 - 2

EB Lions bowed out of the League Cup against a team 2 Divisions and 30 places higher in a surprisingly even match.

EB started the stronger and could have taken the lead when Jack Coates hit the bar with a powerful shot after 10 minutes. Further good chances to score fell to Coates, Matt Audouard and Mom Gus Thorne while at the other end James Thiel and goalie Charlie Oliver made a series of good blocks to reach half-time goalless.

After the break, Tigers got into their stride and after 10 minutes took the lead from a penalty and effectively wrapped up the game with a second goal.


EB Lions U15 - 2
Kempston Reds U15 - 2

Kempston surprised Lions with a beautifully set up goal within the first minute. But the home side rallied well and Dylan Taylor took an opportunistic shot and just missed.

After ten minutes Kempston beat Lions' defence again, forcing their goalie off his line, and lobbing in their second goal. Lions answered with a neat attaching move by Alex Smith and Mom Ed Poole involving some quick passes to confuse the opposition and culminating in a goal by Ed. Both sides had a couple more near misses but there were no further goals in the first half.

Ben Turner came on for Lions and his charges through the Kempston defence worried them enough to concede a free-kick, but the ensuing shot was off target. Lions failed to score from a goalmouth scramble, despite three attempts, but won a corner. Alex Kirkwood's corner was initially headed clear but Rob Gadsden blasted a shot into the bottom corner to level the score.

Both sides fought hard for the winning goal but it proved elusive.

Source: EB Lions


Chiltern Sevens Under 8's Division One

Eaton Bray Lions - 0; Ramsey Arnold Magpies - 11

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe Magpies from Barton Le Clay recorded their tenth straight win of the season with a polished performance away at Eaton Bray.

On a cold but bright Saturday morning the Mags went up against the Lions for the second week running after last weeks emphatic win in the Quarter final of the cup.

It was clear from the start the Lions had struggled to learn the lessons of the previous week allowing the Mags to find space at ease. Early goals from hot shot Jack Keenan and James Purdom after free flowing moves down both flanks saw the Mags move into top gear. A wonderful individual goal from Jack had both sets of fans applauding. He kept the ball in close to touchline on halfway with a deft flick before outstripping three Lions defenders and lashing an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner. Further goals from Niall Palmer saw an entertaining half come to an end.

Half time 0-5

The second half began as the first had ended with some sweet passing football from the Mags. The Lions to their credit continued to battle to stem the tide of attacks but could not plug the gaps created by the off ball movement of the Mags midfield. Goals followed as midfield powerhouse George Goodhall bagged himself a hatrick. The pick of his goals was a diving header after a pinpoint cross from the right wing by Sam McClelland.

When the Lions did threaten to attack they were repelled by the strong defensive duo of Lee & Darian who joined in the attacking play at will to provide the wide midfielders with quality ball. Further goals from Jack, Sam and James finished off an impressive win for the Mags against a spirited Eaton Bray. Special mention to the brave Lions keeper who took a heavy knock near the end of the first half but returned later on pitch to help his team mates.

MOM was the whole team for a superb effort and a display of how easy the game can be when players pass, move and play with passion. Take note Steve Maclaren!!!

Source: Andy McClelland, BBC Beds Herts and Bucks


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Ramsey Magpies U8 - 6
EB Lions U8 - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCSaturday saw Lions playing in a quarter finals' cup match against Ramsey Magpies.

Magpies currently lead Division One and Lions therefore had a difficult task. This was obvious at the start when the Lions went 2-0 down after only ten minutes and were 5-0 down at half-time.

The fifth goal was scored as a result of a misdirected goal kick and poor marking on the part of the defence.

The second half was a lot better for the Lions, who only conceded one more goal, to make the final score 6-0 to the Magpies.

In spite of the score there were still good performances from individuals in the Lions' team. Thomas Rainbow had an encouraging game in defence, along with Archie Bunker in midfield. The star and Man of the Match, however, was Dylan Karavadra, who worked tirelessly in midfield and as a forward, showing great skills and ball control.

Paul Cook, the Manager, said that the Lions marking and positional play were not up to scratch and this would be addressed in future training and team talks.

Team: Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Elliot Whitcombe, Archie Bunker, Dylan Karavadra, Charles Gardner, Jack, James Pratt.


EB Lions U9 - 4
Shillington U9 - 0

The Lions under nines discovered a new goal scorer! Having threatened to make his mark in previous games, Dom Ryan scored not one but all four goals in a comprehensive win over Shillington.

Charlie "Dickie" Nevitt made some great runs down the wing and the team held its shape well throughout the game, putting together some excellent passes, all of which contributed to the win. But it was Ryan's day, showing real composure in front of goal and great finishing skills.

Shillington came close to scoring on a number of occasions but some brave goal keeping by Dan Kennell gave Lions their second clean sheet and earned him this week's MoM.


Luton Leagrave U11 - 3
EB Lions U11 - 4

A perfect sunny morning set the scene for a nail-biting match between two capable and determined teams.

Lions drew first blood with a masterful pass from Jake Higgs ensuring James Pearce slotted into the right corner of the net after 15 minutes.

The 0-1 half time score was not an indication of the level of play as both teams had to work hard and several shots were cleared off the line.

The second half got off to a fast start with a wonderful volley from Jake Higgs giving Lions a 0-2 lead. Leagrave reversed the lead with a succession of goals within five minutes. First a stunner by Andre Neilson that ripped high into the back of the net and then a lull in Lions' defence saw goals scored by Paul and Hartley from close range.

After a stunning show of ball control from Bill around the half way line, James responded by taking the ball all the way past the Leagrave defence and slotting it into the corner of the net to even the score.

Finally, James bagged his hat trick, beating the goalie and scoring within minutes of the final whistle. MoM: EBLions - James Pearce. Leagrave - Andre Neilson.


EB Lions U13 - 5
Limbury Saints U13 - 3

The slow start of this game was no indication of the treat that the home spectators were to see later in the second half.

Lions were made to defend well as Limbury constantly attacked through the middle. Once again, James Thiel showed his skills in defence - excellent timing and clearance.

Lions managed a few passes and runs down the wings, but it was Limbury pressure that led to the first goal.

Clever substitutions at half-time by the Lions surprised Limbury and a run by Morgan O'Connell was finished off by Andy Scott-Lewis with one of his trade mark left foot shots.

Now the scores were level and Lions were on the ascent. Spotting the keeper off his line, Jack Coates gave Lions a 2-1 lead with an excellent long-range shot from the centre circle.

Limbury equalised, but a superb free kick goal by Jack put Lions in the lead again. Sam Marshall and Joe Ashman also scored to give an eventual 5-3 home win. It could have been even higher as shots from Ross Taylor and Matt Audouard were well saved.

Both teams attacked constantly, but it was to be the Lions' day with some class football. MoM - James Thiel.


St Martins U15 - 8
EB Lions U15 - 1

This match was played at a fast and furious pace which was a testament to the fitness of both teams.

The home side scored two early goals, the first from a great run up the right wing and the second from a quick run onto a forward pass. Lions replied with a firm strike from Rob Gadsden which went through the goalie's legs.

St Martin's goalkeeper looked vulnerable but Lions found it hard to get close enough to capitalise on this because St Martin's defence was so strong.

Lions conceded two more goals before their goalie was injured. Replacement, Alex Lay, made an early mistake and allowed St Martin's to score their fifth, but then settled in to play well for the rest of the match.

Lions worked well to hold off St Martins for most of the second half, but Danny Law and Ed Poole both came off injured and St Martins were able to score three more before the final whistle.

Lions played with determination but were beaten by a stronger team who seemed to have an impregnable defence. MoM went to captain Rob Gadsden for encouraging his side to keep their shape well in a tough situation.

Source: EB Lions


Chiltern Junior Sevens Under 8's League Cup

Ramsey Arnold Magpies - 6; Eaton Bray Lions Reds - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAn eagerly anticipated Quarter Final clash saw the Magpies record their ninth straight win of the season with a convincing win over the Lions from Eaton Bray.

Confidence was high in the Magpies camp as the boys embarked on another important step in their goal of a league & cup double. The usual flying start brought an early goal courtesy of the free running Sam McClelland who placed a left footed shot past the helpless Lions keeper.The Lions defence was struggling to cope with the movement of the Magpies team and another chance was expertly finished by the lethal boot of Jack Keenan.

Niall Palmer got in on the act midway through the first half with a sweet finish at the back post and the Mags trademark passing game was proving too hot for the visitors. The Lions keeper was in excellant form however but was powerless as direct from a goal kick Sam McClelland controlled the ball and from almost the half way line smashed a shot back into the empty net.Livewire Jack Keenan finished the first half scoring with a rocket shot into the roof of the net after a neat move down the Lions left.

The second half saw several changes to the Mags lineup and shape with goalkeeper Sonny Foulkes joining the fray as a striker.Lee Houghton took over between the sticks and a more competitive Lions side began to get a foothold in the game.To their credit tackles were flying in and the game became very scrappy.The Lions keeper kept up his impressive display with some quality saves and superb kicking.

There was time for one more goal which arrived from the boot of the tireless and dynamic James Purdom who ghosted into the penalty box unmarked to rifle home an unstoppable shot from a great right wing cross.The Magpies success is built on a great team ethic and a very mean and solid defence marshalled by Darian Graham.

George Goodhall in his first season for the team received a deserved MOM for his energetic display in midfield.The double dream is still alive and a tough Semi Final with Sacred Heart awaits the Mags early next year.

Source: Andy McClelland, BBC Beds Herts and Bucks


Eaton Bray Lions AFC

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe EB Lions Committee would like to thank Edlesborough Parish Council for all their help and support, particularly their efforts to enable the addition of a much needed second junior pitch on the Green. Without it, we would not have been able to run three new teams this season, so the Parish Council's support is much appreciated by everyone at the Club.

We would also like to welcome the new players to the club. There are new teams at U7 and U8 and we have introduced a second team at U10, which means that the two U10 teams can be merged next year (when they start playing 11-a-side) to provide a large squad of experienced players. Also, welcome back to those players who have returned to the club after trying out other sports (or even other football clubs!) - it's great to see you again.

Tesco Sport for Schools and Clubs Vouchers

We hope that you have been collecting these vouchers for us again this year. The promotion is due to end on 5th November and there are collection boxes for the vouchers at 'Kafe Kalor' in Edlesborough and at Munn's Farm Shop in Dagnall. Thank you to Karen Mead for allowing us to use the café and shop as collection points. Please bring us your Tesco vouchers as they will enable us to obtain much needed training equipment for the new teams.

Liz Coates, Press Officer, EB Lions AFC

Source: Focus, November 2006


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Luton Leagrave U8 - 4
EB Lions U8 - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions again played away last Saturday (November 4), this time to Luton Leagrave, at Sundon Park Junior School. There, the Lions suffered a 4-0 defeat, in spite of some very stout defending, particularly from Elliot Whitcombe, who was outstanding. Dylan Karavadna worked tirelessly at times as the lone forward.

The Lions played hard for the entire match, with Jack Cook making many magnificent saves and Dylan taking several well-placed corners, none of which, unfortunately, were converted to goals.

Lessons were learned from playing a very good side and this can only be of benefit in the future.

On the whole, in spite of the defeat, it was a very good effort, with Elliot deservedly being awarded the Man of the Match accolade.

The squad comprised: Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Tom Phillips, Amber Walsh, Elliot Whitcombe, Archie Bunker, Charles Gamble, Finlay Paton, Callum Gardner, Dylan Karav.


61FC Yellows U9 - 0
EB Lions U9 - 3

The temperature may have dropped below freezing but there was a warm welcome at the 61FC ground in Luton and plenty of sunshine.

Dan Kennell, shaping up well in goal for the Lions, had to borrow a peaked cap from Chris McGee's dad for the first half so that he could see the ball coming!

Lions worked as a team throughout the first half, with great defensive play by Thomas Horner - earning him MOM for the first time. A throw in by Ben Roberts help set up the first goal from Neel Slatter. It was a cleanly struck, lofted ball which headed goal-wards and bounced over the keepers head.

Slatter's second, which came early in the second half, was a fine solo effort. He went round three players, cutting inside to place the ball low in the right hand corner. A great cross from Adam Bradley gave Slatter the chance to make his second hat-trick this season, which he did with a well placed header.

Playmaker Dom Ryan came close to scoring and the midfield and defence held their shape and moved the ball around to good effect. A deserved win for Lions which should move them up the table.


Ampthill Town Eagles U10 - 3
EB Lions Reds U10 - 2

For the second week in a row the Lions played well but returned from an away match with no points to show for their efforts. They were unlucky to fall behind after just three minutes when a clearance hit an Ampthill player and ricocheted into the net.

The Lions withstood early pressure and were matching Ampthill when the home side scored their second. However, just two minutes later the Lions pulled a goal back. Battling play by Ben Walsh won the ball down the left and he released Matt Glover who hit a low shot past the advancing keeper.

The Lions had a couple of good chances to equalise at the beginning of the second half but could not convert them.

Ampthill scored their third and a short while later the Lions lost goalkeeper Harry Rogers through injury.

In the last quarter of the match the Lions put the home side under pressure. Captain William Poole scored an excellent long-range shot but the Lions could not find the equaliser before the final whistle.

Thomas Lancefield had a great game but MoM was awarded to Charlie Slater who was superb both in defence and also as the stand in keeper.


Flitwick Eagles B U13 - 2
EB Lions U13 - 2

Lions were subjected to intense pressure straight away from Flitwick, but Lions' new boy James Thiel showed he was 'worth the money' as his defending was excellent.

The regular Lions' keeper, Charlie Oliver, had also returned and was his confident self. This was much needed as it was18 minutes before Lions could make a run down the left wing into the opposing half. Jack Coates was tumbled over by Flitwick, which led to a penalty, but Jonnie Moriarty's shot was saved.

The Lions were now on a roll with lots of attacks and Gus Thorne was notably dangerous.

Flitwick survived though and took the lead after 24 minutes with an excellent header. This advantage didn't last long, as an error by the Flitwick keeper gave the Lions an indirect kick which was duly slotted home by Gus.

Three substitutions at half-time by the Lions gave new heart to the away side and they easily took the lead with some nifty footwork by Jack culminating in a pass into the box which Andy Scott-Lewis slotted home in style.

In the last minute Flitwick levelled with a shot bouncing over the keeper's head as he went for the ball.


EB Lions U15 - 2
Dunstable St Mary's U15 - 4

Lions piled the pressure on straight away but it was the visitors who scored first.

An excellent corner from Martin Coates presented Rob Gadsden with the chance to score Lions' first, and he duly obliged.

Although Lions made most of the attacking play, St Mary's talented number nine was always ready to capitalise on their defensive mistakes and went on to score two more to complete his hat-trick.

Stephen Broughton raced in to slam the ball into the net for Lions during a goalmouth scramble, but just as Lions seemed to be on course to level the score number nine broke through the defence again to score his fourth.

In the second half Gareth Hemming came on for Lions and made an excellent job of marking the dangerous player out of the game. Dylan Taylor and Alex Kirkwood played well for Lions, but despite several near misses by Ed Poole of Lions and the visitors forcing Dean Clark to make some good saves, no further goals were scored. MoM went to Martin Coates for a series of impressive crosses and corners.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Sacred Hearts U8 - 3
EB Lions U8 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThis was an exciting end to end game.

In the first half, Sacred Hearts had the better of the first ten minutes, with Lions' goalie, Jack Cook, making two superb saves and some sterling work in defence by Elliot Whitcombe. The latter part of the first half was all Lions', with Dillon Karavadra working hard and effectively, forcing two corners to the Lions.

The second half was also end to end, Jack Cook saved brilliantly from a penalty, diving and pushing the ball round the left post.

Lions went ahead from a well-taken penalty by Dillon, but this was cancelled out by three goals from the opposing side.

Excellent performances came from Thomas Rainbow in defence, Tom Sage and James Pratt in midfield, and a notable effort by Archie Bunker as the lone forward. The deserved Man of the Match aeard went to Jack Cook.


Luton Borough Dragons Blues U10 - 4
EB Lions Reds U10 - 0

This was always going to be a tough game for the Lions, up against last year's champions and the current leaders.

The Lions were under pressure early on but superb defending from Cam Abdullah and Charlie Slater kept the Luton attack quiet. The Lions were battling hard in a very committed and entertaining match.

As the half progressed the Lions created scoring chances on their own. However, just before half time Luton took the lead from a corner.

In the second half, more Luton pressure produced two further goals despite a string of great saves from Harry Rogers. The Lions almost pulled a goal back with both Ellis Turrell and William Poole going close. It was Luton though who for the last goal of the match to give an unrepresentative final score-line.

The Lions played superbly with everyone giving a very committed display against strong competition.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 - 1
Shefford Saints (white) U9 - 6

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAn evenly balanced first half with good running play on both sides and two goals - 1-1 after seven minutes. Neel Slatter scored for the Lions from his own half.

There were more shots on goal from both sides with the Lions maintaining good pressure.

The Saints turned the tide in the second half and despite some good defensive work from the Lions they soon went 3-1 up. With constant pressure from the Saints and good flowing play, a further three goals went in before the whistle.

MOM for Lions was Arin Johnson for good defensive play.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions U9 - 4
61FC U9 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAdam Bradley and Neel Slatter scored for the Lions and Murray put two in the net for 61FC, as well as having a couple of near misses. Good defensive play by the Lions kept 61FC at bay during the second half and there was some excellent midfield play, especially from Dom Ryan, who came close to scoring. Lions got more shots on goal - two hitting the post and two crossing the line - making it 4:2 to Lions and a hat-trick for Slatter at the final whistle. Slatter took the Lions' man of the match award.


Eaton Bray Lions U13 - 3
Houghton Regis Youth U13 - 8

Within seconds the Lions were attacking and the early pressure from a corner led to Gus Thorne giving the home team a 1-0 lead with a superb strike. Houghton came back immediately with long balls through the middle for the forwards to pick up on and equalize. End to end action set the tone for the rest of the first half with Lions managing to go 2-1 up after a simple tap in on the near post by Jonnie Moriarty. Houghton came out fighting and equalized in a minute with a superb long range shot. Despite Jonnie getting a second goal for the Lions, it was Houghton that ran out eventual winners by scoring a total of seven goals in this half. MOM Jonnie Moriarty.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

EB Lions Reds U10 - 3
Hitchin Town Blues U10 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions made it four wins from five matches this season with another tremendous all round team performance.

Once again they got off to a bad start, conceding the opening goal, but as with previous weeks the defence then shut up shop for the remainder of the match. Goalkeeper Harry Rogers and defenders Cam Abdullah, Charlie Slater and Thomas Lancefield were all magnificent, not allowing Hitchin another serious chance on goal.

Ben Walsh MOM had a superb game, his pace and skill down the wings causing lots of problems for the Hitchin defence. Ben's throw-in from the left set up the Lions equaliser by allowing Jayden Newman to lob the ball from outside the box over the keeper and into the top corner. Just before half time another throw from Ben found Matt Glover who rounded a defender before shooting low into the goal to score for the third game in a row.

In the second half another great run and cross from Ben allowed William Poole to break into the box and slot past the keeper to make it 3-1. Ivan Broderick put in some great tackles in midfield.


Spartak Watling - 4
E B Lions U11 - 2

A cold sunny October morning set the scene. The whistle blew and EB Lions were soon putting pressure on Spartak's defence.

It wasn't long before Nathan Sears had scored for the Lions. Then a misjudgement by the Lions keeper resulted in a penalty being awarded against Lions and James Green from Spartak was able to level the score to one-all.

From that point the Lions seemed to lose concentration and Spartak capitalised on this and showed great tackling ability. Kyle Davidson soon scored Spartak's second goal shortly followed by a third goal scored by Darrel Millers.

The second half saw E B Lions give a much-improved performance with several attempts on goal. A well-deserved second goal for the Lions by Jake Higgs put hope back in the Lions team. However, Spartak were not to be beaten and continued to play well and just before the final whistle Aaron Mayer scored Spartak's fourth goal.

This was a good game to watch, played by two teams that showed great respect for each other.

EB Lions' MOM - James Pearce. Spartak Watling MOM - Ryan Shilleto.


St Martin's U13 - 9
Eaton Bray Lions U13 - 2

Lions got off to a flying start when Jack Coates took hold of a long kick from defence and scored after just three minutes. Unfortunately, Lions seemed to assume it was going to be easy from this point whilst St Martin's were galvanised into action and proceeded to overwhelm the Lion's defence.

Despite determined defensive play by Josh Gradley and some good saves by Lee Cavendish, St Martin's were 7-1 up by half-time.

An encouraging pep talk saw Lions return with renewed enthusiasm and they certainly played their best football in the second half. Joe Ashman made a brilliant solo attack but his shot passed across the face of the goal. Despite good tackling by Matt Lancefield and MOM Andy Scott-Lewis and brave challenges by Andrew Broughton, a St Martin's forward managed to sneak through and score their eighth.

Lions overshot a corner but Ross Taylor played the ball back to Jack who scored with a great curving lob from outside the box.

Lions were unfortunate to concede another goal during a goalmouth scramble in the final minutes but the second half showed just what they are capable of achieving if they pull together as a team.


Eaton Bray Lions U15 - 2
Limbury Saints U15 - 6

Lions certainly didn't lose this match through lack of effort.

Throughout the first half they produced a barrage of attacks on the Saints' goal. MOM Ed Poole showed great skill to work his way through the defence but had two shots saved by the Saints' goalie.

Rob Gadsden, back in the team after injury, hit a shot just wide and saw his free-kick rebound off the crossbar.

Martin Coates sent several crosses into the box but nobody managed to connect with them. Meanwhile, a couple of defensive errors allowed Saints to score twice and they made it three with a superb shot from wide on the left.

Saints scored again early in the second half with a quick counterattack and their goalie was still stopping every shot by Lions. Saints scored two more in quick succession but everybody was so convinced that one was offside that even their supporters remained silent!

Lions refused to give up and their perseverance was rewarded when Alex Smith headed in a loose ball following a corner. A free-kick by Rob provided Smith with his second goal but Lions couldn't manage another despite attacking hard up to the final whistle.

Source: EB Lions


South Beds Saturday League U12's

Watling Saints - 4; Eaton Bray Lions - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe South Beds Saturday League has produced some cracking matches this season and this one would be right up there with the best of them.

Table toppers Eaton Bray Lions came into this game in great goalscoring form, having bagged eleven last week and with the Saints still licking their wounds after being de-railed in last weeks shock loss to luton-on-track, both teams had a lot to prove.

Saints captain, Chas Tickle playing against his former side chose to kick into the sun and in superb conditions for football of the highest standard it was Lion's who drew first blood when Nathan sears poked the ball home, before the saints had even woken up.

Saints gradually got their game together and for all their efforts were awarded a penalty after twenty minutes ,which James Green cooly slotted home, Kyle Davison's first goal of the season and a Darrell Millers trade-mark goal quickly followed up Greeny's penalty to make it 3-1 to the saints at half-time.

The second half started with both teams producing end to end exciting football ,Saints two goal lead never really looked safe during the second half and when lions Jake Higgs scored with five minutes left, the pressure was on the saints defence not to concede another. But it was left to Saints Aaron Maher, scoring the goal of the game, that sealed the points for the home side, when he majestically lobbed the keeper from outside the box, after spotting him off his line to make it 4-2.

Ryan Shilleto was awarded Saints man of the match for his fine display in defence. Saints are away this coming Saturday when they visit Memorial Park B.

Other results in the S.B.S.L for 7th October were as follows.

Luton Leagrave 1 Memorial Park A 8
Memorial Park B 0 Spartak Watling 4
Square Rangers 5 Luton-on-track 2
Watling Saints 4 Eaton Bray Lions 2
(Barton Rovers were on their free week.)

Source: Steve Conway, BBC Beds Herts and Bucks


Eaton Bray Lions AFC

Eaton Bray Lions AFCEB Lions AFC is currently looking to promote the growth of girls' football within the club. We are a Charter Standard club with strong links with the local community. For this season we have 9 different sides playing in various local Leagues.

At the moment, we are specifically looking for a few more girls to join our U14 side (you need to be in school years 8 or 9). If you are interested please contact me and we can arrange for you to come along to some of our training sessions on a Thursday evening to get a taste of what goes on.

For more information please contact Julie Fox, Girls U14 Team Manager.

Tesco Sport for Schools and Clubs Vouchers

Last year many Focus readers were kind enough to collect these vouchers for us. We were able to obtain a lot of equipment for our football teams and your help was much appreciated. This season the club has nine teams for boys and girls between 6 and 15 years old and the vast majority of the children are from the local villages. Tesco are repeating the voucher promotion this year and you will be able to collect vouchers between 11th September and 5th November. We would be grateful if you would collect vouchers again for us this year and we will provide information on where to take your vouchers for collection in the November issue of Focus.

Thank you for your help.
Liz Coates, Press Officer, EB Lions AFC

Source: Focus, October 2006


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Eaton Bray Lions U11 - 11
Memorial Park "B" - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe whistle blew and shortly afterwards Memorial played a corner which for EB Lions resulted in an own goal. EB Lions certainly didn't dwell on their misfortune and James Pearce responded by scoring two goals in quick succession.

Some great tackling from both sides but Memorial's defence just couldn't stop EB Lions and Will Sanders was able to shoot two more goals in the back of Memorial's goal.

James & Will continued to put the pressure on the goalkeeper and both scored their hat tricks before the half time whistle blew. The second half saw Memorial battle on but EB Lions' Joe Turner scored two more goals for the Lions. After a great run from Daniel Nathan, James Pearce was able to secure his 4th goal.

It was soon to be Memorial's turn and after a great cross they landed the ball in the back of EB Lions' net. EB Lions soon retaliated and Jake Higgs scored his first goal of the match and James Pearce scored his 5th goal just before the final whistle.

Although Memorial lost the match, they always displayed great determination and good tackling ability.

Man of the Match - Robert Moseley (EB Lions defence).


Eaton Bray Lions U13 - 7
Stopsley Colts - 2

Both teams started positively, despite the rain-lashed conditions, with two early misses by Lions and a Stopsley free-kick rebounding off the crossbar. Gus Thorne pounced on a through ball to score Lions' first goal.

Lions strung together some good passes but great attacking play by Stopsley was only thwarted by great saves by goalie, Lee Cavendish, and a clearance off the line by Matt Lancefield.

Gus took the ball wide up the right wing and managed to squeeze in his second goal from an acute angle, but Stopsley retaliated immediately, scoring their first.

In the second half Jack Coates drilled a well-placed shot just inside the post.

Stopsley brought on their number 10 who proved dangerous whenever he got within shooting range, requiring excellent play from Andy Scott-Lewis to contain him. Jack made a run from midfield to score Lions' fourth and Gus followed his example to secure his hat-trick.

After an attack by Ross Taylor a goal mouth scramble resulted in Jack's hat-trick and then Morgan O'Connell finished off a good attacking sequence to score Lion's seventh. Stopsley headed in a goal from a great cross across the goalmouth in the final minutes.

MOM was awarded to Jack Coates.


Houghton Wanderers U15 - 5
Eaton Bray Lions U15 - 0

Lions made a good start but a great cross by Stephen Broughton came to nothing. Lions had possession for most of the first half hour, but despite several crosses into the goal area and some impressive corners by Martin Coates they just couldn't convert their chances into goals.

In contrast, Wanderers made good use of their chances. After thirty minutes an ambitious shot from wide on the wing was knocked into the net. Just before half-time Wanderers gained possession during a Lions' attack and quickly took the ball to the other end to score their second before Lions had time to react.

In the second half Wanderers played more confidently against an ever more despondent Lions. Lions' goalie, Dean Clark, had to make some good saves, Alex Kirkwood and Gareth were kept busy in defence and Alex Lay made several of his trademark sprints to cut off attacking runs made by Wanderers' players.

Wanderers scored three more, including a powerful shot from wide on the left. A promising final attack up the wing by Martin was halted by Wanderers' defence, which summed up the frustration felt by Lions during this match.

MOM was awarded to Martin Coates.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

St Josephs Greens U10 - 1
EB Lions U10 Reds - 3

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe Lions get off to the worst possible start as St Josephs scored inside the first minute. A long cross was headed into the net. However the boys respond tremendously to deliver their best performance of the season.

On nine minutes they equalise. Ben Walsh takes a curling corner from the left that beats everyone and hits the far post. As the ball span along the goal line, captain for the day, Jayden Newman reacted quickest and slammed the ball into the net. The boys produced some great attacking moves during the half, Ben a constant threat with his excellent runs down the wings.

Within a minute of the start of the second half, the Lions had the lead. The St Joseph's keeper could not hold Ben's cross and Matt Glover was there to prod the ball into the net.

The third Lions goal was an absolute screamer. The ball was cleared out to Jayden who hit an unstoppable shot that flew into the top corner of the net. The Lions continued to play excellent attacking football right up to the final whistle. The defence was very solid and all the boys played brilliantly. MOM awarded to Jayden.


Eaton Bray Lions U11 - 4
Watling "A" - 2

An impressive start by Watling and within the first minute of play, after a superb run by John Clarke he had secured Watling's 1st goal.

The Lions soon responded and from a corner kick, Nathan Sears headed the ball into the back of the net to even the score.

The Lions continued to put pressure on Watling and made several more attempts on goal. It wasn't long before the Lions midfield passed to James Pearce to secure Lions 2nd goal. Watling continued to battle and managed to beat the Lions defence only to hit the goal post. A throw in from the Lions midfield and James Pearce was able to score their 3rd goal just before half time, making the score 3-1 to EB Lions.

The second half saw Watling keen to even the score but again the Lions midfield penetrated the Watling defence and Will Sanders scored Lions 4th goal. Watling showed true determination and began to really put the pressure on the Lions defence. It wasn't long before Watling's Sam Ling had scored their 2nd goal. Watling continued to apply pressure but just couldn't get the ball pass the Lions keeper.

Mom Tom Nevitt.


Dunstable St Mary's U15 - 3
Eaton Bray Lions U15 - 3
-- Cup Match 4-3 on penalties

These teams were closely matched and play was untidy with several missed chances from both sides.

Lions went one down when a Dunstable forward pushed Alex Lay off the ball and went on to score. Lions were awarded a penaly when the ball was handled in the are and Alex Kirkwood confidently scored but Dunstable got their second from a great long shot just before half-time.

Lions wasted several more good chances and Alex Lay and goalkeeper, Dean Clark, had to work hard in defence. Ed Poole got through the Dunstable defence but was brought down by the goalie resulting in another penalty from which Kirkwood scored again.

In extra time both teams came alive and we saw some exciting football. Dunstable scored in the first period and Lions threw everything into the second period and were rewarded by a craking goal from Danny Law in the final seconds.

The penalty shoot-out was tense and not helped by Dunstable celebrating prematurely. The teams were still level after five penalties but Dunstable kept their nerve.

Source: EB Lions


Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

Eaton Bray Lions U13 - 1
Langford Youth - 10

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThree key players had departed from the Lions' team since last season but they were keen to try out their new lineup. Their supporters were shocked at the size of the Langford goalie, who was at least six feet tall, well-built and could have been mistaken for David Seaman!

Langford took advantage of a defensive mistake to score an early goal but Lions equalised when Jack Coates ran on to a forward pass and struck the ball past the goalie.

Both teams battled hard and Ross Taylor worked well in midfield but after twenty minutes Langford began to exploit weaknesses in the Lions' defense and scored 3 more by half time.

After scoring their fifth, Langford substituted their goalie - only for him to return to the pitch to play in midfield. Nobody could beat him in the air, tackle him or match his speed. It was like watching a grown man play against children. Despite determined attacking play by Morgan O'Connell and brave work in defence by Lee Cavendish, Langford scored another five.

MOM went to Lions' new goalie, Marco Woodgate, for bravely facing up to the onslaught.


Eaton Bray Lions U15 - 3
NGS FC U15 - 1

Newly formed team, NGS, were an unknown quantity. It soon appeared that Lions' players might have the edge in terms of skill whilst NGS were the quicker side.

Dylan Taylor worked well in midfield for Lions and Stephen Broughton was tackling well. Both teams had several shots that were wide or high and Dean Clark made a couple of good saves, but it was almost half time before Ed Poole steered the ball past the NGS keeper. NGS responded immediately by beating the Lions' defence and drawing their goalie off his line.

In the second half NGS had a couple of goals disallowed for offside. Alex Kirkwood took a good corner for Lions and Gareth volleyed the ball into the back of the net. This was quickly followed by a skilful move up the wing by Ed, passing to Robbie Luck, who scored Lions' third.

MOM went to Robbie for his brilliant defensive play as well as his goal, but all the team played well and it was a promising start to the season. NGS will be a force to be reckoned with once they have gained more experience.

Source: EB Lions


Brilliant form right through to the final

This season a small village club, which draws players from Eaton Bray, Edlesborough and surrounding villages, has taken a great step forward.

Eaton Bray Lions - U10 cup final winnersEB Lions have been awarded the FA Charter Standard and the club has grown from four to six teams, with 76 registered players.

They have fielded a girls' team (U12) for the first time and the girls have acquitted themselves well against more experienced teams in their first season.

Lions' star performers have been the U10 team, who put in brilliant performances during the season to finish runners-up to Hitchin Town in Division One of the League. They also lost to Hitchin in the cup final which was a much closer match than the 3-0 score-line suggests.

However, the abiding memories of the season for most members of the club will be of two Saturday mornings on Edlesborough Green, says Elizabeth Coates (Press Officer).

A sunny December morning saw the Green covered in a sea of black and white striped shirts and red and black training tops as three teams played home matches and two teams held training sessions.

Then, in January, about 100 supporters (including the entire U14 squad) lined the pitch to cheer on the U10 team in their cup semi-final victory.

Source: Youth Football Review 2005/06


No football at the pub

If soccer's not your scene, the World Cup's your worst nightmare, and all you want is a quiet drink in a nice country pub with no endless inquests into Wayne's metatarsal or the relative merits of 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 - Eaton Bray's the place for you.

World Cup Free Zone!Licensee David Sparrow has declared The White Horse a World Cup Free Zone! There will be no huge screen showing all the action, not even a small screen - and furthermore, he has banned all discussion of The Beautiful Game for the duration of the World Cup.

Anyone caught infringing the rules will be handed a red card in the form of a polite suggestion that they might like to make a donation to Keech Cottage, the pub's favourite charity.

Mr Sparrow said: "This is a lovely old pub with low ceilings and beams and a restaurant, and big screens showing football just doesn't fit in at all. We've had signs up informing our customers and there seems to be general approval that this is a very good idea!"

Source: Herald & Post, 8 June 2006


Former Eaton Bray Lions Team

Village footballers from Eaton Bray won another League title this year and were unbeaten all season.

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe former Eaton Bray Lions team who now play for Leighton United U11's won the Chiltern Youth league and only conceded 11 goals all season; this was the best record in all the chiltern leagues at all age groups. The Team had the following players from the village Ali Thorne, Callum Maxwell, Luke Reddington, Charlie Tickell, Josh Thompson, Seamus Ray and Alex Ellis.

Luke Reddington and Ali Thorne also won awards at the Leighton United Presentation Evening for their outstanding performances this season.

Oliver Maxwell from Eaton Bray has been signed by Luton Town Football Club for a second season. This year he has played against teams from Chelsea, Watford, Reading and Portsmouth. This has been a very hard season playing in this standard of football but Ollie has played very well to earn another year.

Source: Focus, June 2006


Eaton Bray Lions AFC - End of Season Report 2005/2006

The final matches of the season were played in early May and the team managers have written end of season reports.

Eaton Bray Lions AFC

Under 9 Boys

This is the 2nd year the team have been together and on the whole another quite successful season. This year we took on 4 more players, so have had a big squad to choose from. We played in Div 2, after just missing out on qualification to Div 1. Our final league position was 5th our of 10 with a record of won 8, lost 9 and drawn 1. All the boys have played to the best of their ability, and we certainly have been involved in some great matches. I would like to thank all 15 boys for their commitment throughout the season, as well as the brilliant support from all our parents. All I can say now is that we are looking forward to September when it all starts again.

Adrian Bush - Manager

Under 10 Boys

The U10's played in Division 1 of the Chiltern Junior Sevens League which comprised 40 teams overall and four divisions. It was thus a superb achievement to finish second in the top division for the third consecutive season. Not only that, but we reached the Cup Final (where we were Cup holders) but sadly lost to Hitchin Town.

We may increase to two teams next season in the final year of 7-a-side or instead go straight to 11-a-side. We do need just 3 more players to achieve either option, so any year 5 boys (2005-6) who are interested would be most welcome. Please contact manager, Tim Sanders.

Under 12 Girls

Our first season as EB Lions only girls side, has been an exciting new challenge. We have come up against highly experienced sides and another start up team like ourselves, with mixed fortunes. Our high spot of the season was a thrilling 5-4 home victory over the then League leaders Leighton Utd with what seemed like most of the village watching and cheering us on. We finished 3rd place in our small League with the two more experienced and bigger clubs above us. At the end of the season, we can say we have learned a lot, improved considerably and can look forward to the new season with plenty of confidence. Not at all bad for a team of girls that had never played football before!

The team are looking for 2 or 3 new players for next season. Players need to have been born between 1.9.93 and 31.8.95. Any girls who are interested should contact manager, Julie Fox giving name, phone number, email address, date of birth and details of any footballing experience.

Under 12 Boys

This was our first season at 11-a-side and the team benefited from a hectic pre-season schedule to help us get to grips with the offside rule. A superb early run of results saw us top the league after the first third of the season, but once again we showed inconsistency with poor results mid-season.

Later we gained some great away wins and signed off with a home win which secured us a mid-table finish (7th in Division 4 of the Chiltern Youth League). This was a great achievement for our first season at 11-a-side considering our squad size and catchment area.

Vince Moriaty - Manager

Under 14 Boys

We started off strongly, winning our first match against Kempston Raiders. During the season we had a huge win against Bedford Grasshoppers and wins against Houghton Wanderers and Limbury Saints. The matches we lost were usually very close and we also drew two matches. We were encouraged to see how closely fought the matches were this year and have great hopes for next season. Unfortunately the attitude, enjoyment, abililty and commitment of the boys was not reflected in their league position (9th in Division 5 of the Chiltern Youth League).

Dave Kirkwood - Manager

Source: Focus, June 2006