Another beautiful Spring day at the club where we successfully staged another SAL Cup Final.
If we are not getting a thing right on the pitch, we certainly seem to be doing so off it with the whole ground looking a picture.
Your President had the dubious pleasure of presenting the SAL Minor Cup to the Winchmore Hill 4th team captain, they are a very good side and were a taste of what our 4th team will be facing next season. Congratulations to them for clinching promotion on Saturday. The reserves continued their good run with another win and now look safe from relegation.The 1st XI team lost 2 matches last week, now making them favourites for the second relegation place. It looks like we may have to face up to our first ever season in the third division which must be the time for us to take a good long hard look at ourselves.
It is now going to be even harder to recruit good players which are badly needed. I think that James and Nick have been badly let down by the lack of committed support they have received and unless we can get players who really want to play every week and get themselves involved with the club as a whole then we will continue to struggle. We have the facilities to attract the best but at present we are failing badly. All is not lost yet, there are 2 vital games being played on the Grocers this Tuesday k.o 5.45 the first team have to win to have any chance of staying up and the third team badly need to win to keep their promotion hopes alive. If you have not been able to get down this season, this is when all your support is needed and it would be good to see some of the players from teams not playing coming down to support the club in its hour of need
A good day at the club with us staging another successful Cup Final, bringing much needed income to the bar and my exhortations for old players to come down leading to a brief sighting of David Muir.
On the playing side the Reserves by winning both legs of a double-header have scored double the number of points in the last 4 weeks than they managed in the first 6 months of the season a tribute to having a settled side during that time.
Unfortunately this has not been the case for the First team, multiple changes each week have led to us only taking one point from our last 4 games and we are now right in the midst of a relegation battle with a very important game away to EBOG on Tuesday evening, as I have said before you only get out what you put in and unless we get a grip we will find ourselves in the third division for the first time in our history.
The 3rd's won again and have 2 games left both against promotion rivals.The 4's had no game, the 5's went down to a heavy defeat, the 6's had no game and the 7's had another good win.
The Reserves were the obvious recipients of the Presidents Jug this week.
Next Saturday we stage another SAL Cup Final featuring our old rivals Winchmore Hill 4s whose strength as a club we need to use as a target for us to achieve.
Probably our best results Saturday of the season only spoilt by the 1st team losing again.
The ground was looking magnificent on a very warm Spring afternoon pity a few more of our old players could not have stirred themselves from their armchairs to come and support the club where they have had so much enjoyment they could even have bought me a drink.
The 1st XI played as well as they are capable of against a team who have not lost in the league for almost two seasons and who showed the team work of a team that play together every week. We are lacking that plus three or four class players that could combine with the promising younger players who are already in the side this would allow some our great servants to play an important role in adding experience to the 2's and 3's.
We really need to have a better recruitment system, to build a good team we require players who are really committed and enjoy playing for the CLUB and all it stands for as well as turning out every week.
Enough of my rant, the Res XI had an important win to relegation rivals and for the first time this season are out of the bottom two a bit of optimism there. The 3rd XI continued their run of good form and are in a close battle for promotion. The 4th XI are almost sure of promotion, a couple more wins will clinch it and this week scored 8 goals in an easy win. The 5th XI also scored 8 against Broomfield which moves them away from the relegation places. The 6th XI lost 5-4 and the 7th XI won the presidents jug this week with a fighting 5-4 win against higher opposition.I am still waiting for our first unbeaten week lets hope we can pull it off this week COYN
Firstly our grateful thanks to our committee and in particular our Chairman and Chunky for all the good and hard work they put in on Sat and Sunday in organising the AFA Youth Finals with not much help from the AFA on Saturday .
This is something we have done for the last few years and brings prestige and money into our club.
The results this week were mixed with the 1st XI suffering an unlucky defeat to the Vamps which puts us on the fringe of the relegation battle. We have some tough games to come including two against the all conquering Old Garchonians, the first of which is at home this week KO 3.00 pm. We need to put some more points on the board urgently. Every week I seem to be complaining about lack of availability unless we can get that sorted then we never will have success in the higher sides, other sides seem to manage it why not us, answers on a post card please.
The best result of the day was the Reserves winning 1-0 away to Lloyds after starting the game with only 9 men Andy Grant and his team have had a torrid time and it is great to see that they have maintained the spirit to pull off this result, a couple more wins will give us a good hope of avoiding relegation. They certainly win the Presidents jug this week which I shall buy them at their next home game.
The 3rd XI got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win against AP who are top of the table we have a good chance of promotion if we can avoid our usual slip ups against teams lower in the table. The skip who shall remain nameless scored a hat trick and has now scored 29 goals this season, should he be playing higher I ask myself. The 4th XI continued their winning ways beating the 5th XI in an inter club game. Why we cannot get back to only one team per division is beyond me but presumably the powers that be know best ??, they now look certain to gain promotion that means that next season they will have to travel all over London so time to get that commitment from players and not leave it to the last minute. The 6th XI lost both legs of a double header 0-1 to the team at the top of the table both narrowly. I watched some of the 7th XI game, they are greatly improved but lost narrowly, they have several players capable of going up the sides next season so lets work on keeping them involved.
Another important week ahead lets hope we can create some history and gain the first SAL victory over O G's since they joined the league. We can only do this if we can field our strongest side and with maximum commitment from everybody, COYBG
Last weekend Norsemen FC were very proud and privileged to have held 16 AFA Youth Cup Finals over 2 days. 7 were held on Saturday & 9 were held on Sunday.
All went off very successfully and the ground was at it's very best.
Our groundstaff must be congratulated for their efforts despite the recent weather we have experienced.
Not a very good week results wise, but good to see the bar still crowded when I left the bar at 7.00 pm. We were pleased to host the AFA Vets cup final and hope that our visitors enjoyed their visit
This coming weekend we host the AFA Youth finals, another prestigious event to be staged at the club which is advantageous in so many ways to our club and an excellent effort by our committee to be chosen as hosts.
Turning to results the 1st XI were leading 2-0 with ten minutes to go and should have wrapped up the match earlier before conceding a last minute equaliser, the Res XI lost heavily to the league leaders. My view of the state of this team I have already made several times,the 3rd XI lost 1-0 away to promotion rivals, the 5th XI shared the points in a double header winning and losing one of each, the 6th XI lost and the 7th XI scored a good win against Old Owens sixth team.
Its about time we had a week when the majority of our sides won especially this week as we have 5 Home games and a club social evening at the clubhouse, lets hope this is well supported.
Tried to be in two places at once on Saturday watched first half of first team game at Broomfield where we gained a welcome three points, opposition were poor so we still have some tough battles ahead if we are to finish in a respectable position.
Arrived at club in time to watch second half of the 3rds and some of the 4th team matches they are our two top performing sides.The 3rd team are a fine example of what a Norsemen team should be good on the field and off, leaders of the social side of the club. The fourth team I do not know so well but they certainly have some good players, hopefully they will stay long term with the club and move up the sides.
The reserves continued their struggles with another defeat, they need help guys so if your team has not got a game put your hand up to help them out, we look as though we have a good chance for a couple of promotions to the first division so it would be a pity if we lose the reserves to the 3rd division.
Lower down the 5's lost both legs of a double header to AP, the 6's took one point from a double header with Old Parks and the 7's were heavily beaten by Old Lyonians 4th team.
Lets make a big effort for everybody to be available to make sure we finish the season well, it's still all to play for COYN
Not a good week the 1st team suffering a heavy defeat at Old Actonians makes this weeks match at Broomfield very important. Defeat there would threaten us with a relegation battle.
The reserves played well in the first half leading 2-0 at half time but their lack of match fitness showed up in the 2nd half and we ended up losing 5-3. I understand very few team members turned up at training during the cold spell remember you only get out what you put in, a massive battle lies ahead to avoid relegation to the 3rd division for the first time in living memory.
The good old 3rd XI delivered the goods winning 5-4 against HSBC.
The 4's had no game, the 5's drew with Old Stationers the 6th team took 4 points from a double header at EBOG's and a splendid performance from the 7's who held the all conquering Old Garchonians to a 4-4 draw.
As an Old Stationer myself I was pleased to welcome their members to our club. Chunky had brought some much needed income by hiring them a couple of pitches they are a good crowd and remarkable survivors considering the school shut in 1983. They were very grateful to be able to play as their pitches were still unfit, do we appreciate how lucky we are with our set up. I was pleased to be able to give them the Presidents jug this week. One point they made to me was that their fourth team had been beaten 8-0 by our 4's the previous week and that some of our team would have got into their 1st team good to hear we have some good players but with our top two teams struggling this is not in the best long term interest of our club. Lets bounce back with some good results this week.
Norsemen FC are to host a weekend of Youth Cup Finals for each of age groups from U10's through to U18's on both Saturday 22nd March & Sunday 23rd March 2014 commencing with 10am KO's on each day.
In all 18 Cup Finals will be played, 9 each day with Kick Offs ranging from 10am to 12.30pm.
Please come along and show your support for the Youth of today in AFA Football.
Norsemen FC are to host the AFA Veterans Cup Final between Old Woodhouseians & Civil Service Vets on Saturday 15th March 2014.