A warm welcome toThe Saints Sports Club
We are a local football club based in Buckhurst Hill, run with helpers from the churches of Buckhurst Hill (St.John's, St.Stephen's & St.Elizabeth's) and have been in existence for just under 10 years. As well as running an U10's and an U11's team playing in the Rural Friendly League, we also organise football coaching sessions for children of all abilities aged from 5 to 11 on Saturday mornings from 9:30am to 10:30am at Buckhurst Hill Community Primary School (see 'Links' on left for map).
If you know of any children who may be interested in attending the coaching sessions, or would like to be considered for one of the teams, please contact us and we will give you further details.
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Check out forthcoming fixtures and all the latest club news, including results, match reports & league tables.
** NOTICES **
Both U10's & U11's training is at 7pm - 8pm Mondays under floodlights on the astroturf at the Metropolitan Police Club, Chigwell.
The Saints are looking for coaches to help with the Saturday morning sessions. If you are interested please contact the club using the links to the left.
05 Jun, 2008
30/04/2008 - Results & match reports
U11's (H) vs. Enfield FC Youth U11
"The Saints boys completed their final game of the season ending with a disappointing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Enfield in atrocious conditions at Roding Valley. In the driving rain the game in fact started well for Saints with Spicer-Irving opening the scoring with a typical run and finish however from that point on things went downhill for the Saints boys. A score line of 5-1 flatters Enfield somewhat as but for a combination of poor finishing and "end of season party" feel, the score could have been much closer. A missed penalty a 1-1 only added to the woe!!
Man of the Match for Saints was George Harmon who, as always, never gave in and left the field in tears after his last match for the club." - Enda O'Meara
22 Apr, 2008
18/04/2008 - Results & match reports
U8's (A) vs. Romford Borough C: D 1-1
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U8's (A) vs. Romford Borough C: L 3-0
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20 Mar, 2008
15/03/2008 - Results & match reports
U11's vs. Home Potters Bar Crusaders Raiders U11: L 2-4
"The Saints U11's suffered defeat at the hands of Potters Bar in this week's match, though can feel very satisfied at another excellent performance. Without their first choice goalkeeper and with a makeshift back four depleted through injuries, the Saints boys nonetheless put up a very spirited performance and were doing well in this match right up to the closing stages of the game. Daniel Spicer-Irving gave the Saints boys an early lead only to be pegged back by two quick goals from Potters Bar. Early in the second half a debutant goal from Saints' striker Jack Patrick brought the sides level and constant pressure from Saints looked like securing victory. However two late goals gave Potters Bar a rather flattering 4-2 victory.
Man of the match for Saints was Michael Rugely playing in the full back position and who rarely put a foot wrong." - Enda O'Meara
U10s (H) vs. Lee Valley 'A' U10: L 3-4 (L 2-3 & D 1-1)
"A terrific performance by both teams. Despite having the minimum 7 in each gane Saints were pressing to score right to the end and really deserved a draw at least. Bradley and Ellis scored in the first game and Matthew Lumb put in a magnificent performance in the second game including scoring Saints' goal." - John Davies
20 Mar, 2008
29/03/2008 - Results & match reports
U11 (H) vs. Potters Bar Crusaders Knights U11
"Saints U11s continued their recent good form with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Potters Bar. A strong and biting easterly wind was always going to have an impact on this match and, having won the toss, Saints elected to play against the wind first half. Despite this handicap, Saints created all the chances early on only to find Potters Bar keeper in terrific form. However the deadlock was broken after 15 minutes when the lively Patrick Haslam struck a low drive past the keeper from the edge of the box. Five minutes before half time Saints doubled their lead when Oisin O'Meara drilled a fine Spicer-Irving corner into the roof of the net from close range.
With the strong wind at their back, the second half saw almost constant pressure from the Saints boys with the rare Potters Bar attacks efficiently dealt with by outstanding Saints defender George Harmon. The goals soon arrived however with number three for the Saints, and the best, a trademark curling free kick by Daniel Spicer-Irving. Haslem added his second and Saints forth before Harry Ley completed the rout with his first goal of the season latching on to a through ball to place under the keeper.
Saints Man of the Match was George Harmon who contributed as much in attack with his intelligent passing as he did in defence with his rock solid tackling." - Enda O'Meara
20 Mar, 2008
12/04/2008 - Results & match reports
U11 vs. Barnet Azzurri U11 (Double Header)
Match 1 - (H): L 0- 4
Match 1 of a double header and the less said about this game the better. A dreadful Saints performance albeit against a tough tackling but skilful Barnet side. The Saints boys appeared to be still shaking off the effects of their Easter break and were soundly defeated. Stand in goal keeper George Harmon was brilliant and could not be faulted for any of the goals conceded.
Match 2 - (A): W 3-5
Match 2 again started badly for Saints conceding a goal in the first minute. Although Patrick Haslam equalised quickly 2 further goals from Barnet made for an altogether depressing first half. However what was to follow could not have been foreseen and was, without doubt, the Saints finest second half performance all season. After several chances went begging for Saints, Oisin O'Meara started the fight back with a clever flicked header into the far corner for 3-2. The Barnet boys were rocking and, following another reckless tackle from a Barnet defender, Daniel Spicer-Irving exacted full revenge with a glorious free kick curled into the far corner to equalise. With Barnet's best player effectively shackled by the attentions of Saints feisty midfielder Edward Davies, all the play was going one way. Another Spicer-Irving run was finished by an exquisite finish to put Saints ahead before the same player completed his hatrick to cap a memorable day for the Saints boys and send the Barnet boys home licking their wounds. Great display from Man of the Match Edward Davies whilst special mention also goes to Saints goalkeeper George Harmon and hatrick hero Daniel Spicer-Irving. - Enda O'Meara
U10 (H) vs. Whitewebbs Eagles U10: L 5-8 (D 3-3 & L 2-5)
"Our last league game of the season was a loss to the second placed team in the division but the boys have had a good season in a higher division than we have played in previously with consequently stronger opposition every week. A 6th place finish is a good effort.
The first match on Saturday was a fantastic game of U10s football. Whitewebbs have two exceptional forwards and were big and strong but Saints matched them with a determined performance and some excellent passing. Johnnie scored first for Saints but Whitewebbs' pace and power saw them score three first half goals not entirely with the run of the play. The turning point was a penalty save by Matthew. This seemed to re-energise the Saints and Daniel pulled back a goal before half time with a coolly taken shot into the bottom corner. The second half was even and Johnnie scored the equaliser with a deflected shot from an angle. Ellis was awarded Man of the match for yet another outstanding performance full of running and non-stop hustling.
The second match was disappointing especially after Saints had pulled back a two goal deficit through Jack and Brandon. Just a little more determination could have made all the difference. Max was absolutely outstanding in goal." - John Davies
05 Mar, 2008
08/03/2008 - Results & Match reports
U11's (A) vs. Ryan FC (YOUNG GUNS) U11: D 3-3
"Saints SC U11s travelled to Ryan on Saturday, March 8th and came home with a thoroughly deserved point after an exciting 3-3 draw. The strong wind was always going to be a factor on an otherwise fine day and the good football on show was helped by the impressive surface. With the wind at their backs, Saints did all the pressing in the opening quarter without really creating any clear cut chances. However despite the pressure and somewhat against the run of play, Ryan scored with a neat break through the otherwise well marshalled Saints offside line. Saints response was immediate as Spicer-Irving drew level with a wonderful finish into the bottom corner to leave the half time scores level at 1-1.
The Saints boys faced the strong second half wind with an air of trepidation and their worst fears were confirmed when Ryan scored two quick goals to leap into a 3-1 lead. It would have been easy for Saints to surrender with the odds stacked against them but their reaction was fantastic. A typical Haslam run at the Ryan defence ended with a brave finish to make it 3-2. More pressure followed and Spicer-Irving sent the Saints supporters into rapture with an equaliser. Finally in the last minute, Saints had a glorious chance to win the game but failed to convert.
Great performances from Saints players, Spicer-Irving, Haslam, Duke-Okeze, and Farley, Man of the Match was George Harmon." - Enda O'Meara
U10's (H) vs. West Essex Colts U10: L 2-10 (L 2-6 & L 0-4)
"Saints were unfortunate to meet league leaders West Essex with them only needing a win to secure the division title which they succeeded in doing. Congratulations to West Essex they are worthy champions.
In Match 1 it was crucial for Saints to prevent West Essex getting off to a good start. Unfortunately two early goals spoilt the master-plan and it was uphill from then on but Saints played with a lot of spirit and Ellis scored two excellent goals to be deservedly named man of the match.
The Match 2 result flattered West Essex as three of the four goals were in the last five minutes as Saints' legs turned to jelly. A lack of a real goal threat cost Saints once again. Man of the Match Jacob seemed to be everywhere on the pitch and Hugo had another good game in goal." John Davies
U8's (A) vs. Belmont Juniors Lions U8: L 2-0
"Saints U8's had their 3rd match in their inaugural year against a much stronger side than they had encountered so far.
The first half saw Saints U8's once again trying to pass the ball around neatly and trying to get forward, but with the Bears closing down much quicker than the Saints had experienced in previous games they found it difficult to get out of their own half. A couple of breaks was the best they could offer. A combination of poor finishing from the Bears, a couple of fine saves from Matthew Grubb and some solid defending kept the score at a 0-0 for half-time.
The second half saw much the same, with the Saints camped in their own half for much of the game. Once again some good defending kept the scores 0-0 until the last 5 minutes when the Bears finally managed to breach the Saints defence and score a couple of goals in quick succession.
Bearing in mind that Bears are approaching the end of their season and this was only the Saints' third match this was a very good result and showed that Saints are progressing well.
Good performances from all the players given the strength of the opposition. No particular Man of the Match - just a well done to all the players involved." - Paul Bickford
03 Mar, 2008
01/03/2008 - Results & match reports
U10's (A) vs. Minchenden Youth U10: L 3-1 (D 1-1 & L 2-0)
"A disappointing result against a team we had beaten earlier in the season although Saints, again, could not be faulted for effort.
Game 1 was drawn 1-1, Man of the Match Bradley equalised Minchenden's early wind assisted missile. There were strong performances from George and Max in defence and Caleb played his best match for some time in an unfamiliar position.
Match 2 was disappointing. Saints struggled to create clear chances and just didn't have the rub of the green. Thomas and Samuel in particular worked very hard." - John Davies
18 Feb, 2008
23/02/2008 - Results & match reports
U11's (A) vs. Minchenden Youth Oaks U11: W 1-4
"The Saints U 11s got back to winning ways with a confidence boosting victory over Michenden by four goals to one. Despite suffering defeat in their previous three outings, the Saints boys began the game in determined mood and, using their wingers Haslam and Spicer Irving to great effect, created several early chances. None were taken and it somewhat against the run of play that Michenden struck first when poor marking allowed their striker to finish from close range despite keeper David Lester's heroics. Saints response was immediate, a poor goal kick was immediately seized on by flying Saint Edward "Teddy" Davies who thumped Saints level.
The second half was one of complete domination by Saints with wingers Spicer-Irving and Haslam, as well as striker Davies, causing mayhem in the Michenden defence with the quality of their crosses. The Michenden keeper pulled off several heroic saves to keep his side level but could do nothing to keep out a blistering Spicer-Irving shot from 20 yards that bulged the corner of the net. Saints continued their pressure and several attacks later Davies finished off a neat move by coolly side footing home Spicer-Irvings precise cross to make it 3-1. Spicer-Irving got his second, and Saints fourth, a few minutes from time to complete the scoring.
Saints were not flattered by the score line and deserved many more goals - excellent performances by Farley in defence as well as Davies and Haslam up front. Man of the Match however, as chosen by Saints parents, was once again Spicer-Irving." - Enda O'Meara
U10's (A) vs. Norsemen Youth U10: L 6-2 (D 2-2 & L 4-0)
"A magnificent second-half performance in Match 1 was the highlight for Saints against strong opposition who eventually ran out 6-2 winners. This year's step up in standard to a higher division is proving tough for the U10s but they shouldn't be disheartened.
In the first match Saints were two down at half time but then produced probably Saints' best 'half' of the season to pull back to 2-2 and were unlucky not to win in the end. Goalscorers Johnnie and Bradley were a menace to the opposition all match.
The second match finished in a 4-0 defeat but there were good individual performances notably from Hugo in goal and Freddie on the right side of midfield." - John Davies
U8's (A) vs. Belmont Bears U8: L 0-1
"Another fine performance by the newly formed Saints U8's.
The Saints started brightly as last time, but the Bears team didn't make the same mistake of underestimating the quality from this new Saints team and this time open play was very even, with Joe Galvin and Toby Stephens once again leading the line. Defensively The Saints looked strong, but a goal mouth scramble with The Saints unable to clear the ball led to the only goal of the half.
The second half saw much the same quality from both teams, with The Saints perhaps edging the half with some great counter-attacking play, with Toby, Joe and Matthew combining well at times. Unfortunately, after one particularly good save and clearance by the Bears goalkeeper, The Saints were unable to get the equalising goal and the match finished 0-1.
All The Saints players should be proud of their performances once again, and they look to be enjoying their football which, after all, is what it should be about.
Man of the Match - Toby Stephens" - Paul Bickford
18 Feb, 2008
16/02/2008 - Results & match reports
U11's (H) vs. Enfield FC Youth U11: Match postponed - pitch unplayable
U10's (A) vs. Broomfield Percival U10: L 5-1 (L 3-1 & 2-0)
"Another disappointing defeat for a half term hit Saints squad. A lack of subs is a disadvantage in this from of the game as the boys do not get the opportunity to take much needed five minute rests.
On a hard, bumpy pitch Saints lost the first match 3-1. Matthew scored Saints' goal direct from a corner. Saints battled hard with Jacob and Ellis to the fore and Max putting in yet another excellent display in goal.
Saints tried hard in the second match but lacked bite up front and have to learn to be more aggressive in goalscoring positions. Broomfield had a 1-0 lead at half-time but the second half was all Saints pressure before we tired and Broomfield scored on a breakaway. Tremendous performances from the 'back three' - Matthew, Jordan and Nick - but Daniel was, again, Man of the Match for another outstanding display of passing and athleticism." - John Davies
09 Feb, 2008
09/02/2008 - Results & match reports (U10's & U11's)
U10's (H) vs. Home Norsemen Youth U10: L 2-4 (L 1-3 & D 1-1)
"A disappointing home defeat for a depleted Saints squad but both teams could be proud of the effort they put in.
In the first match Saints without a sub and featuring debutant Brandon lost 3-1. It was a gallant effort with Brandon scoring our only goal. Max was again heroic in goal and Ellis showed the way outfield with a fantastic display of running and energy. Max and Ellis were deservedly chosen as joint man of the match.
For a brief spell in the second match it looked as though Saints would be able to pull back the two goals needed to draw level and possibly better. But Norseman equalised Jack's well worked goal (good assist from Caleb) and despite another gallant physical effort Saints had to settle for the draw and an overall defeat. Daniel was man of the match for an outstanding display of passing and athleticism." - John Davies
U11's (A) vs. Potters Bar Crusaders Knights U11: L 1-2
"A much depleted Saints team continued their run of defeats losing away to Potters Bar in a scoreline that doesn't begin to tell the story of the game. Despite having 4 of their first team players missing this was a very encouraging performance from Saints who played some wonderful football and deserved much, much more from the game. Saints hit the crossbar, had numerous chances cleared off the line and failed to convert some glorious chances before eventually losing narrowly.
It all started so well for Saints first half when a wonderful flowing move saw O'Meara play Spicer-Irving through who finished smartly to make it 1-0 to the visitors. Debutant Saint Jack Patrick had his shot cleared off the line before Potters Bar scored a controversial equaliser when the referee failed to notice his linesman flagging for a clear offside. The second half continued in the same pattern as the first with all the pressure and chances falling to Saints. Spicer-Irving hit the crossbar and there were several last ditch tackles from the beleaguered Potters bar defence. Then just after Saints failed to convert their second "one on one", Potters bar hit back and stole the points with a low shot past the otherwise excellent Saints stand in keeper Farley.
Top performances first half from Spicer-Irving, Davies and O'Meara who played some wonderful passing moves. Farley was excellent in goal and, despite the scoreline, was confident and commanding in goal." - Enda O'Meara