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8th October, 2017

Aztecs Under 12s Olympia                   11
Mickleover Jubilee Rams under 12s      2

Another great day for Ashbourne Aztec Olympia, playing Mickleover Jubilee Rams they got off to a great start finding theirselves 2-0 up after only 10 minutes, by half time it was 8-1 to the Ashbourne side. William Shepherd and Morgan Chambers were outstanding as usual in defence and Wyatt Marshall made some great saves, the full time score was 11-2 with Bradley Wooliscroft and Sam Mead both claiming 5 each and Lucas Green getting the other, another outstanding performance from these youngsters. Man of the match was Bradley Wooliscroft. 

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Ashbourne Aztecs under 12s Juniors – 11

Heanor Juniors All-stars – 3


For the first ever match report we asked the players to give us some decent content which they certainly did!


An evenly paced start though saw Heanor put the first goal in against the Aztecs within 3 minutes. This gave Heanor a confidence boost that put the Aztecs under pressure requiring Oliver Colebourne in goals to make some great saves with full commitment. Within a few minutes it felt like the Aztecs were heading for a goal which came after some chaos in the area and an own goal was let in by Heanor. As captain, defender Charlie Taylor in his ever solid role rallied his team to keep up the pressure and a goal soon followed by Jake Walklett. The Aztecs needed to keep tight though as Heanor were still sensing a close match and got it back to 2-2 on 25 minutes. The game was looking in the Aztecs favour though with Charlie Taylor, Louis De Sousa and Alfred Scott having to work hard at the back to fend off the pursuit. On 29 minutes a free kick was awarded to the Aztecs taken excellently by Freddie Garrett and Sent into the goal by Kieran Clark with smart style. The first half closed out with a little more confidence for the Aztecs.

The second half saw a more controlled approach allowing the team to settle in to a goal scoring flurry. Having studied the first half of the match well, Fergus Wilson and James Lawson brought a calmness to the pitch allowing the flow to gel. Freddie Garret and Oscar Robinson kept up their intense work rate in the middle (if not most) of the pitch to link up and offer support to see yet more goals from the prolific Jake Walklett, a hat-trick from Theo Allen and a well-deserved goal from Fergus Wilson who played excellent linking up football.


Nice football, well done lads.


Man of the match was awarded to Fergus Wilson for solid, confident and controlled football, well done.

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Measham U11 Juniors 1-1 Ashbourne Aztecs U11 Cougars

Another enthralling game of football for the U11 Cougars took place at The Racecourse on Sunday coming up against Midland Junior Premier League side Measham Juniors. The Aztecs team seemed half asleep in the opening 5 minutes with Measham much the better team and nearing scoring twice. However as the game went on the midfield of Josh Menaj, Alejandro Garcia-Quintero, Max Atkinson and Lucas Shirtcliffe started to get more into the game and it was Aztecs who went close next with Luca Baird hitting the side netting from 12 yards out. The breakthrough was made after 20 minutes when Declan Walwyn found Devjid Sidders through the middle who burst through only to be fouled in the area resulting in a penalty for Aztecs which was calmly dispatched into the bottom right corner by Harry Moore. Measham came straight back at them with Oliver Love making some fine tackles and Jamie Longyear in goal making a brilliant save to tip a goal bound shot over the bar. Half Time 0-1 Aztecs. Mason Hoult who picked up an injury in the first half was ok to resume in the second half and made some great runs down the left hand side supported by Otto Wigley making his debut for Aztecs who did very well in his first match. Harry Moore again tested the Measham keeper with a couple of free kicks and Matthew Gillis enjoying a great game man marking the Measham number 9 had a great game. A couple of tasty challenges late on in the second half gave the game an edge with Aztecs standing up well to a few physical challenges and their good work was unfortunately undone by a breakaway attack from Measham who scored the leveller. Josh Menaj made a cracking run late on and was fouled when through on goal which could of made all the difference. A good game ended 1-1. Player of the Match was Jamie Longyear for some great saves during the game.
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DERWENT FC WARRIORS v ASHBOURNE AZTEC LIONS u8s

It was a tough tough game today against the most physical side we have played against.  Our Lions did superbly and stuck at it, never complaining about the hard tackles and all of them kept picking themselves up and carried on with a great attitude.

Noah Wood covered in goal for us today and made crucial saves in the rare occasions he was called upon.  He started the team off from the back and the team stuck to the formation and roles with great discipline which helped us keep a clean sheet, Will Costabile and Jack Jennings were absolute rocks in defence breaking everything up and pushing forward to support the rest of the team.  Matt Ackers was a real terrier winning the ball back and making great runs forward, he hit the bar with a great free kick and whipped in dangerous corners.  Oliver King and Charlie Tarry really pressurised the opposition defenders today and linked up well.  The opposition GK was the best we've played against and made a string of fine saves from every one of our players but was eventually beaten by an OG.  Oliver then latched onto a loose ball striking the ball off the post but Matt was following up scoring into an empty net.  Great effort by the Lions and well done today and putting everything from training into the match.
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Belper Sports Reds FC VS Ashbourne Aztecs Juniors Leopards u8s


Belper Sports was championing an almost complete girl’s squad today that closed our team down quickly and were very solid in their tackles. We took a few minutes to warm up today but once we got our first goal we relaxed and played some fantastic football. Archie Critchlow mastered throwing the ball out from the back today and in doing so he only made one ‘big kick’, this is a huge improvement from last year. Archie made a couple of top class saves to keep a clean sheet. Thomas Weston got a hat-trick with some great movement on and off the ball, being in the right place at the right time, Tom has a great knack at doing this. Harry Clarke played attacking midfielder today, he read the game well and was on the move at the right time, closing their midfield down a few times. Lytton Pegg played some fantastic passing football with Shia Grocott, they both formed a great team down the wing. Lytton found the back of the net to start his score sheet off with the Leopards. Shia played a great defending game today playing the ball forward when he saw the break and by doing so found the back of the net twice. Alfie Wood was dribbling past their defence and taking shots at goal every opportunity, one goal shy of a treble hat-trick. Alfie played some great passing football with Tom and the rest of his teammates. It was a privilege to watch the team play today, they took what they learnt at training to the next level.

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1st October, 2017


L E Galaxy under 14s                          3
Ashbourne Aztecs under 14s Tigers 5

The Aztecs Tigers were feeling very happy & proud of themselves today, sporting their newly sponsored kit thanks to generous contributions from local businesses P.J Allen builders, Caltonberry, Derbyshire Art Ltd, DHL & Jane Wilton’s Propbox.  


The Sunday morning fixture was an away one for Aztecs at Long Eaton against the L.E. Galaxy, it was going to be a tough one as Galaxy had proved to have a good midfield only 2 weeks prior at the reverse fixture at home. So, a much improved away performance was required and guess what they didn’t disappoint.


After an inspirational pre- match speech from coach Stuart Blake it seemed to lift the team and despite been beaten by Galaxy only two weeks ago 3-0; Aztecs made a great start and clearly went all out to win this week…

 

Jonny Cantellow making his debut match day was outstanding, with his high fitness levels, energy and commitment he ran the left channel like clockwork combining well with Freddie Lake in defence and Alex Blake on the left flank this side of the pitch was on overdrive…. the team’s improvements were further reflected by the intelligence of Luke Griffiths the goalkeeper, who playing a newly learned system of “out from the back” was using the ball well from the kicks combining with Billy Bailey this led to Aztecs Tigers keeping far more possession, especially in the first half.


Hugo Allen scrapped for everything in the middle of the park, pressing high together with Will Griffiths when the opposition had the ball and then sitting just behind them was Matthew Staniforth who was asked to play a ‘Guardiola’ style tactic known as a ‘pivot’. This pivot basically in front of the back four was working and Matthew’s job was to take charge of passing and switching the ball and orchestrating the play. This combined effort by all in midfield seemed to allow the team much more time than in recent weeks. The substitutes playing in rotation of Harry Launders & Tom Breen also brought new impetus and this kept the momentum going towards the end of the second half.


Kian Walwyn played very well and deserves a special mention with 2 goals and an assisted cross to Antonio Garcia who was always probing the oppositions defence, he was praised by the players and the managers for showing great confidence in his approach play, indeed the two linked up well all morning as a front strike force combining strength and great first touches to ensure the opportunities didn’t go to waste! 


Tony Staniforth of The Tigers commented that the hard work on the training ground was successfully executed today by all the players and despite the oppositions second half fight back, it came to nothing as the lads carried out the tactics intelligently to ensure some lovely free flowing football and a great result for the team, winning 5-3 and was a huge turnaround in performance and important first win for Tigers this season. 

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24th September, 2017

Ashbourne Aztecs Olympia v Elite Tigers under 12's,

Olympia started well soaking up some early pressure from their opponents but the Ashbourne side soon found themselves one up when Sam Mead was bought down in the box, Bradley Wooliscroft stepped up and converted his second penalty in as many weeks, it wasn't long before the Aztecs were two up when a clever throw-in from Jack Wilson put Edward Tomlinson straight through on goal, Ed slipped the ball easily under the Tigers keeper making it 2-0, by the break the Elite side had pulled level with a couple of goals from their big centre forward one of which was an unstoppable strike. 

The Aztecs made a couple of changes putting their star defender Will Shepherd in goal and bringing stand in keeper Lucas Green out into midfield, this seemed to work well Morgan Chambers having the big centre forward in his pocket, then after about ten minutes into the second half Henry Morton struck a super volley over the Tigers keeper for 3-2, Ed Tomlinson got his second knocking it in with his chest from a corner and Sam Mead made it 5 with a cracking header from yet another well taken Bradley Wooliscroft corner. The Olympians were now cruising, Joe Brown and Kobie Jones put in some good work up front playing well together then five minutes from time Archie Tunnicliffe robbed the Tigers striker of the ball lifted his head and played an unbelievable pass for Sam Mead to run onto and convert his second goal making a final score of 6-2. A super display boys, and a joy to watch. 

Man of the match was Archie Tunnicliffe

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Stelfox Snatches Winner

MickleoverRBL U11's 0-1 Ashbourne Aztecs U11 Cougars

Another beautiful morning at the Derby Racecourse saw yet another fascinating game of football for the U11 Cougars who have had a great start to their season. Mickleover gave them their hardest test of the season so far and it was the Derby team who started the brightest by outplaying the Ashbourne team with some lovely passing moves. Jamie Longyear had an excellent game in goal and was called upon many times during the first half to stop the Derby team taking the lead and the defence of DeclanWalwyn, Oliver Love & Mason Hoult really had to be in top form to keep the scores level. Pablo Artemendi-Lyons and Alejandro Garcia-Quintero had decent games on both wings and tried their hardest during the first half to break down the Mickleover full backs but at half time the score remained goaless. The second half saw an end to end game but the fitness of the Aztecs started to tell with Josh Menaj, Max Atkinson and Luca Baird full of running and started to dominate the midfield but still the deadlock could not be broken. Mickleover then broke through to see a shot hit the post and was cleared by the dominant Harry Moore who had a tremendous game as holding midfielder. DejvidSidders having his best game of the season shot narrowly wide on a counter attack and the breakthrough came with Just 8 minutes left on the clock when DeclanWalwyn sent a ball through to Joe Stelfox who dribbled past two defenders and slotted home the only goal of the game to give the Aztecs another slender win to the delight of the parents. Player of the Match was Harry Moore for a really solid display. Team JLongyear, MHoult, O Love, D Walwyn, H Moore, JMenaj, M Atkinson, PArtemendi-Lyons, A Garcia-Quintero, JStelfox, L Baird & D Sidders
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Under 16 League Cup

Ashbourne Aztecs 3 – 1 Hilton Harriers

A first half hat trick by Seb Neesam and man of match performance by Joe Thrupp was enough to see Aztecs through to the next round of the cup

Aztecs came out on top in a match that owed as much to hard work and determination as it did to the beautiful game. Tyler Thraves starting in midfield alongside Luis Zambrano and Charlie Birks took the game to Hilton by winning the physical battle and not allowing Hilton getting into their stride by winning the first and second ball. It was when Aztecs broke down a Hilton attack that they broke through Chris Matthews who released Neesam  who ran clear of the defence to lift the ball over the on rushing goal keeper. Aztecs were mot having it all its own way however and it took a spectacular save from Joe Thrupp in goal to keep Aztecs in the lead.

With Aztecs now bossing the midfield it was no surprise when they doubled they advantage with another break from midfied by Neesam, this time slotting the ball under the on rushing goalie. Eager for his third Neesam spun his defender as he received the ball from Charlie Scattergood and sprinted clear to round the keeper and put Aztecs 3-0 ahead heading to half time.

With nothing to lose the second half saw Hilton come out all guns blazing and it took a series of excellent saves from Joe Thrupp in the Aztecs goal to keep them at bay. The pressure finally took its toll and a hotly contested penalty gave Hilton a chance to get back into the game and now with the score at 3-1 they began to pepper Thrupps goal.

2 more point blank saves from Thrupp quckly followed one after another before Aztecs began to take control and now playing on the break could have extended the lead further when Charlie Birks broke through the Hilton back line and through on goal only to see his strike pushed just wide of the upright. Further chances fell to both sides before the referee finally blew for full time on a match that owed much to hard work and determination.

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Ashbourne Aztecs Juniors Leopards u8s VS Alvo Boys Rangers u8s

 

We played against an extremely organised team today, they played in position as a team. Unfortunately today we didn’t gel or play to position as we should have. Archie Critchlow as usual was solid in goal, he made some fantastic saves to keep us in the game. Shia Grocott and Alfie Wood both played in defence and made runs forward to get up field but were closed down a lot quicker than normal but they still made some great passes to free up Thomas Weston. Harry Clarke played a mixture of defence and up front nearly getting on the score sheet and making some great tackles. Izaak Opiac played a hard game in the midfield tackling the ball off the opposition to hold them up. Olly Gong and Thomas Weston experienced a good defence today and were closed down quickly on the ball but broke through at times to fire a few great shots off. We will come back stronger next game because we will learn from this experience and it will make us a great team.

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Mickleover Sports under 13s                                         2


The Aztecs U13 team maintained their 100% start to the season with a hard-fought 4-2 victory away at Mickleover Sports.

The hosts started swiftly and took an early lead, but The Aztecs drew level halfway through the first half courtesy of a towering header from Logan Cuthbert from a Toby Carolan corner.

As has been their way, the Aztecs seized control in the second half, and a speculative shot from Luke Ford put them ahead early in the second period.

A rare defensive mix up allowed Mickleover to level, but the Aztecs were in their stride now, and neat finishes from Freddie Murphy and Will Herron meant they left with all 3 points.

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Ashbourne Aztecs U11 Cougars 3-2 Allenton United U11

A glorious morning at The Racecourse saw the Aztecs trying to follow up their superb win of last week against Allenton. A much more physical game took place to the previous week and it was a really good battle between two competitive teams. Both teams went close in the opening minutes and both sides fell foul of the offside trap but good break aways on the counter by Dejvid Sidders, Alejandro Quintero-Garcia and Josh Menaj were causing the Allenton defense problems. At the other end Jamie Longyear had another fine stint in goal, making some fine saves with Oliver Love and Matty Gillis making some fine tackles to keep a busy Allenton team at bay. The deadlock was broken after a neat pass by Luca Baird found Pablo Artemendi Lyons who duly hit a great shot over the finger tips of the goalkeeper and into the net. Half time 1-0 and the team talk warned the players the away team were still in the game. Harry Moore was making his first start of the season and put in a solid shift along with Mason Hoult who battled terrifically all game for the Aztecs, taking some knocks in the process at the heart of defence. The score was doubled soon into the second half when Lucas Shirtcliffe sped forward down the right wing to finish with a cracking shot into the top corner to make it 2-0. However straight from kick off Allenton scored with a through ball that split the Ashbourne defence in half to make it 2-1 and then within 5 minutes of this the same move did the same again and the score was all of a sudden 2-2 with 10 minutes left. Both teams were now pressing for the winner and it was Aztecs who got the vital goal with Joe Stelfox taking advantage of a slack pass to dart through and score from an acute angle off the post to get the winner, full time 3-2 Aztecs. Player of the Match went to Mason Hoult for his great defensive work. Team - J Longyear, O Love, M Hoult, H Moore, M Gillis, A Garcia-Quinter, L Baird, P Artemedi Lyons, J Stelfox, D Sidders & J Menaj.
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Aztecs Olympia u12s                               7

Codnor Boys Yellow Sox United u12s   0

 

Olympia took control from the start going one up early on through Bradley Wooliscroft. Ashbourne played some lovely football and made it 4-0 by the break, Archie Tunnicliffe lobbing the keeper after a brilliant build up with some sublime one touch football.  2 minutes later Sam Mead scored the goal of the season striking the ball from the left wing across the keeper into the top corner. Early in the second half Codnor pushed on and if it wasn't for some excellent defending from William Shepherd and Morgan Chambers they could have been back in the game. Ed Tomlinson and Jack Wilson held the midfield well and Ross Arnold was unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions. Lucas Green scored a lovely solo goal after picking the ball up on the half way line and Bradley Wooliscroft scored his fourth from a penalty. Wyatt Marshall made some great saves to keep a well earned clean sheet as the match was not as one sided as the score line suggests.  Codnor scored an unlucky own goal in the closing minutes to give a final score of 7-0, well done boys, a fine performance. Man of the match was Lucas Green.

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Ashbourne Aztecs U9’s Lynx v Allestree Juniors Valencia U9’s

An early start for the Lynx with a 9:15am kick off at the Racecourse. The Lynx team didn’t let this put them off though, taking the game to Allestree and scoring first through William Glossop following a fluent passing move.
Allestree were equally as quick off the mark but the defence of Jamie Burrows and Ewan Ford handled the Allestree forwards well, with Josh Halls producing some fantastic saves in goal.  Bobby Scott, Ollie Ball and Louis Garnham worked hard in attack and midfield creating chances for their team mates, with further goals following from Finley Wood, Krystian Janowska and  Asinja Lourie

It was a very tight even match with chances and goals at both ends played in a great spirit by both teams.  Another great performance from the Lynx team.

Allestree Juniors Bayern VS Ashbourne Aztecs Juniors Leopards

 

Second game in and we were on fire, the whole team played to their positions. Archie Critchlow took control of goal and what a fantastic time he had, Archie stopped some belters and without him in goal I think it would have been a different story. Alfie Wood and Shia Grocott both played out from the back. They stopped Bayern’s forwards in their footsteps and straight away were on the counter, Shia found the back of the net along with Alfie who got 5.  The three midfielder’s had a great time in the centre of the park. Izaak Opiac stood strong and made some great tackles, unfortunately he got a ball to the face and was substituted early. Olly Gong and Harry Clarke put in a shift today defending and making sharp runs forward, Harry found himself on the score sheet with a cheeky goal. Thomas Weston couldn’t stop scoring today, his movement on and off the ball had their defence guessing, I'm sure Tom will be very happy with his 5 today. You are all gelling as a team and playing fast and positive football.

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Allenton Utd Juniors Bayern VS Ashbourne Aztecs Juniors Lions


Today was a tough game against a very well organised team who have been trained by an academy coach. I’ll start off with wishing Oliver Spencer well, he woke up this morning not feeling good, hope you feel better soon. Noah Wood started in goal but did not feel well after a couple of minutes, so Alfie Wood took his place and made a string of great saves, he managed to get himself on the score sheet from a goal kick. Jack Jennings and William Costabile were like a brick wall at the back, they both made some critical tackles to keep the ball away from our net while making some fantastic runs forward. William Plant and Rafferty Allan played great today they both did what was asked of them, stopped the ball in midfield and made some great passes to release the forwards. Rafferty did this while feeling under the weather. Oliver King and Noah Wood played up front and dropped back into defence when needed. Oliver with his agility kept their defence guessing which gave Noah his opportunity to add to his great scoring record. A quick and explosive team who played some great football today, well done lads.

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Aztecs U13 started their Burton JFL season with what looked a tricky match away at Stapenhill Swans. An early strike from Zack Bailey settled the nerves, and when clever play from Toby Carolan led to a Swans defender putting into his own not, the lead was doubled. Freddie Murphy made it 3-0 soon after, but any thoughts it was going to be easy were soon dismissed as the Swans scored twice to leave it 3-2 at half time. 

However this Aztecs team have worked very hard on their fitness over the summer, and it showed in the second half, as they gradually seized control of the game, and the pressure told as a Luke Ford hat-trick and a second from Murphy rounded off a performance of great promise, and saw them finish up 7-2 winners.

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Ashbourne Aztecs under 15s 6

Willington F C under 15s        1

The under 15s started their season today at Mappleton playing fields wearing a new strip thanks to G & A Transport Ltd (Haulage & Storage) of Ashbourne Airfield Industrial Estate.  The under 15s were unsure what to expect as Willington were promoted from last year’s division two, the Ashbourne team were heading into unfamiliar territory.  The game started evenly, Ashbourne went 1-0 up with an excellent goal from Tyler Jackson but Willington were quick to equalise and there was still nothing between the two sides; it was anyone’s game for the taking.  Good midfield battling by Owen Bailey provided a second for Jackson and when Tyler Burton put an excellent through ball to Theo Rodgers, he didn’t hesitate to finish cutely.  At the break Aztecs had a slight cushion but had already used 3 out of their five substitutions due to the heat taking its toll on the players.  Second half was where the under 15s Aztecs got on top, Jacob Wibberley-Howe joined his team and immediately got stuck in as did the late first half sub of Sam Glossop.  Josh Wheeldon, who was on his debut, added the fourth goal, followed by one from Bailey and then finally Rodgers with a second. Jack Thomas, who took over from Jack Banks at half time in goals, remained focus and was called upon to collect some good attempts by Willington. The home team showed how strong and flexible they were when substitutions rolled on and off throughout, most players fielding more than one position within the game.  Good team spirit was key to the under 15s success today.

Manager Julian Burton, Jayden Clamp, Adam Leigh, Harry Vinall, Alex Cheetham, Jack Banks, Josh Wheeldon, Theo Rodgers, Owen Bailey, Jack Thomas, Tyler Jackson, Regan Ford, Jacob Wibberley-Howe, Sam Glossop, Leo Cooper, Thomas Barke and Tyler Burton.

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Ashbourne Aztecs under 10s Hornets & under 10s Warriors



Ashbourne Aztecs under 10s began their new season looking very smart thanks to a new kit kindly sponsored by Bradstone, and rain jackets sponsored by Eddie Stobbart.
The under 10s field 2 teams the Hornets and the Warriors. Both teams kicked off the new season at the racecourse on Sunday morning. The Hornets battled hard against Littleover Dazzlers but were unfortunate to concede a couple of late goals in an entertaining game. A well taken goal by Archie Pitt was a highlight, and a superb man of the match performance from Alistair de Sousa.

The Warriors started the season in fine form and had a flurry of goals against Stanton Ilkeston FC. With many fine displays from several players. The high lights being 4 goals for Caelan Mckone and 3 each for Luca Salsbury and Sam Barter, who also impressed in a fine man of the match performance.

With a large squad of keen and energetic players both teams should be in for a successful season.
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Ashbourne Aztecs 3 – 3 Heanor Juniors


Newly promoted Aztecs got their campaign underway with a spirited comeback against old foes Heanor.

Coming into this game Heanor were determined to finally get one over on Aztecs, having lost their previous 3 encounters.

Aztecs came closest to the breaking the deadlock when swift passing between Seb Neesam, and Charlie Scattergood released Joe Reed through on goal only to see his effort blaze just wide.  With the Aztecs midfield beginning to get the upper hand it was against the run of play that Heanor took the lead with a headed goal at the back post following some good work on the wing.

Whilst not hitting top form Aztecs continued to work hard and push for an equaliser which finally came following more good work in midfield, allowing Chris Matthews to ghost into the box and get on the end of another fine move.

Midway during the half both teams began to cancel themselves out with neither getting the upper hand so it was something of a surprise when Heanor scored 2 quick goals just before half time to take a 1-3 lead into the break.

Aztecs made changes at half time to ensure they kept the energy levels up with Jamie Graham and Luis Zambrano coming into midfield to add some guile along with hard work. It was this change that led to Aztecs creating more and more chances coming close on a number of occasions before Neesam got his first with a thundering strike form just outside the box. More chances followed with Aztecs now fully into their stride and it was no surprise when they finally equalised with another well taken goal by Neesam this time rounding the keeper to calmly slot it home.

With 10 minutes left it became an edgy affair with Aztecs pushing for their winner and Heanor looking to threaten on the break. It was during such a breakaways that their striker bore down on goal only for the Aztecs goalkeeper Joe Thrupp to thwart him with a brave stop at his feet leaving Jake Ridley to then clear the lines.

Further chances fell to Scatttergood who was tireless up front but when the final whistle came it was Aztecs that did not want the game to and  Heanor that were relieved to hear it.

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Under 14s Tigers 0, Erewash 3

 

First game of the season and Tigers faced the team that finished 11 points above them at the end of last season. So it was going to be a tough opener.

 

Erewash started the brighter taking the game to Tigers so the defence of Billy Bailey, Robbie Wilton, Jack Hooker-Miles and Archie Fountain had to be disciplined. Tigers looked threatening on the break through the pace of Ethan Walsh who had two shots gathered by the keeper in quick succession after good build up play by Will Griffiths and Matt Staniforth-Armstrong.  As the half progressed Erewash started to get to the ball quicker and only some interception play by first Wilton the Bailey prevented Erewash taking the lead. Then in the 22nd minute a quick break and long low shot avoided a diving Luke Griffiths and nestled in the corner. (0-1 Erewash). For the next 10 minutes Erewash pushed to extend the lead, again brilliant defending by Hooker-Miles, Bailey and Wilton stopped any further Erewash progress. When Tigers had the ball up front they looked threatening, Alex Blake winning the ball on the right clipped the ball through to Walsh who let it run past him and hit a left foot shot that again was gathered by the keeper. Erewash continued to play some good possession football and this time Luke Griffiths stopped a certain goal standing tall and blocking to his left. So as the half came to a close good build up play between Blake and Staniforth came to Walsh in front of the box he pulled the defence wide to the right and crossed in low where first Tom Breen stuck the ball only to see it blocked, then Matt Jones following up seeing the same. The whistle went for half time.

 

The Second half started the same as the first ended with Erewash forcing an early save from Luke Griffiths. Tigers then came back into it with Hooker-Miles finding Staniforth, who played a good ball out to the right for Will Griffiths to bring the ball to the edge of the box, then playing it through to Tom Breen who’s shot was saved by the keeper. So just when it looked as though Tigers might get back into Wilton conceded a penalty it was a close decision as he got a foot to the ball. Erewash made no mistake from the spot kick giving Luke Griffiths no chance. (0-2) Erewash. Tigers kept pushing forward with both Breen and Walsh going close. Bailey and Hooker-Miles were giving it all in defence as at times they were being overrun by mass counter attacking. When they did get through Luke Griffiths stood tall blocking the ball after a one on one with a Erewash forward. Eventually with 25 mins of the half gone Erewash found a way through with a direct run at the back four that couldn’t be stopped, the ball being well hit past Luke Griffiths diving to his left. (0-3) Erewash.

Walsh went close again late on rushing through only for the keeper to make an excellent block. Erewash hit the bar in the closing seconds but Tigers cleared. So that’s where it ended.

 

Tough game.

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Spondon Dynamo U11 Black Socks 0-2 Ashbourne Aztecs U11 Cougars

The U11's kicked off their campaign for the 2017/18 with undoubtedly one of the hardest fixtures they could of faced with Spondon being the team that knocked them out of the Cup knockout competition last season on their way to winning the trophy. However after a decent pre season, the move up to 9 a side football and full fa rules the Ashbourne team went into the game determined to settle a score. The game kicked off at a frenetic pace but it was Spondon who had the better of the first 10 minutes forcing fine saves from Jamie Longyear and keeping the defence of Oliver Love, Declan Walwyn & Mason Hoult really busy. The game then settled down with some fine foot balling moves from the Aztecs with Dejvid Sidders, Luca Baird and Max Atkinson working really well together and created the first chance when Sidders narrowly fired wide. The half time score was 0-0 but it was the Aztecs who made the crucial breakthrough when Josh Menaj was fouled on the touchline, the free kick was taken by Walwyn and after a goal mouth scramble Lucas Shirtcliffe fired the ball home into the roof of the net to give the Aztecs a 1-0 lead. Joe Stelfox battled well up front and was unlucky with a couple of chances and the energetic Alejandro Garcia-Quintero made some great runs. As tired legs prevailed more substitutions were made and a break away goal with 5 minutes left sealed the match as Pablo Artemendi Lyons burst through midfield releasing Sidders who had his shot saved before Matty Gillis ran on and slotted in to the delight of the parents and supporters. This was the first time the Ashbourne team had managed to gain victory over a really strong Spondon team and gives them great belief going forward. Player of the Match was awarded to Oliver Love for his excellent defensive work and interceptions. Team - Jamie Longyear, Declan Walwyn, Oliver Love, Mason Hoult, Matty Gillis, Joe Stelfox, Alejandro Garcia Quintero, Pablo Artemendi Lyons, Lucas Shirtcliffe, Josh Menaj, Luca Baird, Dejvid Sidders & Max Atkinson.
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Aztecs u9 Lynx v Punjab United u9

A great start to the season for the Under 9 Lynx's with an entertaining
match at the Racecourse.  An even first half saw effective attacking and
defending from each team.

Defensively the team worked exceptionally hard with Jamie Burrows and Ollie
Scott providing cover for Jack Lemon in goal who dealt well with any chances
that the opposition had.

In midfield Louis Garnham and William Glossop were determined throughout,
tackling and breaking up the opposition moves.  Providing possession for
Asinja Lourie to push forward and to attack.  In the second half the Lynx
put pressure on Punjab United and scored goals from Finley Wood, Krystian
Janowska and Josh Halls.  With Ewan Ford pressuring the opposition defence
eventually resulting in them conceding a goal.

Each player played in different positions, demonstrating their adaptability.
All the team contributed to a great performance and a great start to the
season.
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ASHBOURNE AZTEC LIONS U8s v WEST HALLAM ROCKETS U8s


Today we ventured into the unknown, we moved up an ability group and had 3 new players in the team. I didn't need to worry as the team produced the best performance I have seen from the Lions.


The players really listened to what we have been teaching them in training.  They pressed high up the pitch starting with Oliver King and Lytton Pegg defending from the front not letting the opposition have any time on the ball.  We played it beautifully out from defence and our passing was simply brilliant.  When the opponents did get the ball into our half Oliver Spencer came out to gather it up and Will Costabile read the through balls cutting them out and setting us off on a counter attack.  Midfielders Jack Jennings, Charlie Tarry and Noah Wood hassled and harried the other team winning the ball back and breaking with pace, finding the through balls and crosses that counted.


Goals from Noah x 4, Will, Oliver King, Lytton and an own goal saw us home. Oliver Spencer made a cracking save we all thought on the goal line as well.  Great performance and can't wait for next week.

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Ashbourne Aztecs Juniors Leopards u8s VS Mickleover Sports Club Brewers u8s


 

A great start to the season. We played against a very well organised team today but we played our hearts out and never stopped running and playing great passing football. Big thank you to Archie Critchlow for stepping up and guarding goal, Archie made some spectacular saves which kept us in the game. Harry Clarke and Max Hambleton were both solid players in defence, no one was getting passed them, stopping Mickleover’s forwards in their tracks. Shia Grocott and Afie Wood put in a serious shift today, nonstop end to end football with technical skill, passing and some cutting passes forward. Alfie found the back of the net a few times with Thomas Weston adding a couple of his own. Tom was everywhere today at the top end of the pitch giving the opposition teams defence an impossible task, at one point Tom received a long pass from Alfie turned the ball just like we have been practising in training and slotted in a goal. Welcome to the new players and a great football match from a solid team.


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3rd September, 2017

Ashbourne Aztecs under 13s 6
Chesapeake under 13s            3

Ashbourne Aztecs U13 got their season underway with an impressive pre-season friendly victory against highly-rated opponents Chesapeake on Sunday at Chaddesden Park.

Despite an early goal from Freddie Murphy, the Aztecs took a while to settle, and were 3-1 down after 20 minutes. 

However the cobwebs were soon blown off, and a second from Murphy, along with a goal from Luke Ford on the stroke of half time saw them go in level.

In the second half the Aztecs ran their opponents ragged with fast attacking football, scoring three more courtesy of Murphy (to complete his hat trick) , Logan Cuthbert and Will Allen,  hitting the woodwork no less than 6 times, in a performance which promises much for the season ahead.

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