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2nd & 3rd December

Ashbourne Aztecs under 12s Olympia 8
Codnor yellow sox under 12s               1
 
 

A good win this week for the Olympians who faced Codnor yellow sox needing a win to go to third spot in the league. The Ashbourne side got off to a bad start going one down after 5 minutes after the Codnor forward beat keeper Wyatt Marshall at his far post, but unphased they kept their shape and played some good football and before long a great run and cross from Lucas Green found an unmarked Kobie Jones at the far post to level it up, the Aztecs now found their stride and Kobie soon added another when Edward Tomlinson crossed from the right, Joe Brown added a third lobbing the keeper and two defenders from the edge of the box then Sam Mead scored a brave goal by going in for a header as the keeper came out to punch the ball, earning him a goal and a sore jaw.

With a half time score of 4-1 the Under 12’s started to play some nice football, Jack Wilson started to push forward from defence and was soon rewarded with a goal, Henry Morton put in some great passes and some great tackling from William Shepherd kept the Codnor tally at one, Kobie Jones added another two to make his tally four and Edward Tomlinson’s efforts were rewarded when he scored late in the game.

Another great display from Aztec Olympia to put themselves up into third spot, well done boys. Man of the match was Lucas Green for his totally unselfish play.

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Ashbourne Aztecs Tigers u14s 2

Belper Sports under 14s            3


Top of the table clash for Tigers as they took on the second place unbeaten Belper Sports. It was to be a real game of two halves for Tigers. 

Belper started the brighter first forcing Luke Griffiths to make a low save and then soon after shooting over the bar.  Tigers struggled to get out of their half but when they did their lone Striker Ethan Walsh has some pace to cause the Sports defence problems. A Long through ball from Will Griffiths found Walsh who tried to play the ball across the box to Antonio Garcia-Quintero only to find him offside. Soon after a error of judgement between both Griffiths (Will and Luke) gifted Belper a goal as they both thought the other had it only for the Belper striker to sneak between the two and knock it into the open net (0-1). This was going to be a hard game and was going to won or lost in midfield, Belper were winning that battle. When Tigers won possession back their passing play was excellent with Hugo Allen, Alex Blake and Dylan Hinde playing some great one touch football that narrowly missed putting Walsh through. So deep into the half Tigers got some energy back into their legs and Walsh running through on goal hit a shot that went out off the defender for a corner. Tigers then forced 3 corners in succession all narrowly going wide of the goal after coming off Belper defenders, was it going to be one of those afternoons? It proved to be so as on the very next Belper attack they forced a corner out on the right, it was thumped in low to the front post, nobody from Tigers went to meet it and it was hit high into the net past Griffiths (0-2). Tigers tried to get something back but couldn’t find a breakthrough and the half ended with Belper on top. 

The second half was almost a repeat of the first with first Mathew Jones making a blocking tackle when he was the lone defender, then Griffiths blocking a shot from outside the box. Tiger came back to life through Garcia-Quintero, Alex Blake and Allen whose attack was just wide of the Belper net. Before they knew it Tigers conceded a 3rd goal a shot from the right wing was blocked by Griffiths went into the air and was knocked towards goal by the Belper Striker, Griffiths beaten and even a desperate dive by Archie Fountain on the line couldn’t stop it (0-3).  Then the fight back started, first Marcus King receiving the ball out on the right from Cameron Grady managed to square it to the box where it was met by Kian Walwyn who got a low shot in that went under the keeper and into the net (1-3). Tigers with new energy started battling and playing the ball around especially King, Hinde and Garcia-Quintero through this spell they forced a corner that was swung in by Walsh only for the header from Garcia-Quintero to go agonisingly wide of the post. For all Tigers attacking they were still grateful for some great keeping by Griffiths first parrying a shot and then bravely gathering at the feet of the striker. King again went on a run down the right and crossed the ball low into the box and again Walwyn managed to get just enough on it for it to loop over the keeper and into the net (2-3). Tigers battled for every ball and try as they might they just couldn’t get that break of the ball. The game ended with a narrow defeat. Tigers have to meet Belper again on the 21st January with revenge in mind.

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LITTLE EATON DIAMONDS ACES v ASHBOURNE AZTECS LIONS u8s

We came up against a highly organised side today who played some good football.  Oliver Spencer pulled off a number of great saves today and commanded the area well coming off his line to sweep up through balls.  After making one brilliant save he nearly got to the second shot and was unlucky not to keep it out.

Charlie Tarry, Will Costabile and Jack Jennings played a solid defensive game.  They showed for the ball from Oliver to play out from the back when he could and closed the opposition down really well making some crucial tackles.  They got forward to support the attack and produced some good passing and quick throws today.  Jack was as tenacious as ever in getting the ball back and up the pitch, he and Will also made some good driving runs.  Charlie was a real rock today and rarely did a player beat him when one on one.

Oliver King and Noah Wood gave the opposition defenders a massive headache today.  They pressed from the front well and after they settled down the interplay between them was fantastic carving out opportunity after opportunity forcing the keeper into good saves on numerous occasions.  Oliver King created well today and helped Noah score a hat trick with his passing and dribbling. Noah produced some good finishing as well.

Well done Lions great display of teamwork and passing football today.
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Ashbourne Aztecs under 13s 15
Outwood Hawks under 13s       0

The Aztecs U13 cruised into the last 8 of the cup with another rampaging display of fast-flowing attacking football. In the first few minutes they seemed to be testing the structural integrity of the Mapleton goals, crashing the ball twice against the woodwork from close range. But as the pressure began to tell, the goals soon started to flow, and the Aztecs went in at half time with a thoroughly deserved 8-0 lead. Toby Carolan dictated play wonderfully, and as well as scoring 5 himself, created many of the chances for others, as Freddie Murphy (6), Luke Ford (3) and Will Heron completed the 15-0 rout of a by now dispirited opposition, though mention must be made of the Outwoods keeper Aston Ashman, who made a string of outstanding saves, and never let his head drop. 

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25th & 26th November

Anglesey Swifts                         0
Ashbourne Aztecs under 13s 14

The U13 Aztecs produced another devastating display of attacking football on their visit to Anglesey Swifts.

In complete control from the first minute, Will Allen opened the scoring as he had last week, finishing neatly from a corner.

Further goals from Freddie Murphy (2) , Luke Ford, Logan Cuthbert and Toby Carolan saw the Aztecs go in at half time with a deserved 6-0 lead.

The spirited Swifts came out with fresh purpose after half time, but after a frantic 5 minutes or so, the Aztecs soon carried on where they had left off, with further goals coming from Cuthbert (3), Murphy (2), Ford, Will Heron and Kieran Foster. Once again the defence were totally impregnable, meaning stand-in keeper Callum Lemon had a very quiet day as the Aztecs ran out eventual 14-0 victors.


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18th & 19th November

Ashbourne Aztecs Tigers under 14s 6

Mickleover Sports under 14s            1

Tigers go 5 points clear at the top of their league with a convincing and well-disciplined display against Mickleover Sports. 

Tigers looked bright from the off and took an early lead through Ethan Walsh with only 2 mins gone. It started with Mattew Staniforth-Armstrong winning the ball well in the centre, he took a couple of touches before playing a low hard through ball for Walsh to run onto, he left the defence with his pace and played the ball low into the net past an on rushing keeper (1-0). From the kick off Tigers pushed forward and for a minute lost their shape, a quick over the top ball found Mickleover 1 on 1 with Luke Griffiths in goal he stood tall and did just enough to force the striker to shoot wide. Mickleover spurred on with this chance attacked again but the back four of Matthew Jones, Archie Fountain, Jack Hooker-Myles and Robbie Wilton were equal to it with some calm tackling and distribution of the ball into the midfield. With seven minutes gone Wilton played the ball from the right into the centre where Kian Walwyn took over striding forward and struck a shot just over the bar. Tigers were back in the driving seat and not long after they extended the lead, this time it was Dylan Hinde who took the right defence on evaded a couple of tackle before getting his shot away, it was well blocked by the keeper but the ball fell to Walsh who was following the attack in and he made no mistake shooting into the open net (2-0). With 15 mins of the game gone Tigers were well in control, it was at this point however they lost their captain Staniforth-Armstrong to injury which was a blow as he had been dominating the centre off midfield, on came Antonio Garcia-Quintero to take his place.  The pace didn’t drop from Tigers, Alex Blake played the ball out to the left where Walsh put in a strong challenge for the ball and won it on the edge of the area he moved across the face of the box dummying his shot twice before hitting a low drive past the keeper an in off the post (3-0) and a hat-trick for Walsh. From the kick off Tigers played it well down the right to force a corner, from the set piece Blake went close having a shot blocked, it bounced back out and Launders couldn’t control it and it sailed off him over the bar. Mickleover were still pushing forward but were forced into long range shooting that didn’t cause Griffiths any problems in the goal. Two substitutes in quick succession as Tom Breen came on for Launders and Tom Haines came on for Blake.  Mickleover now but greater pressure onto the defence but first Wilton and then Fountain got two great tackles in to break up two good moves on goal. As the half time whistle approached Tigers got a corner that was whipped in by Garcia-Quintero, the ball came to Walsh at chest height with his back towards the goal he somehow extended his leg and hooked the ball back towards goal it hit a defender on the line and went in (4-0). The half time whistle blew with Wilton and Breen attacking well down the right side of the pitch. 

Tigers as in the first half were lightning out of the blocks with Walwyn playing the ball out on the right to Hooker-Myles who clipped the ball over the defender to Garcia-Quintero who rushing into the box hits a low shot that the keeper gathered at the second attempt. Garcia-Quintero now was finding more space and was causing the Mickleover defence all sorts of problems this time forcing a fine save from the keeper for a corner. Walsh this time whipped it into the neat post where the keeper pushed it onto the bar before grabbing the rebound. Mickleover were still making a game of it and where actually starting to settle on the ball and during this period only some tenacious tackling in the midfield by Walwyn and Carcia-Quintero stopped them making more of their attacks. However with 20 mins gone Mickleover attacked on the right through a quick break the ball was swept in low into the 6 yard box where an in rushing Mickleover striker hit the ball high into the net giving Griffiths no chance (4-1). You could tell that Tigers were rallied by this and came back immediately from the kick off the ball was played by Walwyn out to Garcia-Quinero who bullied his way past two lunging tackles to play a great ball onto the penalty spot where Breen thumped the ball into the net (5-1). It was watching waves of attacks this time from the kick off Micklover pushed forward but first Matt Jones and then Hinde stopped dangerous looking attacks. With 25 mins now of the half played Walwyn winning the ball in the centre of midfield for the umpteenth time in the match played a great ball out to Garcia-Quinero who again went on a direct run at goal this time there was no intention to cross and he hit a great shot into the corner of the net with the outside of his boot (6-1). For the next ten minutes Tigers tried to extend their lead further with Breen, Garcia-Quinero and Blake all forcing saves from the keeper and Walwyn hitting the post. The game ended with some heroic defending by Walwyn on the edge of the box.

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Melbourne United Eagles under 8s v Ashbourne Aztecs Leopards under 8s

 

We went into today’s game not knowing our opponent; they turned out to be a very good team. Melbourne Eagles closed us down quickly and played a very good passing game. Archie Critchlow again was Mr Shot Stopper, he parried a full on shot with his left hand - I’m not sure how he got his hand to it. Harry Clarke had a great game today playing a solid defensive roll, The Eagles broke very quickly and Harry was the last player between them and our goalie when it was two on one he still made the correct choice and stopped the ball. Shia Grocott played out from the back with some fleeting runs playing some great one two football with our forwards, he is always looking to push forward and pass the ball at every opportunity. Lytton Pegg played a quick game today even while feeling under the weather; Lytton played up the centre getting on the end of some sure passes and fired off a few shots but as I said The Eagles closed us down quickly to prevent a couple of goals. Thomas Weston was fantastic up front but every time he got on the ball he was marked by one of their players and was left with little choice, even when finding space which Tom does very well. Tom had a few shots at goal which were cleared off the line. Alfie Wood took a boot to the face which left him with a bleeding lip; this did not stop him getting a couple of goals in the first half, same as the others Alfie was closed down quickly but we all played a passing game today which helped. Alfie got a hat trick in the second half and we are so pleased that one of those came from a short corner to Shia who dinked the ball out to Alfie to fire home. A very evenly matched game with some precise passing and flowing football.

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Ashbourne Aztecs U13 6 Mickleover Sports 0

The U13 Aztecs produced their  best display of the season as title rivals Mickleover Sports visited Mappleton. It was a tight opening spell, with both sides moving the ball about swiftly, and the deadlock was broken for Aztecs by Will Allen, who fired home after a corner was only partially cleared. Will's first Aztecs goal was swiftly followed  by his second, as 10 minutes later he headed home again from another beautifully delivered Toby Carolan corner, and when Logan Cuthbert rose majestically to head home the third, Aztecs had a 3 goal lead to take into the half time break.

As has often been the way this season,the Aztecs' superior fitness began to tell in the second half, and further goals from Freddie Murphy (2) and another from Cuthbert, allied to a great performance from all of the defenders, saw them eventually ease to an important and thoroughly well-deserved 6-0 victory.

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Willington under 15s                  2

Ashbourne Aztecs under 15s  10

With no subs on the bench this weekend, all the Ashbourne players had to give 110% for their team and this is exactly what they all did.  Alex Cheetham opened the scoring, followed by Tyler Burton adding his first goal of the season.  Within 15 minutes the away team were 0-2 up but Willington continued to battle hard to get back into the game.  Across the middle of the pitch were Jack Thomas, Sam Glossop, Thomas Barke &  Burton who held firm giving Willington very few chances on target.  The long balls being launched forward from Burton and the long goal kicks from Jack Banks for Aztecs, were giving the strike force of Harry Vinall and Cheetham great goal scoring opportunities, and it was Cheetham who latched onto one of these, scoring his second and the third for his team.  Willington didn’t give up and a mix up at the back for Aztecs gave the home team the opportunity they needed to pull one back.  The teams went into the break exhausted but it was Aztecs who had the all important two goal cushion and added confidence to their ability.  Second half Cheetham, Vinall and Burton advanced in a line towards goal and there was no stopping them, Vinall added 4 to the tally, Cheetham 2 more making his personal total 4 and another one for Burton to make his personal total 2.  A very important defensive line up of Jacob Wibberley-Howe, Adam Leigh, Jack Green and Regan Ford stopped Willington gaining much of an advantage; they added just one more by pulling Banks out from his line and slotting the ball home. 
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12th November, 2017

Match Report , Ashbourne Aztecs U13 3 Stapenhill Swans 2
 

Aztecs U13 won a fantastic encounter with league leaders Stapenhill Swans on Sunday. It was an open game from the start with both sides creating chances, and Freddie Murphy was first to strike, finishing into an empty net after the keeper foiled Logan Cuthbert. Swans equalised soon after, but on the stroke of half time Murphy headed a fine Toby Carolan corner goalwards, and then lobbed the rebound over the keeper to send Aztecs in 2-1. Swans  kept fighting and equalised midway through the second half, from then on the game was in the balance, and with both sides making chances, Will Gerrard and Will Allen performed heroics in central defence for the Aztecs. Just when a draw seemed likely, Will Heron unleashed a wonderful strike from outside the area into the top corner, with the last kick of the match, prompting wild scenes of celebration (and that was just the parents !!).

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Mickleover Sports Club Rangers - 3

Ashbourne Aztecs Juniors u12s – 1


Another result today not reflecting the Aztecs strong performance. From the outset, Ashbourne had the upper hand putting together some good connecting football. Using the full width of the pitch and fast releasing of the ball to keep a momentum of pressure up, a goal was sure to come soon for Ashbourne. On 5 minutes, keeper Lucas Wood put a huge goal kick right up the field and the ensuing pack was spearheaded by Kiran Clarke to take a neat touch just in front of the keeper, control the ball as it came down and bury a fine goal to put the Aztecs 1-0 up. Jake Walklett up front soon found himself one on one with the keeper but was met with a good save. Dropping Freddie Garret back a position as part of a defensive four with Louis De Sousa, Alfie Scott and Captain Charlie Taylor was proving to present a solid wall of players well versed at following a fast flow and standing strong enabling the centre midfield (shared by Thomas mason, Theo Allen and Fergus Wilson) to push the play up field. A Mickleover side with some fast strong players though kept Ashbourne having to work as hard. 8 minutes in, a cracking save was needed by Lucas Wood, 11 minutes in a shot from distance by Thomas Mason took a bounce off the crossbar. Minute by minute the game was packed full of tight play but by half time, Mickleover pulled it back to 1-1 with a shot in from a goal line scurry. The second half had Ashbourne come out with all engines going, again putting the game to Mickleover. A sweet looking free-kick from Freddie Garret curled just past the post and a bunch of goal area scrambles could have seen Ashbourne put two or three in but the finishing (and perhaps a bit of lady luck) just wouldn’t send the game Ashbournes well deserved way. A long shot from Mickleover squeezed ball through Lucas Woods hands to go 2-1 up and the 3-1 victory for Mickleover left Ashbourne feeling a little disheartened, wondering what more they could have done…….. not much lads, great football again, well done.

Man of the match was awarded to Freddie Garrett for his commitment to the team and a solid role in a switch of position.

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Ashbourne Aztecs Juniors Leopards u8s VS Little Eaton Diamonds Aces u8s 

We went back to basics today and it worked well. Pass and move, when played correctly a team can be untouchable and we were. Little Eaton are a well-structured team but today they did not get anywhere near us. Archie Critchlow owned the goal area, instructing his players on corners and free kicks, he made it look easy today. Harry Clarke played in defence and read the game really well; Little Eaton’s forwards could not get past Harry, he was solid. Shia Grocott played the role of midfield defence and made some great runs out from the back to crack a shot off the woodwork, Shia’s work rate is second to none and she is fast at closing players down quickly. Alfie Wood hit a double hat trick, one was a chip over their goalie and another rocket of a free kick from the half way line, he also made passes up front to cut their defence in half. Lytton Pegg found the back of the net; he was in the right place at the right time, he also made a great cross from the corner which Thomas Weston got on to score one of his two goals. Thomas’s movement and foot skills are fantastic; he is a tricky character up front and can receive a ball, turn and shoot. Great passing football played by a solid team today.

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Robirch under 15s                   0

Ashbourne Aztecs under 15s 3

 

A clean sheet for the first time this season for the Aztecs under 15s, due to some excellent goalkeeping from Jack Banks, including the outstanding save of a penalty from Robirch.  In addition to this there were goal-line clearances plus organised defensive play from Regan Ford, Jack Green, Adam Leigh, Jacob Wibberley-Howe, Jayden Clamp and Thomas Barke.  Ashbourne must have had 8-10 shots on goal in the first half but all went just wide of the post, hit the cross bar or were saved by the inform Robirch keeper.  It was Theo Rodgers who broke the deadlock when he fired a rebound shot into the back of the away team’s net.  Alex Cheetham scored the second, from an acute angle and Rodgers added the third fed through by Tyler Burton.  It was a great team effort from all players today, Harry Vinall working tirelessly in the midfield area and on the wing despite suffering a bloody nose in the match, and the spectators saw some cunning runs through on goal for Josh Wheeldon, who was unlucky not to add to his already 5 goal tally this season.  This is the second consecutive week where Ashbourne have dug deep with their result despite fielding a depleted squad, well done to all those who took part and get well soon to all those carrying injuries and sickness.  Man of the match Jack Banks.

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5th November, 2017

Ashbourne Aztecs under 15s 4

Belvedere Blue under 15s       2

Great team spirit and working for each other were key factors in today’s victory against Belvedere Blue.  For the first 25 minutes, the game was goal-less but then Belvedere scored a fine goal and put pressure on the home team to step it up.  Josh Wheeldon was the first to do just that with a fine goal; followed by Theo Rodgers and then Jack Green both adding to the tally.  Wheeldon added a second whilst Belvedere added another courtesy of a penalty, but it was Aztecs who held on to the victory to the end through some excellent mid field holding and astute defensive work.  Man of the match today for the under 15s was Regan Ford, who put in an excellent performance for his team.  

Team:  Thomas Barke, Jacob Wibberley-Howe, Tyler Burton, Jack Green, Alex Cheetham, Adam Leigh, Jack Banks, Regan Ford, Jayden Clamp, Theo Rodgers, Josh Wheeldon, Harry Vinall, Leo Cooper & Sam Glossop.

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Ashbourne Aztecs Olympia under 12s 12

Stanton Ilkeston under 12s                      1

 

An easy outing for Aztec Olympia this week, Stanton were a man down and Olympia started slowly not taking advantage of the extra man but were soon in front through Lucas Green when Edward Tomlinson played in Bradley Wooliscroft who squared on the edge of the area for Lucas to hit first time into the roof of the net, Bradley then scored a great long range effort before converting a penalty awarded after Ross Arnold was bundled over in the box. 

   Stanton’s heads then began to drop and the Aztecs ran wild, Striker Joe Brown and Archie Tunnicliffe put in a good shift allowing Lucas Green to score a hat-trick, Bradley Wooliscroft to get 5, Henry Morton to convert 2 and Ed Carroll to get 1, add to that an own goal to make an impressive 12 goals, the defence of Morgan Chambers, Will Shepherd and Henry Morton held steady only conceding once when Shepherd failed to clear putting Ilkeston through to take the chance well, past an advancing Wyatt Marshall. With a score line of 12-1 the Ashbourne top their division. Man of the match was shared between Edwards, Tomlinson and Carroll.
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Chesapeake All Stars u8s VS Ashbourne Aztecs Juniors Leopards u8s 


Chesapeake is known for being a tough opponent, I’m not sure if that put us off playing our game slightly today. Chesapeake played well and we did enough to come out on top. Archie Critchlow had a fantastic game in goal, he made two of the best saves I have seen this season, Archie kept a clean sheet and us in the game. Playing out from the back to Shia Grocott and Harry Clarke, they both had a very good defensive game. Harry Clarke held up their forwards well and did not stop running. Shia Grocott took a nasty fall on his shoulder but stood tall and was solid at the back and held his position without fault. Alfie Wood made his runs out from the back, going forward he missed a couple of opportunities to pass the ball up to Thomas Weston and Lytton Pegg because he was marked by a couple of quick players. Alfie managed to find the net a couple of times, one from a powerful free kick by the halfway line. Lytton Pegg was having fun upfront pressing their defence every time they passed the ball out from the back, he got some cutting passes off to Thomas Weston to set him on his way towards goal but he was closed down very quickly by a solid defence, Thomas created a couple of chances from what limited space he was allowed upfront. Today we were having difficulties playing our usual passing game but we still produce moments of great football.

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Ashbourne Aztecs Juniors u12s - 2

Mickleover RBL Lions – 4


The Juniors knew they had to be on top form today against Mickleover. On top form they were too matching the strong side like for like throughout the whole game with a commendable resilience and team spirit that could have seen an Aztecs victory, but for a couple of back to back goals from Mickleover after 20 minutes including a lucky deflection. The game was end to end stuff and both sides made scoring chances via skilful play up the field with Mickleover’s scoring chances met by the Ashbourne Keeper Luke Wood, standing strong and helping to command from the back. A mirror image of opportunities for both teams saw Mickleover grab the couple of extra goals over the Aztecs but not for the want of trying and drive from the back of the field to the front by a mature looking Ashbourne team. Goals for the Aztecs came from a first half spirit saving Jake Walklett and one of Charlie Taylors powerful, accurate free kicks.

Each and every Ashbourne player turned up with an attitude to give their all and enjoy the game. A solid and powerful defence/ midfield, a skilful midfield/ attack (a little unlucky today boys) was commented on by both sides as a pleasure to watch. Well done lads.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor: solid performance but appearing from nowhere to block a powerful shot on goal was magic!

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Newhall Tigers under 13s       3
Ashbourne Aztecs under 13s 1

The U13 Aztecs suffered their first defeat of the season , losing out narrowly in a tight affair at Newhall.

The Aztecs started well,  but despite them creating a number of good chances, the teams went in goalless at half time.

The Tigers caught the Aztecs cold early in the second half with two early goals, prompting wave after wave of attacks in reply. Logan Cuthbert pulled one back, and looked to have equalised, but the linesman felt otherwise. As the Aztecs pushed for parity near the end, they were caught on the break, the third Tigers goal sealing the match 3-1.

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29th October, 2017

Heatherton Hawks under 14s           1

Ashbourne Aztecs Tigers under 14s 9


Tigers stormed to second in the league with only goal difference holding them from top spot, after an impressive 9-1 win over Heatherton Hawks.  

Tigers were slow out of the blocks and only a goal save from Luke Griffiths stopped Hawks taking an early lead. This should have woken the home side up but instead they conceded a goal not long after so Hawks to an early lead (0-1). Tigers then found their gear with a quick break by Antonio Garcia-Quintero, he surged forward and was unlucky to see his shot clear the bar. Tigers really now started to settle and they got the equaliser, Matthew Staniforth-Armstrong won the ball just outside the box and hit a pin point through ball to Garcia-Quintero who found the bottom corner of the net (1-1). It was then all one way traffic as the midfield quartet of Alex Blake, Garcia-Quintero, William Griffiths and Staniforth-Armstrong played some excellent interchanging football. Tigers were looking for the second goal and in the space of 5 mins had three corners that first Jack Hooker-Myles fired just wide, then a repeat saw Blake do the same. The pressure paid off, again Staniforth-Armstrong was the provider and a carbon copy pass off the first goal found Ethan Walsh this time who fire home low into the corner of the net (2-1). Even though Tigers were dominating the play Hawks were a quick side and were looking to capitalise on the break, and it looked like Hawks would get another chance at goal but Marcus King had other ideas and pulled off a great blocking tackle and quickly played the ball forward to Walsh who controlled it first with his head and then clipped the ball over his right shoulder into the path of the on rushing Jonny Cantellow.  He gave the keeper no chance with a thumping left foot drive high into the net (3-1) Tigers. This was a real team performance with even the back three of Freddie Lake, Archie Fountain and Hooker-Myles showing confidence playing the ball around before distributing it forward. The Hawks defence were having real problems containing the pace of Garcia-Quintero and his persistence paid off as his first shot ricocheted off the defender back into his path and on his second attempt he made no mistake finding the bottom corner of the net (4-1) Tigers. All the team were looking confident on the ball and good build up play between Blake and Staniforth saw Matt Booth just fire wide. 

Second half Tigers were the faster team out with Cantellow forcing an early save from the keeper. This was to be the pattern of the game for the next 10 mins as Tigers pushed forward with Cantellow on the left and Dylan Hinde on the right. Hinde’s shot looked goal bound only for the back tracking defender to intercept at the last minute. The encouraging thing was none of the players were afraid to have a shot and even if they went wide there was still a pat on the back and a better luck next time from the team. Finally they extended their lead further,  a great tackle from Cameron Grady started the move, he played it up on the left to Walsh who played it square across the goal to Griffiths, who then played it just inside the box on the left for Staniforth-Armstrong to hit a firm shot that was turned in by the defender (5-1). The sixth goal came from an individual burst and long run by Cantellow who left Hawks defence nowhere and he riffled his shot low into the right corner of the net (6-1). The seventh goal was another brilliant piece of individual play, Garcia-Quintero intercepted the ball on the edge of his own area and went on a storming run across the pitch and down the right wing, he evaded two defenders and looped a cross/shot to the far post Walsh had kept on running and had a simple tap in just to make sure (7-1). The 8th goal was a team goal with King and Garcia-Quintero causing all sorts of problems for the Hawks defence on the right the resulting cross was cleared but fell on the edge of the box the Staniforth-Armstrong who picked his spot low to the right of the keeper (8-1). The 9th goal came from a corner by Blake that fell to Garcia-Quintero who made no mistake firing the ball low into the net. The game came to an end with Walsh having a shot tipped over the bar and then Booth going close from an excellent cross field pass from Griffiths.

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LRT White under 15s                5

Ashbourne Aztecs under 15s  5

The under 15s travelled to Lichfield for a very competitive 11 a side fixture.  Both sides started evenly but the deadlock was broken by Theo Rodgers scoring for Aztecs, assisted by Tyler Jackson.  Next to put his name on the score sheet for Ashbourne was Josh Wheeldon, who finished with a great ball provided by Harry Vinall.  The celebrations were short lived though as LRT drew one back meaning there was just one goal in it.  Just prior to half time Jackson scored the third and the visitors went into the break with a 3-1 cushion.  Second half Ashbourne were playing down hill which you would think would be an advantage, but they struggled to hold onto the rolling ball in the attack.  LRT’s half time team talk certainly made them pick up their game and within minutes they were 3-2 and back in contention.  Jackson added two more goals to his tally to achieve his hat-trick but every time Ashbourne increased their lead, LRT battled to pull the score line back.  Jack Banks had a great game in goals and was unlucky to have five shots from LRT find the back of the net. The Aztecs under 15s stamina and longstanding injuries took their toll and with only one sub on the bench, it was not enough to give the side the final burst of energy they required in this game.  A draw was a fair result with Ashbourne owning the first half and LRT putting paid to the second half. Man of the match Tyler Jackson.

Team:

Tyler Jackson, Harry Vinall, Jack Banks, Josh Wheeldon, Tyler Burton, Jack Green, Leo Cooper, Sam Glossop, Alex Cheetham, Regan Ford, Theo Rodgers & Adam Leigh.

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ASHBOURNE AZTECS LIONS u8s v MELBOURNE UTD FALCONS u8s

The team today was Oliver Spencer in goal, defenders were Jack Jennings, Will Plant and Will Costabile, attackers were Oliver King, Matt Ackers and Noah Wood. 

A great game in the sunshine today against a very physical team, proud of how all our players stood up to them and never took a back step.  We got off to a terrible start and we were 2-0 down quite quickly.  All the boys showed great courage to settle down, concentrate and start playing our positions like we trained. Within no time we were back on the front foot. 

Our passing and movement from all the players today at times was brilliant and the attackers really pressed the ball winning it back high up the pitch.  Oliver King set up some great chances and goals today with deft little touches, all the defenders carried the ball out from the back superbly and they really looked like a team.  In the end goals from Noah Wood, Jack Jennings, Matt Ackers, Will Costabile and Will Plant.
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Ashbourne Aztecs Juniors Leopards u8s VS Castle Donington Jets u8s


Before I start a big shout out to Ben Weston for completing his level 1 coaching course, good to have you back on the side-lines. We knew this was going to be a tough game today Donnington Jets are a very physical team and quick on the break and they did not let us down. Archie Critchlow was great in goal today and he had to work hard, three got past in the first half and one in the second but Archie stood firm to make a string of classic saves. Thank you to Jack Jennings who stood in and helped the Leopards today. Harry Clarke and Jack Jennings had the opposition coming at them continually but they were both closing players down with some solid tackles. Thomas Weston and Lytton Pegg were running around their defence who were very physical but they got past them by playing some great passing football, both found the back of the net. The game was played at an intense speed and Alfie Wood manged to get back and help defend while getting forward to find the net with a brace both halves. All players played a very good defensive game today getting back when needed and breaking quickly to get forward. That was a good test today and all passed.

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U12’s Juniors match report 29.10.2017


Ashbourne Aztecs Olympia - 0

Ashbourne Aztecs Juniors – 16


This cup match promised to be a challenge for both sides. As a coming together of two teams who all train hard together, the Juniors needed to keep focus and not underestimate their opponents, whilst Olympia, coming off the back of good form were never going to be afraid of the pairing.

The game started at good pace and Olympia held a confident air. A steady goal count though throughout the match from the Juniors left the final score looking far more one sided than is fair to say. With a fighting spirit to the end, Olympia showed some fine skill and a true grit determination…….. great to see.

Thank you to all of the players, supporters and coaches for a well-played Derby.

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Ashbourne Aztecs U11 Cougars 7-3 Ilkeston U11 Junior Reds

A cold but crisp sunny morning saw the U11 Cougars turn out against an in form opposition who had been on a winning streak. A great first half saw the first 10 minutes very evenly balanced but Ilkeston did have the edge and the back 4 of Jamie Longyear, Oliver Love, Declan Walwyn and Mason Hoult had to be on their toes against two very quick strikers. The passing at times during the first half was the best the Cougars had produced this season with the calmness of Harry Moore and skill of Joshua Menaj causing all sorts of problems 15 minutes in and with decent wing play by Otto Wigley & Alejandro Garcia Quintero you had a sense the first goal was not far away. The deadlock was eventually broken after 25 minutes with great link up play by Mason Hoult & Josh Menaj saw Mason burst through and slot home a fine goal in off the post to make the half time score 1-0 to the Ashbourne side. Substitutions were made during the start of the second half with Matty Gillis slotting into defence, Pablo Artamedi Lyons on the wing and Max Atkinson in centre midfield. The game started to open up and the Aztecs scored two quick goals from Joe Stelfox and Pablo Lyons but Ilkeston struck back immediately to make the score 3-1. The game really was end to end now and Joe Stelfox scored a lovely goal to end a fine passing move to make it 4-1 but Ilkeston had hope by scoring a break away goal to make it 4-2. Dec Walwyn then slotted Pablo Lyons through down the wing and he had too much pace for the left back to make it 5-2. With the game coming to an end the scoring continued and Luca Baird deservedly grabbed a quick fire double before Ilkeston grabbed another to make the final score 7-3 to Aztecs who continue their unbeaten start to the season. Delighted with the passing performance the management awarded player of the match to Joe Stelfox for an excellent 2 goals and performance. Team J Longyear, M Hoult, D Walwyn, O Love, M Gillis, H Moore, M Atkinson, P Artemendi Lyons, A Garcia Quintero, L Baird, J Stelfox, O Wigley & J Menaj
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Ashbourne Aztecs U13 16 Anglesey Swifts 0
 

The Aztecs produced another rampant display of fast attacking football at Mapleton, to see off Anglesey Swifts in great style.

The opening exchanges were a tough battle, but once the Aztecs imposed themselves on the game, the goals started to flow. 

Logan Cuthbert repeated last week's feat of 5 goals, Freddie Murphy matched him with 5, and there were also goals from Max Morrison (2),

Toby Carolan (2) , Will Heron and perhaps the pick of the bunch, a curling effort from Dan Burton from outside the box, into the top corner.

Equally pleasing was another tidy defensive display, meaning a final score of 16-0 that in no way flattered the Aztecs.

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22nd October, 2017

Ashbourne Aztecs under 13s 17
Outwood Eagles under 13s      0

The U13 Ashbourne Aztecs produced a tremendous display of fast attacking football at a windy Mapleton to overpower Outwood Eagles comprehensively.

Goals from Logan Cuthbert (5), Freddie Murphy (4), Will Heron (2), Zack Bailey (2), Toby Carolan (2), Max Morrison and Aleksey Tabony saw them romp home by 17-0, as their quick passing and energy saw them open their opponents up at will in the second half, whilst Fraser Cooper in goal had one of his quieter days in earning a clean sheet.

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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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