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Headington Quarry 3 - 6 Bure Park Juniors U15s 25th Sept 16

posted 25 Sept 2016, 11:09 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 25 Sept 2016, 11:09 by Graham Keeble ]

A first league victory of the season for Bure Park Juniors as they finally got their 2016/17 campaign off the mark. With almost a full strength team in place, this was more like the Bure Park of old, built on high quality, free flowing football. More Oxford United than Swindon Town. The first of the six came from some neat footwork from Joe Mimpress on the left wing, the ball eventually falling to Aiden Holliday, who jinked and twisted before neatly slotting home. But somewhat against the run of play, the away side then fell behind due to some rapid breaks from Quarry, which could have been more than 2-1 without the tidy defending of William Tyrrell.

With coaches Mansley and Colquhoun, the latter looking like a young Liam Sercombe, exuding quiet confidence on the sidelines, Bure Park didn't panic. Callum Walsh showed he was the playmaker that Bure Park had been missing in recent weeks, helping the side play with rhythm and build neat triangles. The chances kept coming and Bure Park were eventually rewarded with another couple of goals from Zac and Callum, entering half-time leading 3-2.

In the second half the full-backs Tom Dalton and Lochlan Colquhoun continued to build the Bure Park play, creating nice interchanges with the midfielders Ethan Cavill and Sam Gauld. A strong, surging run from Luke Munday into the penalty box generated fear in the Quarry defence and when he was hauled down the referee had no choice but to point to the spot. Neatly dispatched by Zac Willis, the scoreboard ticked to 4-2. If Bure Park thought they could now coast along they were wrong. A thunderous shot from 20 years brought the score back to 4-3. Further chances fell to the home side, Tom Fowler showing great strength in blocking multiple shots. Tommy Mansley almost got the reward that his assured defensive performance had deserved, with a stunning 20 yard free kick thunderbolt, only being denied by the agility of the Quarry keeper.

In the end Bure Park's quality was telling, further goals falling to Zac Willis and Joe Mimpress, the former bagging a hat-trick. Aiden Holliday almost added to the tally with a long range effort just before the final whistle.

With an assured, promising performance from debutant Kyan providing an added bonus, this was a match suggesting Bure Park are not going to roll over in this league. 

Match Reporter: Mr R Holliday.

New Players Wanted

posted 11 Sept 2016, 10:11 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 11 Sept 2016, 10:11 by Graham Keeble ]

Our U15 team are running on-going trials for new players to join the squad. The team is based in Bicester and plays in the top division of the Oxford Mail league - it is a high standard - but we still aim to enjoy our football. If you are looking for a new club or new challenge then contact Ian Mansley on 07885 456279 ian.mansley@btinternet.com to come along to a training session.

The Magnificent Ten

posted 11 Sept 2016, 10:06 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 11 Sept 2016, 10:06 by Graham Keeble ]

Sometimes football gives you something more than the sweetness of victory, the frustration of a draw or the bitterness of a defeat. It teaches you something about yourself, about the teammates playing alongside you and about the ability you perhaps didn't realise you possessed.

This was one of those footballing occasions. On a gorgeous early autumn day a team of just 9, ably assisted by a local recruit, took their positions on the field and began what will surely go down as one of the most memorable Bure Park Juniors game of all time. Think 'The Alamo'. Think 'The Magnificent Seven'. This game was right up there with any of those classics.

It didn't start well though. A thunderous 20 yard shot got the home side off to an early advantage. But the heads didn't go down. The tackles went in..cleanly. The clearances were assured. Good football being played in between back-to-the-wall defending against an almost incessant onslaught of attack. 'Hold the line boys' the cry went up....and each time you thought the barricades might fall, someone stood strong and kept Bure Park in it. By half-time the score was 3-0 and the away side's energy levels were on empty. You feared for them in the second half. But, almost sensing that doubt, they lifted themselves, keeping North Leigh to just one more goal to finish 4-0.

Forget the scoreline. This was a game when boys became men. When they learned something of the meaning of determination, passion and commitment. A band of brothers. A pleasure to watch.

11th September 2016

Ready for the 2016-17 Season !

posted 22 Jul 2015, 01:40 by Graham Keeble   [ updated 16 Jul 2016, 01:10 by Graham Keeble ]

Our club website has now been updated ready for the 2016-17 season, so if you are looking for your team homepage, the U13s from last season can now be found at the U14's tab and so on. If you have a bookmark to the team homepage, you'll need to update it.

U13s vs Banbury United Youth

posted 23 Feb 2015, 01:59 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 23 Feb 2015, 01:59 by Graham Keeble ]

Dreadful weather conditions saw Bure Park beat Banbury United Youth in the first meeting between these two sides this season.

It rained non-stop for the entire match, a persistent cold drizzle which made the pitch muddy and heavy. Such conditions made it tricky to play good football and both sides had to simply roll up their sleeves and get very dirty.

The final scoreline was slightly misleading, since the majority of the goals were scored in the second half, and the first goal didn't come until the quarter hour mark.

Before that point, Zac had hit the bar, Aiden had hit the post and Calum had headed just wide from a corner, and it looked as though it could be one of those days, until OJ opened the scoring.

Although most of the play was happening in Banbury's half, they looked as though they might level the scoring a few moments later but William snuffed out a Banbury cross.

It wasn't until the 30th minute that Bure Park added to their score, when Aiden shot low and right, following a great through pass from Tommy Mansley, and the keeper spilled it into his net. This clearly was one of those days when it was worth a speculative shot due to the difficulty of holding on to a greasy, muddy, wet ball.

There was still time for OJ to run through the middle of the Banbury defence and chip the keeper to make it three nil at half-time.

They say it only takes a second to score a goal, and Banbury could not have hoped for a worse start to the second half, conceding two goals in only 65 seconds of the restart.

A lovely move (considering the conditions) saw Zac pick the ball up in a defensive position, pass to William, who traveled before laying through to Aiden to put it past the keeper. From the restart Bure Park closed down Banbury, getting the ball to Luke who scored a superb goal to chip the keeper and make it five nil.

These two quick goals must have been difficult for Banbury to take, and it probably ended their chances of a come-back.

The match then became a series of attacks from Bure Park, with Zac, OJ and Luke using their pace on the wings to continually drive into the penalty area. From one of these, Ethan almost scored with a shot that looped just over the bar. A moment later however, and Ethan passed to Aiden who scored bottom right to make it six nil.

OJ then scored with a shot following a corner to make it seven, and Ethan then finally got on the score-sheet after a powerful run and cross from OJ. It was then Joe's turn to get one, followed by another two from OJ.

Great work from Luke and Zac saw a cross in from Luke to Joe who scored a headed goal to make it eleven, and a final goal came from Calum, which might have been great but this reporter was serving a cup-a-soup and missed it!

The final whistle came to everyone's relief.

Bure Park U13s vs Ducklington

posted 8 Feb 2015, 11:29 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 8 Feb 2015, 11:29 by Graham Keeble ]

A sunny winters day saw Bure Park host Ducklington, the unbeaten leaders of the 'A' league, on the larger pitch at Langford.

A frustrating and stop-start match will have to go down as one of those "what if" results. The score reads 5 - 2 to Ducklington, but it doesn't really tell the story of the game, which was a classic game of two halves.

The first half was mostly dominated by Bure Park, and as early as the first minute they should have scored, but the final shot was blasted wide of the post. But five minutes later and this didn't seem to matter after Bure took the lead after some good work from OJ to resist the attention of two defenders, and then crossed to Aiden who slotted home comfortably. One nil to Bure Park, and it was mostly one way traffic.

Ducklington were giving some occasional indications of their attacking potential however, and in the tenth minute they burst through. The linesman's flag was raised for offside, and Bure Park stopped. This is never a good idea, since the referee is entitled to overrule his assistants. Ducklington carried on and shot and scored, and the referee went over to discuss events with his assistant. In the event, the referee blew for offside, but it was a reminder that you must "play to the whistle".

Despite this scare, Bure Park remained in control and in the 19th minute Zac let fly with a volley that landed just wide of the right post, and shortly afterwards a Calum free kick narrowly flew wide of the left post.

However, for all Bure Park's attempts on goal, they only had one to show for it, and on 30 minutes Ducklington equalised. A moment of confusion followed as the ref then blew early for half-time, being new to the Witney league and being unaware of the 35 minute half lengths. It was a shame he brought everyone back on to the pitch to play the final four minutes, as in that time Ducklington scored from a free-kick.

This was a bitter pill to swallow, as the Blues had dominated for so much of the half, had scored early, but found themselves a goal behind.

A feature of the half had been both teams trying to come to terms with a very strict referee they had not seen before, and Bure Park had handled him the better of the two teams. Often in football you do come across situations where you have to manage the referee as well as manage your game, and this referee was not accepting any comments from anyone about anything, which is fair enough.

Ducklington started the second half in a much more determined manner, and clearly were not going to lose their unbeaten record lightly. Their dead-ball set plays were of a high standard, with corners and free-kicks causing problems. Oscar headed off the line from one free-kick, and the defense were generally quite busy.

A series of throw-ins from Lochlan had gained territory down the right-wing, when quick thinking Calum took a throw himself before Ducklington could re-group, which released OJ to run down the line. He crossed into Zac who finished to rapturous applause from the home supporters and it was two all.

It was nip and tuck, but the passing game with which Bure Park had tormented Ducklington in the first half seemed to have deserted them. Ducklington however then scored from another corner, and in the final ten minutes as Bure Park pushed men forward, they sneaked a further two goals.

Frustration was starting to show, and where we had been disciplined in the first half, it was our turn to raise the ire of the ref.

However, despite the result, the lads can be proud of running Ducklington so close, and they will know that on another day the result could have been much different.

Launton Boys vs Bure Park U13s 25th Jan 2015

posted 25 Jan 2015, 09:44 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 26 Jan 2015, 05:42 by Graham Keeble ]

After the recent cold spell the weather turned mild for today's fixture against Launton Boys at Launton Playing Fields. A good turnout of friends and family saw the Launton Social Club well occupied for pre-match lubrication. This was our second visit to Launton this season, the first was versus Launton Athletic in the cup.

The game had more riding on it for the boys than most, with both sides containing former players of the other, and many of the boys knowing each other well.

Bure Park kicked off and almost immediately conceded. Zac held on to the ball for a little too long and was dispossessed by a Launton player, with Sam coming out to try and clear. Sam's clearance rebounded towards the goal, but William raced after it and cleared the ball off the line.

Despite the shaky start, Bure Park took the lead on the 3rd minute. Good work down the left wing between Tommy and Luke saw the ball eventually come to OJ, who crossed to Callum who finished confidently.

On the 10th minute Luke fired over after good work from Aiden who was causing Launton problems with some tireless harassing.

Two minutes later and Aiden almost scored a wonder goal, with an overhead scissor kick attempt. Seconds later and a chance fell to Joe who shot narrowly wide.

Bure Park doubled their lead on the 17th minute when Callum absolutely rifled the ball into the top right hand corner with a left foot volley, after OJ had driven into the box.

It was now all Bure Park, with Launton struggling to get out of their half.

On the 21st minute OJ found himself with space to shoot and he tried to lob the keeper. From the spectator's point of view it looked as though OJ had cleared the bar, but he had actually timed the shot to perfection and the keeper was picking the ball out of the net.

Stung by the the three nil scoreline, Launton started coming back in to the game, and were particularly threatening at corners. On the 28th minute a Launton corner was superbly headed off the line by Zac. Another attack saw a last ditch sliding tackle from William to prevent a shot on goal.

The second half started with Launton trying hard to get back in to the game, with former Bure Park player Ben putting in a very hard working performance.

On the 40th minute Aiden took the ball out of defence, playing in to Zac who passed on to OJ whose shot was cleared for a corner.

Launton were putting much more pressure on Bure Park now. However, Bure Park were defending as a team, with every player making tackles around the final third. Oscar in particular started putting in tackle after tackle to stop Launton from getting a clear view on goal.

The second half had being going for 15 minutes when the next goal came. Tommy threw back to William, who moved the ball over to Zac who decided to chance a long range shot, which bounced wickedly in front of the Launton keeper, who spilled it in to the net. Four nil.

The final goal of the game came when OJ played in Ethan on the right wing, who looked like he would shoot, but very selflessly dragged the ball back and passed across goal to Aiden who could not miss - and did not miss.

Credit to Launton who still clearly wanted to score. Despite the pressure that they had applied during the game, Launton had not managed to make many goal scoring chances, which was down to the absolute determination of the Bure Park defence and midfield. On the 31st minute however Sam made a fantastic save and somehow managed to keep hold of the ball, with Launton attackers bearing down on him. A couple of moments later and he was forced in to action again, turning the ball round the goal and smacking his head on the post for his trouble.

Final score was five nil, and a fantastic team performance all round. There were multiple candidates for man of the match, including Callum's first half brace and Oscar's second half defensive display. It was handed to Zac for his huge work-rate, putting in tackles across the pitch, heading off the line and creating and scoring chances at the other end.

Eynsham Youth vs Bure Park Juniors U13 - Sunday 11th Jan 2015

posted 11 Jan 2015, 11:16 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 11 Jan 2015, 11:16 by Graham Keeble ]

A chilly but dry afternoon saw the return fixture against Eynsham Youth. The first game against Eynsham had been Bure Park's first game of the season, and the Blues had played with only ten players, and had eventually lost 5-3 despite leading twice in the game. It was therefore going to be interesting to see how the teams fared with equal numbers.

The match started at a good tempo, and Bure Park had an early chance when Luke flicked narrowly over after a low corner from Tommy.

However, at the other end Eynsham's number 10 was causing Bure Park all sorts of problems, and was finding lots of space. In the 6th minute Sam was lobbed with a good shot, and then in the 12th minute Eynsham's lead was doubled when they finished well from a cross into the box.

Bure Park did not let their heads go down and on the 20th minute William played a long pass in to OJ who took a good first touch, and ran in from the right to finish well, bringing us firmly back in to the game.

The Blues were playing with a bit more belief now, and four minutes later William again played a lob in to OJ who ran on to score.

The first half finished 2-2 with an excellent come back from the lads.

The second half started again at a good tempo, and on the 39th minute OJ warmed the keepers hands.

Three minutes later and OJ again found himself one on one with the keeper after good work from Aiden. The Eynsham keeper made a good save to tip the ball round post.

From the resultant Tommy Mansley corner, a goalmouth scramble ensued with OJ finally dispatching the ball home, and Bure Park had the lead for the first time in the match.

On the 40th minute it looked like Luke was nailed on to score, but the ball was deflected wide for a corner.

On the 55th minute Bure Park opened a gap with their opponents, when Luke played in Aiden, who passed to OJ who finished to take the score to 4-2 (and the fourth goal for OJ).

A few minutes later and Zac joined the score sheet after some more great work from Luke, for 5-2.

Bure Park were now firmly in control of the game, really working well together with some lovely passing. Eynsham looked like they might pull one back but Sam made a fantastic save.

On the 64th minute Luke played a marvelous through ball to Aiden who had a one on one opportunity with the goalie. Unfortunately his first touch just took him a bit too close to the keeper who came out well.

Aiden however then won a penalty after being pulled down in the box. Zac stepped up to shoot low and into the right hand corner and take the score to 6-2.

Zac Penalty

In the final minute it looked as though one more might be on the cards when a goal mouth scramble fell to Tom D but he shot narrowly wide.

U13s vs Banbury Spencer, Kick Off Cup, 7th December 2014

posted 8 Dec 2014, 04:03 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 8 Dec 2014, 04:22 by Graham Keeble ]

A day of frustration for the Blues saw their cup run come to an end as they exited the Kick Off Cup at the Quarter Final stage against fellow League 'A' rivals Banbury Spencer.

The last time these two sides met was in the league proper, and Banbury eventually ran out 5-4 winners, despite a spirited come-back from Bure Park which might have seen them win had there been more time left in the game, and the same was probably true of today's result.

The players stood mingled together for a pre-match photograph as part of the Football Remembers week. Several thousand events were held across the UK to mark one of the most iconic moments of World War I, the 1914 Christmas Truce football match, where an unofficial ceasefire saw British and German soldiers across the Western Front to play football together in December 1914.

The game kicked off in the coldest conditions we have seen so far this season, accompanied by a blustery wind.

Banbury looked the liveliest in the early exchanges, and in the 4th minute the warning bells were sounded when they found themselves through on goal but shot wide.

A moment later, however and they were in front. From a corner the ball fell loose in the penalty area and Banbury got to it quickest.

On the 9th minute their lead was almost doubled when a Banbury shot was saved excellently by Sam Gauld, who parried the ball on to the near post.

The first real Bure Park chance came on the 15th minute, when OJ and Tom D had chances to score, but the ball would not go in.

They say in football that you have to take your chances, because only three minutes later the score was two nil to Banbury.

On the 23rd minute Bure Park almost clawed one back from a corner but the ball was headed wide (I think from Callum).

Banbury scored one more before half-time, a long free-kick which floated in to the top right-hand corner. Three nil.

This was one of those halves of football where nothing had seemed to go right for the Blues. Their passing game simply had not got going, balls were being swiped at and decision making was not at the level we are used to. Possession was hard to come by, and lost too easily. You really felt that what was needed was a goal to spark the lads in to life, and to put some doubt in Banbury's mind.

The second half started in bright sunshine, but with the sun low in the sky so that the spectators were all shielding their eyes.

Unfortunately, Banbury made another good start and increased their lead to four goals within the first minute of the half.

Credit to Bure Park who kept going, and more than ever you felt they needed a goal which could change everything.

On the 13th minute that very nearly came, with Zac having a couple of chances but our luck seemed to be very much out today. Nonetheless, we were at least starting to create chances again.

Sadly, quarter of an hour into the half and the score went up to five nil.

The boys didn't give up however, and Aiden had a shot that came close on the 20th minute.

The game changed dramatically however with about ten minutes to go when Callum scored a wonderful goal from a free kick. All of a sudden the mood of the game changed.

Just a couple of moments later, and Luke scored a great goal, placing the ball into the right hand of the net. 5-2.

A couple of moments later and Bure Park were awarded a penalty, with Zac dispatching it nicely.

Zac Penalty

The game was now completely transformed, with Bure Park piling pressure on to Banbury. The case for goal-line technology was once again made when Bure Park claimed they had the ball over the line, however the match officials were uncertain and so the goal was not given.

Sadly the Blues ran out of time and the match finished 5-3 to Banbury.

U13s vs Hook Norton - 30th November 2014

posted 30 Nov 2014, 13:32 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 30 Nov 2014, 13:32 by Graham Keeble ]

Today saw the return fixture against Hook Norton. The first encounter between these two sides was an entertaining game back in September which was quite close at stages, although Bure Park finally won 6-3.

The match was played in pretty good conditions - we had switched to Pingle Field (and a pitch in good condition), and the sun was out.

Bure Park made the more positive start, and opened the scoring as early as the 3rd minute with a move which saw the ball moved from our back line to the front. Tommy Mansley played in Joe Mimpress, who gave a one-touch pass forward to Owen James. OJ burst through the Hooky defence, took the ball past the keeper and passed in to the net.

It looked as though Bure Park were going to very quickly double their lead, when Aiden Holliday had his legs taken from under him as he burst into the penalty area. Zac Willis stepped up to take the resultant penalty, but pulled the ball wide.

A moment later and again it looked as though Aiden had scored but the goal was ruled offside.

Bure Park were applying all the pressure, and finally got their just rewards from a ten minute spell when the ball seemed rooted in the Hooky half when Callum Walsh volleyed superbly in from a Tommy Mansley corner on the 14th minute.

Stung by the two goals they had conceded, Hook Norton then started to apply some pressure themselves, and the Bure Park defence suddenly found themselves pressed in to action. Oscar Honour was making it difficult for Hooky to gain any kind of advantage from their corners, heading away superbly. He then made a fantastic defensive tackle to stop a break down their right flank. Down their left flank, Lochlan Colquhoun and Tom Dalton were working hard to break up Hooky attacks.

Hook Norton were battling hard to get back in to the game, but Bure Park were about to take the game away from them with two terrific goals, one from each wing.

The Hook Norton goalie cleared with a high kick from hand, but sensing he had time, Tommy Mansley trapped the ball instead of heading it back. Tommy started to travel but as he was closed down by Hooky defenders he passed the ball out wide to Luke Munday. Luke held up the ball well and Tommy made a great overlap run behind him. Luke sent him down the left wing and Tommy crossed to Aiden, who struck on the volley and sent the ball past the keeper for three nil.

While we were still discussing this lovely passage of play, the ball came in to the Hook Norton penalty area from a cross from the Bure Park right wing. Luke chested the ball in to the air, span around to his right and hit the ball on the volley with his left foot, sending the ball over the keeper and into the net to applause from the Bicester half of the crowd. A wonderful goal.

The second half saw a step up in effort from Hooky. They were quicker to close us down, and started to get their passing game going. For once the game was being played in Bure Park's half, and the light-blues were struggling to get the ball away. Too often, our players were getting caught in possession, trying to dribble through players when simpler passing options were available, and Sam Gauld was getting pressed in to action between the Bure Park sticks.

However, this effort from Hooky was giving Bure Park the chance to attack on the counter. Zac drew a great save when their keeper tipped over bar, but then from the resultant corner he scored a great goal dribbling round several players in the penalty area before shooting low and to the left of the keeper for five nil.

Zac wasn't finished however, he then scored another, this time a 25 yard screamer into the top right after Hook failed to clear their lines.

Ethan Cavill was making some great tackles at right-back, having swapped with Lochlan who moved in to midfield.

However, credit to Hooky who had battled hard in the second half, and finally got one back, breaking through the Bure Park defence and shooting well.

But, Bure Park were still not finished. A cross from Lucas Davis was adjudged to have been handled by a Hook defender, and the ball was again handed to Zac. This time Zac made no mistake and the ball was thumped into the net, past the diving hands of the goalie, for a second-half hat-trick and a final score of 7-1.

Man of the match was awarded to William Tyrrell, for a composed defensive display.

Match attendance - 41. Quite a number of WAMs (wives and mums) were present at Pingle Field today, which was surely unrelated to the close proximity of Bicester Village.

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