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Having lost their opening game since lockdown last week to Hersham the 1st Team returned to action visiting University of Surrey on Saturday whilst the Development Team visited West Byfleet in their Covid Subsidiary Cup group game 1. The two teams combined 12 players who have played in the Youth team in the last 3 seasons with Youth Team Captain William Smith travelling with the 1st team squad whilst Louis Calvert travelled with the Devs.

A strong performance from the 1st team was hanging by a thread when with the scores at 0-0 and with a number of very good chances having gone begging Youth Team Skipper, Smith, was dismissed 20 minutes into the second half after just two tackles! A harsh red card in our minds but nether the less the Lemons were up for the fight and with a man less Matt Elmer's saved shot was rifled home by 1st team debutant Louie Bombourg. With their hosts trying desperately to find an equaliser the visitors scored the decisive goal as a miss placed pass form the hosts midfielder found Carl Willis stepping onto the ball some 40 yards out, his first time hit curled high over the goalkeeper and put the game out of sight with just 5 minutes to go.

The development team visited West Byfleet and Kalim Hussain put the visitors ahead, Ryan Porter then added a second after the hosts had hit back, Porter firing a shot across the goalkeeper to make the score 2-1. Louis Calvert on Senior debut then added a third, having caused the opposition all sorts of problems he was played through before brilliantly lifting the ball over the goalkeeper to make the score 3-1.


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Sunday saw the return of the Juniors with Coopers Hill looking exceptionally good in the early morning sunshine.

The Under 18's visited Claygate winning 3-1, goals from Alex Harden, Alfie Draycott Fry and Louie McLaughlin in what was a very comfortable and confident performance. The under 16's lost 2-1 away at Teddington in a slightly contentious game. The under 15's Girls lost 2-1 at Home to Alton with the under 14's also on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat away at Bookham. The under 13's Boys won 3-2 away at Alexandra United whilst the 13's Girls lost 4-1 away to Guildford Saints. The under 12's Spitfires lost away to Windlesham whilst the Hurrcianes lost at home to Staines Lammas. The under 11's girls had a disappointing trip away from home whilst the 11's Hurricanes enjoyed the sunshine at Coopers Hill. There were plenty of goals, cheers and smiles in all the younger age groups as football finally returned.

The Youth Team return to competitive action on Thursday night in the Tony Ford League Cup as they play Raynes Park at Colliers Wood.


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Following the Governments announcement on Monday February 22nd 2021 please see the published guidance from the Football Association. We await confirmation from all of our leagues as to their plans upon a return to football.








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We note the UK Government’s announcement on Monday 4 January with regards to the new national COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown.

As a result, the impact on ‘non-elite’ football in England will include the suspension of fixtures and training across the following with immediate effect:

  • Steps three to six of the National League System

  • Tiers three to seven of the Women’s Football Pyramid

  • Regional NLS feeder leagues

  • Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite status)

  • FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs (unless under elite status)

  • All indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football, including under-18s (except organised outdoor football for disabled people, which is allowed to continue)

  • Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition)

It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the Government’s new national COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and we implore everyone to follow these.

Dialogue will continue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, leagues, competitions and County Football Associations and we will provide further updates for the 2020-21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Vase and ‘non-elite’ football when relevant.

We would like to thank the football community once again for its hard work, resilience and understanding during such an incredibly challenging period for both the game and wider society.

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