Under 10 Lions And Under 11 Pride Go Top Of Their Leagues

Another good Sunday where we won far more games than we lost . Only 5 losses in 16 games this week with 3 draws and 8 excellent victories. The Under 10's and Under 12's led the way with two victories in both age groups.

What is particularly encouraging now is that so many Sheen Lions teams are competing at the very top of their leagues. In fact now half the 17 teams are in the TOP 3 of their leagues with a couple more in the top 4. CONGRATULATIONS to both Martin and Michael's Under 10 Lions and David's Under 11 Pride who sit proudly at the TOP of their respective U10 Premier and U11 Division 1 leagues.

The under 10 Lions won a close encounter 2-1 against a strong Abbey Rangers side, whilst the Under 11 Pride had an impressive 4-1 victory against Ashford Town. David's Under 10 Pride delivered one of the best results of the day a 1-0 victory against a Kew Association team that were 3 or 4 places above them in the league. Nidal's Under 9 Lions delivered their third win on the trot, a 3-1 victory against the league leaders Old Isleworth Whites. Nick and Gavin's Under 9 Pride were involved in probably the most exciting game of the day against Twickenham Tigers but were unfortunately on the wrong side of a 4-3 defeat. Julian and Jason will be pleased with the performance of their under 8 Lions.

Both the high flying Under 12's did well again . Mel's U12 Lions had an excellent 6-3 win at Staines where Alex W netted an important hat-trick, Nothing is stopping Bernie at the moment and the U12 Pride won 4-0 at Junior Bees. Terry's U13 Lions recorded a good 3-2 win against Ewell Saxons, whilst Matthew and Russell's Under 13 Pride discovered why Woking Colts were top of their league and had to accept runners up spot on the day!

The shock of the day was the loss of Trevor's U14 Lions 100% record with a 1-0 defeat at Lyne Elite, but they are still well up there in the league. I am sure they will bounce back next week. Rick's Under 14 Pride had an excellent win after three second half goals were enough to defeat Corinthian Casuals 3-1. The under 14 Pride are now third in their U14 Div 3 league, which is very encouraging.WELL DONE to them.

Of the three draws - two were good resuts and one was a bit disappointing. The Under 18's managed to dent Barnes Eagles perfect 100% start with a 0-0 draw and the under 16 Pride will be pleased with a 2-2 draw against a strong FC Bracknell side that beat them a few weeks ago. Michael's Under 15 Lions also drew 3-3 against Spelthorne Sports but a win would have put them 2nd in the league and this was a team that they beat comfortably a few weeks ago. However the Under 15 Lions remain in the top 3 of the Premier Elite and face an important County Cup tie next week.

TEAMS OF THE WEEK - Certainly the BEST result was NIDAL'S U9 LIONS against the league leaders so well done to them, particularly as they had a slow start to the season but are now third in the U9 Div 1 - a real turnaround. WELL DONE also to their coach TREVOR.
U9 Lions
Joint Team of The Week
Also MEL's U12 LIONS deserve the accolade for another great victory and currently sit third in the U12 Championship but look likely to go much higher. WELL DONE to their coach MICHAEL.
U12 Lions
Joint Team of The Week


Cup Disappointment But We March On In The League

It was a weekend that saw some very strong performances in the league but a couple of disappointing narrow defeats in the Cup. Once again there were only 4 league defeats across all age groups. There were two big games in the Quarter Finals of the Invitation Cups , both of which were lost in very tight games. Dean and Sam's Under 15 Pride lost AET to Epsom and Ewell and will be disappointed after beating the favorites for the Cup in the last round. Terry's Under 13 Lions came up against a strong Whitton side, who they had held to a draw only two weeks ago. Unfortunately on this occasion Sheen Lions lost a close battle 2-1.

In the league there were many notable victories. Two victories for the Under 12's made them the leading age group. Mel's 1-0 victory over Whitton and Bernie's 5-0 win at Wandgas ensured both these sides continue to fight for honours in their respective leagues. Last weeks joint team of the week, Nidal's Under 9 Lions delivered a very impressive 6-3 victory at Junior Bees who were above them in the league. Equally impressive was John's high flying Under 18's 9-0 victory against Links, with 4 goals from Matthew H. Michael and Mark's Under 15 Lions delivered their third win in succession, a 3-1 victory at Chipstead to climb to third place in the U15 Premier Elite. Martin and Michael's Under 10 Lions maintained their position at the top of their Premier League with a 5-2 win at Spelthorne. The prolific Sylvester J scored a hat-trick in this game and leads the Sheen Hot Shots table. Trevor's Under 14 Lions remain the most successful Sheen Lions team with their 10th consecutive victory and maintaining their 100% record in all competitions. Russell and Matthew's Under 13 Pride completed the double over KPR with a 4-2 win. Davids high flying Under 11 Pride delivered the most dramatic score and match of the day a 5-5 draw with Feltham, and David's Under 10 Pride also had a draw, 2-2 v KPR.

This weeks JOINT TEAM OF THE WEEK are two sides that are having their best season ever. Firstly., Matthew and Russell's Under 13 PRIDE have risen to the dizzy heights of third in their Div 3 league. It has been a real turnaround this season for them so well done to the boys, managers and their coach Michael.

U13 Pride
Joint Team Of The Week
Also another team who are having their best season ever in Division 3 is Bernie's Under 12 Pride. A 5-0 win on Sunday is almost taken for granted now but it is clear that there is a great spirit in the squad and every chance to get promoted to Division 2 next season. WELL DONE also to them and Trevor their coach.

U12 Pride
Joint Team Of The Week
I would like to add a couple of words about our younger sides. In line with FA guidelines we are unable to publish scores but we believe we have now got the strongest Under 8 set up in our club history. Two very strong sides under the management of Julian and Jason for Lions, and Eric's Pride have started really strongly and the future looks very bright (as they say!). I would also like to thank Simon for all his efforts in helping recruit our Under 7 Development group and the great work our coach Sam Grayson has done in developing their skills. The quality of boys, the number of boys and level of interest is fantastic every week. As such we have decided to pull forward our Sheen Lions Mini Soccer Open Day to SATURDAY 4th Feb 2012 for next season and very shortly we will be announcing all details for the current YEAR 1 boys (next years Under 7) as well as offering other boys across a range of age groups to come along. Please pass on via word of mouth to interested parties in parallel with our future announcements.

A BIG THANKS to Sarah for organising the club jackets for the Managers, Assistants and Coaches. We should all look the part now so don't forget to pick them up a pay outstanding dues to Sarah.

Keep up all the good work.

Sheen Lions Remembers

Remembrance Sunday is always an important day in the calender and it was great see boys across all ages from all teams unified in observing two minute silence today.

On the field, it was another outstanding day with only 4 defeats in 16 games.

The U10's, 11.s 14's led the way with two victories apiece.

Both Under 8's teams were in action and provide very impressive performances.

Nidals's Under 9 Lions found the form they have been promising in the last few weeks with a 7-1 win at Worcester Park, whilst Nick and Gavin's Under 9 Pride lost so narrowly 1-0 to a strong Esher side.

Martin and Michael's Under 10 Lions team went back to the top of the league with a 6-3 victory at Raynes Park, whilst David's Under 10 Pride had an exciting 3-2 victory at Whitton. In the Under 11's Jon and Alastair provided their second win in consecutive weeks with a 4-1 win over Corinthian, whilst David on his return from a very successful New York marathon played a high flying Meadow Sports team and had an impressive 2-0 victory.

In the 12's, Bernie's Pride continues their good form with a 5- 2 win over Junior Bees but unfortunately Mel's Under 12 Lions went out of the County Cup 3-0 against a good Melwood team. The Under 13 Pride played an important league game in the top 4 and scored late to earn a 2-2 draw v Barnes Eagles.Terrys under 13 Lions went down at Feltham. The Under 14's was all about goals. Rick's Pride won 6-3 at Barnes Eagles to go fourth in the league, whilst Trevor's Lions went one better with a 7-3 victory at Worcester Park in the Surrey County Cup to progress into the third round with hat-ricks apiece for Rory J and Patrick B.

Michael and Mark's 15 Lions delivered their best Premier Elite league result of the season with an impressive 4-1 win over a strong Mitcham Park side to continue their run of good form.

Probably the most exciting match of the day was Brian's Under 16 Lions who played in a game that seem to swing one way then the other before eventually winning 4-3 v Claygate. Unfortunately the Under 16 PRIDE lost a close game in the Surrey County Cup at Tongham in North Hampshire losing 4-3 AET. John's Under 18's look like they will be title contenders this year with a 6-1 victory over SCR colts.

TEAM (s) OF THE WEEK this week is a tough choice. I will give it to two teams again. The Under 11 Pride and the Under 9 Lions.

Under 11 Pride - after completing the New York marathon in 3 hours and 47 Minutes last week, David managed to refocus and produce a great league win against very tough opposition . Now 2nd in the table the Under 11 Pride have responded to 9 v 9 football really well, and much credit should also go to their coach Freddy.

Nidal's Under 9 Pride have had a tough start in their first league season but have not been overwhelmed by any opponents . A 7-1 victory at Worcester Park is richly deserved. WELL DONE TO BOTH TEAMS.

U9 Lions
Team of The Week

We also wish Michael Morgan well on his long overdue holiday . Five of his six teams won this weekend which is great credit to the hard work he has put in, but we offer him an enormous vote of confidence!! and look forward to seeing him next week. WELL DONE

Progress In The Cups - 6th November

It was a very busy day today with 19 Sheen Lions teams in action including the U8s, competing in both league games, Invitation and League Cups and two teams kicking off in the Surrey County Cup. 9 wins, 1 draw and 7 defeats  means it was another very succesful day**.

A BIG welcome to the new Under 8 Pride team who played their first official game today under the management of Eric Capp. Julian and Jason's Under 8 Lions have already started really well.

However , the best age groups today were the Under 15's and Under 13's with two wins apiece. Terrys Under 13 Lions continued their good start with a 6-0 win over Fulham whilst Matthew and Russells' Under 13 Pride had an exciting 3-2 victory over Hanworth . I was delighted with Jon and Alastair's Under 11 Lions who were due a win and certainly delivered with a 9-0 victory over Carshalton. Mel's under 12's continued their impressive winning streak with a good 3-2 win over Sandgate. Last weeks team of the week, Brians Under 16 Pride played a good Molesey Juniors side and came away with a credible 3-3 draw.

Unfortunately two of our high flyers - Michael and Martins Under 10 Lions and David's Under 11 Pride lost to Sutton and Chipstead respectively. David Hughes - The Under 11 Pride Manager is running the New York Marathon this weekend so I think he will have a bit more to think about. WE ALL WISH HIM LUCK. Ricks Under 14 Pride lost narrowly to the runaway league leaders Whitton and Nidal's Under 9's lost by the odd goal in 5 against Claygate.

Without doubt the best league result of the day was Dean and Sam's Under 15 Pride who played AC Fulham the league leaders in U15 Division 1, and 6/7 places above them in the league, Pride won the game 1-0. A fantastic result.

In the Surrey County Cup both Michaels and Mark's Under 15's and John Under 18's progressed to the next rounds with convincing 4-0 and 12-0 victories against Molesey Juniors and Curly Park Rangers respectively. Robbie C netted 5 in the Under 18 win.

Three teams played in the Quarter Finals of the League/Invitation Cups with a chance to progress to the semi Finals at Imber Court. Bernie's Under 12 Pride teams put in an incredible performance against Spellthorne who are top of Division 1 which is two leagues above Bernie's mid -table Division 3 team. With minutes to go it was only 1-0 to Spelthorne but a late penalty made it 2-0. Matt's Under 16 Pride reached the semi Final stage of the League Cup for the second year running with a 2-1 victory against Hook Utd. Whilst Trevor's Under 14 Lions played a team in the Division above them for the second time in the competition and returned from Caterham with a 5-1 win, helped by an Alex G hat-trick.

My TEAMS OF THE WEEK have to be the two semi finalists - Matts Under 16 Pride and Trevors Under 14's. WELL DONE TO THEM.

 Keep up the good work!

U14 Lions - Team Of The Week

U16 Pride - Team Of The Week

**In accordance with The FA's best practice we do not reveal the results for the U8 age group.