Wiltshire Floodlit League (u18s) Wednesday 3rd October
Downton's Under 18's progress in the Floodlit League continued with a hard-fought game against Chippenham.
The game was all-square until the 40th minute - albeit, the Robins could well have been ahead after Lee Johnson hit the crossbar - when Chippenham were awarded a clear penalty, which they finished with a fortunate bounce off the back of keeper Jakub Lewiarz.
Downton came out strongly, matching Chippenhams efforts. At 3-0 down to the visitors, the Robins managed their first, through Ronnie Weeks, and then again through Scott England's free-kick.
The visitors hit back with two goals of their own, Bradley Waters then reduced the deficit to 5-3. Chippenham then scored from the penalty spot again, and from a free-kick to run out deserved winners on the night.
The boys applied themselves well throughout; they're clearly finding their feet in the league, and as the formation became more clear and players slotted into more relevant positions, they were certainly a match for their opponents. A strong debut from Alex Wilkins, plus the welcome return of Bodhi Fearne and Felix Woodroffe, all coming on to strengthen the team in the second half, gives more depth to the squad. Tom Green also made his debut and showed much of the class that he's shown for other teams in the past. There's more to come - watch this space!
MOTM: Tom Green
Downton 4-11 New College Swindon
Wiltshire Floodlit League (u18s) Wednesday 26th September The under 18s had a harsh welcome to the Wiltshire Floodlit League, being on the wrong end of a goal-fest against New College Swindon.
The score line didn't overly reflect possession - it's fair to say that the Robins could've been 5 up in the first half, if not for the opposition keeper and the width of the post. Time and again, Downton broke through, to no avail; they found themselves 3-1 down at half time, the solitary goal from Lee Johnson.
The visitors took advantage of a mad 20 minutes, scoring 7, before the boys regrouped. Adam Castle was put in his more natural position in the centre and was rewarded with two goals, while Ronnie Weeks headed in a Brad Waters corner.
While the score line of 11-4 was harsh, the boys can be proud of much of their performance. They're playing a tear up, so will find some tough games ahead, yet the learning curve, while steep, will give them a fantastic foundation going forward.