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CENTRAL 1ST TEAM 

The mens will be continuing in Division 6 of the Devon and Exeter Football League following a 3rd place finish during the 2015/16 season, along with winning the Geary Cup and reaching the 4th Round of the Devon Intermediate Cup.

The team will be managed by Alex Laffan and Ross Clotworthy. 

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Match Report 25th March: Central 1sts 10 Silverton 2

With ten first team players unavailable it was time for the seconds to step up to the mark and boulster the struggling first team squad. Decided on a 4 5 1 formation with Martin stepping in at centre back with Call, Dylan upfront, with Harry Saunders right back, Jordan O'riordon and Ross wings with Stew, Laffs and Nick in centre, Ryan left back. We started off brightly enough with alot of chances Nick dominating his position but chances were squandered and we didn't make our possession count, Laffs scored the first with a simple tap on from a Jordan cross, then Dylan coolly took the ball around the keeper for the second then Nick scored 3 we went in 5-2 up first half, let a couple of sloppy goals in giving the ball away too cheaply and well Silverton still looked bright on the counter so if they got another one could have made the game interesting.

Second half was a bit flat to start with then we won a controversial penalty which Ross slotted for 6-2 and Silverton's heads began to drop at that stage and we banged in four more, best was a volley from Harry Saunders from the edge of the box, Nick scored 5, Laffs 1, Ross 1 (penalty), Harry Saunders 1, Dylan 1, Ritchie came off the bench to score a well taken goal. Nathan Moorehouse and Will Purchall came on and slotted in well with the team.

Match report for Hemyock 21.1.17: Central 1sts 3 Hemyock 1

A cold bitter Saturday afternoon did not offer the best conditions for football - and it looked like the 9 players unavailable for the firts were better off not featuring in this clash against 3rd in the League, Hemyock!

An emergency trip to the seconds dressing room provided us with a sub in Harry Saunders! Pete Weaver found himself surplus to requirements for the seconds, so doubled our bench. Due to the exceptional circumstances of so many players missing Ross Clotworthy decided on implementing the tried and tested 3-6-1 formation which has seen Central Rovers under 15s unbeaten in the League in nearly 3 years.

Our team consisted of Mike Davies in goal who was contacted the night before the game and valiantly stepped in to fill the big boots of Big J- a back 3 of Jordy Howler- Calsy Ellis and Joe Harrison, providing the width we had JP and Abez- CDM Stuey Hill- CMS were the leggy Steelio with the enforcer Ross next to him- Nick played CAM with the big boned boy himself Lamps leading the line.

The game started well with Central dominating the early exchanges. Central were first to the second balls and were defending solidily. Nick Horne made the break through with a double deflected finish to put Central into the lead. Central continued to work hard with Steelio and Rodders working hard to press their players. Cals, Joe and Jord were dealing with their players comfortably aswell. Stuey Hill offered a good screen in front of the back 3 and kept us ticking over. Nick Horne was tackled badly by their captain to receive a shoulder injury that ended his game (hopefully not the rest of the season). So 30 mins in we were 1-0 up but reduced to 1 sub (Pete) and Nick off the pitch not looking promising !

It looked like everything was against us! And this was confirmed by a horrific dive in the area by one of their players for a dubious pen - Mike Davies stood up to the test though and pulled off a stunning save to his right - forcing the ball over his bar! Central rallied to the end of the half- with Hemyock unable to make the break through.

 The second half continued with more of the same, Central staying compact and with heroic performances all over the pitch. Jordy Howler looked comfortable at RCB and Cals swept everything up that came his way. Big tackles were flying in left right and centre aswell. Rodders was unfairly booked for a fair challenge on their centre mid. Apparently an accumulation of bad tackles were to blame! Abez found their centre backs chest - by throwing the ball at him from point blank! This earnt him and yellow! (makes a change from his usual late tackles mind you) Luckily the composure was kept and JP's barnstorming run down the right was met by Lampitt who placed the ball in the corner of the goal to make it 2-0! Harry Saunders made a positive impact and was full of running which gave Central a good outlet! Hemyock pulled one back from a pin point free kick which was never a foul! Cals picked up a caution whilst trying to explain to the ref if you get the ball it's not a foul!

Central kept their heads, however and despite an awful tackle by their captain on Rodders, the ball managed to find it's way to Harry Saunders who delightfully chipped the ball over there keeper to round off the win! In all the years I've been involved in football this has to be right up there with the best of the matches. The way we were so short on players and still managed to get the win was a testament to everyone that played!

Written by Ross Clotworthy

 

Last Season Match Reports:

1st August 2015: Friendly: Starcross Generals 2 Central 6

Scorers: Lampitt (2), Laffan (2), Clotworthy, Steel

Central travelled to play Division 5 side Starcross in their first pre-season friendly of the 2015/16 season sporting their new white kit purchased for the Geary Cup final back in May. The match was a good opportunity for players to regain some fitness and blow away some of the summer cobwebs as well as allow manager Tim Clotworthy to take a look at some players before the season proper gets underway. Central lined up with Jon Henthorne in goal, Jordie Howlett at right-back and Martin Marriott, recently returned from a long layoff with injury, at left-back. Dan Hunt and Sam Mason were the centre-back partnership with Alex Laffan partnering George Mason, a recent signing from Premier League side Clyst Valley, in the middle of the park. Tom Steel, another recent returnee, in this case from studying in Germany, started at CAM with Ross Clotworthy and Ryan Grey on the wings and Darren Lampitt the lone striker. Dan Miller was the sole Central substitute.

Central came racing out of the blocks early on creating a number of opportunities, and early on Darren Lampitt put Central 1-0 up after pressuring the Starcross keeper into a mistake which allowed him to gain possession in the 6-yard box and tap home into an empty net. Central continued to dominate and went 2-0 up when Alex Laffan headed home from a Ross Clotworthy corner, before Ross himself made it 3-0 after glancing across the Starcross backline and heading home a clinical Jordie Howlett free-kick. Central continued to create the better chances, with George Mason and Ryan Grey linking up well on occasions, whilst the odd Starcross attack was quickly dealt with by the Central defence. A cracking fourth goal came when Alex Laffan curled a shot across the face of the keeper into the bottom corner after some good build-up play by the Central attack. Just before halftime, a big Jon Henthorne kick from his own box managed to reach the Starcross penalty area before bouncing over the keeper and amazingly hitting the post, before Lampitt reacted first and smashed home into the roof of the net to grab his second goal and make it 5-0 Central going into the half-time break.

After such an amazing first-half performance, pre-season fitness began to tell as the second-half progressed with Central taking their foot off the gas quite excessively. Couple this with a boost in the Starcross performance and the wind now causing Central problems, Starcross easily created the better chances and eventually grabbed 2 goals to make it 5-2 with about 20 minutes left. Central made rolling subs throughout the second half with Dan Miller coming on at centre-midfield before eventually moving to left-back. Just before full-time, Tom Steel grabbed the goal of the day when the ball bounced behind him on the egde of the 18-yard box, to which he turned 180 degrees before volleying home into the roof of the net to make the final score 6-2 Central.

So Central may have lost the second half but there was plenty to be optimistic about with such a good performance in what was Central's first friendly of the season. Man of the match deservedly went to Alex Laffan for dominating the middle of the park, especially in the air where he was rarely beaten by bigger opposition.

Written by Sam Mason

5th August 2015: Friendly: Kentisbeare 2nds 1 Central 7

Scorers: Lampitt (3), Clotworthy (2), Horne, OG

Central's second pre-season friendly came against Division 9 side Kentisbeare 2nds, with the side brimming with confidence following the side's convincing win against higher league opposition the previous Saturday. Central lined up with Jon Henthorne in goal in front of a back four of JP, Dan Hunt, George Otton and Jordie Howlett. Alex Laffan and Mark Bailey were the holding midfielders with Nick Horne at attacking midfield, Ross Clotworthy and Ryan Grey on the wings and Darren Lampitt up-front. A large Central bench consisted of Luke Howlett, Sam Mason, Adam Cree, Tom Steel, Ben Fowles and Martin Marriott.

Within 2 minutes Darren Lampitt put Central 1-0 up, which very much set the tone for the rest of the game. 15 minutes later it was 2-0 through a Nick Horne header, closely followed by another Lampitt goal. However, the Kentisbeare striker had been looking threatening throughout the first half and managed to grab Kentisbeare's only goal of the game when the ball slipped through to him and he prodded past Jon in goal. Nick Horne soon had the opportunity to make it 4-1 from the penalty spot after being brought down by the Kentisbeare defender but unfortunately he skied the resulting penalty over the bar. Soon after though, Darren Lampitt completed his hattrick to make it 4-1 going into the halftime break.

Like in the previous game against Starcross, it was the opposition who made the brighter start creating the better of the early chances. However, they were unable to convert and were punished when some neat feat work from Tom Steel left two Kentisbeare defenders for deadbefore he squard the ball to Ross Clotworthy on the edge of the area, who rabona'd his shot into the bottom right-hand corner to make the score 5-1. Later, Cloworthy grabbed his second to make it 6-1 when he latched on cooly to a Mark Bailey through ball and converted well. As Central continued to make rolling substitutions as they had been all game, players were experimented in different positions, in particular Adam Cree, who came on partway into the second half to make his debut at right-back. It was later Cree's clearance from his own half towards the end of the game that caused confusion in the Kentisbeare backline, and an attempted clearance by a defender was sliced and sailed over his own keeper in dramatic fashion to make the final score 7-1 to Central.

So another convincing performace by Central continues to boost the player's confidence as the start of the league season draws ever closer. Man of the match goes to Ross Clotworthy for some tiresome attacking play and 2 very good goals.

Written by Sam Mason

8th August 2015: Friendly: Tedburn St Mary 2nds 2 Central 3

Scorers: Clotworthy, Lampitt (2).      Assists: Laffan (2), Clotworthy.    

Manager's Man of the Match: Alex Laffan.    Match Reporter's Man of the Match: Darren Lampitt.

Central had their third friendly of the season against Tedburn St Mary 2nds, who finished bottom of the lowest division last year. It really couldn't have been an easier game on paper, but as we know football doesn't always turn out as expected, and Central can certainly take one or two lessons from the game that wasn't as straight forward as anticipated. Central lined up with Joe Abraham making his Central debut in goal, Jordy Howlett right back, and Luke Abraham left back. George Otton continued at centre back for the second game in a row. His centre back partner, Alex May, was taking to the field for the first and possibly last time this season after Central agreed a 1 year loan deal to Union Deportivo Lanzarote (they are an actual team!). Discussions are still underway over how much of his hefty wages Lanzarote are prepared to pay, but rumour has it that he'll be flying out there by the end of the month for his medical and to put pen to paper to finalise the deal. Sources close to Central say they are unwilling to give Lanzarote the option of a second year, but May's WAG may have other ideas depending on the success of her own career over there. Alex Laffan and Tom Steel started at CDM, with another debutant Tommy (who must be brazilian if he only has one name) starting at CAM. Two of Central's brightest sparks in pre-season so far started on the wings, in the form of Ross Clotworthy starting on the left and Ryan Grey taking the right flank. Darren Lampitt started up top, looking to build on his 5 tap-ins in 2 games.

Central, as expected, started the brightest and enjoyed a large percentage of possession in the first half, playing some good triangular passing and moving. A number of chances were created with Ross, Ryan, Lamps and Tommy heavily involved, along with good support from Laffan and Steel just behind them, but were unable to break the deadlock in the early stages, despite a fantastic headed effort from Tommy that hit the bar. Central exerted a lot of control on the match, with Laffan and Steel keeping possession well and constantly looking to feed the forwards, and Ross and Ryan continuing to show their dangerous wing play. Luke Howlett came on in CDM for a spell in the first half and impressed with his neat passing and good vision. Our defence were able to deal with the relatively low threat from the Tedburn attack and mopped up well where necessary. It was good to see confidence on the ball from all four of them as they had the time and space to start Central attacks. Central were finally rewarded for all their good play when Ross called and made a run in behind his man which Laffan spotted and played a through ball in behind the defence. Ross latched onto it and cooly slotted past the keeper to make it three games in a row that he has scored in, leaving the score at 1-0 at half time. 

The second half got underway and Central were hoping to continue where they left off. It was a scorching hot day and that, coupled with a bit of complacancy, saw our passes become more tired and not reaching their men as well as they did in the first half, leading us to attempt more long balls than usual, with nothing much coming off and our play turning sloppy. This allowed Tedburn to gain more possession and grow in confidence, and it didn't take long before Central were punished, not once, but twice. Two goals in relatively quick succession meant that Tedburn took a 2-1 lead, and it wasn't very surprising given the contrasting performance that Central were displaying in the second half compared to the first. 

With time starting to run out, the chips were down and Central had a fightback on their hands. Despite a lacklustre start to the second half, Central showed good character to get themselves a couple of goals before the final whistle, courtesy of Darren Lampitt. A strong slide tackle from Alex May turned defence into attack as he got up and passed it to Ross Clotworthy (is that correct enough for you Al?), whose through ball (well, at least he says it was him, after sounding perplexed when I asked him if he'd set Lamps up he then said the assist was "100% him" - Ryan please let me know if he's stolen your glory as I'm sure it was you) found Lampitt just inside the box where he beat his marker to the ball and lobbed it over the keeper and into the side netting to make it 2-2. There was time for the winner before the end of the game and a ball into Lampitt's feet from Laffan resulted in the big man turning, creating a fraction of time to look up, and digging a shot out that planted into the side netting, leaving the keeper with little chance and giving Central a lead that they had showed good character and fightback to achieve. A few good flick-ons from the head of Tommy created more opennings for Central to extend their lead but the score remained 3-2 and the match ended with a norrow Central victory. Pete Weaver also made his Central debut with two cameos in each half. Adam Cree "forgot" his shin pads and then decided to leave half way through the match to catch the Chelsea vs Swansea game, but we all appreciated his efforts to show his lovely face. Shame for him that the welsh wizzards bagged a draw. I must not forget to rub that in when I see him next.

Man of the match:

Manager's man of the match went to....drum roll please....me! Woop! I guess it must have been for my outstanding levels of high quality in every aspect of my game throughout the whole 90 minutes. Match reporters man of the match went to Darren Lampitt. In a game where most of us played well for the first 45 minutes but didn't have as much to shout about in the second, Lampitt provided the character and that bit of quality to turn a 2-1 defeat into a 3-2 victory. In a league game that would have turned 0 points into 3 points, so for that reason alone he gets my vote.

Moment of the match:

Lampitt's first goal came at a time where some Central players started to argue over why we conceded their second goal and the equaliser very quickly turned annoyance into restored belief that we could go on to take our lead back.

Save of the match:

A second half Tedburn high ball over the top resulted in an excellent judgement by Alex May to keep his eyes on the ball and leap high enough to head the ball clear of the anticipating Tedburn striker, who would have be clean through on goal had the header been missed.

Talking points:

Should Central be commended for their complacent and sloppy start to the second half when they thought the game was in the bag, or praised for showing good character to grab two more goals and seal a victory that we might not have sealed last season?

Is our team fitness high enough or is there more work to be done?

Does manager Tim Clotworthy know his strongest line-up for the start of the season or are some places still up for grabs?

Written by Alex Laffan

13th August 2015: Friendly: Exmouth Amateurs 3rds 3 Central 1

Scorer: Horne

No match report available.

22nd August 2015: Division 7: Colyton 2nds 0 Central 2

Scorer: Lampitt (2)

After 4 pre-season games, the competitive games finally got underway as Central visited newly-promoted Colyton. Despite having 30 players registered for the new season, many players were unavailable which resulted in Central having to make a couple of unusual changes to the side. Central lined up with Jon Henthorne in goal behind a back four of Luke Abraham, George Otton, Dan Hunt and Jordie Howlett. Alex May, captain for the day in the absence of JP and playing his final game for the club before his big move to Spain, lined up at CDM alongside Stew Hill behind the attacking midfielder in the shape of Alex Laffan. The front three consisted of Ryan Grey and Ben Fowles on the wings with Darren Lampitt as the lone striker. The subs bench consisted of Sam Mason and Dan Miller.

Central began the game on the back foot, with Colyton having a lot of possession for the first 20 minutes. However, the home side struggled to create many clear-cut chances with the Central back four coping with the majority of the Colyton attack, a theme that would develop as the game went on. As Central began to ease into the game, they began to look threatening with the long-ball over the top. The score remained 0-0 going into half-time in what was generally a poor half for both sides, with Tim urging the team to step up a gear and take the game to Colyton a bit more effectively in the second-half.

The weather had been pretty bright throughout the first half but weather forecasts suggested that rain along with possible thunder and lightening was on the horizon, and this proved to be the case when the heavens opened about 5 minutes into the second-half. 11 minutes in, the referee was forced to call the players into the changing rooms as lightening began to echo around the ground. This provided some welcome relief for a couple of Central players who were struggling with injury, fatigue and illness. 15 minutes later, the game restarted and Central finally began to regain some of the form that had made them look so threatening at the end of the 2014/15 season, with the Colyton backline looking increasingly vulnerable in the face of a goal-hungry Darren Lampitt. The Central subs began about 60 minutes in as Ryan Grey was forced off through injury and replaced by Sam Mason, who filled in at centre-back with George Otton moving up onto the left wing.

The deadlock was finally broken soon after when a long kick from keeper Jon Henthorne found its way to Darren Lampitt who emphatically smashed the ball into the top-corner to continue his fine pre-season form into the competitive games. This development was soon followed by another sub as injury forced a premature end to Alex May's last Central game as he was withdrawn and replaced by Dan Miller, who moved onto the right wing with Ben Fowles, himself struggling with illness, moving to CAM. A deserved second goal came in very similar fashion to the first goal with Colyton struggling to deal with a long Jon Henthorne kick, which again found its way to Lampitt who finished off the chance in fine style to make the score 2-0 with about 15 minutes remaining. Both sides knew the next goal was crucial and it was Colyton who looked the most likely to find it, especially when the Colyton winger was brought down in the box; however the resulting penalty was put wide leaving the score at 2-0. And that was how it finished, a very welcome 3 points for Central in their first game of the season.

Joint man of the match went to Dan Hunt for running the show at the back and looking assured throughout the game, and Darren Lampitt for some dangerous play, especially in the second-half, and two very fine goals.

Written by Sam Mason

3rd September 2015: Friendly: Central u18s 1 Central 7

Scorers: G. Mason (2), Lampitt, Horne, Duncan, Bailey, OG

With the start of the competitive cup matches looming, Central played one last friendly, this time against the under 18s who themselves were preparing for the start of their own season. As seems to be the case with mid-week games, nearly all of the squad were available and as such Central turned up to the game with no less than 6 subs!

The under 18s started the stronger, putting centre-backs George Otton and Tommy Holwell under early pressure. However, it was the Mens who took the lead arguably against the run of play through current top-scorer Darren Lampitt, who increased his friendly tally this season to 8 goals in 5 games, before Nick Horne made it 2-0 through one of his bursting runs. George Mason made it 3-0 after selling the last defender before cutting onto his left foot and drilling his shot powerfully into the bottom corner, followed by a Duncan shot from outside the area which found its way through a crowd of players, taking the keeper by surprise and nestling in the back of the net. George Mason scored his second and completed the first-half scoring a while later after vollying in a George Otton cross. 5-0 half-time.

The score remained the same throughout the majority of the second half before a Mark Bailey shot took a deflection off an under 18s defender and ended up in the bottom right-hand corner to make the score 6-0, before a fantastic looping header from Bailey again sailed over the keeper to complete the Mens goals. With only a couple of minutes left, the under 18s grabbed a deserved consolation goal when the striker brilliantly lobbed Jon Henthorne in the Mens goal, ruining his clean sheet in the process much to the delight of his teammates (sorry Big J!).

So 7-1 was probably a bit flattering for the Mens side but it was good to see the team capitalising on the majority of their chances. The Mens now enter a cup double-header full of confidence, looking to build on what has been a very successful pre-season.

A shout-out must also go to the under 18s who played some very good football at times and gave the Mens a very decent game. We look forward to welcoming you into the Mens in the coming seasons!

Written by Sam Mason

5th September 2015: Geary Cup 2nd Round: Central 8 Lympstone 2nds 0

Well where do i start....

Started off well with a quick 3 goals in the first 20 odd minutes by Abez Lampitt and Nick Horne. Then it kicked right off....Abez went in for a dodgy challenge and then matey stood up and right hooked him. Straight red... from then on pretty one sided. Going in to the second half 4-0 so the game was more or less over! I'll be quick because I'm getting bored and need to carry on drinking. Second half very one sided, with a few more goals by Nick and some stupid ones by Ross, The next time that kid does a robona I'm gonna smack him. But anyways 8-0, brilliant performance by the almighty Central. Of course an outstanding show from the big Jonny Henthorne eventough the missus is away sad.

Man of the match - should have been Big J due to his unreal sweeping performance but sadly given to Joe Harrison, who was alright,

Written by the one...the only....Big J.

Was he even at the match - Did he miss some superb goals from Nick Horne, Ross's robona and Abez 30 yard screamer, why is the spotlight always on Jonny ?  I wasn't overly impressed by Lymstones sportsmanship, one of their players full on punched Abez and rightly got a straight red and a £60 fine then they marked the ref at 55 /100 so they will have to do a match rport and they didn't bother to come for food which we paid for not 'nice' at all.

12th September: Devon Intermediate Cup Central 4 Honton Town 3rds 1

Scorers Lampitt (2), Horne (2).

Well not the best team performance we were wasteful in front of goal and our passing wasn't great but we were too strong for a youthful Honiton and powered our way through to the next round. Man of the match Alex Laffan.

19th September: Pinhoe 2nds 2 Central 1

We heard that Pinhoe were much improved this season and they were !!! We were missing Duncan and Nick so JP went in to Nick's position and with Jonny in goal, George and Dan centre backs Luke and Jords left and ight backs, Stew and Laffs in CDM Ross on left Ry on right and Lamps upfront we were pretty near full strenght but we seemed slower to the ball and lacked drive, Pinhoe were quicker and hungrier than we were and our formation just wasn't working Lamps was well marked Ross and Ryan were ineffective as they were too far from Lamps and JP just couldn't get through and link with Lamps, so we held on but Pinhoe could have scored many goals fisrt half but they were wasteful in front of goal. Thinkwe scored first with Laffan putting the ball through the keepers legs from a goal mouth scramble. We changed Ross and JP's positions but Ross was hungover and lack luster and never really attacked with any sort of threat and inevitably Pinhoe got through Dan tripped their striker penalty was slotted and soon after they hit their second. Martin and Cam came on but gave us little attacking option and although we passed the ball well we never looked like scoring so first defeat of the season we have to take it on the chin and move on.

Man of the match: Alex Laffan 

26th September: Central 4 Pinhoe 2nds 3

With three players pulling out on the eve of the match I struggled to get 11 players on the pitch for this feisty encounter. Luckily Martin said he could be a sub first half then Abez came from work to sit on the bench for the second half so we had a sub which was good !!! Pinhoe are a very good side so we knew we were in for a battle but with the expernce of Stew and Laffs in the middle with Nick back in the ranks he gave us an attacking threat we didn't have the week before. The team was balanced with Ross on the right, Ryan on the left with Lamps upfront, Jonny in goal, JP and Jordie left and right backs and George and Dan centre back so we had near enough our strongest side out and we started the brighter, Nicks threat was clear and he was up for it but it was Lamps who broke free and slotted cooly for 1 nil soon 2 nil with Nick charging through their defence but they get one back. Think it was 2-1 at half time. Second half again Nick was just too strong for them chipped the keeper 3-1. They got one back for 3-2 then one of their players flew in with a horrendous tackle on Ryan everyone thought he'd broken his leg but luckily he was ok but their player was red carded. Nick took advantage getting his well deserved hat trick then a second Pinhoe player received a red card for two yellow card offences so Pinhoe were down to nine players. We didn't really take advantage of this and we were sloppy in possession and they then scored for 4-3 which meant a nervous last 5 minutes but we hung on for a hard fought victory.

Man of the match: Nick Horne.

3rd October: Central 6  Feniton 3rds 1 Geary Cup

With JP, Ryan, Laffs and Duncan away again we were struggling to make a team, luckily Dan Hunt managed to get out of work for a few hours Tommy came off his sick bed and Luke Howlett started his first game for the season. So line up Jonny in goal sporting his new L goal keeping kit., Martin, Dan, Jordie Abez defence, Stew, George CDM, Nick CAM Luke right wing Ross left wing and Lamps up front. On the bench Tommy and Cam. Again we started really well defensively looking solid, Jonny looking purple and midfield linking well with Ross and Luke through to Lamps. I can't remember who scored what goals at what time but Nick scored two lobs over the keeper, Ross got one, Lamps 2 and Stew finished it off with a fine volley from inside the penalty area. Cam came on for Jordie who had his mind on his 18th birthday and Tommy came on for Abez and slotted in to midfield. It was 5-1 at half time and Feniton did come back into the game in the second half but Jonny made some good saves and body checks to keep players and ball out of the penalty area! Abez also cleared one off the line and he said it may have gone in but was too close to call.

Man of the match: Martin for a battling defensive and midfield display

10th October:Winchester 3 Central 2 

Another match against what is becoming a regular fixture against Winchester. By now we all know what they are about and likewise they are aware of our intents. On the afternoon, numbers were a bit stretched for Central however the 12 lads available were eager and up for it.

The game went as we expected, Central playing some great intricate football and Winchester providing a tough and physical opposition. We took the lead twice in the game, leaving the game 2-1 at half time. Cam providing the best entertainment of the first half by remaining adamant that his cross which flew into the top of the goal, was in fact a shot. Welcome Cam, the Iranian Pinnochio. At half time Central were buzzing and Winchester were clearly unhappy being in a psoition they are not used to.

Then they came back and won 3-2.

I personally felt let down by the official but thats football, we move on.

Well played everyone. Cant remember MoM but probably Dan Hunt.

12.10.15 Cheriton Fitzpaine 2nds vs Central FC

Big trip out to Cheriton this week. Think the travel took it out of us, found ourselves 2-0 down in the first 5 minutes!!! Ross realised a change was in need so 'played an injury' and subbed himself off for what became a tactical inspiration. Step up Luke Howlett. 

Firstly Lampitt knocked home a stunning strike from outside the area. Sweet strike. Then a lovely team move involving Ryan and Nick ended with Nick slotting home to bring us back to drawing at the half.

Second half was dominated by Central, many efforts on goal, one of note is Luke Howletts goal, the ball frantically bounced around in the box before the calming influence of Luke swept the ball into the top corner of the net.

The crowd (Ross, Abez and Cam) literally couldnt contain themselves running on the pitch and celebrating. 

Unfortunately we couldnt see it through and Fitzpaine got another goal to end the match a draw. 3-3.

Man of the Match again the reliable and consistent Dan Hunt.

24.10.15 Central FC 5 Landgdon 2nds 0

Big team news - George Otton starts.

Central slow out the box this afternoon. The team line up was strong (missing Dan Hunt but sure he will still get MoM). The sloppy start resulted in allowing Langdon a couple clear opportunities which they failed to capitalise on. Jonathon in goal did make a good save in the mix of this but then remained surplas to requirement for the remainder.

Laffs was a huge goal threat today, bagging himself with a perfect hat-trick! Fantastic performance much deserving of MoM today.

Nick got himself a goal with a nice strike from the corner of the box, he has just informed me of scoring in the last 7 consecutive games!!! Our very own Vardy! Well done mate.

Lamps got himself on the score sheet too. Big mention to the defence who were alert and determined to keep a clean sheet. Well done Jordy, George, Cam and the new lad JP (lets hope he hangs around for a bit!)

Quick mention for George who uncharacteristically left his position to stream forward and ping a 40 yard shot taking the keeper out the game but unfortunately clattered the crossbar and went over. ;-(

Deserved 5-0 winners. MoM - Alex Laffan (his girlfriend told him he was going to score today, maybe she could say that every week !)

7th November 2015:  Central FC 5 Elmore 2nds 3 written by Ross !

A controverial pitch inspection from Mr 'lost his glasses' C L O T worthy- deemed a swamp playable but the mighty Central were as keen as ever to secure a victory! With Stuey 'lost his watch' Hill running- (not in the way we would have liked) late our pre match prepations were slightly disrupted but it didnt concern the Central lads too much- with the game being dominated by Central with alot of composure and skill. After squandering a number of chances - a worldie ball from Stuey Hill- who by the 20th minute had just recovered from his brisk walk to the pitch, picked out Cam Baharami, just back from Iran, who drove a low cross across the penalty area to be converted by Alex Laffs who is flying atm! Ross Clotworthy decided he might aswell get in on the act and for the first time in 40 games he made a run into the area and Lampit managed to lay him off for a well taken goal. Despite the awful conditions, Ross managed to keep his effort down and their was a sense of inevitablity when he wound up from 12 yards and slotted home with ease. That breaks Ross into double figures this season- including pre season-but its a team effort ;). Central continued to play outstanding football and DJ Nick Horne- who was under contstant attack from Elmore players throughout the game, took on 5 players to slot home into the top bin. He did well to recover from a massive miss which was put on a plate for him from the inform cCotworthy. Jonny 'Big J' Henthorne was world class again today and showed why he is key to a ever improving Central side. Jonny commanded his area with authority and apart from holding the ball for 20 seconds longer than he should have he had a solid game. His kicking was fantastic again- if you were focusing on the ground kicks- out of the hands is a work in progress. JP and Cam had an easy ride all game as the work rate of Rysie and Ross did all the work for them. Rysie Grey dug Dj Horne out of hole when he missed a sitter of a one and one- Ryise showed warrior like bravery and put his head in where it hurts and managed to get it in. Georgey ' hates a head' Otton managed to make contact with a couple of headers- the celebrations after each one were as if we had scored a goal! Nick Horne megged on the right hand side, the CDM had no chance- from an actute angle the big man slotted home with ease- again! Our number one supporter pete weaver was escorted from the ground due to unreasonable behaviour- fourth time this season hes been caught with flares, he needs a trip to Burtons! And 8th time this season we've seen him sprinting across the pitch with everything hanging out! Abez'never available' Abraham  dragged us through the later stages with his u never say die mentality which courses through the veins of all the central lads if he was there of course which he wasn't for a change !

Shout out to the single crew - with its ever growing poputlation- est. 2015. New members always welcome, (Stew Hill and Lamps)

MISSING

MALE, 50, POSTMAN, 

HAS A SON WHOES KEEN TO MEET. (owes 12 years of birthday and christmas presents)

Big hello to spliffy who managed to give as much stick through not being able to walk as he did when he was able to play!

Shout to our foreign fan the big Alex May  who despite being a millions miles away is always in the thoughts of the lads who miss him dearly!

The Howlers who are the biggest legends ever' were away also in Cuba but luckily they kept to a strict fitness regime so will come back at the peak of their fitness!

Man of the match DJ Nick Horne impressive as always and keeping his cool in times of need

28th November: Wellington 3rds 0 Central 3

Our furthest away away match into Somerset on a blustery wet afternoon, we were keen to play as our last match was 3 weeks ago. We had a strong lineup with Big J in goal, George, Dan CBs, Jorde, RB, JP LB, Stew and laffs CDM, Luke Howlett right wing, Ross left with DJ Nick Horne CAM and Rysie up front with Mart, Cam and Abez on the bench so pretty much our full squad keen and eager to do battle. Pitch cut up from the kick off and it was sloppy and hoorid underfoot with alot pf players slipping and losing control of the ball. Wellington were a good side and they put us under alot of pressure and had a few early chances but with a combination of good defending and poor shooting Jonny had little to do except shout his usual obsenitys at everyone. We did look strong on the counter, Ryan had trouble with his boots as blades were having no effect in the mud but he did look sharp and a fantastic through ball from Laffs put Ryan clear through the centre with only the keeper to beet and he cooly took it passed him slotting it in the bottom corner 1-0. Luke Howlett grew into the game and was making some great runs down the right, Stew and Laffs were working well in the middle and we looked a threat going forward and it was the in-form Horne who picked the ball up in the middle of the park and did one of his infamous head down and charge, let no one stop me I'm coming through runs, this time he took it passed 5 tackles and smashed it in for a great individual goal worthy of goal of the month for sure, for 2-0 at half time. Second half Abez, Cam and Martin came on and with fresh legs on the pitch we began to take more control over the game, Abez looked sharp with some great runs down the wing, Mart looked solid in the middle and Cam is always dependable at the back so we seemed to grow in confidence as a team and yet again it was DJ Nick Horne decided to go on one of his previously described runs getting into the box and was tripped but carried onto shoot but the ref deemed the trip was a penalty and Nick made no mistake with the kick to make it final score 3-0 to Central. A very convincing win against a competitive side, I thought as a team defnsively we looked solid, midfield was strong and had a real goal threat with Nick and Ryan with support from the wingers, for me the best team performance too date.

Man of the match: Couldn't have really given it to anyone else really, yet again Nick Horne for a disciplined attacking display.

5th December: Central 5 Colyton 2nds:

12th December: Central 2 Seaton Town 2nds 3

One to forget really, with George, Jonny, JP and Stew all not available we had enough players but really didn't gel that well, Colyton defended really well and closed off Nick's attacking runs, Dan Hunt was struggling with a groin injury so wasn't at peak fitness and we struggled to penetrate their defence and were looking slow in defence and whilst we hit the bar a few times and had far more shots than they did they took their goals well and we were wasteful so tbh not the best team performance but hey ho we move on. Can't remember who got man of the match everyone were a bit glum ! Anyway Christmas is coming so lets all get hammered !!!

16th January: Central 5 Bradninch 2

Scorers: Nick (3), Ross (2)       Assists: Laffan, Nick, Ryan.

We moved to pitch F7 on the plateau which by far was the best pitch at King George. We welcomed Shaun Dixon to the team in goal. Back four was Jordy, Dan, George, Cam. Stew, Laffs CDM, Nick CAM, Ryan RAM, Ross LAM and Lamps up top. Bench: Martin, Luke Howlett, Miller.

Central got out of the blocks straight away and high pressing from Lamps, Ryan, Laffs and Nick resulted in the first three combining with quick passing and Laffs playing the ball past the last defender and running towards goal. Out of nowhere Nick outpaces Laffs, picks up the ball and rounds the keeper and sidefoots in with his left to make it 1-0 in the first couple of minutes. Central conceded and equaliser against the run of play and out of nothing when a Bradnich attack resulted in a cross finding it's way to an unmarked striker, who tucked the ball into the corner leaving Shaun with no chance. Fortunately another Central attack saw the ball land to Nick in the box, who showed great composure and skill to take the ball around the goalkeeper again and blast the ball home. Central continued to attack the Bradninch goal with a touch of style coming from Ross on the left and he was rewarded with a goal when a long ball from defence was flicked on by Nick, who chased his own flick-on and got clean through on goal, but it was his turn to be outpaced when Ross sped past him and tucked the ball neatly past the onrushing keeper to make it 3-1.

Central continued to dominate the first half with Stew and Laffs working well in midfield and Ryan providing a good outlet on the right and feeding Lamps up top. Jordy and Cam gave good support to the attack and Cam nearly bagged himself a goal only for his massive run into the box to be met with a strike that saw the ball fly over the bar. Another chance came as Ross played Stew through on goal only for the ball to run away from him at the last second and the keeper winning the 1-on-1 battle. An unusual heavy touch from Stew who otherwise held a great position and passed the ball around well from start to finish. Dan and George were composed at the back and always looked to feed a Central shirt when distributing the ball which was really good to see, on what was a relatively easy day for both of them. Shaun gave a solid display in goal with some impressive handling and on-point kicking and showed good confidence and decision making throughout. 

A big call by the referee resulted in a penalty to Central when Ross tripped over a blade of grass in the box under pressure from a Bradninch defender. Some will say he dived, others will also say he dived, those who didn't see it will say that he probably dived, but he says that he was wiped clean out. I'll leave you to decide what the case may be. Anyway, he dusted himself down and looked right as rain as he smashed the ball low into the bottom left, sending the keeper the wrong way. Soon after a neat through ball from Ryan to Nick just before half time resulted in Nick latching on and completing his hat-trick before half time with a clinical finish into the keeper's near post and making it 5-1 to Central at half time. 

The second half saw Central dominate in the same way but fail to convert any further chances. All three subs came on the 55 minute mark and had a good run out. Martin looked solid at the back and didn't put a foot wrong, being first to the ball on a number of occasions, with Luke Howlett and Miller combining well on the right with some nice passing. More chances were created but unfortunately Lamps smashed a couple of shots over the bar which resulted in him being swapped to defence with birthday boy George going upfront in the hope of bagging a birthday goal. Lamps seemed to play better at left back which worried the onwatching JP, who was making a rare guest appearance after taking a break from doing some DIY/helping someone move house/seeing the inlaws with a bit of sailing thrown in. George started to look unusually lively having switched to an attacking role and managed to fashion two great chances only for the keeper to produce two quality saves to deny his powrful shots. A deflected goal in the last minute saw Bradninch pinch what was probably an undeserved second goal to keep the score difference down to just 3, but we'll take a win and 3 more points in the bag!

Man of the match: Ross Clotworthy. Very hard to ignore a hat-trick and assist from Nick Horne but as he seems to do the business every week I'm going to go with Ross who showed some great skills and technical brilliance to torment the Bradninch full back and get in behind the defence to create chances and score. He also rarely lost the ball and his passing game was very good. 

Moment of the match: Nick's individual second goal. After conceding an equaliser it could have been a different story had we not hit back soon after. Regaining the lead restored our confidence and we didn't look back from there.

Written by Alex Laffan

30th January: Central 5 Lyme Regis 2

Team: Joe, Jordy, Dan, George, JP, Laffs, Stew, Ryan, Ross, Nick, Lamps. Subs: Cam, Martin.

Scorers: Lampitt, Horne (4)          Assists: Horne, Laffan, Ross.

Back on our home pitch for the first time in 6 weeks as the rain held off to allow the game to go ahead. Central were up against a tough opponent in Lyme Regis who were 3 points ahead of them in the table before kick off. It was Lyme Regis who got off to the better start and got their early share of the possession and territory and tried to put a stamp on the game from the off with their good build up play and physical presence. Central did well to resist the attacks, defending as a unit from the off, with captain Dan Hunt at the heart of the organisation and with the back four putting in a strong performance, with Jordy looking solid, George taking up good positions to cover, and JP battling for every ball and providing a good attacking outlet down the wing. The defence were being screened equally well by the hardworking midfield 5, whose shape and workrate were of a high standard throughout. Lyme Regis did create two opportunities, with a through ball taking out the defence and putting their striker through on goal, but fortunately he blazed over the bar from a good position. Joe was also called into action from a Lyme Regis free kick when the ball was fired in hard and low. Joe showed great reactions to dive down to his left and anticipate the save, palming the ball around the post to prevent a certain goal.

Central's solidity and organisation gave a great platform to push on and win the game at the other end, and it was Central who took the first chance of the game. A curling through ball from Nick saw Lamps break free and shrug off his marker. The keeper came rushing out to meet the ball but Lamps showed great composure to lift the ball inch-perfectly over the keeper and under the crossbar to make it 1-0. The dynamic of the game seemed to change with that goal and it was Central who were providing more of the attacking threat. A forward pass from Laffan was met by Nick who carried the ball forward. A great run from Ryan on the right hand side gave Nick a great option to pass but the run ended up being a good decoy and Nick used great strength and skill to knock the ball past the two incoming defenders either side of him. This put himself through on goal and he provided a firm finish into the corner to make it 2-0. Before the half time whistle Central extended their lead when a Ross Clotworthy corner dropped in a huddle of players in the box and Nick reacted quickly to strike the ball into the corner to make it 3-0 at half time. 

At half time we stressed the importance of keeping our concentration for the first 5-10 minutes of the game and not conceding. We knew that the next goal could well decide the match. Fortunately Central began the half just as well as they ended the second and the good shape was held and again shut out the Lyme Regis attacks. Another bursting run from Nick Horne saw him skip past a defender or two taking him into the box. The on rushing keeper came out and tried to intercept the ball, but Nick's touch took the ball around the keeper, who ended up catching Nick and bringing him down in what was a clear penalty. Nick stepped up and rocketed the ball into the roof of the net, sending the keeper the wrong way with a great strike.

At 4-0 the game looked out of site with 35 minutes to go but Lyme Regis were handed a couple of life-lines when Central gave away two goals with their own doing. Some nice passing in the Central midfield resulted in Stew passing back to our goalkeeper in attempt to keep possession, but with Stew being so used to the slick surface at 5 aside he was unfortunate to see the ball slow down in the boggy pitch and their striker being able to latch onto the ball and finish leaving Joe with no chance. Minutes later in attempt to start an attack from the back George got caught in an attempt to turn past an on-running strker on the edge of the Central box, when putting the ball out of play would have been the better option in hindsight. The striker's tackle saw him through on goal and slotting low into the corner, again leaving Joe with no chance and a well-deserved clean sheet off the cards. The keeper had a great game and his handling and kicking was superb throughout.

Central did well to ride-out a tricky period and continued to defend well, with Dan Hunt doing a great job on the strong Lyme Regis centre forward, giving him no chance of scoring in 90 minutes. Martin and Cam entered the game and neither put a foot wrong with solid performances and great positioning to make clearances and interceptions, and both showed exactly why we need them for future games. Nick Horne had the last laugh and scored his 29th goal of a seaon that's only half way through when a long kick upfield was met by the Lyme Regis keeper, but instead of collecting with his hands, he chose to swing a boot at it, firing the ball up in the air. With the keeper off the line, the ball fell to Nick on the right hand side, and with the goal gaping he curled the ball over the keeper and into the net with another on point finish to make it 5-2 at the full time whistle.

Man of the Match: two way split between Dan Hunt and Nick Horne. One of Central's best defensive displays of the season, if not the best, and Dan lead by example from the back with strong challenges and headers and great organisation. Nothing got past him and he kept a very strong player quiet for the whole game. At the other end goals win games and a great solo goal was followed by a further three good finishes for Nick Horne so he shares the award.

Written by Alex Laffan

20th February Central 3 Cheriton Fitzpaine 2

Team: Shaun, Jordy, Dan Hunt, George, Cam, JP, Laffan, Ryan, Ross, Nick, Lamps. Subs: Martin, Abes, Miller.

Scorers: Nick(2), Dan Hunt.       Assists: Lampitt, Ryan.

Central were looking to make it 3 wins out of 3 in 2016 on what was not the greatest day for football with high winds and an uneven surface and the conditions made for a much closer affair than what would have been on a better day. Central knew that with Tivvy Park Rangers not playing, a win would take them top of the league if Lyme Regis failed to win at Offwell. It was Cheriton who started better in the opening exchanges with some good territorial possession, but Central started to test the Cheriton defence with Ryan and Nick providing good outlets for the midfield and defence to play the ball to and they started to penetrate the Cheriton defence with some good runs. Ross provided some good skills on the left but his hangover meant that the good support from Cam was well needed as they combined well together and played the ball up top to Nick and Lamps on several occasions. JP and Laffs were well organised in the middle, with Laffs man-marking their attacking threat, leaving JP to pull some strings going forward with some good through balls and movement of the ball. It was Central who took the lead when an inch-perfect through ball by Lamps sent Ross clean through on goal. As Ross ran through the middle to square up one-on-one with the keeper Cheriton's last defender took him clean out inside the box and a penalty was given. A stone wall red card wasn't to be as the player was shown a yellow. Ross took the ball to the spot but then thought better as he handed the ball to Nick who fired into his favourite corner to score his 30th goal of the season. Cheriton showed good spirit after conceding and some direct play saw a ball up to their striker saw him control, swivel and fire a low shot into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. However it was Central's turn to show some good character after conceding and hit back with another goal. A ball through to Lamps on the left saw the big-bearded target man fire a low cross into the box where Nick had taken up a good position in the centre and his first time side footed shot nestled in the corner of the goal to put Central back in the lead. Central continued to battle hard and the defence was holding their own against two big strikers and the partnership of Dan and George was looking strong wth Dan making his presence felt with some good challenges and interceptions, and George taking up good positions to clear the ball and he swept up very well. Jordy also contributed with a very well timed challenge in the box to prevent a one-on-one with our keeper Shaun, who for the second game in a row looked very assured between the sticks and showed great handling and kicking throughout the match. Central continued to create chances and a rabona from Ross found the side netting and Cam registered his standard one attempt on goal per game with a shot on the edge of the box that was saved by their keeper. 

The second half started in the same fashion as the first, with both teams battling hard but with Central creating the more opportunities, and it was Central who got the next goal. A corner from Ross found it's way to Ryan, and his touch fell to Dan Hunt, who showed Lamps a thing or two about finishing as he fired the ball low into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance and bagged his first goal of the season to make it 3-1. Central continued to create chances, with Nick rounding the keeper on the left but firing into the side netting, and then rounding the keeper again, this time on the right hand side, but his cross to Ryan was cleared off the line. More chances came when a Laffan header from a corner was saved and a speculative shot from Lamps fell just wide. Cheriton did have some efforts on target but Shan was equal to them and showed good handling and positioning to save comfortably. However, Central's failure to get a fourth meant a scare was on the cards when Cheriton pulled a goal back with some handy footwork from their striker who finished well into the bottom corner with 15 minutes to go. Abes and Martin were introduced and played their part in getting Central over the line with Abes looking energetic and providing some good crosses, and Martin once again not putting a foot wrong with some excellent clearances in defence ensuring we kept all three points as the clock ran down and the full time whistle went.

Man of the match: JP. His first game in CDM this season and his performance was excellent as he was first to most balls and put in some great challenges, showed great work rate and organisation and kept the ball moving and distributed brilliantly to set the attackers on their way. An all round performance which played a big part in winning the battle for 3 points.

Moment of the match: the red card that never was. Nobody wants to see a red card but it was the clearest red card you'll see and the decision to keep the player on the pitch could have proved costly if Cheriton had nicked a third goal at the end.

Save of the match: George showed good positioning that enabled him to sprint across and reach the ball before the Cheriton striker and clear it to deny what would have been a great one-on-one chance in the first half.

Effort of the match: Dan Hunt nearly scored from near the half way line when his quick thinking saw a long range effort land just wide of the post with the keeper way off his line. 


Another well fought and well deserved win that makes it 3 out of 3 in 2016. Offwell vs Lyme Regis ended in a 3 all draw which sees Central go to the top of the league where they will be hoping to stay!

Written by Alex Laffan.

27th February Central 5 Wellington 1

Team: Shaun, Jordy, Laffan, George, Cam, JP, Stew, Ryan, Ross, Nick, Lampitt. Subs: Martin, Miller, Jack.

Scorers: Nick (4), Ross.       Assists: Stew, Ryan, JP.

Another game on our second home pitch F7 meant the challenge of playing on an uneven surface that does not suit our style of play but when you get to February it's all about winning ugly and Central did just that today. With captain Dan Hunt away Central had a reshuffle of the team with Laffs dropping to centre back and JP continuing in CDM with Stew coming in to partner him. Other than that we were unchanged, with Jack taking his place on the bench for his first Central involvement. The game started in favour of Wellington as the away side put early pressure onto our goal. They could and perhaps should have taken the lead when a ball into their box found an unmarked player, but he failed to take the chance as his shot flew over the bar. Central had to shut out more pressure from Wellington with the Central defence having to produce some last ditch covering to snuff out more attacks, as well as Shaun coming off his line on a few occasions to gather the ball ahead of the Wellington strikers. Central did well to keep Wellington from scoring and it was the home team who continued their habit of taking the lead in the first half. A pin point free kick from Stew found Nick in the box who outjumped the Wellington defence to plant a firm header over the keeper and into the corner of the net to make it 1-0. Central's tails were up and the lead was doubled soon after, when an inch-perfect pass from Ryan saw Nick through on goal, who got a foot to the ball before the onrushing keeper and tucked the ball past him to make it 2-0. The scoreline was preserved until half time with the defence staying in a good line and continuing to get the better of the Wellington strikers.

The second half saw Central gain more possession and take control of the game. What appeared to to be a fairly calm game soon very quickly turned and became out of control when Ryan was taken clean out by Wellington's right winger in what was an aweful and very deliberate challenge. As Ryan was getting up a flood of players swarmed over the two players to break up a fight that hadn't even started. In the midst of the scuffle Ross got punched in the face by the Wellington captain. The referee called both Ryan and the Wellington captain to one side and produced a red card to both players, in what was an extremely harsh decision on Ryan, with the player who made the initial tackle going unpunished. The game continued with 10 vs 10 and Central increased their lead when an excellent run from JP down the right saw him use great strength and pace to muscle his way past a defender, and cross the ball in for Nick to send a right foot volley arrowing into the far corner to make it 3-0. The game then started to deteriorate when Wellington seemed to lose their heads and picked up a further 2 red cards. They also conceded two penalties in the process. Nick stepped up to send the ball into his favourite corner once again to register his 4th goal of the afternoon and get his 35th of the season. Central's second penalty was unselfishly given away by Nick to Ross, who did not dissappoint as he clinically smashed the ball into the left side netting to make it 5-0. All three subs came on in amongst the drama but as the game started to deteriorate the challenge got less and less and players started to get cold from the stop-start nature of the second half. Central may have been found guilty of switching off in the last couple of minutes due to the way the game was going and 8 man Wellington took advantage and registered their only goal of the game when their left back broke down the wing and squared the ball across goal for an unmarked Wellington attacker to slot home to make it a 5-1 full time score. 

Man of the match: two way split between Laffan and Nick. Dan who? Standing in for the skipper today and the general consensus was that I did enough to win motm, but in a game where we didn't play particularly well on a poor surface, Nick still came up trumps for us and scored 4 important goals to keep us top of the league and register 12 points from 4 games in 2016.

Save of the match: a back pass to Shaun in the first half saw two Wellington strikers close him down but the keeper showed good confidence to connect well and clear the ball from danger.

Goal of the match: Nick's volley. Great assist from JP and an even better strike into the corner leaving the keeper with no chance. Made even sweeter by the fact that one of their players was mouthing off at Nick just before hand and his response was "I'll get my hat-trick in a minute", and he did just that in great style.

Moment of the match: Double red card. A quite poor decision really and Ryan should never have been sent off. He was the one who got fouled by an aweful challenge and bizzarely he was the one who saw red for what was an extremely minimal reaction. Ruined what was a decent game but we did well to keep a good shape and see the match out.

Three more points sees us go four points clear having played 2 more, but Central will be sensing that a few bigger games will eventually come their way when the business end of the season starts.

Written by Alex Laffan - who's not there next week so someone else needs to do the honours!!!!

5 March 2016 Seaton Town 0 Central 9
 
Team: Jonny, J.Howlett, Dan Hunt, George,  Cam, JP, Stew, Pete, Ross, Nick, Lamps. Sub: Miller
 
Goals: Pete, Dan Hunt, Lamps, Nick (2), JP,  Cam, Miller and Stew
 
Assists: Ross (4), Nick, Lamps, JP, Stew 
 
Central headed to Seaton looking to extend their lead at the top of the table whilst also looking to make amends for their only home defeat of the season so far.
 
Although missing Alex Laffan,  captain Dan Hunt made a welcome comeback into defence. Also back in the side after a David de gea style transfer saga was Jonny 'big j' Henthorne. 
 
Central made a string start to the match with JP'S all action style allowing Stew to dictate the tempo on mid-field. A few half chances came our way until Nick hit a blistering drive which hit the underside of the bar and was cleared to safety. 
 
Seaton were forced into a lot of mistakes due to the high pressing game Central decided to use. This lead to a corner and the delivery from Ross Clotworthy was perfect as Pete Weaver Ficked the ball into the far corner. 
 
Encouraged by their good start another corner from Clotworthy was tipped onto the bar by the keeper. Seaton failed to learn from this and another corner from Clotworthy was headed in by Dan Hunt for his 2nd goal in as many games. 
 
Playing attacking passing football lead to a goal for top scorer Nick Horne who cut in from the left and fired past the keeper. Another flowing move lead to a goal for Lamps who reacted well to a loose ball following a save from the Seaton keeper. 
 
Being 4-0 up after 20 minutes allowed Central to keep the ball for the remainder of the half and the only moments of note were a nasty challenge on Ross Clotworthy which ended up with him flying into a fence and Jonny making a good one on one save, even though he handled outside of his box!
 
After a slow start to the second half, a superb cross from JP was headed past his own keeper by the Seaton defender for an own goal. A few minutes later, an excellent passing move was finished off nicely by Nick for his second goal of the game.
 
With Central looking for further goals, left back Cam Bahrain latched onto a loose ball 30 yards out and smashed the ball into the top corner leaving the keeper rooted to the spot. 
 
Following a silky bit of defending from Cam, he was caught late and had to be replaced due to injury. This allowed Dan Miller to enter play. Not long later he was celebrating his first Central goal after a cross from Nick was superbly dummied by Lamps.
 
attack after attack continued to threaten the season goal and after a clever pass from Ross,  Stew Hill poked the ball past the oncoming keeper. Nick Horne then missed a penalty after being brought down which stopped him from getting a hattrick.
 
Mom - Ross Clotworthy was a creative force after setting up 4 of the Central goals.
 
Save of the match - only one save for Jonny to make but he did it well
 
Moment of the match - would have to be the opening 20 minutes as Central raced into a 4-0 lead.
 
Goal of the match - some fantastic team goals from Nick, Miller and Stew but Cam's thunderbolt was terrific and is the winner.  
 
Tougher games will come but this was one of our best performances of the season and increases confidence ahead of Saturday's game with Bradninch. Great team spirit as always. UTC
 
Written by Dan Miller
 
 
Saturday 12th April Bradninch 0 Central 4
 
Brief report: A standard hat-trick from Nick Horne, another rocket from Cameron Bahrami, and a man of the match performance from Dan Hunt in defence secured a comfortable 4-0 victory to keep the title push going.
 
 
Saturday 19th April Elmore 1 Central 1
 
Brief report: One of our weaker performances of the season saw us drop 2 points away to a decernt Elmore side who have always posed a tough game for us. A third goal in three games from left back Cam Bahrami levelled the score at 1-1 in the second half and Central hung on to what now looks like a good point away from home to a team who have been on a winning streak of late. A last second penalty save from Jonny ensured we did not leave empty handed, as the Elmore substitute struck down the middle with Jonny diving low to make a comfortable save. Man of the match went to Stew Hill who put in a shift to ensure we kept us much control of the midfield as we could on a tough afternoon.
 
Saturday 26th April Lyme Regis 1 Central 1 (game abandonned after 28 minutes due to heavy rain - match to be replayed)
 
Brief report: Lyme Regis started brightly and scored the first when a long kick by their keeper was not dealt with by the Central defence, allowing their striker to claim the ball, advance on goal and tuck the ball away. The lively Tom Harrison levelled things up not long later when his high pressing forced a mistake at the back and he was able to beat the onrushing keeper to the ball and tap into an empty net. More rain came and the referee called the game off at 28 minutes which could prove to be favourable for us as Lyme Regis were in a confident mood on a day where we may have dropped points had the game lasted 90 minutes.
 
 
Saturday 2nd April Central 5 Offwell 3
 
Team: Jonny, Jordy, Dan, George, Cam, JP, Jack, Stew, Tom, Nick, Lamps. Subs: Ryan, Abes, Laffs.
Scorers: Lamps (2), Dan, JP, Tom.
 
With the knowledge that Tivvy had lost the night before, Central knew that they could extend their lead at the top of the table over both Tivvy and Offwell, who lie third in the table, with a victory today. The game started off as a very close contest, with both Central and Offwell having nice passeges of play. Offwell failed to capitalise on what was a decent start by them, and Central were the team that took the initiative and broke the deadlock. Some nice play on the left by Tom Harrison making his official debut at home resulted in the striker checking back onto his right foot and curling an inch perfect cross right onto Lamps' head, and the big striker directed the ball perfectly into the far corner to make it 1-0. Central continued to produce good play and were awarded with another goal when Lamps popped up again to set the tone for what was going to be a high scoring game. Some good play on the right saw the ball fired low into the box. A deflection saw the ball fall to Lamps, who made no mistake in drilling the ball into the bottom left corner to double Central's lead. Beforr the break there was time for Offwell to pull a deserved goal back. A low cross from their right winger was palmed by Jonny, but fell to an Offwell striker who tucked the ball home.
 
The second half began and the next goal was going to be an important one. Ryan was introduced after 15 minutes and brought more threat in attack with his direct play. Central were growing in confidence and won a free kick on the right hand side. Stew Hill stepped up and brilliantly struck a dangerous curling ball into the box that was met by Dan Hunt who made a great run and powered a bullet header into the far corner to make it 3-1 with a superb goal. Who says we need to practise free kicks in training? Another important goal came Central's way soon after to create a 3 goal cushion. Another wave of good attacking play saw Central drive into the Offwell box and the ball fell to the onrushing JP, whose late run into the box was met by a right footed drive that saw the ball rocket into the top right hand corner giving the keeper no chance and made the score 4-1. 

Just as Central were gaining control of the game, the Offwell right back decided he fancied pulling two worldies out of the bag, and smashed two long range efforts into each of Jonny's top corners to set up a nervy finish for Central. Fortunately, before the full tiem whistle, Central were able to continue to show great character, and yet another incredible goal was fashioned. A great ball through to Tom saw the striker show great pace to break clear of the Offwell defence and advance towards the offwell goal with keeper coming out to make a one-on-one. Tom picked his moment and sent an audacious chip over the keeper onto the underside of the bar, with the ball bouncing over the line and back out again to clinch a 5-3 victory in style and send half the Central bench onto the pitch in celebration. 

A massive 3 points sees Central move 10 points clear of Offwell in third, who have played the same amount of games, andalso move 6 points ahead of Tivvy, who have 2 games in hand in what is shaping up to be a close race for the title, with Pinhoe, despite being 15 points behind, feeling that they could play their way into the runnning as they have three games in hand and a reasonable fixture run-in on paper.

Man of the match: Darren Lampitt. Very difficult decision this week as there were a lot of good performances to choose from but Lampitt's two early goals were highly important in giving us the cushion we needed as well was ensuring that Offwell weren't the ones to be able to take the lead and defend it. His goals set the tone for our attacking play and he was involved in many more attacks that put pressure on the Offwell defence. 

Moment of the match: The combination between Stew and Dan for the massively important third goal was a joy to view from the touchline, with a superb freekick being met by an equally superb run and header really put a dent in Offwell's confidence and gave us the platform to take control of the game.

 
Save of the match: A great interception and clearance from Jordy in the second half kept the Offwell strikers from going clean through on goal.

Stat attack: An absolutely incredible acheivement of scoring in 16 consecutive games came to an end today as Nick failed to score for the first time all season. He did however have a good game and played his part in the Central attacks and was denied a penalty that would have given him the chance to continue his scoring run.

 
Wrtten by Alex Laffan
 
Saturday 9th April: Central 4 Tivvy Park Rangers 4
 
A well contested top of the table encounter played in very good spirit with both sides giving 110% to try and win. It was a pretty even match in midfield with Ross putting in one of the best performances of the season, he worked his socks off and probably lost a few pounds in doing so (some people may say he needs to lose a few!). Lamps looked sharp upfront and bagged two in the first half but Tivvy looked really sharp on the counter and their keeper was in great form coming off his line several times to snuffle the ball from the on rushing Central players. Tom and Ryan were looking dangerous on the wings but we made a few errors defensively that allowed the Tivvy strikers to pounce, Jonny makde a few good saves but their strikers were sharp and clinical and were quick to pounce on any lose balls and got two back before half time. Second half Nick came into his own with a well taken penalty and then a deft lob of the outrushing keeper made it 4-2 but Tivvy never gave up and pushed hard for retribution getting one back and then the last kick of the game after another defensive error allowed their striker to pounce and finish cooly to make final score 4-4.
We were gutted not to get the three points but at the end of the day we didn't deserve to lose so a point is what we got and we move on
Man of the match: Ross and Jonny, Ross for his best performance all season and Jonny for a fine goal keeping performance.
 
16th April: Offwell 1 Central 0
 
Not the best of performances apparently, I wasn't there but Ross said we never really got going, they were big and powerful in the middle and we failed to penetrate their defence. Ross had a clear cut penalty dis allowed by a ref who was clealry not up for the job, Nick was taken out time and again and the ref did nothing about it and eventually they scored and we didn't respond, a draw would have been a fair result but thats the way it goes sometimes.
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