Both The Lions and The Tigers played in a very enjoyable tournament at BTFC last Sunday, a photograph of both teams was posted on the website shortly afterwards. 

On Thursday 7th November we competed in another tournament, which was organised by Oxford United and played at Oxford City’s ground  This was a big step up for the boys and different in a number of ways, first of all we entered one squad made up of players from both The Lions and The Tigers. Secondly rather than play our normal 5 a side we competed in a 7 a side tournament, which would be the number of players on the pitch when they move up to U9s next season. This was new to the boys and a great learning experience. Even though they’d had a tough evening you can see from the look on the boys faces in the photograph below that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves,. Well done to those that took part. 

Moving on to Saturday 9th November it was back to league action with both teams playing away in Witney, The Lions took on Witney Vikings Crusaders with The Tigers playing Witney Vikings Pirates, match reports below. 

Brackley Town U8s Lions v Witney Vikings Crusaders 

It  was a fresh start to the day with a frost on the floor and players (and parents) hoping the sun would come out to warm us up on our long trip to Witney. As the game began the sun did make a brief appearance. After the warm up the boys were ready to go.

The 1st half was slow and we really struggled to get into the game. We showed some great defending and attacking play, moving the ball round well but sadly for no reward. We had a power play and that helped on the defensive side, we showed great teamwork and brilliant closing down shutting Witney down higher up the pitch.

At half time we regrouped and switched things about, we still had the power play and we were  determined to make it count. The team started taking the game to Witney, so much so we managed to get back to remove the power play. We showed great attacking prowess, superb teamwork, efficient defending and brave goalkeeping with everyone putting in a shift. Sadly the 1st half had taken its toll and the weather had taken a turn for the worse, but the boys were absolutely brilliant in the 2nd half and showed great potential and what this team can achieve.

Brackley Town U8s Tigers v Witney Vikings Pirates 

On Remembrance weekend Brackley Town U8s Tigers played an away game at Witney Vikings Pirates, starting off with an impeccably observed 2 minutes silence.

The game itself was played in a great fashion and hard thought in pretty horrible conditions. Brackley took some fine free kicks which led directly to goals being scored, despite the conditions the players never stopped trying and doing the right things and they enjoyed themselves from start to finish.

Coach Chris said.

"I'm really proud of our players who worked hard for one another and continue to develop with each game. They're really enjoying their football right now and it's great to see."