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Penalty Ends Run - 2 November

New College were left to rue an early penalty as they saw their One West three-match winning run come to an end with a 1-0 loss at Easington Sports.

Andrew Stidder’s 15th-minute spot-kick was enough to decide this Division One West clash, with New College punished for a handball on the line amid a goalmouth scramble from a corner. The visitors threw men forward in an effort to get back into the game, with Ollie Hunt going close on a number of occasions and Cameron Shrubb heading just over the bar, but the Easington back-line refused to be breached.

New College coach Matt Cosnett said: “One of the lads slipped on the line. I thought he’d gone at it with his head but the ref said it was his arm so gave the penalty. We had another player on the line so we could have cleared it but it was just a case of poor communication. I had said before the game to try not to give away corners because they are a big, strong physical team, and that was why. We are a bit disappointed because we had 20 shots and no goals and they probably had two shots and one goal. We always seem to create a lot of chances and not take them, whereas the teams we play make one count if they only get two or three. Their keeper made a number of good saves and the defenders threw their bodies on the line but it’s all part of the learning curve.”

Cosnett hopes the loss does not dent morale too much in what has overall a very good October for College. “Having won three on the bounce and we wanted another to try to give us even more confidence,” said Cosnett. “We just couldn’t get going and I don’t know if the travelling was an issue because it took an hour-and-a-half to get there. We had a few guys missing too as they were playing for the county. The team was all 18-year-old lads so this will be a good experience for them. Maybe with hindsight a loss isn’t the worst thing. Hopefully it can kick us to go on another little run again.”


bluefin Sport InsuranceCup Baptism - 25 September

Matt Cosnett reckons the Bluefin Sport League Challenge Cup clash with local rivals Purton could present the perfect opportunity for some of his New College youngsters to grab their first taste of senior football.

College entertain Purton at the Webb’s Wood Stadium in the first round of the cup on Saturday and Cosnett says that his team are hoping to embark on a decent run in the competition this term. However, the students will still maintain their policy of shuffling their pack in order to field a competitive side for Saturday morning’s South West Counties Youth League clash with Dorchester Town and that could provide some College youngsters with the chance to dip their toe into Hellenic League-level action for the first time.

“We didn’t do that well in the competition last year (College lost 5-1 to Reading Town in the first round) and it would be nice to have a good run this season,” said Cosnett. “But we’ve got an important U18s game against Dorchester in the morning, so we need to make sure we have a good side for that too. Because that’s the case, it means that a few lads who haven’t played at this level yet may get their chance alongside the senior guys.”
College were beaten 1-0 by Justin Miller’s Purton when the two teams met in Division One West in August and Cosnett is predicting that there won’t be much between the two sides once again. The College assistant manager said: “We only lost 1-0 that day and the main difference was that we didn’t take our chances and they took one of theirs. Purton are a good side and I think they’ll be near the top of the league at the end of the season. They’ve got some experienced players and they’ve also got (assistant manager) Paul Hunt, whose son Ollie plays for us, meaning they know all about our lads.”

Striker Alex Fenton could return for College on Saturday but defenders Alex Baker and Dan Carter are missing.


Emirates FA CupAspiration Opportunity - 4 September

New College assistant manager Matt Cosnett is hoping that his young players catch a glimpse of the level they should aspire to when they lock horns with former Southern League outfit Thatcham Town in the FA Vase this weekend.

Progressing past the first qualifying round in only their third-ever Vase campaign looks a daunting task for College as they travel to Waterside Park on Saturday as the underdogs. of the 2013-2014 season, are currently joint-top of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division but Cosnett is hoping that his young team can play without fear.

“It’s going to be a really tough test but there shouldn’t be any fear from our lads, the pressure is all on Thatcham because if they slip up, it won’t look good for them,” said the College assistant. “It’s a good opportunity for us because it shows the lads what the next level up is, the level that they should be looking to get to themselves. We may have to switch the squad around a bit because we’ve got the preliminary round of the FA Youth Cup on Monday away to Cheltenham Town on their first-team pitch and that’s a really big game for us. But I’ve got a funny feeling about this one. I think it might be decided in the second half and you never know, we might just be able to nick it.”

Midfielder Antonio Gerrish is an injury doubt for College ahead of their Thatcham test.


david kinuthia hellenic football leagueEmbarking On Stateside Scholarship - 7 August

Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West New College Academy bid farewell to David Kinuthia as he embarks on his Scholarship the USA.

Dave has been a new College Academy player for the last four years and has now joined on a scholarship to a College in Oklahoma. Dave is an exciting attacking player who has developed well within the New College coaching programme.

FA Cup Target - 7 August

Securing eligibility for the country’s most famous cup competition will be the aim for New College’s Hellenic League side as they look to hand their young players even more opportunities to develop.

College, who also run U18 sides in student leagues, finished fourth-from-bottom in Division One West last term but academy director Ian Howell is targeting a berth higher up the table to give his team the best chance of successfully applying for the FA Cup. “I think that we need to finish in the top seven to get a spot in the FA Cup and if we could do that, it would be a fantastic achievement for a college programme,” said Howell, whose youngsters will kick off their second-ever FA Vase campaign against Thatcham Town in September.

“We’ve had some players go on to scholarships in America or some leave for university or work, and we’ve also had some sign for Swindon Supermarine. We’ll have a new set of first-years coming through next year and we’ll have 48 players to fit in to three sides. At the same time, we will have a number of former students staying with us for a third or fourth year – that sometimes happens if they’re pursuing a scholarship and need more time to develop in the Hellenic League. “For us, it’s all about finding a balance between doing well in the Hellenic League and developing young players properly.”

Defenders Robbie Hendry and Alex McLoughlin will be signing on as third-year players for College whilst midfielder Max Slinn, forward Jordy Wilkins and defenders Alex Baker and Dan Carter are set for a fourth year.

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