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Back to a full programme of football for Formby Junior Sports Club last weekend - Franks Report

It was back to a full programme of football for Formby Junior Sports Club last weekend. The Inter Club Section welcomed some more new members on Saturday morning and all the sessions went well. The Representative teams had mixed result. The two FJSC Under 13 teams both won again but the Under 12’s lost for the first time this season. FJSC Under 10 Whites marched into the Under 10 Shield semi-final with an impressive win whilst the Under 11’s and the Under 9’s Whites went out of the cup competitions after valiant efforts.


FJSC Under 10 Whites travelled to Southport to play Southport Hesketh in the Craven Minor League Under 10 Shield. FJSC started the stronger team but some fine goalkeeping from the Hesketh keeper kept the game at 0-0. Oscar Buch Platt came off the bench to assist with a fine corner for Archie Weir to head home, before Oscar Buch Platt added two quick goals to give FJSC a comfortable lead. Isaac Jones added to the score just before half time.

There was some excellent football in the second half and some really good team passing and goals. There were further goals from Nate Daniels and Rowan Jones. ArchieWeir, Isaac Jones and Oscar Buch Platt also alladded to their tally. Despite FJSC being on the attack for most of the game, man of the match went to both Noah Lace and Reece Bagley who were solid in defence when called uponand gave the team good shape. FJSC Under 10 Whites will now play Churchtown Jaguar Reds in the semi-final.

FJSC Under 13’s played JN Sports Academy in the Hightown Junior League on a very wet and slippy pitch. The two teams were very evenly matches. After eighteen minutes FJSC were awarded a penalty which was expertly dispatched by Berat Ulusoy. The match continued to be closely contested until a Max Ryan second half goal made it 2 nil for the Under 13’s.

On Sunday FJSC Under 13 Blacks were in action again this time against Southport Athletic Reds in the Craven Minor League. Southport Athletic took an early lead. FJSC were soon on level terms and by half time led 3-1. The second half saw the Under 13’s score eight more goals without reply. Included in the goals were two excellent headers from Charlie Garvey and Freddie Garvey, a first goal of the season for Dominic Maxwell and a thirty yard free kick from Harry McGrath. Also on the score sheet were Noah Gibson and Archie Ogden with two goals apiece andthere was one each for Isaac Loxham-Keenan, Thomas Prior and Charlie Taylor. It was a very good all round team performance. The Under 13’s have now won all five league matches and are second in the Premier Division.

FJSC Under 12 Blacks took on Southport Athletic JFC Reds in a top of the table clash. The Blacks kicked off the match and looked to impose their passing style on the opposition early on but found it difficult against a quick tackling team. Southport took the lead after they broke down the right wing and scored to make it 1 nil. FJSC tried to respond straight away as Abe Rice won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Patrick Fleming stepped up to take it, but his shot went narrowly wide. Patrick then had a shot well saved after collecting a through ball from Ollie Dean, but it was Southport who extended their lead and went 2-0 up. A third goal then followed soon after as Southport scored from a tight angle to make it 3 nil. Just before half time Riley Higgs made an excellent double save to prevent FJSC falling further behind.

The second half saw FJSC come out on the front foot as they created several chances, but it was Southport who got on the score sheet again as they went further ahead. Abe Rice created an opportunity to pull one back as he ran through on goal, but he was thwarted by a last-ditch tackle and a good save. Soon after, Aaron Pickard took a quick throw in and found Patrick Fleming in space, but his first-time shot was well saved. Charlie Knowles, Ollie Dean and Thomas Donnelly combined well down the right wing, only for Charlie to be fouled. Ethan Richmond took the resultant free kick which flew just wind of the near post. As the game drew to a close, Southport won a series of corners, and from one they scored with a towering header at the back post to make it 5 nil.

This was a physically challenging game for FJSC and the score line did not really reflect the match overall. It was a good team performance despite the result and this week, the man of the match was awarded to Abe Rice for his constant running and his goal threat.

FJSC Under 11 were involved in their second cup match of the season. This time against Birkdale United. It was another cracker. The Under 11’s were without a few strong players which meant some players in new positions with lots of success. Failing to clear the ball out from the goal area continues to haunt the team and the Under 11’s were punished twice in the first half with goals that could have been avoided. That said, there were some great saves from Harry Ball and later JoeyMurphy to keep the score down. A few first half chances were missed. The second halfstarted well and FJSC pulled one goal back through a brilliant free kick from Lucas Lewis.It was now an open game and there werechances at both ends before Birkdale addedtwo more goals to make it 4-1. Another great finish from Lucas Lewis with a lofted finish into the far post brought his team back into the match. The Under 11’s were now playing with renewed confidence and in a grandstandfinish were the more likely team to get another goal and really put the pressure on butunfortunately FJSC could not quite manage it. The final score was 4-2 in favour of Birkdale United. It was a great cup game and a fantastic fighting performance from the FJSC boys.

FJSC Under 9 Whites Saturday team had an exciting match with FCN Yellow. On target with a goal each for the Whites were Clayton Gilbertson and Diego Funes- Cervera. Man of the match was Josh Tallon.

The Sunday FJSC Under 9 Whites were involved in a ten-goal cup-tie with Redgate Rovers Green. Despite the efforts of the team and particularly Isaac Rimmer who scored four goals the Whites lost 4-6. Joint players of the match were Josh Halpin and Clayton Gilbertson.

FJSC Under 7 Whites played Southport and Ainsdale Amateurs. The Whites got off to a terrible start conceding six times in the first ten minutes. FJSC rallied and began to play well. There were some missed chances and plenty of FJSC corners in the second half. From one of the corners Jack Brown scored with an inswinger much to the delight of his team. Charlie Vernon was man of the match.


Last Saturday’s session went very well with all the youngsters working hard to develop their football skills. All the matches produced lots of goals including those scored by Oliver Jones, Archie Parrish, Tayo Papoola, Archie Weir, George Rowan and Noah Bate.​

After every Inter Club session each club member’s statistics are updated on the club website formbyjuniorsports with the number of appearances and goals scored. At the end of the season those with the highest number of appearances and goals scored in each age group will receive an award at the FJSC Annual Presentation Evening. ​​​​​​​​​

Attendance at Inter Club sessions has been good this season.


RECEPTION – Toyo Papoola, Archie Parrish and Theo Kelly.

YEAR 1 – Monty Cator and William Larsen-Pass.

YEAR 2 – Oliver Parrish, Charlie Vernon and Max Seiffert.

YEAR 3 – Jack Haggart, Finlay Cregeen, Henry Williamson, Theo White, Walter Ramsdale and Jackson Ebo.

YEAR 4 – Oliver Berry, Tom Murphy, and James Hannan.

YEAR 5- Archie Weir, Noah Bate and Lewis Cregeen.

YEAR 6 – Lucas Lewis and Ben Harris.

YEAR 7 – Riley Higgs, Ethan Richmond, Samuel Lewis, Luke Patel and Aaron Pickard.

It is very important that parents make sure that their child has been marked down on the register on arrival.


RECEPTION – Archie Parrish

YEAR 2 – Charlie Vernon, Jack Brown and Max Seiffert.

YEAR 3 – Jack Haggart and Jack Hansen.

YEAR 4 – Campbell Woodcock, Oliver Hall-Gleeson and Tommy Collins.

YEAR 5 – Archie Weir and Noah Bate.

YEAR 6 – Ben Harris

YEAR 7 – Ethan Donegan, Henry Renton and Josh Kearney.

All referees are asked to please record scorers in each Inter Club match with first names and surnames.


The next session is on Saturday 12th November at Deansgate Lane Playing Fields.


Goalkeeper Coaching is from 9.00am - 9.30am.

Any budding young goalkeeper is welcome to come along and join in.

Years 5/6. 9.30 am - 10.45 am

Years 7/8. 9.45 am - 11.00 am

Four year olds 10.45 am - 11.45am

Years 1/2. 10.45 am -11.45 am

Years 3/4 . 11.15 am - 12.15pm

Each session has coaching and a friendly match as well.



FJSC’s Annual Presentation Evening will return again after a forced break due to the Pandemic.

Parents are asked to please note in their new 2023 diaries that FRIDAY 12TH MAY will be the PRESENTATION EVENING for the Inter Club Section and also the Representative Teams to be held at the Gild Hall. More details to follow.

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