U9's season starts with a loss

Posted by admin on September 15, 2013

Another toughie against a team we are seeing quite a lot of of late, Stocksbridge Park Steels. 

Our first encounter came last week in a friendly away, a very frustrating match where both our teams struggled to get a foot hold in the game, one or two players were asked to play out of position, and the long grass did not help! 

But today... although we were on the end of another heavy defeat both teams performed a lot better. 


Game One  The first team were certainly up against it, kicking up hill into a gale and heavy rain!!! I think it's safe to say it was one way traffic in the first half, big shout out to stand in keeper Ellis who pulled off a brilliant penalty save to keep us in with a shout. 

 The second half was a lot better with everyone getting stuck in and closing Stocksbridge down and putting them under pressure. Special mention to Jake Geci for a sterling performance at the back and Jake Taylor our Man of The Match topped of a great performance with a brilliantly took goal!


Game Two This was a more balanced affair, the Spartans closed Stocksbridge down, applied plenty of pressure and had them on the back foot on plenty of occasions. As always Kian ran his socks off and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet as did Matt and Flynn, there were some excellent corners from Will and brilliant defending from Lewis and especially Man of the Match for the second game Luke Geci...Rock solid! 

On the whole we were not expecting much from this game but the Spartans grew in confidence as the games progressed and this should stand the boys in good stead for the rest of the season. 

Would just like to take the opportunity to thank Benedict Walton McBain for his efforts in goal for us throughout last season but sadly due to family commitments he is no longer able to play, he's a cracking little keeper and will be missed.

 All the best Ben!



U10 Red still looking for their first win

Posted by admin on September 15, 2013

A rainy Sunday afternoon on 15th September saw a late kick off of 2.15pm get the game underway as Tusaale United took the kick off.
A spot of controversy saw the ball go in the Tusaale net from a Spartan corner, after which a Tusaale player handled the ball in the area - the referee signalled for a goal but then gave a goal kick to Tusaale to leave everyone confused.
Tusaale opened the scoring with a goal mouth scramble that sees the ball bundled over 1-0 to Tusaale United.
Some more dubious refereeing sees the Spartans lose out on the decisions but the boys keep their heads up and continue to battle.
Another goal mouth scramble sees another goal for Tusaale United as they further their lead, 2-0 to Tusaale.
Step up Morgan to score a screamer from 25 yards that sees the Spartans pull one back and lessen the deficit before the referee blows his whistle for half time. The boys go into half time trailing by a goal, 2-1.
An early goal for Tusaale in the second half sees them regain their 2 goal lead 3-1.
Some good defensive work from William and strong challenges sees him win a goal kick for the Spartans, the Spartans step it up with some good passing and strong challenges that sees them on top but they are lacking in the final third as a corner for the Spartans comes to nothing.
Down the other end Tusaale get a corner but this also comes to nothing. Straight back up to the other end and two corners in a row for the Spartans. Logan H puts in some good corners but there is nobody to get on the end of them. 
An unfortunate error from the normally safe hands of JB sees Tusaale score their 4th to extend their lead by 3 goals, 4-1.
An absolute stunner of a strike from Dale sees the ball fly in from what must have been 30 yards!!!!! 4-2 Tusaale and game on.
Tusaale reply with a stunning goal of their own to make it 5-2 and effectively kill the game off. 5-2 the game finishes and sees the Spartans sink to a very undeserved loss for all the hard work and effort they applied. Just a lack of that creativeness with the ball in the final third letting the boys down, something to work on in training perhaps?
William takes the trophy for his performance and is named as team player of the match.
Once again a big thanks to parents and supporters for getting behind the boys and encouraging them all the way in what were at times trying and frustrating conditions, onwards and upwards for the Spartans.....

Opening day defeat for U10 Red

Posted by admin on September 10, 2013

With the change in structure for our U10 teams this season, each teams result is the final score. The Black and Red teams are also in different divisions.


A 10 o'clock kick off on  a sunny but chilly morning on Sunday 8th Septemebr sees the Spartans kick off in their first game of the season.
The Spartans make a good start with some really good passing. They then soak up the pressure with the defence doing their job well as the Valley Knights start to press with the downward slope giving them the advantage. 
Rio hits the post with a good effort and is unlucky to not open the scoring. Shortly after the Valley Knights fire narrowly wide.
A brilliant half volley from outside the area flies into the Spartans net leaving JB and the defence no chance, a great goal to open the scoring from the Valley Knights, 1-0 to the Valley Knights.
The start of the second half see's the Valley Knights kick off. 
There is some good pressure from the Spartans searching for that 1st goal of the season and equaliser, this spell of pressure leads to at least 5 corners in a row, but no goal.
Dale has a shot that is narrowly wide for the Spartans.
A brave move from Ali see's JD thrown up front as striker in a quest to secure an equaliser. Morgan leaves his usual position of Left Midfield to cover in defense for JD.
There is some good pressure from the Spartans towards the end of the game but the ball just wont go in the net.
The game ends 1-0 to the Valley Knights, on another day it may have been 4 or 5 - 1 but the Valley Knights managed to hold on to their first half lead. Perhaps a fairer score line would have seen a draw and at least a point for the Spartans. 
A great first game for the lads, they played well and battled hard and were unlucky to lose a very evenly sided game.   

U10 Black Team in big win on opening day.

Posted by admin on September 10, 2013

With the change in structure for our U10 teams this season, each teams result is the final score. The Black and Red teams are also in different divisions.

1st half
The U10 Black team were next up on this chilly September morning and right from the off they showed how much of a threat they were with a well worked kick off which ended in a great left footed effort from Kieran which sailed just wide of goal. This was definitely a sign of things to come. Great link up play between midfield and attack saw the 1st goal of the game, as Alfie squared the ball across the box to Bettsy who fired home for 1-0. A quick fire hat trick from Kieran including a header from a Sam corner and a penalty, followed by a Rmaraye goal from inside the box and a great little chip from Alfie, saw the Spartans go into the half time break with a 6-0 lead. Blade, Cam, Josh and Pav had not had too much to do by this point.
2nd half
The 2nd half was more of the same, however the Spartans lost some of their passing game and sometimes held on to the ball a little too long. 
Cam, Josh and Pav were all solid as usual in defence and did well playing from the back. 
4 more goals were eventually added with Kieran's 4th, Rmaraye's 2nd and Alfie scoring 2, completing his hat trick with the last kick of the game. 
Credit to Manton for not letting their heads drop and plugging away, eventually creating a couple of good efforts which saw Blade called into action as he stood in, in goal for the absent James.
Full time score Spartans 10- 0 Manton



U10 & U7 players wanted

Posted by admin on July 28, 2013

We currently have space for U10 and U7 players for the coming season. Anyone interested - please call Wes on 07446 888309

Dodworth Tournament

Posted by admin on July 2, 2013

Both teams had a good run out on Saturday at the Dodworth Miners Welfare Tournament.

The Black Team played five games - finishing second in their mini league and just missing out on qualification for the semi final as the best runner up.

The Red Team finished third in their league - some good performances as the players start to get used to each other.


Enthusiastic coaches wanted

Posted by admin on May 12, 2013

Ecclesfield Spartans JFC are looking for enthusiastic coaches/managers to join our club. We currently only have 1 age group, and are looking to add at least 1 more for next season. No coaching badge necessary as the club are willing to pay for this for the right candidate(s) within the first year. Anybody interested please contact Wes at

A night out with the Steelers

Posted by admin on March 26, 2013

Many thanks to Haybrook Estate Agents for tickets for Sheffield Steelers final home game of the season. 

A group of players, parents and friends enjoyed their evening at the Motorpoint Arena despite the final result of a defeat for the Steelers.

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Spartans win in best performance of the season

Posted by admin on March 14, 2013

With just two games left in the season, the Spartans played the best football since the formation of the club 18 months ago. The boys doing in a game what they have been doing in training for a number of weeks.

The weather was VERY cold and had a few flurries of snow as game one started - the pitch in remarkable condition after the snow and rain of the last few days. The Spartans were kicking down the hill in the first half and took full advantage from the first kick-off, playing passes around and through the Staveley midfield and defence to set up a number of early chances and it was not long till he first goal came as Kieren skipped around defenders before knocking the ball home for a great individual goal. The Spartans kept the pressure on and soon after Sam passed through to Rmarye to score the second - has Rmarye found his best position?

Stavely tried to play as well, but playing up the hill, their best chances came from long kicks from the goalie, however poor shooting and good defence (yet again) from Josh and Cameron meant that the only work James had to do in the first half was a couple of goal kicks.  The third goal as a classic. Stavely gave away a free kick just on the half way line. Josh took the kick and passed through midfield Kieren who found Sam in space,. Sam ran on and passed to Rmarye just outside the box, Rmarye took a few steps with the ball then buried it in the goalies far corner!  Half time 3-0.

The second half was much the same, only blotted by a goal from Staveley after a miss hit goalkick fell to a Stavely player who calmly fired home as James tried to recover to his goal. For a few minutes after this, Staveley put on some pressure, but the Spartans calmed down and got back to playing football. The next goal again came after great work through the middle from Betsy and Rmarye (plaing the ball around the Staveley defence), the shot came back off the goalpost only for Logan H to fire home into the roof of the net. 4-1. The scoring was completed when more great midfield work found Rmarye who fired in, the goalie making a great save, for the rebound to fall to Sam to fire home. Credit must go to the Staveley goalie who kept the score respectable in the second half. Final score 5-1.

Game two continued in the same vein. Passing around and through the Staveley midfield and good running off the wings in to space. The first goal came as Alfie was fed in and he calmly rounded the goalie and slipped home for 6-1. The midfield was particularly good for the Spartans - getting the ball back when they lost it and making sure that Staveley had very few opportunities. The next Spartans goal came from the product of implementing what had been worked on in training. Passes were pinged about through the team and eventually got to Jack MB who crossed for Morgan to place home for 7-1. After this the Spartans kept up the pressure and the score was kept down as the Staveley goalie made a number of blocks and saves. Half time 7-1.

Playing downhill in the second half the Spartans kept up the pressure, Pav playing in midfield while William and Aman kept things (mostly) tight at the back. A great move down the left deserved a goal as Aman fired in but had his shot saved. The next goal came after some good pressure for Blade to get a well deserved goal as the Spartans swarmed around. However, just to spoil Jacks clean sheet, Staveley got a goal back - the ball bobbled around in the box and the Spartans didn't manage to clear and they fired home. But, this did not stop the Spartans and they completed the scoring (after some more blocks and saves from the Staveley goalie) as Morgan fired into the roof of the net for his second of the game.

Overall, the most complete game in 18 months.

This game secured at least third place in the division. A 35-0 away in our final game at AFC Dronfield in two weeks would see the Spartans finish second...

Worksop beaten as Spartans claim another double

Posted by admin on March 4, 2013

Worksop came to the Caribbean Club looking to avenge the defeat earlier in the season which had ended their own winning streak, but went away empty handed as the Spartans turned in a solid performance at home.

The only change for the Spartans was an enforced change in goal for the rest of the season saw Jack Bailey replace Kian.

A lovely spring morning greeted both teams as they assembled for a 10am kick-off as game one started on time. The Spartans set off the quickest and really set about Worksop with some early pressure. A couple of weeks worth of training seemed to have done the trick as Blade fired home inside the first couple of minutes from a Jack MB cross. THis should have signalled the start of an avalanche of goals, but Worksop have some good wins under their belt this season and the Spartans know how to make a game tense!

True to form, Worksop came back at the Spartans, just as the Spartans seemed to think this would be easy, but some good defensive work from Pav and Aman and some luck kept the score at 1-0. Jack Bailey was called into action a couple of times and was solid on his firts official start in goal, saving with his legs at the near post on one occasion while under pressure. At the other end, chances were wasted as the Spartans either left the pass too late and were picked off or didn't pass at all. Worksop were always dangerous, keeping two upfront (unusual for this level of the game) forcing Mark and Dan to change the Spatans shape to cover the extra attacker. Half time came at 1-0.

The second half was more of the same, pressure from the Spartans either wasted by shooting from too far out or Worksop getting in the way. Worksop themselves wasted chances as the game was end to end. The Spartans trying to implement a new corner routine but for now, it still needs work. William moved into midfield for a spell in the second half to try and change things up a but. Alfie worked titelssly down the right and Pav, Aman and Jack Bailey cleared up when needed at the back. Blade played probably his best game, covering at the back when needed, organising at corners and running to be in the centre of the attack. The best chance of the half for the Spartans fell to Jack MB. He was fouled just outside the area, stood up and fired in a shot that the goalie tipped onto the crossbar and away to safety. Overall, a bit of a scrappy game that the Spartans managed to win 1-0.

Game two was all to play for with the Spartans just 1 goal up. Kicking-down the hill, the boys applied some early pressure and started to create a few half chances. Worksop changed their system in this game to have just one up front and this was more suited to the defensive pairing of Josh and Cameron who cleared away all of the early danger. Eventually the Spartans doubled their lead as Kieren worked down the left and crossed into the box for Sam who had a shot blocked and Rmarye knocked home the rebound. Doing what you do in training does pay off! After this, Worksop had to chase the game, but did not really create anything in the first half, before a Goal of the Season contender from Rmarye. The ball broke down the Worksop left, Rmarye picked it up, created some space and unleashed a powerful drive across the goalie and into to far top corner! Congratulations all round from the Spartans and Worksop alike. No goalie was saving that. Half time 3-0.

The second half was much of the same, the Spartans were the stronger of the sides, making the Worksop defence work hard, and Worksop always dangerous on the break - shooting just wide on a couple of occassions. Morgan could have had a second half hatrick, either just missing or heading wide each time - the last time would have been easier to score than miss. Worksop then got their consolation goal, again down the left. The attacker received the ball as it broke away from a Spartans interception and he hit a half volley across James that hit the far post and bounced back across the goal and in (behind the goalie). Again, another tough one for the goalie to try and deal with.

After that, Worksop pressed to get something from the game, making it a bit of a tense finish, but the final whistle blew at 3-1.

A solid, if not spectacular, win to keep the Spartans in the hunt for second place in the league. Congratulations to Dronfield who secured top spot last weekend with a last minute winner at Dinnington.

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