Football College News

September’s 2021 News.

Plume’s season up and running.

A new season has begun here at Plume, with the Football College baring fresh faces both on and off the pitch. We have added a new coach to assist Rob Munro with the development of the side, with Mr Arthur joining the coaching staff, bringing experience from his days coaching at Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club. In addition, we have welcomed a plethora of exciting talent into the side through the transition from Year 11 into Year 12. We are also pleased to announce that Ben Naughton has been confirmed as Captain for this season, with Johnny Hughes being confirmed as Vice-Captain and Team President. Both of whom are deserving of their new roles in the team after showing such promise in their first year as a college athlete.

Results have been mixed so far this season, both the first and the second team have so far played 6 games between them. Within those 6 games we have seen 3 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw as well as scoring 24 goals in that time with a multitude of different goal scorers. With the cup competitions well underway and the league season starting from October, exciting times lie ahead for the team as they embark on another season as one of Essex’s most established Football College’s.


A word on the gaffer…

The 2021/2022 season will be Coach Rob’s first full season as Football College Head Coach, after he joined the Sports Programme in the November of the 2020/2021 season. Due to Covid-19 restrictions last year we were unable to get our season going, but with a fresh crop of players to choose from, Rob is raring to go this season and has been putting the squad through their paces during training since the start of September. As a college, we are in a privileged position to be able to call on the expertise of Rob, who comes with a huge pedigree from his various coaching roles that have seen him travel the globe in such of varied successes.

In a season that has an abundance of potential for the current crop of college athletes, ups and downs will come, but we are excited to see where the journey will take us.

Plume double victors in a day of positive results - 13.10.2021!

In what was a day that saw 11 goals, free flowing football, defensive mishaps and last gasp winners, Coach Munro said he was pleased to take 3 points as well as safe passage into the next round of the Essex cup after two wins. With the first team welcoming Westcliff County High School to Fambridge Road, the seconds made the journey to Beauchamp’s Sixth Form in Wickford.

We start our match report with the first team and their game with Westcliff, in what seemed a straightforward affair, turned in to quite the opposite. Plume, who were in confident mood, started off the game playing free flowing and attractive football. With captain Ben Naughton and his midfield accomplices’ Kyle Hill and Matt Brooks in particular, spraying the ball around beautifully during what was a fairly comfortable half for the boys in red. Throughout the half Plume had both the lions share of possession and of the chances, but through bad luck, poor finishing, and failure to find the killer ball to our forwards, we were staring down going into the break drawing with our Southend based opponents. However, as the half wore on, Plume began to start taking full control of the game and thanks to a superb cross from stand in right back Joe Gregory, we were able to take the lead, as midfielder Jamie Williams was able to rise above the Westcliff defence to nod into the net. And within a blink of an eye 1-0 became 2-0 as Jamie Williams drove at the full back down the left-hand side to cross in for James Telford to rise above everyone to head into the net on the stroke of half time.

As the second half got underway, Plume started very sluggish and within minutes found themselves level due to no fault but their own, with defensive errors playing their part in allowing Westcliff back into the game. However, they still were in control of the game, passing the ball around beautifully across midfield but still lacking a killer edge to regain the lead. As the clock struck minute 65, another Plume mistake resulted in a long ball over the top of their defence for the Westcliff striker to run onto and ultimately finish passed Dom Mainwaring into the empty net, 3-2. This was the wake-up call that the team needed and thanks to great work from forward Corey Henry, the ball found its way to Ben Naughton who calmly stroked the ball into the net from the edge of the area, 3-3. By this time it was one way traffic, with Westcliff hanging on waiting for the final whistle as chances began to fall Plumes way. With the final whistle approaching, a Ben Naughton corner was nodded in by Corey Henry who muscled his way through a crowd of players to secure safe passage into the next round of the Essex Cup.

The second team game was far less nail biting and a lot more comfortable for Plume. From start to finish there was only ever one winner, with Max Wiley asserting his dominance in the game by controlling the midfield, making sure everything went through him whilst dovetailing wonderfully with Rhys McCulloch in the centre of the Plume midfield. In a game what could have ended as a goal fest, the team found themselves 1-0 down early on with the goal coming completely against the run of play as Beauchamp’s scored on the counterattack. However, thanks to persistent play from Plume’s attacking players they managed to find themselves back in the game, with Joe Cole scoring a rare header, capping another fine display from the young striker. Chances kept coming and coming for Plume but none where taken up until late in the second half where Jaydn Roberts rifled the ball into the net from the edge of the penalty area, who unfortunately had to be taken off after with a frustrating injury.

A good day all round for both teams, with one happy manager.

20.10.2021. A disappointing afternoon in difficult conditions at home to Beauchamp’s.

Wednesday afternoon saw us welcome Beauchamp’s High School to Fambridge Road, our second meeting in a week, in what felt like gale force wind type conditions. Plume, who has a number of players missing due to injury and illness, started very much unlike their usual selves as a number of sloppy passages of play led to Beauchamp’s being presented a handful of changes but luckily for Plume our centre half pairing of Johnny Hughes and Sam Perkins, along with goalkeeper Dominic Mainwaring were able to shut out the opposition during the first 10 minutes of the game. However, the rampaging Beauchamp’s attack didn’t relent and after a number of great passes, their midfielder scored from just inside the edge of the 18-yard box, 1-0 down and facing an uphill battle. As the half went on, we began to finally get the ball down and play the football we have shown so far this season, but due to a wind assisted pass the ball was back in the Plume net as Dominic Mainwaring lost the flight of the ball in what was proving to be very difficult conditions, with both teams not knowing where the ball would fall, 2-0. 2-0 became 3-0 very quickly after a corner ball found Beauchamp’s striker standing alone in the penalty area to head into the net. Luckily for Plume the half time whistle came almost instantly after Beauchamp’s third goal and presented a time to regroup.

After a battle cry from Coach Munro, the Plume army started the second half on the front foot led by midfield duo of Ben Naughton and Jake De Burgh who were dictating the tempo of the game. Instantly we were back in the game, with a through ball finding striker Joe Cole who struck the ball early on the volley and smashed it passed the despairing keeper, 3-1 and all to play for again. With Plume in the ascendency, Beauchamp’s were on the back foot and with chances falling to Plume players we were unlucky not to score a second goal. Minute, 65 struck and disaster for Plume as Beauchamp’s speedy winger broke through on the right-hand side to cross for his teammate to bury past the Plume keeper to make it 4-1. Plume, however, did not stop working and on another day may have found the net more to try and wrestle back control of the game. We did however, add a second through Jake De Burgh, who scored an exquisite free kick from 25 yards out. A 4-2 loss for Plume but a lot of positives to take away from what was a game that was against a difficult opposition and difficult conditions. Now it is time to reflect over the half term break and come back focussed and ready to push on until the Christmas break.