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4. 2012/13 Season

September 2012

Freeland Firsts started the season in disappointing fashion, after going 1 up just before the break they ended up losing 6-1 to last season’s champions OUP. They then narrowly lost out to Stonesfield before picking up their first points of the season with a 3-1 win over Bletch, another narrow defeat followed as they lost by the odd goal in five against Kennington.

Freeland Reserves won their opening two games of the season with big wins over both Marston Saints and Launton Sports Reserves.

Freeland A started their campaign with a point at home (although it was played away) to FC Nomads. It was to be their only point of the month as they lost out to both Kingham and Hanborough the following two weeks.

The B's picked up a smash and grab point at Tackley after being under the cosh for 90 minutes they grabbed a late equaliser for Jack Rubinstien. They then picked up a win in the Jack Busby before being whipped at Chippy Town.

Freeland Yeoman started brightly in their new division after promotion last season with three wins in a row, but found life harder in the last two games of the month losing to title contenders The Tree Grove and Sporting Headington Academicals.

October 2012

A poor month for Freeland Firsts saw them staring at another relegation battle with defeats in all four of their games. This also saw them exit the Presidents Cup and Oxfordshire Senior Cup to Charlgrove and Riverside respectively.

In what proved to be a pretty poor month all round the Reserves lost their 100% record and lost all their games in October including a bitterly disappointing loss in the A40 derby.

Freeland A continued the trend of the month with two defeats in their two games; one was an unfortunate exit to Ducklington in the Fred Ford Cup, the other a routine loss to Minster Lovell.

Freeland B bucked the trend for the month ever so slightly after they beat fellow strugglers Brize 3-0, but they also lost heavily to Minster and Carteton and limped out the Jack Busby Trophy with a disappointing display against Charlbury Reserves.

Freeland Yeoman battled through the first round of the Sam Waters Cup with a hard fought win away at Musketeer FC, they followed that up with a league win against Iffley Harriers, a game in which they lost star player Les Hole for a lengthy period of time (mainly because Sally won't let him play anymore). True to form though, just when they start to look good, they lose, and the Yeo lost 2-1 at home to Sutton Wanderers after a disappointing display.

November 2012

The month started well with the Firsts picking up a good win against Charlton, but just as things started to look rosy they then went and lost the next two games against Oxford Irish and Launton Sports.

November started poorly for the Reserves with a 6-1 defeat at Middleton Cheney, it then got worse when a side could not be put out for the Intermediate Cup game against Old Woodstock, but they were back on track the week after with a 3-2 win against Adderbury.

The month of November was one to forget for the A's as they lost out to Aston in the Junior Shield, FC Mills in a relegation six pointer and then blew a two goal lead to lose to division leaders Stanton Harcourt.

November saw Freeland B pick up some valuable points, they beat both Wootton and Spartan with fine displays but were then thoroughly outclassed by table toppers FC Hollybush.

Freeland Yeoman won both their games in November, reaching the last 16 of the Sam Waters with a win against Iffley Harriers and then reaching the Quarter Finals of the Ridgeway Cup with a fine comeback and 5-2 win over AFC Valley.

December 2012

A wet December saw the Firsts only make one game despite being scheduled to play all the way through Christmas, the one game saw another defeat by one goal against relegation rivals Horspath.

December saw the Reserves Clarendon Cup defence end with a narrow 2-1 loss to Kennington, but their league form looked to be improving with a 2 all draw away at OUP followed by an impressive victory on the road at previously unbeaten Bletch.

Freeland A lost their first two matches of the month, losing by one goal to both Chadlington and Kingham; they did pick up a point at local rivals Hanborough though to double their points tally for the season.

Freeland B lost both of their games in December by a single goal.

AFC Valley got their revenge over Freeland Yeoman in the league beating them 3-2, the weekend after saw a club night out was mistimed as a very hungover Yeoman were dumped out the Sam Waters Cup losing 10 (ten) - 2 to Northway.

January 2013

Most of the month saw rather a lot of snow - but the Firsts managed to get two games in, clawing themselves back in the mix with a fine 5-1 win over Horspath and following it up with the perfect away performance (not at all similar to Brendan's loss in Zenit!!) in a 3-0 win at Kennington.

Freeland Reserves only managed the one game in the dreadful weather, a 4-2 loss to Garsington.

The weather hit all the A's fixtures as well apart from a 4 all thriller at Cassington against Brize Norton, a game which both sides threw away golden chances to win.

Freeland B were always going to struggle in their only game of the month and so it proved as Carteton Rangers ran out 6-1 winners at Cassington.

Freeland Yeoman picked up a point at Abingdon and then thrashed Zubry in the Devenney Cup. Freeland had tried and failed to beat Zubry on many occasions previously and so it was to be a sweet victory. They finished the month losing out in a 5-4 thriller to promotion chasers Sporting Headington Accademicals.

The end of the month saw the Firsts in 12th place, above the relegation zone on goal difference, the Reserves in mid-table, the A’s in 10th place 6 points off safety, the B’s in 10th place just above the relegation zone and the Yeoman, 1 point off the drop zone in 9th position. The Firsts, A’s, B’s and Yeoman could hold comfort in the fact that they were still all in cup competitions to take their minds off the relegation dog fights.

February 2013

February started for the Firsts in frustrating fashion, with yet another postponed game. They then exited the Ben Turner Cup losing 4-1 to Riverside. They bounced back from their cup exit though with a fine point against title challengers Mansfield Road, picking up a hard earnt point.

The Reserves won both their matches in February easing past both Kennington and OUP Reserves.

Freeland A clawed themselves back into the hunt for survival with their first win of the season, a fine 5-1 win against relegation rivals Hailey Reserves. After yet another postponment they then won their second game of the season by thrashing top of the table Stanton Harcourt, thir copybook month was spoilt by narrowly losing out to Chadlington in the last game of the month.

Freeland B had an awful month as they struggled their way through four games. They received thumpings at the hands of Kirtlington, Carteton Rangers and Minster Lovell, before narrowly losing out to Corinthians to be knocked out of the Supplementary Cup.

Freeland Yeoman won all their games in February, they beat Sutton Wanderers and Abingdon Exiles in the league with emphatic wins and then produced another fine performance at Sutton to see themselves cruise through to the Ridgeway Cup Semi Finals for the first ever time.

March 2013

March started in turbulent fashion with Freeland B having to fold. In a tough move for all involved it was hoped that the move will strengthen the remaining three Saturday sides and bring the club closer together.

The Firsts only played the one game in March, a creditble draw with title chasing OUP.

The Ressies struggled with their new look side in the first game of a new era, and lost to the side bottom of the entire Senior League 1-0 in the Ivor Gubbins Cup. The Ressies improved in their next game, and were only denied three points against local rivals Eynsham with a last minute equaliser from their opponents. The last game of March was a close one, but the Ressies eventually lost out to Middleton Cheney.

Freeland A won three out four games in March, games which saw them pick up a valuable three points at Hailey and two wins in the Junior Cup to give them a place in the quarter finals.

Freeland Yeoman started the month brightly, cruising past Forest Hill in the league, but they missed out on a quarter final place in the Devenney Cup after throwing away a 4-2 lead to eventual finalists Sutton Wanderers. The weather hit the remaining games of the month, but they did pick up another three points without leaving their beds due to White Horse Abingdon being suspended.

April 2013

A busy month for the Firsts, and a complete change in fortunes. They started the month by thumping in form Bletchingdon 5-0 on their own patch and then after a loss to Oxford Irish went on to win the next six games. As legs grew weary the run was halted with three straight defeats to finish the month, but the work had been done and the Firsts were now well away from the relegation zone.

Freeland Reserves slumped to another defeat to start off the month when they were thumped at Yarnton, but then they began to show some promise taking seven points from a possible nine to rise back up the table.

After a promising run of results it was back down to earth for the A's in April. They were knocked out of the Junior Cup after extra time against Stanton and were left to face a relegation battle. The A's lost out to Minster but then beat FC Mills. Losses in their final three games meant that the A Team had to wait for deadly rivals Hanborough Reserves to play before they knew their fate. Hanborough could only manage a point in their final game, the A's stayed up on goal difference.

Freeland Yeoman lost their four league games in the month of April, but they picked up two vintage wins to win their first ever piece of silverware. First off the Yeoman smashed Sporting Headington in the semi-final of the Ridgeway Cup, a win capped off by a Conor Allmond wonder goal, they then put in a classy display to the many people watching at Abingdon to beat a strong Northway Reserves. Simon "Callum" Calley lifted the Ridgeway Cup to spark a Sunday night of celebration.

May 2013

May saw the Firsts complete their season, and an all star side of old heads lost out 4-1 to Launton Sports, the result left the Firsts in eigth position, one of the best finishes in the clubs history.

Freeland Reserves lost their last game of the season, and showed the good and the bad side in a game of two halves at Adderbury. The Reserves finished the season in sixth position, not as high as they normally are, but after a turbulent season not a bad effort.

The Yeoman finished the season well to climb up to fifth position in the league, winning their last three games against Checkendon, Northway Reserves and AFC Valley. Yours truly signed the club out for the season with a Hardy wonder goal - hate top corners!!!!!