#TeamOS - Ben's Opinion

Football offers great skills as a sport, such as teamwork and leadership. It offers lots of different pathways in life, as you can go on to be a qualified coach, manager and  more. On the skills side of the game you can play at many levels from grassroots to professional.

Football can teach us lots of things how to lead a team and work as a team.

Growing up watching, playing and coaching football, its not often that you see something bad happens.

However, most premier league players have now learnt the the fine art of diving and have now been warned, that if they do try to dive they will receive a retrospective 2 match ban as they are setting a bad example for  children across the globe watching them.

Football can also help you improve lots of areas of your skills such as self confidence and fitness. You must have the determination to do well to help your team out in anyway.

Another big part of football which is causing debate is VAR. It has got the players hassling the referee everytime a foul happens, which causes the ref to go back and watch it again. Some people say VAR has ruined the game but Former England centre-back Sol Campbell declared it “the age of technology”.

During my time at Orange Soccer, I have seen what the business is about, learning what goes on and how this business is brilliant at what they do. They don’t just coach children all around the country, they turn them into better players and help them progress up the footballing ladder. Even if they don’t make it they are taught valuable life lessons, such as how to be a leader and how to work in a team . They also have academies in Bury St. Edmunds, Lytham, Preston, Lancaster and Garstang which are open to all ages .

Orange Soccer also sells football kits and equipment, as well as rugby, basketball and running clothes.

Overall orange soccer is a great company to work at or train with. There is a clear goal to help out people who want to be better at football and improve themselves as an overall person.

Orange soccer is a great place to work, in a great community environment.




By Ben Wilmott


Scholars Out At Quarter Final Stage


Orange Soccer vs Balby Carr

Orange Soccer Scholars bowed out of the Mens Knockout Trophy at the quarter final stage after suffering a 3-2 defeat to Doncaster’s Balby Carr Academy.

Isaac Sinclair scored a goal in each half for the scholars with Luke Black scoring a brace including a penalty and defender Gardner also added his name to the score sheet.

There were early chances for both teams in the first ten minutes of the game. Sinclair picked the ball up from a short corner and curled a cross-shot just wide of the far post.

Balby’s chance also came from a set piece with Sweeney hitting the cross bar from the corner spot. The away team took the lead after 20 minutes. Centre back, Gardner rose high at the far post to nod the ball past Turner from a Luke Black free kick.

There was almost an instant reply from the home side when Reardon was found free in the box but his volley was well kept out by Fielding who tipped the ball onto the cross bar.

Chances were falling to both teams in the first half, Dunbar beat the high line but Turner rushed out to close the angle forcing the striker to fire high and wide.

Ben Turton then came close as he drove at the defence but lashed his effort across the keeper and the goal.

Fifteen minutes after taking the lead, the Doncaster side then doubled the score. A driven
cross picked Black out in the area and he placed his shot under Turner.

Despite being 2-0 down in the first half, the Scholars continued to dominate. Their persistence paid off three minutes before the half time whistle when Isaac Sinclair was brought down in the penalty area after a lovely piece of skill. The captain stepped up and sent Fielding the wrong way to halve Balby Carr’s lead. The Scholar's came out with the same attitude in the second half and could have equalised with a volley from Finlay Clarkson but it was well blocked.

Ten minutes into the second half and the away team were this time awarded a penalty. George
Thomason was found guilty of pulling Black’s shirt in the area prior to a corner kick. Black stepped up and claimed his brace with a low, powerful penalty into the right corner.

The home team didn’t let their heads drop and continued to play their football. Within eight minutes of conceding they pulled another back. Again, it was the captain, Sinclair with the goal, showing composure and great technique to skilfully beat the last defender and slot a weak footed effort past Fielding.

This goal lifted the whole team’s spirit as they looked to find an equaliser with 27 minutes still to
play. The closest they came to drawing level was through Jordan Salthouse. Thomason squared the ball to him around the penalty spot but the winger was denied by a superb reflex save from Fielding in the Balby goal.

Lewis Turner then kept his team in the game with a great one vs one save. Atkinson didn’t put
enough power on his pass leaving Caygill through on goal but Turner was able to deny him with his feet.

The result sees the end of the Scholars maiden cup journey but still with the league to play for in their first season together.

Match report by Jordan Parker (@jordparker97)

Scholars Close In On Top Spot


Orange Soccer Scholars v Coaching Connexions Manchester

Orange Soccer Scholars capped off a well-rounded performance with a comfortable 3-1 win against Coaching Connexions Manchester at Poolfoot Farm, home of Fleetwood Town FC.

Isaac Sinclair scored a brace, the first from the penalty spot early in the first half and then a scorcher into the top corner from distance.

Finlay Clarkson put his name on the scoresheet to round off another victory for the Scholars.

Uchgbulam pulled one back for CC Manchester but his goal wasn’t enough to earn the away side a point.

The home side were dominant for the majority of the game and within eight minutes their
dominance from kick off prevailed. Sinclair was brought down in the area and the captain stepped
up and buried his penalty into the top right corner.

Orange Soccer made it 2-0 before the 15 minutes mark. Serghi had time out wide to deliver to an unmarked Clarkson who was able to take a touch and the volley home from eight yards out.

It could however have been 3-0 within two minutes of the second. This time it was Tommason who came close. He collected the ball on the turn and disguised a chip goal wards to only see his effort clip the top of the crossbar.

The closest the away side came in the first half was on 28 minutes. Their main threat, Uchbugulam
drove forward and powered an effort just wide of Turner’s post.

Coaching Connexions Manchester woke up in the second half and within two minutes they almost scored. A rare mistake from Reardon fell kindly for Uchbugulam who fired his effort just off target.

After missing a handful of chances, Uchbugulam finally scored for CC Manchester, halving their
deficit and making it 2-1. He used pace and strength to beat Butler and his shot was parried into the net by Turner.

The goal woke the Scholars up who went on to push and try and find a third to almost confirm
victory. They came close 15 minutes from time when Salthouse cut in on his favoured left foot and
curled an effort inches wide of the post.

Atkinson then came close himself with a thunderous strike from a quick free kick. The defender powerfully struck at goal, it looked to be a wonder goal before the swerve turned the ball onto the post.

The goal the Scholars were pressing for finally came with 10 minutes left to play. An absolute cracker from Sinclair. He picked the ball up on the half way line, ran forward, beat his man and smashed the ball into the top left corner from 30 yards out leaving the keeper scrambling.

Full Time score – 3-1.

The Orange Soccer Scholars are third in the league and Mens Knockout Trophy Quarter Finalists, set to play against Balby Carr Community Academy for a place in the Semi Finals.

Match report by Jordan Parker (@jordparker97)

Scholars Surpass Sacred Heart Cup Test


Orange Soccer Scholars vs Rochdale Sacred Heart

Orange Soccer Scholars progressed to the third round of the Mens Knockout Trophy beating Rochdale Sacred Heart 3-1 at Mythop Road.

Finley Clarkson scored a brace for the home side and Isaac Sinclair scored a penalty late on to seal their place in the next round.

Hamilton Rescova was the goal scorer for the away side volleying in from 16 yards out.

The Scholars had their first chance after only five minutes. Sinclair had an effort on goal blocked but the ball kindly fell to Thomason who forced a good save out of goalkeeper Dawson to keep the scores level.

The next action came 15 minutes later, McCarthy beat the offside trap to find himself one vs one with Dawson who this time was beaten but the Australian’s effort hit the post.

Rochdale Sacred Heart took the lead after the Scholars failed to take their early chances. Dawson punted a free kick into the penalty area, Greg Dyl leaped highest to head the ball on to Hamilton

Rescova who timed his volley perfectly to find the top corner leaving Turner with no chance.

But within four minutes the Scholars drew level. A sloppy back pass meant Clarkson was through on goal and the striker was calm enough to slot the ball under Dawson and continue his goal scoring form.

The home side had a big chance to take the lead just before half time. Gourley found Sinclair brilliantly with a 60 yard pass. The winger brought the ball down well and poked it beyond Dawson but Huszar was there to clear the ball before it crossed the line.

With nine minutes of the second half played, Salthouse and Sinclair linked well keeping the ball between them, Salthouse eventually took the shot on, however his low effort was no trouble for Dawson.

It was the 55th minute when the home team finally took a deserved lead after dominating most of the game to this point. A rare mistake from Rochdale’s Dawson meant Clarkson was again through on goal and that’s exactly what the striker did for his second of the game.

The Scholars then pressed well to build on their 2-1 lead and nearly made it three. McCarthy had two chances within 90 seconds but was unlucky with both. His first effort was all down to him. He showed strength to shrug his opponent off and take a shot on goal but Dawson saved well.

His second came via good work from Sinclair who deftly slipped a ball through to the midfielder who could only get his toes to connect resulting in an effort which lacked power.

Rochdale’s star player was goalkeeper Liam Dawson. Half way through the second half he made another fantastic save. It was Sinclair and Salthouse who linked up again but Sinclair had the shot this time forcing another decent save out of the keeper.

The away side had a 10 minute spell in the second half where all their chances came. Dyl picked the ball up and dribbled past Bell, the winger took the shot on but was the save was comfortable for Turner. 

Whelan had a free kick from 25 yards out which was on target however was easy enough for Turner to catch.

Their best chance to equalise came five minutes from time. A free kick from out wide was whipped in and Longden glanced a header across goal only to find the roof of the net.

Four minutes before full time, captain Sinclair made sure the Scholars progressed to round three.  The winger was brought down in the area earning his side a penalty and he himself took responsibility, sending Dawson the wrong way to seal the win and the Scholars place in the next round.

Full Time – Orange Soccer Scholars 3-1 Rochdale Sacred Heart.

Scholars Goalscorer's: Clarkson (2), Sinclair.

Rochdale Sacred Heart Goalscorer's: Rescova


Reported by Jordan Parker.

Scholars Storm to Third Straight Victory

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Orange Soccer Scholars continued their unbeaten start to the season in style with a 5-1 win over Connell Sixth Form at Mythop Road.

Ben Turton scored the pick of the goals with a 25 yard drive into the top left corner leaving the Connell goalkeeper flat footed.

Finley Clarkson, Banjo McCarthy, Isaac Sinclair and Max Older were also on the scoresheet for the home side.

Connell pulled a goal back when they were 2-0 down through Rogers, but couldn’t find a way to break down an impressive Scholars side.

It took the home side five minutes to test Watkinson. McCarthy was found free in the box and volleyed straight at the keeper who palmed the ball up and away from danger.

The home side finally broke the deadlock after dominating for the opening 25 minutes. Sinclair played Salthouse through, he shot straight at the keeper who parried into the path of Clarkson. The striker was well composed to take a touch and finish.

They doubled their lead within four minutes. Turton brought the ball down well, drove at his opponent, sent him the wrong way with a step over and fired a rocket into the top left corner. He even went over to the camera to celebrate.

It could have been 3-0 just before half time. A great team move starting from Turner playing it out from the back. The ball was moved quickly up the pitch and a neat one-two between Clarkson and Sinclair put the latter through on goal but he missed the target.

Connell came out with a bit more confidence after not having much of the ball in the first half and took advantage when they had the chance. Only four minutes into the second half they halved the deficit. Skelton had time to find Rogers at the back post who looped his header over Turner to make it 2-1.

The Scholars kept the pressure up after they conceded and on 66 minutes the pressure paid off. Another well created team goal was finished by McCarthy who couldn’t miss.

Sinclair, a standout performer for Orange Soccer Scholars finally got the goal he deserved 15 minutes from time. Salthouse played him through on goal as the winger beat the offside trap and after two attempts he found the back of the net.

Within 90 seconds of scoring their 4th, the home team were given a penalty to further extend their lead. Salthouse was brought down in the box and stepped up to take the spot-kick. However the keeper stood firm and dived the right way to deny Salthouse a goal.

The fifth and final goal came on the 86th minute. Serghi carried the ball down the wing and picked out Older who was unmarked to comfortably execute a diving header into the bottom corner.

Full Time – OS Scholars 5-1 Connell Sixth Form.

Reported by Jordan Parker.

Finding inspiration in the strangest places!

At 11 pm on a Sunday night, I was hoping that work would be the last thing on my mind, however the magic that is Jennifer Lawrence changed that. She left me up late pondering life & relationships and not for the reasons you would expect!

The film Joy maps J-Law's journey from product concept/ idea through to ultimate success. The mixture of trial and tribulation is something I can fully relate to and whilst clearly embellished by Hollywood, the underlying messages were sound and border-line motivational.

#TeamOS on 'The Attack'!

Orange Soccer continued its commitment to powering the beautiful game this weekend - this time at the highly successful and enjoyable Lytham Juniors tournament. From referees to our very own cup final hero ‘Robbo’, their was a strong OS presence across the weekend.

Asians In Football

Like many Asian kids, growing up I had one passion; football! I spent my free time in the house practicing my kick ups and to the bemusement of my mother regularly breaking household items. I would wake up on a Saturday morning, have my breakfast, and off I was to knock on houses round the area of Broadgate to see who was coming out to play. I wouldn’t return home until the sun began to set, my mood completely dependent on how I had played that day.