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Under 10’s team seeking football players

Young footballers

Young footballers are being sought for the 2015-2016 season by a local under 10’s team.

Rostance Edwards F.C. are looking for keen youngsters – who must be in year 5 at school from September 2015 – to join their existing Bloxwich team.

Trials are taking place on Saturday mornings between 11am-12 noon at King George V Playing Fields, Bloxwich (entrance just off Baytree Road).

For more information contact Andy on 07825 640326 or 07881 553885 or you can email

The team is FA Level 1 qualified and CRB checked.

Young Gunners hit the mark at Leamore

Gunners FC at Leamore Park, courtesy Gunners FC

Last Sunday 7 October, under-13’s football teams Gunners FC (Bloxwich) and Blakenall Harriers (Blakenall Heath) played an exciting match at Leamore Park.

The final score was Blakenall Harriers 2, Gunners FC 8.

The following match report has kindly been provided by Daren Fellows, Chairman of Gunners FC, who are based at the Gunners Club in Bloxwich.  Team photo (above) supplied courtesy Gunners FC.


The Gunners next match will be played next Sunday at Leamore Park against Lane Head Raiders.  Kick-off is at 10.30am.  New members are welcome.


Finally, at the fourth time of asking, on a crisp October morning, Gunners FC recorded their first league win of the season against Blakenall Harriers who put up a valiant effort in a match which was evenly matched apart from the Gunners finishing which came right on the day.


Blakenall kicked off but the Gunners gained possession with Jake Bailey having the first shot of the game which was saved by the Blakenall goalkeeper. A minute later the Gunners had a corner which produced a header which just went over the bar by Leon Powell. Was this the sign of things to come?

For the next few minutes Blakenall started to get into the game and started to pressure the Gunners defence but crucial tackles by Adam Stephens, James Hale and Aston Billiard stopped any real efforts until Gunners keeper Dion Patterson was called into action after 5 mins.

On 6 mins a Gunners free kick taken by captain Harry Fellows came to nothing except a goal kick to Blakenall. But after 8 mins good work by Ryan Wain, Jacob Kirwan and Harry Fellows provided a pass to Billy Cartwright who calmly slotted the ball home 1-0 to the Gunners.

Blakenall then stepped up a gear with Adam Stephens and Joe Tennant in the Gunners defence having to make some good challenges. Midfielders Jacob Kirwan and Leon Powell were then involved in a tough battle with Blakenall having the slight edge. This then paid off for Blakenall who from a corner levelled the scores as the Gunners failed to clear the ball after 14 mins 1-1.

Gunners from the kick off then came back at Blakenall with a shot going wide from Ryan Wain after 16mins. Then on 18 mins Harry Fellows passed to Ryan Wain who’s shot was  cleared off the line. For the next 10 mins both teams were evenly matched in midfield but the Gunners had the edge with shots from Jake Bailey, Ryan Wain and Harry Fellows all missing the target.

Then on 31 mins Blakenall shot just wide of the Gunners goal and the resulting goal kick sent the Gunners into attack which resulted in a cross being handled in the area, penalty to the Gunners. This was slotted home by Harry Fellows to make it 2-1 to the Gunners. The Gunners then produced one more attack with Billy Cartwright and Jacob Kirwan involved but nothing came of it. Half Time.


The Gunners kicked off the second half with a couple of changes, Henry Jones coming on for Jacob Kirwan and a couple of changes tactically which seemed to make a difference to the shape of the team. This had Jake Bailey shooting just wide on 37 mins then a minute later after good work from Henry Jones and Harry Fellows who put a pass through to Ryan Wain who shot and scored making it 3-1.

Blakenall then produced several shots but failed to hit the target and it seemed as though they were starting to turn the game. Another substitution on 42 mins saw Michael Price replace Jake Bailey , and this forced another team formation change but it paid off after 53 mins when a Leon Powell pass to Harry Fellows who’s shot was saved but the loose ball was smashed home by Michael Price 4-1 to the Gunners.

The heads then dropped on the Blakenall team and Gunners pressure from midfield by Henry Jones passing to Harry Fellows who passed to Ryan Wain who shot and scored his second and the Gunners fifth on 57 mins 5-1. A minute later good work from Billy Cartwright and Henry Jones  ended in a Harry Fellows shot being saved by the Blakenall keeper. Then on 60 mins a pass from Henry Jones to Michael Price who was in the clear made it 6-1.

Blakenall from the kick off forced a save from Gunners Keeper Dion Patterson who fed the ball to Harry Fellows who passed to Ryan Wain who shot just wide. On 63 mins Leon Powell passed to Henry Jones who spotted Harry Fellows free but his shot was weak and straight at the Blakenall keeper.

After 66 mins a Blakenall free kick was intercepted by Henry Jones who’s through ball went to Michael Price and he smashed it home for his hat trick and the Gunners seventh 7-1. Two minutes later after a Ryan Wain shot was cleared Blakenall broke away on their left and scored their second after some good work by them 7-2.

From the kick off the Gunners attacked with Michael Price passing the ball to Harry Fellows who made no mistake scoring his second making it 8-2. In the final minutes play was held up due to an injury to Ryan Wain but no more chances were created and the ref then blew.


This was a much better performance by the Gunners, with them never giving up and trying to play the football they have been taught.

Dion Patterson in goal made some good saves and was really not at fault for the goals conceded. The defence on the day – Aston Billiard, Joe Tennant, Adam Stephens and James Hale – stuck to their guns and played well as a unit .

The midfield of Jacob Kirwan, Billy Cartwright, Leon Powell, Jake Bailey and captain Harry Fellows all battled hard and never gave up.

Subs Henry Jones and “hat trick hero” Michael Price slotted into the game well and made a difference second half.

But striker Ryan Wain just edged it as Gunners star man on Sunday due to him chasing everything and putting in a good all round performance. Let’s hope the boys can now build on this impressive performance as they play Lane Head Raiders next Sunday at Leamore Park hoping to reverse the defeat they suffered last week.


MATCH REPORT: Gunners FC v Lane Head Raiders

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Last Sunday 30 September, under-13’s football teams Gunners FC (Bloxwich) and Lane Head Raiders (Willenhall) played a match at Willenhall Comprehensive School.

The final score was Lane Head Raiders 6, Gunners FC 3.

The following match report has kindly been provided by Daren Fellows, Chairman of Gunners FC, who are based at the Gunners Club in Bloxwich.


The Gunners next match will be played at Leamore Park tomorrow, Sunday 6 October, against Blakenall Harriers.  Kick-off is at 10.30am.  New members are welcome.


The third game of the season for the Gunners was an entertaining game against Lane Head Raiders on a windswept pitch at Willenhall Comprehensive School, with both teams in search of their first win of the season, but eventually Lane Head came out on top.


Lane Head kicked off and started to attack straight away, putting the Gunners defence under pressure from the start.

After 2 mins a break from the Gunners resulted in a fine pass from Harry Fellows setting up Jake Bailey whose shot whistled over the bar. Lane Head then started to attack, forcing good tackles from Aston Billiard and debutant for the Gunners Adam Stephens.

Dion Patterson in the Gunners goal made several fine saves in the opening minutes, along with some good defensive work from Joe Tennant, Billy Cartwright and Leon Powell. Gunners then started to attack, with another good pass from Harry Fellows to Jacob Kirwan who fed the ball to Michael Price who shot just over the bar after 10 mins.

The game then went into a battle for the midfield, with both teams evenly matched until Lane Head gained posession from a Gunners goal kick which resulted in them taking a 1-0 lead after 17 mins.

From the restart, Lane Head forced a throw in deep into the Gunners half and the resulting cross from it was turned into the Gunners net by their defender Adam Stephens for an own goal and 2-0 to Lane Head after 18 mins. Two minutes later a Lane head shot narrowly went over the bar, and this seemed to spur the Gunners on with a Harry Fellows shot on 24 mins going over the bar and a good effort from Joe Tennant saved by the Raiders goalkeeper a minute later.

A good pass from Henry Jones to Harry Fellows on 29 mins again produced a shot over the bar. Could this spell of Gunners pressure produce their first goal of the season ? Yes it could and did and after 32 mins another good pass from Henry Jones to Jake Bailey resulted in a fine shot and goal 2-1.  A minute later a cross shot from Harry Fellows across the penalty area was narrowly missed by Michael Price for a tap in but it didn’t matter as a minute later and just before the half time whistle Ryan Wain scored after a mistake in the Raiders defence after a Gunners corner 2-2. Half time.


The Gunners kicked off the second half hoping to start as they finished off the first but the Raiders were pushing forward and forced a good tackle from the Gunners defender Leon Powell. A minute later a shot from James Hale hit the Raiders post and the resulting clearance saw another good tackle from Leon Powell.

The game was now going from end to end, with both teams evenly matched, but after 42 mins Lane Head went 3-2 up after a good build up and attack. Two minutes later the Gunners forced a corner taken by Harry Fellows and resulted in the ball going in the net from a Ryan Wain header for his second and the Gunners third 3-3. Another two minutes later a pass from Harry Fellows to Jake Bailey who’s shot was tipped around the post and the resulting corner caused Michael Price to shoot wide.

The Gunners defence were then called into action on 50 mins but Aston Billiard cleared the lines well. After 55 mins Lane Head forced a goal kick to the Gunners but the goal kick was intercepted and a pass and shot from Lane Head made it 4-3. From the kick off Ryan Wain forced a good save by the Lane Head Goal keeper but their clearance drove them forward into attack and produced a fine goal to make it 5-3.

Again after the restart and on 60 mins Lane head pushed forward and scored on the break to make it 6-3 and put the game beyond the Gunners. The Gunners did force a corner 3 mins later but Ryan Wain’s shot went wide. The Gunners did have the ball in the net after 68 mins but Harry Fellows was given off side. The final whistle went 2 mins later.


Dion Patterson in the Gunners goal produced some good saves and the defensive team of Joe Tennant, Leon Powell, Aston Billiard, Adam Stephens and captain Billy Cartwright cleared the ball well and produced some good solid tackles. The midfield team of Henry Jones, Jacob Kirwan, Ryan Wain, Jake Baily and just edging it as star man for the day Harry Fellows all battled and at times passed the ball about well, creating chances for the forwards James Hale and Michael Price who also tried their best and on another day their chances would have gone in.

Even though it was a much better performance from the Gunners they are still in search of their first win of the season, and if they perform like that again and make sure they put their chances away it shouldn’t be long before it happens.


Football-mad Bloxwich youngsters over-the-Moon at Bloxwich Asda

Lads from Gunners FC meet Rob Hendon at Asda Bloxwich.
Lads from Gunners FC meet Rob Hendon at Asda Bloxwich.

Football-mad Bloxwich youngsters are over-the-Moon with Bloxwich’s biggest superstore, Asda, which joined forces with them last Saturday to help raise funds for their team by giving them the opportunity to pack bags for customers on the checkouts while collecting donations.

Jason, Chris, Simon, Darren and all the boys at Bloxwich’s newest under-13’s football club GUNNERS FC, which is supported by the Gunners Club in Bloxwich and managed by parents on behalf of the players, got together at the Asda on 22 September for a very successful day’s fundraising, for which they are very grateful.

Bloxwich's future football heroes help Asda customers.
Bloxwich’s future football heroes help Asda customers.

Team spokesman Jason Bailey said:

“We would all like to say a massive thank-you to Community Life Champion Rob Hendon at Asda Bloxwich in Woodhall Street for giving our lads the chance to raise a fantastic £375, which is a big help in funding the team!”

Family-friendly GUNNERS FC was established in 2005, but they have recently started a new adventure on their own as the club they were formerly associated with has disbanded.

The team, which plays in the Walsall Junior Youth League, are looking for players to strengthen their existing squad.

Gunners FC train on Saturday mornings 10am – 12 noon at King George V Playing Fields off Stafford Road, Bloxwich.

Anyone who is interested in playing should ask their parents to telephone Chris on 07823539738 or Jason on 07905260980.  Potential sponsors are also welcome to get in touch.

Pictures courtesy Gunners FC.

Gunners FC defeated by rampant Lions

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Match Report: Gunners FC  0    Legion Lions  7

A disappointing start to the new season for newly formed under-13 football team Gunners FC of Bloxwich with a below par performance at Leamore, based on their 6-3 friendly victory the previous week against Creswell FC.

First half

A bright start from the Gunners on a warm morning at Leamore Park on Sunday saw an early shot from Harry Fellows go over the bar. Visitors Legion Lions, from Short Heath, then turned on the pressure  and forced a fine save from Dion Patterson in goal. This was quickly followed up with a goal from the Lions on 8 minutes but this was disallowed for offside.

Both sides were battling well with Leon Powell for the Gunners clearing the ball well.  The deadlock was broken on 10 minutes with a mistake by the Gunners defence, letting the Lions in to make it 1-0. Dion in goal was under a fare amount of pressure making a fine save  on 15 minutess which was  cleared off the line by Gunners defender Joe Tennant.

Gunners were awarded a free kick just after and lost possession to the Lions who raced forward but shot wide. The Lions started to take control and broke away down the left resulting in their second goal after 18 minutes.

The Gunners’ heads started to drop and Lions scored again on 20 minutes but this again was disallowed for offside. On 22 minutes Harry Fellows fed the ball through to Gunners forward Jake Bailey whose shot whistled over the bar. Minutes later, after good work by Gunners’ Ryan Wain, Jake Bailey again shot just wide of the left post.

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Both teams were now battling hard, especially in midfield with Gunners’ Jacob Kirwan and James Hale having their work cut out. But with time running out in the first half Lions broke away again resulting in their third goal on 32 minutes.  Jacob Kirwan forced a fine save from the Lions’ goalkeeper just before the referee blew for half time.

Second half

More or less straight from the kick off the Lions banged their fourth goal from their first attack. The Gunners attacked from the re-start with James Hale feeding the ball through to Harry Fellows whose shot sailed over the bar on 39 minutes and the following minute shot again but wide of the post.

The Gunners started to press forward, with Ryan Wain forcing the Lions’ goalkeeper into action, pushing the ball around the post.  Just after Ryan was again causing the Lions’ defenders problems and his shot was headed over the bar by the Lions’ defence.

The tables then turned and the Lions had another goal disallowed for offside, with Billy Cartwright in the Gunners’ defence holding the line well. But due to relentless pressure from the Lions they scored their fifth goal after 46 minutes from a good move down their right wing. The Lions then had  another shot on 49 minutes just wide of the post and a header going over the bar on 51 minutes. Again a Lions move on their right resulted in their sixth goal after 52 minutes.

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Gunners didn’t give up and their player of the day Ryan Wain forced a corner after some good work on the right. From the corner Gunners’ striker Michael Price’s shot on 55 minutes was cleared off the line. Were the gunners ever going to score?  A foul on Harry Fellows resulted in another shot just going wide. Then on 58 minutes the Lions broke away and scored their seventh goal.

The Gunners tried in vain in the last 10 minutes, but could not put the ball in the net, albeit with Jake Bailey and Ryan Wain going close. Gunners defenders Leon Powell , Billy Cartwright and Joe Tennant soaked up a lot of pressure from the Lions’ forwards in the closing minutes, stopping any more goals being conceded.

Henry Jones, Jacob Kirwan, James Hale and captain Harry Fellows also battled well in midfield, and forwards Jake Bailey, Michael Price and Ryan Wain tried in vain but could not put the ball in the net.

The referee’s whistle could not come soon enough for probably the busiest man on the pitch, Gunners’ goalkeeper Dion Patterson, who produced some good saves and prevented the Lions from scoring even more.

On the whole there were a couple of good individual performances but the Lions finishing told on the day and the better team won. Next week, the Gunners are away to Wednesfield FC.

Guest Match Report kindly supplied by Daren Fellows, Chairman,  Gunners FC

Pictures by Stuart Williams, The Bloxwich Telegraph

More pictures via this link.

Bloxwich football team seeks under-13’s and sponsors


A Bloxwich football team is looking for youngsters under the age of 13 who fancy themselves as the next Messi, Rooney or Ronaldo – or who just like playing football!

Family-friendly GUNNERS FC was established in 2005, but they have recently started a new adventure on their own as the club they were formerly associated with has disbanded.

The team, which plays in the Walsall Junior Youth League, will be under 13’s (school year 8) in September and are looking for players to strengthen their existing squad.

Gunners FC train on Saturday mornings 10am – 12 noon at King George V Playing Fields off Stafford Road, Bloxwich.

Anyone who is interested in playing should ask their parents to telephone Chris on 07823539738 or Jason on 07905260980.


Because the team have now set up on their own, they have had to buy a new kit and have older kit rebadged, so they are looking for some sponsorship to help with the costs of new waterproof coats etc.

Gunners FC spokesman Jason Bailey said:

“We will gladly display your company logo and details on anything that you choose to sponsor, please give us a call on the contact numbers as above.

“Hope to hear from you all soon – players and sponsors!”