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New players welcome to pre-season football training

Bourton and Frankton Football Club have begun preparations for the 2021/22 football season with the return to pre-season training and are inviting new players to join them for the forthcoming campaign.

With a history spanning over 100 years, Bourton and Frankton are one of the oldest and few remaining village football clubs in existence in the local area. For the new season, the club, based in the village of Bourton-on-Dunsmore near Rugby, will again be playing in Division 3 of the Coventry Alliance Football League on Saturday afternoons.

As an FA Charter Status Club, it continues to offer excellent facilities and continues to be recognised as having one of the best pitches and playing surfaces in the region outside of non-league football. In addition to changing facilities and showers, Bourton and Frankton’s training facilities have been further boosted with the completion of an upgrade to its floodlighting system.

As well as enjoying a thriving social scene, club training is held every Tuesday evening 7:00pm to 9:00pm (meet 6.45pm) throughout the course of the season at their ground on Main Street, Bourton-on-Dunsmore.

Bourton and Frankton have an excellent track record over the years of developing and bringing through young talent. With that in mind, they are again keen to hear from and welcome players aged 16 years and over including those who are looking to make the transition from junior/youth or Sunday football into Saturday adult/senior level.

If you are interested in joining Bourton and Frankton FC for the coming football season and would like further information, please contact Malcolm Smith on 07982 835571 or Stuart McQuillan on 07852 999890.

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All smiles at Presentation Evening

Bourton and Frankton FC and CC looked back on something of a disruptive year on the field and a positive one off it at the club’s Annual Presentation Evening on Friday night.

Held this year by kind arrangement at local hospitality venue Dunsmore House, club members and officials gathered together to reflect on something of a stop-start football season in the Coventry Alliance Football League thanks to the pandemic. For the second season running the lockdown restrictions saw the season abandoned and delcared null and void – league table at the time of season ending HERE

Despite the 2020/21 league season being curtailed, B & F were entered into the Peter Toogood internal cup when restrictions were eased. Unfortunately the side did not make it through the group stages to the knockout rounds, but there was at least some satisfaction by finishing the season on a high with a victory (over Yelvertoft).

From the club’s cricket side, the 2020 season of friendlies suffered a two month delay and only started in July once clearance was given by the ECB.

Results from 2020 season can be found HERE

Club Awards presented on the night were as follows:-

Manager’s Player of the year– Kurt Mahoney

Player’s Player of the Year – Michael Lunn

Top scorer – Tim Sutcliffe

Cricket

Batting Averages – Danny McManus

Bowling Averages – Danny McManus

Club

Clubman of the Year – Paul Whitehead

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(Return to) Football update

The easing of the Government’s lockdown restrictions has allowed the return of organised sport and with it an unexpcted resumption of competitive football to end the season.

Whilst the Coventry Alliance League season for 2020/21 has been delcared null and void for the second year running due to the pandemic, the League has hastily arranged a series of end of season internal cup competitions to satisfy the hunger of football-deprived players.

Bourton and Frankton FC were allocated to play in the Pete Toogood Cup, which comprised of clubs from Divisions 3 and 4 drawn initially into groups before the leading teams progress to a knockout stage.

Due to The Field being made available and prepared for the upcoming cricket season, B & F’s matches in the competition are all away from home, with results to date as follows:-

Saturday 10th April 2021

Striders FC 5 Bourton and Frankton 3

Saturday 17th April 2021

Whitnash Town 4 Bourton and Frankton 1

Saturday 24th April 2021

Woodlands WMC 3 Bourton and Frankton 3

Remaining group games are:

Saturday 1st May – Rugby FC Reserves v Bourton and Frankton

Date tbc – Yelvertoft v Bourton and Frankton


A full round-up of results in the Pete Toogood Cup and all other internal cup competitions in the Coventry Alliance League can be found HERE

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Whitnash quick fire first half burst means second successive home defeat for B and F

Coventry Alliance Football League Division 3

Bourton and Frankton 0 Whitnash Town 3

(played Saturday 24th October 2020)

A second successive home defeat for Bourton means they still go searching for their first win of the season after Whitnash Town completed a league double with a 3-0 victory at The Field on Saturday.

Three goals towards the end of the first half did all the damage and put the visitors in control at the break, this after both sides had shared exchanges in the opening half hour in the face of a persistent breeze and light rain.

Whitnash took advantage of the elements at their back in the first period to hit Bourton with three quick goals, the first coming on 31 minutes before a second came direct from a corner shortly after.

Going into half time at 2-0 would have given the home side hope of clawing their way back but their challenge was made all the more difficult minutes before the interval when Whitnash hit them with a third goal from a well-taken strike.

Bourton needed a quick response after the restart but if anything it was the visitors who went close to extending their lead with two good chances inside the opening ten minutes of the second period.  The hosts did show some resolve and managed to apply a bit of pressure to the Whitnash goal either side of the hour mark, albeit seeing one effort clip the post and another well-saved by the Whitnash goalkeeper.

But that was about as good and as close as it got for the home side as they lacked creativity and never looked likely to breach the Whitnash rearguard as the game meandered to an uneventful finish; the damage already inflicted before the break.

  • This Saturday Bourton and Frankton have a third home league game on the bounce when Kenilworth Wardens Reserves are the visitors to The Field, for a 2.15pm kick off.
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LACK-LUSTRE PERFORMANCE BY BOURTON SENDS THEM TO RUGBY FC DEFEAT.

Coventry Alliance Football League Division 3

Bourton and Frankton 1 Rugby FC Reserves 4

(played Saturday 17th October 2020)

Bourton and Frankton are still searching for their first win of the season after a lack-lustre performance on Saturday saw them condemned to a disappointing defeat at home to Rugby FC Reserves.

After an encouraging performance the week before, there was optimism among the B and F of registering an opening league success against the visitors who at the start of play occupied the bottom of the table.  And things started positively for the home side as Tim Sutcliffe finished well to give the hosts the lead inside the opening 10 minutes.

However, the visitors gradually came back into the game and looked the most likely of the two sides to score next.  They had a golden opportunity to do so just before the half hour when they were awarded a soft penalty for an alleged push in the area,  but B and F goalkeeper Paul Ibbett pulled off a fine flying save from the spot kick to keep the score at 1-0.  However that joy was short-lived as moments later from the resulting corner Rugby equalised with a free header into the far corner.

One apiece it stayed going into half time but the visitors continued their momentum going into the second period and on the balance of play deservedly went in front on the hour, albeit with a slight suspicion of a push in the penalty area before the ball was prodded home for 1-2.

As much as B and F tried to find a way back into the game, the fluency in their play and keeping possession wasn’t there and it was perhaps no surprise when Rugby sealed the points with a third goal on 77 minutes.  A further strike from close range on 84 minutes after another quick counter-attack only added further misery for the hosts but to the delight of the visiting contingent.

  • This Saturday Bourton and Frankton will hope to turn their fortunes around when Whitnash Town – currently in second place – are the visitors to The Field; the two sides meeting for the second time in a month for the return league fixture having played out a narrow 1-0 win in favour of the Leamington side a few weeks ago.