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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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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.