Copthorne Under 8’s took to the field for their third match of the season on Wednesday in an away fixture against a highly fancied Lancing College Prep School side. Playing downhill in the first half, a strong Copthorne side which included Adam Smith -Carretero, who had recently been promoted from the B team after a fine hat-trick against Brambletye attacked well, with several shots from Charlie Nimmo being well saved by the Lancing goalkeeper.
However, Copthorne converted their territorial dominance into a well deserved goal before half time with a superb shot by Zachary Riley finding the corner from well outside of the penalty area. After half time Lancing used the downhill advantage well, pushing the Copthorne defence hard, but could not find a way through Elliot Meldrum, Daniel Westwood and Adam Smith Carretero who defended excellently all game. However, the Lancing defence were caught off guard, and, attacking uphill, an excellent ball by Toby Penlington beat the defensive line to find Charlie Nimmo who raced through and finished confidently to provide Copthorne with a two goal lead. More excellent defending and counter-attacking provided Copthorne with a third goal of real class; the ball was won by Daniel Westwood, playing left back, who played Charlie Nimmo through on the left flank. Nimmo put in an excellent cross to find William Goodwin, who had also played brilliantly all game, and, unmarked at the far post, Goodwin converted with ease. In the final moments of the match more excellent football from Copthorne led to another chance for William Goodwin, and his shot from the edge of the Penalty area beat the keeper, but not the post. However, at full time the boys celebrated a thoroughly deserved 3-0 win. Real encouragement can be taken from the fact we passed, kept possession and counter-attacked so well against a decent side, and still managed to keep a clean sheet, with Lancing only managing one attempt on goal in the whole match! Congratulations boys, keep it up! JM
Goals: Z. Riley, C. Nimmo, W. Goodwin.
Man of the match: D. Westwood
Team: P. Kinnear, D. Westwood, E. Meldrum, A. Smith-Carretero, T. Penlington, Z. Riley, W. Goodwin, C. Nimmo.