We travelled to Caterham today for a triangular tournament against our hosts and Hazelwood. We warmed up while the other two sides played each other and then took to the field against the first round winners, Caterham.
Copthorne 2 Caterham 2
Caterham fielded a group of large looking boys who looked rather intimidating, but our players tackled well, and maintained their shape and position better than the hosts. This did not stop Caterham from going ahead, when we got in each others’ way and failed to clear the ball from our box. We soon hit back when William blasted a powerful goal-kick over the heads of our opponents to Matthew who ran on to the ball and prodded it home past the keeper. 1-1. We were starting to pass nicely and looked like the better team, but William was called on to save a ferocious shot that looked certain to dip under the bar if he had not intervened so well. Ronnie and Xavier defended well for us all day, but were powerless to stop another powerful shot from Caterham which made the score 2-1. We kept working away, and some nice passing from Alistair and Ruari put Anthony one on one with the keeper, and on this occasion he did not miss the target. The game ended 2-2 though we could easily have had another goal.
Copthorne 5 Hazelwood 0
In our final game, we were by far the stronger team, and Alastair stood out in particular with some excellent dribbling and shooting. He scored a hat-trick, including one goal where he took the ball from his own half past a couple of players before firing a great shot into the net. Xavier played in mid-field in this game and proved a very energetic and useful player in this more advanced position, scoring a nice goal by catching the keeper out of position with a long range shot into an empty net. Anthony worked hard all day and always looked to pass to his team-mates and he scored his second of the day too, to make it an emphatic win for Copthorne. Well played boys; you were the most successful team of the three we took to Caterham today! DJ