It had been a couple of weeks since the 1st XI had played together so it was important to get off to a quick start and banish any rustiness that might have set in. From the early exchanges we looked the more dangerous team and it was clear that we had the pace up front to cause their defence a lot of problems. The opening goal came after 10 minutes as Dan T latched onto a lovely through ball and took his chance early with his left foot to leave the onrushing goalkeeper stranded. Kieron was a thorn in Cottesmore’s side all game and the best way I can describe him is a nuisance! He harried and hassled for the full 50 minutes and never gave them any opportunity to settle on the ball. Luke has begun to grow into his new position on the left wing and had a storming game working up and down the flank providing an outlet at every given opportunity. Our second goal came from a break down the left and it was Dan T once again who bundled the ball over the line after some loose defending. Half time came and we were looking solid at the back with Zevon, Josh, Charlie and Zac all looking confident on the ball and willing to try to play the ball around. Nick had very little to do in goal all afternoon but when he was called upon he kept his focus and calmed the game down.
Jacob made his 1st XI debut in the second half after some impressive performances for the 2nds and he slotted straight into the heart of midfield which allowed Bradley and Ben to push on in search of more goals. It was to be Ben who found the back of the net for goal number 3 after cutting in from the right wing onto his favoured left foot and hitting a sublime curled effort in off the far post. Within minutes the score was 4-0 to Copthorne and again it was Ben, who had delayed his run into the box and connected on the volley to fire past the helpless goalkeeper. Beau had been working tirelessly up front and probably could have grabbed a goal or 2 for himself but it was not to be on this occasion. Cottesmore scored a consolation goal in the dying minutes but the game was never in doubt.
This was an excellent team performance from the 12 boys and it goes to show that if they stick to their tasks, work for each other and stay calm on the ball then they can produce some excellent football and will be a force for any team to contend with. Well done boys, I am very pleased with this result and your efforts.