A new season, a new fixture and new expectations!
It is always exciting when the football season kicks off; pupils’ eager to please and show their worth to the team, an array of brightly coloured boots decorating the pitch and for me the chance to finally see the team play together for the first time.
We started extremely well, knocking the ball around with confidence and within the opening minute Beau latched on to a Bradley through ball to open the scoring 0-1 to Copthorne. We continued to play the game we had talked so much about; moving quickly into space, becoming an option and playing the easy pass. Then things took a turn for the worse when communication was lacking and decision making slipped. Three quick fire goals gave Shoreham a commanding lead heading into half time and it still bemuses me as to how that happened! Luckily enough our possession play paid off and between Bradley and Beau we levelled the score on the blow of the whistle.
The subs entered the field at half time which meant a couple of positional changes for others, however this did not weaken the side and we settled straight back into our passing game. Beau grabbed a break-away goal to seal his hat trick and restore our lead but Shoreham kept coming back looking for an equaliser, leaving themselves exposed at the back. In the dying moments we counter attacked wonderfully, spreading the play wide right before cutting back in to allow Beau the chance to score his fourth of the game and put the match to bed.
I was extremely pleased with the performance considering we had only had 3 sessions together. The boys stuck to the game plan and seem to be comfortable playing a passing game which bodes well for the future.
Next week will be a different test as we contest the Sale Cup Final against Brambletye which we will look to regain after narrowly losing out last season.
Well done boys, a good start to the season and hopefully many more wins to come! MA
Team: 1. Peter, 2. Daniel W, 3. Luke, 4. Oliver, 5. Zac C, 6. Elliott, 7. Daniel T, 8. Bradley, 9. Beau, 10. Zac R,
11. Nemo, 12. Zevon, 14. Daniel P.