Monday night saw another good performance from the U13 boys who came up against a strong Windlesham side with much greater experience. Regardless of the eventual score lines, all the boys played really well and are learning a lot from every game that they play in.

The evening started with the B sides playing against each other. Windlesham had most of the ball from the opening minutes but it was Copthorne who opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play with Nick poaching inside the D. From there on in the boys struggled to put strong passages of play together and it was Windlesham who equalised after some good skills from their forwards. After that the Windlesham boys extended their lead with another 3 goals but they were made to work hard for their victory with the boys tackling improving as the game went on.

The A teams then played. An even opening saw both sides trade blows with saves from both goalkeepers. Copthorne then opened the scoring with arguably the best goal of the evening. Zak took the ball off the dangerous Windlesham forward in the middle of the pitch. From there, two quick passes left Austin in a great position to sweep the ball into the bottom of the goal. The game remained even with both Oliver and Bradley putting in great performances in defence. Ben made some good saves in goal but a breakaway goal saw Windlesham equalise and with time almost up they sneaked another one into the bottom of the goal. It was a bit of a cruel end to what was a very pleasing performance and the boys should be proud of their efforts against a very strong and skilful team.

The two remaining games saw both A and B sides play against each other. Unfortunately the A side conceded some easy goals against the Windlesham B side but this could be down to putting so much effort into the game before. They also missed some good chances of their own with excellent approach play somewhat let down by the finishing. The Windlesham A side against Copthorne B side was always going to be a tough ask. The boys put up a valiant effort against players with much more experience and with Zak in goal making a string of excellent saves they made life difficult for their opposition. Unfortunately Zak couldn’t save them all and Windlesham, having scored one, then followed this up with a number of well worked goals.

Well done to all the boys for their efforts over the evening. They are improving all the time and hopefully next week we can see a victory against Brambletye. CC