The Colts A continued their recent winning run with an impressive victory over Ardingly on Wednesday. Copthorne where always on top during a hard fought game that didn’t see many goals but saw some good football played throughout. Copthorne’s good play all afternoon was optimized by Wesley and Nicholas at the back who tackled well all afternoon, winning the ball back for players further up the pitch. Over the past few weeks the boys have gained in confidence and have started to pass the ball around well and making sensible decisions at the correct time. The passing on Wednesday was probably the best it has been since the start of the year. Sam P, playing in front of the defence, was a thorn in Ardingly’s side all afternoon as he won the ball back and then played the ball forward quickly for the counter attack. Sam R once again had a solid game and his work rate can only be commended as he worked tirelessly in defence and attack and was unlucky not to score when he had a good opportunity. Ewan played some great passes throughout the match and his creative play opened up some good chances. Luke and Ben have improved over the past 3 weeks. Luke made some excellent charging runs down the wings and was unlucky when he saw a great shot just fizz over the bar in the second half. Ben held the ball up very well during the game. It’s never easy playing up front by yourself by he has learned to wait for support and then join in the attack after playing a sensible pass. When all else failed and the opposition did get a shot away Matthew was always there on hand to make an excellent save and another clean sheet should be commended.
The only criticism could be that the team just doesn’t score enough goals. For all their dominance during the game it was a solitary goal that won it for Copthorne. Sam P’s excellent corner was flapped at by the Ardingly keeper and the ball dropped more or less on the goal line to be scrambled in by a mixture of goalkeeper, Ardingly defenders and Sam R who I will credit with the goal as he was in the right place at the right time. A solid performance from all the boys left their coach proud. With only 2 more games left in the football season we will see if the boys can make it another 2 victories to end up a successful season.