Having just watch the B team show how to pull off counter attacking football at its best, the As went out to emulate their result. The whole game was a very even contest with chances created and squandered throughout. It was to be the Copthorne defensive unit who would play the biggest part as they shut out a Lancing side who played some really good football but found themselves coming up against a red wall in Nicholas, Sam P and Wesley who all had excellent games. Matthew had some crucial saves to make at the back and his safe hands took the pressure off the rest of the team on numerous occasions. As Lancing pressed, they left big gaps at the back which looked as though they could be exploited. Sam R and Ewan often found themselves in space and tried to play the ball through to Luke and Ben up front. There were a few near misses and if only a crucial pass was made at the right time it could have been 1-0 at half time. Luke was a constant nuisance to the Lancing defensive unit and his tracking back and hassling opened up a great chance for himself just before half time which he just couldn’t take. 0-0 at half time was a fair result and Mr Clark said at half time that he thought one goal would win the game and encouraged the boys to go out and get it.
It was Lancing who pressed for the goal in the first part of the second half and again it took good saves from Matthew and excellent defending from the back 3 to stop Lancing from scoring. It was pleasing to see the boys taking the sensible option and just putting the ball out of play when needed rather than trying to do something fancy in the wrong place. Lancing came close when a great shot cannoned off the cross bar. The resulting rebound fell to Copthorne who played some lovely stuff up the pitch. Luke put the ball in from the left and a mix up between goalkeeper and defender left Ben with the simple task of slotting the ball home, a poacher’s goal if ever there was one. Suddenly the break seemed on every time Copthorne got the ball and if only had Ben had brought his shooting boots it could have been more although he has to be commended for staying strong and creating opportunities for himself. His single goal proved to be the match winner as Lancing got more and more frustrated as the red wall of defenders just became stringer and stronger. A 1-0 win was a great result and all the boys should be happy as they all played a great and sensible game. 2 wins in 2 weeks has been a lot more positive and the boys are starting to gel more and more as a team. Onwards and upwards!