They say you will win games if you take your chances and that’s exactly how it turned out to be on Wednesday afternoon as the Colts Bs squared up against a good Lancing side who posed much more of a challenge than their previous opponents Cottesmore last week. The game started evenly with both sides working each other out. Lancing passed the ball around nicely and posed a threat to Copthorne on a few occasions but as the half wore on the defending improved. Ronnie worked really hard all afternoon and put his foot in to make some vital tackles. He was assisted by Adam who was also in the right place at the right time on more than one occasion to snuff out any danger. Archie supported the defenders in a deeper midfield role and he also put in a great shift to keep the score at 0-0. Although Lancing dd most of the pressing it was Copthorne who arguably had the better chances. After his 3 goals last week, Henry was a real threat on the right hand side and put in another great performance, providing some great passes to Shams and Henri upfront. Both Henri and Shams had positive games as they worked the space they were given well and looked at constant threat on the break. They finally made one of these breaks count as Henri played in Shams who smashed the ball past the Lancing keeper to give the team a somewhat surprising 1-0 lead at half time.
The second half was more of the same. Lancing were a good team going forward but often left space at the back which could be exploited by the front players. How Lancing didn’t score in the game nobody will ever know. There were countless chances were it was easy to think the ball was about to go in, only for a foot or body to come in and block the ball or the post or bar to save us when that failed. Kochi made a few unbelievable saves in the second half, one in particular where the ball was more or less on the line and Kochi threw himself in front of the ball to somehow keep it out. I doubt we will see a better save this season and it kept the boys in it. Marcos continued to battle hard in the midfield and it was his tackle which set Henry off again. He played a good ball to Henri who crossed for Shams to once again take a neat touch and slot the ball into the bottom corner for a 2-0 lead. The rest of the game was played out in much the same fashion with Lancing pushing for a goal and Copthorne always finding a way to prevent the ball from going in. A 2-0 result was really pleasing and showed that the boys can play even when their backs are against the wall.
Well done to all the boys who played. You all put in a great shift and deserve your victory.