The boys’ first match of the season started in driving rain, up a hill and into the wind.  The first half was a real battle for possession which was entered into with real gusto by all.  Rio showed some deft skills in midfield, Toby and Felix tackled hard, Freddie and Andrew took the ball forward well, Dylan was a dynamo in midfield and Arun and Tom covered significant mileage up front.  This left Josh with little to do in goal!  At half-time the score was 0-0 but we had the slope and the wind at our backs after the break.  Toby replaced Josh in goal in the second half which ensured that he was able to be a little more involved thereafter.  The boys all pushed forwards very effectively and dominated possession; Dylan contributed in defence and in attack, Arun continued to run hard and the opposition could never settle on the ball as there was always a Copthorne tackler arriving swiftly.  It took a while to break the deadlock but after several chances Dylan slipped the ball past the goal keeper for a final score of 1-0.  Man of the Match must go to Dylan for scoring the winner, battling hard from start to finish and all that in his second match of the day!  Well done all.