Monday afternoon saw a little bit of everything at Lancing College. Some great football, some crazy weather, some great goals scored and chances missed. All together it made an enjoyable afternoon of football where Copthorne did really well.
The first match against Lancing Prep started fantastically with 2 well worked goals in the first half putting the boys 2-0 up after the first 5 minutes. Lancing came back in the second half and scored a lucky deflected goal and then added a breakaway second just before the final whistle to end the match at 2-2, a decent start. The next 2 games were somewhat of a disappointment. Copthorne were obviously the stronger teams in both matches with the opposition forwards causing little threat. The football Gods were against us though and, try as we might, the ball just would not go in no matter how hard we tried or how close the ball was to crossing the line. There always seemed a last ditch tackle or a wonder save by a goalkeeper that denied the boys a deserved victory in both games. The weather during these games was also horrendous as the rain lashed down soaking everyone and everything on the fields.
After this the sun decided to come out and this seemed to brighten up the mood and the boy’s football. Finally we made pressure count with a 1-0 victory over Ashurst and followed this up with an excellent 3-0 win over Lancing’s second side. This meant that the boys came second in their group and made it through to the cup quarter finals with all the tops sides of the day playing off to decide the winner. Unfortunately the boys came up against a well drilled and physical Westbourne House side who won the game 3-0 but this doesn’t show how determined the boys were during the game and how well they played. The game finished in disappointment but the boys should hold their heads high as making it through to the cup competition from their group was a really good achievement which they should be proud of.
Kochi had an excellent afternoon in goal only conceding 2 goals in the first game, keeping clean sheets in the next 4 games. Wesley, Nicholas, Henry and Ewan all played their part in both defence and midfield, working tirelessly to win the ball back and feed the forward players. Sam, Benjamin and Luke all had great games going forward and scored goals at vital times to win games. Together it was an excellent team effort and I have high hopes for the boys for the rest of the season. Well done to all the boys that took part.