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Football - Match report

Year 10 v Midhurst

The year 10 football team had been training hard every Wednesday before the Christmas break and were thus eager to play their first game of 2017. The 2nd round of the Sussex shield saw us drawn against Midhurst Rother Academy who had a strong squad which included two Sussex County players, so we knew we had our work cutout for this fixture.

The game was intense from the second the whistle blew and it was obvious within the first 5 minutes that this was going to be a real battle. Midhurst were the first to score, catching our back four off guard and putting their extraordinarily fast striker through on goal, who finished calmly into the top right corner of our goal. Uckfield didn't let their heads drop here though, they got straight back into it and worked hard to create some chances. Freddie Standing and Jake Barden in central  midfield worked hard to break down Midhurst’s play and the back four now aware of the pace of their opposition marked their opposite men tight and prevented them having many opportunities to attack. Neither team could maintain possession for long and it was difficult to build an attack from the back. 7 minutes before the halftime whistle blew the relentless pressure from our midfield players forced an error from Midhurst, Tommy Taylor was only to happy to make the most of this error and pinched the ball off the centre back before side footing the ball into the bottom corner of the goal (1-1). This goal lifted the spirits of the boys and they played intensely for the next 5 minutes, launching attack after attack, eventually the ball was put through to Tommy Taylor in the box, who looked as if he was going to score, but was brought down by Midhurst’s right back, the challenge was poor and the referee didn't hesitate in awarding a penalty. Ben Walter showed great confidence and stepped up to take the penalty, he powered the ball into the top left corner of the goal, the keeper didn't stand a chance (2-1).

 

Half Time - Pleased with the result and our performance  at halftime Manager Mr Topping was reluctant to make any changes, however Jake Barden’s new football boots proved a little too snug for him and he had to come off due to blisters, so Sebastian Smith took his place. The second half got under way.

 

Midhurst started the second half with intense determination, they launched attack after attack and really tested our defenders.  Tom Langford and Daniel Scantlebury were superb in defense, they made some perfectly timed big challenges and thwarted many of Midhurst’s attempts on goal. After dealing with relentless pressure from Midhurst for about 20 minutes the ball eventually found its way to Tommy Taylor’s feet again, who hastily got his shot away which finished high and right in the back of the net, a superb finish  (3-1). After it became clear our defenders had Midhurst under control, we made two substitutions, one of which was Stirling Brooks. After being on the pitch for no more than a minute the ball fell to Stirling’s feet, about 6ft outside the left hand side of the area, he looked up, saw the keeper was off his line and shot. The ball curled up and over the keeper into the top right corner of the goal, a fantastic finish (4-1). That remained the score until the final whistle blew. The boys shook hands and congratulated one another, a great team performance against a very physically strong and talented team. Although the goals were crucial it was our disciplined defense that won us this game and the Man of the Match was therefore Daniel Scantlebury who’s challenges were crucial in securing the win.  

 

Now onto round 3 - Home v Sackville school - date and KO TBC