Colts Loose Final Game of the Season
Colts Loose But Score Line Once Again Doesn't Reflect Performance
Colts traveled to Rustington in their final game of the 2016/17 Season to face Rustington Otters currently occupying second position in the league table. Rustington knowing that victory would take the title challenge into the final game of the season against Barnham, where as Colts knowing victory would lift them to sixth in the table and potentially avoiding relegation.
The U15s have had their season hampered with endless injuries and illnesses with the management only really being able to turn out a full squad on a couple of occasions.
Colts were once again missing multiple players in Sam Jones, Lee Clayton, Archie Goldsmith, and John Matthews.
The warm up was tip top with the players showing great levels of concentration, determination and communication.
Colts Skipper for the game Rock Rochester won the toss and elected to play into the wind in the first half.
The opening minutes were slightly cagey with nerves clearly playing their part. However on three minutes Brad Young has bust his way through on goal beating his marker for pace before dragging his shot wide as the keeper has closed the angle down.
Rustington then created a couple of opportunities of their own, with their right footed left winger cutting in and releasing a great effort of which Josh Skittral done tremendously well to beat away at the expense of a corner. Skittral was then called into action on a couple of occasions in the next five minutes as Rustington started to press the Colts defence aided by the wind as they to looked to get the early advantage. Colts didn't surrender and Parker and Nicol were slowly winning their midfield battles. From one such battle Nicol has won back possession before releasing the impressive Lambkin who played in Tom Main, who again unfortunately put his effort past the wrong side of the post. Brad Young was clearly in defiant mood taking the game to Rustington using his pace when possible, again being foiled by the keeper or a last ditch tackle on more than one occasion. Colts were clearly starting to have more of the ball, however from a break away Rustington took the lead as the Rustington forward has scored a well struck effort past the dis-pairing dive of Skittral. 1-0.
In recent weeks Colts heads would have dropped and they would have caved in, however they came fighting back causing the Rustington defence countless problems
With the wind behind Colts, the defence pushed further forward allowing the full backs to have more of active part in the second half, leaving Skittral a mere spectator in the opening twenty minutes. Colts continued to try and play their way through a well organised Rustington defence.
Having pushed Jack Jones into central midfield Colts were clearly dominating the midfield battle. The Rustington keeper was forced into a couple of saves as Colts continued to miss that cutting edge in front of goal. Then with fifteen minutes remaining disaster struck, when a misplaced pass has allowed Rustington to counter attack in numbers into plenty of space. playing the ball across goal allowing the forward to stab home Rustingtons second goal despite Rochester and Skitrall making great efforts to thwart their opponents. 2-0
With this setback Colts elected to push Skipper Rochester up front in an attempt to give Colts more of a presence in attack. This nearly had an immediate impact with the skipper setting up Young who blazed his effort over the bar. With moving Rochester into attack the Colts missed the centre half's aggression and strength leading to Rustington grabbing two quick fire goals to bring an end to any hopes Colts had of pulling themselves back into the game despite having the lions share of possession a number of chances Colts ended up being defeated in a score line that was clearly flattering their opponents.
MoM: Joint One this Week goes to Brad Young & Taylor Rochester. Young run his socks off and was a constant menace to the Rustington defence only missing the goal that his performance deserved. Rochester of who was skipper for the game, showed how much he has improved this season and is a solid defender of who is finally showing his abilities and is willing to step forward and command his defence with authority.
Squad: Skittral, Jones, Angell, Rochester(c), Newton, Nicol, Parker, Watkins, Lambkin, Young, Main, Hobbs.
What a Season 2016/17 has been for Colts U15's. Following a Summer of transition of which has seen a number of players leave through a variety of reasons. The core bulk of players have remained loyal to Colts and along with a number of new additions this season was always going to be tough and an eye opener following a number of extremely successful seasons.
Colts have battled extremely well this season and have played some terrific football, however they haven't always got the rewards there performances have deserved. Today was another example of that, the scoreline was not a true reflection of the teams performance but as the referee stated you wouldn't have guessed that the two side competing were sat at opposite ends of the table as the level of football played was terrific with not a long ball in sight.
To all 15 Colts players you have worked tirelessly at training and in games this season, with a number of you playing with slight knocks to aid the team. The management can only thank you for all of your efforts.
Lets roll on and get ready for the Six Asides. Heads up and we go again.