U14 SUSSEX SCHOOLS vs KENT SCHOOLS – 13th OCTOBER 2018
It was a bright morning at Worth School in Crawley as the U14 Kent Schools team were ready to play their first competitive league match against Sussex. We all met early, had our team talk and warmed up well. We were ready to go, knowing this would not be an easy game.
We began the game strongly and on top and seemed to have adapted very well to the tiny pitch but our first chance, a pull back from Rasheed Tijani saw Elliot Nimmo crash it against the bar as the ball ricocheted out of play for a Sussex throw in. Together with the size of the pitch, the small goals also didn’t help us. Sussex had a few chances but didn’t really test Henry Sworder in goal. Then roughly 10 minutes before the half time whistle Rashid broke the deadlock as Joseph Terry played a through ball which Rasheed took in his path and slotted under the keeper. The half time whistle went and we all knew there was going to be a big half ahead.
The second half started and we suffered a bombardment of long balls forward from Sussex but the defence and midfield stood strong and nothing was getting past. It was a frustrating game as it was hard to play our football on such a small pitch but I feel we adapted well and grew into the game. We were defending very well as Sussex tried to push forwards but they could not break us down. With five minutes to go a long throw forward was knocked on to Noah Joyce who smashed it with his left foot into the top corner of the net leaving the keeper no chance and putting Kent 2-0 up. We were certain we could hold onto the lead and we stayed strong and got not only our first win of the season but kept a clean sheet. It was not the most attractive game of football to watch but we won. It was a great start to the season.
I’d like to say well done to the team who all worked so hard and a big thank you to James and Chris for their coaching and support. I am delighted and honoured to be chosen as Captain and look forward to leading the team forward this season. Thank you to all our families and friends who made the journey to watch and support us. We look forward to our next game against Berkshire in the first round of the National Cup.
By Jack Beerling