Coplestonians FC

Coplestonians FC

The 1st team’s final game of 2018 probably summed up our current season quite well….an awful start followed by rebuilding and recovery!
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Visitors, Trimley Red Devils, shot out of the blocks and were deservedly three goals to the good after only 17 minutes leaving Cops in their wake as they struggled to overcome festive over indulgence.
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Cops managed to limp towards half time when an inspirational team talk clearly woke them up. The Jamies, Eaton-Collins and Sandilands pulled back a couple but Trimley responded and scored a fourth. Heads didn’t drop and further goals from Eaton-Collins, a corker, and a resurgent George Baldry saw Cops level the scores at 4-4.
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So, good resilience shown by the side against a very useful Red Devils outfit. Next Saturday it is off to Wenhaston for the 1st team, ko 2pm, whilst the Reserves and A Team are not back in action until the 12th January.
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It has been a strange year for Cops as they finished the 2017/18 season on a high with a fourth placed finish in the Senior Division and a League B Championship trophy for the A Team.
However, the loss of several players including our strike pairing of Godbold and Davies who had contributed 52 goals between them was a blow and we had to adjust our expectations for 2018/19.
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The acquisition of Jamie Eaton-Collins when available, Yani Duka and more recently Jamie Sandilands has helped on the goal scoring front as has the emergence of some talent from the youth set-up, Josh Smith becoming an established player with several others making their senior debuts. A regular goal scorer for Cops over the past four seasons, striker Brandon King, has left to join East Bergholt but George Baldry has stepped up to the plate, notching several crucial goals.
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In defence we have retained senior players James Sadler, Ross Turner and Kirk Ferniz as well as keeper Johnny Houchill; we have seen the return of Sam Chittock along with regular appearances from talented young defender Tom Fowler. Chas Thorpe and Tim Street have shone this season in midfield and together with youngsters Lewis Owen and Jack Dawson the future looks more promising than at the outset.
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It has been a very successful year for the Club as a whole - the award of FA Charter Standard Community status being the highlight. Cops were also invited back into the prestigious Thurlow Nunn Youth League and were accepted as an accredited Wildcats Centre for girls football as well as an approved Centre for Walking Football.
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With 42 teams and fun sessions for children aged from 4 yrs upwards, Coplestonians FC now has some 800 participants in football related activities. FA recognition of our activities is crucial for their support in building a new 3G facility at the School and action and fundraising is underway to make this happen, hopefully in 2019!
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Finally, a happy and prosperous New Year to all, with a special thanks to our Sponsors, Managers, Coaches, Helpers, Committee Members, Supporters and Players. It takes a lot of dedicated people to make it happen.
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Forza Cops
Scoop
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PS Thanks for the sprouts Bob, wonderful!

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Posted: Thursday, January 3 2019 by Tony Robinson

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