Coplestonians FC

Coplestonians FC

At the end of Saturday’s game, I walked the length of the pitch and could only admire the players from both sides for producing such a memorable match on the sodden surface. Our groundsman, Dean Mountain, will have to work his usual miracles to prepare the surface for next week’s Cup game. But what a match this was with Cops beating Achilles by the odd goal in nine.
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Although Cops took an early lead when Virgilio Leitao headed home Michael Velzian's corner it was soon evident why the visitors score so many goals. Their side is full of attacking players and within 21 minutes they had taken the lead through Keiron Donovan and Liam Hillyard. However, Cops hit back immediately when Leitao set up Keiran Turner who scored at the second attempt after Shaun Chaplin had saved his first effort.
This was a great response from Cops and suddenly the Achilles defence looked vulnerable, to such an extent that a great run and cross by James Harris was headed into his own net by defender Josh Little.
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Johnny Houchill was in fine form between the sticks and pulled off some superb saves to keep Cops in the lead and when Cops sprung forward again through Tim Street his cross was converted by Jordan Godbold.
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So, 4-2 at half time but the game was far from over and Achilles soon introduced the impressive Gavin Vanoene, another regular goal scorer.
It wasn’t long before Houchill was tested by Vanoene but his handling was up to the task. With Achilles again applying the pressure Cops broke forward and Turner’s ball saw Godbold race clear, round Chaplin and stroke home.
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Achilles were given a lifeline when what seemed like an obvious off-side was not spotted and Vanoene strode through to hammer home. Godbold nearly notched a hattrick when he was again put in the clear, this time by the hard working Leitao, however, he chose to shoot early and just cleared the bar,
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With the clock running down Achilles reduced the arrears further when in a goal mouth melee the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line.
It was obviously going to be a frantic last 10 minutes and throughout the game it was evident why the visitors have been hammering sides every week. Cops of old may have capitulated but the current side is a resilient outfit and they saw out the game to win 5-4.
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A disappointing result for Achilles who really needed to win to keep the pressure on Henley but a fantastic three points for Cops. Achilles come to play football and have great talent throughout their squad so it was a real boost for Cops to come out on top.
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George Thompson was voted MOTM for his outstanding display at the back alongside the equally impressive James Sadler and Jamie Robinson. There was no Matt Rutterford this week but the inclusion of Kieran Turner was a master stroke as the conditions seemed to suit the former Cops U18 man who has a sharp eye for any opportunities that come his way. Bubbles was back in the side and his delivery was excellent throughout with Tim Street working tirelessly alongside him. Bigs Harris and Kirk Ferniz were their usual consistent selves as they both defended well and created chances at the other end.
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A mention too about the Officials, the excellent Gareth Moir and his team of Paul Andrews and John Hogan who also had to endure the conditions and show their fitness!
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The only downside on the day was an injury to substitute Tom Baker who had been on the field for just a few minutes, a knee injury resulting in a trip to A&E - thanks to Luke Wessels for sorting this out; hopefully, he will make a quick recovery.
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The Reserves were also in action and drew 3-3 with Old Newton in another exciting game. Kane Webster, Brandon King and an og being on the scoresheet. Dave Little’s report will be posted later.
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Next week, Cops are at Greshams again when they take on AFC Kesgrave in a Bob Coleman Cup quarter final, ko 2pm. The A Team are also back in action when they entertain Henley Reserves at the School, ko 2.30pm. The Reserves have a day off.
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Scoop
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Posted: Wednesday, February 15 2017 by Tony Robinson

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