Phoenix 2019 - 2020

Sunday, 8th September 2019

Langton Green Phoenix 3 - 1 Marle Place Youth
(Rami, Evan, Finn)

Back to it for the first league game of the 2019-2020 season on a beautiful morning for football down in Sussex, at the World's End Recreation Ground in Burgess Hill to play against Marle Place Youth.

Some good moments, some not so good and plenty to work on, which is what you'd expect for a first competitive game of the season.

Three well taken goals from Rami, Evan and Finn. Jack, Ben G, Warwick and most notably Ben H in goal all played really well throughout and there were good moments from everyone today. We are encouraging the boys to be comfortable on the ball from the back and that will mean some mistakes, but the sloppiness today was disappointing because we've seen these lads play a lot better in that respect. I'm sure they'll sharpen up.

One thing they showed plenty of that was missing last season for long spells... grit. Well done boys. There was absolutely no laziness today from anyone. Not the best performance, but winning when not at our best is a good skill to have. It's a long season and this was a decent start. Well done all.

Good referee by the way.

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Tuesday, 3rd September 2019

Langton Green Phoenix 2 - 5 Lewes (Evan, Warwick)

Our fourth pre-season match in 7 days saw us play a very strong Lewes team who we thought were the best team we played last season in the league. It was a good, competitive match, once again split into 4 x 20 minute sections. A well worked header by Evan from Jack's free kick opened the scoring before we gave away two disappointing goals losing the ball cheaply in our own half. A silly 5 minutes in the second half saw three quick goals conceded before Warwick won and scored a late penalty after some positive attacking play.

Our midfield looked creative and positive, our forwards lively and intelligent in their running, but man of the match was goalkeeper Ben, who had an excellent game once again and showed intelligent distribution and great shot-stopping skills on several occasions.

A useful exercise. Some positives, some things to work on and an enjoyable final pre-season game against a strong side.

Roll on Sunday...

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Sunday 1st September 2019

vs Crawley

After a challenging game the previous Thursday against our Giants Kent Youth League team, today saw some excellent positive, attacking play on the Bennett 3G pitch against our friends from Crawley. We played 4 x 20 minute matches, scoring some well taken goals and showing a lot of composure in possession. Goals of note from Ben G and Warwick scoring excellent individual efforts and Finn finishing off the team move of the morning with a fine finish after one touch approach play that was fantastic to watch. Well done lads and thanks to Crawley, who showed some good play themselves and whose goalkeeper was excellent.

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Tuesday 27th August 2019

Langton Green Phoenix 2 - 1 East Grinstead Town
(Rami, Evan)

An excellent performance this evening in our first pre-season friendly in the warm summer evening sun against a strong East Grinstead side.

The game ebbed and flowed, both teams showing energy and some good passing moves to create chances at either end. Standout performances were plentiful, but Rami was particularly excellent up front, his work rate to win the ball back extraordinary at times, with Ben G solid and calm on the ball in the CDM role, linking things up well and showing great composure and communication skills.

A well taken rebound from a saved penalty by Rami and another well-crafted short range finish from another rebound by Evan saw us go 2-0 up in quick succession before a good goal on the break from East Grinstead after we pushed forward and left too much space in behind. Game management boys.

All in all, good stuff though, an even game against a good side and we created some very pleasing chances based around some of the things we've worked on. Well done boys and thanks to Brodie and Tom V for helping us out and of course to Brian for refereeing and Kevin / James for running the line.

Onwards...

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