Giants 2020 - 2021

Sunday 18th October 2020
Langton Giants 9 - 3 Haywards Heath Town Youth - MSYFL Cup, 1/4 Final
Brodie x 3, Alf x 2, Elliot x 2, Simba, Conor, 
Squad: James H, Ollie, Jack, Max, Bertie, Conor, Brodie, Simba, Tom G, Elliot, James D, Patrick, Alf
Another week, another new opponent, another 9 goals! Today we faced Haywards Heath Town Youth in the quarter final of the league cup and we continued our recent high scoring form, albeit without perhaps achieving the same level of performance for large periods of the game. The first half brought us three goals, all of them from outside the box which demonstrated how good our shooting was but also how deep our opponents defended as we struggled to get closer-in chances. Brodie opened the scoring from Ollie's pass before Elliot smashed a volley high into the roof of the net, with Conor scoring one of his now trademark long range efforts to the opposite corner. Disappointingly though after our third goal went in we stopped playing, failing to create a single chance in the final 15 minutes of the half as our standards dropped. A handball in the box gave Haywards Heath a penalty which was well converted to leave the score at 3-1 at the half.
The second half started well enough, Alf extending our lead thanks to a great cross from Tom G before Ollie performed the same trick, finding the head of Simba at the back post to make the score 5-1 and at this stage we appeared to be cruising. A totally avoidable sin bin left us with 10 men for the next 10 minutes and during this period Haywards Heath helped themselves to two goals and suddenly the score was 5-3. Thankfully Brodie and Simba combined to reinstate a 3 goal lead with the goal of the game, a brilliant 1-2 between them which saw Brodie grab his second of the match. Tom G again the creator of our 7th goal, this time his cross feeding Alf before Tom G himself was so unlucky to strike the crossbar from distance. Brodie was able to complete his hatrick with a superb downward header from Ollie's excellent cross before Elliot rounded off the scoring with a thunderous strike after cutting inside from Conor's pass.
So on to the semi final we march, well done boys.

Sunday 11h October 2020
Langton Giants 9 - 1 Three Bridges Youth 
Elliot x 3, James D x2, Bertie, Patrick, Brodie, OIlie
Squad: James H, Ollie, Jack, Patrick, Bertie, Conor, Brodie, Simba, Tom G, Alf, Elliot, James J, James D, Max
A new opponent and a new home pitch as we faced Three Bridges Youth at Ashurst. Despite the undulations on the pitch it wasn't in bad nick and neither were we as we started strongly against a physical, competitive opposition. Elliot very nearly opened the scoring with what would have been an early contender for goal of the season as he weaved in and out of a number of tackles, it felt like half the Three Bridges team, only for his low right foot effort to be well saved by the keepers outstretched foot. We didn't have to wait long though, Brodie finding an overlapping Bertie with a sumptuous ball and the flying left back finished neatly past the keeper. Conor, who had an exceptional game, found Elliot on the edge of the box for him to cut inside and finish firmly with his trusty left foot to double our lead.James D was unlucky to see a firm strike come back off the crossbar before Elliot made the score 3 nil with a free kick, which may or may not have been intended as a cross! Our defence was again in great form, so it was a real shame when James J was on the end of an appalling challenge when at full pace, resulting in him having to sit out the rest of the game, hopefully nothing too long term, we wish him well. Just before the end of the half Three Bridge cut the deficit with a scrappy goal (from our perspective) and meant the match was still in the balance at the break.
It remained that way for the first 15 mins of the second half as Three Bridges came back into the contest. James D worked hard to win possession on the left wing and cut into the box, only to be tripped by a defender. Patrick followed up his own well saved penalty kick to settle the nerves. It is probably fair to suggest this goal dampened our opposition's spirit somewhat as from that moment onwards it was all Langton Green. Simba, who's link up play all game was excellent, set up Brodie superbly for him to add our 5th, before Elliot set up James D for the next goal, before he then hit the crossbar for a second time in the match. James D then repaid the favour, crossing for Elliot to complete his hatrick. Tom G won the ball and found James D for his second and then right back Ollie grabbed the ninth, and final, goal of the game when Brodie fed his overlapping run.
So a bit of a lopsided scoreline when you consider the competitive nature of the first 60 minutes, but a very good performance from the boys to come through the way they did in such style.

Sunday 4th October 2020
Lewes Juniors 0 - 4 Langton Giants 
Conor, Elliot, Alf, Bertie
Squad: James H, James J, Jack, Patrick, Bertie, Conor, Brodie, Simba, James D, Alf, Elliot, Ollie, Tom G
On an awful day weatherwise, with pouring rain and high winds, and missing three key players in skipper Tom V, Tom A and Max the boys somehow managed to go out and put on their best performance of the season against a very well organised and talented Lewes side who had been unbeaten up until this point. We very nearly scored our fastest ever goal, Elliot denied within 10 seconds of the kick off before turning provider when cutting the ball back for Conor to meet with the sweetest of strikes into the far corner from the edge of the box to open the scoring. A number of chances were created to double our lead, all of which were frustratingly not taken until Elliot himself got on the end of Alf's superb through ball and finished with a low strike into the corner. A counter attack brought about Leswes' only significant chance of the half but keeper James was more than up to it, with a fine double low save to keep the score 2 nil at half time.
The first 20 mins of the second were the most difficult of the game, with the wind in our faces and a resilient opponent who deserve credit for the way they responded. Thankfully, our defence was in imperious form and our goal only came under serious pressure on a couple of occasions and both times James H had the answer. Firstly tipping a very difficult high ball that got caught in the wind over the crossbar before another double save from a tight angle. Any nerves were settled though when Patrick won the ball, progressed up the pitch before finding James D who delivered a fantastic cross that Alf fired home. The scoring was wrapped up when Ollie produced a superb cross from the right that opposite full back Bertie met with a thunderous header to see the game end 4 nil.
That's 5 wins on the spin in all competitions, a great momentum building, just need some luck on the injury front now!

Sunday 27th September 2020
Perrywood Sports 0 - 5 Langton Giants - MSYFL Cup - 2nd Round 
Elliot x4, Brodie
Squad: James H, Ollie, Jack, Max, Tom V, Brodie, Tom A, Tom G, Simba, James D, Alf, Elliot, James J, Conor
The second round of the cup required a ridiculously early alarm call to travel and face Perrywood Sports, another new opponent for us. Our hosts started well, looking organised and strong at the back, with the first 20 minutes going by without us really threatening to score and at this stage it looked like being a tough morning. James D went closest with a good low effort but it was Elliot's appearance from the bench which made all the difference with two quick goals, one after Alf had pressured the keeper into a mistake and one following a glorious cross field assist from James D. Early in the second half, Elliot completed his hat trick thanks to a brilliant Simba pass.
Brodie added to the scoring with a smart finish following on from an outrageous 1-2 with Elliot before Elliot wrapped things up thanks to another SImba thru ball.
The downside to the game was a worrying looking injury to the skipper, Tom V, and one of the highlights was the all round defensive performance, with Tom G putting an outstanding performance in at left back (that and the great camera work from Ellis to overturn a ludicrous red card decision after the game).
We now have a couple of league games to look forward to before we face Haywards Heath in the quarter final. 

Sunday 20th September 2020
Langton Giants 4 - 1 Withdean Youth 
Elliot, Alf, Simba, James D
Squad: James H, James J, Jack, Patrick, Max, Conor, Brodie, Tom A, Tom G, Elliot, James D, Alf, Simba, Tom V, Bertie
A bit strange playing the same team two weeks in a row and the smaller pitch at the Rec made it significantly more difficult to break down a determined Withdean team this time around. Whereas last week after 20 minutes we found ourselves 4 nil up, today we found ourselves 1 nil down after a shaky start, Alf went closest to an equaliser when unlucky to see his well struck effort come back off the crossbar before Conor controlled a strike superbly from the edge of the box only to see it brilliantly tipped over the bar by the keeper. We didn't have to wait too long to level though, James J charging up the right wing before finding Elliot who finished smartly. James J, who had an excellent game all round including one goal denying block from nowhere, was involved in the build up to our second goal too, Elliot finding Alf who showed great calmness to give us the lead at half time.
Simba started the second half well for us with a strong run from Alf's pass and thunderous finish into the roof of the net before James D completed the scoring with a sharp finish, again from an Alf assist. Throughout the match the defence and James H mostly kept Withdean quiet as an attacking force, despite the aerial bombardment from long balls and long throw-ins.
So less goals this week but still a good win and good three points, back to the cup next week!

Sunday 13th September 2020
Langton Giants 10 - 2 Withdean Youth - MSYFL Cup - 1st Round
James D x3, Conor x2, Elliot x2, Tom G, Tom A, Alf
Squad: James H, Bertie, James J, Jack, Patrick, Conor, Tom V, Tom A, Alf, Simba, Elliot, Max, Ollie, James D, Brodie, Tom G
Our first cup game of the season saw us welcome Withdean Youth and it is fair to say we started the quicker of the two teams, quickly racing to a 4 nil lead thanks to goals from Elliot after a great 1-2 with Simba, Conor with a couple (one from distance and one from an Elliot corner which wasn't cleared)  and James D with a header from Tom G's excellent cross. 
To their credit, Withdean then fought back well, especially through their exceptional striker who was  a real handful throughout. James H was required to make a great save before then having no chance when Withdean countered at pace to pull one back. Tom G settled things when scoring his first goal for the club, it had been a long time coming and he'd been so unlucky on so many occasions, so it was rightfully celebrated by all ! Withdean again fought back, scoring a second goal before James D found space in the box and fired home our 6th.
As Withdean tired space became easier to find and 4 more goals were taken, 2 more from James D, one for Tom A. another for Elliot and finally Alf wrapped up proceedings with our 10th. 
Good to be into the next round of the cup, back to league action next week.

Wednesday 9th September 2020
Langton Giants 5 - 1 TW Foresters
James D x2, Elliot x2, Tom A
Squad: James H, Ollie, Jack, Max, Bertie, Brodie, Tom V, Tom G, Alf, Simba, James D, Pat, Tom A, Elliot
Our first home game of the season and it was great to make a rare appearance at our spiritual home, the Langton Green Rec, against local rivals TW Foresters. A very competitive opening 20 minutes passed by in a flash, with a few chances along the way and a big save from James H, tipping a powerful drive onto the crossbar, but it was James D who set us on the way with an excellent piece of striker play, pressing from the front to win the ball and finishing with a spin to give us the lead. This settled things down a bit and we slowly started to take control of the game, Tom A doubling our lead with a towering powerful header from Brodie's well delivered corner. Tom A saw a shot saved on to the post and James D was denied by some excellent goalkeeping, leaving the score at 2-0 at half time.
A rare sight to start the second half, a superbly delivered right footed cross from James D, met by an even rarer sight, an Elliot header into the net made it three before Elliot again was on hand to finish smartly from a brilliant Ollie cross (just one of many pieces of quality from the standout player on the night). A long range effort saw Foresters claw one back before Brodie had one of his trademark free kicks tipped onto the post. Tom A set James D away with an excellent through ball to finish superbly well to make the final score 5-1.
A good performance, despite some glaring misses (!) and a welcome three points to get us up and running. Well done boys.

Sunday 6th September 2020
Horsham FC 2 - 1 Langton Giants
Squad: James H, Ollie, Jack, Patrick, Berti, Brodie, Tom V, Tom A, Alf, Elliot, James D, Max, James J, Simba, Tom G, Conor
Finally, after a 6 month wait, we got to take to the pitch in a competitive game of football and in a new league, the Mid Sussex Youth Football League Division 1. Our first game saw us travel to the brilliant facilities at Horsham FC where we were made to feel very welcome. 
Horsham are one of the best teams in this league and played some excellent football. That said, the Giants pretty much dominated possession throughout the game and will be very disappointed to have not won the contest. For all the possession we had though, we didn't create enough chances and when we did either our finishing let us down or we were thwarted by a very impressive goalkeeper who was outstanding throughout.
After conceding a brilliant opening goal from distance we instantly leveled through a firm and accurate strike from debutant Conor, a very smart finish from a clever set by Elliot and it looked like we would go on and secure all three points with us camped in the Horsham half. A very disappointing and sloppy goal was conceded though which gave Horsham a lead to defend, something they did superbly well and we were left frustrated, a strong shout for a penalty and a Simba effort against the post from a tight angle being the closest we came.

So a disappointing result, not our best performance, but enough to show we should be a very competitive team in this division. Well done to Horsham on a very good performance.