Giants 2020 - 2021

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.