Rustington Under 14s “Storm” Premier Ground Tournament

New Rustington FC Under 14s managed by Kev Short & Jez Long triumphed in their first tournament of the season playing at a Premier League standard ground under floodlights.

Game 1

Rustington FC Under 14s v Reading City FC Under 14s

We conceded a sloppy first goal in wet conditions, got caught in possession and they scored from close range.  We then dominated the game scoring 5 in the next 10 mins – Isaac Glanfield scored our first, then Evan Bengough Drake scored our second, Lennie Smith go the 3rd, then Archie scored direct from a goal kick 😊, and then Evan scored the 5th

Game 2

Rustington FC Under 14s v Hastings FC Under 14s

We were shocking; the conditions got the better of us and we conceded another sloppy goal from a corner which was drilled in low and hard and we failed to deal with it and they scored from close range. We equalised about 5 minutes after some sustained pressure, Lennie Smith scoring off Alby Scott’s penalty (one Step Pen) – we then failed to put a tackle in and let Hastings score a late goal again from close range when we allowed a cross to in low and hard and it hit Rio and went it.  there wasn’t enough time to equalise and we lost 2-1.  Some sterns words were said to the players and we expected a reaction next game

Game 3

Rustington FC Under 14s v Benfleet Youth FC Under 14s

We had to win to go through as Hastings had beaten Reading – we ran comfortable winners winning 3-0 – Liam Murphy scored from a corner delivered to the near post where he finished top – Lennie Smith scored a tidy finish from the right side slotting in far past, then Evan Bengough-Drake finished the scoring with a close-range poachers finish.

Semi Final

Rustington FC Under 14s v Berkshire Elite Under 14s

Because we lost a group game it set up a semi clash with the group winners from Group A Berks Elite who had walked their group scoring 15 and conceding none.  After a rousing team talk and specific instructions the boys responded brilliantly and dominated the game – then we created numerous chances but their keeper was having one of those games – then eventually Liam Murphy scored after 6 mins to make it 1 nil.  Berks then had a period of possession but Archie made a great save with his feet to deny their no7 – we then defended brilliantly for a couple of minutes then Liam Hill stole the ball and a defender got a foot on it but Liam sprinted clear but the GK spread himself and made a great save but then decided to go for a walkabout and not get back in his goal – he was winded and didn’t go down so we played on and Isaac crossed the ball for Evan to get an easy tap in.  The opposition wasn’t happy with the refs’ decision not to stop play, but the old saying ‘play to the whistle’ was never more evident – we then saw out the final couple of minutes with relative ease and won 2-0


Rustington FC Under 14s v Hastings FC Under 14s

The Final was against Hastings who we had already lost to in the group game – we knew we were the better side but at this point, the conditions had become relentless and were a real leveller – again we dominated creating numerous chances not finishing off near chances and the GK again pulling off some really good saves.  We conceded some free kicks but dealt with them a lot easier this time around and Hastings never posed a threat. Just as the game looked destined to penalties,  Liam Hill stole the ball from the defender and sent in a deep cross to the back post for Lennie Smith at the back post to nod in the winner.  Hastings kicked off and had one last attacked with a fierce shot which Archie saved well – then the ref blew the whistle cue the celebration –

Squad –

Archie Short, Rio Long, Charlie Merritt, Liam Hill, Liam Murphy, Lennie Smith, Isaac Glanfield, Evan Bengough-Drake, Alby Scott.

All games were 12 mins one way

We arrived at 3pm – first game was 4pm

It was a fantastic experience playing at premier league ground under floodlights – just a shame the weather and conditions for the parents but the boys loved it, especially the winning part.