Steyning Outing Ends in Disappointment
A long distance outing at Steyning ultimately proves fruitless for Dorkinians U14’s
A long distance outing at Steyning ultimately proves fruitless for Dorkinians U14’s.
The U14’s took a full squad down to Steyning to lock horns with a team that had started the season solidly with two wins and a draw.
Dorkinians started strongly and the game had a good shape to it with both sides creating chances and looking well matched. Both midfields struggled to dominate and it continued to be nip and tuck, Reece Spratt added good movement in the 5 man midfield. It was a good through ball to Theo Downs that broke the deadlock, with Downs slotting the ball confidently and providing a deserved lead with 10 minutes until the break.
Steyning were jolted into action and immediately looked to respond with their midfield creating pressure and a number of chances that Mason McBride was able to keep out with some good smothering saves and solid keeping from corners. Frustratingly it was with a couple of minutes to the break when Steynings pressure finally paid dividends with an unremarkable move lead to a chance that was taken well to make it 1-1 at half time.
The second half was set up to be a cracker. Sadly it never quite materialised and it was Steyning who were to profit from a really poor start from the U14’s in the second half. Dorkinians were 4 -1 down within 15 minutes of the restart with the team failing to really compete when not in possession, Steyning looking sharper and faster to the 50/50 balls and with two softer goals and one strong finish it looked like game over. Dorkinians passing game appeared to desert them. However the U14’s did continue to push and all 15 players got good match time and did mean we keep our energy levels up. It was a from a good break down the left and a cross in the box that Joe now playing up front ….scrambled a good goal and briefly Dorkinginans looked like they might be back in the game. If we had managed to grab a third from a couple of good chances the game may have played out differently but sadly the next goal went to Steyning and that effectively killed the game. Dorkinians continued to push to the final whistle and Steyning grabbed a 6th goal on the break to give the overall result a somewhat misleading feel to it.
Again plenty of postives to take from the game but also some lessons in terms of concentration at key moments and the need to continue to build a passing game for a full 70 minutes. Thanks to all the travelling support that was really significant given the long haul to Steyning!