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U14 Dorkinians - Match centre

Dorkinians U14
Horsham Sparrows U14
Sat 30 Jan 09:30 - Horsham & District Youth Football League - Under 14 B Full time

Sparrows Stalemate

A hard fought goalless draw but plenty to be pleased about.

A hard fought goalless draw but plenty to be pleased about.

Saturday saw the return fixture against Horsham Sparrows play out at Dorkinians Westhumble pitch.
Horsham lying second in the league arrived determined to reverse their earlier defeat to the Under 14's but the early pace was all Dorkinians, with Oram bossing the midfield and creating space and building pressure. Good moves down both flanks leading to half chances and some excellent last ditch defending from Sparrows strong centre half. As the half progressed Sparrows grew in confidence with some swift counter attacking but Dorkinians back four were well organised and snuffed out any risks and with McBride commanding his penalty area a goal looked unlikely. Dorkinians reduced the attack to one clear chance with Sparrows striker looking like he had got clear only to see the ball nicked away just as he was about to pull the trigger, Oram having tracked back to make the tackle.

Sparrows grew increasingly frustrated and Dorkinians themselves saw a number of chances just get away from them, a free kick from Smith just squirmed away from Downs who nearly snaffled it on the far post. Perhaps the closest chance was from a corner struck by Hodgson, Dixon leaping to flick the ball past the upright with a great header. Half time arrived all square.

The second half continued in a similar vein but the first 15 minutes belonged to Sparrows who determinedly applied increasing pressure. However a combination of calm defence, good goalkeeping and crunching tackles meant any opportunities for Sparrows were kept to a minimum, any openings that did come saw Sparrows strikers blasting wide.

Dorkinians saw a few chances but they just wouldn't fall for them and the game came to a close with both sides still pushing to sneak a winner. A draw was a fair reflection in what was an entertaining encounter, well captained by Fisher and with Oram being made man of the match for all his hard work and creativity. Four points from two games against Sparrows was a good points return and the commitment and communication between the boys in the match was really encouraging.

Another well supported home game, thanks.

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Forest Row U14 14 35
2. Horsham Sparrows U14 14 29
3. Partridge Green U14 14 25
4. Dorkinians U14 14 22
5. Roffey Robins Rockets U14 14 18
6. Steyning Town Community U14 14 17
7. Ashington Cougars U14 14 11

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