An action packed week saw our Footballers play four fixtures, all away from home. On Thursday evening, the team travelled to Valley Road in Hendon to face off against the hosts, Richard Avenue and Hastings Hill. The first game saw a close encounter against Richard Avenue, which ended in a 0-2 defeat. Despite the result, we created some good opportunities and grew in to the game. Dalton Galer in particular was extremely unlucky not to get on the scoresheet, creating a couple of great chances with his constant hard work and dangerous movement.
The second game saw a deserved 2-1 victory over Hastings Hill, with Southwick playing some wonderful football and visibly growing in confidence. One thing that shone through was the great teamwork on display, everyone working hard for each other and showing fantastic attitude and determination. Goals from Layton Pennock and Mikey Keogh secured the win, the latter after great work by Harrison Bates-Whitfield to put him through on goal. Olivia Scott had another great game in goal, protected well by Jayden Roberts, Emma Kennedy and Harrison Appleby-Sherry in defence.
The third game against Valley Road was another brilliant team display and we can count ourselves extremely unlucky to come away with a 4-1 defeat. Layton Pennock scoring a goal from a long free-kick, taking the goalkeeper by surprise. This was another game in which winger Jay Duke shone, who has come on in leaps and bounds as of late.
Southwick 0 – 2 Richard Avenue
Hastings Hill 1 – 2 Southwick (Pennock, Keogh)
Valley Road 4 – 1 Southwick (Pennock)
On Friday, another away day resulted in an extremely unlucky and undeserved 2-0 defeat at South Hylton – the second goal coming with the last kick of the game. All of our players were absolutely magnificent, giving their all, showing the most fantastic attitude and every single one should be proud of themselves. We are certainly proud of them!
South Hylton 2 – 0 Southwick
Olivia Scott, 9 – Always solid and dependable, great distribution.
Harrison Appleby-Sherry, 9 – Played well in defence and midfield, looking for the right pass.
Jayden Roberts, 9 – Gets better by the game, brave and whole hearted in defence.
Emma Kennedy, 9 – Plays with such enthusiasm and commitment, a shining example.
Jay Duke, 9 – Absolutely superb, never stopped running for the team. Great work off the ball and getting better on it all the time.
Layton Pennock, 9 – Magnificent.
Mikey Keogh, 9 – Always a willing runner and got his reward with a tidy finish.
Dalton Galer, 9 – Fantastic attitude, always a problem to the opposition with tireless closing down and clever movement. Very, very unlucky not to score.
Harrison Bates-Whitfield, 9 – Absolute nightmare to defend against, created several brilliant opportunities for his team mates through sheer hard work and set up the second goal against Hastings Hill.