12 June 2017
Horsham and District Soccer Club have put themselves in a good position at the mid-way point.
HORSHAM soccer player Jake Hinton has scored 17 goals in seven matches in the Ballarat and District Soccer Association 2017 season.
This is a reflection of how clinical Horsham and District Soccer Club has been on its return to the league.
If the side continues to improve, it could go deep into the finals.
Hinton tops the goal-scoring charts. Michael Busija of Sebastopol follows with 12 goals while Horsham teammate Noah Talbot has scored 11 for the season.
Horsham is second on the table with 21 points while Sebastopol Vikings sit in first place with 24 points.
The side has proved its attacking prowess with a smooth, clinical style of play.
Players have learned to play as a team and have learned how to play direct and it has started to feel comfortable in possession.
The Falcons sport a young line-up, with the likes of 16 year-olds Jonah Dickinson, Marcus Luciani and Noah Talbot playing a major role in the starting squadron.
Just as impressive, Luciani and Dickinson are among of the starting back four along with makeshift left back Mirza Demirkale, who is 15.
Luciani has been one of Horsham’s quiet achievers and has featured among several goals, playing at right back.
He has shown he can read the play and when to overlap his midfielder and has the ability to put in strong crosses.
Luciani has scored three goals from defence.
The nucleus holding the three juniors together is James Hibberd, a composed, level-headed centre-half who has been playing football for 20 years.
The back-line has conceded 15 goals this season and has had two clean sheets.
Reuben Macchia, 17, has been the Falcon’s most valuable player at the midway point in the season, playing an important box-to-box central midfielder role while also contributing as a play-maker.
He has scored two goals.
Macchia plays in the heart of midfield with a defensive midfield partner.
The position is rotated between Dah Luk, Beesee Mawkay, Oguzhan Kocak and Elijah Macchia.
Hinton’s speed and tenacity has been most notable for the side.
What he lacks in height he makes up for in drive.
Toby Riddell-Both has been in sporadic form this season but has been strong in right attacking midfield.
Riddell-Both has scored four goals and managed to make several key passes.
Horsham has eight games remaining this season.
The toughest challenge comes in round 10 when it faces third-placed Forest Rangers.
From the way the side has been performing, a second-place finish for Horsham appears likely.
The Falcons will need to make the finals count if it wants to bring silverware home at the end of the campaign.
It will play the Horsham social seniors on Sunday.