St John's School, Leatherhead 2nd XI vs Wellington College
On: Saturday, 18 Mar 2017
It's been a frustrating season for the second XI, who have struggled to find momentum as a result of the squad changing weekly. The final game of the season was against Wellington College who, at the start of the game had the exact same record in the league as St John's, against the same teams. Victors against The Oratory, St Paul's and Radley, while losing to the rest. It was poised nicely for a final fixture. Unfortunately, St John's did not start playing until 20 minutes into the game, by which point, they were 2-0 down. Some great passing and movement from Wellington saw them work their way into an early lead and this was doubled by a 30 yard wonder strike. From that point on, it's safe to say that St John's were the better team but struggled to create clear-cut chances in the first half due to, in part, the gradient and wind being against them. The best chance fell to Ethan Jones following a great ball in by Sam Serfozo. The game finished with a succession of corner; somehow, the ball didn't end up in the goal.
The second half, St John's pressed high. It didn't take long to put two players upfront and three at the back. However, they simply could not score. Oliver Hunt came close with a left foot strike from the edge of the box. Jack Rickerd took the ball into his stride following an Iniesta like pass, but he stopper it over the bar. McRae struck wide from 12 yards out on his weak foot. It just wasn't going to be the 2nd XI's day. To rub salt into the wounds, Wellington scored a counter-attack goal to make it 3-0 with their first shot in the second half. St John's quickly hit back with a counter-attack of their own. Serfozo released McRae on the left wing and he played an inch perfect pass into Rickerd who couldn't miss. It was unfortunate to lose their final game, but they showed excellent determination throughout the second half and were unfortunate to not get a result. Man of the match was Oliver Hunt for his diligent and tireless running.