St John's School, Leatherhead 3rd XI vs Wellington College
On: Saturday, 18 Mar 2017
With a changed side the 3rdXI travelled to Wellington for their final game of the season.
The first half was very much a case of each team sussing each other out and although Wellington produced more shots, St John's appeared to be more comfortable on the ball, and Max Hill and James Allen looked confident in attack creating dents in the Wellington defence.
A long throw in however caused a few issues in the St John's defence and a lucky deflection for Wellington allowed them to wrong foot Ben Greenbury and put them 1-0 up.
This seemed to ignite some football in St John's and after several passages of play a good break by Robinson down the left wing gave Hayter a chance to slot a goal on his debut for the 3rdXI and make it 1-1.
Despite several goal scoring opportunities form St John's they could quite get the elusive goal to nudge into the lead leaving it 1-1 at half time.
St Johns looked bright early in the second half and after a good challenge in defence from Ollie Bell, the ball was played through to Wes Van Der Ploeg who shot from outside the box and saw the ball scream into the top left hand corner to put St Johns 2-1 up.
A rare break from Wellington generated a free kick which they scored from. Although very much against the run of play with the score 2-2 and 11 minutes left there was everything to play for.
A long throw from Wellington put the St Johns defence under pressure and resulted in a goal to put the score 3-2 in Wellington favour. With only 5 minutes to go it was an uphill struggle for St Johns and there was just too much to do to get the result they deserved.
It was a shame to end the season with this loss in what could be argued to be their best performance to date. The squad has developed tremendously and played some great pieces of football at times and they should be very proud of their efforts