St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U12A vs Trinity School, Croydon
On: Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016
U12a match report – Football vs Trinity
The U12 footballers had a welcome break from their rugby matches on Wednesday when they headed over to Trinity Croydon for a one off friendly football fixture. In windy conditions, both teams started the game well and were soon creating chances. The St John’s goal keeper Alistair Burns kept the home team at bay with some super saves in the first 10 minutes, but Trinity had some very skillful players that soon broke the deadlock and got the home team ahead. St John’s were being superbly led by Fillip Lissah however and kept their heads up and continued to pass the ball around with George Perry, James Burfield and Luc Gamber combining well time after time. Trinity were proving very resilient in defence though and a couple of fast breaks led to them scoring two more goals before the half time whistle had gone.
A couple of changes in positions and some refreshed tactics seemed to have made the difference in the second half as Luke Atkin slotted home from close range early on to start the fightback. Confidence was growing amongst the St John’s players and they were starting to play some really slick football. Trinity’s solid defensive line had other ideas however and were determined not to concede any more goals. Throwing players forward in the last 5 minutes meant that St John’s were vulnerable to a counter attack and unfortunately Trinity seized their moment and scored another goal and put the game out of sight.
A final score of 4-1 to Trinity sounds one sided, but the St John’s players can take a lot of heart from the game and must remember that this was their first ever game together. I have no doubt that this team can have a hugely successful football term after Christmas and I look forward to following their progress.