St John's School, Leatherhead 4th XI vs Tonbridge School
On: Saturday, 07 Jan 2017
"It's a great time to play Tonbridge, even if we've only had one training session. They won't be ready either." The theory held true for ten minutes at least; during that time, Harry Jany had a decent header goalwards from a long free-kick, but then their midfield began to grab the control that they maintained for the rest of the match. Although behind to an excellent first goal, St John's almost came straight back into the game when Harry Britten headed narrowly wide from a neat Ollie Bell free-kick. Unfortunately, we then conceded two further goals before half-time, both coming from long range shots as we continued to allow their powerful midfielders too much time on the ball.
The second half saw us once again starting brightly- Harry Britten again testing their keeper from another free-kick- but energy levels soon fell away. Goals 4, 5 and 6 followed as Tonbridge players began to stroll through at will. The defence were doing their best, and goalie Jacob Stevenson was making some good saves, but their superior skills were becoming increasingly obvious. Another attack saw Jacob saving bravely at their striker's feet and then having to leave in an ambulance. With Tonbridge's reserve keeper standing in for us, one further goal was conceded at the end of a disappointing game.
There were plenty of promising signs for the rest of the season during the match, but it is probably best that, like the fog that began to roll in off the river in the latter stages of the match, we draw a veil over the afternoon's proceedings.