St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U16B vs Tonbridge School
On: Saturday, 07 Jan 2017
Venue: at Home
As several parents noted at the end of the game, this was an excellent game of football played by two well matched teams. In the first 5 minutes both teams battled for supremacy without any chances. St John's looked solid at the back with Tom Stansfield & Frank Dwan looking good until a knee injury to the latter forced Archie Stevens to step in at centre back. St John's began to dominate, playing some quality football, with both Robin Jones & Jo Watson linking cleverly with Javier Gonzalez and Andrew Caird. Although chances were rare it was St John's piling on the pressure and playing the progressive football. Tonbridge barely threaten the St John's goal and when they did they faced the selfless Dan Barnham, shielding the back four with Busquets-like efficiency.
In seemed like only a matter of time before the men in green scored as Ed Beech, Seb Hommasi and Louie Fronzoni dominated possession. As St John's pilled on the pressure down the right with Caird dominating, Fronzoni saw his shot parried by the keeper and Gonzalez was first to the rebound to make it one nil to St John's. Half time and a deserved lead for St John's.
The second half saw a Tonbridge side immediately on the attack and minutes after the restart carved open St John's on the left side of defence and cross dangerously into the box to equalize. A well crafted goal and all square. Tonbridge looked to sieze the opportunity and within minutes a speculative shot from distance spun over the keeper. Nothing Luke Trimming could have done to stop Tonbridge making it 2-1. Archie Stevens went up front as St John's switched to 3-5-2 and carved out several good chances and 3 corners in a row. Unfortunely as the home side pressed Tonbridge broke to make it 3-1. The game was evenly matched and it was Tonbridge's superior fitness in the second half that was perhaps the difference. Nevertheless, the home side were unlucky to lose, showing great spirit, playing excellent football at times and were well led by Captain Tom Stansfield