St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U15B vs Tonbridge School
On: Saturday, 07 Jan 2017
Venue: at Home
U15B XI Vs Tonbridge (Home – Won 5-2)
After some spending some time during training on Friday – the team had set out some clear aims for their first fixture of the season. Taking inspiration from an Eric Thomas quote “When you want success as badly as you can breathe, then you’ll be successful…” - the boys were determined to put in a strong performance – and that they certainly did. A thorough warm-up and some motivational words from Captain James Dale and Vice-Captain Will Aldridge-Bate the team stepped onto the pitch with an air of confidence and channeling their nerves into an energetic, positive influence.
From the starting whistle, Tonbridge came out strong, placing a great deal of pressure on our defence. With some great challenges and tackles from both Luke’s, Nat and James, not to mention some outstanding saves from Michael Georgiou in his debut performance as goalkeeper, St John’s manage to keep Tonbridge out. This allowed us to pass the ball well as a team and make some great attempts on goal. Some strong saves from the Tonbridge goalkeeper prevented us from scoring early and unfortunately, Tonbridge caught us on the back foot and managed to secure a goal just before half time.
With everything to play for and only one goal in it – it was clear our boys wanted to start the season off in the right way. The boys dug deep and began to close down Tonbridge, turning the pressure onto them. Some outstanding runs from Michael Haddad and Arun opened up the space in our attacking zone and this was certainly utilized by the team, allowing Jonny, Joe, and Will to secure goals. As time clocked on and legs began to tire, St. John’s continued to fight hard. Once more, there were displays of great defensive play from Pierce and Luke Garlick but unfortunately, Tonbridge once again showed some skill securing their second goal.
As the final whistle blew, the team, their supporters and their coaches celebrated together in what was an outstanding performance at home on the first fixture of the seasons. The boys should be proud of everything they achieved throughout the game. Not only did they demonstrate some superb individual skills – but also showed a tough opponent what it meant to work as a team, showing great supportive play and positive communication throughout the game. We step into this season with our strongest foot forward and certainly have the strong foundations of a great team.