St John's School, Leatherhead Boys 1st XI vs Worth School
On: Saturday, 14 Jan 2017
Venue: at Home
All the efforts to make the pitch playable (many thanks to Mr Kidd, Miss Moors, Miss Lawes and James for their hard work) were proved worthwhile to see St John's record a resounding 11-0 victory which will boost confidence ahead of some tougher games.
This was Worth's first game of the season and John's were clearly superior in all departments but this shouldn't take away from some excellent hockey. After the troubles scoring last week, the boys moved the ball much better this week and the height offered by Will Freeman and Charlie Kerslake provided large spaces to play in. The opening goal was a real reflection of a good week's training with the ball switching quickly from left to right to find Timpson in the area where he unselfishly squared for Kerslake to knock home. From there, John's dominated and Anthony Kiely benefited from several poor clearances to help himself to a first-half hat-trick. His finishing was clinical and his goals were just reward for an excellent all-round display.
6-0 at half-time became 11-0 by the end of the game as John's looked to develop their range of passing and movement before next week. Penfold again looked solid in midfield and Ferguson made better choices of when to pass and when to run. On the right, Ed Timpson found plenty of space and was a constant threat, setting up many good opportunities. Kerlsake was often the beneficiary, ending with four goals and a fierce strike that ricocheted off the post into the path of Freeman who prodded home to complete his brace. Kiely extended his tally to a full five goals and St John's left the pitch satisfied with a good attacking performance. It was evident that the boys were more comfortable with the system and they are starting to read each other's movements. If they continue to work hard and trust one another they will cause most sides a few headaches.