St John's School, Leatherhead 1st XI vs Radley College
On: Saturday, 28 Jan 2017
The pressure was on the St John’s 1st XI to get their season on track leading up to their game against Radley. With promising passages of play in their previous games they were searching for greater consistency against the Oxfordshire school. The game started with St John’s making a number of changes; Baker between the sticks and Klintworth back after injury. Gradually settling into the game St John’s had a considerable amount of possession and were playing fluid passing football. Sanders providing the platform for Coughlan and Neale to use their skill and understanding to create chances a plenty. Our major threat came from set pieces with Wilson and Sanders consistently providing superb crosses which were screaming to be converted. Thankfully, Coughlan finally gave St John’s the lead after his on target glance was assisted into the net by the Radley defender. St John’s continued to mount the pressure but a second goal did not come before the break.
At half time the team knew they had to capitalise on the advantage, unlike in previous weeks, and they most certainly did with Adeboya pouncing on a Coughlan shot. It would be fair to say that they should have scored more but we were not clinical in front of goal. The highlight of the game came from Sanders who blasted his shot into the top corner from a pulled back corner. As the half continued St John’s continued to play some fantastic football with Stevens and Klintworth combining well with Coughlan in midfield.
A 3-0 win was impressive but it could have been more so. Work to do this week to prepare for the visit of St Paul’s.