St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U16B vs Radley College
On: Saturday, 28 Jan 2017
Venue: at Home
It is not flattering the home side to suggest 7 or 8 nil would have been a fairer score and it could easily have been double figures. Radley were no push overs and fought hard but St John's were better in every department. The key to the victory were the partnerships. At the back Heard and Stansfield were solid and gave nothing. The one chance Radley had came from a ricochet and when through on goal Sam Hunt, who had a great game, called the strikers bluff who blew a golden chance and shot wide. Heard defended with confidence and was unlucky not to score in the 2nd half, hitting the bar when it looked a certain goal. Stansfield was immense defensively and drove into the midfield with increasing confidence. Gonzalez, so impressive at left back, linked up with Fronzoni who worked tirelessly and was a constant threat.
In the centre of midfield Beech and Barnham formed an impressive partnership, Beech driving forward creatively and Barnham was magnificent breaking up Radley attacks and playing the ball wide where most of the St John's attacks began. Moir was equally effective, growing in confidence as the game progressed and deservedly scoring St John's 2nd goal. Out on the right Watson defended flawlessly and linked up well Andrew Caird. Alex Ferguson once said of Ryan Giggs that 'whether dribbling or sprinting, Ryan can leave the best defenders with twisted blood.' On Saturday Caird gave the Radley right back twisted blood, creating more than half a dozen gold plated chances and hit the post himself. If it were not for a sensational performance by the Radley keeper he would have had a hat trick.
Hommasi and Stevens were the attacking partnership. The number 10 causing havoc all over the pitch, playing cleverly between the lines and creating almost as many chances as Caird. However, it was a clever Beech pass the played Stevens though and he calmly put St John's into the lead. The number 9 dominated the Radley centre backs and was unlucky not to score at least one more, crashing a header against the bar.
St John's will have to take their chances next week against a much better team, but they should reflect on a fantastic team performance in which Stansfield, Gonzalez, Barnham or Caird could lay claim to the title man of the match.