St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U15A vs Radley College
On: Saturday, 28 Jan 2017
Venue: at Home
A home match against Radley, played on one of the warmest days of a cold month, saw the team record its first league win of the term. The visitors offered little, other than a couple of decent midfield players who looked good in possession but lacked confidence in their teammates. St John's forced an early corner but no player connected with Sellick's delivery. Within minutes, another corner was met by Salter, who opened the scoring. Ralph's pace again proved troublesome and in the tenth minuted he doubled the lead, converting from another Sellick cross. The pace and energy of the attacking players posed problem after problem for the visitors as Mead scored the third from close range after some lovely interplay with Ralph inside the box. Loy added a fourth, again from close, range, after further interplay. Before the interval, Ralph scored twice more to notch up a hat-trick. Radley offered little opposition and the team's attacking instincts were on full display, although by no means every chance was taken.
In the second period, Ralph was rested and Loy led the line, although he was caught offside too many times. However, on one occasion he was in the right position and netted comfortably. St John's forced a couple of corners, both of which were met by Marvin, but his headers were off-target. A third chance came his way and again he connected, this time more strongly; the ball cannoned off a defender to hit the back of the net. As the game wore on, Radley tired and St John's continued to press the attack, with impressive hunger in light of the scoreline. Sellick appeared to be heading for a goalless afternoon but he finally scored with ten minutes remaining, his pace and determination undoing the defence once more and this time his finish was on the mark. Loy and Sellick both scored again in the final minutes to complete the rout. Ballard stood out in defence, winning headers and time and again; Bednall also worked hard in midfield to win possession and bring others into the game. It proved an easy victory but was still useful training.