St John's School, Leatherhead 1st XI vs Abingdon School
On: Saturday, 14 Jan 2017
Venue: at Home
There was a sense of disappointment at full time as the 1st XI lost 2-1 in a hard fought and nail biting contest. With a slight tactical tweak St John’s gradually grew into the game and were fortunate that Abingdon missed a clear cut chance in the first ten minutes. Our composure in midfield and at the back had significantly improved since last week with Parker and Neale combining well down the left and Dunnill and Sanders providing a solid platform to attack from. For the majority of the first half St John’s looked the better side and were rightly rewarded for their efforts with Coughlan finishing well after being unleashed from midfield. St John’s remained in the ascendency and were unlucky not to go two up before half time with Neale’s shot crashing into the crossbar.
In the second half Abingdon started the brighter of the two sides but John’s continued to move the ball well and create a number of chances, although they will need to become more clinical and decisive in front of goal next week. Abingdon made their way back into the game after a needless free kick was given from which the consequently scored from. We were far more disciplined than last week but this still needs to improve. As the game’s climax drew closer Abingdon scored from an unmarked header from a corner. It was entirely against the run of play but we should have been more defensively rigid. With ten minutes to go Abingdon had their striker sent off for a rash challenge on Coughlan and St John’s mounted the pressure with Rogers and Adeboya combining well to create a number of chances.
Unfortunately, St John’s were unable to find the equaliser in a game they had every right to win. A much improved performance with promising signs if the boys continue to work hard in the week.