St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U15C vs Abingdon School
On: Saturday, 14 Jan 2017
Saturday 15th January
Away to Abingdon School (4-0 Win)
A long away trip met St John's for the first away game of the season on a mild January afternoon. The game started brightly and within 5 minutes St John's took the lead, Cloughley playing the ball through to Storrar to score with a good finish from within the area. Good passing ensued, Tudor playing a number of good balls through only to be cut out before a chance could be taken and it was a long shot from Turner that created the second goal. Turner shot from the edge of the area, the goalkeeper fumbled it and Bell chased it down to tap in from less than a yard out (much to Turner's disgust). Abingdon came back into the game a little and had a few moves forward but the St John's back four stayed strong, with the returning Forster-Scorgie only being forced into a single save during the half. Bell and Storrar troubled the home side's defence with their pace and a couple of good chances went begging for the visitors.
Two changes at half time, Howe on for Turner and Davis on for Cloughley. Abingdon were stronger in the second half and it took solid defence from the back line to keep the home side at bay, both Coulters at full back with strong tackling, Brown with excellent cover and clever positioning and Parker making his presence known to the opposition forwards. It was however St John's who had the best chances, Turner hitting the bar and Howe with a miss kick from close range. With 10 minutes to go, Kiran Coulter excellently intercepted an attack and played a perfect pass down the wing, Davis ran onto it, cut inside and curled the ball around the goalkeeper for the third of the day. St John's started peppering the Abingdon goal for the final 10 minutes and despite a good save from the goalkeeper, Bell played Davis in and with a virtually identical shot to his previous one, he doubled his tally for the day and gave St John's their fourth.
A very strong performance from St John's, the defence were solid throughout, Tudor was brilliant in midfield, both in attack and defence. Davis' second half performance was exceptional given his call up from the D team only the day before and the Coulter twins were outstanding in defence, both playing out of position. There were a number of man-of-the-match performances but on this occasion, for his outstanding positioning, reading of the game and tackling giving confidence in defence, man of the match went to Joe Brown.