St John's School, Leatherhead 1st XI vs Berkhamsted School
On: Saturday, 21 Jan 2017
This Saturday the 1st XI ventured into Hertfordshire to face a Berkhamsted side who were the deserved victors in last season's encounter. On a cold winter's day St John's, with a number of changes, were looking to set the tone for the rest of the season after two disappointing results previously. After a strong week in training and the introduction of yoga to aid injury prevention St John’s started the brighter of the two sides, although were lucky when the opposition striker squandered a chance in the open seconds. Once we settled into the game we began to create a number of chances using Silas-Paul Johnson, who was mightily impressive with his back to goal, to hold up play allowing Coughlan and Neale to create numerous chances. Our ability to move the ball quickly make us a genuine joy to watch. Adeboya and Tudor worked tirelessly on the wings support Johnson and their full backs with gusto and skill. Perhaps, with our control of possession we should have taken more strikes at goal particularly as when we did we caused considerable trouble for the keeper. Neale was exceptionally unlucky not to score after his long range strike smashed down off the crossbar with the St John’s faithful claiming it had crossed the line. If only the Southern Independent School’s Lent Term League had goal line technology. With the first half nearly up Wilson delivered from a corner and Coughlan headed home for his third goal in three games. A much deserved end to the half with John’s leading 1 nil.
St John’s started the second half well but Berkhamsted begun to gain more of the possession and created a number of strong chances which Dunnill dealt with expertly. As the match ebb and flowed St John’s did not capitalise on their possession in the final third with Berkhamsted equalising from a counter attack. In the final ten minutes St John’s piled on the pressure with a number of chances from set pieces and Tudor hitting the post. Both sides had their chances but with the final whistle going it will be St John’s disappointed not to come away with the win.
A much improved performance but the team must find their ruthless side to guarantee they do not come away without a much needed win