St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U16A vs Berkhamsted School
On: Saturday, 21 Jan 2017
Venue: at Home
On a cold afternoon St John's faced a Berkhampsted side that held them to a 1-1 draw last season. A large portion of the 1st XI pitch was deemed to be unplayable and therefore the match was moved to a slightly smaller pitch. In the opening few minutes of the match it was clear that both sides were adjusting to the tricky playing conditions. Berkhampsted came very close to taking an early lead when a free quick taken from the left hand side of the pitch was left by everyone except Sam Bennett's left post. St John's were then awarded a very soft penalty after a Berkhampsted player was adjudged to have pushed a St John's player inside the penalty area. Billy Lee converted his effort before the goalkeeper had a chance to move and crucially the referee had blown his whistle. His re-taken effort was well saved by the keeper and the score remained 0-0. After a few half chances Ben Bayly was eventually able to break the deadlock just before half time. He rose highest at the corner and headed powerfully into the left hand side of the goal.
In the second half St John's asserted their dominance on the game both in terms of territory and possession. Fortunately, the team in green were able to double their lead soon after the interval thanks to an effort from James Gardner. Ben Geddes was the unlikely hero of the afternoon, his brace (both headers from corners), meant that the game was firmly put of Berkhampsted's reach. In truth St John's should have scored more than goals, however, it wasn't to be. All in all another strong performance from a team that have started the season with great gusto.