St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U16B vs Berkhamsted School
On: Saturday, 21 Jan 2017
Venue: at Home
The freezing conditions and the small pitch did not bode well for the quality of the football to come, but these indicators were to prove misleading. This was a great game from start to finish and the unfortunate visitors were to witness the 16B's realise their exciting potential. From the very first minute St John's dominated the game with Beech, Hommasi, Caird and Fronzoni playing fabulous attacking football and threatening the Berkhamstead goal with every attack. At the back Swiss and Stansfield gave no time for the opposition and after one such failed attempt, fullback Heard played a lovely ball into Caird, who had the Berkhamstead full back in his pocket all afternoon. Caird played a fabulous cross into the middle to find Beech, who scored to make it a deserved one nil lead for the home side. St John's continued to dominate, two free kicks went close with Fronzoni, who played selflessly all afternoon, unlucky not to score. Before long it was 2-0, Blackmore playing a lovely ball through to Stevens who bulldozed his way through to score a classic centre forwards goal. Minutes later Gonzalez, who was exceptional at left back, took a great corner and Stansfield steamed in to make it 3-0. Before the half time whistle St John's number 10 Hommasi, who had his best game so far, struck a post from distance.
Half time and the away side would need to come out on the offensive in the 2nd half. Hanratty. Moir and Watson came on for St John's at half time. Immediately after the whistle for the 2nd half blew the away side attempted to catch St John's napping, striking from distance a glorious attempt but Trimming was more than a match making a great save. Before long the home side were back in command, a fabulous team move ended with Javier Gonzalez delivering a great cross to find Beech to make it 4-0. Moir began to dominate the midfield, Hanratty and Watson brought a renewed energy and it was only a matter of time before St John's scored again. Stevens, who gave a centre forwards masterclass in this game, dominating his opposing defenders and on this occasion the referee spotted a Berkhamstead centre back holding Stevens for a penalty. Beech was given the honour and stepped up calmly to make it 5-0 and secure his hat-trick. Before the light disappeared and the final whistle went Berkhamstead scored a consolation goal. A fantastic game, an all-round brilliant performance, and a man of the match performance by 6 or 7 players, but scoring a hat-trick merits special recognition for midfield dynamo Ed Beech.