St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U15A vs Berkhamsted School
On: Saturday, 21 Jan 2017
Venue: at Home
The home match against Berkhamstead was played on a hard pitch, near-frozen by sub-zero temperatures. It was also played a small pitch that squeezed the space. The visitors started the better as the home team stood off and allowed them time to play. This was evident when an away team player was allowed to shoot from outside the box in the fourth minute. No one closed him down and his shot sailed beyond Farnsworth to open the scoring; it was an inauspicious start. St John's rallied to a degree, with Thomas and Loy seeking to gain possession in midfield but struggling on the surface and due to the competition. More success was had with balls forward to Ralph and Sellick and once again Ralph's pace proved troublesome. Bednall found some space down the right and one cross bisected the defence, but there was no one to finish. Before long he worked again to play the ball from the right, finding Sellick, who turned and shot beyond the keeper to level the score. The central defensive pair of Salter and Genco appeared sound enough, but a failure to clear the ball gifted the opposition a second minutes before the interval.
In the second half the home team pressed much better, gave the opposition less time and Bednall's move into the middle of midfield strengthened the team's combative spirit. Loy attacked well on the right and sought to link with the forwards, forcing the opposition defence into action. Marvin headed over from a corner and Sellick connected with Mead's cross to send the ball the wrong side of the near post. Chances were made but none taken. Meanwhile, the visitors pushed forward from clearances but Salter, Genco and Ballard were equal to the pressure. The home team's intensity impressed as the match reached its final quarter, as it did against Tonbridge two weeks' before; but the desire needs to be evident sooner if it is to prove telling.