St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U14A vs Brighton College
On: Saturday, 28 Jan 2017
The Under 14A team travelled away to play on Brighton's 3G astroturf. The first 15 minutes were scrappy on the exposed terrain with neither team gaining control of the game. Ryan Trevitt broke the deadlock after 12 minutes taking the ball around the keeper and slotting the ball into an empty net.
Joe Haigh again showed that he is a player of exceptional calibre, making an immediate impact when he came on as a substitute. He scored after 19 minutes, beating a couple of players and dribbling past the keeper to slot the ball into the net. He added another after 24 minutes in similar fashion and was then brought down in the penalty area after showing some neat footwork. He stepped up to score his hat-trick from the penalty spot before the half hour mark. The away team were showing more composure on the ball and were dominating the match; however, they were well aware that they were playing with the wind advantage which needed to be considered in the second half.
Brighton, who were still battling hard, had not given up and pulled one back scoring an excellent free kick. In quick riposte, Trevitt burst through from central midfield and scored his second to make it 5-1 at half time.
Following the break the opposition scored two and at 5-3 there was a hint of a comeback. However, St John's still looked dangerous and after hitting the post, Oscar Pitchford, who had found the going tough early on, followed up a Braiden Hall free kick to score a tap in and make the score 6-3. Matthew O'Neil hit the post with a sweet left foot shot and then had his next effort cleared off the line.
Haigh, who had been intermittently rested, returned to the field and added another to his tally, dribbling around numerous players and the goalkeeper to make it 7-3 to St John's.
Patrick Boothby was almost rewarded for his efforts and role as a utility man throughout the afternoon, with a strong run and shot missing the post by a whisker. Shortly afterwards he went on another driving run and the ball ended up at Michael Anderson's feet in the six yard box and he smashed the ball home to seal the game 8-3.
Overall this was a convincing performance and, although Brighton put up a tougher challenge than the scoreline may reflect, the boys thoroughly deserved the victory and look forward to St Bede's next week.