St John's School, Leatherhead 5th XI vs St Paul's School
On: Saturday, 04 Feb 2017
Venue: at Home
The 5th's took on St Paul's at a soggy new fields on Saturday looking to score more and conceded fewer than previous outings - both objectives were accomplished with this 6-2 defeat, but were it not for careless lapses of concentration the game could have been closer still.
The eagles best player of the opening exchanges was a puddle in the visitors half of the field - the mass of water broke up several St Paul's attacks and offered the boys in green the ball in an advanced position. Having come to terms with the pond, the St Paul's opener had a degree of inevitability about it, as the home side lived dangerously in their own box for almost 10 minutes. And it remained 0-1 until almost the end of the half when Lonsdale pounced on a defensive error making it 1-1.
St Paul's retook the lead within 30 seconds as the boys in green switched off having equalised. 1-2 with 2mins of the half to go. And worse was to come as one final attack by the visitors saw Doyle upend his man. 1-3 from the resulting spot kick and half time.
Three more goals in 3 minutes (one beautifully carved out in triangles by the St Paul's forwards), one a penalty for the Eagles by Biggar and one immediately conceded from kick off (for the second time) made it 2-5. One final goal for the visitors from a set-piece made it 2-6.
A good display despite the score line, if only the boys in green had been able to expose the nervous defence of our visitors more often, that said in attack the Barnes boys were pretty potent (thanks to Hollwell for a spectacular couple of saves, including one quadruple one in the second half!).
We beat on to the second half of term searching for more goals, at the right end.