St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U15A vs Haileybury
On: Saturday, 25 Feb 2017
An away fixture against Haileybury saw the team start pretty well on a large pitch that gave plenty of scope for passing and retaining possession. The first few minutes were a little chaotic as neither side settled down quickly. However, St John's played against a strong wind which ensured the ball was often in their half. Once the team realised the importance of keeping the ball on the ground, there was some good inter-play, using both flanks with wide men Thomas and Mead being busy. Bednall and Marvin were equally lively in the middle and Sellick often joined the midfield to collect the ball. Some good chances were created but no one was able to get on the end of crosses or finish with a strong shot. In defence, Farnsworth proved his value in goal, saving twice, once from close range and once from a powerful shot that he tipped over. Salter and Genko appeared assured against the Haileybury forwards, supported by full-backs Shaw and Ballard. Just when it appeared the half would end goalless, Sellick collected the ball outside the box, ran at the defence, beating two players and shot high into the net off his left.
In the second period, St John's were the dominant side, assisted by the wind which was often as much of a hindrance as a help, with balls running beyond the main striker Ralph, despite his best efforts to chase everything down. The team started to pass more effectively and some lovely interplay between Thomas and Ralph saw Marvin shoot low in to the corner to double the lead. The game was won when Marvin netted again, this time form a corner, albeit with the assistance of his hand, that the referee appeared not to notice. The fourth goal was scored by Ralph, much deserved for his perseverance all afternoon, as his pace once again gave him the chance to shoot beyond the keeper. It was a positive and satisfying performance, although sterner teats will come.