St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U15C vs Haileybury
On: Saturday, 25 Feb 2017
Saturday 25th February
Away to Haileybury School (2-1 Win)
After a few weeks off, the boys were in desperate need of game time away to Haileybury. The rustiness did not show however and very quickly St John's were in the faces of Haileybury, reward coming in the shape of a Bell goal on three minutes. Haileybury exploited the high defensive line St John's were playing, throwing a lobbed ball over the top of the back four on a number occasions and having their pacy striker run through. After an equaliser, St John's were left slightly shocked and weren't playing wisely, trying too many times to walk through the middle of the park and getting crowded out rather than using the width. On 17 minutes, Bell managed to get his, and St John's, second of the game to leave the visitors 2-1 up. Unfortunately the next point of note was a sour one, a through ball from Haileybury was chased, Forster-Scorgie saved well but the striker couldn't stop in time and the goalkeeper took a hit to the head knocking him unconscious briefly. The game was delayed as medical attention was brought in to help the injured goalkeeper whose game was ended prematurely, Gray replacing him. The game restarted and a couple of chances for each time came about but no goals. Half-time: 2-1
The second half again showed much of the same play as the first, St John's going through the middle too often and Haileybury playing long balls for their strikers to test the pace of our defence. Chances for both sides came about, St John's with the better ones but were thwarted by the impressive Haileybury goalkeeper, no doubt aided by his Seaman genes. The back four were again strong for St John's and Cloughley impressed at CDM shielding them. Hull impressed at CAM and Tudor played well. No goals came about in the second half and the game ended 2-1.