St John's School, Leatherhead 4th XI vs Harrow School
On: Saturday, 04 Mar 2017
Venue: at Home
A fine advertisement for 4th team football ended in a 2-2 draw, with both teams playing with passion but also a great deal of skill. St John's enjoyed the better of a well contested first half which saw both sides trying to play neat passing football despite the proliferation of puddles in several key areas. Absences higher up had already necessitated late changes, but Wes Van der Ploeg slipped effortlessly into a new back four of Charlie Smith, Bas Senior and Ollie Bell, all of whom had impressive games against a skilful Harrow attack. A reorganised central midfield saw Louis Cappell quickly re-establishing an effective partnership with Harry Snell and Sam Sterling, while the two Harrys, Roberts and Jany consistently stretched the Harrow defence out wide. Striker Tom Jeffcott came the closest to scoring, with a fine shot on the turn, before Harry Jany was upended in the box in the 22nd minute. Penalty! While he was placing the ball, however, news arrived that the match would have to be foreshortened to accommodate refugees from the sodden new fields. Undaunted, Jany slotted the penalty calmly home and St John's were 1-0 up. Harrow now pressed forward for an equaliser, but St John's were still sharp in possession and a smart pass to the wing saw Harry Jany slide in a great low cross which Tom Jeffcott steered home. There was just time for Guy Broad to pull off an excellent save before the half-time whistle went with St John's 2-0 to the good.
Predictably, Harrow came out with all guns blazing and within four minutes they had pulled a goal back. St John's still looked dangerous on the break, but Harrow were now in the ascendency and half way through the second half they scored a well-worked second goal. 2-2, and a few weeks ago St John's might have caved in, but it was St John's who now came closest to scoring the winning goal. Tom Jeffcott brought an excellent save from their keeper, before Harry Snell had a goal disallowed for offside. Guy Broad made a couple of fine saves as the play slewed from end to end, while Charlie Smith headed just over from a corner and Harry Jany's late effort was well saved. The final whistle brought to an end a very impressive contest between two well matched and competitive teams: 2-2.