St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U16A vs Harrow School
On: Saturday, 04 Mar 2017
Harrow 2-2 St John's (Lee & Rowlands)
St John’s travelled to Harrow fully aware of the importance of the fixture that lay ahead of them. Both sides were treated to a high quality playing surface, one that wouldn’t have looked out of place a few miles down the round in Wembley. Harrow made full use of the surface, moving the ball at pace along the floor. They started with a real spring in their step and the close examination of our defensive capabilities began within minutes of the match kicking off.
Sam Bennett was on hand to gather the ball after Harrow made some promising ventures into our half. The constant pressing from the away side eventually paid off and St John’s launched a counter attack and put the ball in the net, unfortunately the goal was deemed to be offside so 0-0 it remained. Another rare advance into the Harrow half resulted in Titus Tressider winning a free kick just outside the box. Billy Lee stepped up and produced a free kick of the highest quality, the keeper didn’t stand a chance.
The score remained at 1-0 until deep into the second half at which point Owen Rowlands took full advantage of some indecision from the Harrow keeper. He poked the ball past him at the top of the area and was then able to roll it into the empty net. With 10 minutes to go it seemed that a fifth consecutive league win was on the cards. However, slight error of judgement gifted Harrow a goal just minutes after Rowlands’ goal. This visibly lifted the Harrow team who had, until then, been unable to find a way through the green wall of defenders. A neat interchange at the top of our area resulted in them finding the net just 7 minutes later. Fortunately, St John’s managed to hold out and return to school with a well-deserved point.
This was a monumental effort from the squad, we cannot fault the commitment that the boys demonstrated from start to finish. They should rest well ahead of the next big challenge that awaits them on Thursday, a home fixture versus St Paul’s.