St John's School, Leatherhead Boys 1st XI vs King Edward's Witley
On: Saturday, 25 Feb 2017
Venue: at Home
The 1st XI got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over KES Witley. St John's were by far the more adept team and, but for some uncharacteristic profligacy in front of goal, it could have been double figures. To their credit, KES never gave in, defended tenaciously and, with their one chance of the game, scored a goal to win the second half one-nil.
This came after sustained pressure and a string of corners which simply would not fire for John's. Time and again they were foiled by some smart goalkeeping, wayward strikes and, at times, looking for one too many passes in the area when a shot might have served better. Thankfully the Eagles were three goals to the good at half time and the tie was safely won but they will need to be more clinical in the fixtures to come.
After a sloppy start to the game the home side did put together some flowing moves and when they transferred the ball out of contact, Ed Timpson often found himself in space on the right. He looked dangerous and won several corners but to no avail. KES did well to frustrate but eventually skipper, Charlie Kerslake found a way past the visiting 'keeper. Sam King doubled the lead with a neat backhand finish after a well-timed run and Will Ferguson added a third with a crisp hit from the top of the D.
Following two heavy defeats before the half-term break, this was a welcome win and should help gain momentum going into the second half of the season.