St John's School, Leatherhead Junior A vs Eton College
On: Saturday, 04 Mar 2017
Venue: at Home
The first run out against Eton College proved a tough affair. End to end running meant the match demanded a higher level of fitness than last week, epitomised by Nick Boulton's work ethic in defence.
The boys started well, with Billy Bishop dogged in midfield, freeing up others and seeing us pressing into the opposition's D and creating chances. Whilst three in a row were missed, it signalled real intent to commit to the aggressive style of play we have worked on in training and sure enough, Luke Read was rewarded with an excellent goal to get us off the mark. The goal fuelled the tempo and saw us camp out in the opposition half. Two short corners were well-defended by Eton, before a good bit of team work and strong passing saw Chris 'Mad Dog' Munro score the second.
At the break, the boys were asked to step up on their passing and accuracy, which started well but quickly slipped. The opposition had also stepped up and claimed two goals in succession to make the game much tighter than perhaps a few had expected. A return to basics and playing simple, effective hockey was required, led by the likes of Ewan Armstrong, Peter Sinclair and Jack Harrison. A second goal from Read took the score to 3-2 and left for some nervous, frantic defending to see out the game, the score line representing the closeness of the latter stages. With some tough games to come, the challenge is to keep focus and commit to success.