St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U15D vs Tonbridge School
On: Saturday, 07 Jan 2017
Venue: at Home
Within seconds it was more than apparent that we were the better skilled side and within the first five minutes St Johns had two clear shots at goal but the pressurised goal keeper defended well. Harry Tudor and Max Howe were fed clear and accurate ball within striking distance and showing their excellent attacking skills.The vast majority of the play was comfortably in the Tonbridge half. In the seventh minute a long and fast ball fed to their striker resulted in the first goal against us and a second followed shortly in much the same delivery. Fin Huree was out manoeuvred as gaps appeared in the defence and leaving him unsupported. St Johns superior skill was clear, but they paid the price for sloppy mid field defending. We rallied and an accurately fed ball to the mid field from Henry Benzikie to Sam Davies and a quick feed to Harry Tutor resulted in our first goal. Two minutes to go in the second half and feed a quick ball to Max Howe and we were all square on the half time whistle. At the half time gathering we identified gaps in our game and a with some fresh legs we started the second half. We need to apply more skill, stay on the ball and close down the Tonbridge game. The second half started well and more quick ball was won by Matt Hull and Ed Galvin send it quickly on to the strikers, but it was our game that being closed down. It was clear that the stamina in the first half was missing in the second we looked to static. Add the decent in the defence and this doesn't bode well for any team. Increasing pressure from Tonbridge resulted in a rapid decline in St John's mobility and our energy appeared totally sapped. Six goals by Tonbridge exposed all the gaps quite clearly, but I know that the 15D's will rise to this and raise their game for the coming season. There were lots of positives to take from the first half but there was a great deal more to learn from the second half. My thanks for all the parents that came to support us today.