10 Jan 2019
Football Report – Autumn Term 2018

Football Report – Autumn Term 2018

1st XI Football

With so many changes to the first-eleven from last season, this transitional season had the potential to be a difficult one and a thumping 5-0 defeat to Bournemouth Collegiate in the ISAF Cup looked ominous. However, the team rallied and with the return of a number of more senior players, we followed this with a great win against Frensham Heights 6-3. More resounding wins against Ibstock Place and the City of London Freemans followed, before a hard fought out 4-4 draw against City of London School rounded off a very impressive start to the season.

Following the half term break, a win against Harrodians 4-1 separated defeats to St Georges, Weybridge and Freemans and we ended the season with two wins against Bedales (with 7 first team players missing) and a memorable victory against Kingston Grammar, the first in living memory!

Many thanks to Sam S, who has led the team superbly throughout the season and who will be sorely missed and Callum K who deputised for Sam and contributed with some well-taken goals. The spine of the team, Victor, Lazlo. Josh, Matteo and Vassily, ably supported by James, Nassim, Matt, Valentin, and Min Seung grew throughout the season and this has resulted in us becoming a difficult team to score against, whilst continuing to create chances in attack.

We are all looking forward to continued improvement in the New Year and creating more memorable results!

2nd XI Football

The 2nd XI as a team are unrecognisable in many respects, both in style and personnel, from the team that began the season in September. It is a compliment that so many have progressed to the 1st XI including both Captains Oli R and Josh S-O.

The team has been built on a solid defensive backbone with Oli G and Toby B leading by example. Scoring goals has been an on-going challenge and the fact that midfield has provided the majority of them reflects the issue. Jack H and Oli R before his promotion drove the midfield and latterly Max D has provided more defensive solidity. There have been notable wins at Bedales in coming from behind and against Ewell Castle and very good performances in defeat at City of London where we created more chances than the opposition but could not convert.

It is true that seconds have ranged from ‘sizzling’ to ‘shell-shocked’ in various matches but the term certainly finished as it started with more of the former!

3rd XI Football

The 3rd team seniors have won 6 out of their 8 games so far this season, which is especially admirable given their first five games were away from home. The team has a goal difference of 26 goals scored, and 13 conceded. 6 of those goals were converted by top scorer Flinn L. with Owain W. catching up with 5 goals so far. Captain Ben G. has led the team by example, playing with confidence, intensity and technical excellence. Goal of the season (so far), belongs to Joseph B, for his long-range effort curled into the top corner at City of London Freeman’s, to give the team a deserved lead before half time, going on to win the game 4-2. Four players have been promoted into the 2nd team, with three more players being lined up for a trial in the 2nd half of the season. Dylan C. has grown into his role as the team’s goalkeeper, and has won the respect of his teammates and coaches for his brave and committed performances. The coaches are extremely proud of all players in the team and look forward to seeing them grow from strength to strength and continue this form into the second half of the season.

U15A Football

The Under 15A team, having won all matches for the past two seasons, where given a tough introduction to Under 15 football by some physical sides whose athleticism was to prove a real challenge on a number of occasions. Despite this, the defence began to form an impenetrable unit that meant that Oscar H in goal was often a mere spectator. However, when the situation required it, the experienced goalkeeper always demonstrated he could be relied on and he is fast gaining a reputation as a fearless shot-stopper. Ethan W and Will K were the core of the defence, with both boys also playing a key role in set pieces at both ends of the pitch due to their ability in the air. Captain Ethan B had a superb term of football, leading by example every single game. His intelligence on and off the ball, as well as his eye for goal, would often lift teammates around him during periods of intense pressure. Will W-B continued to frighten defences with his electric pace on the right, and new addition to the side Joe B-B grew in confidence as the term progressed. Prosper O, who was Mr Vermeulen’s last minute, deadline day transfer from Nigeria, showed us all what he is capable of in the last few games, and is proving to be a popular member to the team due to his strength, pace and tenacity. The Under 15 boys should be immensely proud of playing so well having stepped up an age group; many will progress to senior football next year and I look forward to watching some of them on the biggest stage of all as 1st XI players.

U15B Football

The Under 15B team finish the season unbeaten in competitive matches. This was mainly down to grit and determination; frequently this squad of players were behind but worked hard to secure either a win or a draw. What was also pleasing was the number of players who made the step up to the A team and went on to be successful. Two lasting memories will be Jacob M scoring a winning goal from the tightest angle, and Jamie E getting back to his feet by doing a flip! This group have been a pleasure to coach, and I am sure that many of them will continue to improve in the coming years.

U14 Football

This year the U14 Football team has played eleven matches, winning 7 and drawing 2 and losing 2. The team managed to score 42 goals in the eleven games. It has been a brilliant term of football for the boys and they have played some excellent matches. There have been some fantastic performances from our side, with Finlay M, Oliver T, Sam P and Oliver L performing consistently well. Every other player made important contributions and showed they have the ability to put the skills learned at training into action in the games. The team has put in some brilliant performances scoring 5 goals or more on five occasions, beating Duke of Kent , St Edmonds and Frensham Heights, to name a few. They certainly have the ability to continue to do very well as a team in the future. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable term, well done to the whole squad.

U13 Football

The U13A football team have had a successful term. They have demonstrated excellent professionalism throughout the season, regularly getting out to the field promptly to warm up and training hard in order to improve. Securing loose ball, passing and moving and defensive organisation have been the theme of training, which with hard work from the boys has produced some excellent football, strong defence and flowing attacking play.

This hard work resulted in a final tally of seven wins; a great haul against some very good teams. Some particular results of note include a 4-1 win away at Duke of Kent and a gritty 1-0 at King Edward School, Witley. Our most notable win came against Christ’s Hospital in the final game of the season, where the team showed a spirited second half performance to win 3-2 after being 2-0 down at half time. This win demonstrated that this team has what it takes to be very successful in future years and I am very excited to take them forward into year 9. A couple of special mentions go to Max D, who finished the season as the team's top scorer, and Aziz B who was awarded the most Player of the Match awards.

Well done to everyone on their excellent commitment to the team this term.

U12/13B Football

The Under 12s and Under 13 Bs have had a good season, which really finished on a high. After some tough openers against big schools (with many more boys to choose from) like St Andrews, we found our feet and results started to improve. A couple of victories in the Dunhurst 5 a side tournament set us on our way and some solid defending from James A, Jak A (in goal) and Jake M (in defence and goal) led to the odd clean sheet. A big win followed against Kingswood House before another tough encounter against spirited opposition in the form of King Edward’s, Witley and Duke of Kent schools. After a mixed set of results we went to Christ’s hospital hoping for a positive finish. The opening quarter was cagey but we went 1 up through some excellent passing in midfield. They looked threatening soon afterwards but we held on to the lead at half time. The second half saw some inspired work from Ishaan P who threaded a beautiful ball to Riley O, who finished brilliantly. We could not stop them scoring shortly afterwards but held on for a fantastic 2-1 victory against a much bigger school. An excellent way to finish a developing and encouraging season for the boys.