Sixth Team Match Report by Yuvvraj G (Year 8)

SJB vs Dragon Prep School
Today, our 6th team played home against the Dragon prep school. The team was managed by Mr Pearce. 

First Half:
The game started off with Yuvvraj G as the keeper, Sidney S striker, James H defender and Tilman L midfielder. As the whistle blew our team was ready to face the Dragon school. In the first half we managed to keep the ball out of our half, with a close call. Just before halftime Tilman scored our first goal, off the post and in making it too fast for the Dragon goalkeeper to react.

Second Half:
The Second half was intense, but we still managed to push through. The second goal was scored by James, getting it in on a rebound. Sidney, before the match ended got another goal in on a charge down when it didn’t end well for the Dragon corner. 

The end score was 3-0 to SJB making it a good start to a new term.

First Team Match Report by Mr Gibbons (Head of English)

The First XI boys have started with two handsome 3-0 victories – at home to Claires Court and away to the Dragon. Some of the goals have been spectacular but the deeper satisfaction has stemmed from the numerous positive aspects of team play that the boys have developed so rapidly and so intelligently.

Ryan in goal has belied his modest stature with assured shot stopping, very astute distribution and no little vocal marshalling of his defence. In front of him Ivan and Tom have performed heroics at full back whilst the powerhouse combination in central defence of Geronimo (was ever a boy better named?) and Rufus the ‘Beaumont Baresi’ has ensured that ‘none shall pass’. 

Daniel has imposed himself, if such a verb can be used of such a modest young man, on opponents and the whole pace and tempo of the games whilst warriors Bailey and Sean have worked tirelessly to gain and retain the possession which those in front of them have used to such telling effect. 

Luke has run skilfully and tirelessly up and down the right wing from box to box; delivering crosses, corners and passes which invariably find a team mate and open up the opposing defence. After Harrison put in a shift and scored in the first game, Captain Jack has returned from injury and has led from the front whilst the last word must go to Joshua whose powerful shooting has taken us to victory with room to spare.
I would like to thank the many parents who have turned out to watch the boys at both home games and far flung away matches. The boys weave their magic, underpinned by great team spirit and impressive resilience for boys so young. Please do come along to watch if you can. 

St Johns are showing strength across all teams this season. This week’s fixtures versus the Dragon showed our strength in depth with victories achieved by the Seconds, Fourths, Sixths and Sevenths in addition to that of the Firsts. Dragon is a traditionally very strong sporting school and such results reflect great credit on boys right across Lower Figures, Upper Figures and Rudiments. Special shout outs for Frankie in the Sevenths, Tilman in the Sixths, Dylan and Eashar in the Seconds, and Noah in Lower Elements for their general play and goal scoring prowess this past fortnight.

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