Match Report
Berkhamsted School 3rd XI vs  St John's School, Leatherhead
On: Saturday, 26 Jan 2019
Venue: at Home

A real humdinger at the normally goal-starved Ashlyns astro. Two evenly matched side produced a treat for the watching faithful including three quality goals before half time.

The first was courtesy of Joe Bone midway through the first half, striking first time from 25 yards to see the ball fly in over the helpless keeper. Arguably the second was even better.

A delightful through ball by Gabe Kempin saw Jake Lawrence sprint beyond the defence and lash a fierce shot with his left foot high into the top corner. Magnificent stuff and only five minutes to go to the half time whistle.

Time enough unfortunately for St John's to get back in the game. Their most talented forward made a little room for himself on the edge of the box before rifling in the top corner. 2-1 at half time.

Early in the second half it was back to a two goal lead. Lucas Avatar-Barnett threaded a through ball to Max Shepherd who battled his way through a couple of defenders to shoot home.

St John's were certainly not giving this one up without a fight. Their second goal came as a forward pounced on a defensive error, the third was a through ball and the shot was excellently saved by Joe Sutton only for the rebound to fall kindly for the attackers to finish into the empty net. The fourth goal was along the same lines as the second - and was scored only two minutes from the end, surely the visitors were going home with all the points.

Then came a finale few will forget, especially the visitors who made two crucial and basic errors. With just a few seconds left, the St John's keeper gathered the ball. All that was needed was a long kick downfield and the final whistle would blow but instead, he placed the ball on the ground trying to waste a few seconds, then picked it up clearly not realising that this was contrary to the laws of the game and resulted in an indirect free-kick 15 yards from goal.

The only option really was for the attack to tap it and strike, but as long as the eleven man wall stands firm a goal is unlikely.

The ball was tapped, some of the wall charged and created a hole through which the ball whistled form Jack Ditty's boot and into the back of the net.

4-4, end of game and a reminder that whatever sport you play, you should really know the Laws.