26 Apr 2020
2nd XI Season Review

Wilsons Football 2nd XI - End of Season Report 2019/20

This was definitely a season of two halves! The season started with a couple of warm up games, the first being at Tunbridge away under the heading of 4th XI. The second under the heading 2nd X1. Both games were to try and give me an insight as to how to give the boys the best opportunity to play in their favoured positions. This was proven to be quite a challenge as both teams were made up of boys who felt they were best played as CDM’s. The first game away to Tunbridge ended in a (3-1) defeat but we bounced back in the second game with a (3-2) win against Trinity. The highlight of this game being a 20 yard strike from Luca Reddy five minutes from time to win us the game, and he would go on to become the second team Captain with George Read as Vice Captain. Next up was Alleyn’s which was our first midweek home fixture. Playing with an old school 4-4-2 formation everything went to plan and we ended with a comfortable (5-1) win. The newly paired strikers Ben Kabir and Charlie Johnson bagging a pair each. Fiachra chipping in with the 5th from a set piece…..happy days! In our first home fixture on a Saturday we were to unfortunately bought back down to earth with a (3-1) defeat against Sutton Grammar. It was time to shuffle the pack. With a new line-up, but still experimenting, our next fixture was against Whitgift at home. At half time we were 1-0 up, so in steps the manager with a rousing half time team talk and the game was to finish with an emphatic 6-0 win! Kabir, Reddy and Williamson a brace each. The next two schools were away and were to end in draws (2-2) and (1-1) - these were against Harrodian’s and Ardingly. We then had a return fixtures against Trinity (5-1 win) and Sutton Grammar (4-0 win). Highlight of the Trinity game was Anthony Edan bagging his first and being MVP. The Sutton game was sweet revenge for our loss earlier in the season and goals from the usual suspects Kabir, Williamson and Johnson. Next up were Boxhill and Bedes which were both wins (3-1) and (3-2)……. we were in a roll! Unfortunately this was to end with a loss of 6-1 to Royal Russell, failing in all areas. With no time to dwell on such matters we faced KCS Wimbledon winning (2-1). With a loss to Harrow 2-1 away from home we bounced back with our best football yet beating Kingston Grammar 8-0 away. Highlights of this game were undoubtedly the goal of the season by Leon Kapszewicz, who cut out a cross in his own 18 yard box and ran to almost the half way line. Laying the ball hard to his right, he then carried on his run, collecting the ball from a nifty back heel flick and he slotted the ball just inside the left hand post from 8 yards out! We now enter the festive season of December and the boy's focus was on Christmas! Also a couple of key players had become unavailable due to injuries so there was no surprising that the next game was a 5-2 loss to Richard Challoner, followed by two draws against two very physical opponents which were Gordons (1-1) and Glynn (4-4). We were to finish the first half of the season on a high with a (7-0) win against Sutton Grammar. So far we had played 18 games against 15 different schools scoring 59 goals and conceding 30. We had won 10 - drawn 4 - and lost 4 so we were all feeling pretty pleased and our targets met.

We started the new year and second half of the season with a warm up with our U16A team after drawing (0-0) at half time we ended with a (2-0) loss. Our lack of fitness was showing. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, continued injuries and university visits the squad was depleted and we raiding the 4th team for players. This meant that our upcoming fixtures were never going to be easy. On top of this we were then broken the news that due to the success of our 1st XI we were going to step up and play their fixtures for them and so followed 5 defeats on the bounce. A couple of the highlights were Adam Mountain and Zain Mirza who had now solidified their places in the team after being plucked from the 4th’s as well as Tom Malcolm becoming a permanent fixture for the 1’s. Also the boys having to play out of their usual positions and still turning up week after week and showing passion and belief! The boys were also asked by Mr Wells to play in the Sutton Cup in place of the 1st team and did Wilson’s proud by beating Carshalton Boys (1-0) in the quarter finals. A (5-3) win against Sutton yet again and we were back on track. Next up was John Fisher in the semi final of the Sutton Cup and the dream of a final to come. Unfortunately after drawing (0-0) we managed to throw it away with some soft penalties. That was to be our last game of the season due to the school closure. I would also like to put in a special mention to Luca Reedy and George Read for being Captain and Vice Captain of the team. So although the second half at times was frustrating with availability, it has been a pleasure to take charge of the team this season. Hopefully some of the boys will be with us next year, and I wish those that are in U6thand therefore leaving us all the luck for their futures.

Mr Cody