26 Apr 2020
U15A Season Review

U15A Season Report – 2019/20

The U15s had a mixed season overall and one that, on reflection, they will feel a little bit frustrated about. However, with this in mind they have proven that they do have what it takes to become an excellent 3rd XI next year with some of the boys really ‘knocking on the door’ of the 1st XI.

The season started with a long away trip to Tonbridge to play Tonbridge’s U16A’s. With the promise of some excellent match teas post game, this definitely spurred Madani on who took 2 well taken goals in a resounding 9-0 victory – Mr Parkinson was the main benefactor here as he “ate better than he ever does at home”. We won’t tell Mrs Parkinson! On the 14th September the U15’s had their first home game of the season and the buzz of the first Saturday fixture of the year against local rivals Sutton Grammar. Playing on the break, Madani scored an outstanding 30 yard lob and Tom doubled the lead with an equally fine effort. Sutton Grammar levelled the game before Guy scored to make it 3-2. Resolute defending from Hari, Jadon and some excellent saves from Craig saw the game out for a well deserved win. The early season form continued as the following Saturday Glyn came to Mollison Drive. The boys put in arguable their best performance of the season as they ran out 5-1 winners. Playing with aggression, they defended well and played the ball forward with great direction, always asking questions of the Glyn defence. Guy bagged a hattrick and the boys were ecstatic after the game. The boys then, believe it or not, travelled to play Charterhouse away on the same day! Despite being the better side throughout the majority of the game, it was clear to see how tired the legs were as former Chelsea player Scott Parker’s son scored a hattrick for the opposition in a 3-1 loss.

Next, the first round of the national cup beckoned as the U15s hosted Harris Chafford. In a one sided affair, Wilson’s ran out 9-3 winners with Dubem, Guy, Madani, Folaju and Josiah all on the scoresheet. The next round came quickly as Ravens Wood travelled to Wilson’s to play in a ‘ding dong’ affair. Marcus and Dubem were influential in midfield as the boys managed to score 4 well taken goals through Guy and Dubem. However it was the wind and slope that made the difference as the boys also conceded 4 in the second half! With no goals in extra time it was to penalties to decide the fixture. Unfortunately, it just didn’t go our way as Ravens Wood won 4-3 on penalties. Trinity followed in what was the poorest performance of the season so far, losing 4-1 to a good side. Keen to bounce back, they travelled to Ardingly the following morning to play against a strong independent school. Following a long walk to the pitch, the boys performed admirably in a hostile game. Aravindh was a stand out performer at right back as well as Arthur and Hari marshalling things well in the middle. With the game at 0-0 with 5 minutes to play, it was Marcus who thread Guy through on goal who forced a great save from the keeper before Ardignly went back down the other end and earnt a touch and go penalty. With the boys chasing the game they succumbed to another goal on the break to go down 2-0. The poor run of results continued as we travelled to Lingfield with a weakened side. Folaju gave us the lead before we missed a number of chances that came back to haunt them as they then conceded 3 to lose 3-1 in a very disappointing performance. As was the theme of the season, the boys bounced back quickly to put in an outstanding display in the cup against St Aloyusians 4-0. Lewis had his best game of the season as did Arthur and Jindu at the back. This was clearly the standard the boys knew they had to keep if they were to push on and have a successful year.

Following the half term break it was last year’s National Cup winners Royal Russell who visited Mollison Drive first. The boys put in a flat performance without the required grit and passion that we come to expect to lose 8-1. The poor form continued as they were knocked out of national cup by St Clement Danes in a 3-1 loss – missing Guy, the team did everything but score as they conceded another 2 late goals in a scoreline that doesn’t reflect the game well. It was clear the boys needed a lift and it came in the form of a global superstar – David Beckham! Playing Harrodian away, the boys were playing against Beckham’s son, Cruz, and with David on the sideline they most definitely upped their game. Guy scored a 30 yard stunner in a 3-1 win and the boys even got a picture with Beckham after the game! Unfortunately this win was an anomaly in a poor half term as Glyn and Sutton Grammar reversed early season results with the boys losing 3-1 and 4-1 respectively. Josiah did score a goal to remember against Glyn and Rami came up from the B’s to put in an impressive performance against Sutton Grammar. With poor form does come more shots conceded and it was at this stage of the season that Craig really came into his own in goal. In every game he made some outstanding saves and kept us in matches – the extra hours of practice were really coming into fruition and lots of opposition coaches noted how impressive they were with his shot stopping ability. Hopefully he will keep growing on and off the field!

Following the Christmas break it was Mr Parkinson who had the pleasure of taking the team on the long away trip to Brentwood. The boys certainly performed in front of the Director of Sport who noted excellent performances from Jadon, Marcus and Jindu in a great all round display. The form continued against Glenthorne in the Sutton cup who were defeated 3-1 thanks to goals from Dubem and Guy. The following Saturday saw Salesians visit the school with a depleted side on show due to the silver DofE expedition taking place. With a number of the B’s playing, the team fought hard, but it was the performance of Jindu that caught the eye. Playing like Emile Heskey in his hay day he was fighting off defenders and proving very effective up front as a hold up man to earn himself a well-deserved, and perhaps rare, goal. The Surrey Cup was up next as the boys travelled to Richard Challenor in ice cold, wet conditions. Despite both teams having chances, they could not be separated at half time, so it was on to penalties again and unfortunately things hadn’t improved from the spot since the start of the season and the boys lost 3-1 to crash out the cup. Hampton were up next and despite taking the lead, the old enemy of the wind and slope came back to haunt the team in a 5-1 loss – Craig doing well to keep many shots out as well as Arthur doing his best to maintain things at the back and Lewis fighting valiantly throughout. Folaju also had his first run out at centre back. Modelling himself on Alan Hansen, he was flying out of the line to make challenges everywhere! However with risk also comes consequences as Hampton were able to find some holes in the back 4 to score some well taken goals. Sevenoaks were up next and this saw a few goal of the season contenders. Firstly, Hari scored an excellent 25 yard drive before Guy went one better and scored from 40 yards! Mr Wells commenting saying it was like watching Steven Gerrard strike the ball in his prime! The season finished with two disappointing results. A frustrating result saw the boys go down 3-2 to Greenshaw before the boys put in an outstanding display against Forest despite losing 2-1. Dubem scored a goal very similar to Michael Thomas’s famous goal at Anfield in ‘89 before Forest equalized. With both teams pushing for the winner, Wilson’s did everything but score as Josiah hit the post and Dhillon went close. It was from a Wilson’s corner that the game was decided as Forest hit Wilson’s on the break to take the winner in the dying moments.

This proved to be the last game of the season for the U15A’s this year. The boys can reflect well on what has been an up and down season overall. The year group have proven that they have what it takes to be a successful group, however lapses in concentration has let them down at times. It is clear to see that attitude is everything in school football, and when this is right the team look unbeatable, however the sea saw also shows the vulnerability. Plenty more football awaits the boys at Wilson’s as they progress into senior football next year. A fun, charismatic group who have the ability to blossom into a fantastic team if they put their minds to it. I wish them all the best of the luck in the future. Well done.

Craig, Jadon, Arivindh, Jindu, Arthur, Hari, Marcus, Lewis, Josiah, Madani, Dhillon, Guy, Dubem, Folaju, Tom, Rami

Squad (From left to right)
Top: Madani, Arivindh, Folaju, Guy ©, Hari, Janam, Jindu
Bottom: Marcus, Lewis, Craig, Tom, Josiah, Jadon
Missing: Dubem, Rami, Arthur, Dhillon

Played: 23
Won: 9
Lost: 14
Goals For: 64
Goals Against: 65

Games of the season: Glyn (H) 5-1 W, St Aloysians RC (A) 4-0 W.