03 May 2020
U14B and U13B Season Review

Under 14b’s Football Season Report

Although the Under 14b’s has an inconsistent run of match results throughout the school year, one thing Mr Karamath was extremely proud of his team for was their incredible attitude and desire to always give their all; right to their last game. As a school, this is expected as a bare minimum and no matter what level the boys were at, they managed to show this in every game.
The first month for the 14b’s was difficult; an unsettled team and a lack of confidence hit the team hard especially in matches against teams that it was felt we would likely have won against later in the year. However, the three defeats to Sutton Grammar, Trinity and Charter House were soon overshadowed by an excellent 5-4 win against a strong Glyn team. Chris Ofokansi could not be stopped and a few more imperious displays from him and Hanjoon in defence saw them both gain a promotion to the 14a team.
October saw a more settled 14b’s side win 2 out of 2 games against Ardingly and Lingfield. A special mention to Luka and Caleb; who both had a scoring spree in these games. Unfortunately, consistency was lacking and in November we were punished hard in matches against three top schools; Alleyns, Hampton and Glyn, who got their revenge for us beating them earlier in the season. After this, it was noted that the team had to step up their game and begin to believe in themselves. We made a plan to tighten up at the back, keep the score line close (even in losing games) and stay in the game especially going into the second half. With these changes, we reassured the boys – anything can happen. The last game of the year was against our local rivals, Sutton Grammar, who the 14b’s had previously lost to at the beginning of the year. A sold display from our back4, led by our captain Cameron, saw us come away with a 1-1 draw. A resounding improvement. The 14b’s were realising that if they could frustrate the stronger sides, by applying a fair amount of physical pressure, this was resulting in the other team making crucial mistakes. Joseph and Hriday formed an energetic and tenacious partnership in the centre mid field as we moved into the next year.
With Chris promoted to the 14a’s, Philo (after weeks of pestering!) finally got his wish and was put up top. He certainly made his mark with 5 goals in 2 games in which we defeated both City of London and Salesians. Philo left a hole in the right back position which needed filling and Oli Corpe slotted in perfectly. Unfortunately, the inconsistency showed again when the boys lose their next 2 matches. A disappointing 6-1 loss to Ewell Castle, however a few key players were missing and a harsh injury to our keeper Muiz didn’t help, still our self-belief internally seemed to be missing. On the other end of the spectrum, a defeat against Hamptons (a very good side) showed everything we expected from the boys despite the loss. Sometimes, we have to hold our hands up and accept defeat when you play against a top school but the boys showed they believed in themselves in this game and started to realise that there was something in reach within this game, giving them motivation to battle on.
A very enjoyable season came to an end with a comfortable 2-0 win at Sevenoaks. The boys were a pleasure to coach throughout the year. With a bit more physical development, which will come with time, and improvement in concentration levels within crucial moments of the game, the boys will continue to improve and have a bright footballing future at Wilsons.
Thank you
Mr Karamath

Wilson’s U13B Season Report

The U13 B team took some time to get going this season. Matches against Sutton Grammar and Glyn School ended in heavy defeats, losing 6-0 and 9-0 respectively. Perhaps complacency had crept in with limited competition for places over these first couple of matches. Due to a cancelled fixture we had two weeks of training to work together as a group and improve. During this time everyone in the squad continued to show excellent commitment to training and do their best to translate our improvements in training into the following match.
Next, we visited The Harrodian School in some testing conditions. Although a couple of early goals were conceded, Wilsons began to look more threatening in the match as the half progressed and tested the Harrodian keeper on numerous occasions. The Wilsons wingers, Atharva Borkar and Agilan Karunakaran were providing us with some width on the large Harrodian pitch which was drawing the opponents fullbacks out wider. This afforded the likes of Avaneesh Ravindran, Yusuf Ghani and Neo Sherchan more time in possession in central areas. With Wilsons starting to look the stronger side it was no surprise when Atharva snatched a goal just before half time. Another early goal conceded in the second half dampened the spirits of the travelling Wilsons team. Despite being 3-1 down, the Wilsons U13 B team were greatly improved from the first two matches of the season. Wilsons showed good character and resilience as they continued to try and get something from the game and were rewarded with their second goal. A final push for an equaliser in the final 10 minutes of the match left us short in defence and a couple of quickfire goals from the home side dashed any hopes of halting our winless start to the season. However, with an improved performance and better shape to the team the boys were determined to prevent 4 straight losses when facing Royal Russell in early October. We started the game looking solid in defence with Alex Eeles, Minh Vu, Naman Tiwari, and Zohair Khalid providing a robust and powerful back four which was proving difficult to break down for the Royal Russell attack. Daniel Bowers acting as a sweeper goalkeeper was quick to deal with any through balls. Gaining confidence from a good start to the match, we began to look more composed in possession and created chance after chance. Again, Agilan and Yusuf looked particularly dangerous and both chalked up goals and assists as we came home with a deserved 5-0 victory, the first of the season!
Positive performances continued in the next couple of matches against Forest School and Kings College School. Although the fixture against Forest School ended in a 2-1 defeat, we looked competitive throughout the match. We were boosted by Euan Sijmons and Akshay Gopee making their first appearances of the season in midfield. With these two combative midfielders back involved, we continued to look more solid defensively. Highlighted by the dramatic reduction in goals the team conceded during this period. Akshay also chipped in the goal of the season in this match! The ball dropped to Akshay about 25 yards out and after a good first touch smashed the ball into the roof of the net, giving the Forest School goalkeeper no chance. The next fixture against Kings College School kept the good period of performances going. Alex Eeles looked dangerous in midfield and created good chances for teammates throughout. Yohann Philipose kept things simple but effective, making good decisions in possession. A 4-2 win was slightly flattering with Ryan Sharp having to pull off some superb saves as he did on numerous occasions throughout the season.
After another tough period in the season, having to face Whitgift School, Brentwood School, Glyn School, we then revisited Kings College School again. Ashutosh Chauhan had recently been selected for the side after some good performances for the C team. A lot of our chances started with Ash moving the ball to teammates in space very well. Justin Zhang used his speed and power well to provide a threat down the right-hand side. After going in at half time 2-0 up, complacency showed in the second half. We took our foot off the gas and let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2. However, there was no time to dwell on the result as we visited Salesians College 4 days later. This was an absolute thriller drawing 3-3 thanks to goals from Justin, Askay and Agilan. Some heavy defeats followed against Hampton and Dulwich, prompting the inclusion of Dave Meinson-Babu and Seeralan Thavanayagam. These two improved the quality of the squad and provided a different type of attacking threat. The U13B team season finished on a high beating St Dunstan’s College convincingly with goals coming from all over the pitch. Ash, Avaneesh, Seeralan and Dave were amongst those on the scoresheet.
I would like to thank both Kai Shields and Edmund Lionel who featured on numerous occasions throughout the season and put in some solid performances whenever called upon! Finally, thankyou to all parents for your continued support throughout the season and I hope the boys all look forward to plenty more football at Wilsons School.

Mr Palmer