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This Saturday the Under 16A football team were crowned Southern Independent Schools Lent Term League champions. Competing against teams such as Tonbridge, St Paul's and Harrow the boys faced some of the best footballing schools in the South East.
With an impressive opening victory against Tonbridge (5-0) the Under 16A side continued to dictate the pace with a 4-0 win against Berkhamsted, whom they had drawn with the previous year. Their winning run continued with victories against Radley and Haileybury which positioned them to face Harrow and St Paul’s respectively.
On their expansive first team pitch, Harrow started at a phenomenal pace. However, a neatly taken free kick by Billy Lee and an Owen Rowlands counter attack gave St John’s a 2-0 lead. Harrow scored twice to even the score but St John’s dug in and scored a well-deserved point. It was a great effort from the whole squad. The boys performed in the next fixture beating St Paul’s (3-1) and Oratory (12-1) winning the League with a game to spare.
A final game played against Wellington on home turf ended with a presentation of the league trophy to the team. With 38 goals scored (11 by Ben Bayly) and only 4 conceded St John’s certainly earned the 2017 league trophy.
Joe Pepper, Head of Football commented "The boys, led superbly by Ben Bayly, should be exceptionally proud of their achievement especially since they are the first St John's side to win the Under 16 League since 2009. This has been the highlight of the season, and we hope it is a sign of good things to come for the football side."
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