Played Won Drew Lost Goals For Goals Against
15 5 2 8 16 41
The season was one of mixed fortunes for the U12s. They often met opposition who were older, bigger and stronger, which meant they had to work very hard to compete.
They showed promise in their early games against both Millfield and Bryanston, having the lion’s share of the game against Millfield and with Charlie Harrigan getting his name on the scoresheet. They struggled to contain a couple of outstanding players in the match against Lord Wandsworth and were beaten comprehensively by the older boys, whilst against Stroud U13, KES were under extreme pressure for the first 10 minutes but gradually found their feet and took the lead through Henry Compton before Stroud evened things up towards the final whistle. In the B match, KES had the slight edge with Nick Ashleigh giving KES the lead and Tom Rugge-Price making it 2-0.
Against PGS and St Georges the squad had to adapt to playing 7 a side, something which the opposition do regularly. Honours were shared against PGS, with the A team losing and the Bs dominating their game (Will Thompson and Mathew Man scoring), but St Georges were far more skilled in the game of 7s and both KES teams were outplayed. The 7s games against Stroud were keenly contested, with all goalkeepers having plenty to do. Back to a full pitch, the A and B team lost against Churchers College but the A team played some of their best hockey against the KES U13B side and both sets of parents were treated to a good display of hockey during the match, with the U12s eventually wining 1 – 0. The next week the U12 B team played a similar U13 side. The U12s played well but a goal in each half gave the U13s victory.
Despite more losses than wins, the season was enjoyable. Large numbers regularly attended practices and the boys approached everything in the right spirit, listening to advice and training hard. As they grow and gain experience, they will become more confident at moving the ball around the pitch quickly and accurately but they must be careful to keep their shape when under pressure. There is, however, no doubt that they have the potential to develop into a strong side.
A v Millfield U14 C Drew 1 - 1
A v Bryanston U14 C Lost 0 - 2
A v PGS (7’s) Lost 0 - 3
B v PGS (7’s) Won 2 - 0
A v Ryde cancelled
A v Stroud U13 Drew 1 – 1
B v Stroud Won 2 - 0
A v Lord Wandsworth U13 Lost 0 – 5
A v St Georges (7’s) Lost 2 – 8
B v St Georges (7’s) Lost 0 – 8
A v U13B Won 1 – 0
B v U13B Lost 0 – 2
B v Churchers B Lost 6 – 2
B 7’s v Stroud Won 2 – 0
C 7’s v Stroud Won 3 – 1
A v Churchers A Lost 4 - 0