Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School 1st XI vs  Aylesbury Grammar School
On: Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019
Venue: at Home

Blue Coat 1st's put on a scintillating performance against a strong Aylesbury side running out deserved 5-2 winners and everyone making big contributions to the success. MOM was tough with six or seven in contention but it just goes to James Henry for his brace of goals and his relentless effort in midfield.

Aylesbury definitely had the best of the early exchanges and it took a seemingly impossible save on the goal-line (VAR did not intervene!) by Dan Algar to keep the score level, but Blue Coat looked dangerous on the break. This showed shortly after with two scoring counter-attacks in quick succession and goals from Josh Harris and James Henry,

So all of a sudden, and seemingly against the general run of play, we were 2-0 ahead and suddenly looking to boss the game. Now everyone was sharp into the tackle and the opposition seemed to lose some of their discipline and cohesion.

After several further chances, we extended the lead with another excellent persistent effort from Mike Green, who built on the work of others and fought his way through before making an angle to slot the ball home.

A rare slip in defence cost us a goal just before half-time but we were well worth the lead at the break.

James Henry added to the lead fairly early in the second half and it could easily have been more. Aylesbury could argue that they created chances too, and eventually, they put one of them away on the counter-attack of their own.

Another goal conceded at that point would have made it interesting but opportunities were available at both ends, with both 'keepers making great saves, with Dan Algar turning in a season's best effort in goal. The midfield dynamos of Josh Harris, Nick Evans and James Henry, and the decisive and positive nature of our transition game both ways gave us a definite edge in the contest.

Harry William took on the role as the holding midfield player and sniffed out, then snuffed out opposition threats in a terrific effort that we want to be produced throughout the season. With an early injury to Cam Ireland, Toby Greatwood moved in from full-back to centre-back alongside Kieran Burgess, and along with both full-backs, Aidan Sinclair and Mike Cullen, we looked solid and compact in defence.

It was good to have Will Good back from injury, and he and Will Tate caused problems down the left all game.

Mike Green put the result beyond doubt with a neat close-range finish from a James Henry cross but this really was an improved all-round performance compared to last week and sets the bar high for our first TVL league game next week.