Player of the Week
Zayn (Yr 11) covered every blade of grass in a man of the match performance for the U16As and in the other U16 game Caleb (Yr 11) was instrumental in their win. Dhillon (Yr 12) continued his good from the summer with two fine goals for the U17s. Matthew (Yr 11) scored on his 1st XI competitive debut with a composed finish and player of the week comes from the 1st XI with Kwesi (Yr 13) putting in a complete performance. He finished the game with two assists and two goals, one being an early goal of the season contender.
Team Of The Week
It was a good opening weekend with the 1st XI, U17As, U16As and U16Bs all registering comprehensive wins. The U17As played some excellent attacking football while the 1st XI and U16As got the always important clean sheet. Team of the week are the 5th XI (pictured above) who won 4-0 with a promising team display.
Pictured above: Kwesi, Player of the Week (left) and Matthew (right)
Wilson’s 1st XI 4 vs 0 Tonbridge
After an intense pre-season at Mollison Drive, the first eleven arrived on Saturday morning in high anticipation of their first run out of the season. Always a tough opening opposition, Tonbridge started the game on the front foot by asserting themselves as the physically dominant side. Goalkeeper Ellis (Yr 13) was tested early on but proved impermeable as ever while allowing his side to grow into the game.
It was not long before Wilson's had managed to manoeuvre the ball around an aggressive press to the feet of Kwesi (Yr 13) on the left flank, who beat his man effortlessly before squaring the ball to newly converted centre forward Tom (Yr 13). Facing an empty net, the captain was greeted by Kwesi's tidy run with an easy tap in. 1-0 Wilson's. The rest of the opening half lacked quality in both final thirds, with a hard-fought battle unfolding between midfielders Clint, Tobi, George (all Yr 13) and their Tonbridge Counterparts. However, credit remains with the Wilsons defensive duo of Jasper (Yr 13) and Harry (Yr 11), who continued to prove themselves as a reliable pair. Despite some good performances, the boys went in at the break with the knowledge that far more would be needed to see them gain their first win of the season.
After a typically inspiring half time team talk from Mr Wells, Wilson's came out a new side in the second half. Winning more second balls in the opening five minutes than the entirety of the first half, it was inevitable that the Tonbridge defence would soon come under pressure. And that it did, as it was not long into the latter forty-five that Kwesi had got himself on the scoresheet with a calmly slotted finish after finding himself one on one with the keeper. 2-0 Wilsons. Only a matter of minutes later, an intelligent Joel (Yr 13) pass saw Kwesi add to his own fun with an audacious thirty yard shot on goal, which the keeper could only watch as it sailed into the back of the net. 3-0 Wilson's, with an early goal of the season contender. With the deal sealed, debutant Mathew (Yr 11) couldn't help but add himself to the score sheet in the dying moments of the game, latching on to a precise Kwesi through ball and keeping his composure to kill the game. 4-0 Wilsons.
A scrappy game against a physical and sharp Tonbridge side, but a win nonetheless to kick start the first eleven's season. Special mention to Freddie (Yr 11), Jindu (Yr 12), Hari (Yr 12), Harry (Yr 11) and Matthew (Yr 11) for all making their full season debuts for the 1s.
Match Report: 1st XI Captain Tom (Yr 13)
It has been two years since we were able to play Tonbridge in our usual season opener, so it was fantastic to see the boys playing again. It was a promising opening fixture with good wins for four out of the five teams. A big well done to all the boys, it was a fantastic effort to get over 70 boys playing football before school has started and they were praised by the opposition for not only their performance but also their sporting behaviour.
Saturday 4 September, 2021
Wilson’s vs. Tonbridge
1st XI won 4 - 0
2nd XI lost 1 - 2
3rd XI won 4 - 2
4th XI won 3 - 0
5th XI won 4 - 0