Player of the Week
Joe (Year 12) has been an inspirational captain for the 4th XI this year both on and off the field. This week it was his football that did the talking as he scored a stunning hat-trick. Another player to get a hat-trick was Avaneesh (Year 11) who was everywhere for the 5th XI against KCS (photo below right). Freddie (Yr 12) was a giant for the 1st XI, producing one of his best displays for the school in a tireless performance.
In the same game football prefect Craig (Year 13) wins player of the week, saving the final penalty in the 1st XI’s dramatic win over Epsom (photo below left). It was just reward for Craig, who has shown unwavering commitment to the 1st XI and Wilson’s football.
Team of the Week
Two senior teams, the 4th XI and 5th XI, had convincing wins in midweek away to KCS. Despite losing, the U12B’s and U13B’s showed encouraging signs in two brave performances away to strong Whitgift teams.
Team of the week is the 1st XI (photo below), who put in their best display of the season to beat a very strong Epsom College team in the Surrey Cup. Despite going 2-0 down, they were relentless in fighting back and got back into the game with goals from Freddie (Year 12) and Matt (Year 12). Then followed one of the moments of the season, as fourteen players in yellow shirts engulfed goalkeeper Craig after he saved the final penalty to win.
Wilson’s 1st XI 2 VS 2 Epsom College
Wilson’s win 5-4 on penalties
The 1st XI’s defence of their Surrey crown continued against a much-fancied Epsom College team, now coached by former Director of Sport Mr Parkinson.
Wilson’s started strong, working hard to win as many second balls as we could. The midfield trio of Asa (Year 11), Dhillon (Year 13) and Freddie (Year 12) were impressive in midfield. The rough surface meant both sides found it difficult to control the ball and there were few chances. Despite our strong start, we went 1-0 down after 20 minutes on to a penalty. We continued to match Epsom but then disaster struck just before half time as we conceded a second goal from a great strike from the Epsom number 9.
Some teams would have felt sorry for themselves after finding themselves 2-0 down undeservedly, but we came out for the second half more determined to fight harder than ever.
We created chance after chance with Jaemin (Year 11) and Nazar (Year 12) both going close. Hope came when the inspirational Freddie (Year 12) found some space to get a shot off and found the bottom corner with a left foot cannon. We thought we had equalised, when brilliant work from Jadon (Year 13) enabled Jaemin to take it around the keeper—and hit the post with an empty net in front of him!
Our tenacity finally paid off when Matt (Year 12) landed the equaliser with a header from Harry’s (Year 12) corner. Now it was a relentless charge of yellow jerseys driving forward, but we were unable to find the winner. Penalties would decide both teams' fate.
After all the squad practising in training Tuesday, the five chosen takers were picked quickly. Freddie took first, slotting it in the corner, sending the keeper the wrong way. Epsom then scored theirs and it continued in the same fashion with Harry, Asa and Hari all scoring their penalties. It was down to the final penalty. Rami (Year 13) walked up and coolly slotted his penalty to the keeper's left. It was simple now: Epsom had to score. The Epsom number 5 hit it to the left, but Craig had guessed the right way and stopped it with a strong hand. A brilliant performance from all the side, and now another home tie against Overton or Royal Russell awaits.
Wednesday 16th November
VS KCS (Friendlies)
2ND XI Lost 5-2
3rd XI Drew 4-4
4th XI Won 6-2
5th XI Won 5-0
VS Brampton Manor (National Cup)
1st XI Lost 3-1
Saturday 19th November
VS Epsom College (Surrey Cup)
1st XI won 5-4 on pens (2-2 AET)
VS Whitgift (Friendlies)
3rd XI Won 2-0
U15A Lost 3-2
U15B Lost 9-0
U14A Lost 4-1
U14B Lost 6-2
U13A Lost 3-0
U13B Lost 3-1
U12B Lost 1-0
U12C Lost 9-0
U13D Lost 3-0