13 Oct 2020
Short Half - Sports Report 3

Short Half - Sports Report 3

Golf v Bradfield

The golfers made their competitive debut for the season last week with a couple of matches against Bradfield. The U16s played away last Tuesday and went down 2.5-0.5. The pairings of Taanvir Sood and Lucas Ali Hassan went down 3&2, Hugh Williamson-Jones and Freddy Fisher lost their match 4&2 but Harry Xu and Jamie Cotterell halved their match to prevent the whitewash. On Thursday the U18s also struggled in their matches, losing 3.5-0.5. There were losses in the singles for Tim Kashirin and Kushe Saggi and David Wu and Taanvir Sood lost their fourball. Adrien Joly grabbed a half in his singles match to provide a positive end to the match.

Jordan Thompson competed in the HMC singles last Tuesday but found the going tough in poor weather conditions finishing 24th overall.

Soccer v Harrow School

Winchester College 1st XI had their first away fixture of the season at Harrow. After a good journey we started brightly, scoring after 5 minutes following a good team move down the right and smart finish from Adrian Lallia. Disappointingly, we had a couple of chances before that but were unable to finish and just one minute later were made to pay. Perhaps a little dangerously we tried to let the ball run out of play but Harrow nicked the ball and played it across the box for the equaliser. We played some really good stuff but were unable to put away the chances we created.

As the game looked to be heading for a draw we were caught out from our own attacking corner. Harrow countered quickly and with several players caught out of position we got punished. With the game running down we pushed players forward seeking to level the game but then conceded at the death. The Harrow centre back struck with an excellent header into the top corner.

Overall, it was a frustrating afternoon as I felt we played some really good football but got punished on the break. Winchester L3-1 (JRD)

The 2nd XI match was a very close and hard fought game which ultimately saw us go down to a goal scored midway through the first half. At the time the goal was slightly against the run of play, but we should acknowledge it was a superb individual effort from the Harrow player. However, one could argue he should not have been allowed to run with the ball for so long, avoiding at least 3 challenges on his way!

In the second half, we had several good chances, but alas either our final touch or delivery into the box just let us down. I was really pleased with the overall team shape, commitment and desire of the team and if the boys continue to work hard I am sure their fortunes will change in the coming weeks. L1-0 (PNG)

The Senior Colts welcomed Harrow to the hallowed turf of Doggers, hoping to maintain the fine start to the season. Being at home enabled an extended squad to be part of the fixture and, more importantly, continue their development into potential 1st XI players over the next two years.

Although the opening exchanges were fairly even, the players themselves had made the stated aim of being more effective in possession and stronger in their 50:50 challenges and these two targets were being met as the game progressed. Picking up plenty of second balls the Sen Colts began to dominate territory and possession but the often-used punditry cliché of “no end product” was particularly applicable. With five substitutes available the first rotation occurred midway through the first half and midfield maestro Seb Fennel, returning after injury, made an immediate impact. With a deft swivel he lost his marker, drove forward an unleashed a rasping shot which the opposition keeper parried. Harrow failed to clear their lines and skipper Hugo Barnes nipped in to poach the opener. For the remainder of the second half Wincoll were on top; wing backs Paviour and Del Mar worked the flanks tirelessly and keeper Will Whitehead confidently swept up the odd Harrow attack. It was from one of these attacks that saw the best move of the game. The ball was played out from the back with a nice interchange between Minko and Paviour. As the ball was played into Fennell he beat his man with ease and relayed the ball to the right wing where Barnes had made an intelligent run. Driving towards the bye-line Barnes delivered a threatening cross and although a Harrow defender got his head to the ball it was met by Sasha Del Mar on the edge of the box who struck a great shot into the net to double the lead.

Playing up the slope and into the breeze in the second half Wincoll didn’t quite maintain the same fluidity and the ball movement was a fraction slower. This gave Harrow more possession and they began to apply more pressure. With six centre backs in the match day squad they all saw game time and despite the numerous rotations, were able to maintain a solid and cohesive structure against this pressure. The effort levels in midfield were shared which allowe continue to break up attacks with a toe-in here and there. The front pair of Barnes and Paddy Ritchie worked the channels and pressured the Harrow defenders incessantly. Harrow went close a couple of times as did Wincoll and we almost struck for a third time when Fennell’s long-range effort was well saved by the Harrow keeper. In the end a well-deserved 2-0 victory with plaudits from peers on the side-lines, the opposition member of staff and importantly, the referee who wanted to commend the boys not just for their ability but also the manner in which they played the game. W2-0 (MSB)

This weekend sees the biggest fixture of the term with nine matches against Bradfield College. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI’s travel to Bradfield along with the U15A&B teams whilst the Senior Colts A&B and Yearling A&B teams host their opposite numbers.

Sporting quote for the week:

“Average players are interested in how good they look. Great players are interested in how well they play.”

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport

Winchester College

13th October 2020