Match Report
The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School Boys-U18A vs  Aylesbury Grammar School
On: Wednesday, 18 Dec 2019
Venue: at Home

Habs faced a traditionally tough last fixture of the term against Aylesbury Grammar. The fact that the game went ahead was testament to the work of the ground staff who got the pitch playable despite the heavy rain that had fallen recently. Aylesbury certainly looked like a team that had gone the whole term unbeaten and were dominant in all areas for the first 10 minutes as Habs struggled to even get out of their own half. Resolute defending by the back four of Zak Rickless, Zack Francis, Ben Bellman and Ethan Myers with excellent support from the midfield trio of Dan Rossiter, Henry Mattey and Matt Cohen kept chances to a minimum and as the first half progressed the home team began to get a foothold in the game. On a heavy pitch, the introduction of the lively Hugo Bach and Alexis Alexandrou gave the team an energy boost and a wicked cross from Viren Dulabh was converted by Ed Cleaver who had timed his run perfectly. Aylesbury reacted positively and always looked dangerous and their pressure paid off just before half time when a powerful deflected shot found its way into the bottom corner. The second half began at a frantic pace with both teams having chances but on the hour Habs scored from an in-swinging Ben Bellman free kick which deceived the goalkeeper and found the bottom corner. Aylesbury really stepped up their level and only the brilliance of keeper Kaz Yurtseven and some heroic defending denied them an equaliser. However, with 10 minutes to go their pressure did pay off when an excellent move down the left wing ended with a low pinpoint cross which was finished at the far post. Against such a strong side, a draw would have been a good result but the Habs boys went looking for a winner. With the light fading and only seconds left on the clock, a brilliant run and cross from Joe Santhouse was converted by the excellent Remy Sanders to secure a memorable victory.

Man of the Match – Ben Bellman