football team had a fantastic, unbeaten season.  In most of their matches, they were simply too good for the opposition, with particularly impressive wins against Cranmore, Westbourne House, The Harrodian, Eagle House, Hurstpierpoint and Highfield. There was some excellent football played over the course of the season and it was the team ethic which shone through with no fewer than seven different players getting on the score sheet.

Hugo W was a strong keeper who added much to the team, particularly with his distribution and talk. When called upon he was an excellent shot stopper and a record of only conceding seven goals over the course of the season is a remarkable achievement.

In the defence the ever reliable Max D, one of last year’s stand out performers was joined by Max M and Harry L. Both performed admirably over the season and grew in stature and confidence. As well as being dogged defenders, they were also calm and composed on the ball and distributed it superbly.

The central midfield axis revolved around the talents of Sam T and Will W (Co-captains and two year veterans of the side) and Oli Witts who seemed to grow in stature and composure over the season. Sam and Will were both instrumental in the team’s successes,with Sam adding some real zip to the attack and Will the defensive rock which enabled others to play.

Width in midfield came from Ruiairi J and Finn T, both of whom contributed well, with Finn offering pace and strength and Ruiairi his tactical and positional nous.

The forward positions were shared between Jacob H (another two year veteran) and newcomers Luke C, James P and Luca LC. Jacob scored some unbelievable goals over the season and was joined at the party by the other three. Luke, after suffering a terrible accident early in the season, grew ever more influential as the season progressed. James was always a handful and struck the ball as hard as anyone I have seen at this age. Although a bit awkward at times, he never gave less than his best and was the team’s top scorer. Luca also weighed in with his fair share of goals playing much of the season in his cast.1st football

As well as 11-a-side success, the team also performed well in tournament play reaching the semi-finals of the Parkside tournament and the quarters of the regionals. They were always so close to going that one step further and were never really bested by anyone.

Team coach, Mark Halstead, says “During my 15 years at Cranleigh, this must rank as one of the best 1st XI to take the field.  Their record speaks for itself, with the only loss coming against a strong Downsend unit in the semi-final of the Surrey Cup.  There are many memories that will stand out from the season.. Jacob’s strikes at the Parkside tournament, Sam’s wonderful headed goals, Oli’s left footed goal, Hugo’s save against Downsend, the defensive play of the three terriers at the back but perhaps most significantly the enjoyment that the team had. They have been a joy to take this season and it has been a privilege to share in their success.  I cannot praise them highly enough.  Many thanks as always to the groundsmen and the loyal parents who supported and shared in the team’s successes through rain and shine.”

Played Won Draw Lost Goals for: Goals against:
10 7 2 1 36 7