The boys had mixed results on Saturday, with success for many and tough games for others. The week ended well, though.
The 1st team suffered its second consecutive 2-1 defeat against a strong Tonbridge side. They gave their opponents a good game, especially in the second half, but despite another goal from Callum Holland (Rn) and James Webster’s (Fa) best efforts they could not claim a draw.
After a good start last week, most of the other senior sides found the going tougher against Tonbridge, whose strength in depth showed clearly with some emphatic victories. Many of the scores exaggerate the difference between the teams, but the fact that goalkeepers Harry Lee (H) and James Towson (Fa) were among the players of the match suggests Epsom teams were under pressure for much of these games. Others to stand out this week include Jack Briggs (P) for the 2nd team, Lucas Fildes (C) for the 3rds and Harryth Putra (Fa) for the 4ths.
In the juniors, there were better results against Tonbridge, with three draws and a one-goal defeat for the U16 and U15 A and B teams.
Josh Shayesteh (Rn) shone as the U16As came back to draw 1-1 Henry Dalton (P) with the goal. The B team also drew thanks to a towering display at the back from Alex Rose (C) and a great free kick from Max Doyle (G).
Max Way (C) and Aryan Sadhu (F) stood out in the C and D team losses.
In the U15s the A team had a frustrating one-goal loss, going down 2-1 having led for much of the game after Charley Redknapp’s (G) great finish, while Zach Alfalahi (C) really stood out in this game.
The Bs drew 0-0, but the Cs and Ds both lost despite decent performances.
In the U14s, there were six teams (A-F) playing against Sevenoaks and Brighton, and all but one side won their matches.
The A team controlled their game, winning 6-2, with two goals for Will Raymond (P) in a match where Sam Waugh (F) played superbly.
The Bs won 4-1 thanks to a great display by Vlad Drobnokhod (G), the Cs won 9-1 with a hat-trick for Harry Boxer (G) and an all-round defensive masterclass from George Holmes (G).
The Ds won 5-3 with two goals for Fraser Law (Rn), while the Es won 5-1, Julian Pearl (C) scoring another two goals along with James Draper (Rn)
In the Lower School the opposition, Latymer Upper, proved strong across all the teams and only the U13As had any success, winning 6-3. Seumas Brown (Wa) scored four goals and Joss Wells (Hu) twice, while Milo FitzHugh (Wa) showed his class in this impressive victory.
The other sides all lost, but not without character and spirit being shown by all Epsom sides.
In midweek, matches for the U16s and U15s against Wellington and Brentwood resulted in four wins and a draw.
The U16As and Bs returned from Berkshire having beaten Wellington 4-0 and 1-0 respectively.
The U15As drew 0-0 with their visitors from Essex, but the Bs and Cs both won.