WEFC Team (4-2-3-1):
GK: George Watkins
Defence: Harry Johnson, Stan Hamblin (capt), Charlie Williams, Matt Gofton
Midfield: Oliver Vickers, James Bridges; James Starkey, Josef Lamberton, Kai Evans
Attack: Matt Rogers
Subs: Milo van Vliet, Luke Johnson, Nathan Mulvaney
Goals: Kai Evans, Nathan Mulvaney
Man-of-the-match Award: Harry Johnson
Despite a strong second half performance Wokingham & Emmbrook FC U14 “Oranges”, sponsored by Wokingham Decorating Services, were unable to pull back the three of the goals they conceded late in the first half of their East Berkshire Football Alliance U14s Division 6 match on Saturday.
Oranges made a better start than they have in recent weeks and as a result the sides were evenly matched for most of the first half. Both teams created chances and the Sumas came close to opening the scoring with a couple of well-built attacks. However, it was Sandhurst who eventually scored two goals in quick succession, in the 27th and 30th minutes, then managed to pinch a third seconds before half time, resulting a score line that far from reflected the run of play in the first half.
Unperturbed by the three goal deficit, Wokingham came out with renewed energy in the second half. Making better use of the wide areas and passing more effectively allowed them to control play and contain Sandhurst in their own half for prolonged periods. Despite a few good chances, the Sumas weren’t rewarded for their efforts until the 62nd minute, when Kai Evans scored following a strong solo run. Five minutes later Nathan Mulvaney scored at the second attempt, after the Sandhurst ‘keeper failed to keep hold of his first shot. Wokingham continued to press for an equaliser up to the final whistle, and should be pleased with their second half performance, despite the final score.
Man of the match was awarded to right back Harry Johnson, who worked tirelessly throughout, made a number of critical defensive tackles, showed good positional understanding and got forward to help the attack when appropriate.