Feb 20, 2017
Oranges Salvage a Point To Stay Top In 8 Goal Thriller
Three goals in the final twenty minutes saved a point for Wokingham & Emmbrook FC U14 “Oranges” (who are sponsored by Wokingham Decorating Services) in a hard-fought East Berkshire Football Alliance Div 6 match against Camberley Town on Saturday.
In a poor first half display, Oranges had taken an early lead against the run of play when Kai Evans’ superb early cross was controlled and calmly finished by James Starkey. But halfway through the first period, Camberley’s dominance prevailed, and two goals in two minutes gave them a deserved lead. A third, with the final kick of the half, was probably no more than they deserved.
A fourth Camberley goal, eight minutes into the second half, should have been enough to finish the game off, but the second half was very different from the first. Oranges battled for every loose ball, and – typified by Ollie Vickers and man-of-the-match Milo van Vliet – showed much greater desire and energy. It was Vickers who pulled the first goal back with only 19 minutes left on the clock, with a long range effort. The belief began to return to the Oranges, and much of the final fifteen minutes was spent camped in Camberley’s half. Evans got the third with another long range shot with only six minutes remaining, and with only seconds left Vickers burst into the box and was about to shoot when he was brought down. Evans stepped up and calmly converted the penalty with the final kick of the match.
The result sees the Sumas remain top of Division 6, but only by a point.
Man-of-the-match was “super sub” Milo van Vliet, who must have covered more ground than anyone, with a battling, never-say-die attitude which quickly rubbed off on his team mates; one minute he was making a last gasp tackle in his own box, next minute he was at the other end playing passes into Camberley’s area for his team mates.