Nov 13, 2016
Oranges Secure Comfortable Home Win
WEFC Team (4-4-2):
GK: George Watkins
Defence: James Bridges, Stan Hamblin, Charlie Williams, Matt Gofton
Midfield: Oliver Vickers, Nathan Mulvaney, Josef Lamberton, Kai Evans
Attack: Matt Rogers, Milo van Vliet (capt)
Subs: Joe Turner, Christian Mohr
Goals: Kai Evans (3), Matt Rogers (2), Oliver Vickers, Milo van Vliet, Nathan Mulvaney
Man-of-the-match Award: Kai Evans
Goals from five different players, including a Kai Evans hat-trick, and assists from more than half the team, saw Wokingham & Emmbrook FC U14 “Oranges”, sponsored by Wokingham Decorating Services, claim all three points against AFC Reading Woodley Royals in their East Berkshire Football Alliance U14s Division 6 match on Saturday.
While the score line may have been slightly flattering to the Sumas, there was a lot to be praised about their performance, especially that of the wide players Kai Evans and Nathan Mulvaney. However, it was the two central strikers who struck first, Matt Rogers setting up captain Milo van Vliet for the opener after 3 minutes. Rogers then turned goal scorer four minutes later, fed by Mulvaney. Oranges squandered chance after chance in the first half, before finally going 3-0 up after 28 minutes when Oliver Vickers prodded home an Evans corner. However, this was the cue for the Royals to fight back, and they enjoyed more possession and pressure in the remainder of the first half, only being denied a goal by the woodwork just before half time.
A second-half hat-trick from Evans (two assisted by Vickers and one from a Charlie Williams free kick), and further goals from Mulvaney and Rogers put the game beyond Woodley’s reach, but they did enjoy more of the ball in the second half and created opportunities of their own; George Watkins in the Wokingham goal was quick off his line on a number of occasions to deny the Royals a shooting opportunity and so keep his first clean sheet of the season. At the other end, in the final minute substitute Christian Mohr was inches away from scoring his first goal for the Oranges, but his shot struck the crossbar.
Man of the match was awarded to hat-trick hero Evans, not just for his finishing but for his tireless work on the wing which resulted in many scoring opportunities from his excellent crossing.