WEFC Team (4-4-2):
GK: George Watkins
Defence: Harry Johnson, Stan Hamblin, Charlie Williams, Matt Gofton
Midfield: Oliver Vickers (capt), Joe Turner, Nathan Mulvaney, Kai Evans
Attack: Matt Rogers, Josef Lamberton
Subs: Christian Mohr, Milo van Vliet
Goals: Kai Evans (3), Matt Rogers (3), Josef Lamberton, Milo van Vliet, Stan Hamblin
Man-of-the-match Award: Joe Turner, Milo van Vliet (jointly)
Oranges Win Comfortably Again
For the second week in a row goals from five different players, and assists from more than half the team, saw Wokingham & Emmbrook FC U14 “Oranges”, sponsored by Wokingham Decorating Services, claim all three points in comfortable victory on Saturday. Hat tricks from Kai Evans and Matt Rogers gave the young Sumas plenty to celebrate on the drive back from Slough, after their 9-1 away win over Farnham Royal Mavericks in their East Berkshire Football Alliance U14s Division 6 match.
Three goals in the opening five minutes gave the Oranges a perfect start. Two minutes after kick-off Kai Evans fired in a great cross, Josef Lamberton nodded it on and Matt Rogers poked it into the back of the net. Almost straight from the restart, Joe Turner won the ball in midfield, pushing it out to Evans on the right, who ran forward and this time elected to shoot, firing home with a great finish. And the third came before the five minute mark when Rogers collected a loose ball on the edge of the box, beat his man and fired home. Rogers then completed his hat trick before the first fifteen minutes were up, collecting a good through ball from Oliver Vickers before finishing well. And minutes later Evans got his second, reacting quickly when a Mavericks defender misjudged the bounce from a long clearance by Wokingham ‘keeper George Watkins, and running through to score (5-1).
Rogers could have had a fourth on twenty two minutes, but unselfishly drew the ‘keeper out before squaring the ball to Lamberton to score. But five minutes before the break Mavericks got one back from a well-taken free kick, meaning the Oranges finished the half 6-1 up.
The second-half saw a number of changes, with one or two Wokingham players in unfamiliar positions. They rose to the challenge well, with Stan Hamblin claiming an assist when he fed Milo van Vliet who scored with a really confident finish. Evans completed his hat trick after a solo run to make it 8-1, and Hamblin notched his first goal of the season (having shortly beforehand rattled the crossbar with a fierce free kick) when van Vliet returned the favour and set him up to make the final score 9-1.
Man of the match was awarded to two players jointly (photos attached):
- Joe Turner who had a great first half in the heart of the midfield, always looking to win the ball back and play a quality pass
- Milo van Vliet, whose second half performance included a goal, an assist and a persistent battling attitude that saw him always trying to win the ball back in the middle of the pitch