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Oct 03, 2016

Oranges get another Win!

WEFC Team (4-2-3-1):
GK: George Watkins
Defence: Harry Johnson, Stan Hamblin, Charlie Williams, Luke Johnson
Midfield: Oliver Vickers (capt), James Bridges; Nathan Mulvaney, Josef Lamberton, Christian Mohr
Attack: Matt Rogers
Subs: Matt Gofton, Kai Evans, Milo van Vliet, James Starkey
 
Goals:  Own Goal, Milo van Vliet, Nathan Mulvaney, Matt Rogers
Man-of-the-match Award: Kai Evans
 
Oranges Come Form Behind (Again!) To Sustain 100% Run
 
Another comeback saw Wokingham & Emmbrook FC “Oranges”, sponsored by Wokingham Decorating Services, beat table-topping Burghfield CSA Royals 4-2 in their East Berkshire Football Alliance U14s Division 6 match on Saturday.
                                                       
Oranges played in their white away kits and were a little slow to get into the game, but woke up after Burghfield pinched an early goal.  Following a couple of substitutions WEFC made a series of attacks and deservedly scored in the 23rd minute, when a dangerous cross from Kai Evans was turned into his own net by a Royals defender.  The Sumas second goal followed two minutes later, when Nathan Mulvaney chased a long ball from the centre and was rewarded with an opportunist goal, after the keeper fumbled the ball under pressure.  WEFC protected their lead until half time, with a number of key defensive clearances from Matt Gofton, Stan Hamblin, Charlie Williams and Harry Johnson, some physical midfield play from Ollie Vickers and James 'Pitbull' Bridges, and a couple of important  saves from Christian Mohr.
 
George Watkins replaced Mohr in goal for the second half and was tested a couple of times in the first few minutes, as Burghfield came out looking for an equaliser.  The Sumas re-took control of the game in the 42nd minute, when Milo van Vliet ran onto a long clearance from Stan Hamblin and calmly lobbed the Burghfield keeper.  The Sumas had to work hard to defend their lead, with a number of important tackles from Matt Gofton.  Matt Rogers was in the thick of the action at the other end though, first hitting the cross-bar, then minutes later controlling a through ball from Evans and putting it away with confidence.  James Starkey came close to extending the Suams’ lead when he had a good shot palmed onto the post by the Burghfield keeper.  In the last few minutes of the game Luke Johnson cleared a Burghfield cross with a decisive header and Stan Hamblin had to clear the ball from the Sumas’ goal line, to ensure all three points came back to Wokingham, who now sit joint top of the Division 6 table. 
 
This was another great team effort and a well-deserved result, seeing the boys continue on their 100% run this season. Kai Evans (pic) was awarded man of the match for a great attacking performance, including three assists.