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Mar 05, 2017

Rogers Hat-Trick Saves Sumas’ Blushes

A hat-trick from in-form striker Matty Rogers secured all three points for Wokingham & Emmbrook FC U14 “Oranges” (who are sponsored by Wokingham Decorating Services), after they had fallen behind to bottom-of-the-table Farnham Royal Mavericks in their East Berkshire Football Alliance Div 6 match on Saturday.
 
With both Oliver Vickers and Kai Evans missing from the midfield, James Bridges was rewarded for his recent form with a place in the starting line-up, while super-sub Milo van Vliet returned to the bench. Luke Johnson continued at right back for the injured Harry Johnson.
 
The Sumas got off to a great start when Nathan Mulvaney ran on to a long Charlie Williams free kick and calmly chipped the ball over the out-rushing ‘keeper to put his side 1-0 up after just three minutes. But the table-topping Oranges were not having everything their own way, and by the 20 minute mark found themselves 2-1 down. However, James Starkey pulled one back following a goal-mouth scramble, and Rogers was on hand to finish well after a great van Vliet corner to restore Wokingham’s advantage before the break.

Oranges played with greater energy and commitment in the second half, and were rewarded after ten minutes when Joe Turner’s left-footed cross was turned in by Mulvaney for his second. A further ten minutes elapsed before Bridges set up the fifth goal, when his cross from the right found Rogers, who showed great strength and skill to turn inside the box before firing his shot home. And two minutes later Rogers completed his hat-trick (his 5th goal in two games) when he raced onto Mulvaney’s perfect through ball, and finished well past the out-rushing ‘keeper. A minute later another Bridges cross/shot evaded Mavericks’ ‘keeper, and Starkey was on-hand at the back post to turn it in, giving the Oranges what looked like an unassailable 7-2 lead. Mavericks pulled one back on the break, only for Stan Hamblin to restore the five goal advantage when he ran through to collect Josef Lamberton’s pass and finish well. The final goal of the game came with the last kick of the game, Mavericks converting a penalty to make the final score 8-4.

Man-of-the-match was Nathan Mulvaney (pic), who not only provided two goals and an assist, but also helped Oranges regain control of the midfield area with a confident performance. Special mention also for left back Matt Gofton, who not only had a good game defensively, but also caused Mavericks problems with his overlapping forward runs and long-range passing.