Jul 19, 2019
WIth the lights and stand now in place, Lowther Road is almost ready for the new football season in September. We just need to be a little patient whilst the cricket season completes and then our first home matches will be underway at our newly refreshed home ground.
We look forward to seeing everyone in the new season..!
Our second big inititiative is to support the WBC development for a 3g pitch at Emmbrook School. The talk is over and ow the work begins - looking forward to having this available by October..
Oct 15, 2018
Following planning acceptance for ground developments at Lowther Road, required by the FA to continue to allow WEFC to play step 5/6 football, members of the Committee, lead by President Mark Ashwell, are now working together to apply for a Football Foundation grant to pay for these developments. The grant application is onerous and contains many facets and requirements which have to be completed in full to be successful. Much of this work has already been completed and it is hoped that the application can be ready for submission by November 2018 in preparation for the Foundation Panel to adjudicate in January 2019.
If successful we are hopeful that the ground development work - floodlights, a small stand, fencing, hard standing and many other smaller FA requirements at the ground, will be completed in preparation for the 2019/2020 season so the Sumas can come home again.
However, the Football Foundation will only grant WEFC most of the funds required for the project and the club will have to find a significant balance, probably around £30k, to activate the grant. These funds will have to be contributed through local sponsorship which the club are actively looking to find at the present time and would be very grateful of any suggestions to help us find this amount.
Jul 21, 2018
Report from Robin Gofton..
Everything that we have to do routinely as part of our “health check” would have been looked at – it was an award for “Charter Standard Club of the Year”, so I’m sure the health check will have been looked at.
In addition, the things that were mentioned in the awards speech that set us apart from other nominations included:
- The size and scope of our teams – the fact that we have over 500 members, from age 6 upwards, boys, girls, men and women, with a clear pathway from youth football into senior football
- Special mention was given to Dave Goodwin’s DNA document, that it gives a clear vision for the club, our values, how we coach and look to develop players – think it would be well worth sending put to all the coaches again at the start of the new season
The speeches were short and to the point. It was one of the categories that had the highest number of nominations, but I think the way in which Dave in particular goes the extra mile (with the DNA document, and in the relationship he has with BBFA in hosting CPD events and so on) probably helped our case enormously and set us apart from others.
Dec 04, 2017
WEFC Team (4-5-1):
GK: George Watkins
Defence: Luke Johnson, Stan Hamblin, Jack Pickup, Matt Gofton
Midfield: Kai Evans, Oliver Vickers (capt), Joe Turner, Matt Rogers, Kieran Edgecock
Attack: Josef Lamberton
Subs: Jack Morath, James Starkey
Goals: Josef Lamberton (3)
Man-of-the-match Award: Josef Lamberton
Lamberton Hat Trick Helps Oranges to Third Win on the Bounce
A first half hat trick from Josef Lamberton helped Wokingham & Emmbrook FC “Oranges”, who are sponsored by Mantra 2 Tattoo Studio, overcome Heart of Teddlothian Tigers in their East Berkshire Football Alliance U15s Division 4 match on Saturday. Both teams were promoted last term from Division 6 up to Division 4, with the Teddington boys being crowned champions back in May, but it was runners-up Wokingham who came out on top in this encounter.
Oranges started slowly, particularly in midfield, and seemed to be second to every ball, yet defended well to ensure they were rarely under real threat. They opened the scoring after 13 minutes when Kai Evans crossed from the right – the ball was met by Matt Rogers who saw his effort hit the crossbar, but Lamberton was on hand to turn in the rebound. Lamberton doubled his team’s advantage six minutes later, when George Watkins’ long clearance was nodded on by Joe Turner, right into Lamberton’s path; the in-form striker burst into the box and fired home confidently. Hearts pulled one back after half an hour with a well-struck long range effort, but Lamberton completed his hat trick and restored his side’s two goal advantage just before the break, running on to collect Turner’s clever ball over the Teddington defence.
Both teams created chances in the second half, but neither side was able to finish, so the game ended with a hard fought, well-earned victory for the young Sumas.
Oranges’ man-of-the-match was unsurprisingly hat-trick hero Lamberton, not only for his goals but also for his work rate and willingness to get stuck in and do his fair share of the defensive work when he dropped into a deeper role in the second half.
Nov 26, 2017
Goals: Jo Atkins (5), Sophie Mabbett (30), Alice Lilley (32,85)
Assists: Caz Paterson, Alice Lilley, Lauren Evans, Caz Paterson
Player of the Match: Caz Paterson
The Sumas Ladies started the day second from bottom in the league and ended in second place after another confident performance at Lowther Rd. The team had felt recent results did not reflect their performances and everyone put in a shift to make that a reality this Sunday. With a near record attendance of 36 braving the crisp autumn weather it was an early free kick from Sophie Mabbett that allowed Jo Atkins to react quickest to a Caz Paterson flick on and dispatch a first time strike on the turn to make it 1-nil to the Sumas.
Both sides then settled into some solid football with both sides having chances and made for a thrilling game. On 30 mins some hard work and strong lay from Alice Lilley led to a cross that deceived keeper and defenders to reach Sophie Mabbett on the back post to poke home. Tina Leahy went close with a smashing drive across goal that the crowd thought had found the back of the net. After being smashed 0-6 by barton in a previous game it came as quite a surprise to lead and that lead was soon strengthened.
A fine ball from Lauren Evans had Alice Lilley through on goal and a clinical finish top right gave the Barton keeper little chance. 3-0 and Barton started to use their speed and width to some effect as they pressed to get back in the game. Becky Atkins thwarted several breaks and Donna Robinson and Sam Holloway were distributing play brilliantly from the back. No further goals had the Sumas in at the break 3-0 up and feeling confident about seeing the game out.
The second half began with a fired up Barton who started to show why they were top of the league. However, a determined Sumas unit never rested with Mel Shepherd and Sian Cleary working hard in midfield and controlling play with their strength and composure. After 60 mins Barton got a breakthrough. A deflected cross ricocheted of a Suma defender and ended up in the back of the net. 3-1 and 30 minutes to go.
Megan Bonifacci in goal was dominating any potential threat and as Barton started to press further up the pitch, more opportunities opened up for the Sumas on the break. Rebecca Grieg and Lizzie Evans were brought on to sure up the 3 points but the Sumas actually went one better. Player of the match Caz Paterson had the final say and put the game beyond Barton’s reach in the 85th minute. A couple a free kicks were sighters for a delivery from the left that was inch perfect and found Alice Lilley rising in the box to head the ball down past the keeper into the bottom left corner for her second of the match.
It was a great game, played in great spirit that makes the First Northern Division a very interesting league as we move past the half way point of the season. Well done to the whole group that have been making the incremental gains each week required to be competitive at this level.
Nov 20, 2017
Holland Hatrick Hero
Sumas went ahead on 21 mins when Max Studers pin point cross was driven home by Connor Holland. Shortly after Holland bagged his brace after being put through by Cameron Rohart Brown for a 2-0 half time advantage. Ten minutes into the second half Holland rounded the keeper for his hatrick after good work by Mike Valdambrini. Comets had other ideas and pulled one back within minutes and also bagged a late consolation in injury time for Sumas to hang on at 3-2. Sumas Man of the Match went to Connor Holland for his superb hatrick.
Nov 20, 2017
Evans Hat Trick Sinks Royals
A first half hat trick from Kai Evans helped Wokingham & Emmbrook FC “Oranges”, who are sponsored by Mantra 2 Tattoo Studio, overcome local rivals Ashridge Park Royals in their East Berkshire Football Alliance U15s Division 4 match on Saturday. Oranges started the day one place off bottom of the table, while Royals were one place off the top, but it was the young Sumas who ended the day with the points and the bragging rights after a hard-fought game on a cold, wet Saturday morning at Cantley Park.
Royals started the game brightly, passing the ball around confidently in midfield, but Oranges had their game plan and stuck to it well, defending resolutely and using the width of the park to great effect. The first goal came from Evans, operating wide on the right, who saw his dipping cross-cum-shot fumbled over the line by the Ashridge ‘keeper on eight minutes. Oranges began to grow into the game, gaining in confidence, and went 2-0 up on 23 minutes when Ollie Vickers’ great diagonal pass found Evans on the corner of the penalty box and, much like in the closing minutes of the Oranges’ cup win last week, he fired a rocket of a shot into the opposite corner of the net. Evans completed his hat trick five minutes before the interval, when he regained possession and fired home a great solo goal.
Ashridge came out in the second half with all guns blazing, and the Oranges had to battle under a great deal of pressure. Royals pulled one back after 7 minutes when Wokingham didn’t take their opportunities to clear the ball from their own box, and got a second nine minutes later. Both sides created chances as the game wore on, and while Ashridge could have equalised, the Sumas could have put the game beyond their reach with a number of good chances in the final twenty minutes.
Oranges’ man-of-the-match was central defender Jack Pickup, who stuck to his job, stuck to the game plan and showed great desire and commitment throughout the game.
Nov 13, 2017
Sumas win local cup derby
The Sumas got off to a fast start when Amir Idjers free kick curled in on 2 minutes. Cameron Brown then headed in Alex Platts cross after 15 mins and Platt added a third again form a header after good work by Treacher and Valdambrini. After the break Cameron Brown chipped in his penalty for a brace and Rhys Williams’ shot was deflected in for the fifth. Williams then set up Connor Holland for number six and a Quarter Final tie versus Burnham JL Blues away on 20th Jan 2018. Sumas Man of the Match went to Rhys Williams.
Nov 06, 2017
Sumas have six appeal
Sumas took a while to adapt to the poor playing surface but after Cam Brown had rattled the bar on 11 mins he put the Sumas ahead after combined assists from Rhys Williams and Max Treacher. Three minutes later Sumas were two up when Calum Woodfield netted from Browns pinpoint cross. Just before the break Sam Martin’s header was deflected in off a defender for 3-0 at the break. Woodfield notched his brace when fed in by Connor Holland and then Captain Ryan Annets headed home from Cam Davies’ corner. In the last minute midfielder Prashant Gurung stabbed home Mike Valdambrini’s cross for 6-0. Sumas Man of the match went to Max Treacher.
Nov 06, 2017
The Oranges were taught a lesson today by a stronger team from Laurel Park. 2-0 at half-time and the team would have had to retrieve a result for the third time this season, however it was not to be as the slick conditions played into the hands of the away team. The Oranges were missingkey players, in particular John Gabat who fractured his hip at the previous evening's training session. Josh McBain stepped between the posts doing a great job despite the scoreline. Man of the Match went to Aggie Halley.
Oct 26, 2017
Sumas rue missed pen
Despite dominating large parts of this highly contested game, the Sumas suffered their first defeat of the season following 7 straight wins. Sumas who went behind from a quickly taken corner on 27 mins looked likely to be level at the break only for Connor Holland’s 44th minute spot kick to be saved. In the second period Sumas had chances but failed to convert them and were left rueing those missed chances. Defender Sam Martin picked up the Sumas Man of the Match.
Oct 26, 2017
Sumas hard fought point well deserved
Sumas battled the conditions away to Burnham in a game of two differing halves as the high winds affected this competitive match. Sumas acquitted themselves well from the start and with the wind advantage took the lead on 15 mins when Connor Hollands cross was headed home by Calum Woodfield for 1-0. In the second half Sumas were resolute defensively as a team and held out for 75 mins when Burnham levelled matters. Despite some good Sumas breakaways they couldn’t find that elusive winner and had to settle for a well deserved point from the divisional leaders. Man of the Match for the Sumas went to hardworking midfielder Max Treacher.
Oct 22, 2017
Under 18s Oranges: 2-2 draw against Hearts of Teddlothian. Holidays meant no subs available, with Ben Wallace in goal again and giving Hearts a 2-0 head-start in the first half. This all led to a great 2nd half performance. Matt Chard and Matt Carless on the scoresheet.
Oct 14, 2017
Under 18s Oranges suffer their first defeat of the season to Calcot Royals Warriors. Final score 5-3. Matt Chard scoring a hat-trick for the Oranges..
Oct 09, 2017
U18 CUP 1st Round
Wokingham & Emmbrook FC Sumas 5 AFC Dummer Blades 0
5 Star Sumas through to next round
Sumas progressed to the U18 Cup second round with a comfortable win over the Blades. Sumas went ahead on 4 minutes when Calum Woodfield fired home from Cam Brown’s cross. In five minutes before the break Sumas hit two with Amir Idjer’s fierce shot from a short corner and then Mike Valdambrini stabbed home on the far post from Woodfield’s cross. After the break Alex Platt added two more clinical finishes for the 5-0 win. Sumas Man of the Match went to Amir Idjer.
Oct 08, 2017
Under 18s Oranges win through to the second round of the EBFA Plate by beating Calcot Royals Blues.
Scorers: Matt Chard (well-worked passing move with excellent finish) and Conor Smith (another long-range shot!).
All goals scored in the second half - good all-round performance..
Oct 01, 2017
Oranges Survive Late Comeback To Secure Away Win
A late comeback wasn’t enough to deny Wokingham & Emmbrook FC “Oranges”, sponsored by Mantra 2 Tattoo Studio, a hard-earned victory in their East Berkshire Football Alliance U15s Division 4 match on Saturday.
Oranges started the day bottom of the table, but in no way looked out of their depth against a Teddington side who finished two divisions above them last season. Although the Sharks created more chances, Oranges had plenty of the ball, and just lacked that final pass to open up the Teddington defence. Kai Evans started brightly on the right for Wokingham, and finally helped his side take the lead when his cross found Matt Rogers who headed the ball beyond the ‘keeper seconds before the half-time whistle.
Three minutes into the second half Evans was involved again in the scoring, this time sprinting onto Nathan Mulvaney’s clever through-ball to fire his side 2-0 up. And Mulvaney also got his name on the score sheet with eight minutes remaining, when he collected Oliver Vickers’ pass and burst into the box to make it 3-0. That should have been game over, but Oranges tired and lost some of their shape and discipline in the closing stages, conceding a well-worked goal with only six minutes remaining, and then a penalty with virtually the last kick of the game.
It was a performance of hard work and character, at times lit up by some flowing counter-attacks and great passing from the Wokingham boys. But it was hard work that earned the points, typified by Kieran Edgecock on the left wing (and at times left back) who picked up the man-of-the-match award in only his third outing for the team.
Oct 01, 2017
Maidenhead who levelled only for Mike Valdambrini to fire home the rebound from Hollands saved shot. Then Sumas scored another set piece goal when a corner was headed back across goal by Ryan Annets and Calum Woodfield pounced to make it 3-1. Sumas then hit a fourth as Holland and Valdambrini played a one two for the latter to grab his brace for 4-1. With time ebbing away Maidenhead grabbed a consolation second. Sumas Man of the Match was Connor Holland.
W&E FC U18 Sumas - new signings making big impact
Sep 30, 2017
2-0 down at half time.
3rd choice keeper (Ben Wallace)
Two second half goals from Sam Keaney and Finley Stallwood
Sep 26, 2017
Sumas started brightly and went ahead early when Rhys Williams’ in swinging corner was prodded home by Sam Martin. Williams turned provider again on 25 mins when his corner was met by Sam Martin who powered home his header for 2-0. After the break the Sumas toiled and Henley got back into the game on the hour from a free kick. Despite creating several chances the Sumas didn’t add to their lead and ran out 2-1 winners for two wins on the bounce. Sumas Man of the match went to Sam Martin for his goal brace and outstanding defending.
Sep 25, 2017
Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 2 - 1 Oxford City Nomads
Wokingham & Emmbrook FC’s first ever women's home game at the spiritual home of "The Sumas" ended with success in the sunshine.
It was tight and enthralling game that could have gone either way. The Sumas got off to a flying start against a quick and attacking minded Oxford side. Wokingham made the breakthrough after 20 minutes when Jo Atkins slotted Alice Lilley through on goal and she made no mistake with the finish. Wokingham keeper, Megan Bonifacii was calm and collected snuffing out a number of Oxford attacks and her distribution was first class. With the Wokingham defence keeping things tight it stayed 1-0 at half time.
Jo Atkins and Alice combined again and Alice completed her second brace in two games by rounding the keeper and finishing cooly under pressure. Oxford quickly grabbed one back to keep the pressure on Wokingham for the final 30 minutes. With both teams having further chances it made for a pulsating game with the final score never certain but ended with a win for Wokingham on their home debut at Lowther Rd.
Wokingham's player of the match went to Lauren Evans for a tireless performance in midfield contributing gong forward and in covering Oxford's speedy breaks.
A solid start for "The Town's" new women's team that showed the Suma spirit from start to finish.
Sep 24, 2017
Solid performance - goals from Conor Smith (close range header), followed by a team effort finished by Matt Chard with a left foot shot and then a winner in the dying minutes from Conor Smith with a long range right foot shot.
Great performance from John Gabat in goal - including 1 spectacular save..
Sep 24, 2017
The Sumas were ahead early when Rhys Williams was fouled in the box and Connor Holland fired home the pen. Town equalised with a free kick and then the Sumas finished the half strongly with Casey Starke mazy run and goal before Amir Idjer fired home a 20 yard free kick for 3-1 lead. In the second period Cam Brown curled in another fabulous free kick and then Calum Woodfield slotted home from close range for 5-1. Alex Platt hit the 6th and then turned provider for Max Studer to grab the seventh. Man of the match went to Connor Holland.
Sep 05, 2017
Wokingham & Emmbrook FC’s first ever ladies team is an amalgamation of the now disbanded Bracknell Town Ladies and Wokingham & Emmbrook FC’s U18’s. Both sets of players have played together for many years and recently merged to form a side playing in the Southern Region Women’s Football League. The blend of experience and youth came together on Sunday for Wokingham & Emmbrook’s First Ladies fixture in it’s history.
Aug 23, 2017
Southern Region Women's Football League Division 1