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.