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.