Mohawks' Earn First Win in 11 Goal Thriller
Nazir A nets a hat-trick as United beat Wokingham by 7 goals to 4.
For the second week running the U13 Mohawks lined up with 3 at the back, but this time testing a 3-5-2 formation. Nazir A & Leo F started up top with Yuvraj G & Alex C starting as subs.
Woodley had the perfect start to the match as Jamie M's corner was diverted into the net by Nazir A. 1-0.
The lead was short lived as Wokingham responded instantly. They found room around the outside of our defence and slotted past Owen B. 1-1.
Not long after Wokingham nearly took the lead. Some poor defending from Woodley allowed the Wokingham attacker a clear chance in the penalty area. The strikers shot hit the inside of the post and so nearly crossed the line but for some excellent Owen B goalkeeping.
As the heavens opened, Alex C & Yuvraj G entered the game. Alex C had an immediate impact. Winning a tackle, bringing the ball out from the back and starting a move which ended with Nazir A rounding the goalkeeper and putting Mohawks two goals to the good. 2-1.
Learning from the last time they took the lead, Woodley responded to going a goal ahead by getting another. Some great work from Leo F down the right hand side ended with the helpless Wokingham defender turning his cross into his own net. 3-1.
Leo F then got a goal of his own. Again, finding space on the right hand side Leo F unleashed a clinical finish across goal. An Arsenal fan himself, he'll be pleased to hear it was Harry Kane esque. 4-1.
After a great piece of defending from Matthew M to sweep up a strong Wokingham attack (Far from his only great piece of defending today), a missed placed pass allowed Wokingham to create a move for a second goal. 4-2.
To make things interesting Mohawks' gave Wokingham a third goal. 4-3.
Nazir A then settled any nerves as he beat the Wokingham keeper at his near post. 5-3.
The move of the match put Mohawks 3 goals ahead when some really nice passing play between Sam H and Nazir A ended with Sam H scoring Mohawks' 6th. 6-3.
Wokingham score again. 6-4.
Jamie M then finished the game with a nice finish. 7-4.
Before the end of the match Joe C went off injured after being on the wrong side of a challenge. He was clearly in a of pain, but pleased to hear it was nothing serious. What a warrior!
It wasn't the most convincing win for the the team but nevertheless it was important to get up and running with the first win of the season. A win is a win. It was great to see us hit the back of the net 7 times and is a step in the right direction.
Man of the Match: Sam H - Outstanding, especially second half, he was very composed on the ball, very creative and fully deserved to score. Well done Sam.
Thank you to Nigel for running the line in the first half & also to our second half linesman (Was it Harry's older brother? I don't know! Anyhow I Hope the thank you finds him!).
We have a really fun away trip (not!) next week, so look out for that e-mail.