Northwood 0 Woking 4
Suburban Football League Premier
28th August 2010
The Woking youngsters started this game with a desire and commitment that demonstrated that they had learnt much from their previous game against Met Police (who incidentally lost 5-0 to Northwood one week earlier).
Captain Charlie Turnbull had to come off with a dislocated shoulder after just 15 minutes to be replaced by Jack Blatchford but this did not stem the tide of attractive flowing football as Woking dominated the early possession. Sogbanmu came close a couple of times following some great crosses from Sean Bradley playing wide right, but on 36 minutes it was Ollie Palmer who broke the deadlock with a firmly struck shot into the bottom left hand corner from some 22 yards out.
With no further score Woking came in at half time 1-0 up.
As the second period began Northwood started to get rattled as their intimidating tactics were clearly not working and with just 4 minutes gone some good work from Matt Powell and Ola Sogbanmu put Sean Bradley through to coolly pass the ball home. Some 6 minutes later and Sean Bradley scored his second as he picked up the ball wide right and curled a fantastic effort from 25 yards out into the top left hand corner of the goal.
Northwood were no pushovers and continued to threaten going forward throughout the match but generally robust defending from the back four kept their chances to a minimum and when those chances came Matt Pegler in goal showed his great potential by making some fine saves.
Midway through the second period Ola Sogbanmu rode some tackles with the ball falling kindly into his path on the edge of the penalty box, and with Thierry Henry composure he opened his body to calmly slide the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the Northwood goal to complete the scoring.
This was an emphatic performance of real quality from the mainly u19 Woking youngsters which augurs well for the future, the question is can they consistently maintain this level of performance - only time will tell.
Lots of contenders for the man of the match with a team performance where it is difficult to pick out anyone who did not have a good game but for his brace of goals coupled with his defensive workrate and some crosses of real quality Sean Bradley gets the vote.
MOTM: Sean Bradley
Squad: Matt Pegler, Anson Cousins, Gavin Miller, Aaron Gough, Josh Watkins, Matt Powell, Tom Topham, Charlie Turnbull, Sean Bradley, Ola Sogbanmu, Ollie Palmer.
Subs used: Jack Blatchford, Josh Griffiths, Jake Hicks.