Wednesday, 7 December 2022 - 12.25 am

Worplesdon take over Woking!

Yesterday Worplesdon Rangers FC were very kindly invited by our friends at Woking FC to attend Woking’s league fixture against Halifax as a part of their Woking Football in the Community program.

We already do lots of great stuff with Woking, not least having their coaches train our Reception and U6s every week, plus special training sessions for other age groups from U7 to U10 each month as well.

Yesterday was a special day though for many reasons. I don’t want to say we went mob-handed, but all in all nearly 200 WRFC players, coaches and parents descended on Laithwaite Community Stadium for the match! You couldn’t move without bumping into WRFC logos on kit, jackets and beanies!

U8 Hurricanes and Tornadoes

What made the day great was the involvement Woking gave our lads. Our U8 Hurricanes and U8 Tornadoes started off the day with a proper behind the scenes tour of the boardroom, dugout, changing rooms. They seemed particularly taken by the trophies!

U8s in the boardroom! Who let them in?!

Awesome silverware!

Chilling in the dugout

U10 Werewolves and Wolves

Our under 10s were privileged to be the Guard of Honour for the day! They took centre stage before the game and did a fine job. It was great to see WRFC kits on the field!

Let’s get this party started!

U12 Panthers and Pumas

Before the match 11 boys from our two U12 teams met at the dugout for the ballboy briefing and then set to work. The boys all really enjoyed being so close to the action. All of them had something to do during the game and I’ve never seen them enjoy standing around in the cold so much before! They absolutely loved it.

U12s working hard!

Star Struck!

Obviously if there are loads of football mad kids around, they’re going to try and grab a player or two!

Moussa Diarra and some of our lads

Man of the match Josh Casey with some more WRFC players from U6s and U9s

And the game?

Well, I think Woking will be annoyed with the 0-0 draw. The very large majority of the play was in Halifax’s half for the entire match. And that was only exacerbated for the last 20 minutes after Halifax had a player sent off for a rather dodgy challenge. Woking played much better football as opposed to Halifax’s “hoof it and hope” approach. It just wasn’t Woking’s day. A great shame but goes to show that they can outplay teams higher in the league than they are which only bodes well for the future.

And finally…

Chris Sexton, we love you! Chris from Woking FC sorted everything out for us yesterday. So many kids had a great day and we’re all very grateful! Thank you very much.

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