WRFC U13 Trojans 10 – 2 Hersham Harriers
Friendly Match: Sunday 29th November 2015
Without a league game this week, Trojans extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a resounding 10 – 2 victory in a friendly match over Hersham Harriers from the division below. The visitors were not to be underestimated and had themselves won by the same score line in their previous outing.
It was the Trojans first home game for over 2 months and began with them playing into the strong wind. Quick to get into their stride, the Trojans attacked down the right wing and with immediate effect, Lewis McEntee broke the deadlock. Trojans then began to dominate the fixture and further goals from Harry Scanlan finishing after a sharp turn in the box, Jack Crooke breaking free and finishing strongly with a fine left foot shot and a Leo Harcourt-West speculative effort from long range had the Trojans 4-0 up. Hersham remained competitive and were rewarded with a fine goal after an attack down the right released their winger to score, shooting across Finley Harvey into the bottom corner. Trojans responded immediately and after a well-executed attack, Jake Gumbrell scored – taking the game into the break with Trojans leading 5-1.
Manager Andy Elton taking the opportunity to make full use of his squad was rotating the players and was rewarded by the team showing good energy and thoroughly deserving their lead.
The second half began and another early goal by Lewis McEntee was followed by Harry Scanlan notching his second. With the score standing at 7-1 and still 30 minutes to play, the two teams were becoming incomparable. At this point, Manager Elton took off three of his defenders replacing them with only two substitutes, giving the visitors an extra man and then in the spirit of good sportsmanship allowed the opposition to play their only substitute as well making the last half hour 12 v 10.
The game was more balanced, however the Trojans superiority did prevail and with further goals from Jake Gumbrell (2) completing his hat trick and Harry Scanlan striking again (and so completing his hat trick), the game continued to be dominated by the home team. Hersham did manage to score again in this period, bringing the final score to 10-2.
Man of the match was Will Gaff for excellent energy and relentless running both ways up and down the pitch.