Saturday’s game between Wokingham District Under 11s and Merton was another all-action affair in which Wokingham had to show true determination and quality to successfully secure 3 points with a strong 4-1 win.
The game started in an explosive fashion with both teams looking strong on the attack, but it was Wokingham who made the breakthrough as an inch-perfect through-ball by Dominic Ballard split the Merton defence in half and saw Henry Mott slot in his first real chance of the game.
Wokingham’s high intensity paid off as Finlay Coleman won the ball in the final third of the pitch, played it wide to Henry Mott who whipped in a lovely ball across the six yard box for Coleman to smash it home the return pass.
The second half saw much of the same as Edmonds continued to drive the Wokingham boys forward, countlessly taking on players down the right hand side and delivering dangerous balls across the face of the goal.
With Wokingham unable to capitalise, Merton looked very sharp on the counter attack but for their final pass.
The chances kept coming for Wokingham as both Ballard and Edmonds had great one-on-one opportunities on a few occasions but the keeper firmly stood his ground.
Just as Merton were starting to get in behind the Wokingham defence, a fantastic counter attack saw Dominic Ballard break free down the right once more and his ball in was put on a plate for Archie Athey to tap it in.
Merton didn’t give up and in the space of 5 minutes they had claimed one back and hit the post.
In the closing stages of the game, Dominic Ballard produced a moment of magic as he effortlessly chipped it over the head of a Merton midfielder, chested it down, dribbled passed two defenders and smashed it into the far side of the net. A superb individual effort which saw Wokingham clinch the 3 points in an emphatic 4-1 win.