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Match Day 4

Reading 4 Vs 5 WISE A

On Pitch 1 of Match day 4, saw Reading play against WISE A, who were making their bow in the league with their first match in the tournament. The match proved to be full of quality, with some great goals but also a very feisty affair as the players got under each other’s skins. WISE A started of sharper, quicker and it was easy to see they were hungrier and wanted to make a good early impression of their credentials. With their front 4 of Wesley, Shoaib, Aiden and Daniyaal being very nimble and quick on with their feet, they were proving to be a handful for the Reading players. The quick start took the Reading players by surprise, along with some of the decisions by the referee that the Reading players thought were going against them and were wrong and this led them quickly falling behind to WISE A and chasing the game. By end of the 1st half, they were 4-1 down to their opponents.

The halftime team and the break did the Reading boys really good as they came out much more relaxed and determined to get back in the game, which they did straightway by grabbing the next goal to make it 4-2 and they looked as they were going to change the direction of the match and the momentum. Having scored and having got back in, they made the cardinal mistake and as the old saying goes – you are at your most venerable when you have scored – and that was the case here – as Reading players had hardly stopped celebrating that they conceded again after a moment of lack of concentration and switching off. This thou did not deter them as they kept playing and got hold of the game and started to control the match. They grabbed 2 quick goals to make it 5-4 with 5 minutes left and you could see the nervousness on the WISE A team as they started to make mistakes and pressure was starting to tell.  Reading should have grabbed an equaliser with the last kick of the game as the ball pin ponged in the box, it was half cleared and Reading created an opportunity with a well-driven cross and their player got in front of the defenders in a packed box to side-foot wide from 2 yards when for all the world everyone thought he had scored, missing the post by few inches with goalkeeper rooted on the spot on the line. That was that and WISE A had hung onto to win the match 5-4 in the end, with those frantic last few minutes. In the end, it was a thrilling game of football, showcasing some brilliant individual and team play from both sides. Both teams will be a force in the league going forward and the second round of match between these will be one to watch and is eagerly anticipated.

Aylesbury 4 Vs 4 Maidenhead

It was another exciting, tense and entertaining match on pitch 2 with a thrilling draw between Aylesbury and Maidenhead teams. Maidenhead started the match very well, managing the game with some slick passing in a very intense game since both teams needed to pick up some points to start their account for the league. Maidenhead, with their quick and bright start, scored 3 goals in quick succession to end the first half 3-1 up.

Whatever was said at the Aylesbury’s team talk at halftime did the trick and it was a different team that came out in the second half as they started the 2nd half applying good early pressure on the ball, pressing very quickly and good controlled passing amongst themselves, but having got a foothold in the game, through some individual mistakes being made by the young Aylesbury players, it led them going 4-2 behind, which was against the run of the play and with 8 minutes left to play, the young guns from Aylesbury managed to claw their way back in to a very well deserved draw at the end, with game-ending 4-5, which at end was a fair result for both team and well-deserved point each.

Apart from some isolated incident, the game was played in a good spirit by both teams and that is to be applauded and congratulations to both teams on their behavior.

Match report by Khalid Machmoum – (WISE B Manager)

Chesham 1 Vs 0 Reading

Game abandoned 13mins into the first half of the match due to injury on the pitch to one of the Chesham players which resulted in an ambulance to be called and the player taken to the hospital.