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On Saturday, the 22nd of October, Wembley FC hosted Wokingham & Emmbrook F.C. at Vale Farm.

Wembley went into this fixture looking to bounce back from the previous weekend’s loss to Chalfont St Peter, whilst Wokingham came into this clash looking to grab their first win since the 3rd of September. Both teams battled hard for the three points today, but nevertheless, Wokingham’s spirited second half wasn’t enough, and Wembley took all three points with a 2 – 0 win, with both goals coming within the first 30 minutes.

The first half saw an onslaught of attacks from the Wembley side, who were relentless from minute one. Surprisingly due to the abundance of fouls all game, only one booking was shown in the half and the game, which went to Wokingham’s Allen Bossman only 11 minutes in after a hard challenge in their defence half. Wokingham managed to keep the game level for the first ten but couldn’t for long as Wembley’s Donnell Moore broke down the right wing taking on the Wokingham fullback and, with some clever footwork and a powerful strike which left the goalie helpless making the game 1 – 0 in the 13th minute. Wembley started to play with confidence as Wokingham struggled to handle Wembley’s attacks, and 14 minutes after the first goal, a slick piece of play between Ronnie Swash and Yassine Fehmi-Gil down the left led to a slick ball played through by the captain to Alfie Bates inside the box completely free who calmly tucks it away making it 2-0. Wokingham tried to play on the counter but couldn’t find a product which ended the first half Wembley 2 – 0 Wokingham.

The second half saw a different story as Wokingham made two substitutions which instantly made a difference, with Ellis Riley and Marcus Whittaker making way for Ellis Wint and a debut appearance for Nick Soloman. Although this half was goalless, it saw plenty of entertainment, Wokingham took the better of the chances this half, and Callum Wrights’s bold effort from a distance rattled the bar, which fell to Jack Webb, who skied it over the bar within the first five. Wokingham continued to make attempts at the Wembley Keeper but couldn’t find the back of the net. Substitutions came late in the half for Wembley as Tag Rowe, Donnell Moore and Yassine Fehmi – Gil made way for Ben Lawson-Hatch, Hayden McConnell and Jayden Mitchell-Brown, which helped Wembley secure all 3 points. Some good instant pressing from McConnell and Ben Lawson-Hatch almost finding a third for Wembley, but a good block turned it out for a corner.

This game was fast-paced, exciting, and an enjoyable watch; Wokingham fought hard in the second half to get something from this game, but Wembley’s quality and relentless attacks proved to be too much as Wembley attained three comfortable points to retain 7th, and Wokingham remain 19th in this Premier Division North fixture.

This report was written by Matthew Costello, a 3rd year student studying BA (Hons) Football Business & Media at locally based University Campus of Football Business – Wembley.

We’d like to thank Matthew for his contribution, the match coverage, and also wish him luck for the remainder of his studies.

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Matthew Costello
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