WCFC went into the game on the back of a tough game the previous week against Halesowen. During training in the week the boys talked through their approach to the game and how getting the right starting mentality was key.
The warmup was transformed, and there was a general buzz within the group prior to kick off. This translated into an excellent start, where WCFC dominated a good Oxford City side. WCFC were on top for the first 15 minutes of the first quarter without converting the pressure into any goals. The last 5 mins of the quarter belonged to Oxford and despite a good save from Evan M they were first to rebound and put themselves in front just before the break.
The second quarter started as the first and WCFC came out of the blocks firing. The midfield winning their individual battles with the industrious Ben winning the ball in midfield and laying it out to the impressive Caleb to restore parity. The next WCFC goal was a thing of beauty. The ball won in the heart of the defence by Isaac, who played it into Ben. Ben played it in to the feet of the excellent Evan K who returned it to Ben who had carried on his run out wide. Ben got his head up and played a lovely ball back into Evan K who finished first time; a 1:2:1:2 goal! Oxford has noticed our Achilles heel, the high line taken for free kicks and after a number of attempts finally sprung the offside trap and levelled into the break.
The third period started brightly with some good attacking play setting up Evan K to finish coolly, but the remainder of the quarter belonged to Oxford as they capitalised by pushing players on and despite numerous saves from Evan K they scored three with no reply (including a penalty).
Into the final period and WCFC really did themselves proud. They pressed, harassed and played some lovely football. The pressure paid off and a lovely through ball from Ryan to enable Tom to reduce the deficit. Another fantastic finish from Evan K brought WCFC level and it felt the momentum was with them. Chances came and went until the sucker punch came from another long free kick deflecting off our own player leaving Austin with no chance.
For the second time this season WCFC were on the wrong side of a high scoring thriller. There were so many positives as arguably this was the best best performance of the season so far. The choice of medals was the hardest it’s been, with special mentions for Liam, Caleb and Evan M for their respective performances.
Evan K was a thorn in Oxford’s side all game, taking his goals brilliantly but more importantly linking up play so well.
Dwayne Johnson clearly stole his nickname from Isaac, as he was a rock at the heart of the defence. One of the additional pleasing aspects was his overall communication throughout the game was excellent.
A dynamo at the heart of the midfield, winning his personal battles added to his excellent distribution culminating in two assists. Well done Ben.