Oaks U14s ease past Bognor Regis in Sussex FA Cup
by Ben Snook
Hoping to put their in-different form to rest, Oakwood travelled the long distance to Bognor for the Sussex FA Cup 2nd round game. Bognor had recently given Horsham Town a good game, so a tough encounter was expected.
Upon arriving at the Bognor ground, it was noted by many at what a great setup they have. The pitches were immaculate and the coffee hut a nice little surprise.
Playing in their home kit, Oakwood started strongly. Liam Jones hitting the post in the 2nd minute - with half the team celebrating thinking it was in. Kaiden Hummerston also went close from an early corner and it seemed that Oakwood had come out of the traps for once.
But, in the 11th minute, Bognor took a shock lead against the run of play. A clever short corner routine which Oakwood did not respond to quickly allowed their striker to whip a delicious left-footed strike into the far corner to take a 1-0 lead.
Oakwood continued to press and got a well-deserved equalizer in the 16th minute. One of many dangerous crosses from James Archard found Kaiden Hummerston in the box and he drilled a low drive into the bottom left of the Bognor goal to make it 1-1.
Things soon got better for Oakwood, this time a corner by James Archard found Liam Jones six yards out, who planted his header into the roof of the net in the 27th minute, 1-2.
One minute later and the lead was increased, another corner from James Archard and a giant leap from Lee Turner allowed him to power a downward header under the goalie. 1-3. With half time approaching, Oakwood seemed content with their half's work and kept the ball nicely to go in at the break with a handy little lead.
The 2nd half continued in much the same vein as the 1st. Oakwood playing some lovely football and keeping Bognor's chances to a minimum. Chances were still being created by Oakwood, however, with Riley Snook going on a mazy run through the midfield, laying it to Kaiden Hummerston who, in turn, found Liam Jones who shot just wide.
But, despite their being no goals in the 2nd half, there could and probably should have been more. Some wasteful finishing and poor decision making when well placed, meant the game finished 3-1.
George Edgley and the back line of Riley Snook, Lee Truman, Ben Plumridge and Nathaniel Dryden dealt with everything that was thrown at them. Morgan Prill was again particularly impressive in midfield, his ball retention in particular was second to none. Finlay Sturgeon showed some nice touches and strong challenges, Farai Maswera’s dazzling feet on the left showed that he can bamboozle any opposition defender, James Archard was involved in all 3 goals, delivering crosses for each of them, Luqman Makeem and Kaiden Hummerston continued to show their great form from this season and Liam Jones lead the line superbly.
What strikes me about this team is that no matter who starts or who is on the bench, the team is never weakened as the whole squad are now accomplished footballers with no weak links. It was also very pleasing to hear the Bognor parents complementing our style of football and saying we “are by far the best side they have played all season”.
So the cup run continues, with Premier Utd, the conquerors of Crawley & Maidenbower Panthers 6-1, waiting in the next round. But, before then, we would like to wish Bognor Regis Town Youth U14 Green all the best for the season, as we endeavour to get back to winning ways in the league.