It was a difficult first game for the White team, as they faced a Rooksdown side who were very comfortable in possession. Freddie Dobson stepped up (on his birthday!) to go in goal, but unfortunately got injured after a brave tackle on a Rangers striker. Goalkeeper duties then went to Jonny Hicks, who made a handful of fantastic saves throughout the game and deservedly earned the Player of the Match award. Thomas Sinton scored with a calm 1v1 finish to grab a goal before half time. In the second half, both teams struggled to recover when losing possession, which led to a basketball-like match. Rooksdown were clinical with the chances they created, and Liam Taylor got back to last season's form by scoring 2 goals for Harriers.
Well done to Rooksdown, and good luck for the rest of the season!
Overall, despite a few having tired legs, the boys gave great effort and will take some positives into next week's match against Burghclere.
Score: Rooksdown Youth Rangers 11-3 Thatcham Town Harriers White
Goal Scorers: Liam Taylor (2 Goals), Thomas Sinton
Player of the Match: Jonny Hicks