Burghfield U15s were beaten 5-1 at Moor Mead FC, as a lethal first half performance from the hosts put them on the road to victory. Moor Mead showed their intentions in the opening seconds, hitting the bar at the end of a quick breakaway. They took the lead soon after, with Daniel pouncing on a defence splitting pass before rounding the goalkeeper and tucking the ball into an empty net. Burghfield tried to produce a response and Angelo Santana Welch delivered an inviting cross from the left which was turned towards goal by a defender, but the goalkeeper scrambled the ball wide to spare his team mate’s blushes. Daniel turned provider for the second Moor Mead goal, playing the ball through for Aydin to run on to. The winger kept his cool to slot past Callum Wardle and double his side’s lead. Jos Wheeler worked tirelessly to thwart attacks coming down the left hand side, but Burghfield constantly looked under pressure when Moor Mead broke through the middle. Callum Wardle saved well from a long range strike, but was powerless to stop the home side putting the game out of sight before half time. Some nice interplay gave Jacob the chance to dink the ball home for the third goal, before Owain added a fourth just before the break with an effort from distance. Moor Mead started the second half how they finished the first, with their impressive striker Daniel taking advantage of a fortunate ricochet which put him one-on-one with Ben Symington - who took over between the sticks at half time. However, his first action was to pick the ball out of the net following a delightful chip from Daniel making it five-nil. From this point forward, Burghfield were much improved, with Patrick Wynn the stand out attacking player. He showed nifty feet to try and make things happen and create opportunities, and it was he who had the best chance to get a goal back. After neat play from Burghfield, Patrick raced through on goal and kept his composure only to see his low strike come back off the foot of the post. The Blues continued to fight for every ball and put pressure on their opposition and were rewarded with a consolation goal. In a frantic period of play, Angus Ayde saw a shot come back off the bar and have a follow up shot saved, before the ball found its way to Luke Atherton who turned it into the net. That would prove to be the end of the scoring with Angus denied by a good save and Ben Sopher curling a shot wide.
Written by Lewis Mason