Report by Ben Snook
For the 2nd week running, Oakwood would start the game playing with a man advantage. Rumours on the touchline were that West Wickham were missing as many as 6 players. You can only beat what is in front of you and that is exactly what Oakwood did. Injuries had also struck Oakwood with an unfit Kaiden Hummerston the only sub.
Oakwood took advantage early on with a cooly slotted goal from Toby Jones. This was followed, with just 21 minute on the clock, by Tak Musendo smashing a left footed shot into the bottom corner of the goal.
Shortly after, James Archard found himself in the thick of the action again, although this time it was his handbag that did the talking and not his feet, as he became the first Oaks player to be sin-binned, along with his Wickham counterpart, for a shoving contest, although handshakes all round were forthcoming.
With the Wickham keeper being constantly bombarded, more goals were to follow and, almost immediately after being allowed to rejoin the fray followng his sin-bin penalty, James's powerful run and strike left the keeper with no chance to take the scoreline to 0-3. And a nice move down the right hand side between Riley Snook and James, who found Liam Jones in front of goal for a simple tap in to take Oakwood into a 0-4 lead with half-time approaching.
The second half was again constant pressure from Oakwood, George Edgley was hardly called upon in the Oakwood net.
Toby got his 2nd goal just after half-time to take the lead to 0-5 and Liam his 2nd just a couple of minutes later.
With ten minutes remaining, West Wickham were unfortunately reduced to 9 men with one of their players having to come off injured and, consequently, the goals continued to accumulate for the Oaks.
Nathaniel Dryden scored his first ever goal for Oakwood by sending the keeper the wrong way from a penalty that he won himself with a marauding run from left back, jinking into the box before being stopped, unfairly in the referee's eyes, by a West Wickham defender.
Toby, showed he has a knack for a goal by notching his 2nd hat-trick of the season and, if Nathaniel's goal wasn't strange enough, the smallest lad on the pitch, Finlay Sturgeon, rose like a salmon to smash home a header from a late corner.
Liam rounded out the scoring to grab Oakwood's 10th, the goal coming courtesy of a superb flick and volley that came off the post for a superb hat-trick - also his 2nd hat-trick of the season!
The final result was 0-10, but in all truth, the scoreline could have been a lot more. Their keeper made some fine saves throughout the game and West Wickham Tigers put in a credible performance even being one or two men down. We wish them all the best for the season and hope, when we meet for the return, two full strength sides will be able to take the pitch.