Milton Keynes march on in the Flags cup competition after a comprehensive 12-3 victory over Reading’s 2nd team. The two teams battled out a 5-5 draw only a couple of weeks ago in the league so what was the difference today? Two things; First the MK squad was larger, allowing the midfield to keep rotating on and off, meaning fresh legs always on the field, which leads to goals. Second, was a bit more quality going forward, which of course leads to goals.
You can see below, the MK goals were spread around six players. with Chris and Sam joint top scorers with three each. Chris had an eventful final quarter as he ran (yes ran) off the field in a mild panic as he saw a tow truck on the road near where his car was parked. A few minutes later he was jogging back to the field relieved that his car was not about to be towed away.
Special mention to the four midfield players who did not score today but their contribution was crucial to the win. Rookie Corey Jamieson was rock solid all game in all areas of the field, should of scored, and looks like a player who got at least a couple of season in the tank. Ollie Baines, in his second season, was a threat with his pace and dodging potential. Ben Amos, also in his second season, shared face-off duties with Sam Miles and was everywhere, albeit not on the scoresheet. Finally co-captain Andy Kenyon played his usual strong game in midfield and led by example.
The next round is now not until February when MK will play host to Welwyn 2’s. That should be a good encounter as earlier in the season MK narrowly lost by a single late goal. However there are six league games between now and then, starting next Saturday with a trip to unbeaten Epsom.
Man-of-the-Match: Brett Satchell, while he was the only attack player not to score, he gave his defender a real run-around and got in some great positions to score, just missing the net on a few occasions.
D-of-the-Day: Nathan Villiers, who was clearing the ball from goal early in the game. Middie, Andy Kenyon, had run back to take the ball upfield but Nathan jogged out of goal and straight away got under pressure from a Reading attacker. He tried to give the ball to Andy by rolling it behind him through his legs, all without actually looking at Andy, who of course had moved so the ball just went out of play. Comedy gold.
3:12 (0:2, 0:4, 2:8, 3:12)
#16 Chris Webborn (3)
#24 Sam Miles (3)
#88 Jack Gambrill (2)
#22 Ben Brookes (2)
#27 Jonathan Prince
#17 John Horbury