Goring Robins FC
Goring Robins FC
Established 1973

Swansong for Goring Robins U18s

14 May 2018

Goring Robins Under 18s played there last ever game as a team in front of a great crowd of supporters in the Reading Chronicle Cup final at the Madejeski Stadium on the 21st May against Thatcham Harriers.

Todays U18 team origins can be traced back to the children’s teams of Streatley Strikers (Berkshire) and Goring Robins (Oxon) which both had successful starts to their playing careers. With the two sides having separate successful early seasons at seven a side in the BYDL, the teams joined at Under 12’s under the Goring Robins flag for, what was then, an 11 a-side league. From here the team has grown and absorbed players from surrounding clubs with league, cup and competitive games plus a legendary trip to France to play in an “international” representing England. For the last two years the team has been part of the Reading West Berkshire League finishing as runners-up in this year’s league.

The starting 11 saw Captain Will Bovington lead Freddie Bermingham, Joey Griffiths
Jonny Hurrell, Harry Miners, Angus Williams, Jake Windsor-Lewis, Ed Woodard, Patrick Leggett, Michael Mattimore and keeper Angus McGregor. After some early nervous starts both teams began well and Goring were gaining the upper hand, but it was Harriers that scored first mid-way through the first half. This did not dent the confidence of Goring who kept attacking the left wing and the tactic saw Angus Williams score the equaliser before Will Barber came on before half time. The second half saw Louis Derbyshire and Matthew Moran come on before Sam Reed and Tom Hollister completed the rolling substitutions. The breakthrough came half way through the second half with a long cross allowing Harry Miners to slot home the ball giving Goring the lead throughout the rest of normal time. But in the fourth minute of injury time, with the play running end-to-end, Harriers equalised and the game moved to penalties.

Penalty shoot-outs are always unforgiving experiences for all concerned and with players and supporters straining with every shot, it ended with Harriers winning out to finish their season as league and cup winners.

The match was a fitting end to the team, their coaches Kevin Bovington and Simon Reed and for Goring the disappointment of the result was tempered by the marvellous occasion of playing their last game at the local ‘home’ of football a game that will stay in the memories of all concerned.