Improving Sonics in seventh heaven

Action from the match beween Wirkworth Sonics under eights (green and black) and Tansley Tikes (dark blue, yellow trim) at Cavendish Fields.
Action from the match beween Wirkworth Sonics under eights (green and black) and Tansley Tikes (dark blue, yellow trim) at Cavendish Fields.

Wirksworth Sonics u8s 7

Tansley Tykes 3

The Sonics started strongly and took advantage of the blustery conditions with Toby Pearson slotting home from just outside the box to give the Wirksworth outfit the advantage inside the first five minutes.

This gave the Sonics confidence and the energetic Tobi Wilkinson weaved his magic to double the lead shortly after.

With the defensive line of Jasper Williams and Rufus Sammels-Moore remaining solid, the Sonics started to pass the ball and a great team move resulted in a superb pass by Thomas Champion to present Pearson with his second goal.

Just before half-time, a great pass by Dan Repton gave Tobi Wilkinson space and he unleashed a powerful strike to give the Sonics a 4-0 lead.

This was not ‘game over’ however, and with the continued determination of a willing Tansley side, coupled with the strong wind, the Sonics knew they would have to defend well going into the second half.

Despite some ferocious tackling and last ditch defending, Tansley got a deserved goal back five minutes into the second period, doubling their tally shortly afterwards.

Step forward Sonics’ goalkeeper William Howard, who produced a superb display and a string of fine stops.

Finlay Surgey remained focussed in defence and gave his side the forward impetus which resulted in Thomas Champion scoring a special goal midway through the half.

Tansley managed to score once more before Wilkinson sealed his hat-trick with another great strike.

The goal of the day came from Max Matkin who showed great control, vision and execution as he looped the ball over the keeper to make it seven.

It was a great team performance by the Wirksworth side but acknowledgement must also go to the Tansley team who never gave up and gave 100 per cent right up to the final whistle.

Both sets of supporters applauded a great game of football at the final whistle.