Wanderers prove that they are up for the cup

Woodhall Wanderers U18 won the West Herts Youth League U18 Cup
Woodhall Wanderers U18 won the West Herts Youth League U18 Cup

Woodhall Wanderers U18 bowed out with a bang as they won the West Herts Youth League U18 Cup in their last year of youth football.

Woodhall went into their clash with league champions Tornado as slight underdogs, but they came out fighting and romped to a 6-2 victory.

Wanderers started brightly and were rewarded when a snap shot by Ben Pattie was fumbled by the Tornado keeper to give Woodhall the lead after 10 minutes.

Tornado hit back, though, as a mistake in the Wanderers defence allowed them to level things up with 25 minutes on the clock.

Rather than dwell on the error, Woodhall responded well and struck twice in quick succession to regain the lead.

Jason Potts netted to make it 2-1, before Liam Cowing added a third with a speculative effort from just short of the half-way line.

Decisively, Wanderers scored a magnificent fourth on the stroke of half-time, when Potts rifled home a well-taken goal after an excellent move down the right flank.

After the restart, Woodhall scored two further goals – Pattie making it 5-1 with a crisp low drive past the keeper before captain James Axford headed home the sixth.

To their credit, Tornado never stopped trying and were unlucky not to score when two ferocious strikes came back off the crossbar.

They managed to bag a consolation goal to make it 6-2 in the dying seconds, but it was Wanderers who were celebrating at the final whistle.