Hype Train FC will be playing across both Saturday and Sunday next season, with the team competing in the East Berkshire Football League and the Reading & District Sunday League. You can follow all of the team's season coverage right here as we provide match reports and photo galleries from our third season as a club! All aboard.
Match Report: Hype Train FC vs. FC Whitley Wood
Date: Sunday 24th April 2022
Competition: Reading & District Sunday League, Division 4 (Game 16)
Opposition: FC Whitley Wood
Location: Calcot Recreation Ground, Calcot, Reading, RG31 4XD
Final Score: Hype Train FC 5-1 FC Whitley Wood
Photographer: Sam Austin (@HypeTrainSam)
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Our encounter against Whitley Wood was the team's 16th league outing in RDSL Division 4 (19th overall due to a trio of walkover wins) and the reverse fixture of the team's 8-0 away victory at Coley Recreation Ground in February - as well as being the club's last home outing of the season down at Calcot Recreation Ground for the season!
The morning saw perfect conditions for football, with the game having to wait 23 minutes for the first goal to arrive. Starting from a throw by Stuart Stannard on the left, just inside his own half, to Leon Mannion, the attacker collected the ball and then fought his way through 4 Woodley players as they tried to clear the ball, though Mannion's sheer persistence paid off when he went one-on-one with a defender, beat him for pace, before dinking the goalkeeper with his right foot to open the scoring - a lovely individual goal to open the scoring for the team's Number 9!
Growing into the game more and more, the 35th minute brought around the team's second goal when Jake Holloway in goal distributed the ball out to right back, Danny Basden, who fed the ball over the top of Whitley's defensive line for Mannion, with the attacker holding off an opposing defender as the ball inched towards goal, which led to Mannion coolly slotting the ball into the net after winning the physical battle.
The team went in 2-0 at half-time, though there were more chances to add to the tally, with Mannion hitting the bar with a fine volley, as well as strikes from Callum Parr-Jones and George Holloway, testing the goalkeeper. Captain, Vincent van Lembergen, also toed an effort over the bar from close range as a corner fell invitingly for the Belgian, though a first goal for the skipper wasn't to be.
The second-half saw an improved team performance all round, with the cherry on top of Joe Sawyer's morning, playing against his brother Kieran, arriving in the 50th minute. Having won a corner, Jamie Carter whipped in a corner to the near-post that Sawyer won the race too, heading home from a few-yards-out to score against his former Sunday side and to take the score to 3-0 on the day.
Having just scored, the team found themselves conceding within a minute as Whitley broke down the left, crossing in but over everyone until their right back collected the ball. Stannard desperately was defending several shots and passes, though the ball eventually broke to a midfielder on his left-foot to shot in and past Holloway at the near-post on our left and their right, to reduce the score to 3-1.
The game turned again back in our favour in the 58th minute when Mannion was able to complete a well-deserved hat-trick on the day! After Gino Izzo shot from range, forcing a save out of the Whitley goalkeeper after a shot that looped up and down, Stannard delivered an in-swinging corner to the six-yards-box, with Mannion rising highest to power home a header into the net, gifting the team a 3-goal lead yet again.
The scoring game to a close in the 68th minute when Parr-Jones chested down from a loose goal kick, playing a through ball to Scott Terry, who had to get past the last defender and goalkeeper, with the Whitley players coming together as the defender touched the ball off his chest and it went into the net as teammates collided whilst Terry was putting on pressure, which went down as an own goal and a 5th goal for the team - though, unfortunately, the visiting side lost their goalkeeper for the remainder of the game as a result of the coming together.
The victory ensured that the team finished 2nd place in RDSL Division 4, and were presented with the runners-up shield by League Secretary, David Marshall, after the game! Next up for the team on Sunday's, we will travel away to Core FC for the final game of Division 4 this season, though all focus turns to our EBFL Presidents Cup final, with the team away to KS Gryf on Saturday 30th April in league action, before we take on AFC Cressex in the final on Saturday 7th May 2022.
Thoughts from Club Secretary, Robert Austin:
"Our last home game of the season ultimately proved to be one of our more enjoyable Sunday outings this season, which is a massive plus as we didn't enjoy or get much out of our 8-0 win last time out against the same opposition, so we were relieved when Whitley turned up with a stronger squad and gave us a good game on the day.
The difference was the team's attacking intent and our finishing - we carved out good chances all morning, hit the bar 3-4 times, in addition to having Leon in attack in some fine form to secure the team second place in the league. All credit to Whitley though, they gave us a good game and were so much better than when we last played them - have a good summer and hopefully see you guys later down the line at some point.
Also a big thank you to League Secretary, David Marshall, for coming down to our game to present us with the runners-up shield in Division 4. It's our second piece of silverware in Sunday League action, and a debut season which has seen us only eclipsed by Reading United, who were worthy winners of the division as they won each of their 20 games in the division. Here's to moving up the division's next season as will no doubt be promoted for our efforts in a good first season in the Reading & District Sunday Football League!"
Hype Train FC: Matchday Squad
Manager: Robert Austin
GK: Jake Holloway
DEF: Danny Basden
DEF: Joe Sawyer (Stannard 82')
DEF: Vince van Lembergen (Gibbons 46')
DEF: Stuart Stannard (Carter 72')
MID: Dany Setiawan (Zaky 55', Austin 80')
MID: George Holloway (Izzo 46')
MID: Colins Akemche (Holloway 62')
MID: Callum Parr-Jones
MID: Jamie Carter (Terry 55')
FOR: Leon Mannion (Setiawan 75')
SUB: Walid Zaky
SUB: Robert Austin
SUB: Scott Terry
SUB: Gino Izzo
SUB: Callum Gibbons
Goals and Assists:
Goal 1: Mannion (goal), no assist
Goal 2: Mannion (goal), Basden (assist)
Goal 3: Sawyer (goal), Carter (assist)
Goal 4: Mannion (goal), Stannard (assist)
Goal 5: Own Goal, Parr-Jones (assist)
Want to know more about The Hype Train?
The Hype Train is an entertainment website founded in 2015, specialising in general football and Fantasy sports reporting, starting with Fantasy Premier League (FPL), before expanding to MLS Fantasy coverage in 2018.
We pride ourselves in providing beautiful graphics, statistics, in-depth analytical reporting and free weekly insight for hopeful players attempting to climb rankings tables. We are also occasional media reviewers, with a keen interest to review games, live sport, and professional wrestling.
In 2019, Hype Train Football Club was formed, becoming the first Fantasy Football website to take to the field. HTFC is a socially active team across social and web channels, providing regular match highlights, match reports, comprehensive player statistics and unique player profiles. We won both Goal of the Season Awards in the Berkshire and County FA regions, with Callum Parr-Jones winning the Berks & Bucks FA award, whilst Martin King won the PlaySport UK award. In 2021, we formed the Reading Sunday Social League (RSSL), a competitive Sunday League involving 8 teams in its debut season.
The Hype Train were nominated and shortlisted for the 'Best Football Blog' in 2016 by the Football Bloggers Association at their annual Football Blogging Awards (The FBA's), and were again shortlisted as a finalist in 2019 in the 'Best Fantasy Football Blog' category.
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