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Keith’s delight at Didcot triumph

14 October 2015

Keith Andrews was delighted with the players’ attitude in the thoroughly-convincing 14-0 victory in the Berks and Bucks County Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

Nicky Maynard, Tom Hitchcock and Kabongo Tshimanga all netted hat-tricks in the dominant triumph over Didcot Town at Loop Meadow, with Sergio Aguza netting a brace and Cristian Benavente, Giorgio Rasulo and Mark Randall adding goals of their own too.

“I’m delighted because of how clinical the team were but more because of their approach to the game,” Andrews told “The attitude of the senior players was impeccable. We had a lot of the ball but when we lost it, the intensity to go and win it back was fantastic.

“They were also very respectful of the opposition. I told them at half-time not to take liberties and to play the game in the right way and I thought they did that.

“Scoring 14 times is no easy feat. The quality of the goals was fantastic too and it’s obviously going to do the lads that scored a world of good. They’ve got good minutes under their belts to help with their fitness and their confidence will be up because they’ve played very well.”

He continued: “I’d like to highlight the two Spanish boys tonight because the intensity at which they played at was outstanding. It’s still a ‘work-in-progress’ with them but if they continue with this type of attitude then they’ve got every chance.

“I think Giorgio Rasulo has kicked on to new levels in recent weeks with his performances and he’s captaining the side now. Charlie (Burns) has been fantastic too and I can see him improving week after week.”

It wasn’t only the professionals that impressed Andrews on Tuesday evening, but also the five apprentices– Callum Brittain, Adam Hunt, Oran Jackson, Peter Kioso and substitute Juma Omar – who together put in a mature defensive display to earn the team a clean sheet.

Andrews added: “What a fantastic experience for the young lads to play in a game like this with six professionals in front of them.

“The two full-backs were fantastic in the way they were bombing on. The two centre-halves, as well as Juma who came on, grew into the game too and started dominating it.”

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