With just 24hours til kick-off, it was clear to Austin that he would be travelling to Pancentric FC’s home turf in South London without both centre-backs – Gray and Copley – as well as solid central midfielder, Caulfield, and RB, Matt Redman.
The most controversial of these losses was Jamie Gray who, following accolades for previous Wunderman Wunderers performances, decided he was now too ‘celebrity’ for the club. He was spotted on the South Bank with his TV Presenter girlfriend on Wednesday evening, skipping along jovially on his supposedly ‘injured ankle’. Austin was not available for comment, but is believed to be considering Gray’s future with the club.
It took just 20minutes for the Wunderers to take the lead. Maconomy and Austin exchanged Barcelona-esq passes before picking out Cobley. With defenders closing in, he managed to pick out the corner of the net. 1-0.
However, the game wasn’t quite under Wunderman’s control. In the 32nd minute Pancentric made a counter attack and fired a shot at Peters in goal. Peters flapped at the shot in vain, knocking the ball in the direction of the Pancentric striker who hit home, levelling the score. 1-1.
With half-time looming, Wunderman were pushing for another goal. It eventually came in the shape of a 20 yard drilled shot from Austin. The build-up play was exceptional, Cobley skipped past two Pancentric wingers before finding Austin on the edge of the box to fire into the bottom corner. 2-1.
Wunderman got off to a flying start in the second half and, after just 3 minutes, scored again. Gandy picked out Austin, who shot at the keeper from wide, only for Maconomy to coolly slot in the rebound. 3-1 and the Wunderers were looking good for more goals.
The game became heated in the final 20 minutes following a few questionable tackles from Pancentric’s Edgar Davids. With tempers high, Gandy took it upon himself to dish out retribution. This soon paid off when he punted the ball towards the goal, blinding the goalkeeper with the fire in his eyes and ensuring Wunderman’s third consecutive win.
Another excellent display of football from Wunderman Wunderers. The change of squad and formation made way for a couple of star performances, most notably Chris Evans filling in at Centre Back and one of Wunderman’s latest recruits, Laws, who is believed to have run 22 miles in last night’s game. Despite strong performances from all players, Man of the Match was award to David Maconomy for a solid performance in the centre of the park. The young Essex boy was tough in tackles, bossed the midfield and topped off his performance with a goal. It is thought he will be celebrating this performance with a ‘top night out at Sugar Hut’ on Saturday night. Reem.