Oak FC boss Watkins urges caution after 15-goal haul against Race

There were a number of big wins in Welsh football on the weekend, but none bigger than Oak FC’s 15-0 victory over Race in Division Three of the Gwent County League.

The victory saw Oak FC rise to fourth place in the division, whilst Race had further woe heaped upon them at the bottom of the table.

And despite the scoreline, Oak manager Ben Watkins was eager to play down their goalscoring exploits against a strong-spirited Race side, who they travel to this coming weekend for an amateur cup fixture.

“Obviously we are delighted with the way the team performed, the score line reflects that. But it is important not to get overly excited. Race gave us a good go in the first 30 minutes, and it took us until then to score our first

“If I’m honest the scoreline doesn’t reflect the effort that some of the Race players gave and they battled well right up until the final whistle. We have lots left to work on and we expect Race to come at us stronger this week when we visit them for the amateur cup”

Watkins was pleased with his players, with his substitutions proving shrewd decisions as they scored a total of seven from the bench.

“On the day several players performed well. Luke James had a hat trick from midfield, but two of our substitutes enjoyed scoring also. James Jenkins with a hat trick, and Matthew Edwards scored four in only 15 minutes after coming off the bench.

However, he has urged his side to raise their attention to the detail for the full 90 minutes as they look to progress in both the cup and Gwent County league.

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“The main improvement we need to make is to keep concentration, particularly when off the ball. On the ball we play some great stuff but when defending we have the tendency to switch off, which needs to be addressed. It has improved but further improvement is what we need.”

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