A Cauley Woodrow hat-trick helped Fulham secure all three points against Middlesbrough on Saturday, with Steve Wigley’s team having now scored 16 goals in just three Barclays U18 Premier League fixtures.
Speaking to fulhamfc.com after the game, U18 Manager Wigley spoke of his pleasure at the application and work rate of his team, who produced a truly scintillating first half performance against Middlesbrough.
“It was a six hour trip up to Middlesbrough on Friday so we stayed overnight which is always a good experience for the players," said Wigley. "It was a beautiful day today and the facilities at Middlesbrough are fantastic so there could be no excuses. I’m really pleased the team has delivered today.
“We were 4-0 up at half time and it was the best 45 minutes I've seen in a long time. We were 5-0 ahead after 50 minutes and Cauley Woodrow scored a hat-trick for us. The other goals came from George Williams and Josh Passley, who scored a fantastic volley at the far post. It’s always nice to get good results but for us it’s about the performance, application and work rate.”
There was a further bonus for Fulham’s Academy on Saturday, with highly rated defender Stephen Arthurworrey making a return to competitive action after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
“The group showed really good application today and it was also Stephen Arthurworrey’s first game back in a year. He played for 60 minutes which was a big bonus for him and us because he’s a very good player.
“We’ve finished the week off well and on Monday we will start again with the goal of delivering the same application and work rate in our next game.”