Six of the best as Mary inspires Oxford thrashingBy Natalie Slater
November 04, 2009
City of Oxford Ladies 2nd 1 Wokingham Ladies 1st 6
Wokingham HC Ladies are seemingly unstoppable at the moment and maintained an undefeated record to go three-points clear at the top of the Trysports Three Counties Premier 2 Division table.
On Saturday the team travelled to Oxford to take on the fourth-placed team in what was set to be a tough game.
Wokingham were keen to record a convincing win and it was the pace on the break that was key to destroying Oxford in a superb first-half display.
Wokingham led 4-1 at the break, with Oxford’s only goal coming from a short corner.
Wokingham cruised through the second half, extending their lead by two goals, one of which was a penalty flick, created and scored by Clare Bennett.
The whole team played a blinder and the other goal scorers were Ellie Brooks, Alex Cooper and Chitty.
The man-of-the-match award went to Mary King who made a few killer balls to the speedy forwards.
Bracknell Ladies 2nd 4 Wokingham Ladies 2nd 2
Despite a season’s-best team performance against local rivals Bracknell on Saturday, the ladies 2nd team were unable to take any much needed points in this Trysports Three Counties League Division 2 game.
Things started well with Wokingham taking the lead in the first half following a fantastic goal set up and completed by Hayley Buckland.
This gave the team the confidence to push forward, but an injury moments before half time to striker Buckland left her unable to continue and the team struggled on the attack in the second half.
Bracknell came out fighting after the break and put the Wokingham defence under enormous pressure and early into the second half managed to pass defender Natalie Slater to slot the goal in for an equaliser.
The hosts then took the score to 2-1 before Wokingham equalised from a short corner with a goal from Beccy Slater.
But it was not to be for Wokingham and their tired legs could not keep up with the opposition who took another two goals late in the second half for a convincing win.
Wokingham put their all into the game, but need a bigger squad as they try to pick themselves up from the bottom of the table.
Wycombe Mens 2nd 3 Wokingham Mens 1st 2
A defensive error allowed Wycombe to open the scoring early on in this MBBO Regional 2 game on Saturday.
But good link up play between Matt Ordidge and Dave Badger drew Wokingham even, but Wycombe then took the lead again on the stroke of half time following a short corner.
Jon Minchin was shown the first of many yellow cards for a bad foul leaving Wokingham with only 10 men for a period of the first half, but the team felt frustrated with a lack of punishment on their hosts when Barry Thomas was taken out by a Wycombe player.
The second half was no less controversial with Wycombe scoring from a short corner following a seemingly legitimate challenge from Mike Bowyer.
Justin Brown and Ali Dance were also shown yellow cards, but Wokingham pulled back a goal and were putting constant pressure on the opposition, but failed to take home any points.
Wokingham were left feeling slightly aggrieved, but admitted to not putting in their best performance, although they would have been happy with a draw.
Wokingham 2nd 0 Sonning 3rd 1
Wokingham again started well, but as in recent weeks could not get the goal that their play deserved in MBBO Division 3.
The first half contained very few chances, however, Brett Powis, playing his last game for Wokingham, somehow managed to play a backwards aerial, much to amusement of both sides and supporters.
A few umpiring decisions frustrated Wokingham and Sonning’s match-winning goal came after one such instance.
A lifted ball into a Wokingham defender was not blown and Sonning went onto score from the resulting play.
Dave Morgan was also shown a yellow card after being deemed to have fouled on purpose.
Wokingham had chances to equalise with David Samson having the best of them.
In the dying seconds Anthony Dean intercepted play and put through Samson, but his shot was saved off the Sonning keepers’ head and the ball bounced back to Matt Taylor to slot home, only for a defender to somehow block the effort.
A draw would have been a fair result, however, some inspired goalkeeping and wasteful finishing continue to cost the 2nds.
Wokingham Ladies 3rd 2 Reading Ladies 4th 3
The ladies 3rd team showed how far they have come since the start of the season with a strong performance against Reading’s development squad in the Trysports Three Counties League Division 5 on Saturday.
Despite being 3-0 down at half time, Wokingham fought back and put in a fantastic second-half effort to bring the score line to 3-2.
Amanda Wheble picked up the first goal of her career while Jenna Smith also scored in her debut game for Wokingham, earning her the man-of-the-match title.
Wokingham Vets 1 Guildford Gondoliers 4
It was yet another horror show on Halloween for the Vets in the Wessex Supervets Fixtures Alliance league, despite taking an early lead through Roly Mear and generally dominating play.
However, the Vets conceded two goals and trailed 2-1 at half-time, and their defensive frailties were not helped by a knee injury to stand-in captain Dob Russell.
The lack of speed in the Vets’ defence was exploited on the break by Guilford, who added two second half goals and could even afford to have a penalty saved by Phil Bell.
The one bright spark for Wokingham was the debut of Ash Shah, who had a more than creditable game, despite not having played for 25 years and never before on astroturf.