Wokingham HC pegged back in derby thrillerBy Natalie Slater
November 25, 2009
Wokingham Mens 1st 4 Bracknell Mens 1st 4
The mens first team walked away with a disappointing draw this weekend, despite a strong start in the MBBO Regional 2 derby game.
An early goal from Bracknell’s Paul Kaplanski brought on a Wokingham resurgence, and they equalised when a pass from Mike Bayliss was deflected in by Ali Dance.
Bracknell were then awarded a penalty flick and Wokingham feared the worst, but the score remained even as the hit went wide of the goal.
The hosts then went 3-1 up at half time with further goals from Dom Tallent and Barry Thomas, but the pressure was too much for Wokingham and the second half saw a not-so impressive display.
Wokingham lost their shape and gave the ball away with a number of errors and Kaplanski made it 3-2 with a stunner.
Wokingham recovered to restore their two-goal advantage, but Bracknell fought back and Kaplanski completed his hat-trick while one from Danny Ray earned Bracknell a point.
Wokingham Mens 2nd 3 Ashford 3rd 1
The 2nd team recorded their third win on the spin away to bottom of the table Ashford despite a sluggish start in MBBO Division 3.
They found themselves behind early on after conceding from a short corner, but the visitors then woke up and started to play some half decent hockey.
Man-of-the-match Neil Bennett drilled the ball in from the top of the area and Anthony Dean made it 2-1 with another fierce strike from a well-worked short corner.
Wokingham continued to dominate possession and as half-time approached they made it three as James Gibbs unselfishly passed to Mark Peel who finished well from close range.
Wokingham came out slowly in the second half and invited pressure.
However, they weathered the Ashford attacks without Matt Turner in goal having to touch the ball and Wokingham played out for the win.
Wokingham Mens 3rd XI 8 Banbury Mens 4th 1
Wokingham 3rd saw their MBBO Division 10 West promotion campaign back on track with a very comfortable win over a disheartened Banbury side.
This match, between two teams only separated by goal difference at the top of the table, promised to be closely fought.
In truth, though, Banbury were swept aside by a Wokingham team that completely dominated the game.
With six goals in the first half and a Banbury player seeing a straight red for violent conduct, the game was finished by the break.
The scoring was started by Chris Richman who had a simple tap in after excellent work by Brad Read.
Cameron Dunlop then finished off another fine Wokingham move before Richman netted again by lobbing the keeper from the top of the circle.
Dunlop then crashed the ball home for his second, Ian Hopkinson stole in at the near post after excellent work by Mark Higginson and Richman completed a first-half hat-trick by again taking the aerial route over the keeper.
Banbury reorganised at half time and were much tighter in the second half, but the pattern of the first-half continued with Wokingham dominating territory and possession.
The scoring was rounded off by two further goals from Ian Hopkinson, making him the second person to complete a hat-trick in the game with one excellent reverse stick finish and a great strike from the top of the D.
Oxford Hawks 2 Wokingham Vets 0
Wokingham Vets were defeated by strong opposition in the Wessex Supervets Fixtures Alliance, but for the second week running, the new 3-2-3-2 formation created a balanced look and a more solid defence.
Play was quite even until Wokingham conceded a goal after 10 minutes, but unlike previous games, the team stuck to the agreed plan and made several opportunities with some expansive play.
Wokingham played some of the best hockey of the season in a very encouraging first-half performance.
In the second half, short corners, possession and chances were shared, but Oxford scored a second goal with 15 minutes to go.
The game opened out and Wokingham committed more to attack and were unlucky not to score.
Several chances went begging due to mis-hits when a consolation would have been quite deserved.
Amersham & Chalfont 2nd 0 Wokingham Ladies 1st 4
The first half was a fairly uneventful game for Wokingham as they travelled away to take on Amersham and Chalfont in Trysports Three Counties League Premier 2.
It was still 0-0 at half time, but some inspired tactical changes turned the tide.
Man-of-the-match Victoria Sauven stepped up from centre-back to right-half and showed her worth immediately, scoring within two minutes of the restart.
Sandra Doddington set up Sauven for the second goal, before a double from Claire Bennett with assists from Ellie Brooks and Anne Bennett sealed a fine win for Wokingham.
Banbury Ladies 2nd 4 Wokingham Ladies 2nd 4
There were plenty of goals in this Trysports Three Counties League Division 2 thriller, but Wokingham couldn’t take the points and are still too close to the bottom of the table for comfort.
Wokingham started well, but an error in midfield allowed Banbury to open the scoring.
Wokingham fought back and equalised through Charlotte Duffy, but Banbury scored from a short corner to make it 2-1.
Again, though, Wokingham came back with a goal from their own short corner by Emily Peters squaring things up at half-time.
The beginning of the second half saw Wokingham falter and Banbury took a two-goal lead.
But showing grit and determination, the visitors upped their game with another two goals from Duffy and Peters earning Wokingham the draw.