Henley are hit for six by rampant Wokingham HCBy Natalie Slater
December 09, 2009
Wokingham Ladies 1st 6 Henley 2nd 3
Top-of-the-table Wokingham proved their fine start to the season is no flash in the pan with an impressive win over local rivals Henley in Trysports Premier 2.
A hat-trick from man-of-the-match Claire Bennett inspired Wokingham to victory in what was a fairly evenly-matched game.
Wokingham capitalised on every opportunity as they took another three points to leave them top of the table.
Taryn Rossiter scored another two goals for Wokingham, working well with Ellie Brookes and Bennett, while Chitty netted the sixth in a short corner routine.
Wokingham Mens 1st 1 Ramgarhia 2
Wokingham were expecting a hard game against third-place Ramgarhia in their MBBO Regional 2 encounter, and the visitors certainly didn’t disappoint.
There was little to talk about in the first half as neither team showed why they are near the top of the league.
The second half was much the same and poor discipline from Ramgarhia saw them reduced to 10 men on a number of occasions as they picked up a total of five yellow cards for a mixture of poor tackling and verbals.
However Wokingham could not press home the advantage and even conceded a goal while the visitors were a man down.
Wokingham made a valiant effort to get the match back on track with a well-worked short corner routine converted by Simon Vive.
At 2-1 Wokingham were desperate to get a second goal, however, a lack of discipline and some poor basics meant the game ended 2-1 to Ramgarhia.
Wokingham face sixth-place Eastcote on Saturday as they look to keep up their challenge for the title.
West Witney Ladies 2 Wokingham Ladies 2nd 0
Wokingham travelled to Witney to take on the newly-relegated team who have been proving their strength in Trysports Division 2.
Struggling Wokingham, who are desperate for points to save them from relegation, made a promising start and seemed to catch the hosts off guard.
At half time, it was still all to play for, but shortly after the restart, Witney used their pace and skill to slip past the Wokingham defence and take the lead.
Wokingham fought hard and were solid in defence until a short corner proved too much to bear and Witney went 2-0 up and took the points.
Wokingham Mens 2nd 3 Newbury & Thatcham 2nd 4
Third-placed Newbury & Thatcham were the opponents for Wokingham’s penultimate game before the Christmas break in MBBO Division 3.
There was an early setback for Wokingham as they conceded two goals, but they soon got going and started to create some opportunities.
The best of these fell to John Barlow only for him to blaze wide with only the keeper to beat.
Meanwhile at the other end Matt Turner was being kept busy and made a number of good saves.
However, it was Wokingham who struck next when Pete Tailby’s cross was neatly turned in by Mark Peel at the near post.
With half time looming, Wokingham switched off and Newbury & Thatcham made it 3-1.
Wokingham knew they were still in the game and after a few tactical adjustments were back level.
The first goal came courtesy of James Moss as he followed in a corner strike from Matt Taylor.
Peel then brought Wokingham back level following another short corner.
With Wokingham now dominating, their only seemed one winner, but instead Wokingham were hit on the break and again found themselves behind.
As Wokingham chased the game, Newbury were able to control the tempo and create even more chances, but Turner continued to keep them out and he deservedly won the man-of-the-match award.
Winchester Wanderers 4 Wokingham Vets 7
After their opening win of the season last week, the Vets followed up with an even more emphatic victory at Winchester in the Wessex Supervets Fixtures Alliance.
They recovered well after conceding first and controlled the rest of the first half to lead
3-1 at half-time thanks to an Alan Baines hat-trick.
The Vets started the second half in similar fashion, with skipper Richard Backhouse scoring the fourth.
Winchester reduced the arrears with two goals, before Roly Mear got the Vets’ fifth.
Winchester came back with another short-corner goal before Baines capped a five-star, five-goal performance with a delightful flick over the Wanderers’ goalie and a short-corner strike with the last hit of the game.