Wokingham HC fail to make dominance payBy Natalie Slater
February 24, 2010
Sunbury Mens 1st 2 Wokingham Mens 1st 2
After turning in some improved performances in recent weeks in MBBO Regional 2, Wokingham travelled to Sunbury confident of repeating their last victory over this opposition.
Wokingham started well, pinning Sunbury back to their own half with a purposeful pass-and-move game.
After being denied by a mixture of poor finishing and good goalkeeping, Wokingham finally made their dominance count when a Barry Thomas short corner was converted by captain Si Vive.
Sunbury came out hard in the second half and rattled Wokingham, winning the midfield battle and putting pressure on the visiting goal.
Only a fine display from Justin Brown and a man-of-the-match performance from keeper David Baines kept Wokingham in front.
Sunbury finally made the breakthrough when Harry Weald lost his man, who was allowed to run into the D unopposed to finish past the onrushing Baines.
The home team didn’t waste any time in taking the lead as Weald lost the ball in his own half with Mike Amor losing his man who converted from close range.
In danger of losing a game they had mostly dominated, Wokingham went at Sunbury with renewed vigour, winning a series of short corners.
They eventually levelled the game from one of these when Thomas blasted a shot at the goal that had the keeper well beaten.
Both sides pressed for the winner, but a hard-fought match eventually ended with points shared.
Wokingham Mens 2nd 4 South Bucks Mens 2nd 3
Wokingham 2nd managed to register a victory over South Bucks against the odds after a number of players dropped out of this MBBO Division 3 match.
Wokingham started terribly with too many long balls giving possession away too easily and South Bucks took advantage to take an early lead.
Wokingham improved after the first 10 minutes and were soon level as James Gibbs scored with a good strike from the edge of the area.
Anthony Dean was then fouled with an open goal in front of him and a penalty flick was awarded which Matt Taylor buried to give Wokingham a 2-1 lead.
This soon became 3-1 when Ciaran Ryan’s good cross was turned in by Jack Baveystock.
The second half remained an open affair and South Bucks were gifted a way back into it when Taylor played a poor ball across the pitch which was intercepted and scored by an opposition forward.
As South Bucks pushed for an equaliser Wokingham scored on the break with Ryan again providing an excellent cross which left Mark Peel with an easy finish.
Wokingham continued to push on and South Bucks struck again to make for a tense final five minutes. Wokingham comfortably saw out the remainder of the game, however, it was a less than convincing performance.
Wokingham Ladies 2nd 7 Amersham & Chalfont Ladies 2nd 1
A slightly-changed Wokingham side faced Amersham at their Newlands Park pitch in this rescheduled Trysport Three Counties Division 5 game.
Wokingham started extremely positively and scored within the first five minutes with an excellent goal from Tarryn Rosstone.
The away team continued to pile on the pressure and by half-time had managed to build up an incredible 5-0 lead.
After the break, Wokingham continued to control the game and added two more goals, scored by Jemima Cook and Charlie Duffy.
A brief lapse in concentration late on in the game saw Amersham score one consolation goal, but overall Wokingham put in a solid team performance and thoroughly deserved their win.
Although Rosstone had a superb game up front, scoring four of the Wokingham goals, Evie was named man of the match for her overall excellent contribution to the game.
The stunning result sees Wokingham move up to eighth in the table, hoping to push on for the remainder of the season.
Wokingham Mens 3rd 4 Bicester Mens 4th 0
Wokingham recorded their eighth straight victory in the MBBO Open Division 10 West to increase their lead at the top and gain revenge over the only team to beat them so far this season.
In truth the score line flattered Bicester who were never in the game.
From the start the opposition were forced to defend deep and put under pressure by a much more skilful and speedy Wokingham side.
After several penalty corners and good saves by the Bicester keeper, Wokingham eventually took the lead after excellent work by Jake Bullock and Cameron Dunlop gave Chris Richman an easy finish at the far post.
The pressure continued and with Bicester unable to get out of their own half Brad Read converted an excellent penalty corner strike.
The second half continued exactly the same way as the first with all the possession and chances falling to Wokingham, with Bicester reduced to playing unsuccessful long balls to relieve the pressure.
Richman grabbed two more unanswered goals to seal his hat-trick and wrap up the victory as Wokingham 3rd continue their impressive season.