Understrength Wokingham HC hit struggling Ashford for six
March 03, 2010
Wokingham Mens 1st 6 Ashford Mens 2nd 3
Looking to improve on a very average performance last week, Wokingham were at a disadvantage before their MBBO Regional 2 match even started as they could only field 10 players.
Wokingham were going to be seriously hampered even if they were playing a team that were rooted at the bottom of the table, so captain Simon Vive had no other choice but to turn to spectator and Mens 3rd team defender Craig Johnson to assist.
The game started very slowly and only four minutes in they were a goal down from a well-worked Ashford move up front.
Shortly afterwards Wokingham were awarded a penalty corner for a stick tackle in the D and Barry Thomas stepped up and scored.
Ashford then restored their advantage only for Dom Tallant to equalise, but once again the Wokingham defence did not clear their lines and Ashford took the lead for the third time in the half.
Wokingham, though, made sure they went in at half-time level when a sweeping move upfield was finished off by Ali Dance.
The second half was a much more open affair with both teams looking to take the initiative.
When Ashford had a goal disallowed, Wokingham knew they had got away lightly and started to press.
Vive was enjoying the freedom of his new position of centre midfield and got himself into a number of goalscoring opportunities, but it was another penalty corner that put Wokingham ahead as the injured Mike Bowyer powered in a goal.
Mike Baylis then scored to make it 5-3, before Dance played in Thomas to score from a tight angle to seal victory.
Wokingham are going to have to be more clinical on Saturday as they visit Bracknell for the local derby.
Wokingham Ladies 1st 3 City of Oxford Ladies 2nd 0
IT WAS back to winning ways for Wokingham on Saturday with a 3-0 win over the City of Oxford in Trysports Three Counties Premier 2.
Surprisingly all three goals were created from short corners which is not Wokingham’s usual style. Alison Longfield and Clare Bennett were the goal scorers for Wokingham and Jemima Cook played a stormer in defence, earning herself the man-of-the-match award.
Wokingham now lie second in the league with a game in hand so it’s all to play for as they look to earn promotion.
Wokingham Ladies 2nd 1 Bracknell Ladies 2nd 0
IT was a well deserved win for Wokingham on Saturday as they took on local rivals Bracknell in a home fixture at Cantley Park in Trysports Three Counties Division 2.
The game started well for the home side as Kelly Blemings and Jess Dunn took control in the centre, but Bracknell fought back hard and the game could have gone either way.
Wokingham made the breakthrough when man-of-the-match Sarah Johnson made a surging run into the D and slipped the ball past the keeper.
Wokingham held out against the Bracknell pressure and were relieved to hear the final whistle and earn two much-needed points –their second victory on the spin.
They will hope to continue their winning streak against Reading this weekend.
Wokingham Mens 2nd 1 Leighton Buzzard 1st 3
After most of the players got lost en route, Wokingham started their MBBO Division 3 match with Leighton Buzzard 20 minutes late with only nine players.
When the side reached their full compliment of players it became clear it would be a close game between two mid-table sides.
Wokingham struck first when Cameron Dunlop slipped it through for Jack Baveystock who lifted his effort over the keeper, but Leighton Buzzard’s extra man in midfield caused problems and it was not too long before they were level.
In the second half Wokingham were unable to make the final pass to the strikers, inviting pressure on their defence.
Dave Morgan and James Moss played particularly well to limit the opposition’s chances, but with 15 minutes remaining Leighton Buzzard went ahead.
Wokingham pushed for an equaliser, but Leighton Buzzard hit them on the break to seal the game.
Reading Ladies 4th 4 Wokingham Ladies 3rd 0
Wokingham suffered a very frustrating defeat against Reading as they missed a number of opportunities throughout their Trysports Three Counties Division 5 match.
Wokingham started well and looked dangerous on the break, but then Reading’s attack dominated the match.
Wokingham’s defence worked hard throughout with sterling performances from Helen Gan in goal along with Debby Rakausas, Helen Stone and Catherine Sceeny along the back.
Man of the match was Amanda Wheble for her relentless work as sweeper.
A goal for Reading at the end of the first half, followed by a further two in the second left Wokingham feeling a bit hard done by.
Wokingham Vets 3 Oxford Hawks 4
An exciting topsy-turvy game saw each team lead twice in this Wessex Supervets Alliance encounter, but Oxford, who have only lost once all season, held on for victory.
Wokingham took the lead through Alan Baines after soaking up some early opposition pressure, but Oxford equalised when a short corner was deflected in.
A second goal soon followed for Oxford but rather than capitulate, Wokingham took the game to their opponents and Roland Mear scored for the ninth consecutive game before Baines netted with another crisp shot to make it 3-2 to Wokingham at half-time.
Oxford piled on the pressure and the home defence held firm with some brave tackling, but the visitors finally broke through with two quick-fire goals.
Wokingham did not have the numbers in attack to get back into the game but played with spirit, finally losing 4-3.