Late strike seals tense derby victory for Wokingham HC
March 10, 2010
Bracknell Mens 1st 3 Wokingham Mens 1st 4
Wokingham made no mistakes as they beat local rivals Bracknell on Saturday in a seven-goal thriller in MBBO Regional 2.
Dom Tallent opened the scoring in the first half, but Bracknell were quick to reply through Sam Heaver.
Mike Baylis added Wokingham’s second with a powerful yet accurate strike, beating the keeper to make it 2-1.
The game was really heating up now, but it was Wokingham who extended their lead when veteran Justin Brown hit a wonderful bottom corner strike.
Bracknell striker Matt Humphrey answered back with a quick goal just before half-time and then one more just after to tie the game up at 3-3.
At that point it looked certain to be a draw from then on with both Bracknell and Wokingham’s defence digging in, but in the closing stages Wokingham won a well-deserved short corner which Mike Baylis put away brilliantly for his second of the game.
Wokingham defender and man-of-the-match James Moss summed up the thrilling encounter after the game.
“The last minutes of that game seemed like the longest of my life,” he said.
Wokingham Mens 2nd 5 Ashford Mens 3rd 1
Wokingham 2nd entertained second-from-bottom Ashford 3rd at ‘fortress’ Cantley this weekend in MBBO Division 3.
Wokingham’s defence was breached inside the first 30 seconds of the game as Ashford started much the sharper side and they had chances to extend their lead, but Scott Rogers in goal managed to deny them with some excellent saves.
As time went on Wokingham found their feet and both the Baveystocks, Huw and Jack, were able to exploit the space out wide.
As the Wokingham pressure grew the goals began to flow as Cameron Dunlup netted his first two goals for the 2nds and John Barlow rounded off a good team move to make it 3-1.
After the restart Ashford came back strongly and played much better than a team in their league position would suggest.
But as Ashford’s frustration grew Wokingham secured the points when Dunlop slipped the ball to Huw Baveystock to tap home for his first goal for the team.
Wokingham added a fifth when Mike Amor was allowed to strike a short corner, and although the scoreline may have been somewhat flattering, it was good to see the youngsters put in such a good performance – a promising sign for the future.
Reading Ladies 3rd 4 Wokingham Ladies 2nd1
It was always going to be a tough game for Wokingham as they took on top-of-the-table Reading at Sonning Lane in Trysports Three Counties Division 2.
The team was full of enthusiasm following two victories and their determination paid off as they took the lead with a superb goal from Hayley Buckland on the back of a short corner routine only 10 minutes in.
Reading, though, pulled back an equaliser shortly afterwards with a break through the central defence and before the half-time whistle they had taken the lead after a short corner deflected in.
Wokingham fought hard and came close to equalising, but the skill of Reading, who are unbeaten this season, was too much and they managed to get another goal in the last quarter of the game from open play after Wokingham waited on a foul to be blown that never was.
The visitors lost their shape and conceded another goal before the final whistle.
Relegation is still a very real possibility for Wokingham who need to secure some more wins to keep their place in the league.
Wychwood Ladies 2nd 2 Wokingham Ladies 3rd 2
After two consecutive defeats Wokingham came out fighting in their Trysports Three Counties Division 5 game.
They were rewarded within the first four minutes with a goal from Judith Taylor, but Wychwood soon replied with a leveller.
Wokingham didn’t let this disrupt their game and continued putting pressure on the Wychwood defence and scored another goal thanks to Francesca Newman.
Again, though, Wychwood managed a quick reply, taking the score to 2-2 just before the half-time whistle.
It was a tight game throughout with play moving from end to end and Kath Nicholls’ hard work in midfield was rewarded with her being named man of the match.
During the second half of the match Wokingham had many chances to seal the game, but failed to capitalise on their opportunities.
Wokingham’s defence also worked hard to fight off a keen Wychwood attack in the last 10 minutes of the game.
Amersham & Chalfont 0 Wokingham Vets 3
This was a fine win considering the problems the team encountered in advance of the game, being forced to field young Andy Baines in goal and having to borrow an Amersham player.
The home team, meanwhile, had problems of their own, and only had a kicking back in the first half.
Possession was fairly equal throughout the first half and Wokingham could not take real advantage of the missing keeper.
Andy Baines and his defence kept Wokingham in the game at times before they finally started to apply concerted pressure.
The deadlock was broken when skipper Richard Backhouse ran behind the home defence and stretched one handed to deflect a hit past the keeper into the net.
Amersham found a keeper for the second half, but Wokingham started to exert more pressure.
The game was very open and competitive, but nobody could apply the finishing touch, before a typical run and turn by Alan Baines resulted in a penalty flick being awarded with only a few minutes remaining.
Jas Jheeta stepped up and slotted it home.
This relieved the pressure and Wokingham continued to press and Roland Mear scored at the end to continue his remarkable scoring run which has seem him net in 10 straight games.