Derby defeat on opening day for Wokingham HCBy Natalie Slater
October 06, 2010
Wokingham 1st 0 Bracknell 1st 4
Wokingham started the new MBBO Regional 2 season with a disappointing defeat against familiar foes and local rivals Bracknell.
Wokingham expected Bracknell to start at a quick pace and look to get on the scoresheet early on, but both sides traded chances in the opening stages.
As the final ball to Wokingham front men John Barlow and Dave Badger was lacking, Bracknell took the initiative as Gary Steeples scored following a short corner.
Wokingham set about getting back into the game early on in the second half and enjoyed a spell of pressure.
However, Bracknell hit Wokingham on the break to double their advantage through Paul Kaplanski.
Wokingham never regained the upper hand after this blow and further goals from Bracknell’s Sam Heaver and Tony Heaver gave them a convincing win.
Dave Baines in goal made a number of excellent stops to keep Bracknell’s tally to four.
Wokingham will need to improve on this performance for next week’s encounter with Marlow.
Phoenix & Ranelagh 1st 3 Wokingham 2nd 2
It wasn’t exactly a dream start to the 2010/11 MBBO Division 3 campaign for the Men’s 2nd team with frustrating 3-2 loss away to newly-relegated Phoenix & Ranelagh 1st .
The omens were bad from the start with three of the 12-man squad late for the pushback, with injury threatening to sideline new captain Dave Morgan.
Wokingham’s new-look team struggled to cope with Phoenix early on and the home side took advantage to fire past keeper Scott Rogers from close range.
Wokingham soon hit back as Dave Sansome set up Mark Peel to score after a nice passing move down the left wing.
The half remained fairly open with chances for both sides before Phoenix again took the lead through a well-worked Phoenix short corner.
Wokingham started the second half looking more comfortable, but after they failed to score Phoenix broke well and went 3-1 up.
The visitors pushed hard for another goal and after 20 minutes of sustained pressure which saw them miss five more short corners and a one-on-one with the keeper.
Sansome eventually reduced the deficit to one goal, but try as they might, Wokingham couldn’t find the equaliser.
Wokingham now face a tough match match against last year’s MBBO Division 4 champions Marlow 2nd.
Maidenhead Ladies 2nd 6 Wokingham Ladies 1st 0
Wokingham's ladies first team had a disappointing start to the Trysports Three Counties Premier 2 season with a loss away at Maidenhead on Saturday.
Having lost a number of last season’s squad, the newly promoted side are struggling to bridge the gap and Saturday’s game was not the start they were hoping for.
Despite some new players making a positive impact, the team lacked cohesion and after Maidenhead took an early lead things quickly went downhill.
New goalkeeper Helen Gan made a sterling effort to keep the score down as Wokingham found themselves 4-0 down at half-time.
Anne Bennett and Tarryn Rossiter both had chances to reduce the deficit in the second half, but Maidenhead scored twice more and Wokingham will be hoping to get their game back on track next week.
Wokingham Ladies 3rd 2 Henley 4th 1
It was an excellent start to the Trysports Three Counties Division 5 season for Wokingham Ladies 3s as a much-deserved penalty flick earned them a 2-1 victory on Saturday.
It was a deserving win for the team who quickly took control of the game thanks to some fluid hockey with Jenna Smith and Helena Bates playing effectively on the right.
Despite a quick break by Henley to give them the first goal, Wokingham renewed their vigour and debutant Kirstie Foss equalised in the second half.
They pushed for the winner and were rewarded with a penalty deep into the second half which Julie Sheppard converted to secure the win.
Wokingham Ladies 2nd 0 Wycombe Ladies 4th 2
Under new captain Hayley Buckland, Wokingham had a fantastic start to the game against Wycombe, dominating possession and dictating the pace of play.
The Trysports Three Counties Division 2 game seemed theirs for the taking as Buckland and forward Sarah Kelly created numerous chances.
However, with the game still goalless going into the second half, Wycombe were resurgent and took the elad early on.
Wokingham continued to press, but were caught in possession and Wycombe took advantage to make it 2-0.
Man-of-the-match Fiona Gray was solid in defence for Wokingham who will be looking for an immediate response next week.
Havant 3 Wokingham Vets 1
The first Wessex Supervets Alliance game of the season saw Wokingham struggle for numbers, and with only 10 players available, it was always going ot be an uphill battle.
But despite these problems, coupled with injury issues, Wokingham still made it a difficult game for Havant.
Phil Bell in the Wokingham goal had an outstanding match, but despite his best efforts Havant broke through three times to seal the win.
A battling dsplay from Wokingham, however, was capped in the closing stages when Alan Baines scored a cracking late consolation to give his side the goal their deserved.
— Wokingham Mens 1st and Ladies 1st teams are on the lookout for players to bolster thier squads for the new season.