Early Newman fires Wokingham HC Ladies 3s’ to second straight winBy Natalie Slater
October 13, 2010
Wychwood Ladies 2nd 0 Wokingham Ladies 3rd 1
The ladies 3s are off to a fantastic start in Trysports Three Counties Division 5, and they kept their unbeaten record on Saturday with victory against Wynchwood.
Man-of-the-match Francesca Newman fired Wokingham into an early lead as they dominated the opening exchanges with Catherine Langran, Helena Bates and Caitlin Devereux keeping their side on the attack.
Wokingham kept the pressure on during the second half with excellent play from both Amanda Wheble and Newman, but they failed to add to the score during a fine team display.
Aylesbury 3 Wokingham Ladies 1st 1
Wokingham were expecting a tough game at Aylesbury, the newly-promoted side sitting second in Trysports Three Counties Premier 2, and so it proved.
New-look Wokingham started with gusto in an open game that saw a number of good opportunities at either end of the pitch.
Aylesbury’s strength, however, soon showed, taking the lead from a short corner.
Wokingham fought hard but Aylesbury managed to double their lead by half time.
In the second half, man-of-the-match Fiona Gray led by example and set up Alison Longfield to take it to 2-1.
It was Aylesbury, though, who went on to seal victory 10 minutes from the end.
It was a solid team effort from Wokingham, but not quite enough to take home any points.
Marlow 2 Wokingham Ladies 2nd 1
It was a very tough and very tiring game for Wokingham on Saturday in an end-to-end Trysports Three Counties Division 2 game.
Wokingham, though, suffered from two early goals conceded, and never quite managed to find the leveller.
A near miss from man-of-the-match Eve Pearman fired the team up and Sarah Kelly got Wokingham’s only goal just a minute later.
Despite dominating the second half, Wokingham’s forwards failed to convert, making it a frustrating game for the visitors.
Kath Nicholls, Sandra Doddington and Beccy Slater all went close as the Marlow goalkeeper was kept on her toes.
Marlow 2 Wokingham Mens 1st 0
Wokingham went into their second MBBO Regional 2 match of the league season plagued with availability problems once again.
The makeshift side started the game with a defensive approach, with consolidation in mind, and the skilful Marlow side were soon putting them to the test.
After surviving a disallowed goal, Wokingham fell behind as a Marlow player ghosted into the D unmarked to score from close range.
Wokingham re-grouped, but Marlow were in the ascendancy and only a fine save from keeper and man-of-the-match Dave Baines prevented a further goal.
However, another defensive lapse from Wokingham allowed Marlow to make it 2-0 before half-time.
Wokingham restructured at the break and put more pressure on Marlow, and the midfield of Mike Baylis, Neil Bennett and Jon Barlow began to penetrate more often.
Both sides had chances to add to the score, but the lack of subs took its toll and Wokingham were again unable to get the goals back.
Despite the loss it was an improved performance from the team, and Wokingham are hopeful that the return of key players in the next few weeks will improve their league fortunes.
Wokingham 2nd 2 Marlow 2nd 3
Wokingham Men’s 2s lost their first game at Cantley Park to newly promoted Marlow and made it two 3-2 losses on the trot in MBBO Division 3.
Although fresh injuries and poor availability took its toll, the home team started brightly and were 1-0 up only 15 minutes in thanks to a short corner strike from Mike Bowyer, returning after a long injury lay off.
The lead was short lived, however, and within 15 minutes Wokingham found themselves 2-1 down after a sustained bout of pressure.
Wokingham needed keeper Scott Rogers in top form to prevent Marlow adding to the score, and the home side managed to hold on to go in at half-time 2-1 down.
Marlow continued where they left off and added a third goal from open play after flooding the Wokingham D.
Despite this Wokingham continued to counter well, with Jake Bullock and Cam Dunlop aving the best of their opportunities.
A cracking goalmouth save by man-of-the-match Devon Sanders on his debut for the 2s kept Wokingham in the game, and they received a glimmer of hope three minutes from time when Dave Bennett converted from a short corner.
However, the game finished 3-2 to Marlow in what was an encouraging performance from a much more youthful Wokingham team.
Wokingham Vets 1 Haslemere 2
Wokingham narrowly lost a keenly-contested Wessex Supervets Alliance match after their rearguard action was finally breached.
Wokingham made a solid start, but early injuries to Gary Fisher and Dob Russell proved rather disruptive.
Haslemere made the better chances and opened the scoring after the home defence twice failed to clear the ball.
However, this seemed to inspire Wokingham and they started to play with more belief and skill and after seeing several opportunities go begging, Jas Jheeta levelled.
Wokingham created further chances withou scoring, but with Russell forced to go up front, the balance of the game shifted and Haslemere piled on the pressure before scoring the winner with 10 minutes remaining.