Wokingham HC off the mark after bad-tempered Tring encounterBy Natalie Slater
October 20, 2010
Wokingham Men’s 1st 2 Tring 1
Wokingham desperately needed a win to kickstart their season in MBBO Regional 2, and they and finally got off the mark in an eventful game at Cantley Park.
Both sides traded blows during the first half and Tring had a great chance to take the lead when Matt Taylor gave away a penalty flick by deliberately kicking the ball off the line.
But keeper and man-of-the-match Dave Baines produced a save to be proud of, although how Taylor stayed on the pitch is anyone’s guess.
The first half ended goaless, and was notable for Duncan Clarke getting sent off within five minutes of making his Wokingham debut.
The home team took the initiative in the second half and took the lead as Mike Baylis converted a short corner.
The hotly-contested and card-strewn affair then saw a Tring player sent off, followed by Taylor belatedly receiving his marching orders for blatant disregard for the rules.
In between the two sendings off, John Barlow struck for the home side to put them two ahead, and forwards Dave Badger and Brett Horlock plagued the Tring defence, while keeper Baines continued to frustrate the opposition with a string of vital saves.
A horrendous pass from Wokingham’s Alex Hemley let the Tring forwards in to pull a goal back in the final 10 minutes, but Wokingham held on to secure three much-needed points.
Wokingham Ladies 1st 1 Milton Keynes Ladies 1st 7
IT WAS always going to be a tough challenge as Wokingham ladies took on top-of-the-table Milton Keynes in Trysports Three Counties Premier 1, but the defeat was somewhat more severe than they had hoped.
However, the home team dominated the opening 20 minutes and took the lead with a fantastic goal from open play scored by Emily Williams.
But, as Wokingham’s hopes were lifted, the pace of the game soon changed.
The visitors soon equalised and despite the best efforts of joint man-of-the-match Jemima Cook and Fiona Gray in defence, the opposition displayed their pace and skill to make the final score 7-1.
Wokingham are fighting hard to keep their position in the division following promotion last season and will be looking to improve their game for next week.
Wokingham Ladies 2nd 3 Henley Ladies 3rd 1
The ladies second team enjoyed a resounding 3-1 win in Trysports Three Counties Division 2 against Henley.
It was a resolute defensive performance from Wokingham spearheaded by man-of-the-match and penalty-saving hero Nicola Baines.
Jess Dunn, returning from injury, was integral in the midfield, spraying passes around the pitch.
After playmaker Sandra Doddington was controversially carded for a tackle, she responded perfectly with a deflected goal from the top of the D to put her side in front.
Then, when goalkeeper Baines saved a penalty flick, Wokingham surged to victory.
Two further goals from Hayley Buckland ensured that Wokingham came out victors, with only a well-worked short corner finding its way past the Wokingham defence. Wokingham now travel to Milton Keynes to play the promotion hopefuls in what will undoubtedly be a tough match.
Wycombe Ladies 5th 3 Wokingham Ladies 3rd 0
WHC Ladies 3s went out with great optimism and determination to win as they faced a difficult test against Wycombe in Trysports Three Counties Division 5.
After Wokingham started well and missed a couple of early chances, Wycombe began to find their rhythm and forced some cracking saves from goalie Helen Gan.
Despite some great clearances by Debby Rakauskas and Amanda Wheble in the Wokinghm defence, Wycombe scored two quickfire goals to take the initiative early in the second half.
Despite a gallant effort from Wokingham, Wycombe scored another goal in the closing stages to seal the victory.
Rakauskas and Wheble were awarded the joint man-of-the-match award for their sterling performances.
Wokingham Men’s 3rd 6 Milton Keynes Shoguns 1
Wokingham passed their first serious test of the MBBO Division 10 West season with flying colours on Saturday at Cantley Park.
The game, a battle between two of the four sides with 100-per-cent records, never proved to be as tough as expected.
Wokingham dominated from the start and goals from Chris Richman and Dave Sansome ensured that they went in 2-0 up at half time.
The pattern of dominance continued in the second half with Wokingham finally getting the goals they deserved with two excellent finishes from Huw Baveystock and two more goals for the prolific Ian Hopkinson.
With the win sealed the only blemish was a last-minute penalty flick, spoiling the clean sheet and an otherwise perfect performance.
Wokingham Vets 4 Woking 0
Wokingham recorded their first win of the season in a devastating display in the Wessex Supervets Alliance.
Wokingham battered the opposition and should have had a dozen, missing a penalty flick, seeing a goal disallowed and squandering numerous chances.
Playing some free-flowing hockey, the home side looked very good, but somehow the half-time score was only 1-0 with Roland Mear shrugging off a wrist injury to score a neat goal.
Further chances went begging as the pressure was piled on until finally a three-goal burst in five second-half minutes sealed the victory.
John Sellwood struck home a sweet shot for 2-0 before Mear then scored a brave goal.
Mark Powell then scored a scorcher to make the final score 4-0, while Mear missed a hat-trick opportunity by blasting the ball over from short range.