Controversy reigns in hockey derby showdownBy Natalie Slater
January 19, 2011
Bracknell Men’s 1st 2 Wokingham Men’s 1st 1
After a tough first half to the MBBO Regional 2 season, Wokingham headed into the local derby hoping for a better display than their abject showing in their last match against Bracknell.
Despite starting well and creating a few good chances Wokingham failed to capitalise, with Anthony Dean spurning the best chance as the half ended goalless.
The deadlock was finally broken by a Bracknell counter attack after a Wokingham short corner broke down. But Wokingham rallied and the equaliser arrived when in-form Steve Noad capped a fine display with a cool finish from the top of the D.
The lead was not to last, however, as Bracknell scored from the top of the D as the shot crept past keeper Dave Baines.
Baines redeemed himself with a string of saves before the game took an unsavoury turn when Bracknell had a goal disallowed following a foul short corner.
Despite some late pressure, Wokingham were unable to find the equaliser, but this was still an encouraging performance.
Wokingham Men’s 3rd 3 Rover Oxford Hamsters 5
Playing only their second game since the end of November, Wokingham 3s lost their unbeaten start to the season, but still managed to hang onto top spot in MBBO Division 9.
Wokingham looked lethargic against a Rover team who they had been beaten comfortably earlier in the season, and trailed 1-0 at half-time.
Wokingham started strongly in the second half and levelled shortly after the restart with a good finish from Mike Byfield.
However, this seemed to spur Rover into life and they were quickly back into the lead, before Wokingham fell to pieces and three more goals soon followed.
Wokingham did rally at the end, giving the score a scarcely-deserved look of respectability.
Wycombe Ladies 1st 3 Wokingham Ladies 1st 1
Wokingham had a tough challenge on their hands against the team lying second in Trysports Three Counties Premier 1.
Wokingham produced an excellent display of hockey in the first half, and after creating numerous chances and having a goal disallowed, Alison Longfield gave her side the lead.
The visitors continued to push hard and dominate the game, but Wycombe equalised shortly before half-time.
In the second half, Wokingham continued press and man-of-the-match Emily Williams was unfortunate not to restore the lead.
However, a final 15-minute collapse saw Wycombe take the points with two more goals.
Wokingham face top-of-the-table Wallingford next week in what is bound to be another hard game.
Wokingham Ladies 2nd 4 Bicester Ladies 2nd 2
Determined not to repeat the 2-2 draw earlier in the season, Wokingham started strongly and confidently in this Trysports Three Counties Division 2 game.
Man-of-the-match Sarah Kelly provided the inspiration for the opener, creating and finishing a goal straight off the training ground.
She scored a carbon copy to put Wokingham 2-0 ahead, but Bicester reduced the deficit by half-time. Wokingham were resurgent in the second half, and restored their two-goal lead when Kelly scored from a rebound to seal her hat-trick.
Another goal soon followed from captain Hayley Buckland after an awesome cross into the D from Vanessa Healey.
Although Bicester pulled one back late on, the damage was already done and Wokingham made it eight games unbeaten.
Wokingham Ladies 3rd 0 Sonning Vets 5
A win in this game would have put the Ladies 3s second in Trysports Three Counties Division 5, but Sonning caught them napping.
Sonning kept the pressure on, forcing goalie Charlotte Foster into some great saves, and went into the break 2-0 ahead.
Man-of-the-match Jenna Smith made some fine runs up the wing to try and get Wokingham back in the game, but Sonning scored three more to secure a comfortable win.
The Sonning golascorers were Katie Peters (3) Fran Ford and Anji Higgins.
Haslemere Bluebeards 4 Wokingham Vets 2
Haslemere deserved their win, but this performance from Wokingham was a great improvement on recent outings.
Wokingham passed the ball around well and battled Haslemere all the way.
After Haslemere took the lead, Wokingham responded through Mark Powell.
The second half was an even encounter with several chances going begging before two quick goals rocked the visitors.
With Powell sin-binned for dissent, Haslemere took advantage to extend their lead before Roland Mear (pictured right) made it 4-2 from a short corner.