Wokingham HC Ladies 3s trounced in promotion showdown
February 10, 2011
Wycombe Ladies 5th 6 Wokingham Ladies 3rd 1
It was always going to be a tough game for Wokingham as they faced Trysports Three Counties Division 5 rivals Wycombe, with both sides looking to seal second place.
But they could not have expected such a one-sided scoreline as Wycombe caught Wokingham napping and scored a goal within two minutes.
Only some cracking saves from goalie Charlotte Foster kept the score down, although Wycombe did make it 2-0 by half-time.
A terrific effort from Jenna Smith gave Wokingham hope early in the second half, but Wycombe pulled clear, scoring four unanswered goals to seal a comfortable win.
Sweeper Amy Chods was Wokingham’s best player for a sterling effort at the back.
Wokingham Ladies 2nd 4 Henley Ladies 3rd 3
Wokingham Ladies 2s headed to Henley for a must-win game in their fight for promotion from Trysports Three Counties Division 2.
With Henley in third and Wokingham second it was set to be a tough match and both teams set out their stall to attack from the start.
Wokingham opened the scoring with a brilliant goal as Kath Nicholls got the last touch on a strike by Ellie Mann.
However, Henley bounced back and equalised before half-time.
Both teams were hungry for the win, and the second half was fast and furious as both teams pushed forward to get the next goal.
Henley took the lead only for Hayley Buckland to level things up again.
Defenders Helena Badger, Rachel Barlow and Kelly Bradley put in strong performances, until Henley’s persistence saw them restore their lead with 10 minutes to go.
Wokingham kept fighting, and man-of-the-match Jess Dunn found the net to make it 3-3.
The winning goal came in the last minute with Dunn stepping up to take a penalty flick for Wokingham after Henley had cleared a goal off the line with a foot.
This gave Wokingham their 10th win of the season and the points they needed to keep themselves firmly in second place.
Guildford Gondoliers 1 Wokingham Vets 1
Wokingham Vets produced an inspired performance in a Wessex Supervets Alliance game they really deserved to win.
Wokingham made several positional switches for the game, making the team more solid and balanced as they enjoyed the majority of possession throughout the contest.
Wokingham make several forays into the home D and were rewarded after 15 minutes when the hard-working Mark Powell scored.
Wokingham continued to play the ball around well in midfield and the defence held firm as Guildford struggled to create opportunities.
The second half continued in the same vein, but as Wokingham failed to add to their lead, Guildford, who are riding high in the league, equalised against the run of play with just eight minutes to go.