Sandra stars as Wokingham HC Ladies 2s close in on the title
March 16, 2011
Wokingham Ladies 2nd 3 City of Oxford Ladies 3rd 1
Wokingham came out in confident fashion as they looked to go top of the Trysports Three Counties Division 2 table with another victory.
Wokingham took the lead with an early goal from Sandra Doddington (pictured above) and the same player grabbed her second when Helena Bates shot from the top of the D and Doddington deflected it in for 2-0.
The points were safe before half-time when man-of-the-match Beccy Slater played a well-timed ball into Hayley Buckland whose shot was parried into the path of Sarah Kelly who smashed it home.
With the score 3-0 at half-time both teams came out strongly after the break.
But despite some good defensive play from Rachel Barlow, Helena Badger and Amanda Wheble, City of Oxford scored the only goal of the second half, although it proved little more than a consolation.
Wokingham Vets 4 Winchester Vets 1
Despite having to rely on a few late additions to the team, Wokingham came away with a fine win in the Wessex Supervets Alliance this weekend.
Wokingham moved the ball about well, looked solid in defence and scored a scrambled goal through Roland Mear, soon followed by another from Alan Baines.
Wokingham kept the pressure up and a good run down the right by Mark Powell ended with his cross turned in from short range by one of Wokingham’s many stand-in players.
Winchester pulled one back before half-time after a deflected shot left goalkeeper Andy Baines with no chance.
In the second half Wokingham found it more difficult to build attacks, but the defence prevented Winchester from having many clear-cut chances and Baines once again had an excellent match.
With time running out for Winchester, Mear struck a fine goal from an acute angle to ensure that Wokingham ran out worthy winners.
Oxford Hawks Ladies 2nd 6 Wokingham Ladies 1st 2
Wokingham travelled to Oxford to face the side sitting second in Trysports Three Counties Premier 1.
For a Wokingham side just one place above the relegation zone, this was always going to be a challenging game where the visitors would have to work very hard to be in with a chance of getting some points.
It started well for Wokingham as they played some solid hockey and opened the scoring after 10 minutes through Tarryn Rostenne after a neat pass from Pip Tanner.
But it wasn’t long before the home side equalised and, despite a second goal by Alison Longfield for Wokingham, Oxford scored again to lead 3-2 at half-time.
Man-of-the-match Jemima Cook put in some competent challenges in the second half, but she could do nothing to stop Oxford scoring three unanswered goals to lead
Things picked up in the last 20 minutes and Wokingham fought hard to try and get back into the game, but the score remained the same, leaving Wokingham 10th in the Trysports Three Counties Prem 1.
Wokingham need to get maximum points from their remaining games to avoid relegation.
Wokingham Men’s 1st 2 Newbury & Thatcham Men’s 1st 3
With time running out for Wokingham to save their MBBO Regional 2 season, they faced a strong Newbury side in their latest quest for points.
Wokingham could boast one of their strongest sides of the season so far, and they started the game well, putting the visitors on the back foot.
The midfield quartet of Mike Baylis, Ali Dance, Jon Barlow and Huw Baveystock were well in control, while Mike Bowyer, in his first start of the year, pulled the strings at the back.
And the early pressure told when Bowyer crashed a short corner in off the keeper to give the home side an early lead.
Wokingham continued to press, and Jon Barlow forced the Newbury defence into conceding a penalty flick, which man-of-the-match Bowyer stepped up to convert.
But as Wokingham looked to close out the first half, Newbury upped the pressure and scored from a well-worked short corner to make it 2-1 at half-time.
Wokingham began to lose their shape in the second half and Newbury took advantage, levelling the score soon after the restart.
The home side did create a few chances of their own, but a Newbury counter-attack saw them score the winning goal with time running out.
Wokingham pressed to rescue a point, but when Mike Baylis was given his marching orders following an exchange of words with the umpire, it was too much to ask.