Last-gasp Baylis goal salvages a point for Wokingham HC 1s
March 23, 2011
Amersham & Chalfont 1st 4 Wokingham Men’s 1st 4
Wokingham scored a last-minute equaliser as they recorded their first draw of the season and picked up a crucial point in their battle to avoid relegation from MBBO Regional 2.
The home side started the stronger and had the Wokingham defence chasing shadows.
Eventually, the pressure paid off as poor marking allowed an Amersham forward to fire home unchallenged from the top of the D.
Wokingham, though, settled into their game and began to press forward.
Then, when Duncan Clarke bamboozled his marker to earn Wokingham a short corner, Mike Bowyer stepped up to crash an equaliser into the Amersham net.
Parity didn’t last long, however, as Amersham restored their lead following another fast attacking move, and then made it 3-1 as they took advantage of some slack marking.
A pulsating half ended with a good passage of play from Wokingham, and Jack Baveystock found space to turn a cross into the net to make it 3-2 at the break.
That duely became 4-2 at the start of the second half, despite a change in tactics from Wokingham.
But after that, Wokingham began to enjoy much more possession as tiredness began to creep into the Amersham team.
Man-of-the-match Huw Baveystock and Mike Baylis began to dominate in the middle, and space opened up for Mike Amor and James Moss down the flanks.
It was Amor who manage to exploit this space, sending an inch-perfect cross in for Ali Dance to convert at the back post.
A slew of sending offs followed as both sides battled to the end of the match, with Wokingham facing nine men at one stage.
But in the dying stages, Mike Baylis intercepted a poor pass from an Amersham defender, and charged into the D and powered a reverse stick shot into the corner to secure a precious point for Wokingham.
Wokingham Ladies 1st 2 Aylesbury Ladies 1st 1
Wokingham Ladies’ 1s put another three points on the board with a win over Aylesbury Ladies in Trysports Three Counties Premier 1.
Wokingham’s first goal came after a series of short corners in the first half, with centre midfield Emily Williams receiving the ball at the top of the D and slotting it past the keeper with a reverse sweep.
Aylesbury levelled the score in the first half with a goal from a short corner, but Wokingham managed to regain the lead after the break with a counter-attack goal from Alison Longford, assisted by Tarryn Rostenne.
Although Aylesbury pushed for a goal in the last few minutes of the game, Wokingham defended well and held on to record victory.
Polytechnic 1 Wokingham Vets 3
Another great result for the Vets and with only one defeat in the last seven games, Wokingham are moving up the table every week.
Mark Powell was able to exploit Poly’s lack of pace at the back as he scored a fine individual effort to open the scoring, before doubing the lead from a short corner.
Powell then completed his hat-trick just 10 minutes into the second half from another short corner move.
Poly started to play with more conviction and put Wokingham on the back foot, but some great saves from Phil Bell kept the visitors in control.
But even a deserved consolation goal for Poly, as well as a nasty hand injury to Alan Baines couldn’t dampen Wokingham’s spirits as they celebrated another win.
Wokingham Ladies 2nd 9 Phoenix and Ranelagh Ladies 2nd 1
It was always going to be a straightforward match for the Ladies 2s this week as they took on bottom-of-the-table Phoenix and Ranelagh in Trysports Three Counties Division 2.
It was a matter of seconds before Wokingham opened the scoring through Kelly Bradley with her first goal of the season, which she soon followed up with another.
The goals continued to flow as Hayley Buckland scored a great hat-trick to make it 5-0 at half-time.
Wokingham let their concentration drop after the break, allowing Phoenix to grab a consolation, but a hat-trick from Amy Chodorowski extinguished any hopes of a comeback.
Buckland scored her fourth of the game with an amazing penalty flick near the end as Wokingham sealed another outstanding result in their quest for the title.
Wokingham Ladies 3rd 1 Thames Ladies 2nd 4
Wokingham’s hopes of promotion from Trysports Three Counties Division 5 took a hit with defeat at the hands of Thame 2s.
They started the game well, but were soon under pressure from the Thame attack, who managed to work a number of good moves and finish the first half 2-0 up.
Wokingham added some strength to their midfield in the second half and within five minutes of the restart they scored a stunning goal courtesy of Sarah Kelly.
Wokingham’s defence withheld a number of well-worked attacks from Thame with man-of-the-match Amanda Wheble rock solid.
However, she was helpless to stop Thame from adding two more goals to their tally to record a hard-fought win.