Sweet revenge for SatsumasBy John Ansell
April 10, 2008
Wokingham & Emmbrook 4 Binfield 0
Wokingham & Emmbrook swept aside 10-man Binfield to earn the bragging rights on Derby Day in Hellenic League Division One (East) and regain the Martin Joyce Memorial Trophy.
Sam Whiting and Richard Bland grabbed a goal apiece either side of two calamitous Mark Baker’s own goals to collect all three league points and the cup, which doubles up as the league fixture.
The Satsumas won the trophy 5-0 on aggregate following the 1-0 win at Stubbs Lane and means Wayne Wanklyn’s side not only claimed back what they believe is rightfully theirs, chairman Mark Ashwell’s wife, Sue, being the niece of former Wokingham and Binfield captain Joyce, who died in a car accident in 1969.
But it was also sweet revenge for the 5-0 drubbing Wokingham suffered in the corresponding fixture last season. It also made a mockery of Binfield plans to gain promotion to the Premier League a week after having their floodlights installed at Stubbs Lane to meet the ground grading requirements.
However on this evidence, there is plenty of work for boss Richard Whitty to do, none more so than giving Garry Callaway a good talking to after his two footed lunge on Whiting earned him a red card.
In contrast, Wanklyn, who hailed the performance of new signing Tommy Chapman, appears to be heading in the right direction with Wokingham after this their third successive victory.
The Satsumas’ last game of the season is on Saturday, April 19 when Henley Town come to Lowther Road.
“We bossed the game throughout and deserved the 4-0 score line,” said Wanklyn.
“Sam Whiting was outstanding and Tommy Chapman did everything I asked of him and never once looked out of his depth.This was a performance I knew we had in us and we showed it.
“The young players turned in a man’s display and I am really pleased for them.
“Although I singled out these two young players it was a complete team performance with every single player playing their part to the full.”
The opening five minutes saw both sides hit the woodwork.
Binfield's Callum Whitty got in front of his marker to hit the foot of the post, while at the other Whiting was forced wide and his effort hit the outside of the woodwork. But Whiting was not to be denied and grabbed the opener on the half-hour after good work from James Wise and Nicky Bateman.
A mix up in Binfield’s defence then gifted Wokingham a welldeserved second eight minutes later after a dreadful back pass by Baker, under pressure from Bland, rolled the ball into the net past bemused goalkeeper Chris Grace.
After only two minutes of the second half the Moles were rightly reduced to ten men when Callaway’s two footed challenge on Whiting earned him his marching orders.
The Binfield defence was exposed again in the 63rd minute when Bland fired home.
Wokingham rounded off their impressive performance in the 83rd minute when Sean Watson drove the ball low across the face of goal, the ball deflected off Baker in a crowded penalty area to wrong foot the stranded Grace.