Sam’s the man in ill-tempered encounterBy John Ansell
September 18, 2008
Englefield Green Rovers 1 Wokingham & Emmbrook 1
For the second week running Wokingham & Emmbrook scored deep into injury time to snatch a point against a very ill-disiplined home side at Runnymeade Stadium.
The home side were reduced to ten men in the 58th minute when substitute Joe Howard stamped on Billy Elgar’s arm. Had the referee been stronger the home side could have been quiet easily reduced to eight men during this bruising encounter.
Wokingham started off quite brightly and could have had an early lead, creating two or three good chances with James Wise and Andre Stairmand going close.
Wise and Stairmand continued to cause problems as Kane Roberts in the Wokingham goal, signed in midweek from Kintbury Rangers was afforded the luxury of being a virtual spectator in the opening half hour.
Whiting was deined by keeper Geoff Smith when one-on-one, but as the half progressed, Wokingham’s dominance over the game wained.
The second half was much more of a struggle for Wokingham, and with the hosts bully-boy tactics going unchecked by a very poor referee, the game descended into farce.
Roberts was called upon to make his first real save after 55 minutes when a Burrows lob almost beat him, but he scrambled back to tip the ball over the bar.
The sending off of Howard seemed to galvanise the home side, and they were gifted the lead when poor defending let in Shaun Stephens who side footed past Roberts.
Englefield’s ridiculous and unaaceptable behaviour continued with an attempted head butt on Roberts, while James Cummings actually chased Satsumas midfielder Nicky Bateman across the pitch after a foul by the midfielder.
With time running out it looked as though the home sides tactics were going to win the day, but Wokingham managed to pull the game level when Darren Thorne received the ball out on the right, and although he appeared to be offside, he crossed for Whiting to side foot home to the delight of the travelling supporters.
Despite some late pressure, Wokingham couldn’t find the winner and the game ended in stalemate.
With manager Wanklyn abroad, his assistant Roger Herridge admitted that the side could only blame themselves for a disappointing second-half display.
“I wasn’t too disappointed with the first half showing, we created a few chances and caused them problems down the flanks,” said Herridge.
“But in the second half we stopped doing the things that were troubling them and played right into their hands.
“Poor refereeing didn’t help although you cant blame the official for our poor second-half performance and we probably got out of jail as Thorny did look offside, but we kept battling and were rewarded in the end.”
Wokingham are on the road again this coming Saturday when they travel to Launton Sports (kick off 3pm).
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Roberts, Walton, Duffelen (Watson) Wanklyn, Hanson, Elgar (Thorne), Stairmand, Bateman, Wise, Chapman, Whiting. Sub not used: Rushe.