Wokingham back to winning waysBy John Ansell
September 25, 2008
Launton Sports 0 Wokingham & Emmbrook 1
“There are probably half a dozen games a season where you have to dig in and scrap for the points, and this was certainly one of them,” said Wokingham manager Wayne Wanklyn after his side got back to winning ways at Launton.
Although the home side are firmly rooted at the foot of the table, they recently changed their management team and brought in a score of new players.
But the win was far more comfortable than the scoreline suggests, and Wokingham keeper Kane Roberts only had one save to make throughout the game.
And, although Wokingam did not win perhaps as convincingly as they should have, boss Wanklyn was pleased they finally managed to record a clean sheet.
“I said to the players at half time that a battle was needed to get the result, and to their credit they did that,” said Wanklyn.
“We should have won more comfortably and with the two one-on-ones against their keeper, we should have done better.
“A pleasing thing, though, was that for the first time this season we kept a clean sheet, with Shaun Wanklyn, Grant Lewin and Neil Hanson doing well.”
Wokingham never managed to get into their passing game on a dreadful pitch, but they still drew first, and only, blood.
A 16th-minute free-kick was drifted in from the left by Sam Whiting and James Wise rose unchallenged to head powerfully past home keeper Danny Clifford.
Wokingham almost increased their lead five minutes later when Sam Duffelen’s cross to the far post saw Billy Elgar head high and wide.
James Lisseter went closest for Launton when he headed over from a corner, as Wokingham continued to squander chances.
Elgar set up Wise but the striker’s effort from just outside the area flashed inches wide.
The home side made changes during the interval with Paul Eldridge replacing Paul Anderson, but Wokingham should have increased their lead early in the second half when Shaun Wanklyn’s long ball released Wise down the middle, but the striker’s powerful drive was straight at keeper Clifford.
Nick Neal’s looping cross deceived everyone to rattle the top of the bar, but Wokingham continued to have the better chances.
With 20 minutes left, Whiting cleverly skipped past two challenges before crossing low into the area where Wise saw his goal bound effort charged down and then the follow up go wide.
Substitute Andre Stairmand allowed a chance to go begging late on when him and fellow sub Darren Thorne broke clear, while Thorne could not quite steer Duffelen’s low cross home in the dying stages of the game.
Next Saturday Wokingham take a break from League action when they entertain Easington Sports at Cantley Park (kick off 3pm) in the League cup.
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Roberts, Walton, Duffelen, Lewin, Wanklyn, Hanson, Elgar (Thorne), Bellis, Wise (Watson), Bateman, Whiting (Stairmand).