Henley 1 Wokingham & Emmbrook 1By John Ansell
April 22, 2009
A goal four minutes into time added on robbed Wokingham of what would have been three well-deserved points at Henley in the Hellenic League Division 1 East.
The home side were reduced to 10 men a minute before the interval when Tommy Boyland was dismissed for a second bookable offence after a late challenge.
He had earlier been shown a yellow card for what appeared to be a stamp on Ben Rice.
Henley applied early pressure without really troubling Wokingham keeper Kane Roberts.
A sweeping move by Wokingham ended with Billy Elgar’s cross being deflected out for a throw on, that eventually won a corner for the visitors. The cross from Nicky Bateman was well dealt with by home keeper Stuart Gosby.
Wokingham, who were beginning to dominate in midfield, were awarded a free-kick that was knocked high into the box by Bateman.
Darren Thorne rose to head down and James Wise just failed to get the required touch.
Richard Bland then nearly turned provider when his inch-perfect through ball released Wise deep into the home side’s half, only to see his effort clear the bar by some distance.
Gosby then denied Bateman after the midfielder had been set up by Bland.
Now facing 10 men following Boyland’s dismissal, Wokingam started the second half strongly and within five minutes had taken the lead.
Rice’s ball out from the back picked out Bateman, who cleverly released Bland down the left.
Wokingham’s leading scorer cut back inside the area to fire low into the far corner of the net for a deserved lead.
Minutes later it should have been 2-0 when again Bland raced clear, but with Bateman unmarked in the centre, Bland elected to take the shot on himself and the chance was lost.
One rare Henley threat ended with John Donegan heading high over the bar.
Henley’s Jarvis Catlyn broke and only a great challenge from Grant Lewin denied him a shot on goal.
Wokingham won a corner on the hour, Bateman’s cross picked out Elgar, who saw his header cleared off the line by Stuart McLaughlin. Wokingham then had a series of one-against-one with Gosby, but the outstanding keeper was equal to all of them.
With four minutes remaining Wokingham were awarded a penalty when Bland was tripped, but Wise saw his spot-kick saved by Godsby.
Minutes later Bland rounded the keeper but took the ball to wide to take advantage.
Wokingham paid the price for their missed chances four minutes into stopppage time when Henley substitute Riccardo Riccio nipped in to equalise.
“I can’t believe we came away with only the one point,” said manager Wayne Wanklyn.
“I counted at least seven one-on-ones with their keeper, and then we got caught by a sucker punch at the end.
“Although their keeper played well we should still have punished them, it could and should have been double figures.”
Next Saturday, Wokingham & Emmbrook face Penn & Tylers Green at Cantley Park in their last league game of the season. Kick-off is at 3pm.
Their Reading Evening Post Senior Cup final against Woodley has been confirmed for Thursday May 14 at Madejski Stadium (ko 7pm).