Eton Wick FC 0 Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 2By John Ansell
September 02, 2009
“I thought it was a job well done on a hard uneven surface, we played some decent football throughout and once again kept a clean sheet.
“We looked tight at the back with Shaun Wanklyn’s distribution excellent, we seem to have more mettle about us this season – it was a very professional performance overall,” said Wokingham & Emmbrook manager Wayne Wanklyn after picking up maximum points over the holiday period.
With the wind at their backs, Wokingham looked the far more impressive side during the first half and had the ball in the net after only three minutes only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul on keeper Mark Banfrey.
An Andre Stairmand free kick was almost headed past Banfry by his own player Matt Bell before Banfrey tipped a Richard Bland effort over.
The deadlock was broken in the 27th minute as Stairmand released Bland and from the corner of the box the striker drilled his shot low across the keeper.
James Wise forced a save from a free-kick, while Bland saw Wokingham have another goal disallowed and when the home side did attack they really didn’t look like scoring.
Wokingham increased their lead shortly after the break as Grant Lewin played the ball square to Wanklyn and his exquisite ball between two defenders was chested down by Wise and taken in his stride before slotting past the advancing Banfrey
From this point their was only going to be one winner and the home side’s only real chance of the half fell to Hickey but he headed wide.
Looking comfortable Shane Cooper-Clarke and Sam Duffelen replaced Wise and Gomez.
Bland twice went close to increasing the lead, but on both occasions was denied by Banfrey.
Wanklyn then limped off to be replaced by debutant Chris Byrne.
The final threat from the home side came on the break, but Wayne Elliott fired into the side netting.
The remaining minutes were played out with ease to secure an important win, much to the delight of the 40 or so travelling supporters and Wokingham, still unbeaten in the league this season, sit proudly on top of the table.
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Harris, Lewin, Luis, Elgar, Wanklyn (Byrne), Hanson, Stairmand, Bellis, Wise (Cooper-Clarke), Bland, Gomez (Duffelen). Subs not used: Pilcher, Lee.
Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 2 South Kilburn FC 0
Wokingham & Emmbrook remain behind leaders Holyport on goal difference after a hard-fought win against fifth in the table South Kilburn at Cantley Park on Saturday.
In a game that never reached any great heights Wokingham did enough to secure the points in breezy conditions.
The visitors had the wind at their backs during the first half and shaded the attacking, but Wokingham still had chances early on, most notably Shaun Wanklyn heading over from an Alex Luis free kick.
At the other end the visitors threatened on a couple of occasions, but failed to test keeper Stuart Harris.
It was Wokingham, though, who took the lead in spectacular fashion as James Wise hit an unstoppable 25-yard free-kick that flew like an arrow over the head of the London side’s keeper Chris Christie, who didn’t move a muscle before it hit the net.
From the restart Wokingham worked the ball across the face of the penalty area before Richard Bland forced Christie to save low down.
South Kilburn fought back, though, and Curtis Roberts was allowed to make room in the area before firing high and wide from a good position.
Another swift move ended with South Kilburn’s Eric Hamilton crossing from the left, Curtis drifted into free space and only an excellent point-blank save from Harris denied the visitors an equalizer.
The second half saw Wokingham with the strong breeze at their backs, but the visitors broke early on and a well-struck effort by Jerome Scarlett thumped against one of his own team-mates and the danger was averted.
Wokingham made sure of victory in the 49th minute when after good work out on the right by Bland, his low cross was parried by Curtis straight to Alex Luis who had the simplest of tap ins.
It could have been 3-0 minutes later but Curtis amends for his earlier mistake, saving well from Bland.
Chances were few and far between for the rest of the game as Wokingham played conservatively and Kilburn seemed to give up the ghost.
The final chance of the game fell to Wokingham after a good move involving Bland and substitute Shane Cooper-Clarke ended with David Bellis’ effort from eight yards being deflected over the bar.
Next Saturday Wokingham are at home again, this time Chalfont Wasps are the visitors (3pm kick-off).
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Harris, Lewin, Luis, Elgar, Wanklyn (Pilcher), Hanson, Stairmand (Lee), Bellis, Wise (Cooper-Clarke), Bland, Duffelen. Subs not used: Gomez, Byrne.