Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 3 Rabson Rovers FC 1By John Ansell
September 28, 2009
With a vital league encounter at Thame Utd next Saturday, manager Wayne Wanklyn shuffled his pack against Reading based Rabson Rovers in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup at Cantley Park on Saturday.
Richard Bland, Stuart Harris, Darren Thorne, Shaun Wanklyn and Grant Lewin were all rested.
It was a controlled start by Wokingham and Shane Cooper-Clark could have opened the scoring, while Sam Duffelen seemed certain to have won his side a penalty.
Although the visitors had possession they rarely looked dangerous although they defended well. and Rabson keeper Martin Cox produced a fine save to deny Cooper-Clark.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 24th minute when Cooper-Clark gained possession outside the area, made room before firing left footed and low past the rooted Cox.
The visitors tried to hit back with Elliott Westwood firing in a good effort, and then Andy Witaowski’s cross picked out Mauzo Guerrio who headed high over the bar.
At this stage Wokingham were well in control and twice just before the interval Cooper-Clark narrowly missed the target.
The visitors started the second half pushing forward with Nick Mathews being flagged up for offside.
From this moment Wokingham were soon back in control and from a Stairmand corner, Neal Hanson headed just wide of the target.
The lead was increased in the 55th minute when a mix up in the visitors defence allowed Luke Lee to race clear and keeping his composure he coolly slotted past Cox from inside the area.
Manager Wanklyn then made three changes in the 58th minute with Wanklyn, Bland and Thorne replacing Richard Pilcher, Lee and Cooper-Clark.
Bland’s pace was soon in evidence as he broke on the right but his cross was put high by Thorne.
Chris Byrne tried his luck from distance, but the ball sailed over the bar.
Thorne almost atoned for his earlier miss when his rasping effort rebounded of a post with Cox beaten, while Bland fired inches past the post.
Wokingham were given a wake up call in the 72nd minute when keeper Simon Harvey was adjudged to have fouled in the area, but the keeper palmed Elliott Dean’s effort over the bar.
However, from the corner the ball wasn’t cleared and fell to Marc Brown just outside the area and his well-struck effort nestled in the back of the net after taking a slight deflection.
Wokingham, though, restored their two-goal advantage in the 85th minute when Thorne released Duffelen through the centre and the midfielder waited as Cox advanced before slotting the ball past him.
Jack Broome stung Cox’s hands with an effort from 20 yards, while at the other end Wanklyn had to deal with a header back across the face of goal somehow heading the ball off his own goalline.
“Although it wasn’t a great game I felt we were comfortable throughout,” said Wanklyn.
“It was a good job done now we have to turn our attention to Thame Utd next Saturday in what should be a cracking encounter.
“Although they have only played five league games owing to cup commitments they have a 100-per-cent record in the league so far so we need to be at our best.”
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Harvey, Stairmand, Luis, Pilcher (Wanklyn), Hanson, Tranter, Broome, Byrne, Lee (Bland), Cooper - Clarke (Thorne), Duffelen. Subs not used Harris, Lewin.
— Wokingham & Emmbrook open their defence of The Reading Senior Cup with a home tie against West Reading on November 21.