Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 2 Flackwell Heath FC 1By John Ansell
August 18, 2010
Wokingham & Emmbrook recorded their first win of the new season against Flackwell Heath at Larges Lane on Tuesday evening.
Overall Wokingham deserved the victory against the side who finished fourth in the division last season and manager Wayne Wanklyn was delighted with the points, although he believes there is plenty of room for improvement.
“I was disappointed with the display in the first half,” he said.
“I thought it was sloppy at times, but saying that their keeper kept them in it with four excellent saves.
“It was much better in the second half, we settled down and didn’t allow them to get in behind us.
“We certainly looked anxious at times and must start finishing sides off when we get the chances.
“We worked hard all over the park and deserved the win and hopefully that will settle us down.”
Wokingham started brightly with Adam Cornell testing Flackwell keeper Sam Southerden low down while the visitor’s first real chance saw Danny Jordan fire wide from a good position.
Southerden then made the first of four excellent saves to keep his side at level pegging.
Firstly he saved low down from Shane Cooper-Clark before diving at full stretch to divert the follow up effort from Cornell round the post.
An excellent cross from Sam Duffelen picked out Cooper-Clark, but the keeper somehow kept the striker’s first-time effort out.
Then, after good build up Luis crossed into the box where Cooper-Clark headed straight at the keeper from close range.
Meanwhile, boss Wanklyn was told to watch the rest of the game from the stand after comments made to the ref following a very harsh booking on right-back Alex Walton.
Flackwell’s best chance of the half fell to Jordan who fired high from a good position, but Wokingham took a deserved lead right on the stroke of half time with a somewhat fortunate goal.
Cornell’s broke into the area from the right and his effort looked to lack power.
But somehow the keeper allowed the ball to roll under his foot and into the net.
The second half got under way with Flackwell on top and this paid off in the 48th minute when the ball was flicked onto Lee Thompson who had the simplest of headers.
However, three minutes later the Satsumas were back in front.
Winning a free-kick in the Flackwell half, Luis curled a ball into the area where the impressive Tom Hopper got a vital touch to cancel out his own goal in the previous game.
The goal settled Wokingham who started to look dangerous going forward and both Shaun Wanklyn and Luke Lee had great chances to put the game to bed. Deep into injury time Flackwell’s Jean-Piere Jamil was shown a red card for a challenge on Lee.
Wokingham & Emmbrook are off and running and now have two away games.
This coming Saturday they travel to Old Woodstock Town (3pm kick-off) and then face a long journey to Carterton on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Harris, Walton, Luis, Lewin, Wanklyn, Hopper, Duffelen (Summers), Bellis, Cooper-Clark, Cornell (Lee), Horscroft (Bateman). Subs not used Byrne, Fower.