Wootton Bassett Town FC 2 Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 1By John Ansell
September 09, 2010
Following Wayne Wanklyn’s sudden departure, new boss Roger Herridge and his assistant Dan Bateman took control for the first time on Tuesday evening.
Although coming away without a point, Wokingham put in a decent performance that probably deserved something from the game.
The opening exchanges saw Wokingham start well, playing at a good tempo that won them four corners in as many minutes.
Wootton Bassett were gifted the lead in the 10th minute when Shaun Wanklyn’s attempted back pass came up short, realising his mistake in trying to get back he pulled Green down in the area.
John Beeden stepped forward to fire powerfully home from the penalty spot.
Gradually Wokingham began to take control with most of the play being in the home side’s half, but without creating many chances.
From an Alex Luis corner Shane Cooper-Clark just failed to get a touch at the near post, while an Adam Cornell free-kick was deflected wide.
At the other end Harris saved well from Matt Bown with Alex Walton clearing off the line from a corner.
The closest Wokingham came to levelling from open play was when Nicky Bateman’s well-struck effort from 25 yards just cleared the bar.
The second half started with Harris saving well from Bown again, while Wootton keeper Adam Miles made a stunning save from a Cooper-Clark header.
Wokingham made three changes as they tried to turn the game in their favour, and they very nearly pulled level when James Rusby’s header rebounded off the bar.
However, with four minutes remaining the game was all over as Wokingham failed to clear the danger and the ball fell to Bown on the angle of the area and his shot into the top corner gave Harris no chance.
Wokingham set up a grandstand finish when sub Chris Fower headed home from a corner to make it 2-1, but the home side held on without any more scares.
Manager Herridge wasn’t too displeased at the final whistle, though.
“At the moment we are getting punished for every mistake made,” he said.
“We talked about it before the kick off, but once again we paid the price.
“However I can’t complain about the overall performance. The lads worked hard, and apart from a 10-minute period in the first half I thought we were the better side.
“We will keeping working hard together and will I am sure turn the corner and start to pick up points that our overall performance sometimes deserves.”
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Harris, Walton, Luis, Rusby, Wanklyn (Broome), Hopper, Lee (Horscroft), Bellis, Cornell (Fower), Cooper-Clark, Bateman. Subs not used: Lewin, Summers.