Shortwood United FC 5 Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 2By John Ansell
January 17, 2011
An eight-minute spell just after the interval undid all of Wokingham & Emmbrook’s excellent work in the first half of their Hellenic Premier Division match in Gloustershire on Saturday.
An own goal and a Luke Lee effort had earlier given Wokingham a 2-0 half-time lead against one of the top sides in the division, but a second-half collapse saw the Satsumas go home without a point.
Watched by the league’s biggest crowd of the day, both sides tried to get the ball down and play.
Both sides threatened early on, but Wokingham settled earlier and were playing the more controlled football.
And they took the lead in the 14th minute when the impressive Davd Bellis broke from midfield, released Luke Lee on the right and the striker’s low cross was turned into his own net by Ashley Thomas.
Ben Pugh and James Coates both came agonisingly close to levelling things up, while Robbie Colwell struck the inside of Stuart Harris’ post.
Wokingham fought back with Bellis curling an effort just wide, and they increased their lead on 28 minutes when Lee broke down the left and placed a shot well past keeper Martyn Pearce.
Shortwood responded strongly, but excellent defending, as well as a magnificent save from Harris to deny Colwell as Wokingham went in at half-time two up.
Shortwood, however, ripped Wokingham to pieces after the break, finding the net three times in an eight-minute spell.
A goal from Jake Parrott in the first minute set the tone as Shortwood piled on the pressure.
They levelled five minutes later, although Wokingham can consider themselves a little unlucky when referee Chris Boyles, ignored a clear trip on Bellis in the area, allowing sub Ross Casey to head home.
And they were soon in front as Colwell out jumped the defence to head in for 3-2.
Wokingham did manafe to steady the ship for a period, but Shortwood effectively sealed the points when the ball wasn’t cleared and Chris Mortlock scrambled it over the line.
In truth, Shortwood, could have scored a lot more than the one they did add to the score in the 87th minute when Casey’s cross was met by the head of Coates.
Boss Roger Herridge was disappointed that his players let their lead slip so early after the break.
“I thought we were excellent in the first half, playing some of our best football of the season, we looked dangerous going forward and defended well when we had to,” he said.
“We knew they would come out all-guns blazing in the second half, and it was important not to concede early doors.
“They certainly put us to the sword, but to our credit, although the damage had been done we kept going, and had a couple of chances ourselves.”
Another blow for Herridge is the loss of midfielder Tommy Chapman who has signed for Andover, but central defender James Rusby has resumed training after a lengthy time out injured.
Next up for Wokingham & Emmbrook is a visit from near neighbours Binfeld on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Harris, Walton, Horscroft, Hopper, Wanklyn, Bellis (Luis), Duffelen, Bateman, Lee, Broome, Williams. Subs not used: Lewin & Medhurst.