Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 0 Ascot United FC 3By John Ansell
February 10, 2011
Ascot United moved into the fourth round of the AM Print & Copy Floodlight Cup as they dispatched Wokingham & Emmbrook at Larges Lane on Tuesday night.
A good crowd were treated to a competitive encounter, but it was the Yellamen who made the breakthrough in only the fourth minute.
It was Rob Saunders who was on the end of a good team move, firing home past Wokingham keeper Stuart Harris from the edge of the box.
Wokingham should have levelled soon after when Nicky Bateman released Luke Lee one on one, but stand-in keeper Luke Seldon did well to block Lee’s attempt on goal.
Saunders and the impressive Jon Bennett both had chances to increase the lead for Ascot, while Lee was again denied when one on one.
More was expected of Wokingham in the second half attacking down the slope, but they never really threatened the Ascot defence.
With the late arrival of first-choice keeper Jamie Jackson, who replaced Seldon in goal, the visitors carried the greater threat going forward with Bennett the main man.
They increased their lead in the 55th when Bennett was brought down in the box by Harris, and although the Wokingham keeper saved the striker’s spot kick, Bennett followed up to fire into the roof of the net.
Wokingham’s chances of a comeback vanished on the hour mark when they were reduced to 10 men.
Bateman, already on a booking, went in late on Lee Boon leaving the referee with little choice.
The nearest Wokingham came was a Ben Dearlove effort that flashed just wide of the target, while Bennett could have made it 3-0 when he headed over from a corner.
Ascot sealed the win in the 87th minute when poor defending allowed Tim Standing to fire home from the edge of the area.
Wokingham manager Roger Herridge was disappointed with some of the less-than-impressive defending.
“You can’t concede sloppy goals and hope to win matches,” he said.
“I thought we did well in the first half, but didn’t carry it into the second half.”