Oxford City Nomads FC 1 Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 2By John Ansell
March 28, 2011
Wokingham & Emmbrook stepped out for their third game in five days at Oxford City Nomads on Saturday in the Hellenic Premier Division.
With the games coming thick fast, including a gruelling 3-3 draw against struggling Fairford Town two days earlier, boss Roger Herridge shuffled his pack.
With both Sam Duffelen and Nicky Bateman unavailable through injury, Ben Dearlove was given a start in midfield along with David Bellis and Jack Brome, while Alex Walton returned to defence.
Nomads started well, with both Skelton and Moses testing Stuart Harris from distance early on.
Wokingham responded well and after a surging run down the right from Dean Thomas, Alex Luis saw his effort deflected for a corner.
They then broke the deadlock in the 16th minute as Jack Broome released Luke Lee who advanced into the box and stroked the ball into the far corner of the net for his 16 league goal of the season.
Dearlove and Bellis both went close from distance as Wokingham continued to threaten.
And they increased their lead in the 38th minute following a fine team move as Bellis’ inch-perfect cross was headed in from close range by Thomas.
Nomads made a change during the interval with regular keeper Jordan Blackstock replacing Gardner in goal.
And they upped the tempo from the restart, dominating the early stages with Haysham and Isaac going close to scoring.
Wokingham, though, were unlucky not to put the game out of reach in the 55th minute when Luis’ cross was met by Lee, but his glancing header skimmed the top of the bar.
Wokingham, very much on the backfoot, were then forced to make some changes, and Nomads took advantage in the 69th minute as Jermaine Ferreira rose unchallenged to head home a free-kick.
For all their possession, however, Oxford didn’t really trouble keeper Harris, while Wokingham still posed a threat up the other end.
Lee and Horscroft both had shots charged down before Oxford finally started to create some decent chances.
However, Wokingham hung on by the skin of their teeth to collect maximum points, with special mention for young Will Day, who had an outstanding game despite being inexperienced at this level.
Herridge was obviously delighted with the outcome.
“We had to work hard for the points after an exhausting five days, I thought our fitness levels were excellent against a decent side today,” he said.
“Although they had plenty of possession in the second half they never really looked threatening in front of goal and we defended really well and Stuart Harris didn’t really have a save to make.
“Our hard work all over the park, deservedly in my opinion, saw us collect all three points against a side that have recently collected points off both Thame United and Wantage Town.”
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Harris, Walton, Luis, Hopper (Lewin), Wanklyn (Whiting), Day, Broome, Bellis, Lee, Thomas, Dearlove ( Horscroft ).