Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 1 Shortwood United FC 2By John Ansell
April 26, 2011
Wokingham & Emmbrook fell to defeat against Shortwood United in their last home game of the season on Saturday.
With Luke Lee serving a suspension and Dean Thomas out with a broken arm, Wokingham didn’t have a natural striker to choose from.
Ben Dearlove and Sam Whiting were asked to play further forward than usual, and the game started in explosive fashion with two goals in the opening four minutes.
A ball in from the left was helped on by Nicky Bateman to the advancing David Bellis, whose dipping effort from 25 yards gave visiting keeper Martyn Pearce no chance.
However, within two minutes the visitors were level when poor defending allowed Ross Casey time to head home from close range.
The visitors tested Stuart Harris, while John Cant fired wide from a good position.
Wokingham could have levelled in the 41st minute when Bellis picked out Whiting who looped his effort over the bar from a good position.
The winning goal came in the 44th minute when an angled cross picked out Cant in plenty of space on the left and from the angle of the area he beat Harris low down in the far corner.
After a nervy start to the second half, Wokingham made a change in the 55th minute with Sam Duffelen replacing Dearlove.
And Duffelen could have scored with his very first touch, but fired straight at Pearce.
The game went into a lull for the next 25 minutes, with Wokingham giving the ball away and Shortwood failing to threaten, despite having the better of the play.
Wokingham started to create chances in the final 10 minutes as twice sub Billy McNeill went close.
Firstly at full stretch his effort went inches past the post and then moments later a shot went just wide.
Wokingham thought they had deservedly levelled in the 90th minute when the excellent Tom Hopper headed back across the face of goal where Danny Horscroft headed home, but the effort was ruled out for offside.
Despite the result manager Roger Herridge was reasonably happy with the overall display.
“We had several chances against a side who have a big budget,” he said.
“They are a very good side and to go into the game without any recognised strikers it was always going to be difficult.
“We got off to a great start, but then defended poorly from the throw to let them back in to it.
“Had you said at the start of the season we would have 60 points at Easter I would have taken that.”
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Harris, Broome, Luis, Hopper, Lewin, Bellis, Bateman (McNeill), Dearlove (Duffelen), Whiting, Horscroft. Not Used: Player, Merry.