Bracknell Town FC 0 Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 3By Adam Lee
August 30, 2011
Wokingham & Emmbrook strolled through their first derby of the season as they comfortably beat local rivals Bracknell Town.
Neither side were particularly impressive, struggling to find any rhythm, but Wokingham didn’t really need to be as they beat a Bracknell team missing two of their most dangerous attacking threats in Alex Eastman and Harry Swabey.
Wokingham had the better of a very disjointed first half where clear goalscoring opportunities were few and far between.
They kept possession well, yet struggled to break down a Bracknell side that seemed organised in defence, but lacking any potent attacking threat.
The Satsumas, however, were clinical when their chances did come and opened the scoring with their first real attack on 19 minutes.
Luke Lee kept control on the edge of the area, played in Dean Thomas on the right and the winger’s deep cross found a stooping Garry Sargeant at the back post.
It was the former Binfield and Bracknell striker’s first goal for Wokingham since his move in the summer.
But as the Robins looked likely to get back into the game, Wokingham made it 2-0 when the home defence failed to deal with Ashley Mitchell’s long punt upfield, allowing Lee to break clear and score past keeper Chris Adams at the second attempt.
Centre-half Mitchell received plenty of congratulations from his team-mates for his assist, and they were well deserved.
The summer-signing was the best player on the pitch, and his partnership at the back with skipper Tom Hopper was a huge reason Bracknell didn’t really test keeper Stuart Harris for the entire 90 minutes.
Wokingham began to exert more dominance after the break, with Sam Whiting, Thomas, Lee and sub Alex Luis all having opportunities to add to the score.
In all, it was a fairly low-key affair, and although there were a few strong challenges, the derby encounter only really threatened to boil over once, on the hour mark when Thomas and Bracknell defender Adam Kennedy had words.
And with seven minutes remaining, the game was put to bed when Thomas played an excellent one-two in the area with David Bellis and slotted past Adams from close range.
Bellis almost made it 4-0 soon after, firing over from a tight angle, before Bracknell had their best chance of the game as Dan Sleet, one of the Robins better performers, glanced a header wide from a long throw.
For Wokingham, it was another solid display in a season that is gaining momentum, while for basement-side Bracknell, who now face four of the last season’s top sides in a daunting run of games, these are worrying times.
Bracknell Town: Adams, Barratt, Haywood, Kennedy, Nugent, Sleet, Herridge, Dennison (Simon, 77), Knight (Clowes 61), Harvey, Rushforth. Subs not used: Smith, Silva, Simpson.
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Harris, Rusby, Wyatt (Luis, 58), Mitchell, Hopper, Bellis, Duffelen (Broome, 66), Whiting, Thomas, Lee, Sargeant (Ryan, 77). Subs not used: Horscroft, Walton.