Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 3 Kidlington FC 0By John Ansell
September 05, 2011
Wokingham & Emmbrook’s FA Cup journey is set to continue after a excellent victory at Larges Lane on Saturday.
Their reward is another home tie in the next round when Evo Stick Premier league side North Greenford United visit on either September 17 or 18.
In an entertaining and exciting game it was the visitors who threatened first through a Ryan Curtin free-kick, while Jack Broome did likewise soon after.
A Sam Duffelen through ball released Dean Thomas but his effort hit the bar as the play switched from end to end.
Thomas had another good chance with a header after excellent work by Danny Horscroft on the left, while Kidlington’s best chance of the half fell to Curtin who headed over from close in when completely unmarked in the area.
Garry Sargeant, whose touch and vision was excellent all afternoon, looped a header over the keeper from a great pass from David Bellis, but a defender got back to tidy up.
Wokingham then hit the visitors with two goals in as many minutes.
Thomas saw his effort beaten out, but Duffelen was alert and he reacted well to fire in low from an acute angle in the 35th minute.
Sargeant was the provider for the second as his inch-perfect through ball released Thomas through the middle who smashed the ball past Tom McNamara into the roof of the net.
The visitors’ enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening stages of the second half, but Stuart Harris in the home goal had only crosses to deal with, while Alex Walton and Ashley Mitchell in the middle of the defence were outstanding.
Sargeant at full stretch saw his effort just clear the bar before Wokingham increased their lead with 20 minutes remaining.
Awarded a free kick 25 yards out, once again Whiting brilliantly curled the ball into the top corner of the net.
Wokingham had the ball in the net in time added on, but after an excellent build up Dearlove’s effort was ruled out for offside.
Darron Wilkinson who was standing in for the unavailable manager Roger Herridge, along with assistant boss Dan Bateman, were delighted with the outcome.
“That was probably the best first-half performance of the season,” said Wilkinson.
“The tempo was good, there was plenty of energy about our play and our attitude was spot on.
“When the players arrived you could see they were up for it and there was a buzz in the dressing room – everything felt right.
“The way we are playing at the moment we could be a match for anyone.”
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Harris, Broome (Ryan), Luis, Duffelen, Walton, Mitchell, Horscroft (Rusby), Bellis, Sargeant (Dearlove), Thomas, Whiting. Subs not used Wyatt, Hanson.
Wokingham face Hook Norton away in the FA Vase on Sunday (3pm kick-off) and then host Flackwell Heath in the Hellenic Premier Division next Tuesday (7.45pm).