Reading Town FC 1 Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 2By David Wright
November 14, 2011
Luke Lee came off the bench to give the Sumas revenge for their home defeat by Reading two weeks ago.
And, like the game at Larges Lane, the team who scored first ended up losing.
Graham Lewis gave Town the lead from a disputed penalty early in the second half, but Matt Jones headed the equaliser and supersub Lee snatched a late winner.
“I’m well pleased,” said manager Roger Herridge.
“In the last few weeks I don’t think we got the results that our performances deserved.
“Last year had we gone a goal down then we would have got beat by two or three.
“But now they (his players) are starting to believe in themselves and this win will give them a lift.
“I think some of the players came of age in this game.
“There were some good performances out there.”
It was Lee who gave Sumas a lift after a poor first half during which neither side imposed themselves on the game.
For the second half Herridge sent on Lee and Alex Luis for Dean Thomas and Sam Whiting, who were both nursing knocks.
Within minutes Lee, who had been sent off in the 2-2 draw with Ascot last week, was causing problems for the Reading defence.
But four minutes into the half skipper Tom Hopper was adjudged to have handled Richard Witt’s cross and referee Ben Williamson pointed to the spot.
“It didn’t look a penalty to me,” said Herridge.
“The linesman was right in line with it and I didn’t see him raise his flag.
“I started to think was going to be another one of those days.”
Wokingham came under pressure and Harris was forced into making two fine saves from the lively Lewis.
But it was certainly not one-way traffic and Sumas were looking far more dangerous in attack than they had been before half-time, and they were rewarded with a 72nd-minute equaliser.
They won a free-kick out on their right flank, which Jack Broome fired over to the far post. It eluded keeper Garry Aulsberry and Jones met the ball well to head home.
The goal gave Sumas a big lift and they looked the more likely to score the winner.
They were twice denied by Aulsberry and Jones got the ball into the net again, only to see his effort disallowed.
The winner came six minutes from time when Lee, given a little too much time by the Town defence, fired home a cross from Tom Williams.
Lee then missed a good chance to put the issue beyond doubt.
Reading made a last-ditch effort to save the game and it needed a fine save from Harris to deny substitute Phillip John.
Herridge added: “Stuart has come in for a bit of criticism from some people, but he did well and made a great save.
“It was things like that which earn you points.
“Mark Bartley (Reading manager) probably feels it was a bit harsh his side never got anything out of the game, but we said the same thing when they beat us two weeks ago.
“I was well pleased with my lads. There were some good performances and we will be looking to continue them against Cheltenham Saracens at our place on Saturday.”