Highworth Town FC 2 Wokingham and Emmbrook FC 0By Alex Woodrow
April 16, 2012
Wokingham need just a draw from their final league game of the season at home to Oxford City Nomads on Saturday (3pm kick-off) to overhaul Abingdon Town and clinch a top-10 Hellenic Premier Division finish.
The Sumas did have the opportunity to clinch that top-10 spot at the weekend, but two early goals from hosts Highworth, who Wokingham beat 3-1 just a couple of days before, gave them a mountain to climb.
Tony Joyce’s cross beat both the Wokingham defence and Garry Aulsberry to land in the top left corner to give Highworth a second-minute lead.
Four minutes later Highworth doubled their lead as Tony Joyce’s corner was slotted home by striker Matty Bennett and Wokingham had a real battle on their hands.
Rory Sproule’s header from six yards was well held by Aulsberry as Highworth continued to threaten, but as the half wore on the Sumas started to create some good chances of their own.
A Danny Horscroft free-kick was almost met by Sam Duffelen, only for Highworth to clear their lines, then shortly before the interval striker Adam Cornell's 30-yard half-volley went inches wide.
The Sumas continued to put Highworth under pressure at the start of the second half, but still couldn’t find a reply, with a Horscroft header going narrowly over before Liam MacDevitt, making his first start for Wokingham, just lost out in a race for the ball with Highworth keeper Ian Gill.
The home side also had their chances, and almost killed the game off when Matty Horsell was free on goal, but Aulsberry kept his cool to save the shot.
In the final quarter of an hour Wokingham pressed forward in search of a consolation goal, but in the end it was three comfortable points for the hosts.
The Sumas' game with Oxford on Saturday could still have some added spice as Oxford may need to win to secure the league title on the final weekend.
That outcome, however, depends on second-placed Shortwood's two mid-week games, meaning Oxford could already be crowned champions by Saturday's visit should Shortwood fail to win both.
Otherwise, Roger Herridge's mne could have a huge say in the just where the Hellenic League title ends up this season.
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Aulsberry, Walton, Luis, Powton, Broome, Bellis, Horscroft, Bateman (Collier), MacDevitt, Cornell, Duffelen (Dos Anjos).