Wokingham and Emmbrook FC 1 Oxford City Nomads FC 0By Alex Woodrow
April 23, 2012
Wokingham & Emmbrook finished their Hellenic Premier Division campaign in style against league champions Oxford City Nomads, as striker Adam Cornell's solitary goal proved enough to take the points.
The win means that Wokingham finish the league one position better than last season, finishing in the top 10 and with a place in the Reading Senior Cup final at Madejski Stadium still to play for.
Wokingham broke the deadlock in the ninth minute when Dean Thomas raced clear of the Nomads defence and squared to strike partner Cornell who kept his cool to slot the ball home from a few yards out.
But the league champions weren’t just going to lie down, and soon after Pablo Hoysham had a chance to level the scores, but he failed to convert from six yards.
Wokingham nearly doubled their lead when Thomas once again broke free of the Oxford back four, but his shot could only be blocked and the away side were able to clear their lines.
Nomads, though, had a gilt-edged chance to level when Denel Thomas was fouled in the area, but Ben Moses' spot-kick was superbly saved by Sumas keeper Garry Aulsberry, who dived to his right to get both hands to the ball.
On the stroke of half-time full-back Kynan Isaac's close range-header was well held by Aulsberry, while Moses also had a chance to level the scores before the interval, but his powerful drive went a whisker wide.
Cornell had a couple of good opportunities early in the second half, the best being an attempt from 25 yards which went just wide.
The game then became more of a midfield battle, as less chances were created in the second half and the game started to lose its intensity.
With a quarter of an hour to go, Nomads pressed forward in desperate attempt to save the game, but the Sumas were able to hold on as in the final few minutes, but with man-of-the-match Aulsberry in inspired form, they couldn't find an equaliser.
Manager Roger Herridge was delighted with a performance that showed, on their day, Wokingham are more than a match for anyone at this level.
"It was a good win and we had to work really hard," he said.
"The league table doesn’t lie and this team we played are the best side in the league, but we defended really well.
"Garry Aulsberry was outstanding today and we could have got more."
Wokingham will be looking to maintain this momentum next Saturday when they travel to Flackwell Heath to face the Buckinghamshire side in the semi-final of the Reading Senior Cup (3pm kick-off).
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Aulsberry, Walton Horscroft, Collier, Hopper, Bellis, Duffelen, Bateman, Cornell (Jones),
Thomas, Lee. Subs not used: Dos Anjos, Powton.