Flackwell Heath FC 1 Wokingham and Emmbrook FC 3By Alex Woodrow
May 07, 2012
A very strong Wokingham side booked their place in the final of the Reading Senior Cup, to be held at Madejski Stadium later this month, as they saw off Flackwell Heath at Wilks Park.
After a tentative start from both sides, it was Flackwell who created the first real chance of the game, but a free header for Darren Rockall went just over the bar.
Flackwell continued to put the Sumas under pressure, and full-back Joel Jacobs struck the inside of the post when he tried his luck from 30 yards.
The Sumas were unfortunate not to break the deadlock with a goal of their own as a Dean Thomas half-volley from six yards was well saved by Matt Bryon, while Adam Cornell’s attempt went inches wide.
Both sides continued to create chances, but it wasn't until the 35th minute that the first goal arrived as Flackwell winger Harry Pritchard’s effort from the edge of the box beat both the Wokingham defence and Garry Aulsberry to find the top left hand corner.
Wokingham had a great chance to go in level at half-time, but Thomas' shot went a whisker wide.
Wokingham came out all guns blazing after the break, putting Flackwell under immense pressure, but still couldn’t find an equaliser.
Cornell couuld only find the side netting, Danny Horscroft’s shot rattled the woodwork, while a Matt Jones effort from close range went inches wide of the target.
Their effort's finally paid dividends with 15 minutes to go, though, as Cornell slotted home from six yards to give Wokingham a much deserved equaliser.
With the momentum on their side Wokingham's tails were up and a few minutes later they took the lead as a 30-yard screamer from full-back Jack Broome found the bottom right hand corner to send the players and fans into delirium.
Luke Lee then had the chance to finish off the game when free on goal, but Bryon kept his cool to save the shot.
However, the Sumas did get a third, as in stoppage time they hit Flackwell on the break and Thomas rounded Bryon to finish the game off in style and book his side's place at Madejski Stadium.
Manager Roger Herridge was delighted to see his side secure a place in the final, and provide them with a real chance of their first piece of silverware under his tenureship.
"Flackwell were a strong side, but we didn’t deserve to go in 1-0 down at half time," he said.
"I thought we were a far better side for the majority of the game, and we did very well considering that they brought players fresh back from teams such as Marlow."
Wokingham have extended their rollercoaster season by a few more weeks, as their never say die attitude has earnt them a place in the final against either Highmoor Ibis or Woodley from Hellenic Division 1 East, on Tuesday May 22 at Madjeski Stadium.
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Aulsberry, Broome, Horscroft, Collier, Mitchell, Hopper, Thomas, Bateman, Cornell (Eagle), Jones (Duffelen), Lee. Subs Not Used: Rushforth.