Wokingham & Emmbrook FC prepare for Reading Senior Cup finalBy Adam Lee
May 09, 2012
Roger Herridge is one game away from picking up his first piece of silverware as Wokingham manager after an impressive semi-final performance in the Reading Senior Cup on Saturday.
The Sumas fought from a goal down to beat Flackwell Heath 3-1 away on Saturday, setting up a semi-final date with with Woodley Town or Highmoor Ibis on Tuesday May 22 at Madejski Stadium.
And as the club consolidated their Hellenic Premier Division status this season, Herridge is now concentrating on finishing their campaign on a high as they look to win the cup for the second time in four seasons.
Having gone behind to a stunning Harry Pritchard goal on 35 minutes, Wokingham fought hard to get back into the tie.
However, they had to wait until 15 minutes from time to draw level through Adam Cornell, and then there was only going to be one winner.
A Jack Broome wonderstrike gave Sumas the lead, before Dean Thomas capped a fine team performance with a settler late on.
“We were very good from start to finish,” said Herridge.
“They scored a great goal 10 minutes before half-time against the run of play and then when Danny Horscroft hit the bar I thought it was going to be one of those days.
“Once we equalised, though, I could only see one team going on to win the game.
“We had by far the better of it.
“It’s nice for the lads to have something like this to end the season.
“We will go in as favourites, but whoever we face will give us a very tough game.
“We’ll go out to enjoy the game and the surroundings and hopefully end the season on a high.
“I would expect us to be playing Highmoor, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Cyril’s team cause a shock.
“We’re really looking forward to it and it’s an opportunity to play at what is now a Premier League stadium which normally you wouldn’t get.
“We are a team that likes to get the ball down and play so hopefully the Madejski Stadium pitch will suit us.
“The boys are buzzing and its always nice to get to a cup final and they really deserve it because they have worked very, very hard.”
Herridge also paid tribute to goalscorer Cornell, whose reintroduction to the side has coincided with a good run of form.
Cornell struck five times in the league after rejoing Wokingham in March, and Herridge has been delighted with his impact.
But he admits he faces a fight to keep the former Camberley Town striker at the club for the 2012/13 season.
“We played with a different shape on Saturday and it really requierd Adam to play at his best, which he did,” said Herridge.
“He’s been giving me a bit of stick after I praised (Binfield striker) Ian Davies, but I honestly feel he’s every bit the striker that Ian is.
“He links things up so well and he makes a real difference for us.
“He is also a natural goalscorer and if you give him a chance anywhere around the box then he will probably take it.
“I would like to hold onto him, but I’m sure teams from a higher level will be keeping tabs on him.”