Highmoor Ibis FC 1 Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 3By Alex Woodrow
September 17, 2012
They needed extra-time to do it, but Wokingham progressed through the second qualifying round of the FA Vase as they saw off local rivals Highmoor Ibis at Palmer Park.
After a dull opening, Highmoor started to raise their game and remained on top for most of the first 45.
Jamal Forde-Small's 30-yard effort was comfortable for Garry Aulsberry, while the same player found the post from a free-kick soon afterwards.
Wokingham, though, were able to create a couple of decent chances before the break as Matt Jones skipped past two Highmoor players only to see his shot saved, while a few minutes later Elliott Rushforth's attempt was well held by keeper Mitch Parker.
Highmoor started the second half brightly as Liam Ferdinand broke free of the Wokingham back four only to see his shot blocked by Aulsberry, while at the other end Jones' 25-yard free-kick was saved by Parker, who then produced a stunning save from Tom Williams as the winger tried to follow up the rebound.
As the game settled down, it wasn't until mid-way through the half that the next chance arrived, as Jordan Brown was fouled in the box and skipper Ian Griffin converted the spot kick to give Highmoor the lead.
With 10 minutes to go, Wokingham had the perfect opportunity to level when Jones was taken down by Simon Eade in the penalty area, and the striker stepped up but saw his penalty go wide – Sumas' fourth miss from the spot so far this season.
But as all hope seemed to be lost, Wokingham were able to win another penalty as Jones was once again taken down in the box and substitute Khalid Senussi broke the penalty hoodoo as he found the bottom corner to take the game into extra-time.
In the first period of extra-time both sides created good chances, but it was the away side who were able to take theirs as Jones broke free of the Highmoor defence and his shot beat Mitch Parker to give Wokingham the lead for the first time in the match.
They made the game safe in the second period of extra-time the Sumas were able to double their lead and wrap the game up as, on the counter attack, Jones broke free and squared to Williams who slotted into an empty net.
Manager Roger Herridge seemed relatively pleased with the performance from his young side.
"We had to dig in really deep, and if we miss the quality of some of our players then we can’t expect to play really well," he said.
"But defensively we were really good again, I thought that Nicky was man of the match along with Callum and Rusby, but today we had to dig in and got the result in the end."
So the Sumas extend their unbeaten run to five games, while Highmoor Ibis have now lost three on the spin.
Wokingham will look to continue their good form on Tuesday night when they host Ascot United at Larges Lane, while Highmoor’s next match is away at Abingdon Town on Saturday.
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Aulsberry, Walton, Newlove, Wateridge, Eagle, Rusby, Williams, Bateman, Rushforth (Senussi), Jones, Duffelen. Subs: Mulvaney, Herridge, Walton.