Wokingham and Emmbrook FC 1 Ascot United FC 1By Alex Woodrow
September 20, 2012
Wokingham and Ascot shared the points in an exciting local derby in the Hellenic Premier Division on Tuesday night, as neither side could take advantage of their numerous chances.
Ascot gave their hosts an early scare when Ian Brooks' cross from the left beat everyone, including Sumas keeper Garry Aulsberry, but the ball went just over the bar.
They took the lead soon after, though, as a well-worked team move created space for an unmarked Jack Smillie to slot home at the far post.
Wokingham felt aggrieved when Matt Jones was taken down in the box, but the referee waved away all appeals for a penalty, while Jones was denied again soon after when Chris Grace saved when one-on-one.
The Sumas were now really knocking on Ascot’s door.
Well on top of their opponents and creating all of the chances, it seemed that any minute they would equalise.
They thought they had levelled when Callum Eagle's header from a Nick Bateman corner appeared to have crossed the line, but the referee waved play on.
It was Jones who came to the rescue, though, as he latched on to Luke Lee's throughball and calmly finished to take his tally to five goals in five games.
Five minutes before the break the home side suffered a major blow as top scorer Jones went down with a hamstring injury and had to be helped off.
The first chance of the second half fell to Ascot striker Ben Knight who, on his return to Larges Lane, took the ball past last man Jack Gibbs only to see his left-footed curling shot go inches wide.
Wokingham soon rediscovered their rhythm and had many chances to take the lead, but weren’t able to convert.
The best opportunity came when the Yellamen defence desperately cleared the ball with Nick Bateman waiting to slot into an empty net, but in the end the two teams had to each settle for a point apiece.
And Wokingham manager Roger Herridge was pleased to see his side stretch their unbeaten run to six games.
"We know Ascot are a good side, we know that they have lively players but we dealt with them well," he said.
"As derby games go this was end to end, we proved we were hard to beat and we were unlucky not to come away with three points, but our unbeaten run keeps going."
Wokingham will look to continue their good form on Saturday when they host Highworth Town at Larges Lane, while Ascot make the long journey to Cheltenham Saracens.
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Aulsberry, Walton, Gibbs, Bellis, Eagle, Rusby, Duffelen, Bateman, Jones, Wateridge. Subs: Horscroft, Senussi, Rushforth, Dance, Walton.
Ascot United: Grace, Gritt, Hancock, Waddieh, Woozley, Yeates, Hoar, Smillie, Bennett, Knight, Brooks, Lee. Subs: Kennedy, Newson, Lamb, Boon, Michewson.