AFC Hinksey 2 Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 3By Alex Woodrow
October 01, 2012
Wokingham progressed into the second round of the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup as they narrowly beat Hinksey in an end-to-end match, extending their unbeaten run to nine games in the process.
Wokingham started the match on top, and created the first good chance as Luke Lee’s effort had to be tipped onto the crossbar by Hinksey keeper Martin Clark.
But it didn’t take long for Wokingham to break the deadlock as Lee was taken down by Ryan Maser just inside the penalty area and Nick Bateman stepped up to score from the spot.
But Hinksey soon woke up and were on level terms a few minutes later as Anaclet Odihambo whizzed down the right wing and squared to Kieran Davis who found top left corner with a curling shot.
After Hinksey levelled Wokingham pressed forward and created a string of good chances, but weren’t able to convert.
Tom Williams’ one-on-one effort was saved, while the winger also saw a shot go over before Wokingham’s hard work paid off.
Lee’s pace and power proved too much for the Hinksey defence as he broke free and smashed the ball home with 30 minutes gone.
A minute late Lee nearly bagged his second and Wokingham’s third, but the Wokingham No.9 saw his 25-yard shot hit the side netting.
On the stroke of half-time Hinksey had the opportunity to equalise, but striker Sean Flaherty saw his point-blank shot well saved by Garry Aulsberry.
Hinksey came out all guns blazing after the break, with Flaherty shooting a whisker wide before Odihambo was denied by an outstanding Aulsberry double save.
With 20 minutes to go, Williams won a penalty for the away side and Bateman again made no mistake as he put the Sumas 3-1 in front.
With Wokingham now enjoying all the momentum, Lee hit the post when through on goal, but rather than the Sumas putting the game to bed, it was Hinksey who were to make it a tense final 10 minutes as Flaherty found the net with a powerful half volley.
Hinksey piled on the pressure, but the Sumas defended well, and a Ryan Maser effort that went wide was the closest the home side came to taking the game to extra-time.
Wokingham boss Roger Herridge was pleased to see his side into the next round.
"I knew before we came here today it was going to be a hard game," he said.
"At half-time I said the game could have been 4-4 because it was so stretched.
"We were fortunate today, but maybe we have got a little bit of luck we need from that side, as they had pace which caused problems, but we got the win."
Wokingham travel to North Maidenhead to face Holyport on Saturday.
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Aulsberry, Wanklyn, Gibbs, Bellis, Eagle, Rusby, Walton, Bateman, Lee, Williams, Horscroft. Subs: Rushforth, Senussi.