Highmoor Ibis 1 Wokingham & Emmbrook 1By Alex Woodrow
October 22, 2012
Wokingham & Emmbrook's stretched their unbeaten league run to nine games, but the Sumas had to settle for a point at 10-man rivals Highmoor Ibis.
Nick Bateman's first-half opener was cancelled out in the second through a scrambled effort from Anthony Alleyne. However, the visitors were unhappy the goal was allowed to stand having claimed keeper Garry Aulsberry was pushed by the striker during the build-up to the goal.
The game did not have to wait very long for its first effort, with a Bateman corner finding Danny Horscroft, whose effort seemed destined for the back of the net, however, the ball was agonisingly cleared off the line and away for another centre.
For the next 25 minutes or so barely any chances were created, with both teams battling for possession in the middle third of the pitch. The only real chance during this period came courtesy of a Nick Bateman half-volley from 30 yards out, which never troubled Highmoor keeper Daniel Smith.
On the half an hour mark Wokingham had a great opportunity to take the lead, as once again a corner from midfielder Nick Bateman caused panic in the Highmoor defence, but James Rusby's close range effort was cleared off the line.
The Sumas though, did take the lead just before the interval when the fit-again Matt Jones squared to Danny Horscroft, whose initial effort was blcoked by Smith. However, he could only parry the ball into the path of Bateman, who converted superbly from ten yards out to give the visitors a one goal advantage going into the break.
Wokingham picked up where they left off at the start of the second, with Bateman involved once again, as his corner from the right was only cleared into the path of Callum Eagle, whose shot from the edge of the area went inches wide.
Highmoor then suffered a blow minutes later, when Jordan Brown saw red following what appeared to be a frank word with the referee.
The visitors were keen to seize the numerical advantage and had a great opportunity to double their lead. Alex Walton picked up the ball on the right wing, and his quick thinking picked out Jones who was free on goal, but the striker was denied by a Smith block.
The 10-men of Highmoor, however, never caved in and were level when a free kick from the right hand side resulted in Anthony Alleyne scrambling the ball into the back of the net at the near post on his second attempt, having initially hit the post.
The final ten minutes saw both sides press forward in search of a winner, but in the end neither Wokingham nor Highmoor Ibis could find a decisive goal and both teams had to settle for a point.
Wokingham manager Roger Herridge cut a disappointed figure following the match, saying: “There was only one way we weren’t going to win, and that was mistakes.”
“The game should have been dead and buried before they levelled, and the referee missed a foul on Garry (Aulsberry) and they shouldn’t have got an equaliser."
Wokingham have the chance to quickly avenge last weekend's FA Vase exit when they travel to league leaders Marlow this Saturday (3pm).
Wokingham and Emmbrook: Aulsberry, Walton, Gibbs, (Newlove), Bellis (c), Eagle, Rusby, Elgar, Bateman, Hopper, Jones, (Senussi), Horscroft, (Rushforth). Subs not used: Blanchard, Lambert.