Five Star Sumas Storm Into Next Round Of Supplementary CupBy Alex Woodrow
December 03, 2012
Wootton Bassett Town 0-5 Wokingham and Emmbrook
Wokingham and Emmbrook started December in style at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground, and thus the travelling Wokingham supporters were delighted after seeing their side progress into Round 3 of the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Challenge Cup as Hellenic Division One East outfit Wootton Bassett were dismantled by Herridge’s young hotshots.
An Elliott Rushforth double and goals from Nick Bateman, Matt Jones and Danny Horscroft meant that Wokingham eased to a comfortable 5-0 victory and once again the match just showed how the Satsumas are getting stronger by the week.
The game was just five minutes old until we witnessed the first half chance.
This opportunity was for the hosts, as after Wokingham failed to clear their lines Wootton Bassett skipper Steve Yeardley got a shot away from just inside the penalty box, but Yeardley saw his shot blocked and cleared to safety by the Sumas defence.
A few minutes later the visitors went up the other end and had a trio of glorious opportunities all in the space of five minutes, but the boys from Berkshire couldn’t find the end product.
The first chance fell to striker Matt Jones, as a Danny Horscroft corner from the right hand side resulted in a Jones header from six yards out hitting the crossbar.
The next chance for Wokingham fell to Danny Horscroft, as skipper Dave Bellis picked out Horscroft after having made a great run to break free of the Wootton Bassett back line.
The linesman, though, made a terrible decision as he put his flag up for offside even though when the ball was played Horscroft was level with the Wootton Bassett defence.
The final of the three chances for Wokingham was when a Danny Horscroft corner from the left hand side resulted in a Dave Bellis header from six yards out, but Bellis saw his header well held by opposition keeper Luke Sharps.
Though Wokingham were able to take the lead and their hard work did pay off, as after just quarter of an hour Nick Bateman saw his shot blocked by keeper Luke Sharps, only for Matt Jones to convert on the rebound as he fired home into an empty net, 1-0, deadlock broken.
Wootton Bassett didn’t stand down after going a goal behind, and they nearly levelled round the midway point of the first half.
The opportunity crept up as a cross from the left hand side found Steve Yeardley on the edge of the penalty box who headed the ball powerfully towards goal.
Yeardley, though, wasn’t able to convert as his header was tipped over the bar by Wokingham keeper Garry Aulsberry.
The hosts then suffered a major blow, because the Sumas were able to double their lead when Elliott Rushforth broke free of the Wootton Bassett defence and won in his one on one battle with keeper Luke Sharps, and Rushforth’s effort crossed the line as the ball went in off the post.
After the second goal it was Wokingham who were carrying all of the momentum, while Wootton Bassett on the other hand found it very difficult to get back into the game after going two goals behind.
The visitors were able to further extend their lead five minutes before the break, as Danny Horscroft increased his tally to two goals in two games when his free kick found the bottom left hand corner of the net after beating both the wall and Luke Sharps, and we were going into the break with two very different atmospheres in the teams changing rooms.
The Sumas started the second half on top, and they very nearly made it 4-0 just a couple of minutes from the restart. It was Danny Horscroft who nearly got his second goal of the match, as his shot from 25 yards out flew inches over the crossbar.
It didn’t take long for Wokingham to go four goals in front, as just 5 minutes into the second 45 they won a penalty. Midfielder Nick Bateman stepped up to take the resulting spot kick, and the Wokingham number eight coolly converted as the ball hit the right hand side of the net from the spot.
A few minutes later Wokingham made sure that they would surely be in the hat for the next round draw of the Supplementary cup.
Even though there was still just over half an hour left on the clock the visitors earnt a 5 goal advantage as, from a corner, the Wootton Bassett defence failed to clear the ball to safety and Elliott Rushforth capitalised as he slotted the ball home from a few yards out to get his second and Wokingham’s fifth.
After an exciting opening to the second half the match very much started to die down, with chances for the rest of the match coming few and far between for both sides.
In the final ten minutes Wootton Bassett pressed forward in search of a consolation goal, but Wokingham held on to salvage victory very much to the delight of everyone involved with the club.
Boss Roger Herridge was very pleased with the performance that his young side put out, and thought that the outcome was fair. “I suppose 5-0 it sort of speaks for itself really I think obviously we were a lot better than they were.
"I think I’ve gone on record to say I’m not sure what the benefits of this cup are to be honest, you know you get knocked out of a league cup and end up in this one but, while we’re in it we might as well try and win it.
“I thought we played some good stuff and you’ve only got to have a look at obviously it’s not the easiest pitch to play on. I thought our midfield three totally dominated the game to be honest, Broom and Nick and Dave Bellis.”
“It’s all about trying to give players some minutes that needed it really, Jones today has obviously got himself a goal and looked more like the player we know he can be. Shaun had 90 minutes there and he’s obviously desperately short of games.”
“At the end of the day we’ve come here, Wootton Bassett made a few changes to their side like we’ve made to ours and we’ve got the job done at the end of the day so we can move on and look forward to Tuesday night and back to league action and hopefully another three points on our travels.”
So Wokingham have now won three matches on the trot. Hopefully the Satsumas can continue their consistent form on Tuesday night when they return to Wiltshire, this time to face relegation fighting Highworth Town at the Elms Recreation Ground in what is bound to be an enthralling league encounter.
Wokingham and Emmbrook
1. Garry Aulsberry,
2. Alex Walton,
3. Chris Newlove,
4. Dave Bellis (captain),
5. Callum Eagle, (14. Jack Gibbs),
6. Shaun Wanklyn,
7. Jack Broome,
8. Nick Bateman,
9. Elliott Rushforth, (15. Sam Bateman),
10. Matt Jones,
11. Danny Horscroft, (12. Khalid Senussi).