Flackwell Heath 2 Wokingham & Emmbrook 1By Alex Woodrow
January 31, 2013
Wokingham & Emmbrook are out of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy following a 2-1 quarter-final defeat at Flackwell Heath last night.
A brace from Lee Thompson either side of a second-half equaliser from Tom Hopper was enough to end the Sumas' involvement in the competition this season.
Playing only their second game since the turn of the year, the tie was just five minutes old when Thompson opened the scoring with his first goal of the evening.
Picking up a loose ball, the forward kept his composure and got the better of Garry Aulsberry between the visitors posts with a cool finish from 18 yards.
Wokingham almost produced an instant response, but skipper Dave Bellis could only send the ball wide when he got the better of the Flackwell back line.
The visitors again went close to equalising minutes before half-time, but Luke Lee was adjuged to be offside after he was picked out by Sean Wanklyn.
Roger Herridge's men, however, were not to be denied a leveller, which came courtesy of a Tom Hopper strike early in the second half.
Having failed to clear their lines from a deep Wanklyn free-kick, Hopper pounced to convert from close range.
Thompson was later denied a second by a smart Aulsberry save, while Danny Horscroft was thwarted at the other end by Ollie Brown as both sides went in search of seizing the initiative.
But it was the latter who was to separate the sides for a second time midway through the half when he scrambled the ball home from close range as Wokingham struggled to clear a corner.
Bellis again missed the target as the visitors pressed for a way back into the tie, having been set up by Horscroft.
The Sumas, though, were unable to peg their opponents back, meaning the side went on to lose their fourth consecutive game.
Speaking after the defeat, boss Herridge felt soft goals ended his side's hopes of progressing to the last four of the trophy.
He was, meanwhile, pleased to give game time to both Sam Duffelen and James Rusby following recent injuries to the pair.
"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb," said Herridge.
"I thought we played some good stuff at times and Danny Horscroft played really well in the first half, while it was also good to have Sam and James back.
"I thought we gave away soft goals, and the end product just wasn't there.
"To be fair to Flackwell, I thought they worked really hard and defended really well, and that's what got them the win at the end of the day."
Wokingham and Emmbrook: Aulsberry, Walton, Gibbs, (Rusby), Bellis (captain), Wanklyn, Hopper, Horscroft, Bateman, (Duffelen), Lee, Jones, Butler. Subs Not Used: Senussi, Newlove, Rushforth.