Weekend round up: Wokingham are held at Ascot, Binfield win at Holyport and Bracknell Town suffer B&B semi-final heartbreakBy Lewis Rudd
February 24, 2013
Ascot United 1 Wokingham & Emmbrook 1
Nick Bateman saw an 85th minute penalty saved as Wokingham & Emmbrook narrowly missed out on ending Ascot United's historic week with a defeat.
The Sumas enjoyed the perfect start to the local derby, with the game just five minutes old when Matt Jones volleyed home a pin-point cross at the far post to score his fifth goal in four games.
The striker later shot wide when one-on-one with United keeper Chris Grace, while at the other end, Rob Saunders struck the outside of a post after being set up by midweek FA Vase fifth round hero hero Jon Bennett.
Sam Duffelen, Bateman and Khalid Senussi all went close to doubling the visitors lead as half-time loomed.
However, five minutes before the break Ascot drew themselves level courtesy of a well-taken free-kick by Rob Saunders, who saw his 25-yard set piece beat both the Wokingham wall and visiting keeper Garry Aulsberry before nestling in the top right hand corner.
The woodwork then prevented the hosts from taking the lead shortly after the restart, with player/manager Jeff Lamb seeing his effort rattle an upright, while Yellamen captain Justin Clayton could only send the rebound over the bar.
Duffelen was again thwarted by Grace midway through the half before the shot-stopper threw his body in the way of another close range effort from Jones moments later.
Grace's fine afternoon between the posts continued, denying Bateman for a second time before blocking a Sam Whiting effort.
Then, with just five minutes of the game remaining, a challenge by Rob Gier on Sumas captain Dave Bellis in the box was flagged as a foul by the assistant referee on the near side, resulting in the match official pointing to the spot.
Bateman duly stepped up to take the penalty, but his hopes of settling the contest from 12 yards ended in frustration, as Grace once again guessed right to deny the midfielder as the fixture ended in a draw.
Wokingham & Emmbrook are involved in Reading Senior Cup quarter-final action on Tuesday, when they taken on Hellenic Division 1 East neighbours Woodley Town at Larges Lane, while Ascot make the short trip to Holyport for a Hellenic Premier Division clash on the same evening (both 7.45pm kick-offs).
Holyport 0 Binfield 2
Second-half strikes from Garry Sargeant and substitute Jos Millar saw Binfield end a run of three successive defeats with victory at near neighbours Holyport.
A slow start to the game came to life midway through the first half when an accidental clash of heads between Joel Havermans and Ryan Britnell saw the former's afternoon end prematurely, as the midfielder required stitches to an eyebrow gash.
The injury is most likely rule Havermans out of tomorrow's night's fixture with Kidlington.
Holyport's Britnell was able to continue and returned to the playing field after receiving treatment.
Replacement Carl Withers almost made an immediate impact to proceedings. However, his audacious effort from 25-yards flew inches over the crossbar.
Sargeant was later presented with an glorious chance to open the scoring, but a slip at the vital moment saw the striker send the ball into the side netting.
Seb Bowerman and Adam Morris then saw shouts for penalties fall on deaf ears, while at the other end Dan Weait was fortunate not to conceded a spot-kick when he and Jamie West came together in the six-yard box.
Sargeant, who netted in last week's 2-1 defeat at Brimscombe & Thrupp, was not to be denied his second strike in as many games, which came shortly after the hour mark when he converted good work from Ben Sturgess, who was to enjoy a winning return to his former club.
Weait then pulled off a fine stop to keep the slender lead in tact before the Moles all but ended the game as a contest when Millar sealed the points with a fine finish which found the bottom left hand corner.
Binfield's game with Kidlington at Hill Farm Lane kicks-off at 7.45pm.
Bracknell Town 0 Aston Clinton 2
Bracknell Town's dreams of lifting the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup are over after two first-half goals condemned the Robins to a semi-final defeat against Aston Clinton.
Town struggled to get going throughout the game, with the hosts finding themselves up against a well-organised Buckinghamshire outfit.
Bracknell improved in the second half, but failed to convert their chances.
Aston Clinton will meet Pitstone & Ivinghoe in the competition's final, which will be held at Binfield's Hill Farm Lane on Saturday, March 23.
Easington Sports 1 Finchampstead 1
Adam Barnard's fifth-minute strike was cancelled out just seven minutes later as Finchampstead were held to their third successive draw in Hellenic Division 1 East.
Having opened the scoring, Finch found themselves pegged back when Carl Standen found the back of the net in the 12th minute.
The result means Finchampstead have extended their unbeaten run in the league to six games.
Feltham 0 Eversley & California 3
Eversley & California sit just three points off top spot in Combined Counties Division 1 as a Matt Baker hat-trick secured all three points for the Boars at Feltham.
Baker fired the visitors into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes at The Orchard before completing his treble 10 minutes after the restart.
Elsewhere, Woodley Town extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to five games courtesy of a 0-0 draw at Chinnor in Division 1 East, while Sandhurst Town slipped to their 19th defeat of the season in the Combined Counties Premier Division, losing 3-1 against Chessington & Hook at Bottom Meadow.
The Fizzers travel to Molesey on Tuesday night (7.45pm).