Baylis pulls the strings for five-star WokinghamBy Sheuli Ferguson
March 26, 2009
Wokingham HC Men’s 1st 5 Phoenix and Ranelagh HC 1st 0
Wokingham HC entertained Phoenix and Ranelagh HC at Cantley Park on Saturday in the 1st XI Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon (MBBO) Division 1.
Wokingham dominated the game straight from the start and after a series of short corners, captain Si Vive deflected in Mike Baylis’ hit from the top of the D.
Soon afterwards a surging run and cross from Ali Dance on the right wing was converted at the far post by Barry Thomas to make it 2-0.
Wokingham continued to make numerous chances, with man-of-the-match Baylis orchestrating the game from the centre of midfield.
However, some fine defending and goalkeeping kept the score down to 2-0 at half-time.
At the start of the second half Wokingham soaked up a bit of pressure from the Reading side, but soon recovered to launch wave after wave of attack.
Eventually the pressure told and again Wokingham scored two goals in quick succession from Thomas and Chris Lack.
After a further series of penalty corners, Wokingham got their fifth when Pete Tailby took advantage of a slip in defence to finish off the scoring.
This victory was Wokingham’s fifth in a row, and leaves them in fourth place in the league, with third place and promotion a serious possibility if they win their last two games..
Wokingham Men’s 2nd 6 High Wycombe Mens 3rd 4
Wokingham travelled to Cressex astro to take on High Wycombe 3rd, and following three-straight defeats, were determined to come away with a victory in the MBBO Division 1.
However, after only 30 seconds of play Wycombe had the lead after some quick passes resulted in their striker rounding keeper Matt Turner for a quick-fire start.
Wokingham responded brilliantly with two quick goals in the next five minutes from Martin Bushell and Brett Powis. Wycombe struck back almost immediately as the game swung from one end to the other.
A cross from Terry Pollard to Bushell allowed Wokingham to regain the lead and then moments later it was four when skipper Matt Taylor supplied Bushell to score his hat-trick.
With time running out in the first half Wokingham went 5-2 up following an unstoppable short corner strike from Taylor.
However, there was just enough time left for Wycombe to claw one back and make it 5-3 at half-time.
The second half was a much tighter affair, although Wycombe made it a tense final 10 minutes when they reduced the deficit to 5-4.
However, James Gibbs settled the nerves by grabbing a goal his performance upfront deserved and Wokingham held on to move to seventh in the league.
Wokingham Mens 3rd 2 Ashford 5th 1
Wokingham 3rd recorded a good win against Ashford at home in the Open MBBO Division 7.
It was a tense game and Ashford took the lead in the first half.
Wokingham equalised with 10 minutes to go and the game was deadlocked at 1-1 when the final whistle blew.
However, Wokingham had won a short corner which had to be played out before the game could end, and they dramatically converted to take the victory.
Wokingham are now 10th in their league and looking for more points before the end of the season.
Wokingham Vets 1 Woking Pitts’ Elders 3
As if the Vets were not handicapped enough with injuries and absences, they also lost two players at half-time in this week’s game in the Wessex Supervets Fixtures Alliance.
This was due to their game being delayed by an hour and the players having other commitments.
This should not have made too much difference, as the Vets should have been out of sight by half-time, but had to be content at 1-1 following Alan Baines’ solo run and finish, equalising an earlier Woking strike.
Despite this, Wokingham more than held their own only to be beaten by two late goals.
Wokingham Ladies 1st 7 Milton Keynes Ladies 2nd 0
Saturday saw Wokingham play bottom-of-the-league MK, handing them a much-needed opportunity to earn three points in the Trysports Three Counties League Premier 2.
The game started badly, but Wokingham settled and Libby Whittle scored the first goal following a great cross from Victoria Sauven.
The first half remained even for possession, but Wokingham played their own game and scored three further goals from Victoria Sauven, Sandra Dodington and Hatty Wood.
The second half belonged to Sauven and player-of-the-match Dodington with some great supportive play from the rest of the team.
Sauven scored her second goal following a drive up the right wing, while Dodington found the back of the net twice more from the penalty spot to complete her hat-trick following some crosses from the top right corner by Kelly Blemings.
Despite this great display, Wokingham remain ninth and still not safe from relegation.
Wokingham Ladies 2nd 1 Henley Ladies 3rd 3
Understrength Wokingham travelled away to play league leaders, Henley for a difficult game in the Trysports Three Counties League Division 2.
Henley took control of the game with relentless attacking in the first half and opened the scoring after a series of nine short corners.
Wokingham continued to play well in the second half and player-of-the-match Vanessa Healey created plenty of opportunities for Wokingham.
Goalkeeper Nic Palmer made an outstanding save from a short corner, but was unable to keep out Henley’s second and third goals soon after.
However, Wokingham remained composed and Charlie Duffy finished a series of passes to score a consolation goal for the visitors, although the loss leaves them ninth in the division, threatened by relegation.
Wokingham Ladies 3rd 0 Thame Ladies 1st 6
Although Wokingham Ladies 3's were only playing with 10 players (falling to nine for some of the game due to injury), they battled well against the strong Thame side in the Trysports Three Counties League Division 6.
Led by Captain Tiff Barrett, the team has definitely improved in skill and ability over the season and the 6-0 defeat doesn’t truly represent the progress that this new team has made.
The star player was Kath Nicholls who provided strong attacking and defending skills in her role in centre midfield.