Wanklyn delighted to see his team’s ‘nasty side’By Adam Lee
September 02, 2009
Wokingham & Emmbrook FC manager Wayne Wanklyn believes his side are starting to learn the lessons of last season.
Wanklyn has said that last year, when they finished fourth in Hellenic Division 1 East, Wokingham lacked the ability to win ugly and ground out results against physically tough opposition.
However, after beating fellow high-flyers South Kilburn at Cantley Park on Saturday, Wanklyn insists his players now know what it takes to challenge at the top for a full season.
Against a side who were never going to make it easy for them, Wokingham battled hard and scored at decisive moments to take all three points and reclaim top spot in the division.
“We have had a good start but I thought it was a scrappy game and neither side got it down and played.
“I didn’t think from the first five minutes that the result was always going to be in doubt, we just always needed to get that first goal.
“They (Kilburn) worked hard and it wasn’t pretty but we got the job done.
“The pitch was a bit bobbly and bouncy and the wind didn’t really help because it made it difficult to get it down and pass it, which is what we like to do.
“I’ve asked the players to try and win scrappy at times.
“We are a good footballing side, but last year we lost games while playing quite well.
“We look a little more dogged at the moment, we look a little tougher to break down and have got a little more mental strength so if we can keep that up it will be good.
“We need to just get the job done at times.
“We’re going to have 10 games a season like this where it’s scrappy and sides come and spoil it and we have to deal with that.”
Meanwhile, Wanklyn is facing up to the prospect of losing star midfielder David Bellis when he heads off to university.
Wanklyn has already lost Jack Broome and Alex Walton to higher education, and Bellis will soon be following.
“He’s a good player and I think we’ll have him for another five weeks,” said Wanklyn.
“We’ve lost Tommy Chapman, Nicky Bateman, Ben Rice has got a new injury and Billy (Elgar) has been injured, so it’s an area we need to strengthen.
“I’m still looking for a defender and a midfielder, but they have to be better than what we’ve got at the moment.”