Bellis boost for Wokingham & Emmbrrok FCBy Adam Lee
March 28, 2012
Wokingham & Emmbrook boss Roger Herridge admits the English Universities team’s loss is Wokingham’s gain after David Bellis made himself available for the remainder of the season.
Bellis was last week involved in a 30-man trial for the English students’ team, but the Birmingham University and Sumas midfielder fell at the final hurdle.
The university team was due to be taking part in a tournament in April, meaning Bellis, who has now finished his degree, will be in the Wokingham squad for their final league games, their league cup quarter-final at home to Highworth Town on Saturday (3pm kick-off), as well as their Reading Senior Cup semi-final next month.
And manager Herridge, although disappointed for the player that he will not get to represent his country, believes having Bellis available will be a huge boost for Wokingham’s quest for silverware.
“When he is available, David Bellis is a very difficult player to leave out,” he said.
“He very rarely has a poor game and when he does have a game where things aren’t going for him, then he makes up for it simply by the work he puts in.
“He’s a quality player and should be back for all our games now and we are looking forward to having him.
“I think with the trials, if the coach knows you or comes from your area of the country, then you have a chance of making it.
“I’m sure that if the coach had been from Birmingham University, then David would have made it.
“It was still a good experience for him and just to be asked to go along was quite a filip for him.
“From a selfish perspective, though, if he had gone then it would have been another three or four games where he would have been unavailable for us.
“I am disappointed for him, though.”
Herridge is hoping to welcome back central defensive duo Tom Hopper and Ashley Mitchell for this weekend’s cup quarter-final with Highworth, where a last-four tie with Hellenic champions-elect Oxford City Nomads awaits the winner.
And with Bellis in contention, the Sumas have every chance of making the semi-finals.
Herridge said: “It keeps the season going and if the lads just want to go through the motions then they know they won’t be picked for the bigger games.
“Saturday will be a tough game, but we are very confident.”