Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 1 Binfield FC 2By Colin Byers
April 11, 2012
Wokingham & Emmbrook let slip a one-goal lead as Binfield fought back to take the points in their derby encounter at Larges Lane on Easter Monday.
The pitch and wet conditions made it difficult for either side to get the ball down and play, but in a typical local derby, the first half was played at a frantic pace with neither side able to create many clear opportunities.
Adam Cornell had the match’s first real chance, when he headed over from a corner, but Sumas didn’t have to wait too long for the opener as Danny Horscroft and David Bellis combined well in the middle to put Luke Lee through on goal.
Leee nicked the ball past Dan Weait and helped the ball into an empty net.
Two minutes later, the Moles were breathing a sigh of relief when referee MacKenzie waved away strong penalty appeals when Cornell ran into Callum Whitty on the left edge of the area.
On the half hour, Ian Davies got free of his marker, but volleyed high over the bar in what was Binfield’s best sight of goal in the first half.
With a stern half-time talk from boss Mark Tallentire still ringing in their ears, the Moles came out for the second period in determined mood and Carl Withers burst into the box where he was halted by the challenge of two Wokingham defenders and the referee pointed to the spot.
Callum Whitty stepped up and blasted in his second penalty of the weekend to put Binfield back on terms.
The Moles had the bit between their teeth now and with both Garry Sargeant and Carl Davies coming off the bench, they forced much of the attacking play in the second half.
But although the Moles were pressing forward, Wokingham almost retook the lead on 65 minutes when Lee beat Weait to the ball wide on the left, but Moles captain Garry Callaway came to his side’s rescue to block Cornell’s shot as the ball was rolled back to him.
Weait was again called into action to tip a dangerous right wing corner away to safety, while at the other end, Ian Davies had started to find space and got goalside a couple of times, but shot over.
With 10 minutes remaining, Wokingham’s stiff opposition was finally broken as Sargeant won the ball in the Wokingham half and played in Ian Davies who fired an inch-perfect shot across Aulsberry and into the far side of the goal.
Wokingham committed men forward for the remainder of the match, trying to find an equalising goal, but apart from a Jack Broome free-kick that hit the wall, the Moles held on without any major scares.
After the match, Moles captain Garry Callaway collected the Martin Joyce Memorial Trophy from Joyce’s grand daughter, Katie Mettrick.
The trophy is played for annually between these sides as the aggregate of their league fixtures, after Joyce captained both clubs, before being killed in a car crash in 1967.
Binfield won this year’s competition 4-2 on aggregate following the 2-1 win at Hill Farm Lane in December.
And although Wokingham came away from the Easter weekend without a point, two good wins for Binfield could prove to be the perfect preparation for the Floodlit Cup final on Thursday against Shortwood United at Fairford Town (7.45pm kick-off).
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Aulsberry, Broome, Luis, Walton, Mitchell, Bellis, Bateman, Horscroft (Collier), Thomas, Cornell, Lee.
Binfield: Weait, Whitty, Mortimer, Callaway (capt), Hancock, Withers, Millar (C Davies 80), Suarez (Butler 84), I Davies, Tanfield, Wing (Sargeant 55). Subs not used; Nebbett, Rowland