Herridge aiming to build on Oxford City winBy Adam Lee
August 29, 2012
Following a rather temultuous summer, Wokingham boss Roger Herridge believes some form of normality is returning to the club.
Wokingham saw a number of players depart over the past few months, while they also lost two key men to injury in Sam Whiting and Dan Collier.
On top of that, winger Tom Williams is enjoying an extended holiday, while captain Tom Hopper is in training for a charity ultra marathon and is unavailable for a number of upcoming games.
But after watching his side demolish Oxford City Nomads 5-0 on Bank Holiday Monday, Herridge believes they have shown just what they are capable of.
And having ended a run of two straight defeats, the Sumas boss wants his team to maintain this form when they face Kidlington away on Saturday (3pm kick-off) and then host Reading Town next Tuesday (7.45pm).
“Pre-season has been hard and all of a sudden you look at the squad and think it’s a little depleted,” he said.
“But we’ve got good numbers and I’m sure we’ll pick up a few more players as the weeks progress.
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“No club can keep everyone happy and players want to play football regularly.
“All the things you wanted to go right today did go right on Monday.
“It was important after losing two games on the bounce to get a good result – we didn’t want to go three defeats on the bounce because then people start to say negative things about you.
“Now we’re away at Kidlington, who haven’t started too well but had a great win against Flackwell last week.
“We’ve also got Reading Town next week so we have a couple of games coming up which are winnable.”
As well as Hopper, Williams and Sam Duffelen being unavailable for Saturday’s game, Wokingham are likely to be without Matt Jones as well.
Jones will almost certainly be in action with Finchampstead CC, where he is captain and opening batsman for their Thames Valley League Division 1 side.
And the forward’s absence is likely to be sorely missed having been the scourge of Oxford City Nomads on Saturday.
He scored one, missed a penalty, and was involved in much of Wokingham’s best moves playing as a forward.
And Herridge was particulalry impressed with his contribution against Oxford City Nomads.
“We saw the value of Matt Jones on Monday,” he said.
“He’s got that bit of quality about him – his movement, he tries different things and is a nightmare to play against. You saw the difference in us with him in the side.
“To have Jonesy available every game will be a real plus for us.”