Ardley United 3 Wokingham & Emmbrook 1By Alex Woodrow
November 15, 2012
Wokingham & Emmbrook's involvement in this season's AM Print and Copy Hellenic League Floodlit Cup is over after the Sumas suffered a 3-1 third round defeat at Ardley United on Tuesday night.
A Wokingham side stretched for numbers took a first half lead when Dean Thomas nodded home a Nick Bateman corner. However, two Tray Bryan goals and a third from Steve Howkins before the interval completed the scoring and ended the visitors chances of booking a place in the quarter-finals.
Hellenic Premier Division rivals Ardley were quickest out of the blocks, with keeper Garry Aulsberry making a number of saves to prevent the Sumas from falling behind during the early exchanges.
But it was Wokingham who opened the scoring during their own spell of pressure when Thomas rose highest to despatch Bateman's centre with his head.
The visitors, though, were again on the back foot after taking the lead, but they looked reasonably capable of dealing with what their hosts had to throw at them.
That was, however, until an unmarked Bryan levelled matters when he headed home a cross from the left midway through the half.
With momentum now very much on their side, Bryan grabbed his – and Ardley's – second minutes later when a wicked deflection on his effort from 25 yards took the ball past a stranded Aulsberry.
Wokingham then conceded a third minutes from the break when another cross found its way into the back of the net – this time via the head of Howkins.
Needing to chase the game, the visitors started the second half in the ascendency, with George Dance trying his luck from 25-yards, but his effort fell straight into the welcoming arms of host keeper Joe White.
White was then twice tested again from distance, however, the shot-stopper had answers to both a Khalid Senussi free kick and Alex Walton shot.
He then got his body in the way of a Dean Thomas effort after the forward broke free of the Ardley back line and found himself one-on-one with the keeper.
Elliot Rushforth then watched a free-kick sail inches over the bar as the Sumas were confined to an early exit from the competition.
Despite losing the game, boss Roger Herridge was happy with the effort put in by his charges – who return to Ardley Playing Fields next Tuesday for a league fixture.
He said: "It's always disappointing to lose and all three goals we conceded were poor goals to concede.
"But I thought we matched them for good parts of the game. It was disappointing to lose but I thought it was a good performance overall."
Wokingham and Emmbrook: Aulsberry, Newlove, Gibbs, Horscroft, Walton, Bellis, Dance, N Bateman, Thomas, Rushforth, Senussi. Substitutes Walton, D Bateman, Herridge.