Weekend round-up: Wins for Wokingham & Emmbrook and BinfieldBy Lewis Rudd
February 04, 2013
A first-half penalty from Nick Bateman was enough to help Wokingham & Emmbrook end a run of four consecutive defeats courtesy of a 1-0 win at high-flying Wantage Town.
The Sumas were rewarded the spot kick when team-mate Matt Jones was fouled in the box, with midfielder Bateman sending a powerful effort beyond host keeper Gareth Tucker from 12 yards.
Wokingham were also indebted to a fine performance from Garry Aulsberry, with the shot-stopper pulling off a number of fine saves throughout out the afternoon to keep Wantage at bay.
And the Sumas were not just celebrating a much-welcomed three points either, as the game saw Sam Whiting make his competitive comeback as a late substitute following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an injury.
Boss Roger Herridge also handed starts to both James Rusby and Sam Duffelen, with the duo having recently made their returns to the first-team after suffering knocks.
Cheltenham Saracens 0 Binfield 4
Two goals apiece from Callum Whitty and Seb Bowerman helped Binfield return to winning ways and move to within a point of second-placed Ardley United with a thumping win at Cheltenham Saracens.
Whitty's opener in the 14th minute was arguably goal of the afternoon, with the defender finding the back of the net with an overhead kick.
Playing their first competitive game since the 4-1 loss at Hellenic Premier Division leaders Binfield on January 12, a dominant Moles side doubled their lead just a minute into the second half when Bowerman opened his account with a classy finish.
He side-footed home his second and Binfield's third in the 58th minute before Whitty completed the scoring moments later when he rose highest to head home a Carl Withers free kick.
Binfield are involved in Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy quarter-final action tonight, with the side welcoming Combined Counties outfit Windsor to Hill Farm Lane (7.45pm).
Finchampstead 3 Headington Amateurs 3
Finchampstead had to settle for a point after surrendering a 3-0 lead against second-placed Headington Amateurs during a bad-tempered game which saw both teams end with 10 men.
Goals from Steve Ryan, Josh Sapsed and Luke Axton-Hall had the hosts coasting with just 14 minutes of the Hellenic Division 1 East fixture played.
Headington, though, clawed their way back into the game through a Ben Green brace and Luke Cuff strike.
The fixture, however, was to become a battle both on and off the ball, with a number of altercations involving players from both sides breaking out in the second half.
One of these occurred when Adam Barnard was brought down, with the Finch skipper suffering a nasty gash just below the knee during the challenge.
Tempers flared as a result of the tackle, with Scott Hunter claiming he was headbutted by an opponent. Hunter, though, reacted to the incident and was shown a straight red.
Benji Cuff was also dismissed for the earlier challenge.
Bracknell Town 1 Chinnor 1
Bracknell Town's promotion hopes suffered a blow as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Chinnor in Hellenic Division 1 East.
The Robins broke the deadlock late on when Sam Barratt got the better of two opponents before setting up Martin Bradshaw for his first goal for Town since returning to the club from Windsor.
Bracknell, however, were unable to hold out for the win, as Daniel Stone grabbed an equaliser six minutes from time.
Woodley Town's game with Penn & Tylers Green at East Park Farm in Division 1 East was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, as was the Combined Counties Premier Division fixture between Sandhurst Town and Horley Town.