Jones supplies a Matt finish as leaders Marlow are held by Wokingham & EmmbrookBy Lewis Rudd
February 11, 2013
A late header from Matt Jones secured a deserved point for Wokingham & Emmbrook during an absorbing 3-3 draw with Hellenic Premier Division leaders Marlow on Saturday.
The striker looped the ball over visiting keeper Iain McCulley in the 90th minute to earn the Sumas a share of the spoils and deny the Buckinghamshire outfit a 10th straight win in the league.
Wokingham & Emmbrook opened the scoring midway through the half when James Rusby sent an unstoppable low drive past McCulley from 25 yards.
The visitors, though, levelled minutes before the break when a Louis Cordice header was adjudged to have crossed the line by a linesman – despite protests Alex Walton had cleared the ball before it reached the whitewash.
Marlow then took the lead minutes after the restart when good work from Ian Davies saw him square the ball to Michael Bartley, who brilliantly turned his marker before coolly stroking the ball past Garry Aulsberry.
The lead, however, was cancelled out when Khalid Senussi found the back of the net from close range via a slight deflection.
But less than 60 seconds after conceding an equaliser, Marlow went up the other end and regained the lead, courtesy of a clever Davies finish.
Picking up the ball in the box, the former Binfield forward took it around Aulsberry and tapped home from a yard out.
The hosts' luck appeared to be over when Rusby struck a post before resulting opportunities were cleared off the line by Simieon Howell.
But with just seconds left on the clock, Jones levelled matters when he turned home a free-kick from the right.
Binfield 1 Ardley United 3
James Suarez grabbed what proved to be a consolation goal as Binfield saw their hopes of taking second place from Saturday's opponents end in defeat.
Ardley took a 3-0 second half lead through goals from Nick Thorne, Joe Eyre and Steve Howkins before midfielder Suarez reduced the deficit 10 minutes from time.
The result leaves the Moles trailing their Oxfordshire rivals by four points in third.
However, the gap can be reduced to one if Binfield can return to winning ways at neighbours Ascot United tomorrow night.
Newport (IOW) P-P Ascot United
Ascot United's bad luck with postponed matches in the FA Vase continued at the weekend as their fifth round tie at Newport was called off just 90 minutes before kick-off.
The Yellamen made the trip to the Isle of Wight having been told the pitch at St Georges Park had passed an inspection.
However, further wet weather during the build up to the game waterlogged the playing surface, making it unplayable.
The game has been re-arranged for this Saturday, and will now take place at Westwood Park, the home of Cowes Sports FC.
Should they win at the weekend, Ascot will travel to County Durham outfit Shildon in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Raynes Lane 3 Finchampstead FC 3
Josh Sapsed helped himself to a hat-trick as Finchampstead were held to their second successive 3-3 draw in a week.
Spased twice fired the visitors ahead in the first half, only to see the Hellenic Division 1 East leaders reply through a Gareth Long brace.
Lee Gardener then turned the game on its head when he fired the Lane into a 3-2 lead in the 70th minute.
But fresh from their six-goal thriller with second-placed Headington Amateurs last week, Finch were not to be denied another point, and they drew level when Sapsed completed his treble 10 minutes later.
Easington Sports 1 Bracknell Town 1
Bracknell Town's hopes of securing an instant return to the Hellenic Premier Division continue to stutter as they were held to a second successive draw.
The Robins took the lead in the 26th minute when a Sam Barratt free-kick was turned into his own net by Ben Milner.
But Easington hurled themselves level early in the second half when a curling effort got the better of both Dan Sleet and Town keeper Chris Adams before nestling in the back of the net.
Bracknell will be boosted by news leaders Rayners Lane and Headington Amateurs both dropped points at the weekend, but will be just as keen to return to winning ways, starting tomorrow night when Hellenic Division 1 East strugglers Henley Town visit Larges Lane (7.45pm).
Woodley Town 3 Headington Amateurs 2
Matt Godwin, Sam Cripps and Nick Edwards were all on target as Woodley Town recorded their third win in as many matches with victory over second-placed Headington Amateurs.
Godwin broke the deadlock in the 37th minute when he turned the ball home at the second attempt after his initial shot was saved by Headington keeper Harry Jenkins.
Cripps, who was on the scoresheet during the previous victory over Thatcham Town Res and Reading Senior Cup triumph against Newbury, then made it 2-0 early in the second half when he followed up a cleared header off the line and found the back of the net from close range.
The visitors, though, pulled a goal back less than a minute later through Luke Cuff before Yannick Nkwanyou arrowed a shot past Ashley East from the edge of the box to equalise in the 65th minute.
But Woodley were provided with the chance to regain the lead from the penalty spot when Louis Howell was brought down in the box.
Edwards stepped up and duly converted from 12 yards.
Like Cripps, the captain was also celebrating his third goal in as many outings.
East later produced a smart double save as Town held on to claim all three points.
Elsewhere, Eversley & California were held to a 4-4 draw at Worcester Park in Combined Counties Division 1.