Lee bags brace as Wokingham & Emmbrook march on to Senior Cup semi-finalBy Alex Woodrow
February 28, 2013
Wokingham & Emmbrook 4 Woodley Town 0
Luke Lee bagged a brace as Wokingham & Emmbrook marched on to the semi-finals of the Reading Senior Cup with victory over neighbours Woodley Town on Tuesday night.
Jake Butler and Danny Horscroft also added their names to the scoresheet to ensure the defending champions of a place in the last four of the competition, where they will meet the winners of Saturday's quarter-final between Finchampstead and South Reading.
The game was barely a minute old when the hosts went close to opening the scoring.
Trying his luck, captain Dave Bellis could only send his weak effort into the welcoming hands of Town keeper Ashley East.
East later denied Nick Bateman, tipping the midfielder's effort around the post for a corner as the Hellenic Premier Division side piled on the pressure.
From the resulting centre, Wokingham took the lead.
Bateman's centre was cleared by a Woodley defender into the path of Bellis, who lobbed the ball back into the box and on to the head of Butler, who opened his account for the club following his recent switch from Binfield from close range.
Butler was then invloved when the Sumas doubled their lead less then two minutes later, flicking a Garry Aulsberry goal kick in the direction of Lee, who got the better of his marker before dispatching a low, powerful drive past East from just inside the box.
A competitive and committed Woodley saw Matt Godwin twice fail to connect with dangerous crosses, while Rorie Palmer saw an effort blocked as the Hellenic Division 1 East visitors were unable to reduce the deficit before half-time.
Any hopes of a comeback then appeared over when Lee doubled his tally for the game midway through the second half.
Following a lively run down the left from Khalid Senussi, the substitute set up his team-mate for a close range finish.
Woodley continued to battle hard, but the difference in fitness and organisation was evident as Town were pegged back for long periods of the half by their opponents.
The trio of Warren Baxter, Mitch Cooper and Victor Seasay all made a number of blocks and interceptions as they looked to contain their opponents.
However, they were unable to prevent Wokingham from scoring a fourth when replacement Danny Horscroft wrapped up proceedings with arguably the goal of the game.
Spotting an opportunity from 20 yards, the midfielder found the back of the net with an angled strike which found the bottom right hand corner.
Speaking after the game, which leaves Wokingham just one game away from a possible title defence at Madejski Stadium, boss Roger Herridge said: "We just did enough in the first half, but we certainly improved as the game went on.
"Luke scored a really good goal. Khalid also came on and did really well.
"I could never have seen us losing to be honest, and it was just a case of job done really."
Wokingham & Emmbrook: Aulsberry, Walton, Gibbs, Bellis, Wanklyn, Rusby, Butler (Senussi), Bateman, (Horscroft), Jones, Duffelen, Lee. Subs not used: Whiting, Rushfort, Cooke.
Woodley Town: East, Seasy, Cooper, Baxter, Sims (Donegan), Edwards, Thomas, Gordon, Palmer (Fairchild), Godwin, Cripps (Sawyer).