Never Say Die Wokingham Crush Crusaders
Hungerford Town 2-3 Wokingham and Emmbrook
By Alex Woodrow
On Tuesday night the Sumas showed that hard work does pay off, as they were able to turn round a 2 goal deficit with goals from Luke Lee, Danny Horscroft and Ben Knight to clinch a mighty victory in the final half an hour of the match.
From the off both sides pressed forward and were creating chances. It was Wokingham who had the first real chance of the match, as in the opening minute of the match Billy Elgar had a crack from 25 yards, but his shot went just wide. But in the early phases of the match it was Hungerford who were edging it, and if it wasn’t for Suma keeper Garry Aulsberry pulling off a string of world class saves, Hungerford would have been in the lead.
After a tense start, Wokingham created a great chance to take the lead, as Luke Lee broke free from the Hungerford defence and with one on one with the keeper, but Lee saw his shot saved. Though then Hungerford were able to break the deadlock, as a well worked team move resulted in the home side taking the lead and they went into the break with a one goal advantage. Wokingham brought on many fresh legs at the start of the second half, but the away side then suffered another major blow, as only a couple of minutes into the half Hungerford were able to double their lead as once again the Crusaders strike force proved too quick and powerful for the Sumas back line.
After this Wokingham pressed forward in desperate search of finding a way back into the match, as they almost found this when a perfect cross from full-back James Rusby resulted in a header from Luke Lee, but the Suma striker was denied as he saw his header saved by the legs of the Hungerford keeper. Wokingham were now knocking on the door, and this pressure eventually paid off as Danny Horscroft squared to Luke Lee who was free on goal and slotted home, 2-1, game on.
Wokingham now had hope as they managed to score one goal, and they were now confident that they could find an equaliser. This confidence worked in favour of the Sumas, and they were able to level the scores but this time previous assist became scorer and previous scorer became assist, as Luke Lee squared to Danny Horscroft who scored to make the scores 2 a piece.
Wokingham now had all the momentum, and they were the team who were creating all of the chances. The Central Berkshire side were then able to turn the game on it’s head, as with just quarter of an hour to go Luke Lee fed former Bracknell striker Ben Knight, and Knight was able to score his first ever Wokingham goal to give the Sumas the lead for the first time in the match. A minute later things could have got even better for Wokingham as they had the chance to double their lead, but youngster George Dance saw his long distance attempt go inches wide of the target.
In the final ten minutes the home side pressed forward in desperate search to find an equaliser and restore some pride, but Wokingham were able to live through the Crusaders challenge and thus take a huge win back home to Wokingham which shall surely boost the Sumas confidence, and manager Roger Herridge seemed very pleased with the performance.
“Tonight was really pleasing, and Hungerford were a really good side but we were excellent. We played some excellent football, Garry Aulsberry made some great saves, while Luke Lee created some good chances for himself. But we played excellently as a team and at the end of the day what a difference it makes to play on such a great surface, so we should be very pleased with ourselves tonight.”
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So Wokingham come out of this match with a great victory, and hopefully the Sumas can continue this good run of results on Saturday when they travel to Arborfield to face REME’s army XI (2 p.m. kick off).