Sean Woodward. Photo: Graham Tabor.
Sean Woodward. Photo: Graham Tabor.

Wokingham & Emmbrook dent Aldermaston’s promotion hopes

Rob Davies round up of all the weekends step 6 action
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Sean Woodward. Photo: Graham Tabor.
Sean Woodward. Photo: Graham Tabor.

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In the Hellenic Division One East one of two Berkshire derbies saw Wokingham & Emmbrook record a victory at Aldermaston, and in doing so put a dent in their host’s promotion hopes.

The game was goalless at the break thanks in large part to Sumas’ keeper Sean Woodward (pictured) who saved a penalty from Aldermaston’s Victor Sesay midway through the half.

The opener came with a huge slice of misfortune for the Atomics as, on 75 minutes, a Martin King back-pass hit a bobble in the turf, completely evaded goalkeeper Sean Saxty and found its way into the back of the net.

Aldermaston thought they had rescued a point when Sid Gbla pounced on a loose ball to fire home on 91 minutes, but Wokingham were given a penalty 4 minutes into injury time and Jake White fired home to ensure his side took all 3 points.

In the other all Berkshire clash, Woodley United entertained Holyport at Scours Lane. The two sides are out of contention for promotion and safe from relegation, but there is still league positions to play for as well as local bragging rights.

Woodley's Ben Clark challenges Holyport goalkeeper Jake Quelch. Photo: Peter Toft.
Woodley’s Ben Clark challenges Holyport goalkeeper Jake Quelch. Photo: Peter Toft.

Port took the lead on 14 minutes when Fabian Driffill scored his 28th goal of the season with a 25-yard strike. The scores remained at 1-0 until just before the hour mark when Pablo Fernandez played in Freddie Barron to score and equaliser for the Kestrels. The game finished at 1-1 and the result means Holyport now sit in 4th place in the table while Woodley are in 11th.

In the Combined Counties Division One Eversley & California went down to a late defeat in their home match with promotion chasing Frimley Green.

After resisting a period of early pressure, the Boars took the lead midway through the first half when Ross McKernan headed home a Jordan Goater cross, but they were ahead for less than a minute as Frimley went straight down the other end to level the scores.

A Ross McKernan header beats the Frimley Green goalkeeper. Photo: Richard Milam.
A Ross McKernan header beats the Frimley Green goalkeeper. Photo: Richard Milam.

In the second half Frimley were on top but it took until 20 minutes from time for the visitors to break through and make it 2-1. Eversley were not done however, and they grabbed and equaliser 5 minutes later when Will Shaw crossed for Goater head in for 2-2, but Frimley continued with the pressure and it was finally decisive as they took the lead once more from the spot before adding a break away goal late on when the Boars were chasing the game.

Eversley now look forward to next weekend’s season defining six-pointer with bottom side Cove, where a win would see them safe, but a defeat would leave them favourites for bottom spot and potential relegation.

Sandhurst Town went down to their first defeat in 5 games, losing at 4th placed Farnham Town. Two first half goals were enough for Farnham to take the spoils after the Fizzers had started well, but they never really got back into the game after going behind. The defeat leaves Sandhurst in 8th place in the table, still only 2 points off a top 6 finish.

Wallingford Town can look forward to a cup final and a chance at some silverware as they overcame Hellenic Division Two East side Stokenchurch in the semi-final of the Supplementary Cup.

A second half goal from substitute Luis LePaih was enough from Wally to get past their hosts and to set up a final against either Eastington Sports or Thornbury Town at Thame United’s ASM Stadium on Tuesday 23rd April.

Combined Counties League Division One

Eversley & California 2-4 Frimley Green
Farnham Town 2-0 Sandhurst Town

Hellenic League Division One East

AFC Aldermaston 1-2 Wokingham & Emmbrook
Woodley United 1-1 Holyport

Bluefin Sports (UHL) Supplementary Cup

Stokenchurch 0-1 Wallingford Town


Main image: Sean Woodward by Graham Tabor.


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