Ardley United’s renaissance under new boss Paul Davis continued with a convincing 5-0 victory over Wokingham & Embrook in Tuesday’s UHLSport Hellenic League clash.
With another two new faces in the starting line-up, Ardley began the premier division game in positive mood and new full-back Jacob Daffern outstripped the Sumas back line to put in crosses but the first goal came from the opposite side and in some style. Reece Bayliss picked up the ball just inside the Wokingham half in the tenth minute and, with players peeling off in front of him, he cut inside and hit a superb shot over keeper Sean Woodward.
The Sumas had a great chance to level but Chris Yeatman’s header from a free-kick was too high before Ardley stretched their lead in the 17th minute when Daffern crossed into the box for Ade Talabi to fire past Woodward for hsi second goal in as many games. Goal number three arrived six minutes later when Chris Jackson headed home after a corner kick was only cleared out to him.
Wokingham had two good chances but Luke Scope blasted the ball over the bar from close range and Sam Collier missed a simple chance from a similar position before seeing his shot hit the bar. With halftime approaching, Bayliss again picked the ball up on the left and ran at goal, his shot hit the post but the rebound was knocked in by Troy Bryan.
Wokingham improved after the restart but with just over an hour gone, a corner kick was played back in the direction it had come from and found Bryan on the edge of the box and his cross was headed home by Jackson for his second goal of the night. Ardley should have made it six with a couple of minutes to go but Talabi’s shot from substitute Conor Grant’s pass was just palmed away by Woodward.