Henley Town 2, Wokingham & Emmbrook 4
THE visit of WOKINGHAM AND EMMBROOK to the Triangle Ground on Saturday ended with the match being abandoned late-on following an injury to HENLEY keeper Steven Fairchild, writes Tony Kingston.
Fairchild was knocked unconscious with just two minutes left on the clock and the referee took the decision to call off the match before the keeper was taken to hospital in Reading for checks.
The match got off to the fairly evenly-balanced start but midway through the first half Luke Scope capitalised on a mix-up in the Red Kites defence between the goalkeeper and his central defenders.
After 25 minutes Town replaced debutant Liam Besant at left-back with Sam Rolfe.
Wokingham went further ahead on the half-hour when Jack Gibbs crossed from the right for James Charlton to head home at the far post.
At half-time Henley changed goalkeepers by bringing on Steven Fairchild with Graham Sims returning to his usual midfield role in place of Ben Clark.
Town pulled a goal back in the 51st minute when an Asa Povey cross from the right saw Sean Moore powerfully head from the back post.
On the hour the visitors thought they had scored another goal but after talking to his linesman the referee took the ball back for a throw-in because the ball had gone out of play by about a foot.
On the 70th minute Wokingham regained their two-goal advantage when a George Dance volley beat Steven Fairchild.
With 10 minutes remaining Wokingham’s Luke Scope made it 4-1 when he converted a right-wing corner from Nick Bateman. The Red Kites still never gave up and Warren Baxter met a left-wing cross and stooped low to head past Wokingham keeper Sean Woodward on 84 minutes. With the game drawing to a close and in the 88th minute Henley Town keeper Steven Fairchild collided with Luke Scope and went down heavily knocking himself unconscious.
Referee Smith stopped play and an ambulance was called for with Fairchild laying unmoved on the edge of the area. It took about 25 minutes for the paramedics to arrive from Reading and after discussions with both managers the match was abandoned.
Fairchild was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading to be checked but was released late on Saturday evening and sent home to rest with severe bruising to the head and neck and a very bad headache.
Team: G Sims, D Faherty, L Besant, M Cooper, W Baxter, A Whitehouse, A Povey, A Jeffrey, G Kemp, S Moore; B Clark. Subs Used: S Fairchild, S Rolfe, L Howell. Sub, not used, G Taylor.