Ellis is headmaster as Sumas take a point
Holyport 3 Wokingham and Emmbrook 3
ELLIS DAY (pictured) scored a hat-trick of headers as the Sumas kept their cup hopes in the balance.
Defeat at Holyport would have seen Wokingham playing catch-up in Group B, but their point keeps the group tight at the halfway mark.
Coming into the game on the back of four straight wins, Dan Bateman made two changes to his team for the Thursday night trip with Ben Winship and Josh Harris coming in for Charlie Dean and Elliott Rushforth.
The Sumas made a bright start at Summerleaze with Jake White looking sharp up front, but Holyport soaked up the early pressure and took the lead through a deflected Jonny Feaver effort.
But the advantage did not last long as Day headed in from a corner, scoring for the third game in a row.
Harris soon set White away, who went close to putting the visitors in front. And the miss proved costly with Holyport retaking the lead midway through the half when Sam Whitfield found the net.
Buoyed by the goal, the hosts piled on more pressure and struck the crossbar before Bateman’s men regrouped and went close through White before Day headed in from Ben Broadhurst’s corner.
Sumas then hit the crossbar after the restart through striker White and the comeback was complete when youngster Day bagged his third goal of the night.
Bateman turned to his bench to try and see out the win, introducing fresh legs in Connor Holland and Sam Jones.
Goalkeeper Sean Woodward was in fine form for the visitors, but the incessant Holyport pressure eventually told as they earned a share of the spoils to draw 3-3 with a late Steven Deverall equaliser.
Sumas had no game at the weekend but return to Larges Lane on Saturday, hosting Wallingford Town in the league (3pm).
SUMAS: Woodward; W. Day (c), Cummuskey, Marsh, Dean, Winship; Harris, N. Bateman (Robson), Broadhurst (Jones); E. Day, White (Holland). Subs not used: Eggleston, D. Bateman. Attendance: 40