The opening exchanges of the Hellenic League Division One East clash were pretty even, but as the first half progressed, a physical Rayners Lane began to impose themselves.

Although they looked sharp on the break, the Sumas had to defend well against heavy pressure from the home side, and they were also indebted to goalkeeper Sean Woodward who make a string of fine saves.

The best of these saw him dive to his right to palm out what looked like a certain goal from a Chris McConnell free-kick, only to recover and save the follow up .

Shortly after, Rayners Lane’s Danny Glock jinked his way into the penalty area and, as he went round Woodward, he fell over the keeper’s outstretched arm. A penalty was claimed but the referee deemed it was a dive and a yellow card was issued, much to the dismay of the home supporters.

Glock then showed good technique when his first-time volley was on target, but the Sumas goalkeeper gathered the ball. And in the 33rd minute a Lane corner to the far post found its way to Nathan Fearon who drilled the ball goalwards, but somehow the unbeatable Woodward parried.

Wokingham took the lead just before half-time after Jack Gibbs showed great tenacity to win the ball on the halfway line and race away. His pass to Rushforth resulted in the follow up shot being blocked, but the rebound fell to Sam Bateman who cushioned the ball down to Jake Butler, and his curling effort beat the keeper to put his side in front.

The second half started in fast and furious fashion resulting in further yellow cards for both sides, but as the half progressed Sumas raised their game and they extended their lead in the 55th minute.

More fine work from Gibbs down the left flank saw his cross evade everyone before falling to Mark O’Connell. He whipped the ball back into the box and, after a deflection, the ball broke to Rushforth who made no mistake.

Within a few minutes it looked like it would be number three as Rushforth was brought down in the area, but this time goalkeeper Craig McCreeth kept out Butler’s penalty, diving and making a good save to his right .

However, there was no respite for Rayners as Sumas continued pressing and another O’Connell break saw his fierce cross not held by the keeper which allowed Rushforth to bundle the loose ball home for his second and Wokingham’s third.

The hosts continued to pile on the pressure and Sumas were reduced to 10 men when James Charlton was shown a second yellow card.

Lane created a 73rd-minute chance when Luke Heneghan’s cross into the Sumas’ penalty area was met by Nilakshan Sritharan, but his first-time shot went over the cross bar.

Two minutes later, Heneghan jinked his way into the Wokingham’s penalty area, but he hit his shot over the crossbar as the Sumas continued to defend resolutely and keep a impressive clean sheet at a ground where few sides have managed to do so.

Dan Bateman’s side now sit just four points behind leaders Brackley Town Development, although they have four games in hand.

Sumas are due to play their first game at their new temporary home at Henley Town FC when they welcome Penn & Tylers this Saturday (3pm).