Sunday, 22 July 2018

Watlington hit back to secure derby honours

WATLINGTON TOWN came from a goal down to defeat visitors Wallingford Town in the North Berks

WATLINGTON TOWN came from a goal down to defeat visitors Wallingford Town in the North Berks League Division 3 derby clash last Saturday.

The home side started the better of the two sides playing at a fast tempo and could have been a goal up inside 10 minutes when debutant Edgar Garces’s shot was tipped round the post by the Wallingford keeper. Another chance went begging when skipper Jon Little climbed highest from the resulting corner but failed to get his header on target.

On the half hour mark the away side that took the lead. A sharp break down the left followed by a smart cut back from the by line allowed Wayne Mangan to fire home from 12 yards.

Wallingford’s joy was short-lived as eight minutes later after good work down the right from Conor B’layachi, his rebounded shot found its way to the feet of an unmarked Edgar Garces, whose tap-in ensured he opened his Watlington account at the first time of asking.

With Garces being replaced by McCormick at the break, Watington started the slower of the two teams in the second half. As the half went on they began to take control of the game and with just over 70 minutes played, Appleby’s defence splitting pass left Conor B’layachi with just the keeper to beat. The Watlington wide man made no mistake and calmly slotted home to give the home side a deserved lead.



It wasn’t long before Watlington extended their lead. Alex B’layachi’s corner found its way to unmarked substitute Tom King who had time to trap the ball dead before smashing the ball into the roof of the net to put the game out of reach for the visitors.



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