VISITORS Woodcote/Stoke Row’s narrow derby win at Bishopswood against Rotherfield United saw them move back to the top of the Thames Valley Premier League’s Premier Division on Saturday.
From the start the visitors were on the attack and in the first minute Paul Knox was through on goal but was thwarted by a good block from the home keeper.
Rotherfield seemed content to sit deep and make occasional sorties into the Woodcote half. This created problems for the Woodcote attackers who had difficulty in breaking down the packed defence. They were not helped by some wayward finishing and a lack of quality in the final pass.
Tommy Chapman and Jake Dillon both went close in the first half hour before Woodcote took the lead after 33 minutes. The goal took three attempts before the ball was in the net with Jake Dillon supplying the finishing touch after both his, and Toby Nowell’s first shots had been blocked.
Almost immediately Rotherfield were back on level terms when the Woodcote defence failed to clear and then failed to close down as a shot came in from United’s Mark Sumner on the edge of the penalty area which keeper Pearson could only palm into the top corner.