Sunday, 22 July 2018

Woodcote/Stoke Row side have no answer to five-star Newbury

Woodcote/Stoke Row side have no answer to five-star Newbury

A GOOD performance by NEWBURY, coincided with an off-day from WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW, saw the hosts run out 5-0 winners in their Premier Division clash last Saturday.

The fixture was one of 12 that survived the heavy morning rain which led to a dozen postponements throughout the league.

Newbury dominated the first half and had several good chances to break the deadlock. The only clear chance for the visitors fell to new signing Mike Davies, who found himself in the clear after 20 minutes, but shot straight at the keeper.

In the second half Newbury stepped up a gear and Woodcote were unable to get their game together. After the home team had spurned yet another good chance with a free-header going wide, they were awarded a penalty on 55 minutes for handball against Jake Tucker. This was converted for 1-0.

Kane Roberts was called upon to make a couple of good saves as Newbury closed in for the kill and the inevitable second goal came on 65 minutes. Again Roberts did well to get down low to push out an angled shot. A Newbury forward reacted quickly to hammer home the rebound.

Five minutes later it was 3-0. Mike Butcher lost the ball and Roberts managed to get a hand to the ensuing shot but couldn’t keep it out of the net. After 80 minutes Woodcote conceded again when a Newbury forward cut inside to unleash a shot into the corner. The 5-0 rout was completed with a walk-in goal.

In Division 2 WARGRAVE moved up to fourth place after securing a 6-3 win at BARKHAM ATHLETIC.

An own goal put the visitors 1-0 up before Barkham equalised. Stuart Moss penalty and Matt Belcher header made it 3-1 to Wargrave at half-time.

Barkham pulled one back early in the second half. Wargrave pushed forward again with Moss and Belcher both adding their second goals of the game to make it 5-2. Barkham made it 5-3 before Ryan Tye added the sixth on his debut.

Elsewhere WARGRAVE RESERVES ran out 6-0 winners at HARCHESTER HAWKS RESERVES in their Division 4 clash. Dan Tegg scored a hat-trick, Jason Heath netted twice and Ernesto Gomes got his name on the score sheet for the visitors.

l WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW RESERVES made progress in the Oxfordshire Intermediate Cup as they ran out 3-1 winners at MANSFIELD ROAD RESERVES. The visitors goals were scored by James Worsfold, Andy Taylor and Daryl Potter.

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