WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW returned from their Christmas break to secure all three points in a close encounter with Taplow in the
WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW returned from their Christmas break to secure all three points in a close encounter with Taplow in the Reading League Senior Division last Saturday.
In an even, goalless first half, which produced few chances, the home side could have taken the lead with both Paul Knox and Jonny Clark going close.
The best chance fell to Clark who intercepted a poor throw out from the Taplow keeper and shot tamely into the keeper’s arms rather than into the open goal.
The deadlock was broken just before the hour mark when Paul Knox took a direct free kick from 30 yards and bent it round the wall to leave the Taplow keeper with no chance. This stung Taplow into action and within two minutes they were back on level terms as a well-hit shot from the edge of the box found the bottom corner.
Woodcote continued to press forward as Taplow were forced to defend in numbers. Frank Dillon began to cause havoc down the left and on two occasions his low crosses eluded both defenders and attackers.
As the match entered the third minute of injury time Woodcote scored a dramatic winner. Frank Dillon’s throw was headed on by Mike Higley to substitute Andy Taylor and this time his low cross from the left was fired home by Andy Bullett.