Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Evans nets wonder goal to earn point for Woodcote/SR

AFTER gaining a win by default the previous week when South Reading failed to raise a team, WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW extended

AFTER gaining a win by default the previous week when South Reading failed to raise a team, WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW extended their unbeaten league run in the Senior Division to 13 matches with this hard-fought draw against rival championship hopefuls, MARLOW UNITED.

In a game of few chances and full-blooded effort by both sides the points shared was a fair reflection, though Marlow’s keeper was the busier of the two.

The first half passed with barely a clear-cut chance created, though both Jake Dillon and Paul Knox had reasonable efforts, the first a comfortable save for the keeper, the second a dipping shot from distance just over the bar.

There was also a penalty shout from Woodcote/Stoke Row for handball but the referee remained unmoved.

The deadlock was broken in the first minute of the second half when Gareth Evans was adjudged to have brought down an attacker. The penalty was duly despatched in spite of a valiant effort by Mark Pearson to keep it out.

Straight from the restart Paul Knox’s 20-yard drive just cleared the crossbar. This was the signal for the home side’s best period of play with Jim Hancock and Frank Dillon going close.

Ryan Corbett had a snap-shot volley saved smartly, a feat the keeper repeated from a back header by his own defender moments later.

On 70 minutes Woodcote/Stoke Row levelled the score in spectacular fashion. The hosts were awarded a freekick right on the halfway line and Gareth Evans stepped up to blast an unstoppable shot into the top corner from all of 50 yards.

In the final minute Woodcote could have won the game but substitute Ross Weatherstone, normally the most reliable of finishers, headed over from close range with the goal at his mercy.

ROTHERFIELD UNITED remain in the relegation zone after going down to a 2-1 defeat against MORTIMER at Bishopswood.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men early in the first half after having a player red-carded. Despite their numerical advantage, Rotherfield fround the visitors hard to break down as they sat men behind the ball.

Mortimer took a fortunate lead when a Rotherfield pass back to the keeper took a bobble and spun into the hosts’ net.

Rotherfield equalised when Omar Coffie was put through and he slotted the ball under the keeper. The visitors won the game in the last minute when a series of mistakes resulted in a simple tap-in at the far post.

Elsewhere a Dean Condon goal was not enough for SONNING A who went down to a 3-1 defeat at home to MARLOW UNITED RESERVES in Division 3.

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