Thursday, 26 April 2018

Dillon and Corbett strikes secure win

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW brought down the curtain on their Reading Football League Senior Division campaign last Saturday with a win over

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW brought down the curtain on their Reading Football League Senior Division campaign last Saturday with a win over a Highmoor team boosted by the addition of a number of players from their Hellenic league squad.

Against a strong, blustery wind Jake Dillon fired home from a Paul Knox through ball to put the visitors ahead after eight minutes.

The visitors almost extended their lead on 15 minutes when Jake Dillon raced into the box, drew the keeper, but instead of passing to brother Frank for a tap-in he decided to shoot and the keeper made a save.

The game then went from end to end but Highmoor were restricted to a few corners and long-range efforts.

Another flowing move down the left saw Jake Dillon set free once again, this time he drew the last defender before squaring the ball to Ryan Corbett who placed a side-foot shot into the corner from 12 yards.

At 2-0 Woodcote survived a scare right on the interval when the dangerous Phillip John drove into the box and just as he was about to shoot Adam Burgess made a last-ditch tackle and cleared the ball.

In the second half Highmoor took the game to Woodcote much more and a series of corners finally told after 70 minutes when a wayward shot found its way to Shane Small-King who shot home from six yards.

Highmoor’s superior fitness was starting to tell but Woodcote defended doggedly and managed to hold on for the win.

Despite a fine run which has seen them undefeated since November with 13 wins and two draws, Woodcote/Stoke Row know the title has once again eluded them and they must wait for the outcome of Marlow United’s remaining three matches before they know whether they have secured the runners-up spot.

Marlow must win all their remaining fixtures to claim second place.

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