Thursday, 18 January 2018

Woodcote/SR suffer late knockout blow

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW’S first experience of the Maidenhead Norfolkian Cup proved short-lived as they went out of the competition after extra

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW’S first experience of the Maidenhead Norfolkian Cup proved short-lived as they went out of the competition after extra time at Bracknell Rovers.

Despite missing a number of regulars through injury and unavailability, Woodcote were ahead after 35 seconds when Dave Givens volleyed home from 20 yards.

With such a quick start under their belts the visitors proceeded to dominate the opening stages of the game but few chances materialised at either end.

The equaliser for the home side came in the eighth minute of added time at the end of a half of few stoppages.

The second half started well for Woodcote and they could have been back in front within minutes but for a good save from the keeper from Darren Russell’s header and Jim Hancock’s follow up.

The home side took the lead after 55 minutes when the Woodcote defence failed to cut out a cross and the ball was volleyed home at the far post.

Bracknell had the better of the next 15 minutes with Kane Roberts needing to make several good saves to keep his side in the game. After 70 minutes, Frank Dillon latched on to a through ball, sped past the last defender and was brought down. A free kick was awarded which was converted by Ross Weatherstone to bring the scores level.

Woodcote made a lively start to extra time and could have been in front when Dave Givens’ low cross found Andy Bullet but it came at him too quickly and he shot wide.

Stout home defending and some poor quality delivery enabled Bracknell to weather the storm and they started the second period of extra time with confidence and took the lead when Woodcote failed to deal with a long throw into the box and the ball was flicked into the top corner.

Bracknell quickly killed off the match with a second goal on the break when the striker, one-on-one, wrong footed Kane Roberts.

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