Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Hancock nets brace in five-star display

PLAYING the first half of this Reading League John Dell Senior Division match with the gale force wind at their

PLAYING the first half of this Reading League John Dell Senior Division match with the gale force wind at their backs, Woodcote started strongly forcing the visitors to defend in numbers.

However, in their first attack of the match, the visitors took the lead in the sixth minute when a through ball eluded the home defence allowing a striker to slide the ball past Kane Roberts.

Woodcote continued to attack and their efforts were rewarded after 18 minutes when an inswinging corner was sent over by Frank Dillon which caused chaos in the Frilsham defence and skipper Jim Hancock headed home. For the remainder of the half the beleaguered Frilsham defence had to endure cross after cross into the box and this pressure by the home team paid off twice before the break.

After 35 minutes a Gareth Evans cross was met by Andy Bullett who made up a lot of ground from right back to head into the corner of the net for 2-1.

On 42 minutes the score became 3-1 when once again Frank Dillon’s corner kick was bundled over the line, this time by Mike Higley.

Frilsham did their best to hit back in the dying minutes of the half and were unfortunate to see a goalbound effort cleared off the line while they also had a penalty appeal rejected by the referee.

In the second half Frilsham and Yattendon, with the wind in their favour, felt confident of getting back into the match and in the first minute of the half a piledriver shot rebounded off the Woodcote crossbar.

Woodcote soon reasserted their dominance as throughout the half they played an entertaining brand of pass and move football, retaining possession for long periods with Frilsham chasing shadows.

After 65 minutes the home team increased their lead when another pinpoint cross from Gareth Evans was met with a diving header by Jim Hancock. The fifth goal came after 80 minutes which was converted at close-range by substitute James Worsfold after a fine flowing move started deep in their own half with Frank Dillon supplying the cross.

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