Monday, 23 July 2018

Spot-on Woodcote secure semi-final spot

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW won a penalty shoot-out to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Berkshire Trophy Centre Senior Cup

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW won a penalty shoot-out to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Berkshire Trophy Centre Senior Cup at Cookham Dean on Saturday.

The two sides had met three times previously this season with each match ending in a draw.

In a first half in which no quarter was asked or given both sides had chances, the best falling to Mike Hancock who saw his header from Frank Dillon’s corner cleared off the line.

Toby Nowell went close on another couple of occasions but his two headers cleared the bar. The game had its flashpoints with Woodcote going in at the break aggrieved to have had two confident penalty appeals turned down by the referee.

Cookham began the second half more purposefully as Kane Roberts in the Woodcote goal produced two good saves to keep the scores level.



The hosts drew first blood with a goal on 65 minutes when the Woodcote defence failed to clear the ball.

Soon after Nowell was brought down just outside the box when through on goal with what looked like a goalscoring opportunity but the referee only dished out a yellow card.

As the match entered its final minute Woodcote were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal. Dave Givens’ kick was flicked on by James Payne for Mike Hancock to bundle home the equaliser.

Eight minutes into extra time Cookham made it 2-1 when a quick break was not closed down by the Woodcote defence and a good shot beat Roberts.

Two minutes before the break, Ross Weatherstone’s powerful shot was cleared off the line but a minute later it was 2-2 as Nowell’s close-range effort was saved but he scored with a header as the ball bounced off the keeper and back into his path.

There was more drama to come in the second period of extra time. Frank Dillon had a corner cleared off the line, Nowell was shown a red card for a push on the Cookham goalkeeper and Weatherstone brought a great save out of the home keeper after a cross from Jake Dillon.

The ensuing penalty shoot-out saw Jake Dillon’s and James Payne’s penalties saved but Darren Russell, Frank Dillon and Weatherstone found the net while Roberts saved three kicks to secure the visitors a place in the last four.

Woodcote/Stoke Row will now face the winners of the Westwood United and AFC Aldermaston clash.

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