VISITORS Woodcote/Stoke Row gave a good account of themselves as they crashed out of the second
VISITORS Woodcote/Stoke Row gave a good account of themselves as they crashed out of the second round of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup at Kidlington on Saturday.
Going into the game Kidlington of the Hellenic League Premier Division — two levels above Woodcote — had won five out of five games, scoring 20 goals without conceding and making it through to the third round of the FA Vase while Woodcote lost 13-1 in the league their last time out.
A one-sided match looked in prospect but this didn’t materialise as Woodcote put in a good performance against their high-flying opponents.
Kidlington began brightly and looked good on the ball, but a combination of heroic defending and a wayward final pass thwarted their early ambitions.
Woodcote took the lead on 18 minutes in only their second attack with Jake Dillon firing home after good work by Toby Nowell, who caused complete panic in the Kidlington defence whenever he got the ball.
Kidlington made it 1-1 within three minutes when, following a corner and two blocked shots, the ball was rifled through a crowd of players into the net. After an extended period of pressure from the home side they made it 2-1 with a simple uncontested headed goal from a corner.
With the half-time break approaching a quick break from defence saw Tommy Chapman free on the right and his cross was converted by Nowell to level the scores at the break.
The second-half saw Woodcote keeper Kane Roberts pull off a string of fine saves. On the hour mark, Roberts plunged to his right to claw away a harshly-awarded penalty and soon afterwards he made the save of the match as the ball was arrowed towards the top corner. In the same attack, Chris Pilling took the full force of the strike to save a certain goal, and the defender was down for several minutes injured but managed to play on.
As the game entered its final 20 minutes, Woodcote were undone twice in five minutes to give the home side a 4-2 lead and Kidlington continued to dominate proceedings as the rain increased its intensity.
In the closing minutes, Roberts continued to deny the home forwards with a string of fine saves.
As the first team bowed out of the Senior Cup, Woodcote Reserves eased relegation fears in the TVPL Division 2 with a magnificent 10-0 away win over bottom club, Sonning. Goals were scored by Adam Burgess 2, James Elderton 2, Andy Taylor 2, Jonny Clark, Will Macdonald, Dave Rook and an own goal.