Nowell’s brace helps visitors secure derby bragging rights
VISITORS WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW secured the derby honours as they ran out 4-1 away to ROTHERFIELD UNITED at Bishopswood
VISITORS WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW secured the derby honours as they ran out 4-1 away to ROTHERFIELD UNITED at Bishopswood in their Premier Division clash on Saturday.
The visitors were once again suffering from injury and illness as they were forced into making multiple changes to their side but Woodcote started the brighter with a Johnny Summers effort just flying over after five minutes.
The game ebbed and flowed for the first 15 minutes with Woodcote shading it while Rotherfield were causing problems on the break and would have scored had it not been for a smart save by stand-in keeper Darren Russell.
The visitors made the break through on 17 minutes when good interplay between Jake Dillon, Toby Nowell and Summers allowed the latter to rifle a shot from 15 yards out beyond the Rotherfield keeper.
A goal to the good Woodcote pushed on for more and would have had them had it not been for the heroics of the Rotherfield keeper who made several good saves from Nowell, Chapman and Summers.
The second goal came on 34 minutes when a quick break caught the Rotherfield defence out and a ricocheted shot fell kindly to Jake Dillon on the edge of the area where he lobbed the keeper.
The second half started in the same vein as the first with Woodcote having most of the possession but being thwarted by a resilient Rotherfield side. Skipper James Hancock saw a header cleared off the line from a corner and Summers was once again denied by the keeper.
On 55 minutes Rotherfield pulled a goal back when failure to clear a cross by the Woodcote defence led to a Ricky Sidhu shot finding its way into the top corner.
Woodcote continued to press and were rewarded on 63 minutes when a deep corner found an unmarked Nowell at the far post who fired his volley into the bottom corner of the net for 3-1.
On 77 minutes Nowell made it 4-1 when he headed Summer’s far post cross home.
Goals by Andy Taylor and Paul Knox were not enough to get WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW RESERVES a point in Division 2 against BURNHAM as they went down 3-2 despite the home side enjoying periods of domination.
Basement side SONNING remain at the foot of the table as they went down 3-2 at to ASHRIDGE PARK at Pound Lane.
Elsewhere in the division GORING UNITED crashed to a 5-0 defeat at home to MARLOW UNITED RESERVES, WARGRAVE went down 2-1 at home to ELDON CELTIC.