Nowell fires home second-half volley to secure points for Woodcote/Stoke Row
PLAYING their first match in more than a month, hosts WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW ran out 2-1 winners at home
PLAYING their first match in more than a month, hosts WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW ran out 2-1 winners at home to UNITY in the Premier Division on Saturday.
The hosts completely dominated the opening 30 minutes and could have been well clear by the time Unity mounted their first attack after 20 minutes.
Jonny Summers had two chances but failed to hit the target with either, James Worsfold saw his header cleared off the line, Toby Nowell volleyed over when well-placed and Ben Rusher had a volley charged-down.
Nerves were calmed after 40 minutes when Summers atoned for his early misses, guiding the ball home to make it 1-0 from Ben Rusher’s clever through pass.
Unity began the second half more purposefully and made it 1-1 after 52 minutes, the only time in the match they breached the Woodcote defence, in which Andy Bullet was outstanding in goal. Woodcote continued to attack and Worsfold almost scored on the hour mark but scuffed the ball wide from Nowell’s cut-back with the goal at his mercy. In the 65th minute there were penalty appeals at both ends, both rejected by the referee.
In the 70th minute Woodcote scored what was to be the decisive goal, Nowell volleying home at the far post after Jim Hancock had flicked-on Ben Rusher’s cross.
Woodcote dominated the rest of the match without increasing their lead. Tommy Chapman went on a run which took him past three defenders into the box, only for the keeper to smother the ball.
In the dying seconds substitute Mark Pearson found himself in a good position from Given’s cross, but couldn’t get the ball under control and chested it wide.
In Division 2 WARGRAVE moved out of the relegation zone after beating visitors GORING UNITED 5-3.