Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Young at the double as villagers secure county cup final spot

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW reached their first Oxfordshire County Cup final for 34 years when their U16 team outplayed Marston

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW reached their first Oxfordshire County Cup final for 34 years when their U16 team outplayed Marston Saints at home in the semi-final on Sunday.

A swirling wind led to a tricky game but from the start Woodcote were on the front foot, keeping good possession and moving the ball well from side to side.

An early goal following a sweeping move crossed in by Goodchild and coolly slotted home by Ben Young settled Woodcote nerves.

Despite Woodcote dominating possession and carving out all the opportunities, Marston broke on a couple of occasions, the first time hitting a post but the second scoring with a well taken finish to level the scores. Woodcote stuck to their game and on the stroke of half-time another good move resulted in Young curling in his second goal of the game to put the hosts 2-1 up at half-time.

The second half was a more even encounter with the wind making conditions difficult. Woodcote were doing their best to play the ball on the floor and for the majority of the half they controlled proceedings.



The third goal came from a long kick from the keeper which James Spruyt ran on to and lobbed the advancing keeper.

In the final Woodcote/Stoke Row will meet the winners of the other semi-final tie between Thame United and Clanfield.



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