Friday, 19 January 2018

Rotherfield United put league leaders Burghfield to the sword

PREMIER Division title-chasing COOKHAM DEAN effectively ended any chance that depleted WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW had of finishing

PREMIER Division title-chasing COOKHAM DEAN effectively ended any chance that depleted WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW had of finishing in the top two as they ran out 2-1 winners.

Visitors Woodcote/Stoke Row could easily have found themselves four goals in arrears. As early as the second minute Mike Higley conceded a penalty, bringing down a Cookham forward. The penalty saw stand-in keeper Darren Russell make a good diving save. The respite was short-lived as the impressive Russell was beaten after five minutes to give the home team a 1-0 advantage. Two minutes later the hosts had the ball in the net again, but this time were adjudged to have fouled Russell and the goal was ruled out.

At the midpoint of the half Cookham Dean were awarded another penalty for a foul in the box and this was converted to make the score 2-0.

Woodcote showed a lot more determination in the second half and were rewarded with a penalty of their own as Corbett went on a long run and was eventually stopped by a trip in the box. Jake Dillon stepped up to convert the spot-kick.

The drama did not end there as first a Cookham player was shown a red card after a scuffle with Mike Higley and then Woodcote’s Dave Givens was dismissed for a second yellow card.



In the dying minutes, substitute Mark Pearson added a bit of fire to the proceedings with his dangerous long throws one of which gave Jake Dillon a chance which he shot over the bar. Pearson himself almost brought an equaliser, but his shot from close range was well saved by ex-Woodcote keeper Nick Bovingdon.

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW RESERVES’ home Division 2 match against MARLOW UNITED was postponed after torrential rain, sleet and snow fell in Woodcote for 12 hours overnight and for the whole of Saturday morning.

In Division 4 ROTHERFIELD UNITED RESERVES ran out 3-1 winners against league leaders BURGHFIELD. Paul Arthur, Omar Cofie and Michael Simpson were on target for the Bishopswood side.



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