WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW made heavy weather of winning their Premier Division home clash with WOODLEY UNITED
WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW made heavy weather of winning their Premier Division home clash with WOODLEY UNITED RESERVES in a match they dominated throughout last Saturday.
The chances the hosts created could have put them well clear of their opposition by half-time, instead of which there were a few nervous moments in the second half and relief at the final whistle.
The home side took the lead in the 20th minute with a well-constructed goal. Gareth Evans did well to win a header and put Frank Dillon in a good position. His low cross left brother, Jake, with a simple tap-in for 1-0. For the rest of the half Woodcote mounted wave after wave of attacks but chance after chance went begging.
Seven minutes into the second half Woodcote made it 2-0. Jonny Summers provided the through ball and Toby Nowell did well to reach the ball first and having rounded the keeper, side-foot into the net. Minutes later Nowell was robbed of a second goal by a good save.
On 65 minutes Woodley reduced the arrears with a sucker punch. A free kick was launched into the area and a forward headed home unmarked. Soon afterwards, only a fine tip-over by Darren Russell prevented an equaliser.
The game then returned to its previous pattern of wasted opportunities by the home side until the 80th minute when a cool finish by Jonny Summers for 3-1 appeared to have put the game to bed. But, with five minutes remaining, another defensive mix-up gifted a second goal to the visitors and forced Woodcote to hold on frantically for the three points.
ROTHERFIELD UNITED picked up a crucial point as they drew 3-3 at AFC ALDERMASTON. Tom Candish netted for the visitors in the first half while Patrick Gardner netted twice for United in the second half.
On Bank Holiday Monday Gardner was on target again for ROTHERFIELD UNITED as they defeated HURST 1-0 at Bishopswood.
In Division 2 GORING UNITED ended their league campaign with a 4-2 home defeat against champions WESTWOOD UNITED RESERVES. William Jaycock netted both goals for the hosts.