Saturday, 20 October 2018

Late goals prove decisive in season openers

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW’S Premier League season got off to a disappointing start on Saturday as they crashed

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW’S Premier League season got off to a disappointing start on Saturday as they crashed to a 3-2 defeat at WRAYSBURY.

After taking the lead through Frank Dillon from a well worked attack, the visitors dominated the rest of the first half. However, Toby Nowell lost the ball on the edge of the Wraysbury area a minute before half time, Wraysbury counter attacked well and, although Kane Roberts saved the first attempt, the ball came back to a Wraysbury forward for a tap-in to make it 1-1 at the beak. In the second half Wraysbury took the lead after a long ball over the top with the Woodcote/Stoke Row defence trying to play offside.

Woodcote got themselves back into the game through a long pass from Dave Givens to Jonny Summers who linked up well for Andy Bullet to make it 2-2. With five minutes to go Woodcote pushed for the win and tried a long throw which was headed straight to a Wraysbury player. Once again the home side countered well and Roberts upended an attacker giving the referee no choice but to award a penalty, which was converted.

Elsewhere in the division ROTHERFIELD UNITED also got their season off to a losing start as they went down 3-2 at home to HIGHMOOR/IBIS RESERVES in a match that saw the Bishopswood side hand debuts to five players due to injuries and absences. The visitors took the lead in the first half when Rotherfield failed to defend a corner and it was tapped in at the back post.

Rotherfield equalised when midfielder Simon Frost dispossessed the Highmoor centre back and finished smartly when one-on-one with the keeper. Highmoor quickly regained the lead when they scored a direct free kick from a narrow angle.

Rotherfield equalised again when Simon Frost was fouled in the area and they slotted home the resulting penalty, only to let Highmoor quickly regain the lead with two minutes remaining.

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