WATLINGTON TOWN spoiled the party for hosts Compton who hosted the North Berks League’s annual groundhop
WATLINGTON TOWN spoiled the party for hosts Compton who hosted the North Berks League’s annual groundhop day for the first time last Saturday.
The home side, spurred on by a home crowd of more than 100 people lining both sides of the pitch, started quickly and and subjected Town to a barrage of corners, which the visitors, marshalled by the dominant Johnny Little in defence, did well to repel.
Watlington rode their luck and took the lead from a Kurt McCormick header, as he powered home a whipped Alex B’layachi corner kick. Compton, who were dominating possession, soon equalised when Jack Fisher latched on to an angled cross to make it 1-1 at the break.
Watlington manager Damian Rigozzi rang the changes at half-time and in the second half the visitors took control of the game. Conor B’layachi’s speculative lob back into the box, after Compton failed to fully clear the ball, somehow dumbfounded the goalkeeper, who slipped underneath the bounce of the ball to allow Watlington to retake the lead via a soft goal.
Minutes later it was 3-1 when Town’s man-of-the-match Martyn Appleby rose highest to meet a Ben Little free-kick, and his header was adjudged to have crossed the line by the referee’s assistant.
Town made the game safe when Alex B’layachi set his sights from range and his low shot squeezed under the goalkeeper’s grasp to give the visitors a comfortable lead. Compton threatened late on but Town’s defence stood firm as the men in red claimed a second 4-1 win in two games.