Sunday, 21 April 2019

Moss nets hat-trick to help side secure semi-final spot

THE third meeting of WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW RESERVES and PHOENIX OLD BOYS — the two league matches having ended in draws — saw the hosts gain the advantage to qualify for the semi-finals.

Few would have bet on the home side to win the match after a lacklustre first half, but in spite of their dominance, visitors Phoenix Old Boys managed only one goal and that was from the penalty spot after Mike Higley was penalised for a foul.

Woodcote/Stoke Row were behind for less than five minutes with Andy Taylor rifling home from close range after the visiting keeper spilled the ball. This was the only chance the home side created in the first-half.

Phoenix began the second-half on top and increased their lead after 55 minutes but Woodcote began to play with more fire and determination. They equalised with a good finish from Matt Turnbull on the hour mark and never looked back.

Taylor got his second of the day direct from a free-kick on 70 minutes and the scoring was completed by substitute, Ryan Corbett, with another fine finish five minutes from time. Seconds later, Corbett could have made it five but screwed his shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

There were some good individual performances from the Woodcote players, with young keeper Josh Scurr catching the eye and skipper Tom Brownlow dominant in the heart of the defence.

WARGRAVE also secured their place in the final four of the competition after running out comfortable 8-1 winners against TAPLOW UNITED A at the Recreation Ground.

The home side took the lead when Sam Wild scored from a well-worked team move before Taplow equalised, heading in from a long throw. Stuart Moss made it 2-1 to Wargrave just before half time.

Taplow started the second half well before Joe Wigmore chased down a long clearance and forced the visiting defence and keeper into a mistake allowing him to make it 3-1. Shortly after Wild did the same and made it 4-1.

Wargrave created plenty of chances after that. Wigmore added another for the day before Moss scored two more to complete his hat-trick and Tom Bray finished the scoring to make it 8-1.

Wargrave will now face Woodcote/Stoke Row Reserves in the semi-final while Mortimer Reserves and Westwood United Reserves will contest the other tie.

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