Thursday, 18 October 2018

Woodcote knocked off top spot

THE euphoria of six wins on the trot was dissipated on Saturday as a lacklustre Woodcote/Stoke Row surrendered meekly to a Highmoor side which barely needed to get out of first-gear to win.

There was little sign of what was to come as Woodcote took the play to their opponents and after several near misses took the lead after 22 minutes with leading scorer Toby Nowell firing home after a good flick on by skipper Jim Hancock.

After this, the visitors sat back and the reigning champions began to dominate. The equaliser came on 35 minutes when Woodcote were undone at a set-piece. Keeper Mark Pearson called and started to come for the deep free kick, but his hesitation took the ball away from him and he could only stretch out a leg to deflect the ball into the path of a striker who had the easiest of tap-ins.

In the final 10 minutes of the half both Nowell and Jake Dillon were just off-target when well-placed to score.

The second-half was only five minutes old when Highmoor took the lead. Woodcote turned attack into defence by giving the ball away in midfield and a slick passing move by the home team, with the Woodcote defence out of position, put a striker in the clear and he placed his shot well to give Pearson no chance.

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