Monday, 17 December 2018

Two off as Woodcote/Stoke Row ease to comfortable home win

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW cemented their spot in third place of the Reading League’s John Dell Senior Division as they eased to

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW cemented their spot in third place of the Reading League’s John Dell Senior Division as they eased to a 4-2 win against visitors Mortimer.

The hosts’ early pressure paid dividends when Mortimer failed to clear a Frank Dillon corner, with TJ Allison prodding home from close range after five minutes.

Woodcote/Stoke Row doubled their lead four minutes later when a Dillon free kick was flicked on by Allison and inadvertently volleyed home from 10 yards out by a Mortimer defender. The hosts’ domination was further rewarded following a slick passing move, with Dillon again the provider. His first-time cross was smashed home by 17-year-old Ryan Corbett to put his side 3-0 up inside 15 minutes.

Mortimer were handed a lifeline when right back Carl Smith hauled Bilal Saleem down in the home penalty area and visiting captain Michael Davies fired home the resulting penalty to close the gap to 3-1.

Andy Bullett missed a chance to extend Woodcote’s lead shortly after but the hosts were well worth their half-time lead.

The second half failed to match the excitement of the opening exchanges with neither side unable to fashion a clear-cut chance until a frantic final 20 minutes.

Dean Jordan all but made the game safe for Woodcote after Jake Dillon unselfishly squared the ball for the substitute to tap home his fourth goal of the season.

Mortimer continued to fight and grabbed a consolation goal through Michael Percival.

As the game entered added time both sets of players became embroiled in a shoving match which resulted in Kool Koryapoe for the home side and Davies being sent off.

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