Friday, 19 October 2018

Knox at the double as side maintain their unbeaten run

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW extended their unbeaten Reading League John Dell Senior Division run to eight games with a fairly straightforward win

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW extended their unbeaten Reading League John Dell Senior Division run to eight games with a fairly straightforward win over Theale on Saturday.

The game was effectively over after 30 minutes as the home side raced into a 3-0 lead. From the start Woodcote launched attack after attack, forcing Theale to defend in numbers.

The first chance fell to Mike Higley whose shot went just wide of the left-hand post. However, the reprieve for Theale was short-lived when on five minutes Ryan Corbett headed home from close range following a flick-on by skipper Jim Hancock from Frank Dillon’s long throw. It was 17-year-old Corbett’s third goal in the three matches he has played since joining the club.

This was followed by the first good passage of play for Theale, but fortunately for the home side, their finishing was woeful. Woodcote almost increased their lead after 20 minutes but a defender was able to clear off the line with the keeper beaten.

Goal number two came after 25 minutes when Paul Knox, returning after several matches injured, surged forward from midfield, laid the ball off to Frank Dillon and kept running to finish off Dillon’s cross. Five minutes later, it was the Knox-Dillon show all over again with Frank supplying his twin brother Jake, whose flick fell into the path of Knox who swept the ball home for a 3-0 lead.

The second half proved a drab affair with Theale gaining more possession but rarely troubling the home defence.

Woodcote almost added to their lead when Ryan Corbett found himself clear of the defence but took too long to shoot and allowed the keeper to recover and save.

Corbett was again in the thick of things when he appeared to be brought down inside the box but the referee waved away the appeals for a penalty.

Almost immediately Theale struck back to score their consolation goal on 80 minutes, but Woodcote had little difficulty in playing out the remaining time to gain the victory that keeps them in third place in the table.

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