Monday, 15 October 2018

Dillon’s strike fires Woodcote/Stoke Row to top of table

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW came from behind to defeat Barton Rovers and go top of the Reading League Senior Division for

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW came from behind to defeat Barton Rovers and go top of the Reading League Senior Division for the first time this season last Saturday.

The hosts, depleted by the unavailability of several key players, went 2-0 down to two set-piece goals in the first quarter-of-an-hour.

Woodcote/Stoke Row gradually clawed their way back into the match and reduced the arrears on 25 minutes. An Andy Bullett through ball found Jake Dillon who beat his man and fired a left-foot shot into the net from outside the box.

Thereafter, Woodcote dominated but failed to level the scores before half-time. The nearest they came was when a Mike Higley header hit the underside of the bar but stayed out. The home side returned to the fray in the second half with some strong words from manager Peter McAlister ringing in their ears, but that failed to shift the torpor as the score was soon 3-1 to Barton.

Home defender Kool Koryapoe lost possession in the box and, in trying to retrieve the ball, brought his man down. Barton scored from the resulting penalty.

With defeat staring them in the face Woodcote finally clicked into gear, helped by a penalty of their own. On the hour mark Ryan Corbett was bundled over in the box and Jake Dillon converted from the spot.

Ten minutes later Corbett, keeping up his goal a game record, was on hand to stab the ball home from close range, to level the scores, after Frank Dillon’s shot had been parried by the keeper.

As the game entered its final 10 minutes a sustained period of pressure saw the ball drop to Frank Dillon eight yards out on the left and he rifled the ball past the keeper to win the game.

Jake Dillon could have made it five when he was one-on-one with the keeper but his chip was saved.

The win saw Woodcote extend their unbeaten run to nine matches.

Woodcote/Stoke Row: M Pearson, K Koryapoe, D Rook, M Higley, G Evans (C Smith), A Bullett, TJ Allison, J Hancock, F Dillon, R Corbett, J Dillon.

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