Sunday, 16 December 2018

Worsfold’s double strike enough

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW progressed to the second round of the Berkshire Trophy Centre Senior Cup on Saturday courtesy of a single

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW progressed to the second round of the Berkshire Trophy Centre Senior Cup on Saturday courtesy of a single goal victory at Frilsham.

The narrowness of the victory belied the dominance the visitors displayed from start to finish and they could have won by a wide margin but for some wasteful finishing and slack defending.

Woodcote started with a series of rapid attacks which saw James Worsfold twice go close with headers.

After five minutes Woodcote were awarded a free kick just outside the box and Tommy Chapman’s perfectly weighted kick was glanced home by Worsfold. In the following 15 minutes Woodcote had four good chances to increase their lead, but they had to wait until the 22nd minute to make it 2-0. Skipper Jim Hancock played a good pass to Frank Dillon, and his early low cross found twin brother Jake who cleverly beat the defender and shot into the bottom corner.

Woodcote failed to hammer home their advantage and a good spell of play towards the end of the half saw the home side reduce the arrears on 43 minutes.

At the start of the second half Woodcote had another good spell and increased their lead on the hour mark when Worsfold scored from close range after a good cross by Frank Dillon.

Frank Dillon could have added to the score minutes later when he was put through, but his shot was well saved by the home keeper. A minute later Woodcote had the ball in the net again but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Soon after Jake Dillon missed a gilt-edged chance and within seconds Frilsham exploited hesitancy in defence to make it 3-2.

In the final 20 minutes a further five clear-cut chances were spurned by the Woodcote attackers but enough had been done to secure victory and a home tie against Bracknell Rovers in the next round.

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