Saturday, 20 October 2018

Woodcote/Stoke Row win secures cup tie

TWO second-half goals from Woodcote/Stoke Row dumped Aldermaston out of the Evening Post Senior

TWO second-half goals from Woodcote/Stoke Row dumped Aldermaston out of the Evening Post Senior Cup on Saturday and set up an all South Oxfordshire tie in the next round.

The mouth-watering tie against Henley Town will be played at The Triangle ground on March 12 and is the first time the Henley area’s top two teams have been drawn together in an important cup competition for many years.

The match against Aldermaston was finally switched to Woodcote after two postponements at their ground.

Chances were at a premium in what was a poor first half. It was 30 minutes before any real goalmouth action at either end and it was Woodcote’s Jake Dillon whose header was tipped over by the visiting keeper and his twin brother Frank should have done better on 43 minutes when he shot straight at the keeper.

Woodcote began the second half in more purposeful fashion and in the first minute Toby Nowell brought a good save from the keeper from Frank Dillon’s cross. This was the prelude for the opening goal which came on 50 minutes. A good long ball from skipper, Andy Bullett, saw Frank Dillon gallop clear of the defence and hit a superb angled shoot into the far corner for 1-0.

On 65 minutes Woodcote thought they had put the tie beyond their opponents when Toby Nowell cleverly beat the keeper, but the linesman flagged for offside and the referee awarded the free-kick, but only after a long consultation.

But Nowell was not to be denied and after 70 minutes he latched on to a long ball and chipped over the advancing keeper from a tight angle, the ball entering the net for 2-0 in spite of despairing efforts by two defenders to keep it out.

With not too many positives to be drawn from a pretty drab encounter, the good defensive form of Mike Higley, Andy Bullett, Chris Pilling and 18-year-old Sean Chapman saw a second successive clean sheet, while the non-stop energy of Tommy Chapman in midfield was also impressive.

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