Saturday, 15 December 2018

Dillon treble seals derby win

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW dominated their Premier Division derby clash against ROTHERFIELD UNITED on Saturday.

WOODCOTE/STOKE ROW dominated their Premier Division derby clash against ROTHERFIELD UNITED on Saturday.

In truth, they should have won by a larger margin but were let down by poor finishing. However, the visitors deserve credit for their never-say-die defending and some excellent goalkeeping.

A number of clear chances were created and squandered, with Toby Nowell the main offender, before Woodcote took the lead in the 38th minute.

Jake Dillon did well to dispossess a defender before firing home powerfully from 12 yards. A minute later it could have been 2-0 when Jonny Summers latched on to a poor back-pass. There was little wrong with his low shot but the keeper made a great save, grabbing the ball at the second attempt. Summers should have opened his own account before half-time, but his effort from Chris Pilling’s cross was off-target.

Four minutes into the second half, Rotherfield made it 1-1 when Guy Bickerton rifled the ball into the top corner after Woodcote had failed to clear a corner.

The pattern of the second half then mirrored the first with Rotherfield defending in numbers and Woodcote spurning the chances they created. It was not until the 80th minute that the home team made it 2-1.

The introduction of Dave Givens as substitute proved decisive, as his cross from the right was turned in by Dillon with his chest. With time running out another substitute, Ryan Corbett, returning after a long injury, flicked on a pass by Givens into the path of Dillon who finished for his hat-trick, leaving the score at 3-1.

In Division 2, SONNING defeated BARKHAM ATHLETIC 4-2. Brodie Davies, Charlie Hiscox, James Holder and James Underwood were their goal heroes. Elsewhere, a hat-trick from Ben Lydon helped give FC IMAAN LIONS a 4-2 victory over GORING UNITED, who were missing several first-choice players.

An evenly matched opening 45 minutes ended 0-0 but things livened up in the second half when Lydon capitalised on a sloppy clearance from Sam Simmonds. The striker soon netted his second with a great volley.

Goring then seemed to spring into life as their goalkeeper, Andrew Symonds, scored from his own half, when the wind caught his punted long ball and bounced over his opposite number.

Goring continued to huff and puff but their good chances came to nothing. Imaan then scored twice on the break before Tom Heslop pulled one back from the penalty spot on 90 minutes.

ROTHERFIELD UNITED RESERVES lost to table-toppers BERKS COUNTY RESERVES 2-1 in Division 4.

United created the most chances in the first half but fell behind to a header after some indecision in defence but Michael Simpson equalised directly from a corner.

In the second half, United lost two players through injury and with that some momentum. County then converted a direct free-kick to grab all three points.

In Division 5, SONNING SPORTS lost 3-1 to TDC KNIGHTS. They were 2-0 down after 30 minutes through goals by Joseph Broadley and Ibrahim Koroma before Adam Rose pulled a goal back shortly before half-time.

The visitors put the result beyond doubt in the 68th minute when Ian Holmes added a third, while Sonning defender Tim Carvill was booked on 77 minutes.

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