Woodley Town 3 Binfield 0By Mark Rozzier
November 27, 2008
Woodley Town took another step towards a final at Madejski Stadium as they saw off in-form Binfield in the second round of the Reading Senior Challenge Cup.
Woodley started tentatively, but Craig Beales in goal was not really tested.
It was with one of Woodley’s first attacks, after just five minutes that the home side took the lead.
Rob Morley exploited the space on the left flank and he picked out Nick Edwards who steered the ball first time into the far corner.
Binfield began to press Woodley and had a lot of territory, but Warren Baxter and Jim Nightingale comfortably dealt with everything they could throw at them and the first half ended 1-0.
Woodley expected a tough second half onslaught from the Hellenic side and the away side did start strongly, but youngster Dan Jewell played with great composure and defended superbly and Binfield could not create anything of note.
Woodley settled, weathered the storm and began to look threatening again.
Morley continued to find space and it was down the left flank that Carl Davies found himself one-on-one and he produced a marvellous piece of skill to completely fool the full back and then, from a tight angle, produce a stunning curled effort into the far corner.
Binfield were clearly rattled and with 20 minutes left, there was plenty to play for, but Woodley battled well in midfield and defence before Davies grabbed his second as he lifted the ball over the stranded keeper.
Davies could then have had his hat-trick but the ball bobbled onto the post and was cleared.
Woodley looked in control and although Binfield forced Beales into a fine save late on, it was a case of seeing out the remaining minutes and looking forward to the next round.
— In Division 1 of the Reading Football League Woodley Town Res continued their good form with a 3-2 win over SRCC.
In a hard fought and physical match that saw Carl Bruce substituted due to injury on seven minutes, Town’s resilience and greater team play saw them edge this match with substitute Matt Bennett scoring the winner on 85 minutes.
As with last week Town were slow to start and allowed SRCC to dictate the game.
SRCC’s early pressure saw them take the lead on 20 minutes through Adam Williams, the first goal Town had conceded in 440 minutes of football.
Teenage debutant keeper Marcus Britton then pulled off a stunning save to keep Woodley in the game before, on 31 minutes Danny Willmott’s crossfield pass released Michael Wesley who pulled the ball back for Dan Faherty to feed Paul Wilder to score from 10 yards.
Town now took control and were rewarded when Andy Holder's free kick found Wilder unmarked from six yards to score his second on 43 minutes.
Woodley continued to dominate after the break, but SRCC pushed an extra man forward and eventually pulled level from the spot through Williams.
After a frantic few minutes, a driving run by Ashley Bantock, giving one of his best performances of the season, saw him beat the offside trap and square the ball to Bennett to shoot low to the left of the keeper for the winning goal.
— Woodley Town A were left deflated after losing a tough game against top-of-the-table Barton Rovers in Division 2.
Barton started the game better, but Town soon started to make their mark on the game.
However, with 20 minutes gone, an injury forced Town down to 10 men and Barton took advantage to go 1-0 up.
Town, struggling to get a grip in the midfield, found themselves level with 32 minutes gone after some neat play by Mark Snell and Aneil Lale down the right allowed Lale to swing in a cross that was missed by the Barton centre back and John Mailer turned and fired low into the far corner for his sixth goal in six games.
Jon Solomon gave Town the lead early in the second half as he latched onto a Dave Tyrrill header, but Barton fought back to score two unanswered goals, making the final score 3-2.