Woodley Town 6 Wantage Town Res 2By Mark Rozzier
September 28, 2009
Woodley had no problems in seeing off their Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup opponents Wantage Town reserves as they produced some of their best football of the season.
Town started brightly with Tom Williams and Luke Williams causing danger with their runs, but they had to survive a scare on 10 minutes when Warren Baxter was caught in possession and needed his fellow centre back Jim Nightingale to make a saving tackle to prevent the Wantage forward entering the penalty area.
The lead came on 19 minutes with a well-worked team goal after a succession of passes from one side of the pitch to the other.
Left-back Richard Thomas fed the ball to Tom Williams and he slipped in Jamie Fairchild who scored with an assured first-touch side foot.
With Luke Williams running the defence ragged, Wantage Town were limited to one effort in the whole first half which was dragged across goal and wide.
However, for all their pressure Woodley did not double the lead until the 43rd minute.
From a corner, a Luke Williams header towards goal came back of the cross bar, but Tom Williams was on hand to head in the rebound.
Carl Davies and Fairchild also had a couple of good chances, but Town couldn’t add to their tally.
Two up at the break, Adam Jeffery was brought on in place of the injured Nick Edwards and he wasted no time in getting involved in the action.
With Jeffery and Luke Williams on either flank, Woodley were impressive as an attacking force and blew Wantage away with the movement and skill of these players.
Keeper Ben Rose made a fine reaction save from a rare Wantage attack 10 minutes into the second half and from the save Davies found Jeffrey whose pass to the far post was met by Luke Williams to fire home and cap an excellent individual performance.
Tom Williams got his second two minutes latter in similar fashion, firing in at the far post to make it 4-0 from a Davies cross.
Some slack play cost Woodley a goal on 65 minutes when Nightingale was caught in possession by Rob Joyce on the edge of his penalty area and the forward scored.
Jeffery nearly got his name on the score sheet when his lob from a Davies cross was cleared off the goalline, but the fifth came on 70 minutes when Nightingale atoned for his mistake by heading home from a corner kick.
Substitute Steven Campbell had an excellent chance while Fairchild hit curled an effort onto the post as Woodley looked to score whenever they attacked.
Wantage pulled another goal back when an unmarked Brad Ritchie was left eight yards out to leave a furious Ben Rose with no chance in the Woodley goal.
The scoring was completed on 84 minutes when Jeffery got his name on the score sheet with a good shot from the edge of the area after cutting in.
A good all-action performance from Woodley, who travel to Penn and Tylers Green for their return to league action.
Woodley Town: Rose (Garnes), Varndell, Thomas, Edwards (Jeffrey), Nightingale. Baxter, L Williams (Campbell), Hiscock, Fairchild, Davies, T Williams
— Woodley Town Res dropped two points as they conceded a late equaliser to Theale Royal Mail Res and drew 2-2.
Town twice led through Paul Wilder and Eden Peters goals, while Marcus Britton had an outstanding game in goal.