Woodley Town FC 1 Henley Town FC 0By Mark Rozzier
February 08, 2010
Woodley Town came through a fiercely competitive Division 1 East derby encounter against Henley Town with all three points on Saturday.
And the win, sealed by a Tom Williams goal with just 18 minutes left, saw Woodley move up to fourth place, level on points with Henley in third.
In front of the League’s biggest crowd of the day of 73, a highly-competitive match ensued with seven cautions being shared between the sides.
As to be expected from a team in fine goalscoring form, Woodley started the brighter with Carl Davies denied by a tackle as he was etting himself to shoot.
Davies and Luke Williams both went close moments later as Woodley threatened to open the scoring.
Henley, though, started to take a foot hold in the match and the best chances from the remainder of the half fell to them.
Dan Cole had the best of them, as his shot flashed across the face of Oneal Garnes’ goalmouth.
Woodley had a good shout for a penalty in the dying moments of the half when Davies’ shot was seemingly handled by a Henley defender, but the referee waved play on.
Woodley were also not having much luck with injuries as Dan Jewell was forced off with a foot injury while his replacement, James Varndell, then had to go off in the opening minutes of the second half following a strong tackle.
Woodley looked more threatening in the second half and Nick Edwards came agonisingy close to connecting with a Tom Williams header across goal.
After Davies headed over, Woodley keeper Garnes was required to make a tremendous point-blank save from Sam Whiting to keep the score goalless.
Sub Paul Wilder headed wide from a Luke Williams free kick on 66 minutes before Woodley scored the winning goal.
A flowing move involving Luke Williams, Davies and Fairchild saw the latter pick out Tom Williams with a precise through ball and his chest control and left-foot shot was too good for Henley keeper Lee Johnson.
It could have been two when Tom Williams again found himself in an advanced position and when he squared for the unmarked Wilder, Henley’s defence recovered and cleared.
Henley, though, rallied and started to press the home side back and Garnes claimed cross after cross as the visitors pressed but created no clear chances as Woodley defended excellently throughout the team.
Woodley look to continue their impressive run of results as they visit an improving Chalfont Wasps on Saturday.
Woodley Town: Garnes, Jewell (Varndell, Wilder), Nunn, Edwards, Nightingale, T Williams, Christopher, Hatton, Fairchild, Davies, L Williams, Sub not used: Hiscock.