Woodley Town FC 0 Highmoor Ibis FC 2By Mark Rozzier
January 16, 2012
Woodley suffered defeat at the hands of league leaders Highmoor Ibis, but the home side will be disappointed not to have troubled the scoresheet having enjoyed the better of the first half.
Highmoor tried their luck from range in the opening stages, but Woodley soon started to put some dangerous patterns of play together with Victor Sesay and Billy Gordon delivering dangerous crosses.
Karl Sims turned one of these goalbound, forcing a good save from Chris Elton.
Billy Gordon, though, had the best chance for Woodley when Sims crossed and the winger steered his effort harmlessly wide from six yards.
Jamaal Forde had the away side’s best opportunity when a through ball put the midfielder in on goal.
His shot hit the bar and John Donegan and keeper Dan Smith conspired to clear the danger.
Woodley felt they shaded the first half, but too often their crosses where easily collected by Elton without being put under pressure.
Highmoor stepped up the pace in the second period, enjoying good possession in midfield.
With the impressive Donegan off the field receiving treatment for a bloody nose, Woodley went a goal down on 51 minutes.
Sesay lost the high ball in midfield and Highmoor countered with Jordan Brown taking the ball into the area and finding the top corner, albeit rather fortunately having clearly miskicked his effort.
Woodley failed to get hold of the ball in the half, and their best chance came when Gordon waltzed through the Highmoor defence, but he left the vital pass to Danny Isaiew that little too late, and the striker’s effort was ruled out for offside.
Highmoor remained on top and won a penalty as Mitch Cooper tangled with his man and Ian Griffin scored from the spot with 25 minutes still to play.
Woodley will look to return to winning ways at home to Didcot Town Res on Saturday.
Woodley Town: Smith, Sesay, Cooper (Godwin), Edwards, Donegan, Thomas (Wheeler), Gordon, Rann (Cripps), J Fairchild, Isaiew, Simms. Subs not used: Hiscock, S Fairchild.