Lambourn Sports FC 0 Woodley Town FC 3By Mark Rozzier
April 09, 2012
Town defeated Lambourn Sports at the third time of asking this season, and in doing stretched their unbeaten run in Hellenic Division 1 East to seven games.
Attacking down the slope Woodley took the game to their hosts with the movement of Louis Howell and Jordan Sawyer unsettling the Lambourn defence.
Jordan Tallett headed over the bar from a corner before Richard Thomas was left unmarked at another to drive home his first goal of the season with 11 minutes gone.
The lead was nearly extended soon after as Howell found himself one-on-one with home keeper Ross Petts, but hesitation by the forward saw the danger cleared.
Lambourn’s Sam Connors forced Woodley keeper Dan Smith into a full-length save after half an hour and he also reacted quickest five minutes later to follow up a Smith parry, only to shoot wide.
Leading at the break, Woodley were forced to defend resolutely in the opening spell of the second half as Smith was called into action and Tallett was required to clear of his goal line from a corner.
Substitutions worked well for Woodley and they gradually gained a toe hold in the game, allowing Howell to extend the lead midway through the half as he turned and pounced on a loose ball following a free-kick.
The goal broke Lambourn’s resistance and Town went on to finish the match as strongly as they had started it.
Karl Simms and Sawyer had both come close before Howell scored his sixth goal in six starts to seal the points, reacting to Petts spilling a low Rann shot and poking the ball home with 12 minutes to go.
Simms and Sesay both went close in the final moments, but the win consolidated Town’s sixth position ahead of the Easter Monday visit of Maidenhead United Reserves.
Woodley Town: Smith, Sesay, Cooper, Gordon, Tallett, Thomas, Godwin (Wheeler), J Fairchild (Simms), Sawyer, Howell (Hughes), Rann Subs not used: Cripps, S Fairchild.