Woodley Town FC 1 Chalfont Wasps FC 0
September 03, 2012
Duncan Cantwell came off the bench to score the winner with a deft lob as Woodley won their opening home league game in Hellenic Division 1 East this season.
The meeting with Chalfont Wasps was a scrappy game overall, but a much-improved Woodley performance saw Chalfont pressed all over the pitch as they were allowed little time to play the ball out from defence.
For Woodley Matt Godwin shot just over, while the returning Richard Thomas hit the post with a header as they enjoyed the better of the opening stages.
The game was rarely in full flow as poor tackles were making it a stop-start game, but winger Karl Simms first-half set-pieces were a constant danger for Chalfont.
Town, though, failed on more than one occasion to find the decisive touch with Godwin coming closest to scoring as he hit the post.
Chalfont had one good chance when the lively Fred Tripp broke free, but he blazed over the bar as Dan Smith closed him down.
The visitors seemed to react better to the fractious nature of the game in the second half and should have taken the lead on 70 minutes when they hit the crossbar.
Woodley, though, still threatened and Nick Edwards' header back across goal was headed wide by John Donegan, before Dan Garrard and Duncan Cantwell came on to freshen the attack.
A few close offside calls stopped Woodley from threatening the away goal, but when sub Craig Hiscock played in Cantwell one-on-one with five minutes to go, he deftly lobbed the on-rushing Jamil Richmond to score his first goal for the club and secure the points.
Woodley will be looking to maintain this home form when Milton United visit on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Woodley Town: Smith, Sesay, Copper, Edwards, Tallett, Thomas, Clark, Fairchild (Hiscock), Godwin (Cantwell), Donegan (Garrard), Sims.