Woodley Town FC 0 Abingdon Town FC 1 (aet)By Mark Rozzier
October 01, 2012
Town paid the price for failing to convert their superior possession into goals as Abingdon captain Ross Butler slotted home from the penalty spot to put his side into the second round of the Bluefin Insurance Brokers Challenge Cup.
Playing some slick one-touch passing, Woodley twice had the ball in the visitors' net, only to see them disallowed.
Ben Clark’s effort in the first minute was adjudged offside, while Jordan Tallett was guilty of a push from a Karl Simms corner on 29 minutes.
Danny Garrard was a constant threat down the right flank and such was the home team’s first-half dominance that the visitors were restricted to one corner and an attacking free-kick.
As the game progressed without a goal the more lacklustre and scrappy it became, with Woodley unable to maintain their first-half dominance.
With Richard Thomas again outstanding in defence, Abingdon were restricted to one effort by Andrew Cummings that never really threatened Alex East.
However, with the first half of extra-time almost over, a rash challenge presented Butler with the penalty and he coolly drove his spot kick down the centre of the goal.
Town rallied in the second period, but despite John Donegan, Kharis Lavine, Thomas and Mitch Cooper all firing wide, Neil Howarth remained untroubled and Abingdon Town achieved a rare victory and a second round home tie against Wokingham & Emmbrook.
For Woodley Town they now need to focus on a tough trip to Chalfont Wasps this Saturday, a team they beat earlier this season at East Park Farm.
Woodley Town: East, Faherty, Copper, Edwards, Tallett, Thomas, Garrard (Baxter), Clark, Godwin (Donegan), Isaiew, Sims (Lavine). Sub not used: Stubbs.