Woodley lose out on penaltiesBy Mark Rozzier
December 03, 2012
Woodley paid for a hat-full of missed chances and ended up losing on penalties to Thatcham Town Res after a 2 - 2 draw with Louis Howell and Ben Clark goals.
Woodley started very much on the front foot and dominated Thatcham as Karl Sims broke forward and put in some excellent crosses.
Clark found himself with a good opportunity but he steered it wide, but Woodley were not far away from deservedly taking the lead.
Sam Cripps powerful run from the half-way line left defenders in his wake and when his shot was parried, fellow strike partner Howell was there to score from close range.
A lively Thatcham forward wriggled away from Richard Thomas and Mitch Cooper and his shot beat the advancing Ashley East, but hit the post and went safe.
Woodley were their own worst enemies and allowed Thatcham back into the game.
A missed clearance fell to Thatcham's Lee Hamilton who jinked infield and hit a swerving shot from twenty yards that East got finger tips to, but it found the far corner of the net.
Woodley were then behind after more poor team defending and the curling cross was headed in at the far post by Hamilton.
East made a great block when one-on-one as Thatcham ended the half the strongest and Woodley was glad of half-time.
The second half was a very open affair with both sides having chances.
Cripps created his own chance brilliantly beating two players, but dragging his shot wide.
Clark did equalise when Jamie Fairchild lofted the ball into his path and Clark found the net.
Victor Sesay denied two wonderful opportunities for the home side with timely interventions, but Woodley created the clearer chances.
Howell got goal-side of the last defender and when he rounded the keeper everyone waited for the net to bulge.
His shot struck the post and evaded players in the penalty area to go safe.
Substitute John Donegan latched onto a Fairchild pass and his lob drifted wide.
As the game went into the dying moments Clark wasted two great chances.
The ball fell to him ten yards out and he skied his effort and his header in the last minute hit the cross-bar.
Extra-time saw more of the same with both sides looking like scoring when they attacked.
Substitute Dan Faherty had a good chance at the far post but when the keeper blocked the rebound fell to Fairchild who sliced his shot wide with the keeper down winded.
Penalties followed and with only Donegan failing to score it was Thatcham who ran out 5 - 4 winners to progress to the next round.
Woodley: East, Sesay, Simms, Edwards, Cooper, Thomas, Clark, Fairchild, Cripps (Donegan), Howell (Faherty), Godwin Sub not used Hiscock