Woodley Town 1 Letcombe 2By Nick Edwards
January 09, 2013
Woodley Town 1
A LATE strike from James Glover ended Woodley Town’s involvement in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup following an ill-tempered fixture at East Park Farm which saw the hosts end the game with 10 men.
The midfielder pounced when Town keeper Ashley East could only slice a back pass from Mitch Cooper into the direction of Glover, who made no mistake as he secured safe passage to the quarter-finals of the competition for the Hellenic Division 1 West strugglers.
The winner came shortly after defender Warren Baxter was given his marching orders in the 70th minute for violent conduct, with the dismissal occuring when the hosts were playing the better football having equalised through Ben Clarke midway through the half.
Playing their first competitive fixture since the 2-2 draw with Thatcham Town Res on December 1, Woodley found themselves a goal down in just the third minute when Adam Bruce opened the scoring in calamitous circumstances.
When attempting to clear, Jordan Tallett could only hit the ball straight at Baxter, with the ricochet falling kindly to Bruce, who gave East no chance with an effort from close range.
Boss Cyril Fairchild then threw on Billy Gordon and Louis Howell at the start of the second half with immediate success, as the former first shot straight at Storey before setting up Clarke for the equaliser.
Both sides then began to lose their discipline as tempers threatened to boil over, which culminated with the dismissal of Baxter.
Woodley came the closest to taking the lead, but Clark could only find the welcoming hands of Storey with his effort.
The numerical advantage, however, was eventually to take its toll on proceedings, as the hosts became stretched.
Woodley: East, Cooper, Thomas, Baxter, Tallett (Gordon), Edwards, Fairchild, Sims, Clark (Cripps), Godwin, Isaiew (Howell).