Wonderful Woods storm into next round of Firewatch Devon Senior Cup

20:21 11 September 2012

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Woodbury 5, Chagford 3

Woodbury stormed into the next round of the Firewatch Devon Seniorn Cup with a nap hand haul of goals against Division Two outfit Chagford.

The South Devon side play four levels higher than the Woods, but that counted for nothing once the whistle had been blow to start the contest! Not surprisingly Chagford began the sharper and hit the Woods bar on 10 minutes with a deft header beating Joe Pond, but the ball clipped the woodwork and went over. After a goal-mouth scramble at the other end Paul Rowsell was unfortunate not to open the scoring, but his shot went over the top.

On 20 Minutes Woodbury’s offside trap was broken and Chagford ran clear to slam home for the opening g goal. The Woods slowly began to get a measure of the opposition. Michael Simpson was beginning to make big inroads down the left flank and he got great support, in particular from Rhys Perry. It was those two who combined on the half hour mark. After a brilliant cross from Simpson, Paul Rowsell rose the highest and steered the ball wide of the keeper to level the scores.

On the stroke of half time the Woods, who had been enjoying a measure of control, lost concentration and Chagford were within a whisker of regaining the lead!

Woodbury boss championed his side to deliver more of then same after the break. However, just like the opening half it was Chagford who struck first. After a succession of corners the ball fell on the edge of the area from where it was drilled past Pond.

The goal seemed to galvanise Woodbury who were quickly back on the front foot. Ten minutes later it was 2-2 with Wayne Rowsell’s well drilled shot nestling in the corner of the Chagford net. Steve Hunt, still struggling after a chest infection, came off and was replaced by Craig Leaman. On the Hour mark Wooders had the lead for the first time when Charlie Page did well and delivered a telling long ball to Paul Rowsell who out-muscled two defenders before tucking the ball beyond the keeper. Woodbury then freshened things up with the hard working (he had a fine game Ryan Smith making way for Adam Downey who was given orders to run at the Chagford defence. Keeper Joe Pond made a smart stop from a free kick to keep the lead intact. On 70 minutes Craig Leaman dropped a shoulder, jinked pasttwo2 midfielders and unleashed a ferocious 25-yarder which, despite the keepers getting a glove on, flew into the top corner to put Woods 4-2 to the good. Brett Gloyn and Andy Bennett, at the heart of the Woodbury defence, were now in complete control of their opposite numbers whilst, at the other end, Paul Rowsell was running the Chagford defence ragged!

Dom Brown came on for Wayne Rowsell for the last 20 minutes and he made an immediate impact linking well with Downey and Michael Simpson, culminating in a shot rebounding off the upright which would have seen Wooders extend their lead further.

With five minutes left Chagford got a third from a corner but Wooders upped the tempo again and Dom Brown did get his goal and Wooders fifth to complete the scoring.

There was one big blow to the Woodbury camp with Richard Hill being

carried from the pitch after rolling an ankle. Hill had been influential through the game and is hoped he will recover before Saturdays’ visit of the University 4ths.

Woodbury boss Adam Reid was delighted with the team performance and the work-rate put into the victory. He said: “Endurance Park and the system we are using will cause many teams from whatever league big problems and believe this could be a very good season. There are still players to come in and competition for places is a big battle now.” He continued: ”The Man of the Match was Ryan Smith for a great work ethic and causing constant problems to the visitors. Rhys Perry also impressed as did new centre back Brett Gloyn. All in all a great team performance sees us in the next round, the last 64, scheduled for October 6. The draw is due to be made within the coming week.”

Woodbury team: Joe Pond, Charlie Page, Andy Bennett, Brett Gloyn, Rhys Perry, Steve Hunt, (Craig Leaman 55) Richard Hill, Michael Simpson, Wayne Rowsell, (Dom Brown 75) Ryan Smith, (Adam Downey 70) Paul Rowsell;

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