Woodbury bag point after being three down to table-toppers

14:26 25 February 2014

Woodbury 3, Upottery 3

Woodbury produced an exceptional second half comeback to peg back a three goal half-time deficit and deservedly bag a share of the spoils.

The surface at the Archery club was decent given recent weather and the visiting team were determined to underline their top of the league status against the Wooders who went into the contest with an unbeaten home record.

It was the visitors who started the better and deservedly got their noses in front on 12 minutes after the home defence were unable to clear the lines prior to the ball being rifled home.

Midway through the first period Woods had an escape when the Upottery striker appeared to be tripped inside the box, but the match official gave a free-kick which was kept out. Shortly after the visitors doubled their lead with more slick inter-play.

Woodbury looked to respond and both Dan Fulls and Gareth Davies missed the target before,, with half-time drawing near, the visitors bagged a third.

Sam Glanvill-Ford was a little unlucky to have handled the ball with the ball being hit at him full pelt. However the penalty was awarded and Steve Morris slammed the ball past Alan Doble.

At the break Woodbury changed their formation and Rhys Perry was brought on to allow Hughes to get further forward whilst Brett Gloyn was introduced to give some height and strength in the middle.

The changes seemed to work from the re-start with JG Leaper getting forward on the left and Hughes was clearly better placed in an advanced position allowing him to link well with Dan Fulls and Josh Cuthbert up front.

Ten minutes into the second period a trio of passes between Ralph, Hughes and Leaper set JG clear he raced forward and, with the defender about to nab the ball off JG, he poked a right foot shot beyond the glovesman to give the hosts a chance!

Woodbury then made a third change, bringing on 17-year-old Jake Chudley for his first team debut.

Going into the last quarter of the game Woodbury got their second and it was JG Leaper again cutting in from the left, running onto a ball and chipping the keeper from 20-yards to make it 3-2.

Upottery responded and were only denied a match-sealing fourth by a stunning save from Alan Doble in the Woods goal.

With 10 minutes remaining a corner was floated in by Hughes and the ball hung nicely in the air for Gloyn to get up and power the ball forward. Fulls leapt and cannoned the loose ball into the roof of the visitors net with a well executed scissor-kick.

Back came the visitors and Doble was again fully stretched to deny them a late winner.

Based on the second half display Woodbury could well enjoy a successful second half of the season.

Woodbury were also delighted to have the experienced Alan Haywood helping out Adam Reid and his knowledge was vital as the comeback was effected.

Great efforts were made across the park. Josh Cuthbert’s and Gareth Davies’ tireless running, Richie Ralph in the centre of the park deserved mention too. Stand out performances came from JG Leaper with two well taken goals, but Alan Dobles heroics in goal gave him the man of the match award. Jake Chudley’s debut was also a good positive from the day. On Saturday (March 1) Woodbury take on the in-form University.

Woodbury: Doble, Glanvill-Ford, Hughes, Coull, Leaper, Davies (Chudley 60) Ralph, Wright (Gloyn 45) Leaman (Perry 45) Fulls, Cuthbert.


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