Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Newtown Thirds 0, Woodbury 5
Woodbury followers saw their side bag a nap hand margin victory for the first time since April 2011 when they demolished the Exeter-based side on their own patch.
Two years ago the Woods were 8-2 winners at Broadclyst which was also the venue for this superb all-round Woodbury show!
Coming fast on the heels of the previous week’s 2-1 triumph over title chasing Chulmleigh it suggests that the Woods could yet mount a promotion challenge of their own.
The home side started the stronger, but as the game evolved Woodbury began to take control of the central midfield area.
The first opportunity to open the scoring fell to Woodbury hit man Alex Hughes, but his header was off-target. The deadlock was broken on the half-hour when a Hughes corner headed goalwards by Richie Ralph.
However, before it reached its destination the predatory Kev Pitt made sure to claim the goal!
At half time the Wooders where congratulated on the way they turned the game round after a sticky start, and how they had dealt with the fact that the match official had felt the need to caution no fewer then five players in the games opening 25 minutes!
After the break the Woods midfield trio of Steve Hunt, Richie Ralph and Alex Hughes took charge of proceedings. With Kev Pitt working tirelessly and the back line of Perry, Rowsell, Bennett and Page in total command of the best the home side could offer, further goals seemed inevitable.
The lead was doubled thanks to a Hughes classic! He picked the ball up out wide, rode two tackles before skipping between two players, cutting inside and rifling the ball beyond the fully stretched keeper.
Hughes soon doubled his tally, pouncing on a defensive error and then chalked up yet another Woodbury hat-trick, this one scored in side 12 minutes, with a shot from just inside the area.
Pittster missed from close range when getting himself tangled up with his own
Feet before the fifth and final goal scored by Declan Bourne after unselfish play from
There was still time for Bourne to miss another gilt-edged chance and Ryan Smith to force the Newtown keeper to make a superb save whilst Andy Bennett had an effort cleared off the line and Steve Hunt went mighty close.
Woodbury boss Adam Reid was absolutely delighted. He said; “That was an exceptional show packed fill of excellent team work. Once we found our feet in the game there was just the one side in it such was or dominance and we could quite easily have scored double the five we got. Newtown are not a bad team, but at times we where as good as I have seen us play. There was energy to burn on the flanks, creativity in the middle third and solid reliability at the back. Wayne in goal had little to do. The trio of Stevie Hunt, Alex Hughes and Richie Ralph where brilliant. I will
give the Man of the Match to Hughes, but could so easily have given it to either of the other two”.
Woodbury have a doubt about the influential Andy Bennett for this Saturday’s home meeting with Okehampton Argyle. However, they will have Craig Leaman, Luke Kelsall and hopefully Russell Pengelly returning.
A third straight win would really oil the Woodbury promotion wheels!