Wednesday, March 13, 2013
University IV 3, Woodbury 5
Woodbury produced a superb second half comeback to overturn a half-time deficit and claim all three points from their visit to Exeter.
Wood were quickly into their stride on a sticky surface and they went ahead in the eighth minute when a pin-point ball from Alex Hughes was side-footed home by Declan Bourne.
The students had the chance to level almost immediately when awarded a penalty, but Woods gloves man Alan Doble, the regular Reserves keeper, made a fine save.
Two minutes after the save Doble was beaten from close range.
The home side were reduced to 10-men with a straight red card, but that did not stop them taking the lead with a free-kick from the edge of the area.
Woods boss Adam Reid rang some tactical changes and they paid off when a through-ball from Richie Ralph found Hughes and he tucked the ball away.
Back came the students and it was they who took a 3-2 lead into the break courtesy of a penalty. After the break Woodbury set about out-passing the home side. It worked as they stretched the students. On 60 minutes Andy Bennett was introduced within minutes the scores were levelled when Hughes fired home from 18-yards.
With Luke Kelsall and Russell Pengelly, together with full backs Rhys Perry and Charlie Page dealing with the best the students could offer, Woods went in search of a fourth.
It arrived via a Bennett header from a Ralph cross. Josh Cuthbert was then summoned from the bench to make his senior debut and, with 15 minutes to play, the points were sealed when Hughes provided the assist and Bennett the goal.
Will Bennett was then introduced and there was still time for Andy Bennett to rattle an upright.
Reid said: “We had to work hard, but you expect that with a trip to the University. We played some really good football and when we do play with that swagger we are a match for teams not only in this division, but also in higher divisions. Our goals where all of really good quality and we had the added bonus due to the postponement of the reserves to integrate some of the fine young talent that they have on offer. It was a good Woodbury victory and we are firmly in the promotion mix up now.”
The Man of the Match award was given to Richie Ralph in a decision that could have gone many ways. Hughes goals and assists where spectacular and Charlie Page was solid. Luke Kelsall also stood out with Russ Pengelly.
Woodbury: Alan Doble, Rhys Perry (Will Bennett 75) Luke Kelsall, Russell Pengelly, Charlie Page, Declan Bourne, Ryan Smith (Josh Cuthbert 70), Paul Rowsell (Andy Bennett 60), Richie Ralph, Wayne Rowsell, Alex Hughes.