Bradford’s late goal sees Woodbury Reserves finish runners-up in Fresha League Division Seven
PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:01 22 May 2013
Winkleigh Reserves 2, Woodbury Reserves 2
Woodbury held their nerve to score a late equaliser to ensure they finished the season as Fresha League Division Seven runners-up.
The Woods made a sluggish start and took some time until finding their usual rhythm which has brought much success on the road this season.
The home team’s direct approach paid dividends for them and an unmarked striker slipped the ball past Al Doble in the Woodbury goal to give them the lead.
The response was good and a Luke Bradford cross was met by Jonny Killick who hit a sweet left foot volley into the corner of the net.
Woodbury boss Neil Sellick rung the changes at half-time introducing Wayne Gooding and David Vickery. The changes worked and the side made a superb start to the second half.
However, against the run of play the home team struck to regain the lead.
Woods keeper Doble, clearly troubled by an injury that he was bravely trying to beat to play the game, was forced off and striker Alex Hughes took over between the posts.
News filtered through that third place Sidbury were beating champions-elect Alphington 2-1 and so an equaliser was vital if Woodbury were not to have second place snatched from them at the death.
With 10 minutes remaining Bradford, who had a fine game throughout and deservedly picked up the Man of the Match award, managed to find space in the 18-yard box before angling a shot across the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net to sent the large travelling Woodbury support into frenzied celebration.
Team: Doble (Harris ‘75), Bishop (Gooding ‘45), Sellick, Davis, Tidmarsh, Bradford, Killick, Cuthbert (Vickery ‘45), Wicks, Hughes, Rayson
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