Hughes a jolly good fellow as woods go top

PUBLISHED: 09:04 24 November 2010

Action between East Budleigh and Tipton on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 2774-40-10SH

Action between East Budleigh and Tipton on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 2774-40-10SH

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Alex Hughes struck a four goal haul to take Woodbury to the top of the Division Five table with a seven goal super show against Broadclyst.

Woodbury travelled to their new temporary home of the Archery club on Saturday to face Broadclyst in this Division 5 clash.

Woodbury where soon out of the blocks buoyed by the fact that due to some of the postponements in the league earlier that morning they knew a Woodbury win would move them a point clear at the top of the Division.

Rich Hill wriggled through a packed penalty area on three minutes and forced a tidy save from the Keeper. A couple of minutes later a strong run down the right by Brett Gloyn

resulted in him pulling a tidy ball back which was cleared by the defence at the expense of a corner. The resulting corner was struck with accuracy by Jonny Killick and met by Gloyn who was unlucky not to score.

A minute later Broadclyst created their first chance. Woodbury committed two defenders to the same ball and the Broadclyst striker went clean through, Brad Evans stood strong and pulled off a fine save to his left.

On seven minutes Woodbury opened their account for the afternoon. Alex Hughes got clear on the right and pulled it back to Richard Hill who accurately steered the ball into the net from ten yards.

On the quarter hour mark Alex Hughes was put through by the lively Gloyn but Woodburys Striker was thwarted when the Broadclyst stopper saved at his feet.

Kev Pitt was determined to get into goal action and did well to get past the defence and Goalkeeper but his goalbound shot was cleared off the line by the visiting defender.

Half way through the first period Jonny Killick was guilty of upending the Broadclyst forward and the Referee had no alternative than to point to the spot.

Brad Evans in the Woodbury goal chose the right way and somehow got a strong hand to the ball which was rocketing towards the top corner, he deflecting it onto the bar and away for a corner. If it had been by a premier league keeper it would have been called a world class save.

Broadclyst where stunned and they even complemented the Woodbury Keeper

themselves.

Woodbury then went onto the offensive and had good efforts by Hill,

Hughes and Pitt beat out by the Keeper who was keeping Broadclyst in the

game.

The game was 41 minutes old when Woodbury doubled their advantage. A free kick taken deep within the Woodbury half beat everyone except Hughes. He ran onto it and with two touches rifled past the Keeper who could do nothing about the accurate finish.

Half time came and Manager Adam Reid demanded that Woodbury play with a better shape and more intensity. The Wooders duly obeyed and put Broadclyst to the sword in a dynamic second half.

The second period was only three minutes old when a brilliant corner from Liam Harris was met with a powerful Will Bennett header that flew into the roof of the neck.

With the half ten minutes old Woodbury made it 4-0. Hughes skipped around the defence and passed the Broadclyst Glovesman with a clever finish.

On the hour mark Hughes got his hat trick after Jonny Killick got free and released the Woodbury striked to finish neatly to make it five.

Woodbury made their first substitute at that point replacing skipper Chris Govier who had disclocated his shoulder the night before and played through the pain barrier, Dan Godfrey was his replacement.

Richard Hill went close moments later but he fired into the side netting with his new boots.

With 20 minutes left on the clock Dave Allen and Neil Mills came on for Kev Pitt and Rhys Perry.

With 10 left good football from Woodbury in the middle resulted in Gloyn hitting a powerful shot just over.

Alex Hughes turned provider for Woodburys sixth with a great cross that Brett Gloyn headed home. With two minutes left Hughes got Woodburys seventh when he stormed in. In the dying seconds Dave Allen was desperately unlucky when he lobbed

the Keeper which went inches wide.

Boss Adam Reid said: “It’s a huge fillet going top of the table. This team has certainly evolved in the last two and a half matches when the confidence has risen as we have been able to field a settled side. We have some tough games coming up but, if we can continue this new look attitude and playing ethic, then I am sure we will cope with whatever is thrown our way.”

Alex Hughes was awarded the man of the Match award whilst he was run mighty close for the honour by Liam Harris, Brett Gloyn and Brad Evans.

Next up for the villagers is a return to the Archery Club pitch for Saturday’s meeting with Alphington (2.15pm).

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