Hunt nets twice then gets injured as Woods win well at Okehampton

PUBLISHED: 09:49 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:49 02 April 2013

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Okehampton Reserves 1, Woodbury 3

Woodbury made sure it was a happy Easter for all at the club as they made it two wins from two over the holiday weekend with a fine all-round performance.

The blustery conditions made the open exchanges a little messy, but Woodbury had the benefit of the strong wind.

It was the hosts who opened the scoring on 18 minutes when the Woods failed to deal with a ball over the top and a central midfielder ran through to slot past Wayne Rowsell.

The Woods reaction was good. Alex Hughes smacked a couple of shots wide before keeper Rowsell went close with a wind-assisted goal kick that was not far away from the home net!

Woodbury’s leveller arrived from an unusual source with right back Steve Hunt the scorer after a neat inter change with Ryan Smith.

On the half hour Woodbury took the lead. Hunt claimed possession from a home attacker and carried the ball forward to the edge of the area where he drive the ball across the area only for it to sail over the keeper and into the net!

Hunt was replaced at the break, the full back, seeking a rare hat-trick, picked up an ankle injury and was replaced by Charlie Page.

After the break Woodbury were the stronger of the teams. Alfie Cleave and Richie Ralph bossed the middle third whilst Russell Pengelly was the organiser in chief across the back line with the ever-reliable Will Bennett alongside him.

Hughes saw a shot cannon back off the bar before Craig Leaman and Ryan Smith combined prior to Leaman going close.

With 20 minutes remaining Woodbury made sure of the points when Declan Bourne rolled the ball through to Hughes for him to slot home.

That led to changes from the bench with Michael Simpson and Kev Pitt taking over from Craig Leaman and Rhys Perry.

Pitt was lively straight away and, within five minutes of his introduction had the ball in the net only for it to be ruled out for an off-side.

Woodbury boss Adam Reid said: “Once again the players have got the attitude part dead right. They all worked hard and it was so pleasing to see how the players react to spending time on the bench which is something they all have to do as we freshen things up to make sure we get the end result we all want. I am conscious of the need to rotate to stave off injuries and, with big games on the horizon; I need all the bodies we can muster”

In terms of the Man of the Match there were a number of candidates. Leaman worked hard, Cleave, slow to get into the game, finished it very well and Pengelly was outstanding at the back.

The first half shift from right back Steve Hunt also caught the eye, but the award went to Richie Ralph for his energetic contribution.

Woodbury make the short trip to Exmouth Amateurs on Saturday.

Woodbury team: Wayne Rowsell, Will Bennett, Russell Pengelly, Steve Hunt, (Charlie Page 45) Rhys Perry (Michael Simpson 70), Declan Bourne, Ryan Smith, Alfie Cleave, Richie Ralph, Craig Leaman (Kev Pitt 70), Alex Hughes.

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