Rayson rules the roost as Woodbury climb the table

PUBLISHED: 17:04 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 10 June 2010

WOODBURY made the most of a rare home game and put three Senior Four points on the board with a 4-2 win over Newtown. Mike Rayson was the star of the show with a magnificent hat-trick and player boss Ian Locke was also on the score sheet.

WOODBURY made the most of a rare home game and put three Senior Four points on the board with a 4-2 win over Newtown.

Mike Rayson was the star of the show with a magnificent hat-trick and player boss Ian Locke was also on the score sheet.

The game against the Exeter side started so well for the hosts as, thanks to a Rayson brace, they held an early advantage but the visitors had pegged them back by the break with the sides going in all square at 2-2.

Locke planted a firm header into the Newtown net to restore his side's lead and that man Rayson finished off the scoring by completing his treble.

John Bennett said: "It was a very good all round show and, although we have had precious little football over the past few weeks with the inclement weather, it shows that the weekly training sessions can be so advantageous for I thought the side's levels of fitness were there for all to see. Mike (Rayson), was superb and is probably the man of the match but there were many who ran him close in what was a cracking, all round effort."

The villagers are up to 7th in a Division where only one side has lost fewer than two games and so the New Year heralds real optimism for Ian Locke's side.

They can further strengthen their bid for lofty status with another three points on Saturday when they travel into Exeter for a swift return meeting with Newtown (2.15).

Having won just once on their travels to date this term, Locke will be hoping that his side can bank the points in Exeter.


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