Woodbury and Colaton Raleigh share eight goals in cup final warm-up meeting
PUBLISHED: 14:53 16 May 2012
Woodbury and Colaton Raleigh, both looking for match time with cup finals looming, played out a thrilling 4-4 draw in a friendly encounter played at the Southern Road home of Exmouth Town.
Woodbury started well and raced into a two goal lead courtesy of Alex Hughes, with a large Dave Evans assist, and Kev Pitt, the latter netting after Raleigh failed to clear a Wayne Rowsell corner.
Colaton stormed back with a brace of goals inside ten minutes. That proved to be the end of the first half scoring with honours even at the break.
The second half was 25 minutes old before it burst into life. Colaton Raleigh’s Adrian Parr notched from short range to give his side a 3-2 advantage, but that was cancelled out five minutes later when a superb delivery from the left by Luke Kelsall allowed Kev Pitt to power home a header.
Raleigh finished the contest the stronger and Woodbury keeper Brad Evans made a superb double save to keep the scores level.
However, the in-form stopper had no chance on 85 minutes when Andy Bennett
was harshly alleged to have handled in the box and Colaton Raleigh edged into a 4-3 lead.
Fittingly, honours ended even as, in the closing minutes, Wayne Rowsell, gathering then ball with his back to goal some 30-yards out, turned and smashed a half-volley that nestled in the back of the net before the Raleigh keeper had completed his effort to keep it out!
Woodbury boss Adam Reid was delighted with his team’s performance. He said: “We showed real character to come back not once, but twice. Raleigh are a very accomplished side and have seen off Premier Division Budleigh Salterton this season in the cup and to get a draw against such a good side is a real decent achievement.”
Keeper Brad Evans won the Woodbury Man of the Match award whilst there were also excellent supporting performances from Luke Kelsall, Dave Evans, Kev Pitt and Wayne Rowsell.