Woodbury in seventh heaven as prompotion bid gathers pace

PUBLISHED: 11:09 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:09 18 April 2013

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Bampton 1, Woodbury 2

On a surface that was not conducive to free-flowing football the Woods dug deep to adopt a more direct approach that ultimately paid dividends as they banked three more precious points in their bid for promotion.

Woodbury scored first when a 40-yard free-kick by Rhys Perry was touched past own keeper by a Bampton player.

The hosts responded well and levelled in the 15th minute with a header.

Woodbury’s reaction was a good one and the lead was regained on the half hour when a Russ Pengelly defensive tackle led to the ball being moved swiftly forward Declan Bourne slotted the ball past the keeper.

Will Bennett powered a header from a corner home only for it to be ruled out but the referee.

The main talking point from the contest came next! When a Bampton player went down with a leg injury the hosts stopped and asked for the ball to be kicked out. However, the referee did not stop play and the ball ended up in the back of the home net courtesy of Bourne. The match official awarded the ‘goal’, but Woodbury sportingly agreed that the goal should not stand.

Frustrations then grew and both Alfie Cleave and Craig Leaman entered the Referee’s book shortly before half-time.

After the break the home team were quickly onto the front foot. They used the wide pitch to good effect whilst Woodbury countered this tactic by staying narrow and looking to contain the threat.

Any crosses that where put in where expertly dealt with by Paul Rowsell, Will Bennett and Russ Pengelly. Alfie Cleave and Steve Hunt where throwing themselves manfully in front of shots and Michael Simpson played the role of striker-cum-defender!

Full-backs Rhys Perry and Charlie Page were both very impressive and defended most effectively.

Woods glovesman Wayne Rowsell was equal to anything thrown his way. He tipped a couple of shots around his right hand post and his distribution was exceptional.

As the game wore on the home team seemed to run out of ideas of how to break the Woods down and the final whistle blew with the Woods able to celebrate three precious points.

Woodbury boss Adam Reid said: “ Selecting a Man of the Match was a near impossibility due to the great fortitude showed by all of the players, but Declan Bourne gets the nod for his complete contribution over 90 minutes. It was hard work against a very decent Bampton team who had beaten us 4-0 earlier in the season and that is a measure of how much we have improved as the season has gone on. Three players let me down in the morning and that was disappointing. It also meant we were unable to make changes so the 11 lads on duty really did put a shift in. I’m proud of them, it is as simple as that.”

Woodbury where also buoyed by the fact that promotion rivals Heavitree United drew with Okehampton and the Heavies have what looks a very difficult run in, including a trip to Woodbury next Wednesday (April 24).

Woodbury team: Wayne Rowsell, Charlie Page, Will Bennett, Russ Pengelly, Rhys Perry, Alfie Cleave, Steve Hunt, Paul Rowsell, Michael Simpson, Craig Leaman, Declan Bourne.

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