Woodbury lead three times before being beaten in opener.
PUBLISHED: 14:49 30 August 2011
Woodbury’s first team kicked off their Fresha League, Division Five season with a home meeting with Heavitree United 3rds.
The Exeter side had finished the previous term strongly and actually finished above the Woods in the final table.
Heavitree started the game well and, following a defensive mix-up, smacked the ball against the Woods upright.
With the visitors playing three up front, Woods coach Dave Mills tweaked things to reorganise the back line to cope with the threat.
After playing second fiddle for the first fifteen minutes the Woods began to grow in confidence and it was they who scored first just before the half hour.
Sam Steer marked his debut with a neat piece of work that saw him get away from his marker to set up fellow debutant Liam Cook, to find the back of the net from twelve yards.
Just two minutes of the half remained when the visitors levelled with a superb set-piece free kick and the side went into the half-time break locked at 1-1.
Woodbury resumed on the front foot and, just before the hour mark, took the lead for the second time when another of the day’s debutants, Lee Irving, rattled in a 40-yard shot.
Back came the Exeter side and, aided by some slack marking, they levelled for the second time.
Undaunted, Woodbury got straight back at the visitors and took a 3-2 lead. A wonderful mazy run and cross from Sam Mortimer found Sam Elstub who tucked the ball away. However, the opening game was not destined for a happy finish for Woods followers for, with ten minutes from time the visitors were level for the third time and two goals in the final six minutes gave them the pints and a 5-3 victory.
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