Woodbury power into top three as promotion bid gathers momentum

PUBLISHED: 15:37 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:37 20 March 2013




Woodbury 3, Lords XI 1

Woodbury slipped into a Division Four promotion berth with a fine all-round performance on a sticky surface at the Archery Club, Woodbury Common.

The Woods were quickly into their stride and saw plenty of the ball. Visiting keeper Sam Page was the busier of the two glovesman, but it was the visitors who struck first, pouncing in indecision in the Woods back line.

Undaunted Woodbury, thanks to the prompting of Richie Ralph and Paul Rowsell, were soon back on the front foot.

It was Ralph who was involved in the equaliser when his angled pass to the edge of the edge of the area was met by Alex Hughes who rifled it home.

With Dec Bourne and Michael Simpson linking well on the left and Ryan Smith and Charlie page enjoying similar freedom on the opposite flank, Woods were in control, but no further goals were forthcoming and half time arrived with the game locked at 1-1.

Early in the second half Alex Hughes rattled the bar before a Woods change with Wayne Rowsell replaced by ‘super sub’ Andy Bennett.

The visitors broke and it needed a stunning save by Woods glovesman Al Doble to keep things all square.

Steve Hunt was summoned from the bench with Ryan Smith making way and Woods began to take control once more.

They bagged the lead when a Hughes corner was thumped home by sub Bennett, that his fifth goal from the last three games, all from the subs bench!

Woods went in search of a third to seal the points and it duly arrived when Hughes picked the ball out wide and delivered a superb pass into the six-yard box where Michael Simpson challenged and the ball went into the net off the legs of an unfortunate defender.

Thereafter Woodbury closed out the game in some comfort and their recent run has seen them bank 16 points out of a possible 18 as their promotion push gathers momentum.

Woodbury boss Alex Reid said: “We were well worth the three points. We did everything right and played the surface better than the opposition. They (Lords XI) are a decent outfit and their recent form was similar to ours. We remained calm despite being behind and have a built in belief at the moment that we will score goals with our style of football. Long may that continue.”

The Man of the Match award was given to Charlie Page who was so solid in the defence. Al Doble was close to the award, as was Declan Bourne.

Woodbury team: Alan Doble, Will Bennett, Russell Pengelly, Charlie Page, Michael Simpson, Declan Bourne, Ryan Smith (Steve Hunt 70), Paul Rowsell, Richie Ralph, Wayne Rowsell (Andy Bennett 60), Alex Hughes.

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