Woodbury's wonderful season continues

PUBLISHED: 13:19 20 January 2011

East Budleigh (blue shirts) hosted Honiton on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 0298-03-11SH.

East Budleigh (blue shirts) hosted Honiton on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 0298-03-11SH.

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Woodbury's magnificent season continued as they booked an East Devon Area, Devon Intermediate Cup Final after a splendid victory over fellow Devon and Exeter league Division Five side Sampford Peverell.

It was a case of second time lucky this week as Woodbury managed to get

their Devon Intermediate cup semi final played at the Archery Club on Saturday.

The Wooders opponents Sampford Peverell are the only team to have beaten

Woodbury all season four and a half months ago, so this represented an excellent opportunity for the Woods to settle a score!

Conditions where blustery but the Archery Club pitch showed no real signs of the wet weather that had gripped the area in the previous week.

Woodbury had lost a few players through various reasons but Manager Adam Reid was aware of the strength of his squad. Woodbury fired the quickest and found themselves ahead after 6 Minutes.

Kev Pitt picked the pocket of the visiting centre back and unleashed an early rocket like strike that crashed in off the Keepers left hand post to give Woodbury an early advantage.

The visitors were well and truly in the game and using the conditions to their advantage. On a quarter of an hour a well crafted move by the visitors resulted in a good cross which was met 5 yards out by the striker who couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw Woods glovesman Brad Evans get across and somehow tip the ball over the bar. It was, quite simply, a brilliant reaction save.

From the resulting corner a powerful header drew another smart save from Evans and a minute later a gilt edged chance fell to the visitors but the shot was drilled wide of the mark. On 20 minutes, Woodbury doubled their advantage. A free kick 20-yards out was struck perfectly by Alex Hughes and it whistled into the left hand

side of the net. Woodbury, buoyed by their two goal advantage, now increased the tempo looking to kill the game off. Kev Pitt was unable to angle a header towards goal after a good cross from Rhys Perry and then, in the 34th minute, Hughes and Pitt combined well prior to Pitt drawing a good save from his headed effort.

Just two minutes before the break, Will Bennett was just inches wide of the mark with his powerful headers but there was still time for the visitors to strike at the ideal time, Andy Lane getting himself ahead of a defender and firing home to send the teams into the break with just the one goal, between them.

The Second half kicked off with Woodbury able to enjoy the considerable benefit of the conditions. Ten minutes in the Woods looked set to restore their two goal advantage but, with the net about to be struck, the match official blew for an infringement.

The Mid Devon side’s use of the long-ball game became ineffective in the strong wind and, as a result, the Woods defence began to take near total control in the hosts final third of the pitch.

At the other end, Hughes flashed a shot just wide and then, with twenty minutes remaining, Woodbury had no fewer than four efforts, in quick succession, all blocked by some determined defending. Hughes and debutant Elstub then combined on a left side raid but were marshalled away from goal.

Then the Woods sent Dave Vickery on to provide fresh legs and he was soon joined by Matt Tidmarsh as Woodbury looked to close out the game.

In the last minute of stoppage time there was a moment of real alarm for the Woods when the visiting striker clearly did not realise just how much time he had in front of goal and so the ball was blazed high and wide of the goal. That proved to be the final action and it was the Woodbury side celebrating at the end of the game, with their place in the West Area final confirmed.

Keeper Brad Evans was named Man of the Match for the two stunning first half saves at such a crucial time of the game. Special Mention must also be made of the contribution from the front pairing of Alex Hughes and Kevin Pitt who took their goals brilliantly and put huge shifts into the contest whilst Rhys Perry was another to emerge as one of the games stand-out players.

A clearly delighted, and very proud, Woodbury Boss, Adam Reid said: “I am so pleased. We got out of the game what we absolutely deserved. Given the recent lack of action there were some seriously important shifts put in and that fabulous work-rate, coupled with the players who were missing, leaves me very proud of each and every one of them. It goes to show the genuine strength we have in this particular squad at the club.”

Woodbury will discover who they face in the East Area Final this coming weekend when Farway and Exmouth Town Reserves meet.

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