Woodley Town FC 1 Newbury FC 1
April 01, 2012
Woodley stretched their unbeaten run to six games with a draw against title-chasing Newbury at East Park Farm in Hellenic Division 1 East.
It was typical end-of-season match and, while the game was exciting to watch, at times it lacked skill with the ball being played end to end very quickly in the second half.
The opening 20 minutes belonged to the visitors as Town struggled to get a hold of the contest, but for all their possession, Newbury couldn't breach a Town defence that coped admirably.
In fact, keeper Dan Smith had only one long-range effort from Jeff Kalejaye to contend with.
And Woodley's resiliance was rewarded when, from a rare Town break mid-way through the half, Howell displayed great skill to score one of the best goals at East Park Farm this season and make it 1-0 to Woodley.
The lively Howell nearly scored an identical goal two minutes later, only to see his shot pass Jason Peters’ left upright.
As the half came to a close the only other clear-cut chance was Karl Simms’ free-kick that Peters had to parry over his crossbar for a corner.
Newbury began the second half with great determination, and they were rewarded two minutes after the restart when Barry Elmore's low cross from the left found the unmarked Darren Jones eight yards out to drive home the equaliser.
Elmore went wide as Newbury continued to press, restricting Town to shots from distance from man-of-the-match Matt Godwin and Brett Rann.
With the game entering the final quarter of an hour it became frantic with referee Steve Conway having to keep a clear head as the challenges became heavier and Newbury appealed on several occasions for penalties that were waved away.
It was during one claim that Danny Isaiew and Newbury’s Danny Lachacz became involved in a tussle on the ground, resulting in both players being sent off five minutes from time.
It was Lachacz's second dismissal against Woodley this season.
With 10 men each, both teams sought the winner without testing either keeper and the points were shared at the final whistle.
Town enter Easter with a trip to Lambourn Sports on Saturday, who they have already lost twice to this season, and the final home match of the season to Maidenhead United Res on Easter Monday.
Woodley Town: Smith, Sesay, Cooper, Gordon, Tallett, Thomas (Cripps), Rann, Hughes (Isaiew), Godwin, Howell, Simms (Sawyer) Subs not used: Wheeler, S Fairchild.