Woodley Town 3 Newbury 1By Mark Rozzier
January 16, 2013
Woodley Town 3
SAM CRIPPS and Nick Edwards were both on target as Woodley Town saw off the challenge of managerless Hellenic Premier Division outfit Newbury and set up a trip to Wokingham & Emmbrook in round three of the Reading Senior Cup.
An own goal completed the scoring for the hosts, who went on to secure their first win since October, although the fixture was only the club’s second since a 2-2 draw at Thatcham Town Res on December 1.
A reshuffled Town began the tie brightly, and following a spell of pressure saw winger Karl Simms denied a shot at goal by a last-ditch tackle in the eighth minute.
The winger was set up for the chance following some good work between Edwards, Dan Faherty and Billy Gordon.
Matt Godwin then forced Newbury keeper Shaun Coker into a save when he was set up by Edwards, with the shot-stopper turning the ball away for a corner after the striker made himself space with a clever turn.
From the resulting corner, however, came the opening goal.
Simms found Jordan Tallett with his centre who, in turn, guided the ball into the path of Cripps, and the centre -forward made no mistake when finding the roof of the net from close range in the 14th minute.
Newbury, who sacked manager David Tuttle last week, gradually got themselves back into the game and were only denied an equaliser by a fine stop from Ashley East in the Woodley goal.
East, though, was beaten in the 35th minute.
Having outpaced the hosts defence, young striker Bradley Shaw ran on to nip the ball past the No.1 and bring the scores level.
Shaw then went close to doubling his tally for the afternoon minutes later, but dragged his shot wide, while striker partner Kalif Madden hit the side netting as the visitors were unable to turn their momentum into further goals before half-time.
Both sides were stretched during an open start to the second half with Cripps firing wide for Woodley.
Town, enjoying the better chances, were given the chance to regain the lead from the penalty spot when Godwin was brought down.
Skipper Edwards stepped up and sent the ball beyond Coker from 12 yards.
An increasingly physical Newbury side saw their frustrations punished in the 65th minute when pressure from Warren Baxter forced Barry Elmore to turn the ball into his own net as Town smelt a cup scalp.
Now having to throw men forward in an effort to chase the game, the visitors almost conceded a fourth goal when caught on the counter attack.
Having exploited the gaps in the Newbury defence, the pace of substitute Louis Howell saw him one-on-one with Coker, however, the replacement was unable to get the better of the keeper, who saved well.
The Premier Division side continued to throw bodies forward in an effort to get back into the contest, but they were thwarted in their attempts to break down a resolute Woodley side, who held on to set up a visit to Larges Lane in the next round.
Woodley Town: East, Sesay (Donegan), Cooper (Clark), Edwards, Tallett, Baxter, Faherty, Gordon, Cripps (Howell) Godwin, Simms.