Fairchild lauds 'fantastic' Woodley Town after Senior Cup scalpBy Lewis Rudd
January 16, 2013
Cyril Fairchild hailed his Woodley Town side as “fantastic” after the club recorded its first win since October with the Reading Senior Cup scalp of Hellenic Premier Division side Newbury on Saturday.
Sam Cripps and Nick Edwards were both on target for Town during the 3-1 win over the managerless West Berkshire outfit, with an own goal completing the scoring at East Park Farm as Woodley set up a trip to another Premier Division side, Wokingham & Emmbrook, in round three.
Newbury, who parted with manager David Tuttle just days before the fixture, had levelled the scores when Bradley Shaw capitalised on a mistake by defender Victor Sesay midway through the first half.
Despite the setback, Fairchild was convinced there would be only one winner.
He said: “It was a fantastic win for us. We haven’t played for such a long time over the Christmas period because so many games were called off and all you want to do is start to play again.
“You could tell it was getting to the boys and they were desperate to get out there.
"Considering Newbury are in the Premier Division we were the underdogs, and looking at their team sheet, I was told they had lost a couple of players, but I still thought ‘oh god, they have still got a good squad’.
“But this was a cup game so I thought go for it and the boys were up for it right from the word go.
“For all our hard work it should not have been 1-1 at half-time.
“I didn’t have to say much to them because they were playing so well, and I knew if we continued to play in the same manner we would win this game.
“We kept our shape and we kept at it until the end and never buckled under the pressure. But fair play to Newbury, they said we played them off the park and I can't disagree with them.”
Fairchild is now hoping his side can take the confidence picked up from the victory into their Hellenic Division 1 East campaign, which has seen Town fail to play a fixture since the 3-3 draw against Chinnor on November 10.
During this time, Woodley had competed in just two cup fixtures before Saturday’s victory.
Their absence in the league has also resulted in the club falling from fourth to 12th in the current standings, although they do have as many as five games in hand on those teams around them.
Woodley returned to Division 1 East action in some style last night, following up Saturday's victory with a 3-1 success at Thatcham Town Res, with Cripp, Edwards and Billy Gordon all on target for the visitors.
The side will now be looking to record three wins in as many games when they welcome Easington Sports to East Park Farm on Saturday (2pm).
And with a backlog of games to contest between now and April, Fairchild has added Thatcham Town and former Reading Academy attacker Rorie Palmer to his ranks, as he believes a club needs at least 24 players to compete in this division.
Palmer made his debut for the club as a second-half substitute at his his former employers.
“It will be a tough game on Saturday,” said Fairchild.
“Division 1 East is a competitive league and those teams coming down from the senior league who think they are going to walk the league soon realise it is a different ball game.
“You cannot compete with a squad of 14 or 15 and I have around 24 players in my squad, because you are going to get players who are injured, suspended or leave.
“Overall it has been disappointing this year because there are so many games that have not yet been played, so I imagine it will work out we will have to play Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, but we will be prepared for that.”