Wood show too much Respect
Wood 1 Taunton 2 - report by Harry Ash - pictures by Brian Rossiter
and Harry was far kinder to the Ref than i would have been!
Taunton opened the scoring on seven minutes, Brett tapping in at the far post after Powell’s deflected shot. Shortwood’s best moment of the half was a well-saved Adam Price fee kick with 34 minutes gone. The away side were awarded a penalty with 37 minutes played when Meredith clattered into Staley just inside the box. However, Powell was denied as Pickering dived low to his right to repel the spot kick. Matt Wright should have added a second with three minutes of the half to play, but he headed over from six yards having been found by a Staley cross. Powell almost scored a brilliant goal on the stroke of half time, but his volley from the edge of the box was deflected just wide. Pugh headed wide at the far post from the resulting corner.
Taunton eventually doubled their lead on 48 minutes; Wright looked to have fouled Pickering as a cross was played in, but a free kick was not given, and Mitchell was there for another far post tap-in. With just over an hour played, Levi Cox was put through on goal by Kibble, but the striker was taken down by Taunton ‘keeper Irish outside the box. A yellow card was issued, with Irish perhaps escaping more severe punishment because it was not deemed a cynical foul. Shortwood halved the deficit with twenty minutes remaining; Cox was found by Harlie Price, and the striker was pushed by Villis in the penalty area. The Taunton player was sent off, and Cox converted the penalty. A late period of Shortwood pressure ultimately came to nothing, as Taunton held on to the three points.
“We gave them too much respect in the first half,” said Shortwood manager Paul Meredith. “We stood off them and didn't ask any questions. In the second half we changed it and we were much better. We can count ourselves unlucky not to get something from the game.”
MOTM: Levi Cox
Team: Pickering, Preece (Ockwell 70), Prictor, Meredith R, Thwaite, Kibble (Freeman 66), Price A, Singh (Marks 61), Morris, Price H, Cox