First Team See Off Woodley
Super Freds Prove Too Strong
Wantage welcomed fellow league newcomers Woodley United on Tuesday. Woodley, under new management recorded only their second league win of the season against Ascot on Saturday and started the game on the front foot, pinning Wantage back down the slope and probing without really creating too many opportunities.
Wantage opened the scoring on 9 minutes, Mark Flanagan, moved forward from Left Back to Left Midfield, cut inside on his right and clipped a glorious 40 yard pass to spring Jack Dunmall. Dunmall, with a touch out of his feet, finished in to the far corner giving the keeper no chance. Woodley were still getting some joy going long and surrounding the 2nd ball, Curtis Meare having to be alert to sweep up on a couple of occasions.
Wantage doubled the lead on 21 minutes, a whipped corner from Ryan Markham was headed towards goal, cleared on the line, Brad Cox had another go, again cleared on the line before it fell back to Cox who finished off the post. A classic case of pinball.
The match settled down with both teams trying to play football, but looking most dangerous going long. The half time whistle was blown to end a decent half of football from both teams.
Wantage made a change early in the 2nd half, Dan Sadler replacing home debutant Jack Heap which lead to Wantage’s third. Some good work down the right hand side between Dan Comer, Sadler, and Dunmall lead to the ball looping into the box. Steve Robertson let the ball come across his body onto his favoured left foot, before drilling the ball into the bottom corner, 3-0 and game over.
Woodley were still working hard to their credit and pressing Wantage into making some poor passes and errors. Robertson had a glorious opportunity to make it 4 after the move of the game, a ball was cleared by Woodley and met by Chris Jackson. Half volley, inside of the left foot over the full back for Flanagan to reach before the by-line was fired into Robertson 6 yards out; instant control meant a certain goal but the Woodley keeper stayed big and made an excellent save.
Robertson did get his 2nd and Wantage’s 4th. Chasing down the centre half, forcing him to pass back to the keeper, a heavy touch by the keeper meant Robertson could nip in and finish in an open goal. With 10 minutes remaining youngster Dec O’Hanlon was given some minutes and the game petered out somewhat. Woodley creating some half chances before the end.
Another positive result for Wantage, another clean sheet. The Woodley side performed well but Wantage created and took their chances well.
Onto Bracknell Town at the weekend, a real test of Wantage’s promotion aspirations.
Wantage: Curtis Meare, Dan Comer, Paul Alder (Mark Threlfall 68), Ryan Markham (Dec O’Hanlon 85), Chris Jackson, Brad Cox, Jack Heap (Dan Sadler 48), Jim Glover, Steve Robertson, Jack Dunmall, Mark Flanagan. Sub n/u: Joe Wood