Woolley played their first home game on Saturday since 12th November. The visitors this week were local rivals Rowsley 86 Reserves.
The visitors took the lead 20 minutes in when the referee awarded a dubious corner kick, the initial headed clearance fell to the feet of a Rowsley player on the edge of the box who fired his shot through a crowd of players and in to the bottom left corner. Ten minutes later the Moor Men were back on level terms when Tom Norris
was barged over in the box leaving Brett Turner
to dispatch the penalty but soon after the re start the man in the middle dropped another clanger as he then awarded the visitors a penalty kick after the Rowsley striker fell over. Wajs who is still deputising for the injured Dave Allen
couldn’t stop the spot kick and the visitors regained the lead. After a poor start to the game Woolley got the upper hand as the half wore on and Adam Norris
could have got Woolley’s second when a volleyed opportunity came his way 12 yards out but the pacey striker put his shot over the bar. A defensive mess up lead to Rowsley’s third goal when a quick free kick on the edge of the box was intercepted by the on rushing midfielder and slotted past Wajs in the Woolley goal. This error on the stroke of half time left the hosts with a mountain to climb in the second half as the teams went in to the interval with the score at 3-1.
Within 5 minutes of the restart the hosts had the ball in the back of the net when Adam Norris
headed home a Luke Strong
cross but it was ruled out for offside even though the Rowsley defender was goal side of Norris. The Moor Men dominated possession in the second half creating chance after chance but there seemed to be no way past the visitors defence. On the 75th minute it was Adam Norris
again who came close to pulling one back but his back post header was cleared off the line with the keeper languishing on the ground. Following this a mad 5 minutes ensued where some shocking defending on Woolley’s part allowed Rowsley to add a further three goals on the counter sealing the victory for the visitors. The Moor Men did grab a consolation goal late on when Gaz Lewin’s thunder bolt from well outside the box left the Rowsley keeper with no chance but it was too little too late and this second defeat of the new year leaves Woolley sliding down the Division 1 table.
Wajs, Coward, Skelding, Lawrie, Taylor, Strong, Hardy, T Norris, Sob
, Turner, A Norris, Burrell, Gill, Lewin