United still looking for first points of the season as Aldermaston pick up win
By Chris Burnett
Visitors do the league double over Woodley in the space of a week and a half
United’s difficult start to the season continued in front of a decent crowd on Saturday. Trailing by three goals ten minutes into the second half, Woodley pulled two back before a fine individual goal gave the visitors all three points.
Aldermaston started well, bossing the early stages. Tommy Elmore had the game’s first shot testing debutant Kavanagh Keadell in the home goal after wriggling free from a challenge.
The visitors opened the scoring on thirteen minutes when David Appleton headed a deep free kick into the right corner.
United’s first opportunity fell to Alex Freeth who had a shot from twenty yards blocked.
Midway through the half saw Keadell pull off a really good stop to keep out a Kalum Patrick shot from just inside the box before Anton Rodgers fired a free kick into the roof of the net on thirty minutes.
A frustrating half ended with Freddie Barron and Toby Briggs shooting over for the hosts.
HT Woodley United 0-2 AFC Aldermaston
Woodley made a change at half time with Teddy Thomas replacing Freeth. The home side also moved several players to different positions. Jon Malone joined captain Ben Clark and Briggs in the centre of the park. Chace Jewell moved from the wing to left back with Pele Hagger playing alongside Luke Titcomb in the centre of defence whilst Freddie Barron was pushed wide with him and Thomas either side of Kai Parton-Edey.
Five minutes into the half saw Keadell forced into another decent save, diving to his right to deny Elmore before Michael Porter got a third.
United got back into the game on fifty seven minutes when Kai Parton-Edey got his sixth of the season.
Just past the hour saw a really good save by Aldermaston keeper Ashley East to keep out a low strike by Clark destined for the left corner.
The visitors were looking to hit Woodley, who were throwing men forward, on the counter. Last man back Hagger did superbly to get a tackle in and stop a certain goal, whilst Elmore hit the right post from a half volley.
Woodley were creating more in the second half; a Jewell cross from the left was headed wide by Thomas before a fantastic goal by Parton-Edey set up a grand stand finish. Latching onto a perfectly weighted Barron through ball the United striker cut in from the left and fired a low shot into the right corner.
Between the Thomas chance and Parton-Edey's second, United made another change when Malone was replaced by Jamie Smith.
A final change was made on eighty minutes; Luke Axtall-Hall made his first appearance for the club, coming on for Briggs.
The away side sealed the win on eighty two minutes with a goal of the season contender. Picking up the ball on the half way line, Appleton showed tremendous pace to outrun several United players out on the left wing. Cutting in, he lofted over Keadell into the far corner.
With a couple of minutes left, East denied Parton-Edey a hat-trick when he kept out a well hit free kick.
FT Woodley United 2-4 AFC Aldermaston