Fox in the Box bags treble from the Bench
Callum Fox-Spence grabs 2nd half hattrick as Breeney inspired B team open season in style
Season 2015-16 couldn't have started better for Woodleys new look B squad. With players returning from seasons past and some new additions including John Mailer, last seasons A team player manager expectations were high.
Woodley got off to the best start possible when good work from Mailer played the ball into the feet of Jake Brown who laid the ball smartly inside to Ben Mowbray. Mowbray then flicked the ball onto Brown again who cut it back for the onrushing Mailer, who was caught by the County defender as he was about to pull the trigger. Mailer dusted himself down and slotted home the penalty to give Woodley a 3rd minute lead.
Despite Woodley having the better of the play in the first half they didn't have it all there own way and i took a smart save from Pete Davies from a stinging shot from the County right to keep it level. However Woodley didn't have to long to wait to extend the lead and after Mailer had pulled a shot wide on 17 minutes it was clear that they were the hungrier of the two sides. Just 2 minutes later it was 2-0 with Mowbray chasing down a monster header from Man of the Match John Breeney beating the keeper to the ball and touching home from 7 or 8 yards.
After this the game became stop start as the ref began to pull up a number of fouls with players from both teams needing to learn to keep there hands done when challenging for headers. They first half drew to a close with mostly Woodley on top and County resorting to long balls into the channels which Breeney, Davies and Co dealt with conformable.
Woodley started the second half positively and had a number of shots from distance without really troubling the score line as Brown, Mailer, Darren West and Jamie Cole all went close. However, once Callum Fox-Spence was introduced he stole the show. On 72 minutes Mailer delivered a freekick to the edge of the 6 yeard box and Fox-Spence popped up to touch home and make it 3-0. Just 5 minutes later he had made it 4-0 to Woodley as he picked a loose ball up in his own half broke through ran into the box and had his first shot saved by the keeper but kept a cool head to touch home the rebound from close in. ON 82 minutes the 10 minute hattrick was complete as after winning the corner when the keeper saved his one on one Fox-Spence then headed home Mailers ball to the farstick for 5-0.
Woodley continued to press and could have had more with Brown pulling a save out of the County Keeper and Mailer hitting the bar from a 30 yard freekick. Fox-Spence also almost added to his tally with an over head kick from 12 yards that went over the bar.
On a rare attack into the Woodley half in the last couple of minutes County got themselves a goal as Harry Turner challenged for the ball on the edge of the area and the ref, after a long delay, decided that the County player who took a tumble had been fouled in the area and awarded a spot kick. Despite the penalty being converted, Woodleys good mood could not be spoiled and the game finished 5-1. Even a clash of heads which resulted in a couple of stitches couldn't dampen Fox-Spences mood.
Next week the B Team visit Sonning Sports and will be looking to build on the performance to give themselves a solid foundation to set there season on.
Davies, Ronan(Barker), Carter, Turner(Leach), Breeney, O'Keeffe, Mailer (c), West, Brown, Mowbray(Fox-Spence), Cole(Oxlade)