After picking up a credible point at Aldermaston in midweek, Woodley were well beaten by a very good Penn side on a windy September afternoon.
United actually started the better of the two teams, moving the ball around well and putting a couple of dangerous crosses into the away side’s box. However, as has been the case recently, there was no one on the end of the deliveries.
Ten minutes in saw the visitors gain a foothold on the game and, to be truthful, the last ten minutes aside they outclassed Woodley in all areas of the pitch. The first shot of the match fell to Penn’s Ollie Saunders. His low drive from the left of the box beat Adam Thomson but cannoned back off the right post.
More action in Thomson’s box followed. Dean Munday was left unchecked to head wide a left wing corner whilst Rashid Hamid went very close from a free kick.
A goal was coming and it came on twenty four minutes when a Tom Fifield free kick on the left found Munday at the back post. Bringing the ball under control, the centre back fired past Thomson.
It took till the half hour for United to register their first shot. Toby Briggs’ shot from outside the box was comfortably saved.
After Dean Allen was denied by Thomson, the away side doubled their lead on thirty six minutes with a coolly taken goal. Gaining the ball in the box, James Hancock turned his man and placed into the left corner.
Hamid was the best player on the pitch, running the game in the centre of the park. A couple of stepovers freed up space for a shot that was kept out by Thomson.
A difficult half for the home team ended with a Briggs effort from the left deflecting into the side netting.
HT Woodley United 0-2 Penn & Tylers Green
Penn carried on the pressure as soon as the second period began when Fred Tripp headed a cross wide from close range. It was 3-0 moments later when Hancock got his second after a good run.
Just past the hour, Woodley made a double change when Ben Anderson and Max Laschok replaced Briggs and Harry Swabey.
Ninety seconds after the substitutions, Teddy Thomas fired a half volley wide before United came desperately close to getting back into the game when Laschok rolled in Anderson on the right of the box. Keeping his shot low, Anderson beat Sam Butcher but saw his shot come back off the post.
Penn increased their lead further on sixty eight and seventy three minutes when Fifield and Tripp got their names on the scoresheet with well taken finishes. Fifield curled into the right corner from the edge of the box whilst Tripp latched onto a long ball and lobbed over Thomson.
The rout was completed with fifteen to go when Allen rounded Thomson and rolled into an empty net.
Just when you thought the afternoon couldn’t get any worse, captain Luke Axton-Hall was sin-binned for the hosts. However, a minute later it was ten aside when Ethan Holland joined him.
The final ten minutes saw by far and away United’s best spell. Freddie Barron shot over from a free kick before a Laschok effort on the turn was saved.
A really good passing move involving Laschok, Barron, Joe Sissons and Sam Wood on the right of the pitch ended with Laschok hitting the side netting after a Sissons through ball.
The game ended with a Sissons drive headed clear a few yards from goal after a Thomas corner whilst Saunders missed to the right at the other end.
FT Woodley United 0-6 Penn & Tylers Green