Saturday 8 October 2011
VALE OF WHITE HORSE v WOKING
At Oxford Brookes University (Harcourt Hill Campus)
Both teams were troubled by the very blustery conditions but managed to play good football by getting the ball on the ground and playing with pace and both trying to play a quick passing game.
The early exchanges were even but neither keeper was called into action.
In the 8th minute Wallace released Masters wide on the right and the latter crossed for Webb to score from 8 metres with the visiting defenders on the back foot.
Woking attacked using Peter Arnold as the main thrust but his pace was matched by both Blackwell and Allum.
Crowther had to make a brilliant save after 12 minutes but conceded a corner in the process. From the resultant corner Brinkley sliced the viciously swerving wind assisted corner into his own goal giving Crowther no chance. Masters and Webb were causing great problems down the flanks but despite several crosses being played into dangerous areas they all eluded Ormrod or supporting midfield players Sykes, Sewell, Wallace or Farmer.
However in the 23rd minute of the half Wallace linked with Masters and after an exchange of passes, Wallace finished off the move with a gloriously headed effort by getting between the two central Woking defenders.
Two minutes later Brinkley passed the ball out of defence to Wallace who in turn found Farmer and his pass out to Masters was measured so that Masters got to the goal line. His cross was pulled back to Ormrod who laid the ball off to Webb and his drive gave Barnard in the away goal no chance.
HALF – TIME: VALE OF WHITE HORSE 3 WOKING 1
Brinkley, Blackwell, Allum and Woodall had been very secure at the back throughout the first half and they continued to play well individually and as a unit in the second period.
Allum surged out of defence in the 8th minute and linked with Chedzey and Farmer whose rasping shot grazed the bar.
The VALE played some very composed football butWokingfailed to penetrate despite playing some very good interpassing football themselves.
In the 24th minute Chedzey was bundled off the ball about 5 metres outside the penalty area and Sewell’s free kick was brilliantly headed clear off the line by Howieson.
Minutes later Masters found himself on the left, cut in and hit a goalbound shot only for Barnard to bring off a brilliant flying save.
From the resultant corner from Masters, Barnard was beaten by the flighted kick and Sykes nipped in to head home from close range with the home defenders absent.
The VALE’s midfield players Standbridge, Farmer, Sewell and Sykes had dominated the second half not only with their industry but with their play.
FULLTIME: VALE OF WHITE HORSE 4 WOKING 1
Vale Squad: Matthew CROWTHER; Joe BLACKWELL; Sam BRINKLEY; Ted CHEDZEY; Jake FARMER; Dominic ALLUM; Jamie MASTERS; James ORMROD; Jack SEWELL; Jamie STANDBRIDGE; Calum SYKES; Daniel WALLACE; Dylan WOODALL; ScottWEBB.
VALE v OxfordCity (Friendly)
Saturday 15 October
Kick – off:10.30 a.m.
At: CheneySchool, Oxford