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Woodstock Bow Out as Jeffrey Sees Red

A first defeat since the opening day of the season with a narrow and disappointing 2-1 loss to Milton United. Having dominated the first half against higher league opposition and spurning numerous chances in front of goal, the Reds went ahead on 55 minutes with a superb header from James Ward from a Wartalski corner. The hosts levelled things with 20 minutes left with a headed goal very much against the run of play. Before the game could be restarted, keeper Sam Jeffrey saw red, first metaphorically as he reacted to a stamp on him from former Woodstock player Kieran Strange and then physically as the referee gave him his marching orders for throwing the ball in Strange’s direction (albeit without hitting him). With all substitutes used, it was down to midfielder Charlie Collins to put on the gloves and try to see the game out. After several good saves, there was nothing he could do about a fine headed winner from the hosts to see them into the next round of the supplementary cup. Plenty of positives to take from the game as Woodstock’s young side with players missing more than matched a team in 4th place of the division above. Out of the cup for another year but still unbeaten in the league and still very much in the hunt for the Intermediate Cup (and still in the Chairman’s Challenge Cup too!)  

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