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Town Taste League Defeat for the First Time This Season

All good things must eventually come to an end as Woodstock Town finally lose in the league for the first time this season, going down 4-2 at home to Southam United. Despite an early chance for a town when Nathan Emmett should have put his header past the keeper, it was Southam who took the lead on 15 minutes when the ball was headed clear from a corner and Woodstock failed to close down and put pressure on the ball allowing Barby to place his long range effort in the corner of the net. Woodstock equalised 5 minutes later with a James Ward header and had a good spell of pressure which resulted in Fisher striking the post from a corner. But a lapse in concentration allowed Southam to break clear with the impressive Levi Steele breaking down the right and squaring the ball to Okolo who got in front of his marker to poke home from 2 yards with 30 minutes played. Town rode their luck with the referee waving away appeals for a Southam penalty when Tom Molloy appeared to trip a Southam player. Southam attacked with pace and regularity with Woodstock not appearing to have any answers, looking well off the pace and second to everything. Woodstock went further behind when nobody took responsibility for defending a corner allowing Levi Steele to bundle home his 20th goal of the season on the stroke of half time. 3-1 down at half time with the visitors deserving of the lead, Town came out well in the second half attempting to claw something back. Collins struck the foot of the post but could not force the rebound home. Southam played on the counter with Steele proving to be a handful with his pace. Indeed it was Steele who was needlessly fouled outside the box with the free kick finding the bottom left corner of Molloy’s goal. At 4-1 down Woodstock finally decided to give it a go. Collins headed wide of the mark before Nathan Emmett struck from 20 yards to offer a glimmer of hope for Town in the final 10 minutes. But it wasn’t to be, more chances spurned at the death resigned Woodstock to defeat and slip to 3rd in the league with Southam leapfrogging to go top by two clear points. Possibly the worst performance of the season so far and whilst you can get away with that some weeks, against a team like Southam, you have to be on top of your game else you are in for a shock. Woodstock failed to compete and didn’t show enough guile and passion which was ultimately the difference between the two sides. The one positive from the game was the performance of Dan Collier at left back who has a solid game. Things could have been worse but for Adderbury being held to a draw against Risborough Ranger to limit our losses. 

You have to go back to the 27th of April for the last league defeat which shows just how far the club has come. There are still improvements to make and the team need to take the learning on board. This might just be what the doctor ordered to refocus and go again. It’s cup action next week when we travel to Heyford Athletic who drew 3-3 with Headington today. In other news, the Development Team had their game called off when Lustianos failed to raise a side by kick off or to even open their changing rooms. That’s one for the Oxfordshire Senior League to handle! 

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