Woodstock came into their home game against high flying Shrivenham on the back of some disappointing results and performances. However, during the course of this encounter, they showed that they have have learned from the harsh lessons taught them in recent weeks to put things right.
Shrivenham looked to dominate from the kick off and Woodstock were forced to endure an early onslaught as the visitors probed, but were unable to breakdown a resolute looking Woodstock back line.
However, the hosts delivered a sucker punch against the run of play just 7 minutes in, which Shrivenham were unable to recover. Town broke upfield and following some neat interplay on the edge of the box, Kieran Strange was (softly) taken down by Rivers. 'Flamboyant' referee Bougouizi (more of him later) was on hand to award a spot kick. Kevin Davies made no mistake to put Town 1-0 up.
Despite the early goal, Shrivenham didn't just roll over and continued to press looking for an equaliser. However, the Woodstock defence lead by Burton, were impervious to the threat, restricting the visitors to long range efforts and half chances.
Woodstock worked hard, got themselves well organised and as the half wore on, they would begin to show what they are capable of. MacBryan and Beckford driving the team forward from the middle of the park, Hawkins and Buckley working tirelessly up and down on either flank and Davies and Green up top giving a rapidly despondent Shrivenham backline a torrid time, both with and without the ball.
Woodstock looked dangerous on each and every attack, and although sometimes guilty of over playing, deserved more for their endeavours. Hawkins went close before the talking point of the first half when Davies was put through on goal only to be hacked down from behind. The linesman was on hand to flag for a foul however referee Bougouizi waved play on, to the relief of the Shrivenham defender and much to the bemusement of both benches, players an albeit partisan crowd. The decision was compounded when a Shrivenham player was seemingly knocked unconscious during the resulting counter attack.
Indeed counter attacking was all that the visitors were limited to and the hosts could consider themselves unlucky to go in only one goal to the good at the break building some good momentum.
Halftime saw the officials meet with both captains and representatives of the coaching staff to appeal for calm following a string of contentious decisions.
As with the first half, the visitors were strong out of the blocks again, but once again, the Woodstock backline stood firm, with the help of the base of the post on occasion. Shrivenham used the width well to get in behind the defence on a couple of occasions but Ingram was commanding and gathered well.
It was hearts in mouths time when Ingram went down injured but thankfully he was just winded and could continue (with an apparently magnificent back according to the referee!).
Minutes later, Woodstock took control of the game as a superb MacBryan through ball released Davies to cooly skip past the keeper and roll the bill into the unguarded net to put the hosts 2 goals to the good.
It was all one way traffic from here on in as Town pressed forwards and on the hour mark, Green, who was full of running, made it 3-0 to Woodstock nipping the ball over the keeper from a tight angle.
Despite the pressure, it wasn't until the 85th minute before Woodstock were out of sight as Davies completed his first hat trick for the club, eventually driving the ball in to the roof of the net after he and Dark had seen efforts saved.
3 minutes later it was 5-0 with MacBryan grabbing a well deserved goal to cap a stirling performance.
Woodstock looked great value for the victory against, on paper at least, a very dangerous side. With a week off to rest, the Reds will be looking to use this as a spring board to kick on in their next match.
Man of the Match: Burton (Woodstock)
Match rating: 4/5