Woodstock were well off thwir best today but managed to come from behind to beat a very organised Risborough Ranger side 3-1
Town should have taken the lead within 2 minutes but for a world class point blank save from the impressive Poole in the Risborough goal after Nathan Emmett slammed a volley goal-wards, the ball came out to Fisher who struck the foot of the post.
Rangers grew into the game and proved what a competitive outfit they are and pushed Woodstock back forcing them to abandon the passing style of play they are used to and got long balls that were swallowed up by a very strong and physical Risborough back line.
Callum Emmett should have made the keeper work when the ball broke to him at the far post but his tame effort was smuggled away and the scores remained level.
Parity only lasted for 2 minutes as a Risborough player beat the offside trap with a perfectly timed run to go one on one with Molloy who initially saved well only for the ball to be nipped from his grasp and poked home from 12 yards. If they were buoyant before, Risborough now sensed blood and looked dangerous on the attack. But Woodstock held firm and began to get a grip on the game once more and went in search of an equaliser.
Dan Collier made his 2nd debut for the club following his transfer from Kidlington in the week and he replaced Ollie Hawkins who suffered an ankle injury with 5 minutes to go in the first half.
Woodstock won a free kick wide on the right which was swung in by Wartalski. The keeper appeared to be taken out by Charlie Collins as the ball missed everyone and went straight in. However the referee had spotted a shove on Collins that caused him to hit the keeper and the goal was given rather than award the penalty.
With the scores level at 1-1, it would take a better effort from Town in the second half if they were to overcome a stubborn Risborough team.
Town hit another gear in the second half and applied the pressure on Risborough who began to creak at the back. Nathan Emmett and Jamie Fisher tormenting the defence and not allowing them to settle. The two combined for the go ahead goal when Emmett was fouled and Fishers free kick found the far top corner.
Spanish sub William forced another fine save from Poole who tipped the ball on to the bar from a stinging long range effort.
A nervy Woodstock saw the game out despite a couple of scares and Wartalski seeing the sin bin for needlessly kicking the ball away. Town made the points safe 3 minutes from time when William picked up the ball and fired home from the edge of the box.
3 points in the bag but a goal short of going top of the table. It can’t be any more close as Woodstock remain second on alphabetical order!
Risborough can take credit from this game as they came to play football, were well organised and made things very difficult for The Reds who will need to up their game next time out.
The 100% record is still intact with 7 wins from 7 games as we move onto three very tough games in the next two weeks, Headington, Easington and the Southam who sit 3rd, 4th and 5th in the table respectively.
Thanks to all the supporters who came along today. You made a real difference! Up the Town!!