Town continue their 100% win record in 2020 with another hard fought victory over Moreton Rangers yesterday to close things up at the top of the table.
Moreton in Marsh lived up to its name with a very wet and heavy pitch that made playing football very difficult. After a disjointed opening 15 minutes, a game of football eventually did break out as both teams got used to the difficult conditions.
The hosts had some early chances as Woodstock’s defence were caught out attempting to do the impossible of playing out from the back through the quagmire. However Sam Jeffrey was equal to the danger and Moreton found him in fine form making 2 excellent 1 on 1 saves to spare Towns blushes.
On 20 minutes, Jamie fisher was able to race clear but he struggled to find his footing at the last moment and scuffed his shot allowing the keeper to make a good save.
As the half wore on, Woodstock became more dominant, finding space out wide where the pitch was less ‘battlefield’ like. Ethan Waite should have done better having time to bring the ball down but instead electing to strike first time with the same result on both occasions, the ball sailing high wide and not so handsome.
The hosts had a gilt edged chance near the break but the big number 9 fluffed his lines with what was a free header.
An unremarkable first half saw the sides go in level at the break with the chance for some reflection and re-evaluation. This proved to be just the tonic for Woodstock who adapted much better in the second half and showed why they are challenging at the right end of the table.
Despite drafting in a number of first team players, Moreton couldn’t cope with the fast paced direct attack from a newly invigorated Woodstock. Waite was put through on goal but saw his lofted shot hit the bar. This was a sign of things to come as the Moreton defence began to creak under pressure with Collins and Cox dominating the middle of the park, Kev Pike providing ammunition on the right for Fisher and Emmett and with Day, Spackman, Callum Emmett and the ever impressive Butler snuffing out any Moreton counter attack.
The breakthrough finally came on 68 minutes when a scramble in the box saw the ball fall to the feet of 17 year old wonder kid Nathan Emmett who slammed the ball into the bottom corner past the keeper. It was the least that Woodstock deserved.
Fisher had another chance to double the lead minutes later but dragged his effort wide of the post.
On 75 minutes, the move of the game did allow Town to double the lead. None beat interplay on the right wing between Pike and Callum Emmett on the overlap allowed the lesser of the Emmett’s to deliver a pin point low cross that was expertly fired home by younger brother Nathan for his and Woodstock’s second.
From this point, it looked as though Woodstock would score on every attack as the home side looked to all intents and purposes defeated with the defence resorting to a more agricultural style of play.
Nathan Emmett completes his hat trick late on, pulling a Pike cross down before spinning and slamming the ball into the roof of the net from 12 yards to become the youngest ever scorer of a 1st Team hat trick.
A comprehensive 3-0 victory that took hard work and character. Moreton is never an easy place to come, particularly on a difficult pitch and against several first team players, but the boys got about their jobs and put a shift in to secure a vital 3 points.
Headington and Adderbury were deadlocked at 3-3 which was of benefit to town who consolidated their position now just 1 point behind Headington but with 3 games in hand.
New up, we travel to Highworth on Wednesday evening for the rearranged Chairman’s Challenge Cup tie (kick off 1945 at The Elms). We hope to see you there.
Emmett N ⚽️⚽️⚽️
Fisher (OFF 78’)
Waite (OFF 65’)
Scott (ON 78’)
Wartalski (ON 65’)
Man of the match: Nathan Emmett 🏆