Woodstock Town are through to the quarter finals of the Chairman’s Challenge Cup after dumping out Highworth 2-1 this evening in Wiltshire.
Town dominated the early exchanges and deservedly went ahead through Charlie Collins when he pounced upon a mistake from the home keeper when he spilled a Jamie Fisher free kick.
On 20 minutes, Will Spackman was manhandled in the box and the ref had no choice but to point to the spot. Unfortunately Fisher emulated Max Charles Roberts effort from the weekend and fired over the bar.
Town were drawn down to Highworths more physical style of play and lost their shape, making some uncharacteristic rash challenges and mistakes. They managed to ride the storm until a scuffed shot looped over Tom Molloy to give Highworth an equaliser that they perhaps deserved.
Strong words were needed in the dressing room at half time and the players responded well, settling back into the fast flowing attacking football that they usually serve up and for which Highworth struggled to answer.
On 57 minutes, Collins broke forward and played the ball into 17 year old Nathan Emmett who’s shot was too hot for the keeper. That’s 13 this season for the teenager.
Highworths long ball direct style was dealt with by a somewhat unfamiliar Woodstock backline with Tom Butler and particularly Spackman dominant.
Town were unlucky not to go 3-1 up after Josh Cox saw his 18 yard strike ruled out for an offside in the build up.
In the last 10 minutes, Highworth threw caution to the wind and went for the equaliser. They thought they had it on 90 minutes from a corner but the referee correctly blew for a foul on Tom Molloy which resulted in some handbags between the players and a yellow card for the Highworth assistant manager.
Town thoroughly deserved the win but needed to dig deep and show character in order to get it. They can be rightly proud of their performance, particularly the second half response given to the management dressing down at half time. Well done lads!
Up the Town!