Kestrels fly­ing high af­ter first win

Wood­ley United 3 Bin­field 2

The Wokingham Paper - - FOOTBALL -

IAN DAVIES made an in­stant impact to fire Wood­ley to an his­toric first ever Hel­lenic Pre­mier Divi­sion vic­tory.

Af­ter two cred­itable 0-0 draws to kick off the cam­paign, Michael Her­bert’s men em­barked on a run of three defeats on the spin, all with­out scor­ing a goal.

But they broke their duck for the sea­son as early as the ninth minute at River­moor on Satur­day thanks to Davies’ de­but strike.

Bin­field de­fender Jeff Brown then headed into his own net be­fore for­mer Moles man Davies heaped more mis­ery on his old club with his sec­ond just be­fore half-time.

To their credit, the vis­i­tors did threaten an un­likely sec­ond half re­vival thanks to strikes from Josh How­ell and Brad Pagliaroli, but it was too lit­tle, too late.

Both sides came into the game on a poor run of form and hav­ing just suf­fered thrash­ings at the hands of Brack­nell Town over the bank hol­i­day week­end. Wood­ley were beaten 6-0, while Bin­field lost out 6-1.

Her­bert shuf­fled his pack and handed a de­but to Davies up front in place of James Ten­nant and he got off to the per­fect start.

Com­mit­ting men for­wards on a counter-at­tack, Wood­ley worked the ball well out to

Danny Horscroft on the left, who rolled it into the path of Davies to tuck home from close range af­ter just nine min­utes.

Bin­field came close to lev­el­ling, twice strik­ing the wood­work with Jack Thomp­sonWheeler head­ing a Jos Millar cross onto the post be­fore Harry Lee’s ef­fort struck the cross­bar.

But Wood­ley re­grouped and dou­bled their ad­van­tage five min­utes be­fore the break when Nathanael Robin­son’s free kick was headed into his own net by Brown.

And the vis­i­tors were stunned, find­ing them­selves 3-0 down be­fore the half was out as Davies broke down the left and fin­ished well across goal­keeper Liam Vaughan.

The for­ward came close to his hat-trick af­ter the restart as

Wood­ley threat­ened a rout, but Bin­field’s early sea­son tal­is­man How­ell re­duced the ar­rears with a pin­point free kick into the top cor­ner.

And it was a nervy fin­ish as Pagliaroli cut in­side and smashed in low to bring the scores to 3-2 with just four min­utes to go.

Her­bert’s charges held on to seal three huge points.

WOOD­LEY: Reed, Greenwood, Turner, Ni­cholls (c), I. Ka­mara, Porter, Ledger, Beck­ett (Prestidge 15 (Hinds 54)), I. Davies, Horscroft, Robin­son (Khomsi 77). Subs not used: O. Davies, Bar­ley.

BIN­FIELD: Vaughan, Dickie, Brown, Smith, Thomp­sonWheeler, Lee (Whyte 66), Knight (c), How­ell, Millar, Lang­ford (Tut­tle 56 (San­toro 78)), Pagliaroli. Subs not used: Kemp, Lock.

At­ten­dance: 44

WOOD­LEY were back in league ac­tion again on Tues­day night, trav­el­ling to face win­less Burn­ham.

The Kestrels looked well-placed for backto-back vic­to­ries when Jake Ni­cholls opened the scor­ing just be­fore half-time, but Burn­ham bat­tled bAck for a 1-1 draw.

Her­bert’s man face an away trip to Ox­ford City No­mads in the FA Vase on Satur­day.

Pic­ture: Steve Smyth

Wood­ley cel­e­brate their first win of the sea­son

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