Woodton United entertained Cellar House in their penultimate pre-season friendly. With Allerton, Mitchell, Last, Piggin, Swatman, Meany and others unavailable, the team for the day had a few changes from the Countryside Cup. The formation was therefore tweaked to allow for a single striker and three man central attacking midfield.
The game started with Woodton adjusting to the change in system and Cellar House had the better of the early exchanges. During this period the back three of Muir, Mattos and Hulme stood very firm ably assisted by keeper Young who went on to have his best game so far. In front of them Williams was tireless and brilliantly destructive in his midfield holding role. As the first half went on the midfield three of K.Smith, Gooch and D.Mortimer started to impose themselves on the game and that brought wide players B.Smith and Nelson into the game more. Upfront E.Mortimer’s pace was causing problems and he was on the wrong end of some rough treatment from a robust Cellar House defence.
HT: Woodton United 0-0 Cellar House
The second half saw Groom replace D.Mortimer and he continued where the former had left off. Williams continued to impose himself on the opposition and the Midfield three in front of him began to boss their area. The back three and keeper Young remained resolute and Woodton began to boss the game. After some great play in midfield K.Smith played the ball through to E.Mortimer who ran through beyond the defence before finishing emphatically to give the reds the lead. Nelson and B.Smith were playing very well as wingbacks, Nelson’s pace and B.Smith’s class on the ball causing real problems. Gooch, Groom and K.Smith were now snapping into challenges and moving the ball nicely. Sharman came on for Hulme and B.Smith dropped into the back three. After another turnover of the ball in midfield Gooch released Groom who set off on an impressive run down the left before delivering a perfect cross for Nelson to score at the far post with a clever header. From then on the Reds’ game management was excellent; keeping the ball, continuing to be very organised and limiting Cellar House to a few half chances which Young dealt with very well. Over all this was a very good and mature performance after a slightly shaky start.
FT: Woodton United 2-0 Cellar House
Stuart Mattos (c)