|Newbury Ladies entertained Woodley Utd at Donnington. The opening minutes were fairly even as both teams were trying each other out but the early encouragement was for Newbury with a smart move down the right and another down the left involving Ayala Truelove and Sophie Paworth playing her first first team game for Newbury. Unfortunately the final pass was too far ahead of Gabriely Da Silva.
Woodley then came into their own with 3 swift corners but the Newbury defence held out well, if a little bit panicky. Ellie Reed then set Da Silva away again but the Woodley defence was equal to her. Opportunities were coming at both ends. In particular Papworth and Da Silva were combining well. Woodley were getting more corners but Newbury was having some really neat passing moves especially down the left with Truelove and Jo Walsh-Perks feeding Papworth and Da Silva. Papworth had a smart shot well saved for the corner that led to Newbury's opening goal. The corner was headed back by Reed for Truelove to head home from very close range to make the score 1-0
Newbury were now in the ascendancy with Papworth and Da Silva again combining but the shot was deflected for a corner. Woodley somehow managed to scramble the ball clear from the resulting corner. Walsh-Perks broke into the box but was unable to beat the keeper from a Papworth cross. Then somewhat against the run of play Woodley broke down the right and a crossfield pass was driven home from 25 yards high over Kat Brown in goal to make the score 1-1. The next 10 minutes was pretty even with Woodley pressing but Newbury were playing some neat interpassing particularly down the left.
one minute before half time Brown sent a long ball to Da silva who was forced out to the left but she managed to cut in and shoot from wide out on the edge of the 18 yard box into the top left hand corner to make the score 2-1 to Newbury at half time.
Woodley opened the second half will real determination with an onslaught for 10 minutes which resulted in 2 goals to make the score 3-2 to Woodley. Newbury regained their composure but it was to no avail. Unfortunately Newbury ran out of steam and conceded another 3 in the last 18 minutes whch was a poor reward for their performance in the first 70 minutes
Match report Jack Harkness