Woodhouse Colts v Arnold Town

By Richard Lane

Match Report by Stan Wilton

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Premier Division South strugglers Arnold Town provided yet another scalp for Division One Woodhouse Colts, who themselves are playing in the competition even though they do not have floodlights on their own ground.

The first half got off to a bright start when Alfie Gaughan’s cross was mishandled by Eagles goalkeeper Darren Milnes on a very bobbly pitch and JOSHUA SMITH had the simple task of tapping Woodhouse in front on ten minutes.

Arnold’s reply was swift. DANIEL CHAMBERS cut inside from the right and hit a lovely left foot shot from around 15 yards which sizzled into the net for the leveller.

The rest of the first half degenerated into a scrappy encounter of long balls from midfield, few of which found their mark, and passes which were not really aimed at anybody.

Joe Rock did have one chance for the visitors when he turned decisively ten yards out but screwed his shot wide of the target.

Half time
Woodhouse Colts 1 Arnold Town 1

The second half was a little more entertaining in the Arctic conditions.
Daniel Barke did his best to get things moving again in front of goal but his 57th minute shot was high over the goal and a minute later a free kick from colleague and captain Kyle Chadburn drifted wide of the far post without anyone able to get the vital touch in front of goal.

Woodhouse did retake the lead on the hour, LIAM BEARDSLEY being sent clear to beat Milnes after a promising Arnold attack had broken down on the edge of the penalty area.

Arnold were better after conceding the goal but their team was not cohesive and they could not string two passes together for long enough to trouble a compact home defence.

The missed a great chance on 75 minutes when Jamie Royle fired over the top with only Jack Hardy in the home goal to beat, and five minutes later they spurned another good chance when Daniel Chambers fired wide from in front of goal following a long throw in from substitute Sanousi Ali Ibrahim which caused panic in the home defence.

Charlie Simpkin might have made certain for Woodhouse moments later but he was thwarted by Milnes before a member of Arnold’s management team was yellow carded by referee Tristan Churcher for a comment he threw at a poor official who ran the game from the centre circle.

Not sure where the referee got four minutes and 51 seconds of added time from, but three minutes into this period substitute JACK FOULDS converted a cross from fellow substitute Tom Bailey with an excellent header to put the issue beyond doubt.

Woodhouse Colts 3 Arnold Town 1

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