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Step 6 Review: Woodley United keep up fine form in Hellenic League Cup

Rob Davies reviews all the step 6 action from the Combined Counties and Hellenic League

Step 6 Review: Woodley United keep up fine form in Hellenic League Cup

Woodley United progressed to the second round of the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup with a 2-0 victory over Hellenic League Division One West side Pewsey Vale. The Kestrels took the lead when Max Laschok went past a couple of defenders and put the ball away on 28 minutes.

Shortly before half time Woodley missed a penalty but it did not come back to haunt them as just after the hour mark Leon Mannion played in Laschock to score his and Woodley’s second and to put his side in the next round.

Wallingford Town and AFC Aldermaston met at the Hithercroft, in a game between promotion hopefuls in the Hellenic League Division One East.

The first half was an even encounter and looked to be heading into the break without a goal for either side before Jamel Forde-Small put the Atom Men 1-0 up in the 42nd minute.

Shortly after the break Josh Blackwood made it 2-0 for the visitors, but Wally were able to reduce the deficit when Ashley Searle converted from the spot.

However, Aldermaston restored their two-goal advantage five minutes later when Forde-Small got his second and his sides third. Aldermaston closed out the game to score an impressive 3-1 victory.

Holyport make it five in a row

Holyport continued their fine run of form by scoring a thumping win over the leagues bottom side Chinnor. Port took the lead after 14 minutes when Sam Whitfield headed in a Fabian Driffill cross and Steven Deverall doubled their advantage four minutes later.

Jonny Feaver made it 3 after 25 minutes with a sliding finish from a Driffill through ball, and the striker then turned provider as his cut back was converted by Deverall just before half time. Shortly after the break Alan Ackerman got his name on the scoresheet when he headed home a

Steven Deverall. Photo: Richard Tyrell.

Steven Deverall. Photo: Richard Tyrell.

cross to make it 5-0 and complete the scoring in a big win for Holyport.

In the other Hellenic League Division One East match with local interest, Wokingham & Emmbrook hosted Abingdon Town at Larges Lane. The Sumas had an early setback as striker Jake White sustained an injury and had to be substituted, but it was to be his replacement, James Clark, who would open the scoring from the penalty spot.

Just before half time Ellis Day made it 2-0 when he drove in a powerful shot from 20 yards. After half time Elliot Rushforth added a third with a nice curled finish following a smart passing move. Despite the Sumas being well on top for the first hour the Abbotts were able to grab two quick goals to make the last 10 minutes a nervy affair.

Ellis Day. Photo: Neil Graham.

Ellis Day. Photo: Neil Graham.

The tension escalated when goalkeeper Owen Holland was given a second yellow card, but Wokingham were able to hold on for a win that sees them leapfrog their opponents into 5th in the league table.

Boars on form

In the Combined Counties League Division One Eversley & California continued their recent resurgence with an impressive win over promotion chasing Epsom & Ewell. The Boars went ahead after 11 minutes when Brad Brown converted and nice cross from Clive Akem Che.

The home side were pegged back after half an hour and went into the break at 1-1. In the second half Eversley did not have to wait long to regain the lead as Akem Che dribbled through the Epsom defence and cut the ball back for Mo Davies.

Mo Davies rides a challenge for Eversley & California. Photo: Richard Milam.

Mo Davies rides a challenge for Eversley & California. Photo: Richard Milam.

Davies’ shot came back off the bar, but Brown was there to put in the rebound and give the Boars their fourth win in five games.

A first half goal from Haydon Richardson was enough to secure all three points for Sandhurst Town in their home league game with Bagshot.

The Fizzers survived a second half flurry from the visitors as thy closed out the game to secure their fifth league win in six games. The result sees Sandhurst climb to 8th and keeps them in touch with the teams at the top of the table with games in hand.

Combined Counties Division One

  • Eversley & California 2-1 Epsom & Ewell
  • Sandhurst Town 1-0 Bagshot

See the latest Combined Counties League Division 1 table, results and all the fixtures here.

Hellenic League Division One East

  • Holyport 5-0 Chinnor
  • Wallingford Town 1-3 AFC Aldermaston
  • Wokingham & Emmbrook 3-2 Abingdon Town

See the latest Hellenic Division 1 East table, results and all the division’s fixtures here.

Bluefin Sports (UHL) Supplementary Cup

  • Woodley United 2-0 Pewsey Vale

Main image: Woodley United vs Pewsey Vale by Peter Toft.

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Rob Davies

Rob is a keen fan of football at all levels and has been watching non-league since he was 12. Since moving to Reading in 2015, Rob has tried to get to as many of the local non-league sides as he can, and can often be found at a game with his dog Filbert.

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