Kidlington Reserves 0
UHL Hellenic League
Shortwood hit Kidlington for six to maintain their promotion push, writes Jim Cunneen.
Boss Ian Soule and assistant Lewis Fogg have assembled a squad to be reckoned with and added the signing of former Swindon Town defender Nathan Marks, who rejoins the club from Brimscombe, teaming up with his younger brother Keiran at Meadowbank
It only took Wood 5 minutes to take the lead. Nathan Payne planted the perfect free kick on the head of Orgest Pepa who scored his first goal for the club with a bullet header.
It was all Wood in those early stages and it was no surprise when they scored the second after 15 minutes. Tryner and Rhodes exchanged passes for Payne to rifle home from 25 yards.
The second half was only two minutes old when Wood scored their third and put the result beyond doubt. Payne crossed and Soule’s snapshot smashed against the bar and rebounded to Rhodes who showed fine control to smack home the rebound.
Tunnicliff left the fray with a sore back and was replaced by Nathan Marks.
Finally after 80 minutes, Wood scored their fourth – and what a goal it was.
Alex Barrett picked up the ball deep in his own half and set off down the flank leaving defenders in his wake. His low cross was perfect for Ethan Gilson – Clarke who was well positioned to run the ball home.
Earle had one knocked off the line before scoring Wood’s fifth after 87 minutes – converting Payne’s low cross.
In added time Rhodes put Gilson – Clarke through and the Wood man neatly shot in the bottom corner to round off an impressive performance for Shortwood side who are now third in the table.
Shortwood: Muir, Kieran Marks, Barrett, Tunnicliff (Nathan Marks 47), Tryner, Byrnes, Payne, Pepa (Tosdevine 72), Soule (Gilson – Clarke 76), Rhodes, Earle
Star man: Nathan Payne