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Kestrels win the clean sheet – Reading Today Online

Woodley United FC scored three points at the Rivermoor Stadium with a clear win against London Samurai Rovers.

London Samurai Rovers, who include the division’s top scorer in Morrison Hashii in their starting line-up, drew for the first time this season as Woodley won a third consecutive league game at home.

While United won a first-minute corner, Rovers’ first chance of the game came in the sixth minute when they put in a free-kick from the edge of the home penalty area wide of the goal.

The home side survived a scare soon after when a free-kick was awarded a free-kick at the edge of Woodley’s penalty area and another day the foul-picker could have been sent off.

Sid Gbla had the ball in the net only to be ruled offside in the 22nd minute, followed by Abdul Afolabi shooting wide and disallowed in a one-on-one with visitors goalkeeper Hubert Szczech who cleared the ball away. outside his goal area.

Sam Dabinett made what was to be his only notable save shortly after as Woodley continued to enjoy the best of the half.

The only half-time goal came seven minutes before half-time when Gbla’s good play down the left side saw the winger pass to Suckling who struck the ball low from the edge of the penalty area at inside Szczech’s right post.

The second half lasted just three minutes when United doubled their lead. A move of several passes from the right wing saw the ball pass to Gbla on the left side of the visitors’ penalty area.

He handed the ball to Rafa Brandao at the edge of the penalty area who struck a shot past Szczech into his top left corner.

Driven by goal, United pressed on creating new chances but couldn’t convert any. Gradually Rovers began to enjoy more possession thanks to Tokiya Hirosawa and Hashii dropping into midfield, but the home defense remained organized under centre-backs Dan Watkiss and Mark Williams, leaving Dabinett with little to do. .

A good run from Afolabi saw his shot blocked on the goal line with Afolabi then blocking the rebound fired by Gbla.

As Rovers searched for a goal they left themselves exposed in defense and Szczech was lucky to only be booked for handling the ball outside his penalty area,

On a 70th-minute free-kick, Woodley substitute Ben Lambourne saw Szczech win the ball on the second attempt, followed soon after by Suckling finding the side netting from a pass from Ed Thomas and Gbla firing wide with only the visiting keeper to beat.

With the game in second-half stoppage time, Rovers had two shots from range away from home goal before Woodley comfortably saw the game full-time and three Championship points.

Woodley United: Dabinett, DeSousa, Massaquoi (Barrocas), Chigona (Lambourne), Williams, Watkiss, Gbla. Brandao, Afolabi (J Downes), Suckling, R Griffith (Thomas) Unused Sub: Parkes

Goals: Connor Suckling, Rafa Brandao