Woodhouse are set for ‘clear the air’ meeting after second half debacle

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Woodhouse United plan a players’ meeting later this week in an attempt to get back on an even keel after a disastrous start to the season.

United are bottom of Division One in the Rochdale Sunday League and collapsed in the second half of last weekend’s match away to Lighthouse, losing 7-1.

Captain Chris Ford was so frustrated with what he perceived to be a lack of effort from his teammates that he walked off the pitch.

Ford has since apologised for his actions and has expressed a wish that the players can all start pulling in the same direction at home to Donkey this weekend.

“Hopefully we can meet up for a bit of a chat on Friday or Saturday and put our cards on the table,” Ford said.

Woodhouse made the headlines earlier in the season, for the wrong reasons, when their game against Asia was abandoned after unsavoury scenes late on.

Woodhouse withheld their version of events ahead of a league probe and felt they had been painted in an unfair light when Asia spoke out,

Ford said they had lost players as a result and it had been a tough period for the club.

A lack of suitable training facilities was a problem and some players had turned up last Sunday having drunk too much on Saturday evening.

That eventually caught up with Woodhouse after they had trailed only 2-1 at the break.

Ryan Hooran got Woodhouse’s goal, tapping home after Joe Whitham had threaded the ball through.

Donkey are third from bottom of the section but have only played six league games, winning three of them.

P W D L F Ag Pts

Heywood R 7 7 0 0 30 9 21

FC Waggon 9 4 2 3 22 25 14

Asia 8 4 0 4 26 18 12

Talbot Head 8 3 2 3 27 23 11

Lighthouse 6 3 1 2 19 10 10

Crompton CC 9 3 1 5 25 38 10

Donkey 6 3 0 3 26 23 9

Wardleworth 7 1 1 5 14 23 4

Woodhouse 6 1 1 4 8 24 4