It’s all about the semi for Woodhouse

Daniel Lively
Daniel Lively

Asia 4

Woodhouse United 1

Rochdale Sunday League Division Two

IT’S all about this weekend for Woodhouse United.

They now put behind them a bad-tempered game in the league and prepare for a cup semi-final.

It will be the last hurdle in the Butterworth Cup for teams in their division.

Last season they won the equivalent cup for teams in the division below.

Last season they also gained promotion and therefore qualified to play in a different level of cup competition.

“We have a young team and after winning promotion our aim is just to stay in this division,” said manager Mathew Town.

“For us to get to another final would be a real bonus.”

If they win that game they will face a tough final against Talbot Head or Gardeners Arms, who lie in first and second places in the table.

The semi-final is against fellow mid-table team Mark Twain Nomads and will be played on a neutral venue in Rochdale.

They did not have a good warm-up for that with a defeat at Asia.

Although it was even for much of the first half, they went into the break a goal down after a defensive error just before the end.

They opened the second half in style playing some good football and soon levelled with a goal from Daniel Lively, who volleyed in after a goalmouth scramble.

They looked likely to salvage the game until losing the ball in the middlie of the field and being caught at the back to go behind.

Town had rested three players in preparation for the semi-final and that goal knocked the stuffing out of the rest of the team and they conceded two more goals near the end.

Best efforts for Woodhouse came from replacements Craig Vest, who came on at half-time and Terry Lowe, who was a constant threat.