Now Woodhouse must concentrate on the league

Joe Whitham (Woodhouse United)
Joe Whitham (Woodhouse United)

Pleasant Inn 7

Woodhouse United 3

Rochdale Sunday League Cup First Round

For two thirds of this match it was anybody’s game as the lead changed hands.

But eventually the home side took charge and the Woodhouse heads went down.

While Woodhouse would have been very unlikely winners of this competition, manager Matthew Town had been hoping to progress.

Now he is calling on his players to put the defeat behind them and to concentrate their energies into gaining league results.

“We beat them earlier in the season in the league, but there is no doubt they wanted it more than us,” he said.

Woodhouse though had started well enough and after a good opening 10 minutes they took the lead.

Mark Walters put the ball through the middle and Joe Whitham was on hand up front to put it away.

But then they relaxed and sloppy defending saw the home side equalise.

They then took charge and with their midfield dominating play capitalised with a goal when the Woodhouse defence failed to clear the ball.

Trailing 2 - 1 at the break the visitors came out strongly and got the equaliser from a goalmouth scramble with Craig Vest slotting the ball home to register his first goal for the club.

The celebrations did not last long as the home side came back to regain the lead.

That lead did not last long either as Darren Preece rose above everyone else to head home a Walters corner for the equaliser.

The home side though hit back again and retook the lead. They pressed hard and gained a penalty to extend the lead and the Woodhouse heads went down.

From then it was one-way traffic and the home team scored two more goals near the end to add to the Woodhouse woes.

On a positive note for Woodhouse, Gary Fish put in another good performance and centre back Daniel Lively was the visitors’ man of the match.