Old Sodbury youngsters battle elements to rack up points

March 27 2017

Old Sodbury Under 16’s played host to a strong Whitchurch team who had beaten them comprehensively earlier in the season.

Old Sodbury Under 16’s played host to a strong Whitchurch team who had beaten them comprehensively earlier in the season. 

On a deteriorating surface, Whitchurch resorted to a direct strategy resulting in an early lead for the visitors. 

As Old Sodbury began to settle and use the whole width of the pitch they started to dictate the play. The home team equalised following a corner when Whitchurch thought they had cleared their lines only for full back Tom Newns to score with a superb 25 yard strike.  

With their tails up the hosts pressed on and Ross Womack scored his 26th and 27th goals of the season either side of half time to help his team to a thoroughly deserved three points.

 For Old Sodbury’s next fixture they travelled to Little Stoke to face Stoke Lane and in dreadful conditions returned with a fully deserved point. 

Very strong winds and persistent drizzle made conditions difficult for both teams but Old Sodbury started the stronger and controlled the first half. Despite creating several good chances to score, the wind hampered the players and the only goal of the first half came direct from a corner by Old Sodbury’s top scorer Ross Womack. 

After the break the weather worsened and Stoke Lane piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser. Goalkeeper Josh Pearce produced a man-of-the-match performance including one stunning save from a Stoke Lane free kick but was finally beaten by a freak strike which was caught by the wind and bounced over the defence to find the back of the net.