Longlevens found Woodley United’s need for points just too irresistible tonight as they were made to pay for a bad start, finding themselves 3-0 down after 19 minutes before losing 4-1.
They were behind inside the first three minutes, after Ed Smyllie’s misjudged back pass was leapt on by Woodley forward Danny Horscroft. Horscroft was brought down by goalkeeper Ash Wintle to give the visitors an early spot kick. Haydon Richardson stepped up to confidently covert from 12 yards.
Richardson doubled the Woodley lead after Longlevens failed to clear a corner. Winger Toby Briggs saw his effort heroically blocked on the line by Smyllie before Richardson’s effort deflected into the net.
Minutes earlier Wintle pulled off one of the best saves Severn Sport have seen this season. After a corner was cleared back out wide, the ball was swung to Horscroft at the back post but his effort was clawed out by a David De Gea/David Seaman style glove up up the Levens keeper.
Seconds after going two down Longlevens found themselves staring at a game over scenario as fullback Sam Guze was found with a lofted through ball. Guze wasn’t tracked and found himself in one on one with Wintle and the defender made no mistake, making it 3-0.
Just after the half an hour mark Longlevens were awarded a penalty of their own, after the lively Rhys Lewis collided with the Woodley keeper and defender. The linesman flagged for the spotkick and after a consultation between officials it was given. Dave Merrick stepped up but saw his effort saved well, down low to the left of keeper Alex Reed. It was the fifth time Longlevens have failed from the spot this season.
Myron Turner and Dave Rich tested Reed further in the Woodley goal before the break but Longlevens were unable to beat the keeper.
Within four minutes of the second half starting they did beat Reed though. Rhys Lewis’ corner swung in from the right hand side towards the near post and as Dave Rich and a Woodley man challenged the ball ended up in the back of the net. At the time it looked like it could have been Lewis’ goal, but Dave Rich has reliably informed us he chested it in. Either way game on!
Dave Merrick was sent through one on one just on the hour mark, only to see his effort stopped by Reed once more. Brad Martin also fired a couple of really good crosses wide. Once again Longlevens were being let down by their wasted opportunities.
Longlevens ended the game with 10 men after 17 year old Toby Shelton was forced off with an injury and the hosts’ had already made all three subs.
Shelton, who was only making his second start for the Longlevens first team appeared to be caught late by a full bloodied challenge with Woodley’s Edward Thomas. Shelton was in noticeable discomfort immediately and after receiving treatment, sat the rest of the game out.
Longlevens manager Mark Moore told us after the game that “it was a bad one. You could hear a pop straight away so it doesn’t look good.” We are currently awaiting an update on Shelton but have been informed he is going to hospital to have the injury assessed.
Woodley compounded the misery for Longlevens, who had already lost Jay Kennedy to a first half Achilles injury, when they were awarded an 83rd minute penalty, which was dispatched by Danny Horscroft.
Longlevens: Wintle, Dunn, Shelton, Welch, Smyllie, Sausman (Phillips 62′), Kennedy (Merrick 19′), Rich (C Martin 71′), Turner, B Martin, Lewis
Subs Not Used: O’Connor, Cornell
Woodley: Reed, Guze, Hagger A Kamara (Morgan 68′), I Kamara, Barley, Davies, Bridges, Richardson (Thomas 71′), Horscroft, Briggs
Subs Not Used: None
Severn Sport Man Of The Match: Rhys Lewis (Longlevens)
Longlevens stay 11th in the Hellenic Premier with 44 points. They welcome Binfield to Saw Mills on Saturday 21st April, a game you can follow live on Severn Sport.