A DARYL Taylor-inspired Woodville Rangers clinched victorty over Midway Reserves at Chestnut Avenue.
Taylor struck a hat-trick as Woodville triumphed 5-2 in the Division Four clash. Zac Venning and Aston Gallagher were also on target for the visitors with Matt Hickey and Ricky Ayre replying for the hosts. Afte a severe overnight ground frost the start was delayed by half an hour by referee Clive Perkins. Visiting keeper Steve Lynch was soon in action as he claimed a free-kick from Wayne Hall. Midway defender Dave Hall did well to clear a long throw-in from Nathan Venning before foiling Russell Weller with a well times challenge.
Woodville contionued to press with Nathan and Zac Venning combining to release Taylor who hit the side netting. Midway keeper John Watson denied Taylor, saving with his feet after the striker had broken clear. Nathan Collier then released Weller but he pulled his shot wide. At the other end Steve Lynch did well to punch clear a corner whipped in by Wayne Hall before making another brave save at the feet of the sanme player.
Stuart Burton found Hall who set up Matt Hickey only for the forward to blaze over. But the visitors were soon back on the attack with Weller finding his strike partner Taylor who turned Martin Bodell inside out only to drag his shot wide. Zac Venning put Weller clear but Watson stood up well to catch the striker’s lob. The keeper made an even better save moments later to deny Weller.
On 33 minutes the visitors got their noses in frontwhen Taylor burst clear before finding the bottom corner. Minutes later Woodville doubled their advantage. Matthew Buckley fed Taylor who beat the offside trap claim his second of the morning. Moments later a pin-point cross from Weller was glanced wide by Taylor. As the half ended Bodell sent a long range effort just over as the hosts tried to bet back into the game.
After the break Midway’s Hickey beat Lynch in a race for the ball but put it behind. One minute later Burton swung in a dangerous cross from the right which skidded off the trickey surface and although Lynch managed to push it out, Hickey pounced to force the loose ball home. Woodville were swift to respond and restored their two-goal cushion on 57 minutes. Zac Venning strode through a static defence before firing into the bottom corner.
Watson was suddenly by far the busier keeper, pushing a Gallagher free-kick round the post before tipping away a shot from Zac Venning. And on 64 minutes Venning was brougth down inside the box by Richard Feasey, and Taylor buried the spot-kick. Scott Waack then put Gallagher in on goal but Matt Cross got across to clear the danger. Watson denied Graham Taylor with a decent save as Woodville maintained the pressure.
Midway gave themselves a modicum of hope 10 minutes from the end when Fowler brought down Wayne Hall niside the area. Ricky Ayre smashed the resultant penalty into the net for 4-2. But on 85 minutes the hosts fell even further behind. Daryl Taylor sent Gallagher clear and the substitute clamly lobbed the advancing watson to wrap up all three points.
Goals: Hickey 51, Ayre 80 (P) (Midway Reserves). D Taylor (33), 37, 64 (P); Z Venning (57), Gallagher 85 (Woodville Reserves).
Midway Reserves: Watson, Burton, D Hall, Bodell (Cross 60), Whyatt, Ayre, Davies (Serman 65), Feasey, Hickey, W Hall, Bust. Subs (not used): Salisbury
Woodville Reserves: Lynch, Fowler, N Venning, Lunn (Gallagher 52), Buckley (G Taylor 57), Waack, Collier, Z Venning, Weller.
Star Man: Daryl Taylor (Woodville) – the fleet-footed forward struck three goals in an energetic display full of threat and purpose