By Daz Stanger
TWYFORD UTD 3
GREAT HORWOOD RESERVES 2
Twyford United’s Sam Wood made amends for an earlier missed penalty as he hit a last minute winner to give Twyford the three points.
In cold and wet conditions this made it very tough for all the players and officials involved.
Twyford Utd had the earlier opportunities and could have took the lead in the 4th minute. Ryan Sunderland’s shot following a fine individual run was saved by Mark Broom.
Johnny Ayris and Martin Dearlove also had opportunities which went off target.
However Great Horwood were able to get themselves back into the game. Alex Stints dangerous cross into the box was too high for Colin Richens as he was unable to control his header goalwards.
Haydon Morrison was also able to connect to Steve Brunning’s cross but was denied by some good Twyford defending.
Great Horwood took the lead in the 21st minute when Dom McCabe scored from a fantastic free kick from outside of the 18 yard box which went the top corner.
Sam Wood nearly equalised shortly afterwards when his powerful header from Dave Barnes’ dangerous free kick into the box was tipped over the bar by Broom.
From the resulting corner Martin Dearlove hit an spectacular equaliser when his direct corner into the box beat everybody and ended up in the net.
Adam Carr nearly gave Twyford the lead when his long range effort went just over the bar.
Despite all the Twyford pressure it was Great Horwood who looked dangerous on the break.
Dom McCabe was able to beat the Twyford offside trap but Colin Piggott pulled off a fine reflex save.
Mark Broom also pulled off a good save from Twyford’s Rob Davis as at half time the honours were even at 1-1.
Twyford started the second half the more likely to score as Craig Woolhead’s volley went just over the bar and Mark Broom was able to save Martin Dearlove’s effort on goal.
Twyford started to apply the pressure but some resilient defending from Horwood they were able to keep Twyford at bay.
Great Horwood did look dangerous on the counter attack and from this they took the lead. Zac Reeve’s breakaway run found Dom McCabe who was able to poke the ball into the corner of the net.
Georgis Kother who had a superb game at the back for Great Horwood had to go off injured.
Mark Broom pulled off a couple of saves from Sam Wood and Rob Davis as Twyford continued to pile on the pressure. However Zac Reeve nearly put the game beyond Twyford’s reach when his solo effort hit the post.
Twyford still continued to work hard and press for an equaliser.
Finally in the 86th minute Jack Arnold’s spectacular half volley beat Mark Broom to equalise.
The game was far from over when Twyford were awarded a penalty following an infringement in the box. Sam Wood who worked tirelessly throughout the game missed the penalty which went over the bar.
Karl Dickens who had a solid game at the back for Twyford came to their rescue as his last ditch tackle was able to prevent a dangerous Horwood counter attack.
In a final twist to an eventful game Sam Wood was able to connect to a looping ball into the box to give Twyford the lead for the first time in the dying seconds of the game and seal victory.
Piggott – Underwood- Barnes – Dearlove- Ayris -Dickens (capt) – Carr – Wood – Sunderland – Davis – Woolhead
Subs- Gregory – Arnold – Hinson- Goodwin
GREAT HORWOOD RESERVES
Broom – Masala- Morrison – McStraw (capt) – Brunning – Stint- Richens – Ashley- McCabe – Reeve- Kother
Sub – Elson