Eversley & California overcome Woodley United onslaught

Ben Anderson scores for Eversley & California. Photo: Richard Milam.
Ben Anderson scores for Eversley & California. Photo: Richard Milam.

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A balmy Tuesday night at the Eversley Sports Association saw Eversley & California bounce back from an opening day defeat to beat Woodley United 2-1 in the Combined Counties League Division One.

The Boars also bounced back from a goal down after a terrific through ball in the first half allowed Ciaran Carolan to tuck the ball under goalkeeper Dease Kerrison to give Woodley a lead they deserved after 23 minutes.

Eversley had a bit of a slow start, but the game got interesting when they became competitive – possibly jolted by the opener – and talisman and captain Ross McKernan levelled things up before the break after good work by Joe Pantony down the left-wing.

Pantony’s cross-box pass allowed McKernan to spin Russo-like in front of goal to level things up, beating Sam Dabinett.

Joe Pantony and Ross McKernan celebrate for Eversley & California. Photo: Andrew Batt.
Joe Pantony and Ross McKernan celebrate for Eversley & California. Photo: Andrew Batt.

The second half saw a lot played in the centre of the park with neither side really able to capitalise – though Kestrels substitute Abdul Afolabi caught the eye – until former Woodley forward Ben Anderson popped up late on to win it for Eversley.

Elsewhere in Division One, Langley thumped Bagshot 5-2 and Sandhurst Town beat London Samurai Rovers by the same scoreline at Bottom Meadow.

In the only Berkshire-based FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Replay, Windsor lost out 2-0 to Royal Wootton Bassett Town after securing a late draw on Saturday in Wiltshire.

Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Replay

Windsor 0-2 Royal Wootton Bassett Town

See the FA Cup Preliminary Round draw for Berkshire here.

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Division One

AFC Aldermaston vs Berks County (Wednesday 10th)
Bagshot 2-5 Langley
Eversley & California 2-1 Woodley United
Sandhurst Town 5-2 London Samurai Rovers

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