AFC Woodlands 3, Forum FC 2

WOODLANDS played on home soil for the first time in six league games in what became a scrappy affair.

And they could have been two goals up in the first ten minutes but striker Jackson was a marked man.

The turning point in the game when Ash Andrew and a Forum player clashed heads with the latter needing hospital treatment.

Woodlands exploited this to the full with Jackson and Huntington in the thick of the things running the Forum back line ragged as they were suffering the loss of their key player.

The second half started with Woodlands going for the kill however a counter attack with players not tracking back saw Forum take the lead with a great strike.

Woodlands hit back within five minutes through Woodall who finished with ease after a resulting free kick from Constable.

Things then looked to go from bad to worse as Forum yet again regained the lead and then Woodlands lost captain Gibbon through injury and then lost Heywood who was replaced by Blanchard.

Trailing 2-1 and forced into a change, Gill went on for Gibbon. The substitution of Gill back in the side after missing the last two games seemed to spur Woodlands into a higher tempo.

Forum were left chasing shadows and the equaliser was a great ball by Constable into the path of Jackson who smashed the ball home.

Minutes later Woodlands should have taken the lead when Gill fed Jackson who should have squared for Huntington who was unmarked, but he decided to go alone and his shot hit the woodwork.

Davidson, at the back, then saw his excellent long cross field ball out wide to Ramskill who beat two players before crossing deep for Constable at the far post and his goal bound downward header was brilliantly saved by the keeper.

Pressure was now mounting with Gill’s darting runs from deep causing problems. The chief’s through ball to the path of Jackson, who had the keeper and a defender bearing down on him, saw all challenge for the ball with the keeper making a mess of things and with both Forum players sprawled on the floor Jackson watched the ball trickle into the empty net.

Further chances were missed by Woodlands.

Man of the Match for the Woodlands went to Jamie Jackson.

The Reserves travelled to second in the league Eastella and came away with a creditable 2-2 draw after leading 2-1.

Goals came from Nathan Stannard and Lee Moore with Man of the Match awarded to Stuart Clark.

Both teams are at home this week with the first team playing South Cave at Western Road and the seconds entertaining current league leaders Haltemprice at Kent Road. Both games kick off at 2pm. All players are to meet at their respective grounds for 1pm prompt.