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Promotion Clash Ends In Stalemate

Mark Lemm  Monday, February 18, 2002  12:39 GMT

The weekend's big clash at Woodford Park between promotion hopefuls Reading YMCA and Woodley Town ended in a 0-0 draw. Both teams will be reasonably satisfied with a draw which was a fair result in a match where both sides enjoyed periods of dominance. YM handed debuts to Andy Dell and Paul Kielczewski and Dave Morrison made his first start after a handful of games as substitute over the past couple of seasons. YM dominated the early exchanges giving Woodley no time to settle on the ball, Andy Malone in particular work hard to harrass the Woodley backline. As the half progressed Woodley came into the game and occasionally exposed the new look YM defence. A tactical change at half time moved Alec Norman into the centre of defence and Paul O'Boyle to right back and the change was vindicated in a solid showing from the YM rearguard in the second half. YM's best moment came late in the half when sub Chris Vaughan's power and pace created a one on one with the keeper who tipped his shot onto the crossbar. Outstanding for YM were keeper Kielczewski, Dave Morrison and Andy Malone whilst the entire defence deserve credit for a rare clean sheet. Man of the match, though was Alec Norman who used every ounce of his experience to keep the lively Woodley forwards quiet. YM received a scare late on as Mark Lemm received a 4 inch gash above his eye after a clash of heads. Lemm refused to go off in a display of heroism that typified the YMCA spirit. Lemm was rushed to hospital after the game where he received 6 stitches.
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