Ryhall United 6 Woodston 2
RYHALL United got off to an impressive start to 2012 beating promotion rivals Woodston 6-2 on Saturday.
Ricky Pozella scored four to take his tally to 19 goals in just 14 games this season. In total Ryhall have scored 53 in 16 games and their attacking qualities shone again against a tough Peterborough side.
Jonny Hewing opened the scoring, slamming home his left foot shot with 20 minutes played before Pozella grabbed his first, turning in an excellent free kick from Phil Bartlett.
Ryhall were dominant and should have extended their lead but Eddy Pentney miscued his close range header before Pozella struck an effort straight at the keeper.
Woodston hit back with a quick counter attack just before half time to half the deficit.
That goal gave the visitors renewed belief and in the opening spells of the second half Woodston dominated possession and put United under pressure forcing keeper John Feetham into two fine saves.
Unselfish work from Pentney teed-up Bartlett who made no mistake and restored Ryhall’s two goal cushion on the hour.
The third goal swung the pattern of the game and United once again took control.
Pozella was brought down in the area for a penalty that he duly tucked away.
Woodston grabbed a goal back with an neat finish but any hopes of a fightback were short-lived when only minutes later Pentney again turned provider, picking out Pozella who slotted his shot home to claim his hat-trick.
In the final few minutes Ryhall skipper Danny Sheehan was brought down in the box and Pozella took the opportunity to grab his fourth and round off an excellent display.
Ryhall Utd: J Feetham, R Wilkinson, S Moss (J Sheehan), M Webb, A Sheehan, C Harris, D Sheehan, J Hewing, P Bartlett, R Pozella, E Pentney (J Russon).
Match sponsor: Green Dragon.
l RYHALL Reserves went down 3-2 away to title favourites Sawtry.
Steve Keegan and Hugo Vieira had twice equalised for Ryhall but a late goal for the home side was enough to win it.