WOODLEY United got off to the perfect start under new manager James Anderson with a fine 3-1 Hellenic League Premier Division win at Ascot United.

The first chance of the match fell to Woodley's Jake Nicholls, but his low cross was blocked on practically the goal line, while a Nathaneal Robinson free-kick was headed over by Danny Horscroft as the visitors took a grip on the game.

They took a deserved lead in the 24th minute with a sublime individual goal from Jaydyn Englefield.

Cutting in from the right the young wing beat a defender, rounded Tim Amoui in the home goal before firing a low shot into the right corner.

The lead was doubled two minutes later when Robinson latched onto a Horscroft flick-on; bearing down on goal he beat Amoui from just inside the box.

Ascot then had by far their best spell of the match as George Lock wriggled clear of his marker before testing Woodley keeper Alex Reed with a shot from the left side of the box.

Reed was then called into action, diving to his right to deny a well-struck effort by Ascot skipper Rob Lazarczuk, but the hosts did pull one back just before the half hour when striker Cameron Gyeabour headed a pinpoint cross by Lock into the top-left corner.

The second half started with a flurry of Woodley chances as Nicholls, Robinson, and Ashley Ledger all had efforts on goal.

However, the pressure told as just before the hour Woodley got a third when Nicholls found the right corner with a controlled strike from the left of the box.

Robinson had a free-kick saved shortly after, while at the other end, Lock forced Reed into action.

Ascot rarely looked like getting back into the contest and could have fallen even further behind, only for Carl Prestidge to shoot wide late on.

The Kestrels were brought back to earth following a 4-0 defeat at Wantage Town on Tuesday.

Woodley United travel to Binfield in the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup tomorrow (7.45pm), and then welcome Thatcham Town to Rivermoor in the league on Monday night (7.45).

  • AFC Aldermaston gained a measure of revenge for their penalty shoot-out elimination at the hands of Henley Town in the Floodlit Cup, collecting a 1-0 Division One East victory four days later on Saturday.

It was Liam Tackley who proved the match-winner, his second-minute strike decisive.

AFC Aldermaston complete their rapid trilogy of matches with the Red Kites when they visit The Triangle in the Challenge Cup on Saturday (3pm).