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Stand-in keeper Langworthy's the star

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 11, 2013

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ROSS Langworthy was the hero for Shortwood United as they claimed a memorable 3-0 win at Cossham Street.

With goalkeeper Tom King reporting sick on the morning of the game, Langworthy volunteered to don the gloves.

But any fears Wood fans may have had at Langworthy's unlikely role were dispelled as the striker performed superbly to help Wood claim the win.

Mangotsfield tested the stand-in stopper with an early low shot which he fell on comfortably and then Langworthy held a couple of crosses which gave him and his defence confidence.

Although the scoreline was blank at half time it wasn't for the want of effort from Shortwood as home keeper Kevin Sawyer saved efforts from Jake Parrott, Matt Bennett and Luke Gullick while Bennett fizzed an effort just wide.

Marcus Duharty shot wide and Matt Thorne over before Wood took control.

They finally took the lead that their play deserved on 68 minutes as James Baldwin struck a magnificent dipping volley past Sawyer from at least 25yards out.

The lead was doubled two minutes later as Joey Tustain set Gullick free down the right.

He fed Baldwin who crossed for Bennett to lash home from six yards out at the far post.

And less than ten minutes later Wood made the game safe as Tustain raced on to Tim Haddock's flick beat his man and rifled a low shot into the net.

Haddock and TJ Bohane had further chances for Wood while at the other end a cross-shot drifted wide of Langworthy's goal no one to get a touch but a goal then would have been harsh on the outstanding stand-in keeper.

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