DOVERIDGE turned on the second-half style to claim a convincing victory over Stapenhill Swans Blue.
The morning dew made for a slick surface conducive for attractive football, however, for the first half neither side really passed the ball – opting for the punt out of defence instead.
Although frustrating for the coaches, it made for some exciting exchanges but with neither side able to take an early grip of the game.
The visitors possibly shaded the early exchanges, but brave defending from Frankie Bussell and Harvey Belcher, who blocked and tackled well, and tidy work from the confident Reuben Millward in goal kept the Swans at bay.
As the first half progressed Doveridge started to get the upper-hand, particularly through the efforts of Charlie Land and White on the left, and Adam Leigh and Jed Holden on the right.
The deadlock was finally broken five minutes before the interval. A ball from the left broke to Wood and although he was tackled before he could get a shot away, the loose ball fell nicely to Leigh who drilled a controlled side-footed shot beyond the Swans keeper, and into the bottom corner.
A revitalised and newly-inspired Doveridge appeared after the break following a half-time pep talk.
Early pressure ended with William Jones intercepting a poor goal-kick that he managed to put away via the far post – despite the Swans keeper getting his fingertips to the ball.
Doveridge continued to up their game, passing the ball confidently, and the third goal soon followed.
Following some neat exchanges, Lewie Thornton fired a powerful shot towards goal.
Doveridge then benefited from a wicked deflection as Thornton’s strike beat the Swans number one.
With a three-goal cushion Doveridge were irresistible and brimming with confidence.
Leigh repeatedly caused the Swans problems down the right, while any breaks the Stapenhill outfit were mopped up neatly – and Henry Elliot recycled the ball into attack with some excellent passing.
The final goal came courtesy of a cool and controlled finish from the hard-working Wood.
Although Doveridge failed to score a fifth they deserved one after the move of the match from Ben Pattinson.
After breaking forward from midfield Pattinson exchanged passes with a teammate, then slid the ball to one side of a defender while running past the now bemused Swans defender.
It failed to produce another goal but despite a less than inspiring first half Doveridge were very good value for their four goals and probably deserved more.