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MATCH REPORTS SEASON 2018/2019
Tuesday 14th August 2018, Dorset Premier League: WESTLAND SPORTS 2 STURMINSTER NEWTON UTD 0
A couple of changes were made for this our second match in 4 days. Haydn Hodges was injured and Jonny Manley was rested so Scott Smith stepped in at the back and Dwayne Forshaw started wide on the left. A few other positional changes gave the team a different look to the one that had won well on Saturday. Our opponents had suffered a heavy defeat in their first match so a home win was a must.
As it turned out, the new formation just didn’t gell and with the visitor’s looking in determined mood, this match became a bit of a struggle for Westlands. It took Sports about 20 minutes to create an opening when Josh Payne crossed to Dwayne Forshaw but his shot was wide of the mark. Sturminster replied immediately with a good effort that slipped just past the post. Then Olly Wake lost possession in his own penalty area out on the byeline. The Stur attacker ran in and drove the ball past Sports keeper Sam Watts but the angle was too tight and the ball slipped just past the far post. In the 28th minute Westlands created a shooting chance but Josh Payne blasted over the top. The game was opening up a little now and the Sturminster #7 had a shot that flew just over the bar. Back came Westlands with Josh Payne shooting just over. Then the visitor’s keeper smothered a Steve Ormrod shot as the half drew to a close. Half-time 0-0.
Not a classic by any means and the visitors probably had the best opportunities to open the scoring in the first half but failed to hit the target with 3 decent chances. Westlands toiled away but found it difficult to penetrate a solid Sturminster rear guard who were getting lots of men behind the ball.
Some immediate action was taken by Sports management at half time with 2 substitutions and a more familiar look to the team. Steve Ormrod and Dwayne Forshaw were withdrawn and replaced by Sam Carney and Jamie Irwin with Ant Herrin pushing up front.
The reshaped home team came out looking much sharper in the second half and soon took the lead. A bit of a goalmouth scramble ended with Josh Payne thumping a shot off the crossbar and into the net off the head of SAM CARNEY. Westlands were in control now and in the 50th minute a strong run and cross by Henry Lawrence-Napier was met on the run by Ant Herrin but the keeper dived at his feet and made a great block. Then Henry had a snap shot but again the Stur keeper pulled off a good save.
On the hour Westlands made their final substitution with Tommy Frampton replacing Adam Barratt.
Then another bit of sloppy play in the Sports defence put a Stur player clear but Sam Watts dived low to his left and touched the shot round the post. That was a close shave and almost immediately Sam Watts was in action again, pushing away a high cross/shot. Westlands soon went back on the attack and Josh Payne made it a hat-trick of shots put over the bar ! Then Josh made a good run to the bye line and turned the ball across goal but no takers in the box fo a tap in. In the 74th minute Sam Plumley picked out Ant Herrin with a forward pass but Ant drilled his shot just past the post. Then Josh Payne got to the byeline again but again no-one could get on the end of his cut back.Josh was causing the visitor’s defence problems now and another good run saw him beat several defenders before firing a shot past the far post. In the 85th minute a Jamie Irwin free kick flew just over the bar and a couple of minutes later the Stur keeper pulled off a great save from Jamie after he was set up by Josh Payne. Westlands were knocking at the door but with only a one goal lead there was always the worry that the visitor’s would nick one on the break. Finally, with only a few minutes left, JAMIE IRWIN sealed the win for Westlands with a low drive from 20 yards which took a slight deflection and finished in the corner of the net.
That was the points safe and it was just about the right score as the Sturminster keeper had been outstanding in the second half to keep his team in the game for so long. From a Westlands viewpoint it wasn’t one of our better day’s and it had been a bit of a struggle to overcome a lively Sturminster Newton side who worked very hard for the 90 minutes. A bonus on the day was another clean sheet, that's two out of two now !
The Man of the Match award goes to the enigmatic JOSH PAYNE who missed several chances but always looked the player most likely to open up the visitor’s defence particularly in the second half.
Westlands line-up: 1.S.Watts 2.S.Plumley 3.P.Wells 4.O.Wake 5.S.Smith 6.A.Barratt 7.J.Payne 8.H.Lawrence-Napier 9.S.Ormrod 10.A.Herrin 11.D.Forshaw 12.J.Dicker 14.J.Irwin 15.S.Carney 16.T.Frampton 17.M.Kamal
Saturday 11th August 2018, Dorset Premier League: WESTLAND SPORTS 8 PORTLAND UTD RES 0
First game of the season and, to make it more interesting, unknown opponents who were newly promoted from the Dorset Senior League.
The pitch was hard, as expected given the recent weather, but some quite heavy rain on matchday made it a slippy surface which would test the first touch. We had lost our opening match last season so with a home match we were looking for a good win to get the season off to a flying start.
Westlands had a two or three players missing but it was a very strong team who took the field with an equally strong 5 man bench which included new signing Jack Dicker.
The teams kicked off in a bit of a downpour but Westlands were looking sharp and were soon zipping the ball around. Sports were having most of the pressure without really troubling the Portland keeper as the visitor’s defended well and looked to attack on the break. Westlands had a shout for a penalty when Ant Herrin was upended in the box but the referee waved play on. The first big chance of the game fell to the visitor’s in the 20th minute. The ball was squared to their number 10 who was unmarked on the edge of the box and he blasted in a shot which Sports keeper Sam Watts tipped over the bar at full stretch. Westlands kept probing at the Portland defence and eventually the breakthrough came in the 29th minute. Ant Herrin cut inside from the left and slipped a neat ball through to STEVE ORMROD who took a touch and drilled the ball into the far corner. Three minutes later came goal number two. Haydn Hodges squared to ADAM BARRATT on the edge of the box and he coolly picked his spot with a sidefoot finish. In the 35th minute it was 3-0 as Westlands turned the screw. A cross came over from the right, the visitor’s keeper seemed to hesitate and JOSH PAYNE rose to head home. In the 38th minute Josh skinned the fullback, got to the byeline, and squared the ball on a plate for ANT HERRIN to sidefoot in goal number four. A goal blitz by Westlands with 4 goals in 12 minutes gave the home side an unassailable 4-0 half time lead
Most people thought Portland had been competitive until that first goal went in but I thought Westlands had always looked a class above their opponents and it was only a matter of time but I was slightly surprised to be four goals up at the break.
As the teams came out for the second half Westlands made their first substitution with Sam Carney coming on for Haydn Hodges. No doubt Portland came out with a plan to tighten up in the second half but that went spectacularly wrong when Sports added a fifth goal only 2 minutes into the half. The ball was played through to JOSH PAYNE on the edge of the box and he turned and fired the ball into the far bottom corner. A neat finish that was followed in the 52nd minute with goal number 6. Josh Payne again did the damage down the left and his pass set up HENRY LAWRENCE-NAPIER who stabbed the ball past the keeper.
Josh Payne was then replaced by Tommy Frampton as Sports made their second substitution.
In the 61st minute came possibly the goal of the game as Westlands knocked the ball around from man to man. Finally Adam Barratt played a through ball to STEVE ORMROD who prodded it past the keeper.
Westlands then made their last substitution with Jack Dicker replacing Henry Lawrence-Napier.
The game dropped down a gear now but Westlands managed another goal in the 79th minute. SAM CARNEY broke through the opposition defence with a nice one-two and his shot went in off the far post to make it 8-0.
A minute later Westlands had a stonewall penalty when Tommy Frampton was wiped out in the box but the referee
again waved play on. However he did so with a big smile on his face which perhaps told a story !
The next action came at the other end when Sam Watts had to make a good save after the Westlands defence got careless and gave away possession in their own half. The final action came from Tommy Frampton who danced through the Portland defence then fluffed his shot past the post with only the keeper to beat.
A good start to the season for Westlands who quickly slipped into gear and looked to be in good form. Hard to assess the opposition really but it could be a long season for them.
The Man of the Match award goes to skipper ADAM BARRATT who looked in control in the midfield and set a good example to his team mates with his unflustered attitude. Add to that an excellent goal and you have a man of the match performance.
Westlands line-up: 1.S.Watts 2.S.Plumley 3.P.Wells 4.O.Wake 5.J.Manley 6.A.Barratt 7.S.Ormrod 8.H.Lawrence-Napier 9.A.Herrin 10.H.Hodges 11.J.Payne 12.S.Carney 14.S.Smith 15.J.Dicker 16.D.Forshaw 17.T.Frampton