Reserves Reports

Westland Sports FC




Sat 27th April, Dorset Senior League, ALLENDALE 2  WESTLAND SPORTS RES 3

Westlands travelled to Allendale, who are fighting for survival, knowing that 3 points would secure the Dorset Senior League title.

In the opening exchanges it was Westlands who were slicing open the Allendale back line with ease, Isaac Storey raced clear and pulled back for Joe Jarvis who couldn’t find a finish to match the build up play. Storey and Steve Flynn both had shots that failed to test the Allendale keeper.

The referee was starting to use his whistle increasingly more and more as the half went on and it was Allendale that were getting stronger and they deservedly took the lead with a fast paced raid that left an open net for the striker to tap home. Westlands were clearly rocked by this goal and really struggling to string any kind of play together with Allendale looking dangerous on every attack. It was now all about getting to half time to regroup without conceding again. This proved to be impossible and Allendale doubled their lead when a corner was met at the front past and turned home for 2-0. Half time 2-0 down.

Second half saw the introduction of Charlie Gay and Dan Ewens to try and change the course of the game. The play was now being dominated by Westlands but no clear chances were presenting themselves. With 70 minutes on the clock an ISAAC STOREY in-swinging corner eluded everyone including the Allendale keeper and ended up in the back of the net giving Westlands a glimmer of hope at 2-1 down. Joe Jarvis re-entered the game and joined Charlie Gay up top with a re-shuffle of the pack and formation.

With Westlands now pushing for an equaliser there were some rash tackles being made and this was presenting opportunities for Sports to deliver balls into dangerous areas with quality deliveries from Isaac Storey and Aaron Sweet. Westlands thought they had equalised when Storey headed home a Sweet delivery but the linesman’s flag said otherwise. The equaliser materialised with only minutes left on the clock with STEVE FLYNN heading in a Sweet free kick. Allendale were then reduced to 10 men for another bad tackle as Sports piled on the pressure in the hope of securing the league title.

With the game moving into stoppage time Isaac Storey took yet another corner and a perfect delivery was met by that man STEVE FLYNN who rose the highest to direct his header in to the top corner of the net and spark wild celebrations from everyone involved. Straight from the kick off Allendale tried to push for an equaliser that would secure their survival but a long ball into Westlands box was met by the head of Captain Jamie Burt who powered his clearance back over the half way line to the sound of the final whistle.

A massive second half performance from Westlands that showed huge character and a will to never give up. It has been an incredible season for all the lads involved and everyone that has played a part in it should be very proud of what we have achieved.

Man of the Match went to STEVE FLYNN, two magnificent headed goals to win the match.

Westlands line-up: 1.M.Alford 2.L.Howchin 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Philips 5.J.Burt (c) 6.N.Carney 7.I.Storey 8.A.Sweet 9.S.Flynn 10.J.Jarvis 11.R.Thomson 12.D.Ewens 14.C.Gay 15.R.Trevett

Sat 20th April, Dorset Senior League, WESTLAND SPORTS RES 2  WINCANTON 0

Westlands had Rich Pippin back in goal for this one but unfortunately top scorer Charlie Gay was unavailable so midfielder Steve Flynn went up front. Scott Morgan, Jake Wolfe and Aaron Sweet were all starters as the management shuffled the pack. Wincanton had used their full quota of first team players as per the rules so we knew we were in for a tough match.

Westlands opened quite brightly, knocking the ball around and created the first chance in the 5th minute. Dan Ewens, who was operating in midfield, tried a rather speculative overhead kick that went wide of the goal. After 10 minutes came a quick raid from the visitors and Rich Pippin just tipped the final shot round the post. A couple of minutes later Jamie Burt got a header on target from a corner but the keeper saved fairly easily. In the 15th minute Westlands made the breakthrough. Jake Wolfe burst into the box and was tripped for a penalty. ISAAC STOREY stepped up and thumped the ball down the middle as the keeper dived to the right. 1-0 to Westlands.

In the 17th minute a free kick from Aaron sweet was turned into the net by Jamie Burt but the linesman spotted an offside and it was ruled out. After 25 minutes Isaac Storey was pulled down about 20 yards out and from the free kick Aaron Sweet thumped in an excellent shot that crashed off the crossbar and was cleared. On the half hour the Wincanton #9 drove in a good shot that had Rich Pippin at full stretch to turn round the post and a minute later the visitors #7 had a crack at goal that went just over the top. It was end to end at the moment and Westlands were next to have a go when Steve Flynn laid the ball off to Dan Ewens but his right foot shot had no power and was easily saved. Then it Wincanton who had a shot at goal but this one went straight into Rich Pippin’s arms. In the 36th minute a good pass from Dan Ewens set up Steve Flynn but he scooped his shot over the bar. Back at the other end Rich Pippin fumbled a shot round the post for a corner which was scrambled away.Half-time 1-0.

A one goal lead for Westlands was ok at the break but the general feeling was we could maybe have been a couple up with one “goal” ruled out for offside and a free kick rattling the bar. However the score probably reflected play in the first 45 as Wincanton had been tough opponents as we knew they would.

Five minutes into the second half Liam Stobbs had the first shot at goal with a good effort but it was a fairly easy save for the keeper. Then Rich Pippin fielded a well struck shot from a Wincanton attacker.

The visitor’s #11 was finding a lot of space out on the left and he put a couple of good crosses over that caused problems in the Westland’s defence. Westlands were looking for that crucial second goal and a bit of anxiety seemed to be creeping into the play. Steve Flynn made a good run and laid the ball back to Isaac Storey but his shot went just over. Then Steve Flynn broke through on his own but he duffed his shot tamely at the keeper and another chance was gone. But in the 80th minute it was STEVE FLYNN who grabbed that all important second goal and what a goal it was ! A long ball over the top was chased by Steve who outjumped the Wincanton centre half to head the ball on. He then chased his own flick-on and deftly chipped the ball over the advancing keeper. Great stuff that brought a huge cheer from the spectators and great celebrations from the players. I think everyone knew that was the goal that clinched the game and with about ten minutes left it was Westlands who looked likely to add to their score line as Wincanton heads dropped. A well worked free kick saw Aaron Sweet slip the ball out to Rory Thompson who put over a good cross for Isaac Storey who saw his shot blocked on the line. Then Steve Flynn controlled the ball in the box and thumped it into the net but it was ruled out for handball. That was the last of the action and so it finished 2-0 to Westlands.

Another good three points for the reserves that takes them a step nearer that league title. Not a vintage performance from Sports but they were depleted with unavailability and injury so the performance was a creditable one.

Man of the Match went to STEVE FLYNN who was full of running all match and scored that excellent solo effort that clinched the points.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Philips 5.J.Burt (c) 6.J.Wolfe 7.I.Storey 8.A.Sweet 9.S.Flynn 10.D.Ewens 11.L.Stobbs 12.J.Jarvis 14.N.Carney 15.R.Thomson

Sat 13th April, Dorset Senior League, WESTLAND SPORTS RES 3 BROADSTONE 1

For the second time this season Westlands manager Jon Ritchie was between the sticks with Rich Pippin being called upon by the first team and his replacement Matt Alford unfortunately having work commitments. Westlands went into the game knowing that 3 wins from their last 4 games would secure the league title, so all to play for.

In the opening minutes, however it was Broadstone that started the brighter with some dangerous deliveries into the box from their left winger. After 10 minutes they struck the first blow when a beautifully delivered inswinger was headed past Ritchie to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

It was a game that Westlands were struggling to gain control of and a lot of sloppy passing was enabling Broadstone's defence to deal comfortably with everything coming their way.

Nevertheless Sports managed to get back on level terms after half an hour when a Joe Jarvis attempted shot found its way to LIAM STOBBS who finished nicely. That made it 1-1 and that was the  half time score.

The second half was dominated by Westlands but with very little goalmouth action until the 70th minute when goal scorer Stobbs drove into the box and pulled the ball back for substitute ISAAC STOREY to hammer home to make it 2-1 Westlands. The energy levels started to rise and Sports soon grabbed another following a driving run down the left from full back Scott Morgan who put a low cross into the box which the Broadstone keeper failed to hold and LIAM STOBBS was on hand to grab his second goal, lifting the ball high in to the net. That made the final score 3-1 to Westlands. Just 2 more wins from 3 games needed to secure the league title.

The Man of the Match went to LIAM STOBBS who was heavily involved in everything that Westlands did well.

Westlands line-up: 1.J.Ritchie 2.L.Howchin 3.D.Ewens 4.M.Philips 5.J.Burt (c) 6.J.Wolfe 7.L.Stobbs 8.J.Jarvis 9.C.Gay 10.S.Flynn 11.A.Sweet 12.S.Morgan 14.R.Thomson 15.I.Storey

Sat 23rd March, Dorset Senior League, WESTLAND SPORTS RES 2 BEAMINSTER 1

Westland’s welcomed near neighbours Beaminster to Alvington in a game we knew would be a tough one. The reverse fixture saw Sports take the points at Beaminster with a single Liam Stobbs goal. Beaminster started sharper in this one and were causing Westlands trouble with the ball over the top and their front man outpacing the Sports back line on a couple of occasions inside the first few minutes before wasting the chances. Westlands were riding their luck a bit but also showed glimpses of what they could offer as an attacking force with Sam Fuller, making his first start, delivering a good ball into the path of Charlie Gay who fired over from close range. 25 minutes in and Westlands luck ran out when the same Beaminster striker raced through on goal and this time nicely lobbed the advancing Westlands keeper Rich Pippin to make it 1-0. The rest of the half proved fairly uneventful with neither team taking control but the physical presence of the Beaminster team was challenging for the young Westlands side. 0-1 half time.

A couple of changes at half time saw the experienced duo of Aaron Sweet and Jake Wolfe replace youngsters Sam Fuller and Isaac Storey. The message was to move the ball quicker and to bring an intensity to the game that was missing in the first half.

Westlands responded to the half time words and began to look like they believed they could get something from the game with chances presenting themselves but not being taking. The equaliser came courtesy of captain JAMIE BURT who met an in-swinging corner from Aaron Sweet to prod the ball over the line from close range.

1-1 and 20 minutes to find another goal and win the game ! Beaminster were proving to be a solid test but the attacking pace of Gay, Stobbs and Sweet was starting to open them up. Some good work from Joe Jarvis saw him drive into the box before squaring to Charlie Gay who again fired over the bar. With time running out the game was won by Westlands when the ball fell to the feet of LIAM STOBBS who calmly took a touch and slotted past the keeper for 2-1. Westlands had a good chance to make it 3 following good work down the right from Liam Stobbs who delivered the ball in to Dan Ewens but his effort failed to hit the target.

Final score 2-1 to Westlands and the team deserve a lot of credit after a poor first half performance. In the second half they fought back to win a hard game against strong opposition and increasing their lead at the top of the league with only 4 games to go.

The Man of the Match award, picked by the spectators and endorsed by the manager, was STEVE FLYNN whose work rate was exceptional over the 90 minutes.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.D.Ewens 4.M.Philips 5.J.Burt (c) 6.J.Jarvis 7.S.Fuller 8.S.Flynn 9.C.Gay 10.I.Storey 11.L.Stobbs 12.J.Wolfe 14.B.Scott 15.A.Sweet

Sat 16th March, Dorset Senior League, WESTLAND SPORTS RES 4 CORFE MULLEN 1

Westlands were at home again for the fourth week in a row, could we make it four wins out of four ? As usual, it was bitterly cold down at Alvington with a strong wind making conditions difficult for the players and a nightmare for the spectators ! Westlands had a couple of changes from the side that won well last week, Charlie Gay and Jake Wolfe dropped out injured and were replaced by Luca Martin and Isaac Storey with Brandon Scott, Scott Morgan and Steve Flynn giving Sports a strong bench.

Westlands took the initiative straight from the kick-off with Joe Jarvis making a strong run into the Corfe box and cutting the ball across goal. Unfortunately there was no Westlands player on hand to take advantage. A couple of minutes later Rory Thomson met a cross from the right at the front post but couldn’t get his shot on target, sending the ball just past the post. A goal was on the cards and it came after 10 minutes. Isaac Storey burst through and laid the ball off to LUCA MARTIN who curled a good shot into the far corner. 1-0 to Westlands and well deserved as they had attacked from the first whistle. In the 20th minute Liam Stobbs was put clean through but the keeper came out to make the block with his legs. The rebound fell to Luca Martin but his shot hit the top of the bar and went over. A minute later it was 2-0 when a Corfe defender miscued his clearance and presented the ball to LUCA MARTIN on the edge of the box and he drilled the ball low into the net. Only just over 20 minutes gone and Sports had a nice two goal lead which could have been more in all honesty. Spurred on by losing the second goal Corfe Mullen then made their best chance so far when, from a corner, their player blasted a shot goalwards only to see Rich Pippin turn it over the bar. Westlands next chance came after half an hour with a good run and shot from Dan Ewens that was blocked for a corner. From the kick Jack Dicker put a header just over the bar. Next Isaac Storey and Liam Stobbs combined well to set up a chance for Rory Thomson but he missed the target with his shot. After 39 minutes a good run gave Liam Stobbs a chance but he put his shot in the side net from an angle. Just before the half time whistle Luca Martin also put a shot just wide.

The 2-0 half time lead was fairly comfortable for Westlands but really they could have been further ahead had they shown a bit of composure with their shooting. The visitors hadn’t really threatened so it looked good at this stage for a home win.

As expected, Corfe came out and showed a bit more energy at the start of the second half and it took Westlands until the 57th minute to create a good chance. An Isaac Storey pass put Rory Thomson in the clear but again he missed the target with his shot putting it just past the post. In the 70th minute Westlands put the game beyond doubt with the third goal. Luca Martin made a good run down the right and put the ball into the box where DAN EWENS banged it in off the post with his right foot.

Two minutes later Steve Flynn played a pass out to Liam Stobbs whose cross was met with a diving header by Luca Martin that flew just over the top. In the 78th minute a good forward run by Steve Flynn was picked out by Jack Dicker with a lovely pass. As the keeper rushed out Steve lobbed the ball over his head and just wide of the post. After 80 minutes Sports scored a fourth goal. Matt Philips crossed to STEVE FLYNN who was unmarked about 15 yards out and he took a touch and coolly stroked the ball into the corner of the net. A great goal but Sports were then caught with a sucker punch, not for the first time in recent weeks. A long wind assisted kick by the Corfe keeper was picked up by their player and he smashed the ball into the net. A consolation goal well taken by the visitor’s striker but Westlands defence appeared to have switched off momentarily. Sports had one more chance to increase the score before the final whistle when Lewis Howchin ran on to a Matt Philips pass and hit the far post with his shot which bounced to safety.

Another good win for Westlands that puts them 7points clear at the top of the league.

Jack Dicker ruled himself out of the reckoning for Man of the Match by hoofing a clearance right over the perimeter fence into the road, never to be seen again ! The award, picked by the Sports management team, was shared by MATT PHILIPS and LUCA MARTIN.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.D.Ewens 4.J.Dicker 5.J.Burt (c) 6.J.Jarvis 7.L.Stobbs 8.M.Philips 9.L.Martin 10.I.Storey 11.R.Thomson 12.S.Morgan 14.S.Flynn 15.B.Scott

Sat 9th March, Dorset Senior League, WESTLAND SPORTS RES 5 CHICKERELL UTD 0

A pretty strong line up for Westlands with a couple of changes from the previous week. Dwayne Forshaw was missing and was replaced by Rory Thomson, and with Scott Morgan called up for first team duty, Dan Ewens started at the back.The weather was dry but cold and the pitch looked in good condition as the teams kicked off under the watchful eye of experienced official Mr Perlejewski.

The first chance fell to Westlands in the 7th minute when a trademark long throw by Jack Dicker was headed wide by Jake Wolfe. Then Chickerell had a couple of chances. Their left winger drove over a cross from near the byeline that came off the face of the bar and bounced to safety. Then a shot from a Chickerell attacker flew just past the post before Sports responded with a good run and shot by Charlie Gay that the keeper parried for a corner. Liam Stobbs swung over the kick and Jamie Burt met it flush with his head but again the keeper turned the ball over the bar. Again the ball was swung over deep where Jamie Burt headed it back across goal only for Joe Jarvis to blast it high over the bar. A good little spell that for Westlands with only the Chickerell keeper stopping them from scoring. After 20 minutes another long throw from Jack Dicker picked out Jake Wolfe but he put his shot wide. Then Charlie Gay showed good control in the box to create a chance but the Chickerell keeper pulled off a brilliant one-handed save. In the 25th minute Westlands got the important opening goal. A deep corner was returned back across to LIAM STOBBS at the far post and he fooled the keeper by missing his shot before recovering to stab the ball into the net. Play was fairly even from then on until a few minutes before half time when we had a flurry of chances. Jack Dicker tried his luck with a low drive from about 30 yards that went just past the post.Then a long ball picked out Charlie Gay who turned and curled a shot just wide of the far post. The half finished with a narrow escape for Westlands. A rash tackle in the box saw the referee correctly point to the spot for a penalty to Chickerell. Their player thumped the ball straight down the middle and it came off the crossbar and was cleared.

So, half time and a narrow one goal lead for Sports but really it should have been 1-1 with Chickerell having that penalty chance. It had been a fairly even half but I thought Westlands had created more chances and had looked the more likely team to score.

Into the second half and with the Westlands players asleep a Chickerell player had a free header at the far post, luckily he put his effort past the post. In the 52nd minute Charlie Gay made a great run down the left and squared the ball to Jack Dicker who tried an audacious chip/flick that spun just wide. Charlie Gay was in full flow now and a minute later he cut in from the right and flashed a shot just past the far post. In the 60th minute an even better chance for Charlie as he ran clean through but the keeper came out and made the block. However a goal looked on the cards at it came in the 65th minute. Again CHARLIE GAY was put through but this time he rounded the keeper and squeezed the ball in from an acute angle.  That was the end of Charlie’s involvement as he managed to injure himself scoring the goal. All the Westlands subs were on now, and with some fresh young legs they began to play some good stuff. In the 77th minute Westlands were awarded a free kick about 25 yards out and ISAAC STOREY stepped up and smashed the ball into the back of the net. The Chickerell keeper had been outstanding all game but I felt maybe he should have saved that one as it was straight down the middle. Nevertheless a cracking strike and with Sports now 3-0 up things looked bleak for Chickerell. Three minutes later Lewis Howchin went on a tremendous run and squared the ball to Isaac Storey. Isaac’s shot was parried by the keeper but RORY THOMSON was following up and forced the ball over he line. That made it 4-0 and a minute later it was five. A ball was played across the face of the Chickerell goal and RORY THOMSON smashed it in. Another great finish and Sports were cock-a-hoop now. A final corner for Westlands fell to Liam Stobbs who put the ball over the bar. The referee’s whistle brought the curtain down on a good 5-0 win for Westlands.

Until the 65th minute it had been a pretty even game but the second goal put Sports in charge. Another clean sheet for Westlands solid defence, the 7th in 8 games !

The Man of the Match award went to MATT PHILIPS who kept going right to the end despite the fact he was playing in an unaccustomed midfield role and had to wear a jersey that had obviously shrunk in the wash !

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.D.Ewens 4.J.Dicker 5.J.Burt (c) 6.J.Wolfe 7.L.Stobbs 8.J.Wolfe 9.C.Gay 10.J.Jarvis 11.R.Thomson 12.I.Storey 14.Nat Carney

Sat 2nd March, Dorset Senior League, WESTLAND SPORTS RES 5 AFC BLANDFORD 1

Another dry fine day at Alvington but the chill wind had returned so it was still winter even although the kick off had been switched back to the 3.00pm start as we were now into March.

AFC Blandford had given us a 6-2 beating at Stourpaine earlier in the season so we knew this would be a tough match. However, the equation is simple, win all our remaining games and we will win the league !

Previous to this match, Westlands had gone six games without conceding a goal but that statistic was shattered after only 4 minutes when the visitors scored ! A simple pass was laid in to the totally unmarked Blandford #10 about 15 yards out and he smashed the ball into the top corner.

As we settled into the game the pattern that emerged was the visitor’s having a lot of possession but Westlands looking dangerous with fast raiding attacks. Charlie Gay was proving a big problem for the Blandford defence and his strong run and cross was just missed by Liam Stobbs coming in from the other wing. Then a corner for Sports was headed just over the bar by Lewis Howchin. Still Blandford had lots of possession but they were finding Sports defence a tough nut to crack now they had found their focus. In the 40th minute Westlands equalised with a fine goal. A free kick into the box was collected by CHARLIE GAY who turned and thumped the ball past the keeper. Two minutes later Sports had a good chance to take the lead when a lovely through ball from Lewis Howchin put Liam Stobbs clean through but he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet to get a shot away and the keeper came out to block. Half-time 1-1.

The second half seemed to continue as the first with Blandford having a lot of possession but not giving Rich Pippin in the Westlands goal any work to do while Westlands were pretty solid and looking for these quick breaks. As the half wore on without any real goalmouth action, it looked as if the visitors fancied they could go on and win the match as they seemed to be pushing more men forward. A dangerous tactic with Westlands pace up front and, sure enough, they were made to pay in the 70th minute. A long ball down the right was picked up by Liam Stobbs who quickly squared to CHARLIE GAY who scored with a cool sidefoot finish. Having taken the lead Sports went for the kill now and a couple of minutes later forced a corner out on the right. The kick was half cleared to Rory Thomson on the edge of the box and he fired in a shot that was heading for the bottom corner until the keeper turned it round the post. That corner was cleared but in the 75th minute another corner from the right was met on the run by DAN EWENS and his header flew into the far corner. That made the score 3-1 and with the pressure now off, Westlands quickly made it four in the 77th minute. A long ball over the top put LIAM STOBBS clean through and he managed to find the back of the net after playing a 1-2 with the Blandford goalkeeper. Three goals in seven minutes had put this game to bed and with a 4-1 lead Sports could relax. In the 86th minute LEWIS HOWCHIN made it five with a nice finish from the edge of the box and that was the final action of the match.

A strange game, as with the opposition having so much possession it didn’t really feel like a 5-1 match but on reflection Blandford had been blitzed in the second half !

The Man of the Match award went to LEWIS HOWCHIN who had an energetic game at right back and was an example to his team mates in terms of work rate. Also grabbed a goal to top things off.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.S.Morgan 4.J.Dicker 5.J.Burt (c) 6.J.Wolfe 7.C.Gay 8.N.Carney 9.D.Forshaw 10.J.Jarvis 11.L.Stobbs 12.D.Ewens 14.R.Thomson 15.M.Philips

Sat 23rd Feb, Dorset Senior League, WINCANTON TOWN RES 0  WESTLAND SPORTS RES 3

Westland’s travelled to near neighbours Wincanton looking to bring home the 3 points and keep their title hopes going. There was a first start for youth team player Dan Ewens and Rich Pippin returned between the sticks.

The opening 10 minutes were fairly even with the pitch proving a bit difficult.

Westlands were keeping the ball well in spells and the right hand side pairing of Lewis Howchin and Charlie Gay were causing Wincanton problems. A number of corners and crosses into the box were keeping Wincanton penned in and on 25 minutes Westlands took the lead. NAT CARNEY grabbed his first goal of the season with a long range effort that sailed over the keeper’s head and in to the far corner. This seemed to lift Westlands and a number of good chances in and around the box followed but they couldn’t find another goal. 1-0 half time.

The second half was again dominated by Westlands with a number of Isaac Storey set plays but no goal to show for it. On 65 minutes CHARLIE GAY was fouled when receiving the ball inside the box and picked himself up to slot home the resulting penalty for 2-0. Moments later the home side were reduced to 10 men with a straight red card for a dangerous tackle. Westlands who had dominated throughout were now keeping the ball well and pushing for a third. This arrived from another penalty when ISAAC STOREY was fouled following a good run and stepped up to score from the spot himself. Full time 3-0.

The score line was a fair reflection on the game as Westlands dominated from start to finish with once again the defence looking very strong. Westlands have now gone over 540 minutes without conceding a goal which at any level is a great achievement. The entire squad of 14 all chipped in this afternoon with a great work ethic and a very professional job done.

The Man of the Match award went to DAN EWENS who never put a foot wrong and looked very assured on the ball all afternoon, A fantastic start to his senior career.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.D.Ewens 4.J.Dicker 5.J.Burt (c) 6.J.Wolfe 7.C.Gay 8.N.Carney 9.L.Martin 10.I.Storey 11.R.Thomson 12.D.Forshaw 14.J.Jarvis 15.B.Scott

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Sat 16th Feb, Dorset Senior League, CRANBORNE 0  WESTLAND SPORTS RES 1

Playing at Cranborne is never easy and with their near neighbours Witchampton folding a few weeks ago some recent signings have bolstered their squad making this a tough encounter for the Reserves.

Experienced keeper Matt Alford was dragged out of retirement to play between the sticks and there were four of the U18s involved as well so a full complement of 14 players on duty.

The first half started with both Charlie Gay and Luca Martin looking very dangerous for Westlands. Gay's driving runs into the box and Martin’s quick feet created some early half-chances but nothing to test the home keeper. In fact the first half saw both teams keep good possession for periods but never anything to worry either keeper.

Half time 0-0.

The second half started much the same as the first with the defences of both sides keeping anything dangerous out. Westlands had not conceded a goal since the reverse fixture in November when Cranborne left Alvington 4-1 winners and it was looking likely that both sides would share the points in this match. Chris Wells, Dan Ewens and Sam Fuller all came on to try and change the game. Westlands also changed formation in the hope of snatching a late goal but this nearly went the other way. In the dying minutes of the half the referee blew for a free kick on the edge of Westlands box which appeared to be a foul for Sports but was then awarded to Cranborne. The experienced Matt Alford set up his wall and everyone watched on in hope it came to nothing.  The ball was curled round the outside of the wall taking a slight deflection off the outside man which sent it towards the top corner. Alford swiftly moved across his line and flung himself at full stretch to finger tip the ball on to the post and out to safety. It was an amazing save and one that we thought had rescued a point for Westlands. However, in the dying seconds, the lads pushed forward and earned a throw in deep in the Cranborne half. Long throw expert Jack Dicker picked the ball up and hurled it deep into the home sides box. A defender’s header diverted it away from danger only for Dan Ewens to head back across goal to CHARLIE GAY who acrobatically hooked the ball into the net to make it 1-0 to Westlands. A great moment for the lads who had battled hard all afternoon and won the match with the last kick of the game.

Full time 1-0 to Westlands.

Man of the Match award this week goes to JACK DICKER who was solid throughout but also a special mention for Matt Alford for that save.

Westlands line-up: 1.M.Alford 2.L.Howchin 3.S.Morgan 4.J.Dicker 5.J.Burt (c) 6.M.Philips 7.C.Gay 8.J.Wolfe 9.L.Martin 10.N.Carney 11.R.Thomson 12.C.Wells 14.D.Ewens 15.S.Fuller

Sat 26th Jan, Dorset Senior League, WESTLAND SPORTS RES 0  MERE TOWN 0

In a game that would have seen the winners take control at the top of the table, it was destined to be a cagey affair. With Westlands losing a handful of players to the first team and a couple struck down with the flu it was important that defensively they were strong against a Mere side who like to attack and have scored lots of goals this season, more than any other team in the league.

Jake Wolfe returned following a lengthy absence through injury and was pitched straight in to an unfamiliar role at right back !  Young Isaac Storey, starting his first game at senior level, was wide right with Matty Phillips, normally a centre half, in the centre of midfield. Charlie Gay returned to the team and ploughed a lone furrow up front, and there was a bench of the Management team Jon Ritchie and Aaron Sheard.

Westlands we're kicking into a very strong wind in the first half and Mere had a lot of possession with only one real chance to note when after 30 minutes Rich Pippin was forced to save with his feet following a downward header at the back post. The half was very stop start with a number of Mere bookings and referee Roger Hughes keeping a firm grip on proceedings. 0-0 at half time.

The second half saw Westlands start to put together spells of good possession themselves but without testing the away keeper. However the course of the game took a turn after 70 minutes when Mere's striker was shown a straight red card for foul and abusive language directed towards the referee. Westland still kept the same strong defensive shape but the runs from midfield of Steve Flynn and Joe Jarvis were looking like a good option for Westlands to grab the 3 points. The first real opportunity of the afternoon for Westlands fell to Flynn who's driving run into the box was found by Charlie Gay with an inch perfect cross. Flynn's header was destined for the bottom corner of the net until the keeper at full stretch managed to turn it behind. What a save ! Moments later the ball seemed to disappear in a goalmouth scramble before popping out to the feet of Rory Thomson who looked like he had won the game for Westlands before his shot was cruelly deflected off the line by his own team mate ! Unbelievable ! That was that and we had to settle for a 0-0 draw.

Westlands can take so much credit from this display with a good number of the squad not available and players with only a few minutes of playing time in their legs stepping in. Credit to Wolfe, Phillips, Howchin and Storey who all did a fantastic job playing in unfamiliar positions as did the other 7 lads who were all superb.

Man of the Match award this week goes to STEVE FLYNN who worked tirelessly in the midfield and his driving runs pushed Westlands up the pitch at vital points in the game.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.J.Wolfe 3.L.Howchin 4.J.Dicker 5.J.Burt (c) 6.M.Philips 7.I.Storey 8.J.Jarvis 9.C.Gay 10.S.Flynn 11.R.Thomson 12.J.Ritchie 14.A Sheard

Sat 19th Jan, Dorset Senior League, TISBURY UTD  0  WESTLAND SPORTS RES  3

The reserves travelled to Tisbury in a top of the table clash against a side that have won all of their home games to date this season. The pitch had some standing water that concerned the referee but he wanted to start the game and see how both sides approached it.

In the opening 15 minutes it was clear that the game was going to be a close fought affair on a very boggy heavy pitch. Both defences started well and contained either sides attacks with no clear cut opportunities being created. Westlands started to turn the screw with some driving runs from both flanks with Rory Thomson and Liam Stobbs creating problems for the Tisbury backline. On 30 minutes it was Thomson that broke down the left, beat his full back and delivered an inch perfect cross from the byeline for captain JAMIE BURT to bullet his header in to the bottom corner for a deserved 1-0 lead. This goal spurred Westlands on and they were now dominating all over the pitch against a strong home team. 40 minutes in and Westlands nearly grabbed a second from an in-swinging corner. Jamie Green’s header came back off the crossbar and Jamie Burt followed up to tap home his second of the afternoon. In the ongoing celebrations the assistant referee had raised his flag for what would appear to be an offside. The referee went with his decision and disallowed the goal stating that Burt had been offside despite the fact Tisbury had a defender on each post.

Westlands 1-0 up at half time. The message at half time was simple - don't let that decision cost us anything and to keep applying ourselves like we had been.

After 5 minutes of the second half JAMIE GREEN was upended in the box following a sustained period of pressure and the referee pointed to the spot. Green picked himself up and stepped forward to blast the ball into the roof of the net for a crucial 2 goal lead. This was very soon 3-0 with JOE JARVIS following up a Dwayne Forshaw effort that had been blocked on the goal line to smash the ball into the empty net and send Westlands into massive celebrations. The rest of the half saw Westlands deal with everything Tisbury threw at them. It was a superb performance from everybody involved on a difficult pitch against a team with a previously unbeaten home record.

Man of the Match award this week goes to JAMIE BURT who was a rock at the back and a menace in the Tisbury box although any one of the team could have been awarded it this week.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.S.Morgan 4.J.Dicker 5.J.Burt (c) 6.N.Carney 7.L.Stobbs 8.J.Green 9.D.Forshaw 10.J.Jarvis 11.R.Thomson 12.M.Phillips 14.C.Wells 15.I.Storey

Sat 12th Jan, Dorset Senior League, WESTLAND SPORTS RES  5  POOLE BOROUGH  0

It was Westlands first game since December 8th and it certainly showed in the opening period with Poole going close to opening the scoring 4 times inside the opening 20 minutes but Rich Pippin single handily kept Westlands in the game with some excellent goalkeeping. Finally Westlands started to settle and began to test the back line of Poole with the pace of Charlie Gay in particular proving hard to handle and debutant Steve Flynn's bursts from midfield. It was CHARLIE GAY who opened the scoring after 25 minutes racing on to a Jack Dicker header before slotting past the advancing keeper from an angle. A good goal well taken and the second goal didn't take long in coming. Joe Jarvis forced his way into the box but the keeper and a defender managed to force the ball away from goal into the path of Charlie Gay who’s cross-shot towards the empty net was tucked away by RORY THOMSON from close range. That made it 2-0 and Westlands, who hadn't really got out of third gear were now looking likely to add more. The third came courtesy of SCOTT MORGAN who headed in a deflected free kick just before the 40 minute mark.

The half time score of 3-0 was certainly not a true reflection of the 1st half but a great position to be in for the first game of 2019. The message for the 2nd half was to keep working hard and get the rustiness out of the legs. Westlands introduced Isaac Storey after 60 minutes who looked very sharp and good in possession and it was ISAAC STOREY who made it 4-0 after 75 minutes when he found himself in front of goal with only the keeper to beat and he picked out the bottom corner with ease. The game still had time for more goals and DWAYNE FORSHAW finished off the afternoon with Westlands fifth, curling an effort into the net and completing a game where the result outweighed the performance.

The management team have got to be happy with 5 goals and a clean sheet after a month with no fixture as the next two games in January are very important to our league chances.

Man of the Match this week goes to RICH PIPPIN who kept Sports in the game with 4 brilliant saves inside first 20 minutes.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.S.Morgan 4.J.Dicker 5.J.Burt (c) 6.N.Carney 7.J.Jarvis 8.S.Flynn 9.C.Gay 10.D.Forshaw 11.R.Thomson 12.M.Phillips 14.B.Scott 15.I.Storey

Sat 8th Dec, Dorset Senior League, BEAMINSTER  0  WESTLAND SPORTS RES  1

Westlands travelled the short distance to Beaminster in their last game of 2018 hoping for a win to see them maintain their top spot in the league. During the warm up the heavens opened up in what would prove to be the norm for the duration of the afternoon, short spells of sunshine followed by heavy downpours and a strong cross field wind.

The first half started with both sides getting used to the wet conditions and the referee who would be in for a busy afternoon showing early on that any sliding tackle would have to be timed to perfection or face his whistle. Westlands, playing up the slope were looking dangerous in possession and the pace of both Rory Thomson and Liam Stobbs was starting to worry Beaminster. Chances were starting to open up for Westlands with Dwayne Forshaw and Tom Aitken both striking the post in the opening 20 minutes. The threatening Thomson was starting to beat his full back with ease now and it was he who again eluded his opponent with good feet and delivered a cross to the back post for LIAM STOBBS who showed great desire to beat his man to the ball and head home for 1-0.

This goal seemed to wake the Beaminster team containing a few dual registered players up and the rest of the half they produced their best spell which the Westlands back line and keeper Rich Pippin dealt with well. As the half time whistle approached a slight defensive mistake in the wet conditions saw Jack Dicker pull back his man which resulted in a penalty with Rich Pippin diving to his left to save and keep Westlands nose in front at half time.

The second half saw Westlands struggle to gain any momentum as the game became quite scrappy with Beaminster picking up a number of yellow cards.

Liam Stobbs appeared to be fouled inside the Beaminster box with appeals for a penalty but very honestly stayed on his feet and the play continued. The midfield battle was certainly hotting up with both sides giving away free kicks that broke up the flow of the game. Westlands best chance of the half fell to Dwayne Forshaw who raced through on goal before cutting back to shoot only to be brought down for the games second penalty. Forshaw picked himself up and placed the ball himself only to see his effort saved by the keeper who guessed right. Still 1-0 to Westlands with the clock ticking down. Beaminster were reduced to long range efforts and Westlands always looking dangerous on the counter.

Overall a very solid display and a great 3 points.

Man of the Match this week goes to RORY THOMSON who was great both in possession of the ball and in his work ethic without it.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.P.Wells 4.J.Dicker 5.J.Burt (c) 6.N.Carney 7.L.Stobbs 8.J.Jarvis 9.D.Forshaw 10.T.Aitken 11.R.Thomson 12.M.Phillips 14.B.Scott 15.J.Ritchie

Sat 24th Nov, Dorset Senior League, WESTLAND SPORTS RES  1  CRANBORNE  4

The visit of mid-table Cranborne looked like an opportunity for Westlands to consolidate their lead at the top of the table. Although there was a lot of rain about, the pitch was quite firm but a bit slippery on top.

With Tom Aitken, Dwayne Forshaw and Joe Jarvis were all missing from last week, Matt Phillips, Lewis Howchin and Charlie Gay started the match. There was also a change in goal with new signing Liam Watkins-Ross between the sticks.

Westlands created two good chances to open the scoring in the first ten minutes. First Charlie Gay played a nice one-two with Lewis Howchin but then blasted his shot way over the bar. Then a neat Nat Carney pass put Lewis Howchin in the clear but the keeper tipped his shot over. A bright opening by Westlands but in the 15th minute it all began to unravel for Sports. It all started with a strong ball-winning challenge by Jack Dicker that the referee ruled to be two-footed. All the Westland players and bench were incensed by this decision and Jack got a yellow card for his protests. Cranborne took the free kick and their player smashed a great shot off the crossbar and back into play. With Westlands still all over the place the ball was fed through to a Cranborne striker who drilled it into the corner. 1-0 to the visitors.

Westlands gradually regained their composure and grabbed the equaliser in the 22nd minute. A throw in was headed on by Jamie Green and the ball bounced over the head of a defender to LEWIS HOWCHIN who thumped it into the corner of the net. This was better from Sports and in the 35th minute another Lewis Howchin shot was cleared off the line. A good little spell this for Westlands and Jamie Green shot just wide before Lewis Howchin had another shot saved by the keeper after a good run by Charlie Gay. With a couple of minutes to go until the break, Westlands conceded again. A free kick from their own half was punted long into the Westlands box where a Cranborne player chested it down and smacked it into the net. Scratched heads all round as to how a player could be unmarked from a set piece !

That made it 2-1 to the visitors at half time which was a bit disappointing as Sports had a few decent chances but failed to cash in.

Westlends came out with intent in the second half and in the 48th minute Charlie Gay shot just wide. The next chance came with a Jamie Green shot which the keeper blocked and Nat Carney’s shot from the rebound was also blocked. A couple of minutes later Liam Stobbs set up Jamie Green but a last minute lunging tackle sent the ball just past the post. Jack Dicker got his head to the resulting corner but the keeper pulled off another good save. Westlands had been pressing hard for an equaliser but shot themselves in the foot in the 58th minute.

A complete misunderstanding between the Westlands defence and goalkeeper saw them all stand still allowing a Cranborne player to collect the ball and tuck it into the empty net for a 3-1 lead.

Cranborne were full of it now and in the 61st minute had the ball in the net again but this one was ruled out for offside. However the fourth goal wasn’t long in coming as Sports defence didn’t clear the ball and a Cranborne player thumped it in from the edge of the box.

Still 20 minutes left but it was game over really with Westland heads down. In the 82nd minute Jack Dicker put a header just wide then headed a corner over the bar but there was no way back for Westlands. In the dying minutes Isaac Storey got a good shot away but it was straight at the keeper.

A 4-1 defeat was not what we had expected today and there are obviously lessons to be learned. Lack of continuity in team selection doesn’t help but unfortunately, being a reserve side, it’s par for the course.

Man of the Match this week goes to LEWIS HOWCHIN, scored one and could have had a couple more with a bit of luck.

Westlands line-up: 1.L.Watkins-Ross 2.B.Scott 3.P.Wells 4.M.Phillips 5.J.Burt 6.J.Dicker 7.L.Howchin 8.J.Green 9.C.Gay 10.N.Carney 11.L.Stobbs 12.S.Smith 14.I.Storey 15.R.Thomson

Sat 17th Nov, Dorset Senior League, CORFE MULLEN  1  WESTLAND SPORTS RES  2

The reserves travelled to Milborne St Andrew to play Corfe Mullen who boasted an unbeaten home record to date. The pitch was in excellent condition although the cross wind and low sun was certain to make things interesting.

From the start it was clear that both sides were going to try and play football with the midfields battling it out for the right. The early exchanges failed to produce any real chances but Westlands were starting to get runners in behind the Corfe defence. Liam Stobbs was the man causing problems for Corfe with his direct running and he had Sports best chance to open the scoring after racing clear of the Corfe defence his shot was saved by the keeper to keep it at 0-0. A series of Westland corners followed of which Jamie Burt had the best chance with a header that rocketed over the bar from close range. Westlands were now on top and on 25 minutes Dwayne Forshaw received a ball in to his feet, turned and slipped a pass through to Liam Stobbs who's initial effort was saved only for JOE JARVIS, playing in a more advanced role, to follow up and tuck the rebound in to the empty net for 1-0 to Westlands. The game was certainly still in the balance and Corfe we're playing some good football without really worrying the Westlands backline of Scott, Burt, Dicker and Wells with Westlands keeper Rich Pippin not having to make a save the entire first half. 1-0 at half time.

The second half would see Westlands playing into the strong wind and the game followed the same pattern with very few chances being created. With 15 minutes left on the clock a long high ball into Westlands box seemed to cause confusion and ended with Pippin having to make a save off the legs of his own defender with the ball falling to the feet of Corfe attacker who stabbed home for 1-1.

It was now a huge reality that after looking so solid for 75 minutes Westlands would leave with only a point but up stepped young substitute RORY THOMSON minutes later. Thomson found himself inside the Corfe box with only the keeper to beat and he hammered his shot into the net giving him no chance to put Westlands back in to a deserved lead at 2-1.

Another 3 points away from home with a strong squad display.

Man of the Match this week goes to JAMIE BURT who was very solid all game with a special mention to Rory Thomson showing great composure to fire home the winner and grab his first senior league goal.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.B.Scott 3.P.Wells 4.J.Dicker 5.J.Burt 6.N.Carney 7.J.Jarvis 8.J.Green 9.D.Forshaw 10.T.Aitken 11.L.Stobbs 12.M.Philips 14.L.Howchin 15.R.Thomson

Sat 10th Nov, Dorset Senior League, BROADSTONE 3  WESTLAND SPORTS RES  5

With the weather proving to be very unpredictable in the run up to Saturday it was a surprise to all that the game was on with the rain still coming down. The pitch at Broadstone Rec was certainly going to prove a test with the extremely wet surface combined with a fairly patchy grass coverage.

The game started as expected with the ball zipping around the pitch and Westlands looking dangerous with the front three of Stobbs, Gay and Murphy. 10 minutes in and an Aaron Sweet in-swinging corner was powered home from the head of ALEX MURPHY to make it 1-0 to Westlands. Broadstone got themselves back in to the game with a curling long range effort that skipped off the surface and round Sam Watts in the Sports goal for 1-1. This equaliser seemed to knock Westlands into gear and a number of chances now presented themselves before LIAM STOBBS headed in his first goal of the afternoon on 26 minutes following some great footwork and delivery from Jack Dicker.

2-1 in front at half time but Sports could have been out of sight on another day with both Gay and Murphy missing good opportunities in front of goal.

At 2-1 the game is always on a knife edge and that  proved to be the case when Broadstone levelled again at the start of the second half. Another strike from long range flew into the top corner with Watts having no chance of getting near to make it 2-2.

Now was the time for Sports to step up and that they did with 3 goals in a scintillating 10 minute spell. LIAM STOBBS was the man to kick start it and put Sports back in-front, lobbing the keeper from a tight angle after good work from Alex Murphy. That made it 3-2. LIAM STOBBS then completed his hat trick racing on to a Murphy flick before rounding the keeper and slotting into the empty net for 4-2. JAMIE BURT then grabbed his first goal of the season from close range following a scramble in the box for 5-2 with 15 minutes still on the clock. Chances were now presenting themselves to Sports who failed to add any more and it was Broadstone who finished the scoring off with another long range effort evading the outstretched arm of Sam Watts for 5-3.

Overall a very good team performance in tricky conditions and another 3 points away from home making it 4 from 4 with another away trip next weekend.

Man of Match this week has to be LIAM STOBBS for a superb hat-trick.

Westlands line-up: 1.S.Watts 2.B.Scott 3.A.Sweet 4.J.Dicker 5.J.Burt 6.J.Jarvis 7.A.Murphy 8.J.Green 9.C.Gay 10.T.Aitken 11.L.Stobbs 12.M.Philips 14.N.Carney 15.R.Trevett

Sat 3rd Nov, Dorset Senior League, MERE TOWN 1  WESTLAND SPORTS RES  2

After beating the league leaders last week it was another hard away game for Sports at Mere Town who were only relegated from the DPL at their own request.

The first half was an evenly matched contest with Mere having the better of the play during the opening exchanges. As the half headed to its conclusion it was Sports who started to get a grip of the game and went into half time the better side at 0-0.

Westlands started the second half as they finished the first and looked sharp on the counter attack without really creating any chances. The game was proving to be the battle that was predicted before it started especially in the centre of the park. On 60 minutes Tom Aitken went on a fantastic run into the corner before delivering a ball into the box which the Mere keeper seemed to lose in the air only to tip it onto the bar with the rebound falling at the feet of JAMIE GREEN to tap home for 1-0. Sports were now looking to keep attacking and on 65 minutes a poor header back to the keeper fell kindly to ALEX MURPHY who ran on to chip the keeper for 2-0.

Mere began to get on top having a few chances to pull a goal back but Rich Pippin did well to make some good saves. Mere's urgency was clear now when they switched to 3 at the back and it proved to be a good tactical swap when after a break away down the left the ball ended up at the feet of their striker who fired it past Pippin to make it 2-1. The Last 10 minutes saw Mere on top looking for the draw but defensively the whole Westlands team worked tirelessly to seal all 3 points.

Man of Match was TOM AITKEN who proved very strong without the ball and used it excellently when in possession.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.A.Sweet 4.J.Dicker 5. J.Burt 6.J.Jarvis 7.A.Murphy 8.J.Green 9.D.Forshaw 10.T.Aitken 11.L.Stobbs 12.M.Philips 14.B.Scott 15.R.Thomson

Sat 27th Oct, Dorset Senior League, CHICKERELL UTD 1  WESTLAND SPORTS RES  3

Sports travelled to the current league leaders with a full squad that included Jamie Burt returning from Injury, Jamie Green returning to the club and Tom Aitken making his first appearance of the season following his Injury sustained running the Berlin Marathon.

Chickerell won the toss and chose to attack down the hill first half which looked a wise decision when they took the lead after 10 mins following a fast break down the slope they slotted under Pippin from close range to make it 1-0. Sports were fully aware of the task ahead and this goal seemed to kick start us in to gear. Pippin was called into action on a few occasions but all efforts coming from distance. Sports started to settle and began causing Chickerell all sorts of problems defensively. Charlie Gay was the main worry for them with his pace and in the 20th minute was brought down on his way to goal some 25 yards out. AARON SWEET placed the ball with the outcome becoming more and more familiar from the left back. His effort curled over the wall and into the top corner to bring the game back to 1-1. Minutes later and Sports took the lead, LIAM STOBBS capitalising on some sloppy defending to intercept the ball before rounding the keeper and slotting into the empty net. Tom Aitken replaced Forshaw and with the midfield 3 of Green, Jarvis and Aitken now controlling the game it was the away side that looked most dangerous. Defending the base of the hill is not easy and the Sports back four of Howchin, Burt, Phillips, Sweet and keeper Pippin deserved a lot of credit for a very commanding first half performance.

With a one goal advantage starting the second half the message was simple. Stay tight and compact and if they don’t score we win the game. We also certainly fancied there was more goals in this one for us.

The second half followed a similar pattern throughout with Chickerell pushing for an equaliser without really troubling Sports. Alex Murphy was fantastic all afternoon, working tirelessly to defend for the team and also causing them trouble when going forward. And it was Murphy who provided Gay with the opportunity to wrap up the points, breaking away down the right with a powerful run before sliding a pin point pass through the defence for CHARLIE GAY to finish for 3-1 and reward Sports for an excellent team performance.

Chickerell is never an easy place to get a result but on this occasion we certainly stepped up to the challenge and proved to ourselves what we are capable of.

Man of the Match went to TOM AITKEN making his debut in the team but any one of the squad could have been named.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.A.Sweet 4.J.Burt 5.M.Philips 6.J.Jarvis 7.C.Gay 8.J.Green 9.D.Forshaw 10.A.Murphy 11.L.Stobbs 12.G.Hooper 14.T.Aitken 15.J.Wolfe

Sat 20th Oct, Dorset Senior League, POOLE BOROUGH  3  WESTLAND SPORTS RES  4

This was certainly a very stereotypical game of 2 half’s as Westlands came from behind to claim the 3pts.

16 year old Gabriel Cole made his senior league debut in goal for Sports in a team that also included Sam Carney playing his first game of the season for the reserves.

Westlands struggled to retain the ball in the early stages and Poole Borough’s experienced front man Conor Jevon was causing havoc leading their line. It was Jevon that opened the scoring finishing from a tight angle under the body of Cole after hesitation in the Westlands defence. 1-0 Borough.

Sports were caught out again soon after when a fast break from the home side saw Jevon double his tally. But Sports were starting to create some chances the best of which fell to the impressive 16 year old Rory Thomson who shot over from close range. JOE JARVIS however was the man to get Westlands back in the game, reducing the lead to 2-1 with a nice finish from a tight angle. The hope that Sports would now push on and take the game to Poole was soon dashed when the all too familiar Jevon was on hand to punish them with an individual strike when left one on one inside the box. This completed a first half hat-trick for the Borough striker and restored their 2 goal lead. Nevertheless, just before the stroke of half time Sports got themselves a lifeline when Alex Murphy beat the onrushing Borough keeper to the ball only to be brought down inside the box. DWAYNE FORSHAW stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot to reduce the deficit at half time to 3-2.

It was the perfect time to score as Sports were certainly not at the races during the first half and to be only one goal down was a bonus.

The game was there to be won in the second half if Westlands applied themselves as the management knew they could and they definitely stepped it up dominating the early exchanges, playing with more tempo and squeezing the game to force errors from the home side. DWAYNE FORSHAW grabbed his second and levelled the game at 3-3. After racing through on goal he calmly slotted the ball under the advancing home keeper into the net. The game still had time for someone to win it and it was DWAYNE FORSHAW who decided he was going to settle the issue and he did that with a 25 yard screamer off his left foot which the keeper could only stand and watch as it nestled in the top corner and completed his hat trick.

Sports certainly made hard work of this one but to leave with the 3 pts was the only objective so mission accomplished this week.

Man of the Match this week is DWAYNE FORSHAW for a super striker’s display. Dwayne in full flow is a sight to behold and very difficult to stop.

Westlands line-up: 1.G.Cole 2.L.Howchin 3.B.Scott 4.S.Carney 5.M.Philips 6.J.Jarvis 7.R.Thomson 8.A.Sweet 9.D.Forshaw 10.A.Murphy 11.L.Stobbs 12.G.Hooper 14.J.Ritchie 15.A.Sheard

Sat 6th Oct, Dorset Senior Trophy, Rd 1: WESTLAND SPORTS RES 0  HAMWORTHY RECREATION 4

Facing the Dorset Premier League leaders was a tough task so Westlands needed to be at their best for this one. Unfortunately they were without five of the regulars, Aaron Sweet, Dwayne Forshaw, Jamie Burt, Alex Leckenby and Nat Carney all missing out.

The game was very even for the first twenty minutes or so with Rec playing  in their usual style, knocking the ball around well, but being thwarted by a stubborn Sports defence. In fact, the first real chance came when Westlands forced the visitor’s keeper into a fine, diving save, to be followed shortly after with a brilliant low save to a goal bound shot. Good stuff from the home side.

Rec then had chances, with a shot fired over the top and another effort just wide. But on 30 minutes Rec went in front when a cross was headed back across goal and the ball was bundled in from close-range.

HT 0-1.

Rec had early chances in the second period, a long-range shot went narrowly wide and then Sports keeper Rich Pippin made a good save. But on 62 minutes Rec scored the all-Important second goal when their player was slipped in and showed composure with a neat low shot for 0-2. The visitors were now well in control and on 76 minutes a perfect through-ball saw their centre forward finish with his right foot for the third goal. Two minutes from time another clinical finish completed the scoring as the Westland lads were tiring.

A good performance by Sports against a good side so out of the cup for another season.

Man of the Match was awarded to LEWIS HOWCHIN.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Phillips 5.B.Scott 6.J.Wolfe 7.G.Hooper 8.J.Jarvis 9.C.Gay 10.A.Murphy 11.L.Stobbs 12.R.Thomson

Sat 29th Sept, Dorset Senior League: AFC BLANDFORD 6  WESTLAND SPORTS RES 2

Westlands travelled to Stourpaine knowing they were facing a strong side who had been promoted as champions from Division one last season. With a number of key Senior players missing Sports starting line-up had a rather unfamiliar look to it with young Rory Thomson making his first start at senior level and manager Jon Ritchie wearing the number 1 between the sticks.

Nevertheless it was Westlands who drew first blood with Joe Jarvis threading a ball through to CHARLIE GAY who beat the keeper with a neat finish. This goal prompted an immediate reaction from Blandford who replied within minutes when a cross cruelly swung over the head of Ritchie and went in off the far post. The second and third followed soon after as Sports found themselves under pressure that they struggled to contain. Dwayne Forshaw was replaced by Gabbi Nitecki and Sports rode their luck for the rest of the half and were very happy to hear the half time whistle.

The second half started slightly brighter for Sports who had periods of neat football but never really looked like scoring. Blandford made it 4 after a defensive error and Sports pulled one back with CHARLIE GAY converting from the spot after he was tripped in the box following a good run.

Blandford continued to push forward with goals 5 and 6 being added to round off a very disappointing afternoon for Westlands.

Man of the Match was awarded to JON RITCHIE who managed to keep the score half respectable with a number of saves (not bad for a 36 year old retired midfielder).

Westlands line-up: 1.J.Ritchie 2.B.Scott 3.L.Howchin 4.M.Phillips 5.G.Hooper 6.N.Carney 7.R.Thomson 8.J.Jarvis 9.C.Gay 10.D.Forshaw 11.A.Sweet 12.G.Nitecki

Sat 22nd Sept, Dorset Senior League: WESTLAND SPORTS RES  5  ALLENDALE  1

Sports raced out of the blocks and opened the scoring in the first few minutes when CHARLIE GAY slotted in off the post after some good build up play. The rest of the half saw both teams battle the conditions with driving rain and a strong wind  making it difficult for either team to create chances.

Half-time 1-0.

It was the introduction of striker Alex Murphy 5 minutes into the second half that changed the game in Westland’s favour. His robust energy soon started to cause the opposition problems it wasn’t long before DWAYNE FORSHAW made it two poking home from a yard out after Liam Stobbs had beaten the keeper with a shot from close range. Number 3 soon followed as Sports began to dominate the game and ALEX MURPHY grabbed his first goal of the day.

Allendale then pulled one back with a cross from the left evading the defence allowing a finish from close range to make it 3-1. This seemed to spark Westlands back into action and ALEX MURPHY soon grabbed his second to increase the lead to 4-1. With Sports now starting to create chances with every attack, it was CHARLIE GAY who completed the scoring with 5 minutes remaining to finish off a good day for Westlands in terrible conditions.

Man of the match - ALEX MURPHY who gave us plenty of energy when coming on.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.B.Scott 3.L.Howchin 4.M.Phillips 5.G.Hooper 6.J.Wolfe 7.L.Stobbs 8.A.Sweet 9.C.Gay 10.A.Leckenby 11.D.Forshaw 12.J.Jarvis 14.A.Murphy 15.P.Park


In the first half Westlands never really managed to get out of first gear but still created enough chances to worry the opposition. CHARLIE GAY opened the scoring for Sports mid-way through the half after slotting past the keeper when through on goal.

The half time whistle came at the perfect time for Westlands who were were under a lot of pressure as the half drew to a close.

However, having regrouped, Sports started the second half with a better tempo and, with Dorchester Sports pushing for an equaliser, started to get chances on the break. A reshuffle of the Westlands pack with young George Hooper entering the game at left back allowed Aaron Sweet to venture forward into midfield. This switch paid dividends as it was AARON SWEET who added the second goal and virtually ended Dorchester’s chances of getting back into the game. A long free kick from captain Matt Phillips sailed over the opposing full back and on to the head of Sweet who guided his header in to the far corner from a very tight angle. Westlands then wrapped the game up a few minutes later with CHARLIE GAY grabbing his second goal after racing on to a through ball and going round the keeper to roll the ball into the empty net. Substitute Rory Thomson almost grabbed a fourth when through on goal but was denied with a push in the back which the referee deemed as no foul to everyone's amazement.

Manager Jon Ritchie said afterwards “Overall a disappointing team performance as we are capable of so much more but a huge positive of a clean sheet and 3 pts when not at our best”.

The Man-of-the-Match award goes to AARON SWEET who had an excellent game both as a defender and a midfielder topped off with a lovely goal.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.A.Sweet 4.M.Phillips 5.J.Burt 6.B.Scott 7.L.Stobbs 8.N.Carney 9.C.Gay 10.A.Leckenby 11.D.Forshaw 12.Rory Thomson 14.G.Hooper 15.A.Sheard

Sat 8th Sept, Dorset Senior League: WESTLAND SPORTS RES 2  TISBURY UTD 2

Westlands started the game with two of the Under 18 side, George Hooper and Gabi Nitecki, in our starting 11 with 3 more on the bench, Luca Martin, Peter Park and Felix Smee. New signing Owen Male also made his debut in goal in a much changed Sports line-up.

It was a very even first 25 mins but we started to get on top as the half went on. After about half an hour Luca Martin replaced the injured Dwayne Forshaw and he nearly opened the scoring straight away after breaking through on goal. His initial shot was saved by the Tisbury keeper and he hit the post from the rebound. Five minutes later Westlands grabbed the opening goal when LUCA MARTIN again went clean through on goal and this time found the corner of the net.

Half-time 1-0.

We started the second half on top with Liam Stobbs having a great chance through on goal to make it two but his lofted attempt went over the top. Nevertheless AARON SWEET did make it two a few minutes later from an angled free kick which slightly deflected off the one man wall and beat the keeper at his near post.

From then on it was one-way traffic with Tisbury dominating and forcing mistakes from our back line!! We rode our luck until 3 mins from the end when they managed to pull a goal back after a scramble in the box. Then with the last kick of the game they equalised after a ball into the box was pounced on at the back post for 2-2.

Disappointing to draw in the way we did after being two up but overall with 5 sixteen year-olds in our squad a decent result. Manager Jon Ritchie reported he was very happy with the young lads who showed they will certainly be able to play at this level when called upon.

The Man-of-the-Match award goes to skipper JAKE WOLFE who led from the front and inspired his team throughout the match.

Westlands line-up: 1.O.Male 2.L.Howchin 3.A.Sweet 4.G.Hooper 5.J.Burt 6.G.Nitecki 7.L.Stobbs 8.J.Wolfe 9.A.Murphy 10.A.Leckenby 11.D.Forshaw 12.L.Martin 14.P.Park 15.F.Smee

Sat 1st Sept, Dorset Senior League: WESTLAND SPORTS RES 8  WITCHAMPTON UTD 1

At Alvington the Reserves opened their league programme with a crushing 8-1 win over Witchampton Utd. CHARLIE GAY was in top form with a hat-trick and the other goals were scored by LIAM STOBBS (2), GEORGE HOOPER, AARON SWEET, and DWAYNE FORSHAW. A great start to the season for our new management team Jon Ritchie and Aaron Sheard.

The Man of the Match award this week goes to CHARLIE GAY. The opposition just couldn't handle his pace and trickery. Add to the that some superb finishing with a nice opening day hat-trick.

Westlands line-up: 1.R.Pippin 2.L.Howchin 3.A.Sweet 4.G.Hooper 5.J.Burt 6.J.Jarvis 7.L.Stobbs 8.J.Wolfe 9.C.Gay 10.A.Leckenby 11.D.Forshaw 12.R.Thomson 14.N.Carney 15.A.Sheard