Reserves Reports

Westland Sports FC








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



















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