Reserves Reports

Westland Sports FC







Sat 21st March, Dorset Senior League: WESTLAND SPORTS RES 1 CORFE CASTLE 5

Sports were outplayed with only a consolation goal by LIAM STOBBS to ease the pain.

The Man-of-the-Match award goes to goalkeeper CHRIS BENNETT who made some great saves to keep the score down to only five !

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.J.Will 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Watson 5.S.Smith 6.J.Wolfe 7.L.Stobbs 8.S.Matuszewski 9.A.Murphy 10.N.Carney 11.L.Howchin 12.B.Scott 14.C.Gay 15.S.Ormrod


Wed 18th April, Dorset Senior League: WESTLAND SPORTS RES 1 BEAMINSTER 5

Bad defeat for Sports the only bright spot being a consolation goal by CHARLIE GAY.

The Man-of-the-Match award goes NAT CARNEY who always puts in a hard working performance.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.L.Howchin 3.M.Phillips 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.J.Wolfe 7.L.Stobbs 8.B.Scott 9.A.Murphy 10.N.Carney 11.S.Ormrod 12.J.Will 14.S.Morgan 15.C.Gay


Sat 24th March, Dorset Senior League: CORFE CASTLE 2 WESTLAND SPORTS RES 3

Sports Reserves travelled to league leaders Corfe Castle knowing they had to win to keep their title hopes alive. But they got off to the worst possible start, conceding a goal after only two minutes. However, showing the battling qualities that have been evident all season, they fought back and two goals from ALEX MURPHY (2) and one from STEVE ORMROD put the reserves 3-1 ahead. Corfe then scored a second goal made it a nervous finish for Sports but they defended doggedly and held on for the crucial three points.

The Man-of-the-Match award this week goes to MATT PHILLIPS for some excellent defending.

Westlands line-up: 1.L.Martin 2.J.Will 3.M.Phillips 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.B.Scott 7.S.Matuszewski 8.N.Carney 9.A.Murphy 10.L.Stobbs 11.S.Ormrod 12.L.Howchin 14.C.Gay 14.J.Wolfe 15.Stu Smith 16.C.Wells


Sat 17th Mar, Dorset Senior Trophy, S/Final: WESTLAND SPORTS RES 3 POOLE TOWN DEV 1

Our battling Reserve team pulled off another shock by beating Poole Town Development 3-1 at Alvington to book their place in the final ! The ground looked in decent condition for the match but there was a bitter cold wind blowing down the pitch from the Airfield Tavern end. The opposition are basically the reserve team of Poole Town but they are billed as an Under 21 side and play in the Wyvern League, which is a midweek floodlit league in Dorset & Hampshire. We knew they would be a good young side as they had beaten some good teams to get here including a 3-0 win over current DPL league leaders Hamworthy Recreation and they are currently unbeaten at the top of the Wyvern League. Mind you, Sports Reserves had beaten some good teams as well to reach this stage so it was all set up for an intriguing match. Team wise, Luke Silcox continued in goal for Sports with regular stopper Chris Bennett on holiday. Charlie Gay and Liam Stobbs were both carrying knocks so they were on the bench, but it was a strong looking team that lined up from the start.

Westlands were kicking with the wind behind them in the first half so were looking to try and build some sort of lead to take into the second half. Poole quickly showed their quality with slick two-touch passing but they also tried to play everything out from the back and were looking to knock the ball around in their own half. Westlands have an abundance of willing workers in the team and pressed them high up the pitch so that every pass was made under pressure. This paid off perfectly in the 15th minute when Sports took the lead. The ball was rolled out from the keeper to a Poole defender who took a heavy touch when controlling the ball. ALEX MURPHY was on it like a flash, robbing him of the ball and sticking it in the back of the net with only the keeper to beat. The match continued in much the same vein with the visitors trying to knock the ball around in neat triangles and Westlands chasing and harrying and attacking with pace when they won possession. In the 30th minute, as a Poole defender hesitated, SZYMON MATUSZEWSKI was on him like a shot, winning the ball and drilling it past the keeper to make it 2-0 ! This was just what Westlands had hoped for but there was a bit of a setback in the 38th minute when a Poole player reacted first to a cross into the Westlands box and smashed the ball into the net to make it 2-1. A bit of a blow that one but the Westlands lads stuck to the task and were rewarded just before half time. Once again it was a mistake at the back that was pounced on by ALEX MURPHY and he thumped the ball past the keeper to restore Sports two goal lead.

The first half had worked out perfectly for Sports but there was just a nagging doubt that the lead may not be enough as the visitor’s had shown they were a good team and with the wind at their backs it could be a problem.

Westlands were determined not to lose an early goal as the longer the game went on the more desperate the visitors would become. The tactics being adopted by Sports in the second half were totally different now to those in the first. Where we had pressed them high up the pitch with 3, 4 or even 5 men, we now backed off into our own half leaving only one man up. This meant they were able to knock the ball around at the back but now we were quite happy for them to do that. As soon as the ball came into the Westlands half the Sports players chased and harried, threw themselves into blocks and generally defended magnificently with Matt Watson a tower of strength at the back. The visitor’s were unable to find a way through for that second goal they needed to get back into the game, and when the final whistle blew it signalled another triumph for the underdogs.

It had been a tactical masterclass by the Westlands team and great credit must go to the management team of Craig Stobbs and Wayne Scott for their game plan which was spot on. All the players deserve great credit for another brilliant giantkilling display with 100% effort from everyone. Some tired legs at the end but well worth the effort with a cup final against Holt Utd to look forward to.

The Man-of-the-Match award this week goes to MATT WATSON for a sound display at the heart of Westland’s defence.

Westlands line-up: 1.L.Silcox 2.J.Will 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.J.Wolfe 7.S.Matuszewski 8.N.Carney 9.A.Murphy 10.B.Scott 11.S.Ormrod 12.L.Stobbs 14.C.Gay 14.M.Phillips 15.Stu Smith.


Sat 10th March, Dorset Senior League: CHICKERELL UTD 2 WESTLAND SPORTS RES 2

A tricky venue this with the steep slope which makes it a bit of a “home” pitch. The added wet conditions made it an even more difficult task for a Westlands side with Chris Bennett, Brandon Scott, Charlie Gay, Alex Murphy and Szymon Matuszewski all missing. Luke Silcox returned in goal for only his second game this season and Tommy Frampton was called up from the Under 18s to make his debut.

Chickerell started strongly and within three minutes had a superb chance to open the scoring when a cross into the Westland box was headed over the bar. However, a promising opening spell turned to disaster for the home team, when Sports went down the other end and opened the scoring via a free-kick to the back post that was sidefooted in by JAMIE BURT. Five minutes later, Luke Silcox dashed out to clear a through ball but the opposition player got there first, rounded the Westlands goalkeeper and fired home the equaliser from an acute angle. Chickerell were now dominating the match but could not dent a stuffy Sports defence and the two sides went in level at half-time.

In the second half the home team continued to press and Luke Silcox made a couple of good saves to keep the scores level. The crossbar then came to Westlands aid as the home side kept up the pressure and in the 65th minute they took the lead.

A goalmouth scramble was only half cleared and a Chickerell player hooked the ball back over everyone and into the back of the net to give them what was probably a deserved lead. The home side had their tails up now and continued to dominate but they couldn’t add to their lead. Then a bit of poetic justice occurred with only a few minutes left. A Chickerell player was deliberately time wasting, messing around with the ball in the corner, when the referee gave a free kick against him. From the kick, Westlands launched the ball upfield where a Chickerell defender tried to knock it back to his goalkeeper. The keeper raced out to try and clear under pressure from TOMMY FRAMPTON and the ball rebounded off the Westland player and into the Chickerell net to make it 2-2 !

“I’ll take that !” said Westlands manager Craig Stobbs commenting on the result after the match which keeps Sports outside title hopes alive.

The Man-of-the-Match award was given to TOMMY FRAMPTON who did well when he came on for the last 35 minutes culminating in that important equalising goal.

Westlands line-up: 1.L.Silcox 2.J.Will 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.J.Wolfe 7.L.Stobbs 8.Stu Smith 9.S.Ormrod 10.N.Carney 11.L.Howchin 12.T.Frampton 14.M.Phillips 15.C.Wells


Sat. 24th Feb, Dorset Senior League: WESTLAND SPORTS RES 3 WITCHAMPTON UTD 0

The Reserves had no problems as they turned over Witchampton 3-0 to stay in touch at the top of the Senior League. STEVE ORMROD opened the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the first half and LIAM STOBBS added another just before the break from a free kick that the keeper appeared to misjudge. 2-0 at half time put Westlands in the driving seat and when the third was scored the points were in the bag as Westlands defence, marshalled by the evergreen Stu Smith, were looking pretty solid. Szymon Matuszewski set up the goal with a great run into the box and he squared for LIAM STOBBS to finish.

Man of the Match goes to BRANDON SCOTT who, being injury free this season and building on his match fitness, is beginning to fulfil some of the promise he showed a couple of seasons ago.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.J.Will 3.S.Morgan 4.S.Smith 5.J.Burt 6.B.Scott 7.L.Stobbs 8.S.Ormrod 9.A.Murphy 10.N.Carney 11.S.Matuszewski 12.M.Phillips 14.L.Howchin 16.C.Wells


Sat. 17th Feb, Dorset Senior League: WESTLAND SPORTS RES 5 ALLENDALE 1

The Reserves got back on the winning trail with a 5-1 demolition of Allendale. ALEX MURPHY and SZYMON MATUSZEWSKI had two goals apiece and CHARLIE GAY had one in a fairly comfortable victory for Sports.

The man of the match award goes to SZYMON MATUSZEWSKI who, after a long lay-off, is now getting match fit and beginning to show his quality.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.L.Howchin 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.J.Wolfe 7.C.Gay 8.B.Scott 9.A.Murphy 10.N.Carney 11.S.Matuszewski 12.L.Stobbs 14.M.Phillips 15.J.Will 16.C.Wells


Sat. 3rd Feb, Dorset Senior League: CORFE MULLEN 5 WESTLAND SPORTS RES 4

Level 1-1 at half-time, Sports appeared to be in total control when they moved into a 3-1 lead in the second half. Two good chances were then missed which would have made it 5-1 before Westlands switched off. Before they knew it the match was level at 3-3 and the home side had their tails up. We then went 4-3 up before Corfe equalised and they then snatched the points with virtually the last kick of the game. At least 2 of the goals were put down to mistakes by Westlands players who looked tired, both mentally and physically, by the end. The Sports goals were scored by LIAM STOBBS, NAT CARNEY, ALEX MURPHY and SZYMON MATUSZEWSKI.

The man of the match award goes to team captain JAKE WOLFE who always leads from the front with good communication and is a driving force in the midfield.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.J.Will 3.M.Phillips 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.J.Wolfe 7.L.Stobbs 8.N.Carney 9.A.Murphy 10. L.Howchin 11.S.Matuszewski 12.J.Tailby


Sat. 13th Jan, Dorset Senior Trophy, Qtr-final:


With the Christmas break over and almost 4 weeks since the Reserves last game, the first game back was looking a tough challenge. After beating DPL side Balti Sports in the last round, the Reserves had an even tougher fixture against DPL league challenging outfit Dorchester Sports in the last eight.

After some heavy rain the Alvington pitch was looking surprisingly good, although a little heavy.

The match kicked off with a bitterly cold wind blowing across the pitch, and Westlands started well, dominating possession with Steve Ormrod and Alex Murphy proving to be a difficult pair to handle for the Dorch back four. We had started brightly and created a few half chances so at this stage it’s looking good for the underdogs.

20 mins in Westlands keeper Chris Bennett is yet to make a save in anger and the midfield of twinkle toes Nat Carney, the elusive Jake Wolfe who seems to be everywhere, and no nonsense Brandon Scott, were controlling the game well and keeping the technically good Dorch midfield quiet.

After 24 mins and the first big scare for Dorchester as Steve Ormrod drove a fierce shot onto the crossbar. The ball rebounded to Alex Murphy whose usually deadly finish eluded him, the shot is straight at the Dorch keeper. We created a few more half chances but nothing to write home about. Liam Stobbs work rate down the left backed up by the solid Scott Morgan was causing real problems for the visitor's right side, they just didn't know how to deal with the young Stobbs and Morgan pairing.

In the 35th minute Dorchester had a free kick on the edge of our area, the first real test for the Sports defence, and the Dorch player clipped the free kick into the far top corner of the net to put us 1-0 down. Westlands rallied and put pressure on the Dorch defence and on the half time mark the pressure paid off. Brandon Scott picked up the ball on the half way line and drove at the Dorch defence, tracked closely by their midfielder, who can’t handle his strength and fouls him on the edge of the box. The resulting free kick was drifted beautifully to the back post by Liam Stobbs, Jamie Burt rose high to win the header and gave a perfect knock down to ALEX MURPHY who wasn’t going to miss a second time, and he neatly stroked the ball home. A deserved goal for Alex who had plagued the Dorch defence all game.

Half-time, 1-1 and all to play for.

Dorchester come out for the second half and upped their game, playing nice football and starting to trouble the ever solid Westlands back four of Johnny Will, Matt Watson, Jamie Burt and Scott Morgan. Chris Bennett, the Westlands keeper, was having to do a little more work this half.

10 mins in and Dorch were starting to control the game as the Westland boys were showing the effects of the four week break and the fierce work rate of the first half. A Dorchester player picked up the ball in the Westlands half and hit a thunderous shot that cannoned off the bar, a wake up call and the Sports management reacted to make some changes.

On the hour mark a fresh legged Charlie Gay came on for Alex Murphy who had really put a phenomenal shift in. Then, as Dorch were starting to push more men forward, a ball to Charlie up top caught them out one on one on the half way line. Steve Ormrod's tireless work rate to get up in support left the lonely Dorch defender trying to cover the two attackers. He opted to mark the runner which was a mistake, as CHARLIE GAY drove direct for goal and slipped the ball neatly through the keeper's legs ,,,,,,, 2-1 up !!.

Sports made another subestitution with Jake Wolfe being replaced by Lewis Howchin. It had been a great effort from Jake and a deserved rest. Lewis Howchin dropped into centre mid and immediately grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck alongside Natt Carney. Their slick touch and tight control was dominating the midfield with those fresh legs helping Sports retain the ball.

The second half continued with both teams creating a few chances but by far the best falling to Westlands. Steve Ormrod was still working relentlessly, he’d been a real thorn in the Dorch back four’s side all game.

With 15 mins left the Dorchester midfield worked a neat opening, carving open the tiring Westlands defence and winning a corner. The Westland defenders cleared but the ball fell to a Dorch man on the edge of the box who hit a clean strike through the crowd, but cat like Chris Bennett pulled of the save of the season, diving one handed down to his right.

10 mins to go and Westlands are losing players to cramp and injury. First victim was the solid Scott Morgan who had to be subbed but Matt Philips was more than up to the challenge and he slotted in at left back, this being the third and final sub for Westlands..

Next it was Brandon Scott cramping up badly, but the heroic attitude of the entire Sports team rallied round to hold off Dorchester to the end. Westland Sports Reserves 2 - 1 winners !!

The Man of the Match award goes to SCOTT MORGAN for an outstanding performance but also a mention to the whole team who played out of their skins.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.J.Will 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.J.Wolfe 7.L.Stobbs 8.N.Carney 9.S.Ormrod 10.A.Murphy 11.B.Scott 12.L.Howchin 14.C.Gay 15.Matt Phillips 16.Stu Smith.


Sat. 16th Dec, Dorset Senior League: WESTLAND SPORTS RES 4 WINCANTON TOWN RES 0

After several days of rain the pitch was very soft and with more rain forecast it looked like being a chilly afternoon. Teamwise, we had a couple of regulars missing. Goalkeeper Chris Bennett was promoted to first team duty and skipper Jake Wolfe was ill, luckily Louis Martin was back from university so he filled the gap between the sticks. Scott Morgan, Alex Murphy and Jonny Will all returned to the squad of 14. Wincanton turned up with a couple of ex-Westlands favourites, Tony Cunningham and Jordan Fletcher, in their line up, so hopefully not a pleasant return to Alvington for them !!

Wincanton made the first chance in the 3rd minute when their young left winger put over a nice ball to the #10 but his shot missed the target. Charlie Gay was already causing the Wincanton rearguard some problems and when he got a low cross over in the 6th minute, ALEX MURPHY found the net after two attempts. Just the start Westlands wanted and the visitors heads seemed to go down a bit. Sports were dominating and in the 12th minute we had a contender for miss of the season. It was a good build up, Steve Ormrod found Charlie Gay with a nice pass and Charlie laid one on a plate for Alex Murphy but he leaned back and blasted the ball over the bar from 5 yards out ! Five minutes later another great move from Westlands opened up the Wincanton defence. Liam Stobbs won the ball in midfield and played it forward to to Steve Ormrod who made a good turn and laid the ball in to ALEX MURPHY who drilled the ball in from 18 yards thus redeeming himself for his earlier miss.

In the 20th minute Charlie Gay opened up the Wincanton defence with a perfect ball to Liam Stobbs and he slipped the ball past the keeper but also past the far post ! A rare chance for Wincanton came in the 35th minute when a free kick into the box was met with a glancing header but the ball went just past. Just before the break Westlands made it 3-0 when a cross from the right was knocked in by STEVE ORMROD at the far post. Didn’t see this one very well as I was halfway up to the tea bar for a much-needed half time Bovril when the goal was scored !

With a 3 goal lead at half time Sports looked home and hosed as the opposition hadn’t really shown much fight or resolve in that first 45.

The 2nd half saw Westlands in charge and Brandon Scott hit the bar with a good shot 10 minutes in. Then Charlie Gay had a good run and shot that which just drifted wide. The game deteriorated now with subs coming on and off and although it has to be done it does upset the rhythm of the team a bit. Still, regardless of who was on the pitch Westlands had a firm grip on the game and it was just really a case of could we score any more goals ? In the 80th minute the question was answered with the 4th goal of the game. Charlie Gay hit a thumping drive that the keeper could only palm up into the air and STEVE ORMROD was following up to make sure. A couple of minutes later Steve Ormrod hit the post as Sports came to life again and went looking for more goals. With 85 minutes gone Alex Murphy rose to head in a corner kick but unfortunately he was denied his hat-trick when the referee disallowed the ‘goal’ for an infringement. The final chance came when Lewis Howchin put a through ball into Charlie Gay’s path and his shot just slipped past the post.

That was that, a good win for Westlands who had looked quite impressive with a nice balance to the team and a good team spirit going.

The Man of the Match award goes to SCOTT MORGAN who never put a foot wrong at left back. Won his tackles, distributed the ball well, and got round to give valuable cover to his central defenders on several occasions.

Westlands line-up: 1.L.Martin 2.M.Phillips 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.B.Scott 7.L.Stobbs 8.N.Carney 9.S.Ormrod 10.A.Murphy 11.C.Gay 12.J.Will 14.L.Howchin


Sat. 9th Dec, Dorset Senior Lge: POOLE BOROUGH 4 WESTLAND SPORTS RES 2

Disappointment for the reserves in the Dorset Senior League as they were beaten 4-2 by Poole Borough at Turlin Moor. Westlands were leading 1-0 from a CHARLIE GAY goal at half time but lost their way in the second half, shipping 4 goals with a NAT CARNEY goal a late consolation.

The Man of the Match this week goes to CHRIS BENNETT who was in excellent form with several good saves.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.M.Phillips 3.Stu Smith 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.J.Wolfe 7.L.Stobbs 8.N.Carney 9.S.Ormrod 10.C.Gay 11.L.Howchin 12.B.Scott


Sat. 2nd Dec, Dorset Senior Trophy, Rnd 2: BALTI SPORTS 1 WESTLAND SPORTS RES 3

In a huge upset at Weymouth College, it was Westland Sports 2nd string who upstaged their higher ranked opponents to book a place in the next round . Balti Sports from the DPL was always going to be a tough task especially away from home but we're used to playing on the road with this our ninth away game on the trot !

Sports started slowly, as seems to be our way, and with only one sub on the bench it was looking like a hard afternoon ahead. Then, within the first 10 mins, we made it the worst possible start by conceding an early goal to a neat finish from a Balti striker so things definitely didn't look good at this point. Perhaps this was what Westlands needed as we began to wake up and start playing. A great ball in from the right saw an Alex Murphy side foot shot sneak just past the outside of the post and Sports were beginning to get on top but the long balls from Balti were still giving us some problems. Then Alex Murphy hit the bar with a great header from a corner and Jamie Burt’s follow up cannoned off one of his team mates and over the bar.The Balti goal scorer should really have doubled the hosts lead but missed when in a one on one situation and how costly that miss was to be. After 30 minutes Liam Stobbs picked up the ball on the left and went on one of his trademark runs, skipping past the Balti defenders and into the box where a Balti player took him out. Definite penalty, and STEVE ORMROD stepped up and calmly sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-1, game on !

Westlands had their tails up now and in the 35th minute Alex Murphy picked the ball up, drove across the box and put a peach of a ball in for STEVE ORMROD to meet it on the run with an almost superman like diving header to make it 2-1 to Westlands. Sports were now playing good football against a strong Balti outfitt who tried to apply some pressure but were unable to probe the Westlands back line who were standing firm. Again that man Murphy went on a great run down the right and his final ball across the box was cleared last ditch by a Balti defender. The home team then caught Westlands slightly napping on the break with a long ball. Balti have real pace in attack but the attempted overhead went out for a throw and that was the last action before half time.

Great first half from Westlands but we knew thay would come out fired up after the break so maximum concentration would be required.

Balti come out second half and really applied the pressure creating quite a few chances which Westlands defended with heart and body, most body though ! 10 mins into the second half and Chris Bennett made a great save to keep them out. Sports just couldn’t get hold of the ball and it was all one way traffic at this point with Westlands not crossing the halfway line. Balti took their 4th corner of the half, it was cleared by the ever present Sports defence but we then gave away a foul on the edge of the box but the resulting free kick is shot high and wide. Balti were huffing and puffing but couldn't break down the outstanding Westlands back four of Johnny Will, Matt Watson, Jamie Burt and Scott Morgan. Liam Stobbs broke well with pace down the left to relieve the pressure but the Balti keeper made a great save, turning the ball out for a corner. That was the first attack of the half for Westlands on 60 mins but the resulting corner was cleared well by the big Balti defenders.

Balti kept the pressure on but a combination of poor finishing by the home side and never

say die defending from the Westlands defence kept them at bay. Then finally, in the dying minutes, Steve Ormrod broke down the left and with Balti pushing everything at us, we aught them out on the break. Steve squared the ball across the box for an energetic ALEX MURPHY to bang the ball into the net to put the icing on the cake and finish the game off at 3-1 final score.

A great result this for the Westlands lads and all 12 can be proud of their performance.

The Man of the Match this week goes to MATT WATSON who was superb at the back for a Westlands team who had to defend for long periods in this game.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.J.Will 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.J.Wolfe 7.L.Stobbs 8.N.Carney 9.S.Ormrod 10.A.Murphy 11.M.Kamal 12.M.Phillips


Sat. 25th Nov, Dorset Senior League: PORTLAND RES 4 WESTLAND SPORTS RESERVES 7

A real high scoring match down on Portland on a bitterly cold day. Westlands were 4-2 up at half-time but the home side pulled it back to 4-4 before Westlands finally pulled away scoring three times to make the final score 7-4. Scorers for Sports were LIAM STOBBS (2), CHARLIE GAY (2), MATT WATSON, ALEX MURPHY and an OG.

The Man of the Match this week goes to ALEX MURPHY who worked hard and kept the opposition under pressure.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.J.Will 3.M.Phillips 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.B.Scott 7.L.Stobbs 8.J.Wolfe 9.A.Murphy 10.C.Gay 11.L.Howchin 12.S.Ormrod 13.M.Kamal


Sat. 18th Nov, Dorset Senior League: CRANBORNE 1 WESTLAND SPORTS RESERVES 0

Having beaten the same side 7-0 in our previous match, it was a big disappointment to lose to them two weeks later. The main highlights appear to be a sitter missed by Liam Stobbs early in the game which would have put Sports ahead and then the ball was given away by Jake Wolfe and that gave Cranborne their chance to score the only goal of the game.

The Man of the Match goes to BRANDON SCOTT who, despite being a bit under the weather, put in a battling performance.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.L.Howchin 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Watson 5.S.Smith 6.M.Phillips 7.L.Stobbs 8.J.Wolfe 9.J.Burt 10.N.Carney 11.B.Scott 12.J.Will


Sat. 4th Nov, Dorset Senior Trophy, Rnd 1: CRANBORNE 0 WESTLAND SPORTS RESERVES 7

In the Dorset Senior Trophy 3rd round Westlands Reserves travelled to Cranborne and came away with a resounding 7-0 victory. ALEX MURPHY led the way with a hat-trick and there were singles for MATT PHILLIPS, LIAM STOBBS, LEWIS HOWCHIN and CHARLIE GAY.

The Man of the Match award goes to ALEX MURPHY, the hat-trick man.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.L.Howchin 3.T.Budden 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.S.Smith 7.L.Stobbs 8.J.Wolfe 9.A.Murphy 10.C.Gay 11.N.Carney 12.M.Phillips 14.B.Scott 15.J.Will


Sat. 28th Oct, Dorset Senior League: ALLENDALE 0 WESTLAND SPORTS RESERVES 3

The Reserves kept their good run going with a 3-0 win at Allendale in the Senior League. Westlands took a 1-0 lead into half-time thanks to a twice taken CHARLIE GAY penalty and two more goals in the second half from LIAM STOBBS and ALEX MURPHY underlined Sports superiority.

The Man of the Match award goes to goalkeeper CHRIS BENNETT for an excellent display between the sticks and another clean sheet.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.J.Will 3.S.Morgan 4.J.Burt 5.M.Phillips 6.J.Wolfe 7.L.Howchin 8.N.Carney 9.C.Gay 10.B.Scott 11.T.Budden 12.S.Smith 14.L.Stobbs 15.A.Murphy


Sat. 14th Oct, Dorset Senior League: WITCHAMPTON 2 WESTLAND SPORTS RESERVES 3

This was another tough test on the road for Westlands facing last season’s champions on their home patch. And a nice patch it was with the pitch looking immaculate in the Autumn sun.

Westlands opened quite brightly and were playing with 2 up front, Liam Stobbs and Steve Ormrod, a little and large combo that was causing a bit of concern in the opposition defence in the opening minutes. Witchampton looked neat and tidy on the ball but in the 5th minute they were behind. LIAM STOBBS picked up the ball and drove at the home defence. It looked as if he could have slipped Steve Ormrod in but instead he turned inside on to his right foot and hit a purler into the top corner off the underside of the bar. A cracking goal and the perfect start for Westlands. Witchampton were knocking the ball around but all their moves were stifled by a Westlands team who were defending in numbers. In the 14th minute a bit of a let off for Sports when a corner kick hit the post but in general Witchampton, although having the lion’s share of possession, were not troubling Chris Bennett in the Westlands goal who was looking in confident mood. With 20 minutes gone Sports scored again and it was another excellent goal. LIAM STOBBS picked the ball up just inside the Witchampton half and raced off towards goal with the home defence trailing in his wake. As the keeper came out Liam showed good composure and drilled the ball low into the corner of the net. A wonderful goal and with Westlands now two up it was all looking good. Unfortunately, things went a bit pear shaped in the 32nd minute. Stu Smith had an opportunity to clear his lines but somehow managed to lob the ball across goal to a Witchampton forward. In an effort to atone for his error Stu then charged across the box and managed to block the attackers shot at goal. However the challenge was not to the referees liking and he pointed to the spot. Couldn’t see a lot wrong with the tackle myself, bit of a high foot possibly ? Anyway their lad stuck the kick away and it was game on at 2-1 to Sports. Witchampton huffed and puffed for the rest of the half but didn’t really trouble the Westlands defence and so it was 2-1 at the break.

It had been a good first half for Sports, we had been on the back foot for periods of the game but had looked dangerous when attacking.

As the second half developed it looked as if Westlands had decided to defend their lead as they were dropping very deep and defending in numbers. This was a risky strategy as we virtually handed the impetus to the home team. They had attack after attack but the stuffy Sports defence were giving nothing away and although we conceded several corners, we defended them well with Jamie Burt now on to add some more height to an already tall defence. Unfortunately we were so deep now we just couldn’t put any attacks together and it was 62 minutes in before we managed a shot in the second half, Liam Stobbs firing in a good effort that the keeper saved well. A close shave then for Westlands as a corner was met well on the volley but the effort flew past the post. Then we had another bad moment when Tom Budden won the ball on the edge of the box but the referee pointed to the penalty spot. I couldn’t see the problem with the tackle but once again the Witchampton lad stuck it away to make the score 2-2. That goal proved to be a bit of a wake-up call for Westlands. Instead of sitting back deep and letting the opposition attack us, the management tweaked the shape to push Stu Smith forward into midfield in front of a back four. With the backline now pushing up Westlands began to enjoy some possession in the middle of the park and began to exert some pressure on the home defence. This eventually paid dividends in the 85th minute when JAMIE BURT rose to meet a corner and his bullet header flew into the top corner. It may have glanced off a team-mate on the way in but definitely Jamie’s goal. That rocked the home side a bit and a couple of minutes later Will Ireland should really have wrapped things up but scuffed his shot in front of goal. With a couple of minutes to go Steve Ormrod galloped down the wing heading for the corner flag when he was wiped out by a scything tackle from a Witchampton defender. Play on said the official who then gave Steve a red card for his protests. Can’t say too much about the incident as it could result in a hearing but I can report the Westlands management were not happy with the decision. That took a bit of the gloss off what was an excellent win for Westlands.

The Man of the Match award goes to LIAM STOBBS for those two superb goals in the first half. To be fair, he was well shackled by the home defence from then on but the damage had already been done. Its goals that win matches so a worthy winner this week.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.J.Will 3.T.Budden 4.M.Watson 5.S.Smith 6.M.Phillips 7.L.Stobbs 8.W.Ireland 9.S.Ormrod 10. J.Wolfe 11. B.Scott 12.J.Burt 14.S.Morgan



The Reserves got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Dorchester Sports Reserves at Weymouth College. WILL IRELAND managed to bundle the ball in off a couple of defenders after he followed up Alex Murphy's penalty that the keeper blocked. That was midway through the first half and there was no more scoring with defences on top for the rest of the match.

The Man of the Match award goes to STU SMITH who rolled back the years with a masterly performance for Sports. As they say, there is no substitute for class !

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.B.Scott 3.S.Morgan 4.J.Burt 5.S.Smith 6.M.Phillips 7.L.Stobbs 8.J.Wolfe 9.A.Murphy 10.W.Ireland 11.N.Carney 12.T.Budden 14.M.Watson 15.J.Will


Sat. 30th Sept, Dorset Senior League: BROADSTONE 2 WESTLAND SPORTS RESERVES 1

Westlandss had what looked like a difficult away game to Broadstone, with a few missing and only 2 on the bench. Sports started what seems to be the normal way, slowly. Broadstone kicked off and after a few minutes Westlands had not touched the ball, but that all changed when they finally woke up and joined the game.

Sports then took control, with Charlie Gay causing havoc down the right-side. A great ball in from Charlie was met by Liam Stobbs on the edge of the six yard box, forcing a great save from the quick to close Broadstone keeper. A few minutes later Charlie again ghosts past two defenders but sees his shot hit the outside of the post. This pressure continued for the next 15 to 20 minutes. Nat Carney worked a great opening and was clean through on goal but the Broadstone keeper made another good save. Another ball in from the right found Brandon Scott open on the far post, but his side foot attempt drifted wide.

Steve Ormrod then had a header cleared of the line, it’s all one way traffic at this point but Westlands just can’t seem to convert their chances. Sports again worked an opening down the left, and Charlie Gay was put through, but as he sees the keeper coming out, his lob is a little heavy and goes over the bar. Again it’s that man Charlie Gay, rampaging down the right wing, going past 3 Broadstone players and driving a great ball across the six yard box, but no Sports player to meet it. Westlands came under pressure towards the end of the first half, looking a bit weary in the last 10 minutes, but the defence with Jamie Burt, Matt Watson, Johnny Will and Scott Morgan were dealing with the pressure well. Final action of the first half saw Steve Ormrod pick up a long ball from Stu Smith on the right hand side of the six yard box, he connected well but a brave Broadstone defender got his body in the way. Sports worked extremely hard in that first half and dominated most of the game.

The 2nd half.

It’s a more even affair now with both teams creating half chances. Sports keeper Chris Bennett was controlling his box well but had still not really had to make a save.

55 minutes in and Westlands break down the right, STEVE ORMROD drives into the box and hits a low shot into the back of the net to make it 1-0. Sports had finally got the breakthrough they deserved. Broadstone changed their formation and added men to their attack which saw a little more pressure from the home side.

Sports were beginning to look tired now, the work rate from the first half starting to show. The management introduced some fresh legs, Lewis Howchin coming on for Liam Stobbs and Matt Philips a few minutes later for Brandon Scott. Sports were creating a few half chances but the Broadstone defence were working hard to keep us out. Liam Stobbs then came back on for a tired Charlie Gay who had worked hard down the right. Liam and Steve Ormrod had chances but the Broadstone keeper was in good form and kept them out.

With 6 minutes to go, a long hopefully ball over the top caught the Sports defence napping and the Broadstone striker ran through to convert, 1-1. Westlands looked deflated and Broadstone smell blood now. With 2 minutes left, a long ball down the Sports left sees a Broadstone attacker get past Matt Watson, who pulls him down on right edge of our box. The resulting free kick finds a Broadstone player unmarked at the back post and he pops in a simple header from 4-5 yards out to make 2-1.

Sports tried to rally but with little time left the game is lost.

The Man of the Match award goes to STEVE ORMROD who put in hard working performance that had the Broadstone defence worried all afternoon. He capped that with a goal so a good performance all round.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.J.Will 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.S.Smith 7.L.Stobbs 8.N.Carney 9.S.Ormrod 10. C.Gay 11. B.Scott 12.M.Phillips 14.L.Howchin


Sat. 16th Sept, Dorset Senior Lge: WESTLAND SPORTS RES 3 CORFE MULLEN 0


The Man of the Match award goes to JAKE WOLFE who played a captain's part, leading from the front and capped his display with a goal.

Westlands line-up: 1.L.Silcox 2.J.Will 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.T.Budden 7.L.Stobbs 8.J.Wolfe 9.C.Gay 10.N.Carney 11. B.Scott 12.A.Murphy 14.R.McGuinn 15.M.Lightfoot 16.S.Smith


Sat. 9th Sept, Dorset Senior Lge: WINCANTON TOWN RES 1 WESTLAND SPORTS RES 7


The Man of the Match award goes to NAT CARNEY whose energy in midfield was a real positive force for the team.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.J.Will 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.J.Wolfe 7.L.Stobbs 8.S.Carney 9.S.Ormrod 10. C.Gay 11. R.McGuinn 12.Stu Smith 14.L.Howchin 15.M.Phillips 16.B.Scott.


Sat. 2nd Sept, Dorset Senior League: WESTLAND SPORTS RESERVES 2 POOLE BOROUGH 1

A much changed line-up from last season took the field for the first match of this campaign and it paid off with Sports claiming their first victory of the season on the opening day. Last season it took us 6 months to notch a win in the league so this was an encouraging start.

LIAM STOBBS put Westlands one up in the first half with a neat lob over the keepers head and it stayed that way until half time. In the second half some slack play led to a Poole Borough equaliser but Sports stormed back and JAMIE BURT smashed in the winner after a corner kick wasn’t cleared by the visitor’s defence. A good performance all round and a well deserved win.

The Man of the Match award goes to JAMIE BURT for a strong game at the back and not forgetting the winning goal as well.

Westlands line-up: 1.C.Bennett 2.J.Will 3.S.Morgan 4.M.Watson 5.J.Burt 6.M.Phillips 7.L.Stobbs 8.J.Wolfe 9.S.Ormrod 10. N.Carney 11. L.Howchin 12.R.McGuinn 14.C.Gay 15.M.Rowswell 16.M.Lightfoot.












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