Reserves Reports

Westland Sports FC







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 6th Sept, 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 Sept, 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



















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