Westland Sports FC
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MATCH REPORTS SEASON 2018/2019
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.
Man of the Match this week goes to RICH PIPPIN who kept Sports in the game with 4 brilliant saves inside first 20 minutes.
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.
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 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 !
Man of the Match this week goes to LEWIS HOWCHIN, scored one and could have had a couple more with a bit of luck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Man of Match this week has to be LIAM STOBBS for a superb hat-trick.
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.
Man of Match was TOM AITKEN who proved very strong without the ball and used it excellently when in possession.
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.
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.
Man of the Match went to TOM AITKEN making his debut in the team but any one of the squad could have been named.
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.
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.
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.
Man of the Match was awarded to LEWIS HOWCHIN.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Man-of-the-Match award goes to skipper JAKE WOLFE who led from the front and inspired his team throughout the match.
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