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Sun 11th Feb, Dorset Youth League, (U16) Div.1: Westland Sports 2 Hamworthy Utd 4
Again we had a number of changes in the Westlands line up from the last match. I suppose it being the start of half term didn’t help but the lack of a consistent team does not help produce results.
Anyway, the management had moved to boost the squad with three new signings, Kieron Webber, Isaac Storey and Dominic Stephens, and they were all included in this weeks 13.
It was bitterly cold up on the Terrace as we kicked off and Hamworthy, who had the wind behind them, pressed forward looking for an early goal. As usual Westlands spent the first few minutes settling in to their shape but they then managed an attack and Luke Manley got a shot away. That effort went wide but it seemed to settle Sports and we began to build some attacks and get a few touches of the ball. In the ninth minute we took the lead with a nice goal. A ball in from the right was deftly controlled by LUKE MANLEY and he drilled the ball past the keeper to open the scoring. A few minutes later Luca Martin thumped in a shot that was saved by the visitor’s keeper.
It was end to end stuff now and in the 15th minute a Hamworthy player had a good shot that drifted just wide of the far post. Shortly after this they had another shot but this one flew well over the bar. Back down the other end the Hamworthy keeper made a terrific double save from Luca Martin and Luke Manley to keep the score at 1-0. Then Gabriel Cole, the Westlands keeper, dived to smother the ball low down by the post. In the 28th minute we conceded a soft goal. The Hamworthy number 14 went on a run and managed to break through three rather weak Westland challenges before slipping the ball to his unmarked team-mate who hit it low and hard into the back of the net. Back on level terms Westlands went on the attack and in the 35th minute it looked like a penalty when a Westlands player was pushed in the box but the referee waved play on. A minute later we took the lead again with another lovely goal. New signing Isaac Storey put LUCA MARTIN in the clear with a perfect through ball and Luca made no mistake burying the ball in the far corner as the keeper came out. Hamworthy immediately tried to hit back and when they put the ball into the Westlands box there was an almighty scramble before the ball was eventually cleared for a corner.
Just as we thought we had got through to half-time with a one goal lead we conceded again. We gave away a free kick out on the right and that spelt danger. Sure enough, a Hamworthy player thumped the kick high towards goal and with a bit of wind assistance it sailed into the top corner.
That made the half-time score 2-2 and although we were disappointed to lose that late goal we would have the wind behind us in the second half so we still had a good chance to win this match.
Well, things didn’t quite work out the way we had hoped in the second half as Hamworthy went on the attack and soon had us pinned in our own half defending desperately. In the 43rd minute a good passing move from the visitor’s ended with a shot that flew past the post. In the 46th Gabriel Cole made a good save and in the 49th minute he had to save again from their number 14. Eventually in the 54th minute disaster struck. A through ball saw a Hamworthy player chase into the box. Westlands keeper Gabriel Cole rushed out and dived for the ball but unfortunately the attacker just got a touch to it first and down he went. No doubt a penalty and their player thumped it into the top corner to put them ahead for the first time in the match. Westlands tried to fight back and forced a good save from their keeper wth a header from a free kick. Still Hamworthy had the edge and again the number 14 got in a shot that Gabriel Cole saved. We seemed to be a man short in midfield and Hamworthy were dominating possession restricting us to a few attacks on the break. In the 72nd minute a good passing move by Hamworthy ended with their player driving the ball into the corner of the net to put them 4-2 up. A good goal and with only eight minutes to go the final nail in the coffin for Westlands. We were unable to conjure up anything in the last few minutes so that was the final score.
A bit disappointing really as I thought we were just the better team in the first half but we seemed to fade badly in the second period. Hamworthy deserved their win in the end as they dominated the second half and seemed to show more determination to win those three points.
The Man-of-he Match this week goes to GEORGE HOOPER who shows a great attitude on the pitch, giving 100% and always encouraging his team-mates, an example to everyone.
Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 3.M.Pomeroy 4.S.Ough 5.G.Hooper 6.I.Storey 7.L.Manley 8.L.Langdon 9. D.Stephens 10.S.Goddard 11.L.Martin 12.P.Park 14.P.Duck 17.K.Webber
Sun 4th Feb, Dorset Youth League Cup, Section 2: Westland Sports 1 Wimborne & Holt 3
A fresh afternoon up on the terraces resulted in a 1-3 defeat against the much-fancied Wimborne &Holt. Having lost 5 nil to Holt in our last outing against them, this was an improved performance from Sports. After an initial 10-minute spell where Holt dominated, Sports settled and started creating chances albeit not really testing their keeper. Westlands started to win good possession with the snappy tackling of Seb Goddard in holding midfield frustrating the efforts of Holt and enabling the Sports midfield of Luke Manley, Lewi Trusson and Phil Duck to get on the ball and create.
On 30 minutes Westlands brought on Sam Ough, for the tireless Alex Park, Ough looked lively from the outset sat just behind ever dangerous striker Luca Martin who was holding the line and was a constant threat with his pace and strength. Sports defence were coping well and the composure of Tudor Blag was noticeable in turning defence into attack.
Shortly after he came on SAM OUGH broke away down the left, cut in, and left the keeper stranded with a well-placed chip into the far corner to put Westlands 1-0 up.. Holt then had a spell of pressure which culminated in Gabriel Cole spilling a shot after a difficult bounce. Centre back George Hooper partially cleared as Cole tried to atone his original error, only for Hooper’s clearance to fall straight to a Holt striker to put into the net. This was a blow right on half time. 1-1 at the break.
The second half started again with a spell of Holt pressure, however Sports soon started to win possession, with the disciplined positioning and tenacious tackling of Goddard acting as a catalyst.
Morgan Pomeroy came off after a solid showing at full back to be replaced by Alex Park with Sam Ough dropping to full back. Holt were edging the game and eventually scored with a well worked goal on 60 minutes to put them 1-2 up.
Manley, Trusson, Duck and Martin all worked to create chances with Park putting in a good shift, but Holt defended well and were looking dangerous, particularly with the wind now behind them. Holt eventually scored again with 10 minutes remaining after Cole struggled to hold a decent shot above his head with it eventually slipping out of his grasp into the net.
Sports continued to battle and had a late spell of pressure however the match ended in defeat to an impressive Holt outfit. There were positives in that this was a definite improvement on our previous loss to them, however Holt were worth their victory.
Always difficult to choose a Man-of-the-Match in defeat, however it was agreed that SEB GODDARD, for his, determination, hardwork and disciplined performance was well worthy of the award this week.
Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 3.M.Pomeroy 4.S.Ough 5.G.Hooper 7.L.Manley 8.L.Langdon 9.A.Park 10.S.Goddard 11.L.Martin 14.P.Duck 15.T.Blag 17.L.Trusson
Sun 14th Jan, Dorset Youth Cup, Qtr-Final: Westland Sports 0 Wimborne Town 0 (AET)
[Westlands won 3-1 on penalties]
A county cup quarter-final is always a big challenge and today’s opponents presented a particularly tough test for Westlands as Wimborne Town had beaten us fairly convincingly 3-0 in the league match on the Terrace back in October. Wimborne arrived in a luxury coach and certainly looked a very professional outfit and, as they also had 5 subs available, they had an advantage in numbers which could be crucial on a soft pitch with the possibility of extra time.
Our preparations for the match had been dealt a blow when two players, Lewis Trusson and Alex Park, pulled out through illness on the morning of the match. A quick re-shuffle of the team by the management meant several players playing out of position and with now only 12 players on duty, the odds were being stacked against us before a ball had been kicked.
In the opening minutes Westlands were taking a little time to settle into their new positions and this allowed the visitors to grab the initiative. The first goal attempt came from Wimborne in the 5th minute with a dipping shot that sailed over keeper Gabriel Cole’s head and luckily cleared the bar as well. Another shot a minute later went just past the post as Wimborne pressed for the opening goal. They should have had it in the 12th minute when their player missed a sitter. A free kick from the left was delivered to the far post where their #12 was totally unmarked but he smashed the ball over the bar when it looked easier to score. That close shave seemed to shock Westlands a bit and at last we began to push forward and make some inroads into the Wimborne half, creating a couple of half chances. It was also noticeable the Westlands defence were now getting to grips with the visitor’s attack so there was a bit of a shift in the game now. Both teams then had opportunities to get the ball into the opponent’s box from free kicks. The Wimborne kick was punched clear by Gabriel Cole and Peter Park’s delivery for Westlands went over the bar. Another dipping shot from Wimborne in the 36th minute just cleared the bar and the last action of the half saw Peter Park put another free kick into the box but that was scrambled away.
So, 0-0 at half time was a good result for Westlands. We had weathered an early storm and, as the players settled into their positions, had come more into the game later in the half. The visitor’s had dominated possession and played some good football but Westlands had shown some dogged determination and were still very much in the game.
As the second half started Wimborne had a go with another of these dipping shots which again cleared the crossbar. Luke Manley hit back with a shot for Westlands but the keeper saved. That was followed by a Westlands corner that Luke Manley got his head to but it flew just over the top. Wimborne then had a spell of constant attacks that forced Westlands into some desperate defending. Players were throwing themselves at the ball to make blocks and when anything did get through Gabriel Cole was dealing with it, usually with a trademark punch. In the 57th minute it looked like we were in deep trouble. A Wimborne corner caused a bit of a melee in the goalmouth and Gabriel Nitecki retaliated to a kick from an opponent and received a straight red card ! Not only that, but a penalty was also awarded for the foul play. It looked bad for Westlands but Gabriel Cole made a magnificent save from the spot kick, diving to his right to turn the ball round the post. What a save that was, and a lifeline for Westlands but we still had the daunting prospect of playing the last 20 minutes of normal time with only 10 men. It was still backs to the wall stuff and a Wimborne shot then hit the bar and went over the top and that was followed by a real scramble in the box as several attempted clearances were mis-kicked causing a bit of panic in the Sports defence. It looked as if a goal must come but moving into the last 15 minutes of the half it was Westlands who seemed to get a second wind and suddenly it was Wimborne having to defend. Tudor Blag made a run forward and Rory Thomson just failed to connect with his ball across the face of the goal. The game ended with Westlands winning a couple of corners, one of which Luke Manley headed just wide.
Final score 0-0 and into 10 minutes each way extra time. Westlands had battled hard to get this far against the odds but with only one sub could they keep it going ?
In extra time the ten men of Westlands looked to be playing a containing game, not taking too many risks and with the defence now having the measure of the Wimborne attack, chances were few and far between. In the first period Sports restricted Wimborne to one long range effort that flew just over the top and in the second half Gabriel Cole had to make a good save. No more scoring then so we moved on to the penalty shoot-out.
Wimborne were first to go and their player missed the target with his shot, putting it past the post ! This gave the Sports players a boost and the first to step up was PHIL DUCK and he thumped the ball into the top corner to make it 1-0 to Westlands ! Cracking penalty.
Wimborne next and their player stuck his kick nicely in the corner to make it 1-1.
Westlands captain LUKE MANLEY then came forward and although the Wimborne keeper got a hand to it, the ball ended up in the back of the net to make it 2-1 Westlands (phew !).
The next Wimborne kick was heading for the bottom corner until Gabriel Cole dived to his right to make a brilliant save ! Still 2-1 to Westlands ! Come on !
LUCA MARTIN was next and surely our top scorer would tuck it away? Yes, straight down the middle with the keeper flinging himself to his left. 3-1 now to Westlands and the pressure was really on the next Wimborne player who had to score.
He placed his shot to the corner but once again Gabriel Cole dived full length to save his 3rd penalty of the match ! Unbelievable ! That was it, we had won 3-1 and the Westlands keeper was buried in a pile of team mates as they celebrated.
Who could blame them as it had been an exceptional performance from the team. Every one of the players had given everything for the cause and although we rode our luck at times there are moments when hard work and team spirit are rewarded and this was one of those days.
For that reason the Man of the Match award is shared by all 12 players this week as it was such a good team performance. Not forgetting the management team for getting the tactics spot on for this match. Well done to every one of you.
Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 3.M.Pomeroy 4.P.Park 5.G.Hooper 6.R.Thomson 7.L.Manley 8.L.Langdon 10.S.Goddard 11.L.Martin 12.G.Nitecki 15.T.Blag 14.P.Duck
Sun 17th Dec, Dorset Youth Cup 3rd Rnd: Chickerell Utd 4 Westlands Sports 7
After a few days of rain and poor weather in the morning there was some doubt that the tie would be played. Driving across to Weymouth the weather seemed to be getting worse with spells of heavy rain. But on arrival at the pitches they were all in surprising good condition.
We knew this was going to be a tough test, after playing Chickerell in our first game of the season we knew they were a goal threat….we just scored more than them that day!
The match kicked off and unbelievably the rain stopped! In the first minute a sloppy pass from Westlands gave Chickerell their first shot at goal, it thankfully went high and wide. It took until the 9th minute for Westlands to settle – Luke Manley put a delightful ball through for Lewi Trusson to run on to but his shot went high over the bar. In the 14th minute a corner was not dealt with well by Chickerell and Rory Thomson turned and got a shot on goal but the keeper saved. This seemed to wake Chickerell up again and after some good passing in midfield a shot was made from just outside the area – our keeper Gabriel Cole saved well and managed to hold on to the slippery ball after his initial save. It was then Westlands time to attack, again great work in midfield from Seb Goddard saw Lewis Trusson break down the right side and cross, Rory Thomson manged to get his head on the ball but again the keeper saved. We could feel a goal coming – it really was just which team was going to score first. On 25th minute we finally got some luck, a scramble in the Chickerell box saw RORY THOMSON hit a shot that rebounded of a Chickerell player into the net. Westlands now started applying the pressure with new found confidence, another excellent through ball from Seb Goddard saw RORY THOMSON’s first time shot nestle in the back of the net. Things were looking positive for Westlands – but after only a minute we had given away a soft penalty. The slightest of pushes in the back of one of the Chickerell players right on the edge of the box saw the referee point to the spot. From the penalty Gabriel Cole dived low to his left and saved the well taken spot kick, a let off and a big learning point for the team about the referee. Only a minute later Westlands were at the other end after good work from Tudor Blag at right back saw him on a run and a pass that found LUCA MARTIN with his back to goal, a great turn saw him free and he smashed the ball into the roof of the net. Westlands were now playing fluent football and passing around the opposition, on 38th minutes Luke Manley picked up the ball in midfield – out skilled a few Chickerell players and his pass cut through their defence for LUCA MARTIN to run on to and find the back of the net – and so the first half came to an end with Westlands 4 nil up and Chickerell looking deflated – but we knew they had goals in them.
The talk at half time was about keeping things tight and to keep playing our football, the 1st minute saw us playing as we did at the end of the first half, winning a corner but unfortunately it came to nothing. From the kick Chickerell applied pressure and in almost a repeat of our first goal with many rebounds somehow the ball ended up in our net. This seemed to shake Westlands and from 2 quality corners that Chickerell put in, Gabriel Cole saved us, the speed of reactions from both saves were top quality, one down low from a header and the other one handed up over the bar from a fierce shot. Westlands were looking rattled – Chickerell looking like they could score from every attack. In the 6th minute Westlands produced their best bit of play. Luke Langdon intercepted a pass, calmly passed out to Seb Goddard who linked well with Luke Manley to release LUCA MARTIN on a run and fire into the net. A great team goal with the accuracy of passing and movement that the team has shown they can play with. So now 5 -1 up, surely the game was Westlands to lose…..which within 3 frantic minutes we almost did !. Chickerell were not down and out and theIR brave fighting spirit saw them score 3 goals in 3 minutes. A good run from their left winger saw his shot go in, almost from the kick off Chickerell got a great deep cross in that the defence could not deal with and Chickerell scored again, then from a long range shot one of our players put out a foot and it went into the back of the net completely wrong footing our keeper. So from winning comfortably we let Chickerell back in – with the score 5-4, Westlands confidence shot and Chickerell on a high it seemed like Westlands could actually lose! Chickerell were really going for the killer goal, our defence of Tudor Blag, Josh Edwards, George Hooper and Luke Langdon were being severally tested, for much of the time they did well but even when Chickerell did get through Gabriel Cole was in inspired form, one reaction save even bringing applause from the Chickerell coach. As time went on Westlands were playing deeper and Pete Park and Seb Goddard were getting drawn into defending hard for the team. For the next 15 minutes it was all Chickerell, but the team defended amazingly well, finally in the 70th minute we got control of the ball. Seb Goddard threaded through a ball for LEWIS TRUSSON, now playing on the left to take in his stride and calmly pass the ball into the net past the keeper. Westlands had their 2 goal cushion back. Sports found their passing game and a good run from Alex Park on the right handside of midfield produced a corner, but again came to nothing for the team. In the final minute from our goal kick the ball found its way to LUKE MANLEY and with plenty to do he ran at the Chickerell back 4 and shot low into the bottom corner with the last kick of the game. So the final score was 7-4, although the referee had it recorded as 6 ??
For the Man of the Match – it could have gone to any number of players – Luca Martin for his hat trick, Rory Thomson for calmly taking his 2 goals, Luke Manley and Seb Goddard for their drive in midfield, the defence who although had a shaky 3 minutes defended like their lives depended on it…but Man of the Match has to go to our keeper GABRIEL COLE – who was on top form with some outstanding saves….if Chickerell had scored from one of the chances he saved – the result may have been a lot different! But we won and now have a home tie in the quarter finals.
A special note for Morgan Pomeroy who made the trip to Weymouth but due to circumstances was an un- used substitute as the players on the pitch had to sort the mess out of conceding the 3 goals in 3 minutes!
We now have the Christmas break – our first game back ……7th January away to Chickerell……..what a game to start 2018, can everyone’s nerves take it?
Sun 3rd Dec, Somerset Youth Shield 3rd Rnd: Westland Sports 0 Hutton Juniors 3
We were a bit short of players for this one due to injuries etc, and only being able to get 12 men available for perhaps the biggest game of the season so far was disappointing.
We were facing the holders of the trophy and one of the top sides in the county so we knew it was going to be tough but we had beaten a good team in the last round so we were still confident.
Westlands started well and the Hutton keeper had to make a couple of early saves as we pushed forward but after 5 minutes, in Hutton’s first real attack, we shot ourselves in the foot. Sports keeper Gabriel Cole made a hash of a kick out putting it straight to a Hutton player who promptly lobbed the ball into the empty net to make it 1-0. That was a shot in the arm for the away team and they settled down to play some good football and put us under pressure. We managed to defend 2 or 3 corners before in the 14th minute we created a good chance but Luca Martin’s shot went wide. Then a smart move by Hutton ended with a strong shot that was well saved by Gabriel Cole. Back came Westlands and Luca Martin got up well to get his head to a Lewis Trusson cross but couldn’t get his header on target.
That was the last real chance of the half and so we turned round 1-0 down. It had been a frustrating half as we had held our own but just couldn’t make that final telling pass.
Hutton came out and went on the attack straight away with a good shot that flew just over the bar. The away side were throwing men forward and in the 43rd minute they had players to spare in our penalty box and their forward had an easy finish to make it 2-0. Westlands had not started playing in this half and 3 minutes later we conceded another goal. The Hutton number 7 ran through three half hearted challenges before laying the ball off to his team-mate who scored with a good shot into the corner. 3-0 down and still well over 30 minutes to play was a bit of a worry but the management changed things round a bit and we dug in. The game was fairly one sided now with the away team happy with their three goal lead and content just to keep the ball which they did rather well. Westlands battled hard but we were looking a bit disjointed and couldn’t really string any moves together. On 60 minutes Gabriel Cole saved low down to prevent a fourth goal but apart from that it was mainly Westlands defending with the odd break upfield. Sports best effort of the half came with only 2 minutes left when Luca Martin put a shot just past the post.
That was the final action and a final score of 3-0 saw us bow out the cup. Hutton were a very good team and we would have had to be at our best to beat them and we were a bit off that in this game. Never mind we have a quick opportunity to bounce back next week with the 3rd round of the Dorset Youth Cup away to Chickerell.
Man of the match goes to GEORGE HOOPER who kept battling and never gave up even when we were in danger of caving in early in that second half. His determination encouraged his team mates and helped get us through that last half hour unscathed.
Westlands line-up: 1.G.Cole 4.A.Park 5.G.Hooper 7.L.Manley 8.L.Langdon 9.A.Park 10.S.Goddard 11.L.Martin 12.G.Nitecki 15.J.Edwards 17.L.Trusson 3.M.Pomeroy
Sun 26th Nov, Dorset Youth League (U16) Div.1: Wimborne & Holt 5 Westland Sports 0
The Under 16’s were on their travels again – this time to the Home of Holt FC to play the strong Wimborne and Holt team. The pitch itself was very sticky and several times in gentle warm up the Westlands players looked more like ice dancers than footballers. But the pitch was the same for both teams – so under a grey sky we got going.
As normal the coaching team wanted a quick start but it was evident from the first few minutes that Wimborne and Holt (WH) also had the same game plan and didn’t want us to beat them again. After early pressure WH won their first corner, it came to nothing but at only 2 mins in you could see this was going to be a tough test for Westlands, especially without injured captain Luke Manley. Westlands started to find their feet and rhythm but after some sloppy passing WH broke forward at pace and put their first shot of the day just wide. On 8 minutes some good passing from WH led to another chance which was calmly slotted home by one of the impressive WH midfielders. Not long after the restart Westlands had a great passage of play – a through ball from Seb Goddard put Luca Martin on a run to catch the ball before the WH keeper could come out off his line. In the end WH keeper just got to the ball before Luca and from the rebound the ball dropped to Rory Thomson at a difficult height about 12 yards out which he put just above the bar. This move gave Westlands clear hope that WH although playing well had their own weakness. On 13 mins good play from Pete Park now moved into a central position put a great ball forward for Lewi Trusson to run onto which resulted in a corner for Westlands. A good in swinging corner put pressure on the WH keeper but was deemed as a foul. Just as Westlands was adding pressure WH put together some great passing through the midfield, a potential foul on our left back Dawson Cawley allowed the WH right winger to cut inside and strike a rising shot into the roof of the net – nothing the ever impressive Gabe Cole in Westlands goal could do to save it. Westlands didn’t let their heads drop and produced some good football between Gabi Nitecki and Rory Thomson which resulted in a foul just outside of the box. Luca Martin placed the ball and his shot flew just over the bar with the keeper well beaten. At 2 nil down Westlands were not out of the game and although not creating lots of chances – there was glimmer of hope. WH responded with some excellent play that had Westlands defence on the chase back, Luke Langdon used his considerable pace and awareness to not only to win the ball but also set up a good move passing out to Tudor Blag at right back who in turn released Lewi Trusson on yet another good run. The game was poised and end to end – the next goal was going to be crucial. Unfortunately the next goal was not far away and on 22mins the WH midfield played some great football – the shot from wide was fantastically saved by Gabe Cole onto the post but a WH player reacted quicker than Westlands and put the ball in the net. Westlands rallied again and some good play from George Hooper at the back released Rory Thomson on another run, this produced an almost carbon copy of the foul and free kick we had 10mins earlier. This time Lewi Trusson stepped up and his dipping shot clattered off the top of the cross bar, again with keeper well beaten. It gave Westlands great hope for the 2nd half where we would be playing downhill on a very wet and sticky pitch. Half-time 3-0.
WH started the 2nd half strongly with them winning a 2nd minute free kick, again Gabriel Cole was in the right place for a good save. Pete Park now in Midfield with Seb Goddard and Gabi Nitecki started to stretch his legs and a pass to Lewi Trusson saw him cut inside and set Luca Martin up for a shot that went agonisingly wide. The signs were good for Westlands with the WH management team giving their team a blast about getting their basics right. But as in the first half just as Westlands started to play well, their left winger cut inside and without much challenge squared across to the WH captain who coolly side footed the ball in for their 4th goal. Westlands again upped the pressure and won another free kick in the 55min. Luca Martin stepped up but again the shot was just too high. It was now end to end play, Westlands were taking more risks with Pete Park now operating even further forward. This left the defence open but George Hopper and Luke Langdon in central defence dealt with everything that WH could throw at them along with the left and right backs of Tudor Blag and Dawson Cawley. With attacking mind set of Westlands it was a huge risk that WH would break on the counter attack – after many Westlands players being caught up field WH broke in numbers and a fantastic through ball was collected by WH to score their 5th goal. To their credit Westlands kept on playing positive football, Phil Duck now playing as a central striker turned quickly on shot which went just wide. Still Westlands kept pushing and in the final minute WH fouled Seb Goddard who had another good game, the free kick was taken by Lewi Trusson but again too high. The final whistle blew and Westlands had lost 5 nil. The score was in some respects flattering to our opponents but equally they did play much better football. Work for Westlands to do on free kicks and the basics of stringing passes together on a more consistent basis. The team toiled and chased after a very impressive WH team packed full of ex academy players and although we certainly can play better – there was plenty of fighting spirit going to the final whistle.
Man of the match goes to PETE PARK who was strong and powerful in the role of midfield,
Westlands line-up: 1. G.Cole 2.T.Blag 3.L.Langdon 4.A.Park 5.P.Duck 6.G.Nitecki 7.L.Manley 9.R.Thompson 10.L.Martin 11.S.Goddard 12.L.Trusson 15.G.Hooper 18.L.P.Park 19.M.Pomeroy
Sun 19th Nov, Dorset Youth League (U16) Cup: Merley Cobham Sports 0 Westland Sports 4
Sports U16s took on Merley Cobham Sports at Ferndown in the League Cup group stage. It was a sunny autumnal afternoon with little wind, perfect conditions and a decent pitch.
This was a game that the management had requested a quick start, and, only 45 seconds into the match,
LUKE MANLEY combined well with Lewi Trusson who provided a cross that Manley converted with a close-range header to put us one up !.
With Seb Goddard and Gabbi Nitecki working well with the impressive captain Luke Manley, they completely controlled the middle of the park in the early stages and forced a succession of corners as Merley struggled to get into the game. Dawson Calway at left back was able to advance and join in the attack at times, linking well with the ever-threatening and impressive Rory Thomson with his constant probing.
On 24 mins Manley and Trusson again combined well to set up a chance for Luca Martin who's header cannoned off the bar. On 27 minutes the pressure finally paid off with LUKE MANLEY ghosting in from left to right across the face of the area, evading defenders to drive a low shot into the bottom right hand corner to put Sports into a deserved two nil lead.
On 32 minutes Merley got their first corner which Sports didn’t deal with well and it resulted in a scramble eventually being cleared off the line by the ever-reliable defensive rock Luke Langdon. On 40 minutes Manley was bundled over in the Merley box and then trampled on but the ref gave nothing. Luca Martin was unlucky with a rising drive in the last attack of a good first half for Sports.
Management instructions at half time were clear, a clean sheet was demanded and a word in Luke Manley's ear to make sure he came off the pitch with a hat trick.
Merley as expected came on strong in the initial stages of the second half and Sports defended well with George Hooper winning key ariel battles to help ensure the lead was maintained. On 49 minutes, after good work from Lewi Trusson running with pace and balance at defenders, ALEX PARK needed no second invitation as he pounced with his poaching instincts to put Sports 3 up.
To their credit Merley continued to apply pressure and Sports repelled their attacks. Of note was the performance of the increasingly impressive Tudor Blagg, winning crucial challenges both on the floor and in the air and using the ball well when he had won possession.
On 56 minutes Seb Goddard, with his continued high energy and selfless work in midfield, delivered an incisive threaded pass to LUKE MANLEY on the left. He accelerated past the defence into the area to finish across the keeper into the far corner to complete a deserved hat-trick (as requested !). The resultant celebration is of note……
Merley pressed on despite the deficit as Sports still threatened every time they went forward with Phil Duck again displaying his impressive range of passing. Gabriel Cole between the sticks had a relatively quiet afternoon being well protected by the increasingly solid defence but was at his acrobatic best late on pouncing to the right to turn a Merley effort round the post to protect his, and Sports, deserved clean sheet.
This was a solid team performance, however Man of the Match was without doubt captain LUKE MANLEY, displaying an excellent performance capped off with a well-deserved hat-trick.
Westlands squad: 1. G.Cole 2.T.Blag 4.L.Langdon 5.P.Duck 6.R.Thompson 7.L.Manley 9.A.Park 10.L.Martin 11.S.Goddard 12.L.Trusson 15.G.Hooper 18.D.Calway 19.G.Nitecki
Sun 12th Nov, Dorset Youth League (U16) Div.1: Westland Sports 9 Bridport 0
After a good result last week in the Youth Shield, hopefully Westlands were back to their early season form and the visit of bottom side Bridport looked like an opportunity to build on that. The visitor’s had lost all 5 league games so far and when they turned up with only the bare 11 players it looked as if they were struggling.
However when the match kicked off it was the Bridport who immediately went on the attack and they forced a corner in the first minute. The kick caused a bit of a melee in the goalmouth with a net bound shot being blocked well by Gabriel Cole before the ball was finally hacked clear. Bridport, however, looked a bit open defensively but Sports passing was careless and we were unable to create any worthwhile openings. In the 9th minute however, we got our noses in front. A corner from the left was headed powerfully goalwards by GEORGE HOOPER and the keeper could only push the ball up into the roof of the net. As the ball bounced down another Westlands player nodded it into the net just to make sure but the ball had undoubtedly crossed the line. Bridport were up against it now as Westlands went looking for more goals. Luke Manley hit the outside of the post then Rory Thompson fired a shot just wide. This was followed by a good cross from Luke that Rory again fired wide. Finally, in the 21st minute, Sports added number two. A long diagonal ball into the box picked out SEB GODDARD and he brought the ball down and thumped it into the back of the net from about 12 yards out. A minute later Luca Manley gave Rory Thompson a great chance but again he missed the target. In the 27th minute we had some action at the other end as a good Bridport passing move ended with Gabriel Cole having to make a good save. Westlands broke straight away with Rory Thompson making a strong run into the visitor’s half. He then slipped a perfect pass through to LUCA MARTIN who made it 3-0 with a nice sidefoot finish past the advancing keeper. In the 32nd minute Lewis Trusson set up Luke Manley with a shooting chance but he took too many touches and finally scuffed his shot past the post. A couple of minutes later it was 4-0 after a bit of a scramble in the Bridport goalmouth. Lewis Trusson and Seb Goddard both had shots blocked before the ball fell to RORY THOMPSON and he belted it in. Just before the half time whistle LUCA MARTIN drilled in goal number 5 after he was again set up by Rory Thompson. To finish the half Bridport had a decent attempt with a shot that just flew over the bar.
At 5-0 the game was obviously done and dusted so it was an opportunity in the second half to rotate the team a bit and move things around. ALEX PARK came on out on the right and with almost his first kick he scored. From the kick off the ball was pushed out to Alex and he fired over a cross that beat the keeper all ends up and dropped into the far corner of the net. That made it 6-0 and the game died a bit of death after this. It was difficult to stay motivated and Sports toiled a bit for the next 20 minutes or so with not many chances created at either end. Luke Manley did have one decent chance when he was set up by Rory Thompson but he blasted his shot over the bar. Eventually, in the 65th minute ALEX PARK cut in from the left and drilled in a shot at the near post to make the score 7-0. Ten minutes later LUCA MARTIN, now operating in midfield, picked the ball up 20 yards out and blasted a shot into the net and finally, in the dying second, Westlands made it 9-0 when MORGAN POMEROY got up well to head in a corner from the right.
Not Westlands best performance even although we did win 9-0. A lot of the decision making saw Sports players opt to try a difficult pass when an easier simpler option was available. This led to loss of possession and resulted in a scrappy game at times with no fluidity in the build up. However, that’s nit-picking and the lads can all be pleased with their performance. Nine goals scored and none conceded is a good afternoon’s work and they can all be proud of that.
The Man-of –the-match is again a challenge this week but the award goes to LEWIS TRUSSON. Although he did not get on the score sheet, his attacking play down the right set up numerous chances for his team mates and he looked dangerous to the opposition every time he had the ball.
Westlands line-up: 1. G.Cole 2.T.Blag 3.L.Langdon 4.A.Park 5.P.Duck 6.G.Nitecki 7.L.Manley 9.R.Thompson 10.L.Martin 11.S.Goddard 12.L.Trusson 15.G.Hooper 18.L.P.Park 19.M.Pomeroy
Sun 5th Nov, Somerset Youth Shield Rnd 2: Westland Sports 5 Bridgwater Wolves 2
After a couple of defeats in the league the cup was an ideal time to turn things around. The visitors came with a big reputation but the lads were well prepared and we knew on our day we could give anyone a game.
Westlands came out on the front foot and soon had the visitors under pressure. This worked to our advantage in only the third minute when we took the lead. Luca Martin fed a nice pass out to Lewis Trusson on the right wing and he got to the byeline and cut the ball across he face of the goalwhere GABI NITECKI was on the spot to drive it in. What a start by Westlands and they kept the pressure on forcing a corner that Rory Thompson headed over the bar. Then Sports put together a great attack but the final shot hit a team mate and was cleared for a corner. It was 11 minutes before the visitors finally created a good chance when their player hit his shot straight at the keeper with the goal gaping. In the 15th minute a Bridgwater player went on a storming run past a couple of Westlands defenders but his shot was deflected for a corner. Just as we thought the visitors were beginning to get a foothold in the game, in the 25th minute Westlands rocked them with another goal. Rory Thompson slipped a nice ball through to LUCA MARTIN who took it on and thumped it past the keeper at his near post. That gave us a nice cushion at 2-0 and was a big blow for our opponents. We kept pressing and when a ball into the box was headed clear Luca Martin met it on the drop but volleyed just past the post. A good run by he Bridgwater #2 then opened up the Westlands defence but his shot went over the bar. With 36 minutes gone Lewis Trusson got to the byline again and his cut back caused panic in the visitor’s defence but the ball was scrambled clear. The final action of the half saw a Bridgwater corner headed just over the top.
A 2-0 lead at half time was an excellent result for Westlands but it looked as if there were more goals to come in this game so nothing was decided yet.
The opening minute of the second half saw Lewis Trusson take on the Bridgwater defence again with a great run and shot. But the visitors had nothing to lose and they were pushing forward now forcing Westlands onto the back foot. After 5 minutes of the half the pressure told with a goal for Bridgwater. A soft goal really as the Westlands defence seemed to open up as a Bridgwater player ran at them and then he mishit his shot and the ball trundled into the net. Bridgwater were back in the game at 2-1 but Westlands rallied and five minutes later scored again to extend the lead to two again. A free kick delivered deep into the box was knocked back across by Lewis Trusson to the far post where RORY THOMPSON smashed it in to make the score 3-1. Westlands had rode out the storm and were looking fairly comfortable again. The Bridgwater defence just couldn’t cope with our attacking players and in the 60th minute Luca Martin threaded a nice pass through to LEWIS TRUSSON and he drove the ball low and hard into the far corner. At 4-1 Westlands could relax a bit but a goal conceded in the 70th minute just kept things interesting at 4-2. Again it was a rather soft goal to lose. A corner was put in to the near post where Sports keeper Gabriel Cole and a defender both seemed to have it covered. However they both missed the ball completely and a Bridgwater player turned it in from virtually on the goal line. Could this spark an unlikey comeback in the last 10 minutes ? Westlands answered that question straight away by scoring again a minute later. This was a good goal, started by some good interplay between Luke Manley and Luca Martin and ending with RORY THOMPSON thumping the ball into the net. At 5-2 Bridgwater looked down and out but, to their credit, they kept going and Gabriel Cole had to make a good save in the 73rd minute. Then, a couple of minutes later, we almost had a carbon copy of Bridgwater’s second goal. Again a corner was swung in towards the near post and again Westlands keeper and defenders all missed it but thankfully this time the ball was scrambled away. That was the last scare and the last few minutes were fairly straight forward with the benefit of that three goal lead.
An excellent performance by the Westland lads who executed the management’s game plan to perfection. Every player knew his role and gave everything to win the match and it was also a great game to watch for the spectators who showed their appreciation at the end for both teams.
Man-of –the-match could really have been anyone this week as we had such a good team performance however the award goes to RORY THOMPSON for a couple of clinical finishes at crucial times in the game.
Westlands line-up: 1. G.Cole 3.D.Calway 4.P.Park 5.G.Hooper 7.L.Manley 8.L.Langdon 10.S.Goddard 11.L.Martin 12.G.Nitecki 14.P.Duck 15.T.Blag 16.L.Trusson 17.J.Edwards
Sun 29th Oct, Dorset Youth League (U16) Div 1: Bournemouth Sports 5 Westland Sports 1
Despite a strong start today the 16s suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Bournemouth Sports
Early half chances came and went Sports for the first 20 minutes until Bournemouth scored the first goal which was then quickly followed by a second. This appeared to take the wind out of Westlands who conceded another before half time going in at 3 down. Had it not been for Gabriel Coles performance in goal it could have been even worse. Tackles were being missed, communication was poor, and decision making was awful.
There was an improvement from Sports at the outset of the second half howeverwe were rocked back on our heels again after conceding easily from a far post corner. That made it 4-0 and despite much toil a further mistake led to a fifth goal for Bournemouth.
As Westlands pushed to get back in the game or for at least a consolation we were woefully exposed at the back and it was only the performance of Gabriel Cole in goal that kept the scoreline at five.
Finally Seb Goddard and LUCA MARTIN combined well to score a late consolation.
Not a difficult Man of the Match this week, the award goes to Westlands goalkeeper GABRIEL COLE, who kept the scoreline from getting embarrassing.
Westlands line-up: 1. G.Cole 3.D.Calway 4.P.Park 5.G.Hooper 7.L.Manley 8.L.Langdon 9.S.Ough 10.S.Goddard 11.L.Martin 12.G.Nitecki 14.P.Duck 16.L.Trusson 17.M.Pomeroy
Sun 22nd Oct, Dorset Youth League (U16) Div 1: Westland Sports 0 Wimborne Town 3
On a wet blustery afternoon at the Terraces, the under 16s lost their 100% start to the season going down 0-3 to a strong Wimborne side. From the outset Sports struggled to match the intensity and neat football of Wimborne eventually conceding the first goal after good movement from the visitor's.
Of note in the first half were some strong defensive performances, particularly from Luke Langdon and full back Peter Park. Sports did have a spell before half time where they were on top for a short period however this failed to materialise into clear cut chances. Half-time 0-1.
Just after the break a high late tackle, which resulted in a red card for Wimborne, unfortunately ended top scorers Luca Martin's afternoon. With the threat of Luca out of the way this made Sports chances of getting something out of the game more difficult. Despite having 10 men Wimborne were able to comfortably maintain their lead and as Sports changed formation to chase the game they again conceded. With the game effectively over Wimborne scored a 3rd in added time which to be fair didn’t flatter them.
Sports toiled throughout but there was no lack of effort. The defence had their busiest day yet, worked hard as a unit and coped admirably at times, of note was Tudor Blag's second half performance at left back. Midfield struggled to get a grip on the game and management acknowledge tactically we didn’t get it right which didn’t help the boys,
Man of the Match was LUKE LANGDON who produced an outstanding performance, despite the scoreline on a difficult day for Sports.
Westlands line-up: 1. G.Cole 3.D.Calway 4.P.Park 5.G.Hooper 6.A.Park 7.L.Manley 8.L.Langdon 9.S.Ough 10.S.Goddard 11.L.Martin 12.G.Nitecki 14.P.Duck 15.T.Blag 16.L.Trusson 17.M.Pomeroy
Sun 15th Oct, Dorset Youth League Cup (U16): Bournemouth Poppies 0 Westland Sports 19
Bournemouth started the match well and kept a good shape making it difficult for Sports to break them down. After some initial poor finishing, on 15 minutes the first goal came courtesy of a LUCA MARTIN strike. Phil Duck, playing in a midfield role was very much the instigator producing fine defence splitting passes and powerful headed clearances, one leading to an assist for LUCA MARTIN to notch his second goal which was arguably his best finish. SEB GODDARD, captain for the day in the absence of injured Luke Manley, soon added the third and with further goals by LUCA MARTIN and a SEB GODDARD header, ensured a comfortable 5 goal lead and the game was effectively settled. Two further goals from LUCA MARTIN (2) were added before half time to secure a 7 nil lead at the break.
The half time team talk was around maintaining the intensity and rhythm. RORY THOMPSON quickly added to the tally after the break, there was then a flurry of quick fire goals where Bournemouth were unfortunately struggling to maintain their shape and discipline, conceding 2 penalties, clinically dispatched by LUCA MARTIN and RORY THOMPSON. SEB GODDARD then completed his hat-trick followed shortly by RORY THOMPSON and a cou[;e more from LUCA MARTIN (2).
To his obvious delight DAWSON CALWAY eventually found the net. GABBI NITECKI (2) added a couple, with LEWI TRUSSON and PETE PARK also getting their names on the scoresheet. Lewi Trusson was a constant threat all afternoon and I lost count of his assists. Luca Martin scored a fantastic 8 in all before being dispatched to defence duties much to the relief of the Poppies.
Luke Langdon and George Hooper had a quiet afternoon with George thinking how he was going to get rid of team’s ‘old pound coins’ which was clearly on his mind before the match! Keeper Gabe Cole won’t have many quieter games.
Full credit to Bournemouth Poppies who despite the result showed great courage and attitude in never giving up. Sports boys were gracious and respectful to their opponents at the end of the match ensuring they gave them a robust three cheers and genuinely wishing them well for the rest of the season. Captain Luke Manley who is unfortunately injured turned up to support which was noted and appreciated by both management and his teammates.
Man of the match goes to PHIL DUCK who provided assists all afternoon that ‘De Bruyne’ would have been proud of.
Westlands line-up: 1. G.Cole 3.D.Calway 4.P.Park 5.G.Hooper 6.G.Nitecki 7.L.Martin 8.L.Langdon 9.P.Duck 10.S.Goddard 12.L.Trusson 16.R.Thompson
Sun 8th Oct, Dorset Youth League (U16) Div.1: Westland Sports 2 Wimborne & Holt 1
An absolute scorcher of an afternoon on the Terrace for the visit of Wimborne & Holt who came with a bit of a reputation for being one of the top sides. Westlands had Alex Park and Rory Thompson missing today so only two on the bench which might be a slight disadvantage on such a hot day.
From the kick-off the visitors showed their pedigree with some neat passing and moving that had the Westlands lads chasing shadows. After a few minutes, however, the home team managed to win some possession and their more direct approach of getting the ball forward early to the two front men was proving a bit of a problem for the visitors defence. In the 5th minute a long Westlands free kick into the box was cleared for a corner. A good cross into the box then caused chaos in the visitor’s defence as 2 shots were blocked before PHIL DUCK thumped the ball through the crowd into the back of the net. Although Wimborne and Holt were still passing the ball about nicely the Westlands defence were giving nothing away and most of their neat passing moves broke down around the edge of the 18 yard box. In contrast, the early ball from Westlands up to Luke Manley and Luca Martin had the W & H defence backing off and dropping deeper and deeper. Luca tried his luck in the 8th minute with a lob that cleared the bar and in the 14th minute he got in behind the Wimborne defence but the keeper managed to block his shot. Westlands were racking up the chances now with the visitor’s rocking a bit defensively. After 19 minutes Luke Manley curled a free kick round the wall but the keeper dived to push it for a corner. When the kick came over Luke rose highest to power a header just over the bar. Five minutes later a Lewis Trusson cross bounced off the top of the bar and went over. In between Westland attacks the visitors had a lot of possession but the Westlands players were working hard to close them down and invariably their attacks came to nothing. In the 32nd minute Sports made it 2-0. A corner was swung into the box, the keeper didn’t fancy coming for it and LUCA MARTIN headed the ball into the net at the far post. A crucial goal that one as it gave us a bit of breathing space but unfortunately we couldn’t add to our lead before the break so we went in 2-0 up.
Wimborne and Holt had nothing to lose now and pushed forward from the start of the second half forcing a good save from Gabriel Cole in the opening minutes. In the 55th minute a chance for W & H as their player had a free header from a free kick but he put it over the top. The game was developing into the visitor’s pressing but Westlands still looking dangerous on the break. In the 65th minute Lewis Trusson outpaced a defender, got to the byeline and fired a low ball across the face of the goal that Luca Martin just failed to connect with. Wimborne then carved out a chance but the final shot was wide of the target. Some sustained pressure from the visitor’s now with a series of corners that were all defended well by Westlands. Sports then had a breakaway in the 70th minute and won a free kick on the edge of the box. The Wimborne & Holt keeper had not looked confident with his handling of high balls and as he now had the sun in his eyes this looked like a good opportunity. Unfortunately Luke Manley ballooned his kick over the bar. A few minutes later another shirt pull brought another Westlands attack to a halt and we were awarded another free kick on the edge of the box. Peter Park took this one but again didn’t test the keeper, putting his shot wide. After 76 minutes Gabriel Cole made a magnificent diving save to turn a shot round the post. The corner came over and was scrambled away for another corner. This one was also scrambled away as the Westlands defence held firm. Sports managed to ease the pressure with a good attack which put Gabriel Nitecki clean through but inexplicably he pulled up thinking he was offside and the chance was gone. W & H went back on the attack and Gabriel Cole pulled off another flying save to turn a shot over the bar. In the 79th minute the visitors pulled one back when their player dribbled into the box and was tripped for a penalty. The kick was despatched neatly but with only a minute to go + injury time it was hopefully too late to spark a fight back. In fact, as it turned out, the final good chance of the game was created by Westlands when once again we were fouled on the edge of the box. This time Dawson Cawley tried his luck but put his kick way over the bar.
The final whistle that followed ended an excellent game and a good win for Westlands.
A good first half where we built up a two goal lead was then followed by some dogged defending in the second half as we protected our advantage. As the game wore on we were forced to defend deeper and deeper as tiredness kicked in but all the players stuck to the task and showed some good match management to see the game out. One disappointing feature of the second half was our inability to put a free kick on target. We had several attempts and didn’t test the keeper once which was annoying as a third goal would just have eased the pressure. Nevertheless the job was completed and was a great achievement for all 13 players as they had to work hard to keep a very good team at bay on a hot afternoon.
Man-of –the-match could have been anyone this week as we had a good team performance however the award goes to GABRIEL COLE who pulled off several brilliant saves at crucial times to help us defend our lead.
Westlands line-up: 1. G.Cole 3.D.Calway 4.P.Park 5.G.Hooper 7.L.Manley 8.L.Langdon 10.S.Goddard 11.L.Martin 12.G.Nitecki 14.P.Duck 15.T.Blag 16.L.Trusson 17.J.Edwards
Sun 24th Sept, Dorset Youth League (U16) Div.1: Westland Sports 9 Merley Cobham 4
Another fine day for football on the Terrace, a bit of drizzle around but nothing to worry about. Opponents Merley Cobham had lost their only match played so far so Westlands were looking to win this one on home soil.
It was a dream start for Sports, going one up in the 3rd minute ! Lewis Trusson robbed a defender of the ball and put a cross into the box. Luca Martin set it back to LUKE MANLEY and he thumped the ball in from 10 yards. Merley were a bit rattled and Westlands pressed home the advantage with a second goal in the 8th minute. Luke Manley made a good run down the left and drilled the ball low and hard across goal where a defender knocked it into his own net for an OG. A dream start but Sports took their foot off the pedal a bit after this and allowed the visitors to settle and begin to play their way into the game. In the 20th minute Merley scored to make it 2-1. A corner into the box should have been headed clear but a Westlands player ducked out of the header leaving a Merley player to smash it in. Stung by that error Westlands made an excellent response 2 minutes later. A defence splitting through pass from Gabriel Nitecki put LUCA MARTIN through and he scored with a cool side foot finish past the advancing keeper. It was one way traffic really and in the 32nd minute Luke Manley made a good run but his final shot was wide of the far post. Two minutes later came goal number 4 for Westlands. Luke Manley played a long ball over the top and LUCA MARTIN ran in to sidefoot past the keeper for his second goal of the match. Westlands keeper had done virtually nothing so far (except pick the ball out the net once !) but in the 36th minute he was called into action, diving to clutch a well hit shot from 20 yards. Just before the break Luke Manley and Luca Martin combined well again to create a chance but this time Luca sliced his shot wide.
A half time result of 4-1 was just what we wanted and the signs were that Sports could go on to rack up a big score in this match. One error in the first half had cost us but apart from that it had been a pretty dominant display.
In the second half ALEX PARK came on up front and this move brought immediate dividends only 3 minutes into the half. He raced through the Merley defence and, as the keeper rushed out, he prodded the ball past him to make the score 5-1. What a start that was but it also signalled a bit of a turnaround as Merley Cobham suddenly started to press forward. With Luca Martin, Luke Manley and Alex Park all playing up front and two of the remaining three midfielders playing very wide, we were suddenly totally outnumbered in central midfield. In addition, as Merley attacked the defence dropped deeper and deeper and so the space in midfield was increased. In the 45th minute a great strike by a Merley player brought a diving save from Gabriel Cole The flag was actually up for offside but the warning signs were there. A minute later Merley scored to reduce the deficit to 5-2. The ball was bobbing around in Westlands box, no one seemed able to clear their lines and eventually the ball fell to the big centre forward who blasted it in. Westland tried to hit back immediately with another great break by Alex Park who ran clean through the Merley defence. As the keeper came out Alex tried to chip him but the keeper blocked his attempt and Luca Martin blasted the rebound over. That was only a temporary respite as in the 50th minute we conceded again. This time Westlands keeper Gabriel Cole came out to catch a corner, unfortunately he dropped the ball and it was forced over the line from close range. That made it 5-3 and with the visitors still pressing it wasn’t looking great. Westlands management made some changes at this point, the most notable being the re-introduction of Gabriel Nitecki to beef up the central midfield area. But it was Merley who had the next chance with a free kick from the halfway line whizzing just wide. Nevertheless Westlands had begun to resume control of the game now and a couple of minutes later added goal number 6 with a familiar sight, LUCA MARTIN running on to a through pass and stabbing the ball past the advancing keeper. We had a nice three goal gap now but the visitors had not given up and Gabriel Cole made a good save when their player was clean through. Going into the last 10 minutes Westlands scored again to make it 7-3. Following a corner there was a melee in the Merley goalmouth with several shots blocked before RORY THOMSON got the final touch. Back came Merley and their next attack had the Sports defence in confusion and a handball (I think !) saw the referee award them a penalty. Their player thumped it in off the underside of the bar to make the score 7-4. In the 79th minute Westlands stretched their lead again with a brilliant solo effort. LEWIS TRUSSON ran through the Merley defence and thumped a shot past the keeper (8-4). That was followed by another goal in the final minute when RORY THOMSON banged the ball in at the second attempt. That completed the scoring at 9-4 !
A resounding victory for Westlands who at times ran the Merley defence ragged. Nine goals is quite an achievement but it should be recognised we lost our way a bit in the second half when the shape and urgency seemed to go missing so a bit to work on there.
The man-of-the match award once again goes to Luca Martin this week for completing his “hat-trick of hat-tricks”. Quite an achievement and all good goals with some clinical finishing.
Westlands line-up: 1. G.Cole 3.D.Calway 4.P.Park 5.G.Hooper 6.R.Thomson 7.L.Manley 8.L.Langdon 9.A.Park 10.S.Goddard 11.L.Martin 12.G.Nitecki 14.P.Duck 15.T.Blag 16.L.Trusson 17.J.Edwards
Sun 17th Sept, Dorset Youth League (U16) Div.1: Shaftesbury Rockies 3 Westland Sports 6
Sports got off to a flyer scoring within 30 seconds with LEWI TRUSSON being put through and he outpaced the Rockies defence and neatly slipped the ball past the keeper. The home side responded strongly and the defence had its work cut out as Rockies presented a direct and physical threat.
Central midfielders Seb Goddard and Gabbi Nitecki showed good discipline and sat deeper to cut the space and protect the defence. Luke Manley and Luca Martin provided a constant threat up front with Lewi Trusson and Phil Duck working well and providing support on the flanks.
Pete Park, having to slot in a centre back for this match, linked well with George Hooper who was forced into a headed goal line clearance as Sports soaked up the pressure. However, as the half progressed Rockies pressure was being dealt with more comfortably until a harsh penalty was awarded just before half time for an alleged handball which was at best a surprising decision! The pen was slotted home to level the score at 1-1 three minutess before half time.
Sports responded immediately and after some a quick midfield interchange Seb Goddard neatly slipped a ball through for the ever-dangerous LUCA MARTIN to outpace the defence and finish well to regain the lead going into the half time break.
Rockies had been trying to turn the game into a physical battle that Sports were getting sucked into, so the message from management at half time was clear, play your football and don’t get involved.
Right from the start of the second half Sports heeded this advice and began to dominate possession eventually resulting in LUCA MARTIN striking again to put us 1-3 up.
Captain Luke Manley was increasingly influencing the game and orchestrating the attacks and was unlucky himself not to increase the lead after creating himself an opportunity. Sports fitness was starting to show and Rockies attacks were being comfortably repelled with stand in right back Josh Edwards dominating in the air and putting in an all-round strong performance in a position he is not familiar with. Dawson Calway was increasingly able to get forward from left back to provide overloads on the left and delivering quality crosses. The Hooper and Parks partnership was working well as they increasingly smothered out most of Rockies attacks.
Eventually the pressure told and Sports increased their lead to three goals. LUCA MARTIN completed his hat-trick with a superb composed finish after some great work down the right resulting in a fantastic cross by the ever-dangerous and impressive Lewi Trusson.
Against the run of play Rockies clawed one back to 2-4 but this was in vain as Sports again responded with captain LUKE MANLEY cleverly outdoing Rockies fullback, cutting in and superbly finishing with a rocket into the roof of the Rockies net, with a celebration of note.
Three goals up again Sports relaxed bit and Rockies again got another back when Westlands keeper, Gabbi Cole, who was impressive throughout, was unlucky to concede a penalty after quickly coming off his line having no choice but to commit to the challenge. The Kick was well dispatched however Sports were not finished and Lewi Trusson was denied a fantastic finish after what was a clear advantage which was denied by the ref who prematurely blew for a free kick on the edge of the area. LEWI TRUSSON however was not to be denied and he stepped up to superbly dispatch the free kick into the net to deliver his own kind of justice.
Throughout the defence stood strong, midfield worked tirelessly and the ever impressive Gabbi Nitecki in midfield was unlucky not get on the score sheet himself with his electric pace causing problems. Alex Park displayed his pace both defensively and offensively in a disciplined display.
Manley, Martin and Trusson are proving to be a formidable strike force. After two goals and an assist the impressive Lewi Trusson could consider himself unlucky not to get man of the match however after his second successive hat-trick in a row the Man-of-the Match honours go to Luca Martin who gave an outstanding display of lethal finishing.
Westlands line-up: 1. G.Cole 2.D.Calway 3.J.Edwards 4.A.Park 5.G.Hooper 6.G.Nitecki 7.S.Goddard 8.L.Manley 9.P.Duck 10.L.Martin 11.L.Trusson 12.P.Park
Sun 3rd Sept, Dorset Youth League (U16) Div.1: WESTLAND SPORTS 5 CHICKERELL UTD 2
On a rain swept terraces Sports overcame the elements and Chickerell to get of to a winning start. After an even 10 min with a couple of half chances at both ends Sports started to edge possession and carve out chances. After a strong headed defensive clearance from George Hooper, LUKE MANLEY broke from his own box on a superb run and played a smart one-two with Luca Martin before slotting into the far corner. This lead was unfortunately short lived as a short back pass gave Chickerell an easy chance and their forward rounded the keeper to make it 1-1.
Sports were still on top for much of this period and spurned chances with Luca Martin, and Rory Thompson both coming close. Josh Edwards continually caused problems with his pace down the right flank and Pete Parks 50 yard free kick hit the woodwork ! Captain Luke Manley then turned provider with a smart flick for LUCA MARTIN who dispatched into the bottom corner with authority. Just before half time Chickerell had a corner and Sports turned off and the equalizer came after a near post scramble. Half-time 2-2.
Sports started the second half strongly with substitute Lewi Trusson using his pace to full effect creating a host of chances. Eventually LUCA MARTIN prevailed with his second goal after a challenge with the keeper following a corner. Chickerell then responded well with a period of pressure where Sports sat in and learnt the lessons from the first half and this time protected their advantage. Phil Duck tucked in and sat deeper breaking up play and the defence stayed strong, well supported by a disciplined midfield.
Luke Manley and Luca Martin remained a constant threat up top throughout and LUCA MARTIN made the game safe at 4-2 and secured his hat-trick with a smart finish after creating space for himself in the area. This was followed shortly after by LUKE MANLEY rising high and scoring goal number five with a towering header to cap a strong captain’s performance.
Luke Langdon and Tudor Blag were solid throughout in defence with Dawson Calway safe in goal as stand in keeper. Of note were the displays of Gabbi Nitecki and Seb Goddard providing a solid midfield platform with high intensity and tenacity throughout against quite a physical Chickerell side. Luke Manley played an outstanding match leading by example and hat-trick man Luca Martin was obviously a candidate but the chairman has picked this week's Man-of-the-Match and it goes to GEORGE HOOPER for an outstanding defensive display.
Westlands lineup:- 1.D.Calway 3.T.Blag 5.G.Hooper 6.G.Nitecki 7.L.Manley 8.L.Langdon 9.L.Martin 10.S.Goddard 11.R.Thompson 12.P.Park 14.J.Edwards 15.L.Trusson 16.P.Duck