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Sunday 15th April, Dorset League (U18s) Div 1: WESTLAND SPORTS 2 VERWOOD TOWN 3
Another problem day with only 11 players left after Sunday morning call offs which are just unforgiveable.
However the 11 we had showed up well early on in the game, definitely having the upper hand. In the first minute we had a free kick which was driven low across the box with Stanley Waldron just failing to get a touch. Then a nice ball put Jacob Tailby through but his attempted lob did not have near enough height and the keeper clutched it easily. Then, out of the blue in the 10th minute we conceded the first goal. A Verwood player tried a speculative shot from 25 yards which looped over the Westland keeper’s head and finished in the far corner of the net. A bit of a shock that as we were the better side up to then. Stanley Waldron then tried a 30 yarder which their keeper saved and Malik Kamal was put through but the keeper stuck out a leg and made the save. Then Malik had a header which went past the post as Westlands continued to press. After 15 minutes we had the ball in the net but it was correctly ruled out for offside. In the 21st minute we went two down to a free kick from 40 yards out that Sports keeper Hamish Amor allowed to slip through his hands. We managed to fight back after this body blow and only three minutes later we pulled one back. A good ball from Malik Kamal put Paul Johnson through and he squared the ball to SAM FULLER whose shot took a deflection and looped up into the top corner. Just what we needed but, instead of upping the pace the Westlands team began to look a bit leg weary and played out the rest of the half without creating another chance.
Only a goal down at half time there was still a chance for Westlands to take charge of the game if they upped the workrate a bit and started communicating better.
Wishful thinking, I’m afraid as we came out for the second half and immediately conceded another goal. A high cross into our penalty box was headed in from about 10 yards with about four Westlands defenders and the goalkeeper standing looking at each other. No communication there obviously. Verwood looked quite happy now, just keeping their shape and hoping to hit us on the break to take advantage of our dodgy defending. In the 50th minute Malik Kamal had a decent effort that went past the far post, that was followed by a Verwood player putting a header just wide. Things perked up in the 56th minute when MALIK KAMAL was put through by Sam Fuller and he slotted the ball into the corner to make it 3-2 ! Westlands tried for the equaliser but found chances hard to create. We had a chance when a free kick was put into the Verwood box but the attempt at goal was hoofed well wide. Malik made a good turn in the box but then scuffed his shot wide of the post. Time began to run out and Sports didn’t really have any spark to save the game and in the end it was Verwood who almost added to their lead. A driven shot hit the bar and then the post before Westlands keeper Hamish Amor was able to dive on the ball.
That was how it finished, 3-2 to the visitors and a poor result for Westlands. We just didn’t seem able to summon up the enthusiasm to really take hold of the game against a side who were decent, but not great. We should be doing better than this on our home pitch.
Man of the Match goes to BRANDON HENNESSEY who worked hard for 90 minutes and showed a great attitude.
Westlands squad: 1.H.Amor 2.B.Hennessey 3.T.Morgan 5.D.Ewens 7.J.Tailby 8.S.Waldron 9.S.Fuller 10.M.Kamal 12.M.Hinds 14.P.Johnson 17.B.Wintersgill
(numbers bear no relation to starting 11 or position played)
Sunday 25th March, Dorset League (U18s) Div 1: RINGWOOD TOWN 3 WESTLAND SPORTS 0
Lots of regulars dropping out this week due to easter holidays so the squad of 14 was boosted by the inclusion of six players from the Under 16s. So it was a full Under 17 side that took the field and, perhaps understandably, they looked a bit tentative in the early stages.
Ringwood won a corner in the 3rd minute and played it short. The second player swung in a high cross which our keeper left only to see the ball hit the crossbar. An early warning sign there but it was from a similar move that Ringwood took the lead in the 9th minute. A free kick was crossed deep beyond the far post, again our keeper didn’t come for it and their player headed it back across goal to a team-mate who smashed it in unchallenged about a yard out. Not the best of starts for Westlands and things went from bad to worse when Ringwood went two up in the 20th minute. A simple pass into the box didn’t look particularly dangerous but a Ringwood player was allowed to take a touch, turn, and thump the ball into the back of the net. It was not looking good at this stage but Sports responded immediately with an attack down the left and a shot that went over the bar. That was followed in 25 minutes by a Peter Park shot that came off the post and a few minutes later Malik Kamal had a shot turned round the post by the Ringwood keeper. With a couple of minutes to go before half time we had a free kick on the edge of their box but Jacob Tailby blasted the ball over the bar. Then with seconds to go before half time disaster struck as we conceded again. A free kick from inside their own half was punted forward and bounced into the Westlands penalty box where their player was unmarked as he rolled the ball past the keeper into the net. Not the best of defending as it was a set piece so we had time to organise.
So, that was it, 3-0 down at half time so we would need to up our game in the second half. Difficult to be too critical, considering the circumstances, but we could perhaps have done the basics better, attacking the ball, marking, picking up runners, talking to each other, are things we should be doing regardless of age.
The first real action of the second half saw Hamish Amor, the Westlands keeper, beat away a thumping shot from 12 yards. This was followed by a Ringwood player blazing the ball over the bar when it looked easier to score. There was no doubt we were competing a lot better this half, getting some tackles in and as a consequence, not giving the opposition time on the ball. In the 68th minute the Ringwood centre forward tried a spectacular overhead kick which flew into the corner of the net but the “goal” was ruled out for offside. Ten minutes later Hamish Amor made a tremendous save tipping the ball over the bar. As we moved into the last fifteen minutes we pushed two men up front and Malik Kamal and Luca Martin began to give the Ringwood defence some dodgy moments. We were putting some passes together now as confidence built and with a couple of minutes to go almost scored. Some slicking passing down the left put Luca through and as he cut in from the left at a tight angle the keeper came out to meet him. Luca managed to scoop the ball over the keeper’s head but the ball agonisingly bounced inches wide of the far post !
So, no consolation goal but a good half from the Westlands team. We competed much better and although we had ridden our luck at times, we had our moments in attacking situations so that was a plus as well.
Man of the Match goes to PAUL JOHNSON who put in some crunching tackles in the second half. His workrate and determination were an example to his team-mates.
Westlands squad: 1.H.Amor 2.B.Hennessey 3.P.Park 4.M.Hinds 5.G.Hooper 7.J.Tailby 8.M.Kamal 9.I.Storey 11.L.Martin 14.P.Johnson 15.S.Goddard 16.B.Fowles 17.L.Trusson
(numbers bear no relation to starting 11 or position played)
Sunday 11th March, Dorset League Cup (U18s) Round 1: WESTLAND SPORTS 1 VERWOOD TOWN 2
We had the bonus of a full team + two subs so that was good news and with the pitch reasonably firm we looked forward to a rousing cup battle.
Unfortunately the Westlands players didn’t look in the mood for a battle and conceded possession to the opposition right from the start. In the 2nd minute Verwood forced a corner, their player was first to it, and Hamish Amor had to make a save by the post. Then another shot a couple of minutes later flew past the post as they continued to press. We were just giving the ball straight back to the opposition whenever we got a touch so there was no way out at the moment. In the 7th minute another corner into our box caused chaos as we failed to clear and finally a shot went just past the post. After 12 minutes Sports managed to put a good move together as Malik Kamal squared the ball to Paul Johnstone but the keeper saved his shot from 6 yards out. Then Sam Fuller put over a great cross but there was no-one there to take advantage as it flew across the goalmouth. Just as we thought perhaps Sports were beginning to get their act together, we conceded a soft goal in the 16th minute. A ball was played into the box and the Westlands defence stood off, causing a bit of a panic which eventually led to Paul Johnstone (I think) scuffing the ball into the net for an own goal. Poor defending there, nobody attacking the ball with any determination. Verwood were settled by the goal and continued to cause us problems every time they attacked with the #9 and the small #17 being given far too much room to gather the ball and run at our defence. In the 27th minute they made it 2-0. A big wind assisted punt by the Verwood keeper was allowed to bounce, not once but twice, in the Westlands half, and the #17 ran onto it and slotted the ball into the corner to make it 2-0. Again some poor defending really, there’s no way to disguise that fact. We continued in much the same way until half time with the visitor’s looking dangerous and Sports having the odd attack.
The half time assessment was that Westlands had played poorly so the hope was the management could somehow put some fire into them for the second half.
The second half began in a downpour of monsoon proportions and with both hands employed on the umbrella I was unable to take further notes. However, I am pleased to report that Westlands, with the wind (and rain!) behind them turned the game round in the second half and proceeded to pin the visitor’s in their own half for most of the 45 minutes. Unfortunately Verwood defended their goal much better than we had done in the first half and with their goalkeeper in superb form, they managed to stop us getting the goal we needed to get back into the game. Time after time we thought the ball was going in until a defender or the keeper would suddenly pop up to clear. Eventually in the 75th minute we scored. TOMMY FRAMPTON chased a through ball, and as the keeper came out, he managed to bundle the ball past him and walk it into the net. The pressure was on now and it looked as if Sports must get the equaliser but a couple of outstanding saves from their keeper and a clearance off the goal line by a defender, kept us out.
In the end we were disappointed to go out of the cup after a stirring second half that we won 1-0, but the damage was done in the first 45 when we just didn’t play as if this was a cup tie.
The Man of the match award this week goes to PAUL JOHNSON for a tireless display in midfield. As the weather deteriorated and the pitch got heavier he seemed to get stronger, great effort.
Westlands squad: 1.H.Amor 2.T.Morgan 3.A.Anjos 4.B.Hennessey 5.D.Ewens 7.J.Tailby 8.S.Waldron 9.S.Fuller 11.M.Hinds 14.P.Johnson 15.T.Frampton 16.M.Kamal 17.B.Wintersgill
(numbers bear no relation to starting 11 or position played)
Sunday 18th February, Dorset Youth League Div 1: WESTLAND SPORTS 2 POOLE TOWN WESSEX 5
A dry day at Alvington and although the pitch was played on the previous day, it was quite firm if a bit rough. Westlands had a tough task with a young team taking on strong opposition.
We started quite well, competing well in midfield and winning our fair share of the ball, which was encouraging. Poole looked quite slick on the ball but it took until the 8th minute before a goalscoring chance was created with their player curling a shot over the bar. After 24 minutes however, we went behind and it was a bit of a soft goal to lose. A defender’s clearance hit a Poole player and rebounded nicely to his team mate who stuck it away. A pity to lose that opening goal, but we kept going and we had a chance with a free kick but Jacob Tailby couldn’t find the target with his shot. In the 33rd minute the visitor’s went two up. This time there was no excuse, just poor defending I’m afraid. A cross came over from the right, nobody attacked the ball and a Poole forward ran in unchallenged and sidefooted into the net. No communication from the defenders so a poor goal to lose. Sports were flagging a bit now and the opposition were in control. A shot hit the outside of the Westlands post in their next attack and in the 40th minute we conceded again to go three down. A good goal this one, as they attacked with pace down the right, got the ball across and their player chipped the keeper. We were hoping for the half time whistle now so that we could re-group when suddenly we scored ! Their keeper appeared to block a shot which then hit one of his own players and ended up in the back of the net for an OG.
That goal was a real boost as we now went in at half time only two goals behind so still everything to play for. Realistically, Poole had been the better side in the first half but Westlands had tried hard but just seemed to lack a bit of confidence. Hopefully we'd come out fired up for the seond half.
Unfortunately the opposite seemed to happen as Sports got off to the worst possible start by conceding straight away. Don’t quite know what happened there as their player seemed to be unmarked in front of goal as he turned the ball into the net. Things looked bleak now, but the spirits were lifted when Sports scored a couple of minutes later. Will Hall ran onto a nice through ball and, as everyone was screaming for him to shoot, he squared the ball nicely to JAI MYALL who drilled it into the net to make it 4-2. A spell of Poole pressure followed and in the 55th minute Hamish Amor, the Westlands keeper, made an excellent save from a close range shot, beating the ball away. Ten minutes later, with Westlands still defending a very deep line, Hamish again pulled off another good save. In the 75th minute however, Hamish parried a shot but a Poole player was following up and he scored to make it 5-2. With about 15 minutes still to play there was a distinct danger of this becoming an embarrassing scoreline, but to their credit, the Westland players kept battling to the end and there were no more goals scored. In fact, it was Sports who had a decent chance near the end when Malik Kamal was put through but he took a swipe at the ball and scuffed his shot wide of the target.
Although beaten by a better side, Westlands can take a lot of positives from this game. They never threw in the towel but kept going right to the end which was nice to see. OK, some of the marking was a bit slack and we lost our shape sometimes but these are things we can work on when we have a more settled side. Nice to see Todd Morgan back at the club after a break and credit as well to Andre Anjos, who had an ankle injury and probably shouldn’t have played but put in a good 45 minutes for the team which was appreciated.
However, for the Man of the match award this week we have picked JACOB TAILBY. Having had a strong 45minutes in his regular midfield holding role, Jacob then moved back to replace Andre at centre half in the second half and put in another determined 45 minutes. Great attitude.
Westlands squad: 1.H.Amor 2.T.Morgan 3.B.Hennessey 5.A.Anjos 6.J.Hirst 7.J.Tailby 8.S.Waldron 9.S.Fuller 11.W.Hall 14.P.Johnson 15.R.Baird 16.M.Kamal 17.J.Myall
(numbers bear no relation to starting 11 or position played)
Sunday 4th February, Dorset Youth League Div 1: WESTLAND SPORTS 1 RINGWOOD TOWN 1
Our first game for 8 weeks but we had 14 players available so that was good. However, four of these players hadn’t played at all this season so we had a lot of players not match fit which was a bit concerning. We also had a lack of defenders so Coby Salter started at left back and Andre Anjos was dropped in at centre half. The pitch had been played on the day before so was badly cut up but it was perfectly playable and although the weather was bitterly cold at least it was dry.
We kicked off and the visitor’s immediately took control of the ball with the Westlands players still looking around wondering who was playing where. An early free kick was conceded which we managed to clear and Ringwood also had an early corner that we scrambled away. Sports were struggling to settle with players having to play out of position and with the opposition knocking the ball around things didn’t look too promising. Eventually, after 5 or 6 minutes we made some progress upfield and won a free kick on the edge of the Ringwood box. Jacob Tailby had a go but put his shot over the top. It was mainly dogged defending from Westlands with the odd attack to relieve the pressure. In the 10th minute Malik Kamal made a good run forward and squared the ball to Tommy Frampton whose shot was smothered by the keeper down by the post. That was more promising for Sports but we were conceding far too many free kicks in our own half for rash tackles and that was heaping pressure on our defence. Having said that, although lacking in a bit of height, the back four of Brandon Hennessey, Andre Anjos, Dan Ewens and Jack Hirst (who had replaced Coby Salter) were standing firm and managing to repel all attacks. Ringwood were pressing constantly with good passing football but their attacks were tending to break down before they could get a shot in at goal and, although we were under the cosh a bit, goalkeeper Hamish Amor didn’t have that much to do and anything that did come his way he dealt with confidently. As time went on we were definitely settling into our shape and in the 42nd minute we scored ! Jamie Thomson fed MALIK KAMAL who showed good control and fired a shot into the far corner. An excellent goal for Westlands and the perfect way to end the first half.
A 1-0 lead at the break was against the run of play but that’s the way it goes sometimes. We had defended well and battled hard all over the pitch so the effort was there from all the players. One worry was the number of free kicks we were conceding as it was putting us under pressure and Jamie Thomson had already picked up a yellow card.
Into the second half and it was more of the same really, Ringwood attacking and Westlands defending with the odd ball up to Malik to try and relieve the pressure. Ringwood had moved their very tall centre half up front but they continued to try to pass the ball through us and on a bobbly pitch these quick passing moves invariably broke down. It also meant they were not getting any crosses in for the big lad which was a relief as he towered above our defenders. On this type of pitch the Westlands tactic of knocking longer balls up front was probably just as effective but unfortunately a lot of these passes were going astray. In the 65th minute Ringwood had an opening but their player shot over the bar. Five minutes later, same scenario, a shot over the bar. Some of our defending was getting a bit frantic now and a desperate lunge by Dan Ewens saw his name in the referees book and another free kick on the edge of the box. That one was cleared but 2 minutes later we conceded another free kick in a dangerous area and this time the shot hit the wall and was cleared. In the 75th minute the pressure told when Ringwood equalised. Yes, it was from a free kick on the edge of the box and this time their player curled the ball into the corner of the net. With 15 minutes to go and Ringwood having their tails up it was going to be difficult for Sports to hang on. Legs were tired on both sides now but Westlands were still managing to break up most of the Ringwood attacks before they got into the penalty area as the visitor’s tried one pass to many on the dodgy surface. Andre Anjos had to come off injured now and Jacob Tailby dropped into centre half for the last 10 minutes. Luckily we still hadn’t seen one cross go in to their tall centre forward so in a way they were playing into our hands. Jacob Tailby had to clear the ball over his own bar at one point but we defended the corner and got the ball upfield where Jamie Thomson put a shot well over the bar. When the final whistle blew we were all delighted to hear it and take the point from the 1-1 draw.
It had been a difficult day for Westlands. We are struggling to get a settled side but the 14 lads who played put everything into it and it was good they were rewarded for their efforts.
The Man of the match award this week goes to ANDRE ANJOS who, despite playing out of position, put in a solid, no nonsense display at centre half that was an example to his team-mates.
Westlands squad: 1.H.Amor 2.B.Wintersgill 3.A.Anjos 4.B.Hennessey 5.D.Ewens 6.J.Hirst 7.J.Tailby 8.T.Frampton 9.R.Baird 11.W.Hall 12.C.Salter 14.P.Johnson 16.M.Kamal 17.J.Thomson
(numbers bear no relation to starting 11 or position played)
Sunday 10th December, Dorset Youth League Div 1, HAMWORTHY UTD 6 WESTLAND SPORTS 4
The artificial surface was wet and slick and in the early stages Westlands couldn’t keep hold of the ball. The home side took advantage with a couple of attempts that Hamish Amor was able to save quite comfortably. Sports then began to get a bit of a foothold in the game and forced a couple of corners. From the first George Hooper, who had been drafted in from the U16s, headed just over the bar. Tommy Frampton got his head to the second but the keeper saved. After 17 minutes came the best chance of the match so far when a Hamworthy player was clean through and he slipped the ball past the keeper and past the post. A minute later they made amends by scoring the opening goal. A couple of Westland defenders seemed to slip over allowing a Hamworthy player to burst through and square the ball to his team-mate who buried it with a sidefoot finish. A few minutes later a Hamworthy player hit a dipping shot from about 40 yards that came back off the crossbar ! Sports had been struggling a bit with the surface but they were gradually beginning to get things going in midfield with Tommy Frampton prominent. Then Jamie Irwin made some headway into the Hamworthy box but, under pressure, fired his shot over the top. We then had a lengthy stoppage for an injury to the Hamworthy keeper which was fair enough but the referee was stopping the game rather a lot, even to let Hamworthy players tie their bootlaces ! This began to frustrate the Westlands players who were trying to get back into the game. Jamie Irwin then fell foul of the official for kicking the ball away after an offside decision and he received a yellow card. After about half an hour Westlands had a free kick on the edge of the box but Tommy Frampton missed the target with his kick. Then Tommy slipped in Malik Kamal but he shot wide as well. Just as we thought we were coming back into the game we conceded again ! A Hamworthy player evaded a couple of challenges on the edge of the box and thumped the ball into the back of the net. Straight away Westlands attacked and a scramble in the Hamworthy box ended with Malik Kamal netting at the far post but the goal was disallowed for offside by the lino. Nevertheless, the pressure was mounting and a minute later JAMIE IRWIN was tripped in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Jamie sidefooted in the penalty and we were back to 2-1 ! Three minutes later some good work down the left ended with JACOB TAILBY smashing the ball in to make it 2-2. Westlands were rampant now and Tommy Frampton had a well struck shot saved by the keeper. With Hamworthy all over the place Jamie Irwin cut the ball back to MALIK KAMAL and he rifled it into the top corner to put us 3-2 up ! Just before the half time whistle Tommy Frampton had another shot saved.
What a finish and Sports didn’t really want the half to end as it would give our opponents a chance to re-organise. However we had shown they were not too clever under pressure so, with our one goal lead, we could be confident going into the second half.
The first chance of the second half came when Malik put Jamie Irwin through on goal but a heavy touch gave the keeper a chance to clear. Then in 55 minutes we gave away a really soft goal. A Hamworthy attacker was going nowhere really, a Westland defender puts a hand on his shoulder, penalty kick. The Hamworthy player stuck it away and we were level again at 3-3. Not for long, on the hour mark Jamie Irwin slotted a lovely pass in behind the Hamworthy full back for JAMIE THOMPSON to go clear and he slotted the ball in the corner to make it 4-3 to Westlands. Then a free kick was awarded to Hamworthy deep in their own half. Jamie Irwin stood over the ball until the referee told him to get back. As he was walking away from the ball the Hamworthy keeper grabbed it and kicked it against Jamie’s legs then claimed encroachment. The referee went for it, brandishing a yellow card which, of course, meant a red following his soft yellow in the first half. Hamworthy were cock-a-hoop and I think the high fives the keeper got from his team-mates said everything. In the 75th minute we conceded a free kick on the edge of the box. The first effort was blocked but the rebound was smashed in to make it 4-4. With 15 minutes still to go and down to 10 men Westlands were up against it and in the 83rd minute we went behind. A good run down the right and a good ball was cut back to their centre forward who smashed it into the net. Five became six in the 89th minute. The referee awarded a soft free kick and the cross was headed in from 6 yards out. The Westland players were frustrated and Malik Kamal and Tommy Frampton both spoke out of turn and received yellow cards. Westlands finished the game with a corner that George Hooper got his head to but couldn’t get right over it and the ball flew over the bar.
Another disappointment for Westlands. It was a game we could have won but we shot ourselves in the foot when we were in a good position. Once again we’ve picked up 4 yellow cards, and not one of them for a hard tackle !
On a brighter note, the Man of the match award goes to TOMMY FRAMPTON who was the driving force behind most of Westlands attacks.
Westlands line-up: 1.H.Amor 2.B.Henessey 3.P.Park 4.T.Frampton 5.D.Ewens 7.J.Tailby 8.J.Thompson 9.S.Fuller 10.J.Irwin 11.A.Anjos 12.R.Baird 14.P.Johnson 15.G.Hooper 16.M.Kamal
(numbers bear no relation to starting 11 or position played)
Sunday 26th Nov, Dorset Youth League Div 1, POOLE TOWN WESSEX 3 WESTLAND SPORTS 2
A tough match ahead and once again we only managed to scrape together 12 men for a difficult trip to one of the top sides in the county. The venue at Milborne St Andrew was excellent with a big flat pitch and the sun was shining so we looked forward to a good game.
Poole started as we expected, knocking the ball around and keeping possession but gradually Westlands got a foot in the game and actually created the first real chance after 5 minutes. Malik Kamal fired over a good cross and Dan Ewens got his head to it but just couldn’t get his effort on target and it went wide of the far post. Then Hamish Amor made a good save from a low shot as Poole broke dangerously. With the wind behind them Westlands were now on top and Tommy Frampton had a good effort that flew just wide. On 29 minutes Tommy drove into the opposition box and fired a shot across the keeper that hit the inside of the far post and bounced back across the goal before being scrambled away. From the corner Andre Anjos put a header just over the bar as Sports continued to press. Then, against the run of play Poole Town scored the opening goal. A fast run down the left and a low cross was just touched in by their player who managed to get in front of his marker. A blow for Westlands but they only took three minutes to hit back and equalise. A good passing move made inroads into the opposition penalty area and the keeper rushed out to try and grab the ball. MALIK KAMAL got there first and knocked the ball past the keeper and into the net. It was end to end stuff now and Poole had a thumping shot come back off the Westlands post with the keeper beaten. In the 40th minute Malik chased a ball played over the top of the home defence as the keeper charged off his line to try and clear. Malik got there first and headed the ball over the keeper who was late with his challenge and wiped Malik out with a reckless charge on the edge of the box. Unfortunately the header went just past the post but with Malik flat out on the ground the referee showed the keeper a straight red for his challenge. Luckily for Poole they had a spare keeper on the bench so although down to 10 men, they did have a proper keeper in goal. We were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box which Dan Ewens played low into the danger area. Andre Anjos got on the end of it and thumped a shot goalwards but it crashed off the crossbar and was cleared.
Half-time and a score of 1-1 didn’t really reflect the balance of play as Westlands had created more chances but the fact that we hadn’t taken them was a bit of a worry. We would have to face the wind this half but the opposition were down to 10 men so we knew we had a chance.
Poole’s tactics for the second half soon became evident as they got men behind the ball and used the wind to hit long balls over the Westlands back line for a couple of quick lads to chase. And a very good tactic it proved to be only three minutes into the second half when they regained the lead. A long ball was not cleared and their player steadied on the edge of the box and fired a cracking shot into the top corner. Sports kept pushing forward looking for the equaliser but the Poole defence were well organised and well proving a tough nut to crack. In the 55th minute, after an interchange of passes with Tommy Frampton, Malik Kamal looked as if he must score but the Poole goalkeeper and a couple of defenders threw themselves at the ball and somehow managed to block the shot. The rebound fell to Andre Anjos but again a defender managed to block his attempt at goal. In the 60th minute the pressure told as we equalised. A free kick into the box was headed towards goal by Dan Ewens, the header was half blocked and as the ball bounced a yard out STANLEY WALRON followed up to head it over the line. With half an hour to go there was still plenty of time but we had to work hard and concentrate as the opposition were always dangerous in attack. However, the winning goal when it came in the 65th minute was a disaster for Westlands. A free kick was conceded out by the corner flag and their player thumped it hard across the face of the goal. To our dismay the ball flew straight into the far top corner of the net. I assume it was wind assisted but still a fluke of a goal to say the least and a soft one to lose. There was still plenty of time but the opposition could see the finishing line now and their tails were up. Another Poole attack saw a shot cleared off the line by Paul Johnson. Both teams had penalty claims turned down and in the dying minutes Tommy Frampton put a header just over..
A 3-2 defeat was a bitter pill to swallow considering the opposition had played the whole second half with 10 men and the manner of the winning goal. But credit where it’s due the opposition worked their socks off for the victory and to win the match under these circumstances was commendable. From Westlands point of view we didn’t do a lot wrong and certainly gave a good account of ourselves. However, we can’t keep going to away games with a threadbare squad of players like we have for the last two weeks. We are still well in the hunt to win this league and with a bit of commitment we can get our season back on track. In January we also have the league cup starting so it’s up to the players to rally round.
Sunday 19th November, Dorset Youth League Div 1, PARLEY SPORTS 4 WESTLAND SPORTS 2
Westlands could only muster 12 men for this match against the bottom of the table side Parley who were without a win this season.
An early chance for Westlands came to nothing when Jacob Tailby fired a free kick from the edge of the box over the top. The home team responded and Hamish Amor made a good save on the ground. The game was scrappy, neither team could string any passes together and with little or no movement off the ball, Westlands were reduced to lumping hopeful balls forward which the tall Parley defenders mopped up easily. In the 27th minute Parley got a man in with a good reverse ball And Hamish Amor had to dive and save. A couple of minutes later Dan Ewens got his head to a Tom Budden free kick but his effort slipped just past the post. Parley were growing in confidence as they began to realise Westlands did not have a lot to offer. Another shot from a Parley player flew just wide before, in the 36th minute, they opened the scoring. A long ball through the middle caught the Westlands defence out and a Parley player ran through to plant a good shot past the advancing keeper into the net. Westlands players looked a bit bemused and Parley had an excellent chance to double their lead 2 minutes later but their player shot wide. Next another long ball through the middle wasn’t dealt with and a Parley player was through again but again the shot was wide of the mark.
Half time, 1-0 down but plenty of time to put things right.
We started the second half on the front foot and a good break saw Sam Fuller shoot wide. Then a free kick on the edge of the box was put into the wall by Dan Ewens and finally Sam Fuller missed a sitter in front of goal after Westlands had worked a short corner. A substitution saw Under 16s player Peter Park come on for his debut and a change of formation to 3-5-2 which would hopefully give us a bit more control in midfield. We needed that equaliser but were rocked back on our heels in the 60th minute when Parley scored again. A corner from the left was not dealt with and bounced at the far post, then hit a Parley player’s knee and rebounded into the net. A bit of a flukey finish but rather poor defending of the corner. Westlands kept trying, but things went from bad to worse in the 73rd minute. Tom Budden miscontrolled a through pass and a Parley player nicked the ball and ran through unchallenged to score in the far corner. This was getting embarrassing but our best attacks were coming from the direct runs of youngster Peter Park down the right wing and he fired over a couple of good crosses but nobody could get on the end of them. In the 79th minute we pulled one back with a route one effort. PETER PARK chased a long through ball and the Parley keeper came out to clear. It was a close race but the keeper got the first touch which then came off Peter’s legs and left him with the easy job of steering the ball into the empty net. A tiny glimmer of hope for Westlands with a couple of minutes still to go. But that was dashed when Parley immediately scored again with their player rifling a beauty into the top corner from 20 yards. The late flurry of goals was completed right on full time with probably Westland’s best move of the match. Some good passing down the left ended with JACOB TAILBY thumping the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box. An exciting end to a disappointing match with the 4-2 defeat being our first league defeat of the season.
A fairly downbeat report this week but there's no way to put a gloss on this display. The players who played should be capable of better than this but it must be remembered those players who couldn’t be bothered travelling to an away game are just as much to blame as the lads who made the effort.
On a brighter note, the Man of the match award goes to STANLEY WALDRON who gave his usual 100% performance.
Westlands line-up: 1.H.Amor 3.B.Pitman 4.T.Budden 5.D.Ewens 6.R.Baird 7.J.Tailby 8.S.Waldron 9.S.Fuller 11.M.Hinds 14.P.Johnson 16.M.Kamal 15.P.Park
(numbers bear no relation to starting 11 or position played)
Sunday 5th Nov, Dorset FA Youth Cup 1st Rnd, RINGWOOD TOWN 3 WESTLAND SPORTS 2
The Under 18s had a tough draw away to Ringwood Town in the first round of the Dorset FA Youth Cup and unfortunately they suffered a 3-2 defeat. Sports went 1-0 down but MALIK KAMAL scored for Westlands to make it 1-1. Again we went behind only for JACOB TAILBY to equalise again from the penalty spot after Malik had been pulled down. A third goal headed in from a corner for Ringwood settled the issue and Sports went out by the odd goal.
The Man of the Match award this week goes to STANLEY WALDRON for another all action performance in midfield.
Westlands line-up: 1.H.Amor 2.T.Morgan 5.D.Ewens 6.B.Pitman 7.J.Tailby 8.S.Waldron 9.S.Fuller 11.A.Anjos 12.E.Jones 14.P.Johnson 16.M.Kamal 17.T.Nicholson
(numbers bear no relation to starting 11 or position played)
Sunday 29th October, Dorset Youth League Div 1, WESTLAND SPORTS 2 HAMWORTHY UTD 0
After a good result last week we had another tough match against the current league leaders. Unfortunately we were forced into 5 changes with Owen Male, Todd Morgan, Jamie Irwin, Tom Laney and Charlie Berrington all dropping out and they were replaced by Hamish Amor, Ed Jones, Bayley Pitman, Andre Anjos and Sam Fuller, with new signings Jai Myall and Tyler Nicholson also added to the squad. The manager changed the shape slightly with a back 4 this week and Malik Kamal forging a lone furrow up front. It was soon obvious this was a good move as Hamworthy played with two out and out wingers which may have been a problem with a back three. With so many personnel changes and a change of shape it took Sports about 10 to 15 minutes to find their feet and during that time Hamworthy showed their quality with some good movement and passing. However, as the team settled Westlands began to put on the pressure and in the 18th minute Stanley Waldron just failed to connect with a long free kick into the box. A few minutes later some good work by Andre Anjos gave Malik Kamal a chance but he fired his shot over the top. Then Malik made a good run and cut the ball back in front of goal but there were no takers. Next some excellent passing gave Andre a chance but his shot slipped just past the post. The pressure was mounting and in the 38th minute, Sports made the breakthrough. Malik Kamal burst through the opposition defence and was brought down from behind about 22 yards out. He was clean through but the only punishment was a free kick, I am told red/yellow cards are no longer dished out for these offences. However, as it turned out, JACOB TAILBY curled a beauty of a free kick round the wall into the net so justice was done. What a goal that was, best free kick I’ve seen this season ! Another good build up by Westlands ended with a Paul Johnson shot, but he didn’t make a good contact and the keeper saved. Then Hamworthy had a good attack but their player put his final shot over the top and the final action of the half was an Andre Anjos shot which their keeper saved.
Half time and 1-0 to Westlands was a good position as Sports new backline were looking solid and with Hamish Amor looking sharp in goal we didn’t really look like we were going to concede. We were also causing the Hamworthy defence some problems with our attacking players so it was looking positive.
One minute into the second half Malik Kamal was through again and again he was brought down for a free kick just outside the box. Again Jacob Tailby lined up to take it, was this groundhog day ? Not quite I’m afraid, as he curled his kick over the wall and saw it hit the post and come out ! Another cracking free kick from Jacob that deserved a goal. Malik was beginning to run riot now and another strong run saw him just blocked off as he went through. In the 57th minute we got the second goal we were looking for and a superb goal it was. Andre Anjos picked the ball up in his own half and drove into the opposition half before sliding a pass to Malik Kamal. Malik turned inside and laid the ball across the box into the path of PAUL JOHNSON who had made a great supporting run and he slotted the ball across the keeper into the far corner of the net. A perfect finish to an excellent move ! Five minutes later, in the 62nd minute Tommy Frampton picked out the run of Stanley Waldron with a superb reverse ball that took the Hamworthy defence by surprise. Unfortunately it seemed to catch Stanley by surprise as well as he duffed his shot with only the keeper to beat ! Westlands were looking quite secure now and with 15 minutes to go Andre Anjos was withdrawn to the defence and experienced defender Jai Myall introduced so it looked as though Sports were sensibly shutting up shop. Westlands should have put the icing on the cake in the 89th minute when Stanley Waldron made a good run into the opposition box and was brought down for a penalty. Tommy Frampton took it, sending the keeper diving the wrong way before stroking the ball past the post ! I actually thought it was in so it must have just shaved the post. The final action saw Stanley Waldron shoot just past the post before the referee blew the final whistle.
It was a most satisfying game for many reasons, obviously the result was right but when everything else falls into place it is very satisfying. The tactics were right and all the players played well but more importantly, played to the team plan which was excellent. One last point, how nice it was to have an experienced linesman on the flag today rather than a sub. When he can make some important input to the lads it makes a big difference, so thanks to Scott for his efforts.
Moving on to the Man of the Match award and that presents a real headache this week as there are so many genuine contenders. The final selection is DAN EWENS who had an impressive game at the back for Sports. These awards usually go to attackers who score the goals but victories like this are often build on the foundations of a solid defence and Dan and Tom Budden formed an outstanding partnership. If you don’t lose goals you don’t lose games and the clean sheet, the first of the season, was a real bonus in this tight match.
Westlands line-up: 1.H.Amor 3.T.Nicholson 4.T.Budden 5.D.Ewens 6.B.Pitman 7.J.Tailby 8.S.Waldron 9.S.Fuller 11.A.Anjos 12.E.Jones 14.P.Johnson 15.J.Myall 16.M.Kamal 17.T.Frampton.
(numbers bear no relation to starting 11 or position played)
Sunday 22nd October, Dorset Youth League Div 1, WESTLAND SPORTS 6 POOLE TOWN WESSEX 5
The pitch had been played on the previous day but was looking surprisingly good considering the foul weather we had experienced in the last couple of days. Thankfully the wind had dropped but there were some showers in the air as the teams lined up. This was a big test for Westlands as Poole Town Wessex are a good side and amongst the favourites for the title so accordingly Manager Darren Tailby had assembled what was near to his strongest side for this match. Unfortunately his plans were upset a bit when Andre Anjos dropped out having picked up a knock the previous day but we still had a line up we felt could do the job.
After both teams kind of weighed each other up for the first five minutes there was a bit of a flap in the Westlands defence as we tried to defend a corner that was cleared eventually. In the 10th minute Westlands first good chance came when Jamie Irwin put over a good cross and two Westlands players went for it with neither connecting, I think they actually got in each other’s way ! Never mind we were soon in front in the 16th minute and a class goal it was. Jake Tailby put a defence splitting pass through to CHARLIE BERRINGTON who showed his pace to outstrip the defenders, round the keeper, and slot the ball into the empty net. A super goal, well created and executed with great composure and there was more to come ! Only six minutes later we made it 2-0 with another scintillating move. Charlie Berrington started this one off with a nice ball through to Jamie Irwin who picked out the run of TOM LANEY with a sumptuous little back heel and Tom drove the ball into the far corner of the net. Poole were reeling now and we should have made it three when a good move again opened up the visitors defence but two chances to put the ball in the net were squandered before the ball was cleared. Westlands kept the pressure on and on the half hour mark JAMIE IRWIN robbed a defender who dwelt on the ball and rifled a shot into the top corner to make it an unbelievable 3-0 to Westlands. This was great stuff by Sports but unfortunately they got a bit carried away and forgot they still had to defend. Poole were given a lifeline in the 37th minute with the softest of penalties. They won a corner and put it into the box where Owen Male, Sports keeper, came out to catch. A Poole forward backed into him and the referee’s whistle blew. I was expecting a free kick to Westlands but he pointed to the spot ! A Poole player stuck the kick in the corner to make it 3-1. Sports had lost their focus completely now and 3 minutes later a Poole player ran on to a through ball unchallenged and stuck it away in the corner to make it 3-2. This was silly but worse was to come. With Westlands in disarray a Poole forward was allowed to run through and then a despairing tackle in the box brought him down for another penalty. This one was tucked away and suddenly we were level at 3-3. We had conceded three goals in six minutes but luckily we were able to get through to half time on level terms.
It had been an unbelievable first half, to be 3-0 up after half an hour and come in drawing 3-3 was a big blow and the management would have their work cut out at the break to revitalise the Westlands team.
The second half was only a few minutes old when Charlie Berrington made a good run and squared the ball to Jamie Irwin whose finish was screwed wide of the target. Disaster then struck in the 55th minute, when a cross into the box was headed into the net by a player who seemed to be totally unmarked right in front of goal. Well, 4-3 down, but we now showed a bit of character and equalised three minutes later. Jamie Irwin fed Charlie Berrington in the box with his back to goal. Charlie laid the ball back into the path of TOMMY FRAMPTON who sidefooted it into the corner of the net from just outside the 18 yard box. A beautifully worked goal and we were back on level terms and beginning to take control. In the 65th minute Tommy Frampton picked the ball up on the left side of the goal facing the corner flag. The keeper rushed out and made a rash challenge bringing Tommy down and the referee pointed to the spot. JAMIE IRWIN stepped up and drilled the ball into the roof of the net to make it 5-4 and put Sports back in the lead. Westlands were on top now and Jamie Irwin had a golden chance to increase our lead in the 70th minute when he was clean through with only the keeper to beat. Normally clinical in these situations Jamie just hesitated and the keeper was able to dive on the ball. In the 80th minute Jamie Irwin was put clean through again. This time he beat the keeper with his shot but a defender managed to get back and clear for a corner. When the kick came in it fell to Jamie again but this time his final shot was weak and the keeper saved fairly easily. We were made to regret these misses in the 85th minute when a long ball into the Westlands box was met at the far post by an unmarked player who banged it in to equalise at 5-5 with just five minutes to play. We couldn’t believe it, back level again, were there any more twists possible in this match ? Yes was the emphatic answer from the Westland lads in the 88th minute. Charlie Berrington raced through the tiring Poole defence, drew the keeper, and unselfishly squared the ball to JAMIE IRWIN who had a tap in. That goal sparked great scenes of jubilation but hang on, its not over yet ! No it wasn’t quite over as a minute later Charlie Berrington again outstripped the visitors defence, drew the keeper and slipped the ball past him only to see it roll inches wide of the far post. That was finally that and the final whistle brought to an end a very entertaining match that was in the balance right to the end.
What a thrilling win in the end for Westlands and all the players contributed to a victory I thought was well deserved. Some fantastic goals were scored and we will concentrate our minds on them rather than some of the rather soft ones we conceded.
The Man of the Match award goes to JAMIE IRWIN who, along with Charlie Berrington, formed a strike force that Poole Town Wessex just couldn’t live with. A well taken hat-trick wins Jamie the award this week.
Westlands line-up: 1.O.Male 2.T.Morgan 4.T.Budden 5.D.Ewens 6.T.Laney 7.J.Tailby 8.S.Waldron 9.J.Irwin 11.C.Berrington 14.P.Johnson 16.M.Kamal 17.T.Frampton
Sunday 1st October, Dorset FA Youth Cup Rnd 1, WESTLAND SPORTS 4 STALBRIDGE 1
The first round of the cup with a home draw was a game we wanted to win but surprisingly we were only able to muster 12 men for the occasion. We had beaten Stalbridge in a pre-season friendly so we were favourites but we knew they would be stronger today as they were riding high in Division 2 having only lost one game.
The early indications were that our opponents were working hard to try and close us down quickly and this was having the desired effect with Westlands unable to string any passes together. This forced us into punting long balls forward into the opponents half which is not our usual game plan. However, this did pay off in the 5th minute when a long deep cross from Todd Morgan found MALIK KAMAL at the far post and he headed into the net as the Stalbridge defence hesitated. Nice start from Sports and they continued to have the majority of the pressure in the visitor’s half. Malik was a constant threat up front and Tom Budden was in complete control at the back so more goals looked likely. In the 12th minute Jacob Tailby hit a thumping shot that came down off the underside of the bar, bounced on the goal line (or was it behind ?) and was headed into net by Sam Fuller. The referee gave the goal but then gave offside after consultation with the Linesman. It was a hard game to watch as neither side could string any passes together and subsequently it turned into a bit of a midfield muddle (I was going to say battle but that would be pushing it !). Stalbridge hadn’t much to offer going forward so it always looked like Westlands would add to their lead. The second goal eventually came in the 36th minute. A long ball was put through the middle and the Stalbridge keeper came charging out to clear. Unfortunately for him, MALIK KAMAL was chasing down the pass, and although the keeper got there first his clearance came off Malik’s legs and rebounded towards goal. Another race developed between Malik and a defender to get to the ball first and this time it was Malik who won and he turned the ball into the net at the far post. It only took another 4 minutes for Westlands to score again. A through ball saw the Stalbridge defence spread-eagled and MALIK KAMAL ran through and lobbed the keeper from about 25 yards out.
With a 3-0 half time lead Westlands looked home and dry as nobody could see the visitors scoring four goals in the second half.
In a more relaxed mood Westlands began to play a bit better in the second half, with the passing much more fluent. Perhaps this was a result of Stalbridge beginning to tire or perhaps they had decided to concentrate on defending in the second half to prevent a potentially embarrassing scoreline. For whatever reason, Sports were playing much better now but were running into a packed defence so scoring chances were not so frequent. Stanley Waldron worked a bit of space and let fly but his shot was over the bar. Then some good play gave Malik a chance to shoot but he pulled his effort wide of the far post. In the 70th minute Stalbridge caught us on the break and made it 3-1. A through ball into Sports half was chased by the opposition #9 who slotted the ball neatly past Hamish Amor who had come dashing off his line. I think on this occasion our keeper would have been better to have stayed put as he was never going to win that ball. Could the visitors stage a fightback ? No was the answer as Westlands restored their 3 goal lead only 2 minutes later. A neat through ball picked out SAM FULLER and he deftly chipped the keeper for a lovely goal, inch perfect lob. Game over really and the last 15 minutes or so were played out with the visitor’s just keeping the score down and Westlands seemingly happy with what they had. There was still time for Jacob Tailby to pick up a yellow card for something silly just before the final whistle.
Not a vintage performance by Westlands but job done, a decent 4-1 score line, and we progress to the second round, happy days.
The Man of the Match award goes to MALIK KAMAL who was a constant threat up front and, of course, bagged a first half hat-trick.
Westlands line-up: 1.H.Amor 2.T.Morgan 4.T.Budden 5.D.Ewens 7.J.Tailby 8.S.Waldron 9.S.Fuller 11.W.Boucher 12.E.Jones 14.P.Johnson 16.M.Kamal 17.R.Baird
Sunday 17th September, Dorset League Div 1, WESTLAND SPORTS 4 RINGWOOD TOWN 3
Sports lined up for this, their first home match of the season, with almost the same line up that had won well last week. One welcome addition was the return of Tom Laney, who captained our U16s to a league and cup double two seasons ago. Ringwood won the league last season and they would undoubtedly present a strong challenge so we looked forward to a good game. After a period of early sparring in which Westlands looked to be settling to play some good football, we were rocked in the 13th minute when the visitor’s took the lead. Their #7 picked up the ball on the edge of the box and dinked a lovely lob shot into the far corner with the outside of his foot. A fine goal but slightly against the run of play and within two minutes Westlands had equalised. Jake Tailby hit a free kick goalwards that the keeper turned round the post for a corner. The corner was knocked deep beyond the far post, Andre Anjos headed it back into the danger area and
DAN EWENS smashed it into the roof of the net. A good goal and it inspired Sports to have a good spell of pressure. On the half hour mark Malik Kamal made a good run down the left and cut the ball back to Jake Tailby who missed an open goal. Then Jake cut the ball across the goal but there was nobody there to turn it in. Next another good deep cross from Malik picked out Andre Anjos but his shot just slipped past the far post. In the 38th minute Dan Ewens put over a super cross that Malik headed wide. Then Malik was put clean through with only the keeper to beat but inexplicably he just chipped the ball into the keeper’s hands. As we approached half time a Ringwood player let fly with a well struck shot that flew just over the top. Then finally, Malik Kamal was clean through on goal again and this time he slipped the ball past the keeper but unfortunately past the far post as well.
A 1-1 draw at half time didn’t really reflect the way the half had gone. Both teams had worked extremely hard and played some nice football but Westlands had undoubtedly created more goal scoring chances. Some of these had been gilt edged so we hoped we wouldn’t live to regret these misses.
The second half was only 5 minutes old when we took the lead with our second goal. A nice through ball from Tom Laney put MALIK KAMAL through again and this time he drove the ball into the far corner giving the keeper no chance. Then calamity struck as we conceded straight away. A deep cross was fired over into our box, keeper Hamish Amor came for it and missed it and a Ringwood player headed it in. That goal rocked us back on our heels and Ringwood soon took advantage. In the 60th minute their #10 ran on to a through ball and slotted it in the far corner to put them back in front again at 3-2. It looked like the game might be slipping away from us but the lads got going again and gradually began to work their way back into the game. We began to put on a bit of pressure and won a free kick about 20 yards out. Dan Ewens put the ball into the penalty area where it was half cleared out to the edge of the box where ED JONES smashed it with his trusty left peg and it flew through the crowd into the far corner. Back on level terms but the minutes drifted by and it looked like the match may end in stalemate until we had a dramatic winner in the dying seconds. Westlands forced a corner outon the left and everyone moved up into the crowded box. Over came the coss, a deep inswinger and out of the crowd rose DAN EWENS to plant a header into the net and send the Westland lads wild (and the spectators !).
That was it, game over, and Sports had nicked the points in the dying seconds.
It had been a thrilling match with the lead changing hands three times and both teams had played very well.
Several contenders for the Man of the Match but this week and PAUL JOHNSON gets the vote this week for a non-stop performance in the middle of the park. Chasing and harrying the opposition for 90 minutes is a valuable asset in winning games and also when he had the ball he always gave it to a team-mate. Dan Ewens can count himself unlucky after his two goals but sometimes the lads who do the hard work in the engine room are just as important to the team effort.
Westlands line-up: 1.H.Amor 3.T.Morgan 4.T.Budden 5.D.Ewens 7.J.Tailby 8.S.Waldron 9.A.Anjos 11.W.Boucher 12.E.Jones 14.P.Johnson 15.B.Pitman 16.M.Kamal 17.T.Laney.
Sunday 10th September, WIMBORNE & HOLT 2 WESTLAND SPORTS 4 (match void)
This match should have been played at Holt FC’s ground at Gaunt’s Common but was switched at the last minute to the Ferndown Leisure Centre, a huge complex with numerous pitches. We were on the furthest away pitch which was a good 5 minute hike from the changing rooms but there was one bonus as the line of trees forming the boundary provided some welcome shelter for the spectators. The rain was sweeping down the pitch and Westlands had it at their backs so we probably needed to take advantage of that in the first half.
We started well and forced 2 early corners the second of which was scrambled off the line after a bit of a melee in the goalmouth. A promising start and in the 8th minute Malik Kamal was put through by Andre Anjos but the home keeper saved his shot on the run. The home side looked comfortable in possession and they had a decent spell which ended with Sports keeper Hamish Amor dashing off his line to block a dangerous through ball…….just !
In our next attack we scored. A defence splitting pass put Malik clean through, he thumped in a shot that the keeper did well to block but ANDRE ANJOS was following up and he buried the rebound to put us 1-0 up. Andre and Malik were combining well up front and in the 13th minute Malik was put through again but he dragged his shot wide. Holt & Wimborne tried to respond with several good build ups but they were finding it hard to break down the Westlands backline with Tom Budden, Todd Morgan and Dan Ewens battling hard to repel the attacks. At the other end, Sports were always dangerous against a rather dodgy home defence and in the 24th minute we scored our second goal. Andre Anjos picked the ball up at least 20 yards out and let fly with a ferocious wind-assisted shot which cannoned off the underside of the crossbar, bounced down on the line and was headed into the back of the net by STANLEY WALDRON who had followed up and reaped the dividends for his effort. That took the wind out the home teams sails for a bit and a few minutes later Andre burst down the left and tried to lob the keeper as he came out but unfortunately his effort cleared the crossbar. It was end to end now and Malik then had a shot well saved before, in the 34th minute we conceded a goal. The home side had looked dangerous down their right and once again their player got to the bye line and whipped over a cross that was buried first time. That was a bit of a blow but not really unexpected as some of the Wimborne & Holt attacks had been quite dangerous. Nevertheless the Westland players did not let their heads go down and and in the 42nd minute we went two in front again. Andre Anjos put nice pass in behind the home defence for MALIK KAMAL to chase. Malik won the race with the keeper and knocked the ball past him into the far corner.
That was a crucial goal as the two goal lead gave us something to defend in the second half when we would be facing the wind and rain.
As the second half got under way, the rain seemed to get heavier and it was really driving down the pitch now. The home team had nothing to lose and they began to pin us in our own half as they piled on the pressure. However, we defended well for 10 minutes when a bit of bad luck saw us concede a second goal. A well struck shot came skidding across the wet grass towards our goal and Hamish Amor came out to gather it. Unfortunately he lost his footing and as he slipped the ball flew under his body into the net. At 3-2 the home team began to believe they could get something from the game and we had to defend in numbers to keep them at bay. But we were defending doggedly with 10 men behind the ball and only Malik up front as an outlet. However that outlet proved very effective in the 65th minute. Malik chased a long ball down the left, muscled past a defender and squared the ball across goal where STANLEY WALDRON was on the spot to slide the ball into the net. What a goal and great work by Stanley who had sprinted about 50 yards in support of his striker and, once again, he had reaped the reward for his hard graft. With our two goal lead restored it made life just that bit easier for our overworked defence as we had a bit of breathing space now but there was still 25 minutes to go so there was still some work to do. The wind and rain was so strong now it was proving to be a bit of a hindrance to the attacking side as well as the defenders. Corners and crosses were going behind the goal and long balls were just doing likewise. There were a few dodgy moments as we just managed to hack the ball away but we had a few attacks as well and in the 70th minute Malik hit a great shot on the run which the keeper dived to tip round the post. Still the Sports defence, marshalled by skipper Tom Budden, held firm and as we entered the last 15 minutes Hamish Amor made a great save, clutching the greasy ball high up by the post.
The home side were getting a bit desperate now and some of the tackles were getting a bit wayward but the referee kept things in check with a few yellow cards handed out. Westlands were now within sight of the winning post and the supporters huddled under the trees were anxiously checking their watches. The last scare came in the last minute when a cross shot just slipped by the far post.
It had been a great start to the season for the team and they can be proud of their efforts in very testing conditions.
Several contenders for the Man of the Match but this week but a good performance from MALIK KAMAL wins him the award. He was a constant threat to the home defence all afternoon, combining well up front with Andre Anjos in the first half and often fighting a lone battle up front in the second half when we were under a bit of pressure. And he scored a good goal to cap a good afternoon’s work.
Westlands line-up: 1.H.Amor 3.T.Morgan 4.T.Budden 5.D.Ewens 7.J.Tailby 8.S.Waldron 9.A.Anjos 11.W.Boucher 12.E.Jones 14.P.Johnson 15.B.Pitman 16.M.Kamal 17.R.Baird