Under 18s Reports

Westland Sports FC

Under 18s






Sunday 4th Nov, Somerset U18s League: MINEHEAD 3 WESTLAND SPORTS 5

Westlands undertook our longest trip of the season to date with a long trek to Minehead on a wet grey afternoon with the match starting in heavy rain.

Minehead, who are known to be prolific goalscorers, were quick out of the blocks and nearly went into an early lead. However, after the dangerous Lewis Trusson had been hauled down, a well-placed free kick from Dan Ewens allowed GEORGE WESTON to lose his man and head firmly home to put Sports into an early lead.

Minehead then levelled and quickly went 2-1 in front and it looked like it was going to be long hard afternoon in front a lively home crowd although there was also a good show of support for the visitors.

Sports were starting to get a foothold in the game after the frenetic start and looking the stronger team. The pressure was starting to tell and after several corners a great near post header from the ever-dangerous SAM FULLER from a corner drew the scores level again.

Shortly after, good work by Ben Pounder on the left wing slipped in LUCA MARTIN who finished neatly to put Sports into a 3-2 half-time lead.

Westlands had finished the half on top after recovering well from the early deficit with Ewens, Tailby and Fuller starting to dominate the midfield and the front three of Pounder, Trusson and Martin a constant threat.

The second half continued much the same with Westlands on top. Seb Goddard who came on as sub at half time after missing several matches through injury, nearly got Sports off to a flyer. After he had been set up by Luca Martin outside the area, his half volley was tipped onto the bar and the post before running painfully across the goal line before being cleared. Goddard’s spell however was short-lived as his reccurring injury again flared up.

There then followed several decent chances for Sports to put the game to bed that were not taken. Minehead then got an equaliser which buoyed them on for a ten-minute spell where they dominated and looked favourites to take the points with Sports somewhat flagging on a decent but heavy pitch. Of note the defence of Kieran Webber, George Weston, Innes Davidson and Peter Park all did extremely well to curb the strong Minehead attacks. Gabriel Cole in goal was quick off his line on several occasions and was strong in clearing from corners throughout.

In the 73-minute Peter Park floated a pin point free kick from the half way line deep into the Minehead area, SAM FULLER rose magnificently and cleverly headed into the top corner to restore the lead. Westlands then tightened up to try and secure the win with Jacob Tailby showing good discipline and sitting deeper to offer protection as Minehead pressed.

The at times unplayable Lewis Trusson then danced in to the Minehead area and was felled for a clear penalty. Sam Fuller stepped up in a bid to secure his hat-trick and put the game to bed only to put his kick just wide of the post !

Minehead again came back strongly, however after good work from Innes Davidson, Trusson and Martin, Luca set up DAN EWENS who was bursting into the box and he finished superbly high up into the corner of the seasiders net to seal the points – a goal worthy of clinching the game. Ewens elaborate celebration said it all… despite being unwell (!) before the game.

This was a hard-fought win against a strong attacking Minehead side.

Man of the Match, despite not being on the score sheet, goes to LEWIS TRUSSON who terrorised the Minehead defence all afternoon.

Thanks to Minehead FC for making us so welcome and their generous hospitality.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.K.Webber 3.P.Park 4.G.Weston 5.I.Davidson 6.D.Ewens 7.L.Trusson 8.J.Tailby 9.S.Fuller 10.L.Martin 11.B.Pounder 12.S.Goddard


Sunday 21st Oct, Somerset U18s League: WESTLAND SPORTS 3 BURNHAM UTD 0

Sports Under 18 side made it 4 straight wins when they defeated Burnham Utd 3-0 at Alvington in the Somerset League yesterday. Sports took a deserved 2-0 half time lead with goals from ISAAC STOREY and LUCA MARTIN and in the second half SAM FULLER wrapped up the points with the third goal.

Man of the match this week goes to PETER PARK who returned after suspension and had a solid game.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.K.Webber 3.R.Thomson 4.G.Weston 5.P.Park 6.D.Ewens 7.L.Trusson 8.I.Storey 9.S.Fuller 10.L.Martin 11.B.Pounder 12.J.Denman 14.S.Goddard 15.F.Smee


Sunday 14th Oct, Somerset U18s League: FALCONS 0 WESTLAND SPORTS 3

Falcons started the livelier with probing runs down the extremely narrow pitch and looked as though they would be a handful today. Early on the Westland keeper Gabriel Cole made a number of good crucial one on one saves that could have seen the home team a goal or two to the good early on. Westlands took 10 minutes or so to adapt to the lack of width on the pitch but then started to get their game plan together and realised the short quick passing game would be their best bet.

A superb passage of pass and move football on 12 minutes that started in defence with 6 or 7 accurate passes through midfield saw the ball in the back of the net after a clinical rebound finish by DAN EWENS following a good block by the keeper after a cracking effort from captain for the day Luca Martin.

That short passing game set the two teams apart with Westland defence, midfield and attack linking up well. Isaac Storey in midfield alongside Dan Ewens and Sam Fuller helped link up play well with the ball being comfortably passed back and forth between midfield and defence when there was no clear route forward.

Sports second came after a succession of cleverly taken corners from Lewis Trusson. LUCA MARTIN got on the end of the third corner and firmly headed past the stranded keeper to double the score. The home team closed down well throughout the first half but the 2-0 scoreline was a fair reflection of Westlands dominance with their short passing game albeit with goalkeeper Gabriel Cole in outstanding form keeping Falcons at bay.

The second half started well with the home team continuing to press hard but the Westlands defence doing a sterling job and some great possession and patient football by Sports. Of note Innes Davidson and Kieran Webber stood strong in central defence with solid hardworking displays from full backs Rory Thomson, Morgan Pomeroy and, making his league debut, Josh Denman.

Up front Westland always looked in with a chance of nicking another with both wingers Lewi Trusson and Ben Pounder causing the home defence particular problems within the limited width they had to work with. Ben Pounder worked tirelessly in his first full 90mins for Sports

LUCA MARTIN got his deserved second goal and Westland third after a great initial strike from the edge of the area by Sam Fuller which was too hot for the keeper to handle and was pounced on by Luca with persistent instinctive strikes, beating the keeper at the third attempt.

In the end 3-0 was a fair result with a strong hardworking and mature team display from Westland. This was a game where the strikers and midfield all did their jobs well, however the defensive performance was outstanding against a team who had scored 14 goals in their first 3 matches.

Man of the Match was between the two centre backs, Innes Davidson and Kieran Webber, and keeper Gabriel Cole, however GABRIEL COLE takes MOM on this occasion for what was his best performance of his season to date which helped secure the points and gain a second clean sheet in 3 games.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.M.Pomeroy 3.R.Thomson 4.K.Webber 5.I.Davidson 6.D.Ewens 7.L.Trusson 8.I.Storey 9.S.Fuller 10.L.Martin 11.B.Pounder 12.J.Denman


Sunday 7th Oct, Somerset U18s League: WESTLAND SPORTS 9 ISLE OF WEDMORE 0

Westlands quickly got into their stride, started to assert themselves, taking advantage of the space they had to play the ball around and passing fluently and positively. It wasn’t long before the crossbar was hit for the first time by Luca Martin. The first Westlands goal arrived only 2 minutes into the game, a ball from the back picked out Sam Fuller who rose on the edge of the box to head the ball beyond the defence and into the path of LUCA MARTIN, who calmly lobbed the stranded keeper.

Wedmore, although physically strong weren’t able to string their passes together and a purposeful Westlands midfield continually broke up their play, stifling any opportunity they may have taken advantage of. The second Westlands goal came in the 17th minute when SAM FULLER ran on to a ball over the top and thumped it into the net. Three minutes later came a cracking goal from LUCA MARTIN as he curled a shot from the edge of the box into the far top corner.

The game followed a similar pattern for the rest of the first half, with Westlands dominating the game by playing some excellent passing football and closing any Wedmore possession down quickly. The times that Wedmore did make their way forward a solid back four felt comfortable in closing them out and calmly playing it out from the back.

Both wings, Rory Thomson and Lewis Trusson were successful in getting down the sides to the byline, always being closely supported from the midfield and lining up opportunities for the forwards to aim at goal. Wedmore were failing to close Westlands down and with the time to pass into space, the relentless pressure saw the fourth goal in the 35th minute when a good passing move ended with SAM FULLER ‘shinning’ the ball into the net. Two minutes later it was 5 when the ball was squared back to LUCA MARTIN and he banged it in. That ended the first half scoring with Westlands 5-0 up.

The second half saw the opportunity for fresh legs with Seb Goddard, Ben Pounder and George Weston coming on to take up the reins. The half started in similar fashion with Westlands controlling the ball, but a resurgent Wedmore decided that a more physical game was needed to break up the play. This unsettled Westlands and for 5 minutes they stopped playing their game of passing football. However as the tackles became more wayward from Wedmore the bookings followed. Westlands regained their composure and again the opportunities presented themselves for the forwards. In the 65th minute LUCA MARTIN was presented with goal number 6 after some slack opposition defending before JACOB TAILBY put a powerful header away following a corner for number 7. LEWIS TRUSSON got number 8 when he made a mazy run down the sideline, cut back from the byline and slammed it home. Finally KIERAN WEBBER confidently stroked the the ball home to close the game out. Somewhere in the melee of this one-sided game Wedmore snuck a goal in, frustrating what had been a solid defensive display. A good team performance.

Man of the match this week goes to SAM FULLER who showed some real quality.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.K.Webber 3.T.Jarvis 4.F.Smee 5.I.Davidson 6.D.Ewens 7.L.Trusson 8.J.Tailby 9.S.Fuller 10.L.Martin 11. R.Thomson 12.G.Weston 14.S.Goddard 15.B.Pounder


Sunday 30th Sept, Somerset U18s League: TONE YOUTH 0 WESTLAND SPORTS 5

Sports started the match strongly and went ahead on 20 minutes with a smart finish by SAM FULLER after he received the ball from a throw in. Many chances came and went for Sports in the first half however the finishing lacked a bit of composure. Half-time, 1-0 up.

The 2nd half started in much the same vein as the first with Sports on top. A second goal was added by LUCA MARTIN tapping in a long shot from Dan Ewens. JACOB TAILBY then rose well to head home a Tom Jarvis free kick for number three and SAM FULLER finished well after a clever free kick from Jacob Tailby for the fourth. DAN EWENS completed the scoring with a fine free kick in off the post.

Of note the defence were solid throughout in a good all round team effort.

Man of the Match goes to JACOB TAILBY for a polished all round performance

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.T.Jarvis 3.F.Smee 4.I.Davidson 5.K.Webber 6.J.Tailby 7.D.Ewens 8.R.Thomson 9.L.Martin 10.S.Fuller 11.L.Trusson 12.G.Nitecki 14.M.Pomeroy


Sunday 16th Sept, Somerset U18s League: BRIDGWATER WOLVES 3 WESTLAND SPORTS 1

Our first game in the new league was away to the title favourites on a ‘caged’ 3g pitch.

Westlands started well, winning a lot of challenges and pushing forward into their opponents half. This paid off after 20 minutes when Sports took the lead. Luca Martin played a nice through ball to RORY THOMSON who had a touch and thumped it past the keeper.

The home team then began to put together some fast attacks and put Westlands under a bit of pressure. Nevertheless we were coping pretty well until the 42nd minute when they equalised. Their winger raced down the left flank and pulled the ball across to a team-mate who drilled it in.

That made it 1-1 at half time with Westands a bit annoyed not to have held on to their lead.

The second half proved to be a bit of a disaster for Sports. With the next goal crucial Westland thought they had scored it when Luca Martin whacked in a shot that the keeper palmed up over his shoulder into the roof of the net. As the ball dropped the keeper reached in and scooped it out. “No goal” said the referee from his vantage point in the centre circle. “I couldn’t see it from my angle” said the home linesman, so to the amazement of the spectators the match played on.

In the 60th minute the home side went ahead when their player turned his man and thumped the ball in. That was a body blow to Westlands and they began to look a bit heavy legged now.

With 10 minutes to go Bridgwater made it 3-1 with a simple through ball that their player ran on to.

A bit of a flare up then saw Pete Park red carded for retaliation to cap a miserable second half for Westlands.

Man of the Match goes to skipper DAN EWENS for a hard working display in the midfield.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.K.Webber 3.T.Jarvis 5.P.Park 6.I.Davidson 7.G.Nitecki 8.J.Tailby 9.S.Fuller 10.D.Ewens 11. R.Thomson 12.L.Trusson 14.S.Goddard 15.B.Pounder