Under 18s Reports

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Sunday 20th Oct, Somerset U18 League: WESTLAND SPORTS 6 BRIDGWATER PREDATORS 0

Nice to have a full team of 16 on duty as we looked to get our title challenge back on track. It was a fairly even opening 15 minutes with Westlands having the best attempts with a couple of shots that went just wide. After these opening flurries Westlands began to get on top and the first goal came after 19 minutes. A nice through pass put MORLEY GOLD clear of the visitor’s back line and he slotted the ball into the corner of the net to make it 1-0.

Bridgwater tried hard to get back into the game but didn’t really trouble the Westlands defence and 15 minutes after the opening goal Westlands grabbed a second. A good passing move out on the left with Tom Jarvis and Lewis Trusson involved saw the ball finally threaded through to MORLEY GOLD who took a couple of steps and smashed the ball into the corner. 2-0 to Sports and Bridgwater heads went down as two minutes later they conceded a third goal. A nicely weighted Tom Jarvis cross to the far post was headed in by MORLEY GOLD who completed his hat-trick to make it 3-0. Four minutes later it was 4 when CONNOR SHARPE ran on to a ball over the top and neatly lobbed the Bridgwater keeper. Three goals in six minutes had knocked the stuffing out of the visitor’s and they were glad to hear the half-time whistle. Half-time Westlands 4 Bridgwater 0.

The visitors came out battling but it didn’t take long for Sports to dampen their enthusiasm with the fifth goal. Tom Jarvis laid the ball out to LEWIS TRUSSON who cut inside and thumped the ball into the back of the net.

It was damage limitation now for the visitors, but with the Westlands defence a bit disorganised due to several substitutions, they began to have a bit of joy going forward. Luke Wellington in the Westlands goal had to pull off a magnificent save, tipping the ball onto the crossbar to keep the clean sheet. The visitor’s keeper also made a couple of good saves as Westlands kept probing for more goals. But the urgency had gone out of the game now and it took until the 87th minute for Westlands to finally wrap up the scoring. A cross from the left was controlled by the unmarked GABI NITECKI and he smashed the ball into the roof of the net for the 6th and final goal of the afternoon.

That completed fine afternoon’s work for the Westlands team who showed good application and work rate to record a good win.

The Man of the Match award goes to INNES DAVIDSON who was strong at centre half, winning all his challenges.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.C.Baker 3.I.Davidson 4.G.Sutton 5.S.Bonds 6.G.Nitecki 7.L.Trusson 8.T.Jarvis 9.M.Gold 10.B.Pounder 11.R.Thomson 12.L.Wellington 14.M.Abdillahi 15.H.Field 16.M.Pomeroy 17.C.Sharpe

Sunday 6th Oct, Somerset U18 League: WINCANTON 0 WESTLAND SPORTS 0

Westlands were down to the bare bones this week with about 8 players not available. However we managed to rustle up 12 players, but 2 of these were goalkeepers ! Further disaster struck Sports after only 10minutes when Lewis Trusson came off injured and he was replaced out on the wing by goalkeeper Luke Wellington !

The wind was quite strong and slightly against Westlands in the first half but nevertheless Sports were the dominant team and looked most likely to score. In defence Westlands back 4 of Charlie Baker, George Sutton, Innes Davidson and Sam Bonds were looking solid and Gabriel Cole in Sports goal only had to field a few long balls. Morgan Pomeroy down the left looked Sports most likely attacker but we just couldn’t create clear chances.

The nearest to a goal for Westlands came from a mazy run from Innes Davidson that took him through most of the Wincanton team but their goalie pulled off a good save to prevent the opening goal. Just before the break Gabi Nitecki burst through but a defender got across to get a tackle in that sent the ball out for a goal kick. Half-time 0-0.

A battling half for Westlands, solid defensively but lacking a bit of a cutting edge going forward.

The second half was even more one sided than the first. Sports made a change at half time with Luke Wellington taking over in goal and Gabriel Cole going up front. By my reckoning Luke only touched the ball four times in the half, all pass backs ! The highlight of the half was a Morgan Pomeroy shot that came back off the post but nobody could put the rebound in and it was eventually scrambled away. For the last 15 minutes Lewis Trusson came back on for Gabriel Cole in a last ditch attempt to grab a goal but to no avail. The match eventually ended with the result a disappointing 0-0 result from Westlands point of view.

Its 2 points dropped in the title challenge but great credit to the lads who played and gave everything to try and win the game. Special mention to the two goalkeepers who both played outfield for spells and didn't let the side down, great commitment by all the lads.

The Man of the Match award goes to CHARLIE BAKER who never put a foot wrong all afternoon.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.C.Baker 3.I.Davidson 4.G.Sutton 5.S.Bonds 6.G.Nitecki 7.L.Trusson 8.H.Field 9.M.Abdillahi 10.C.Sharpe 11.M.Pomeroy 12.L.Wellington

Sunday 22nd Sept, Somerset U18 League: BACKWELL ATHLETIC 0 WESTLAND SPORTS 4

After two wins in two games the U18s travelled to Backwell to try to keep their 100% record intact.

With a couple of players out Morgan Pomeroy was paired with George Sutton at the centre of defence for the first time. This proved to be a solid partnership and it needed to be because with the wind and playing down the slope Backwell continually tried to play through or over them.

Gradually the Westland side began to gain more of the possession and started to get the ball into the opposition penalty area from wide.One such attack led to the first Westland goal, CONNOR SHARPE managed to get himself free to score from 12 yards on 30 minutes.

The home side continued to press for the remainder of the first half but were unable to create good opportunities against a strong Westlands back four and a midfield that was always willing to track back to help out.

The second half started with a series of chances for the away team who were now playing with the conditions in their favour. The second goal was created by Connor Sharpe breaking free on the right and crossing beyond the far post where Isaac Storey was able to square the ball to TOM JARVIS who beat the keeper with a fierce shot. Now 0-2 up the Westland side were in command of the game with the defence easily coping with Backwell, who were now only threatening on the break.

TOM JARVIS scored his second of the game before LEWIS TRUSSON completed the scoring five minutes from the final whistle,  easily  converting when one on one with the keeper.

A special mention goes to Rory Thomson who was unwell in the morning and came along just to do as much as he could but who actually played the whole match with great energy, fantastic commitment.

A win by four goals and the first clean sheet of the season was enough to preserve the 100% record at least until next Sunday when Bridgwater Wolves are the visitors to Alvington for a top of the table clash !

The Man of the Match award goes to GEORGE SUTTON who was solid at the back for Westlands.

Westlands squad: 1.L.Wellington 2.S.Bonds 3.M.Pomeroy 4.G.Sutton 5.R.Thomson 6.T.Jarvis 7.B.Pounder 8.I.Storey 9.M.Gold 10.C.Sharpe 11.L.Trusson 12.G.Cole 14.M.Abdillahi

Sunday 15th Sept, Somerset U18 League: WESTLAND SPORTS 2 WEMBDON 1

After a good win at Nailsea on the opening day, Westlands needed to follow that up with a win at home.

However, Wembdon’s opening day result had been a close 2-1 defeat away to Bridgwater Wolves so we knew they would be a strong team.

After 3 minutes Isaac Storey had the first attempt at goal with a speculative shot from 20 yards that went over the bar. Wembdon replied with a couple of good efforts. First a shot went past the far post and then a low cross was hooked just over the top from close range. Westlands should really have taken the lead after 8 minutes when Isaac Storey put over a cross and Ben Pounder scooped the ball over the bar from 6 yards out. Not a lot between the teams now as a Wembdon player tried his luck but put his shot well over the bar. The same result came from a Rory Thomson attempt as he blasted a raking crossfield pass from Lewis Trusson over the bar. In the 25th minute it was Westlands who took the lead with a lovely goal. Isaac Storey played a defence splitting pass inside the Wembdon right back for LEWIS TRUSSON to run through and bury the ball in the far corner. Wembdon tried to get back into the game but the Westlands defence were coping well with keeper Gabriel Cole untroubled. Except in the 37th minute when a well struck free kick whistled past his far post. Half time came with Westlands one up.

Not a great half of football but Sports just about deserved their narrow interval lead.

Luke Wellington replaced Gabriel Cole in the Westlands goal at half time.

As the second half progressed Westlands were making most of the running but the moves tended to break down at the edge of the Wembdon penalty area and it was from a set piece that Isaac Storey went close, his shot just clearing the bar. Then Ben Pounder had an opening but hit his shot straight at the keeper. Wembdon had a strong attack in the 69th minute but were thwarted by a superb double save from Westlands keeper Luke Wellington. First he turned a header from point blank range over the bar and from the corner he dived again to block a goalmouth shot from close range. But the danger signs were there and in the 71st minute the visitors equalised. Wembdon’s small midfielder danced through 2 or 3 half tackles and slotted the ball in the far corner. Great play by the Wembdon lad but poor defending from Westlands point of view. Westlands were stung into action and a Connor Sharpe shot hit the post after a good Isaac Storey run. A couple of minutes later Isaac put a shot just over the bar as Sports continued to press. In the 85th minute Ben Pounder split the Wembdon defence with a lovely through ball and TOM JARVIS ran in to finish coolly with a sidefoot shot. A great goal and a fitting way to grab the three points. There was no more excitement and the match finished 2-1 to Westlands.

Not a vintage performance from Sports, it all seemed a it casual with a lack of urgency about the play, however they just about deserved the win and its another 3 good points.

The Man of the Match award goes to ISAAC STOREY who was at the heart of most of Westlands good moves.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.S.Bonds 3.I.Davidson 4.G.Sutton 5.C.Baker 6.H.Field 7.B.Pounder 8.I.Storey 9.L.Trusson 10.T.Jarvis 11.R.Thomson 12.C.Sharpe 14.M.Abdillahi 15.L.Wellington

Sun 8th Sept: Somerset U18 League: NAILSEA UTD 1  WESTLAND SPORTS 3

On Sunday afternoon Westland Sports U18s took a squad of 14 to a very sunny Nailsea for the opening match of the 2019/20 season. In the team for the first time were several new faces, Sam Bonds, Morley Gold, George Sutton, Charlie Baker, Henry Field, Connor Sharpe and Muste Abdillahi.

Playing up the slope, Sports started in a very controlled manner, pressing high and regularly winning possession in dangerous areas. Lewis Trusson was a constant threat on the right hand side.

The first goal was scored by RORY THOMSON, a calm finish from inside the box after a series of quick passes.For much of the rest of the first half the Nailsea side came back into the game creating a couple of chances but without the quality to trouble a back four marshalled by Innes Davidson and Gabe Cole in goal.

After conceding early in the second 45 Westlands showed great character and hit back very quickly, substitute CONNOR SHARPE scoring with a volley from close range on debut after good work from Ben Pounder and Tom Jarvis down the left.

With the home side now resorting to some extremely brutal challenges a series of free kicks resulted in a quality strike from ISAAC STOREY from the edge of the penalty area giving the comfort of a two goal lead.

At 1-3 up Sports now found themselves in complete control and they were able to move the ball around to play out the final ten minutes. A very pleasing start from a side that will only get better.

Man of the Match: ISAAC STOREY.

Team: 1.G.Cole 2.C.Baker 3.I.Davidson 4.G.Sutton 5.S.Bonds 6.T.Jarvis 7.L.Trusson 8.I.Storey 9.M.Gold 10.B.Pounder 11.R.Thomson 12.H.Field 14.C.Sharpe 15.M.Abdillahi