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Sunday 5th May, Somerset U18 League Cup Final: WORLE 1 WESTLAND SPORTS 1 (lost 4-2 pens)

A lovely day for the final and a nice venue so all set for a good game. Not so good was the fact it was 8 weeks since Westlands had played a league match and with Jacob Tailby pulling out the team during the warm-up due to injury we lost a strong presence in the midfield.

Worle grabbed the initiative in the early stages and had Sports pinned back in their own half. Eventually the pressure paid off when Pete Park barged an opponent in the back and the referee pointed to the spot. The kick was drilled in and Westlands had got off to the worst possible start, one down after 11 minutes !  However the team responded well and a couple of minutes later had their first attempt at the Worle goal, a Dan Ewens shot that went well over the bar. Westlands were definitely back in the game now and in the 24th minute a low corner from Rory Thomson was nearly turned in. Still Westlands were giving as good as they got and a late flurry saw Lewis Trusson put a shot over in the 41st minute followed by Isaac Storey firing a free kick over in the 45th minute.

Half-time 0-1 and generally an upbeat Westlands camp at the break even although we were behind. Sports had come back well after the loss of the early goal so we were optimistic for the second half.

Sports came out after the interval on the front foot and Gabi Nitecki had a great chance to equalise in the 62nd minute but hit the bar with his shot from about 6 yards out. Good early pressure from Westlands then led to the equaliser after 58 minutes. Isaac Storey flighted a free kick into the box and GEORGE WESTON rose to head into the top corner. Sports were cock-a-hoop now and kept the pressure on. In the 63rd minute a Lewis Trusson lob went just over the bar and 2 minutes later another Isaac Storey free kick was almost prodded home by George Weston at the far post, the ball rolling just past. Then Luca Martin was put through and he smashed his shot off the bar ! All these chances were slipping away and we began to wonder if we would live to regret these misses. Worle had a good attack in the 68th minute and George Weston came to the rescue, heading a shot away from under the crossbar. Worle continued their attack and a couple of minutes later a rash tackle by a Westlands defender saw the referee pointing to the spot for a penalty ! The Worle player side footed the ball low into the corner but Gabriel Cole dived to turn the ball round the post. A great save but Worle were having a good spell and a free kick into the box was missed by everyone and dropped just wide of the far post. A goal now for either team would win it and in the 88th minute Sports had a great chance when a good cross to the far post was put over the bar by Tom Jarvis. A minute later Worle broke and their #9 clearly pulled over a Westlands defender but somehow the referee and linesman between them decided it was another penalty to Worle, their 3rd of the match ! This time their player decided to blast it and the ball smashed off the crossbar and was cleared ! Another let off for Westlands but in injury time Sports managed to create two more chances. First Sam Fuller met a Dan Ewens cross at the far post but his shot found the side netting, and finally an Isaac Storey free kick was just scrambled away by the Worle defence.

That was that, 1-1 the final score and into 30 minutes extra time.

In the first 15 minutes it was fairly even with Westlands creating a couple of chances. First a good cross from Ben Pounder was headed over the bar by Luca Martin and a nice pass from Isaac Storey was put over the top.

Into the second half of extra time and both sets of players were getting tired with cramp setting in but each side managed to create a decent chance. A nice pass from Dan Ewens to Ben Pounder saw him put over a cross that Luca Martin fired over. Then Gabriel Cole had to make a good save as Worle pressed but the extra time ended with no further score.

That meant we were into a penalty shoot out to decide the fate of the cup. Worle had already had a bit of practice with 3 penalties during the game, but 2 misses gave us some optimism !

Westlands took the first kick and ISAAC STOREY slotted it in. 1-0

Worle responded to make it 1-1.

Sam Fuller side footed his effort but the keeper saved. 1-1

Worle drilled in their second, 1-2

Then Dan Ewens had his shot saved by the keeper who looked well off his line, 1-2

Worle scored again, 1-3

LUCA MARTIN was next for Sports and he put his kick in the corner, 2-3.

Worle then scored again to make it 2-4 and win the cup.

Its never a satisfactory way to lose a cup final but credit to the Worle lads they slotted in their kicks when it counted. Westlands however, can take great credit from this match as they dominated the second half and after equalising had several good chances to take the lead. Had we gone in front then I think we would have gone on to lift the trophy but it wasn’t to be. In the end it was a very evenly matched final and great entertainment for the spectators.

Man of the Match award goes to GEORGE WESTON who really rose to the occasion both in defence and attack.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.K.Webber 3.T.Jarvis 4.P.Park 5.G.Weston 6.I.Storey 7.D.Ewens 8.J.Tailby 9.S.Fuller 10.L.Martin 11.R.Thomson 12.L.Trusson 14.S.Goddard 15.B.Pounder 6.I.Davidson 17.G.Nitecki

Sunday 10th March, Somerset U18 League: WESTLAND SPORTS 4 TONE YOUTH 1

The final league match of the season for Westlands and a chance to confirm runners-up spot in the league.

The visitors looked a big strong side and early on made a few charges forward which showed they were not here to make up the numbers. Sports soon got the ball down and in the 11th minute scored the opening goal when Lewis Trusson squared to SAM FULLER who smashed one in from 20 yards out giving the keeper no chance. As the half wore on Tone’s physicality was beginning to get a response from the Westlands players and the game developed into a bit of a scrap with not a lot of goalmouth action. However in the 31st minute Lewis Trusson got to the byeline and pulled the ball back to SAM FULLER who turned and buried a low shot into the back of the net. Things were getting a bit silly now with too many opinions being voiced. Sports managed to maintain enough focus to score again just before half time, SEB GODDARD getting up to head in a corner from the right. A good goal which ended the first half with Westlands in a comfortable 3-0 lead.

During the interval the referee gave both teams a stern warning as to their behaviour and it was pointed out to the Westlands players by the management that anyone sent off in this match would miss the cup final !

The second half proved to be a fairly even contest although Gabriel Cole in he Westlands goal wasn’t really troubled. In the 60th minute Westlands scored again and what a goal it was ! Lewis Trusson raced down the right wing and fired over a cross that SAM FULLER met on the run and bulleted a header into the net. The game was well and truly over now but there was just one more goal and it was for the opposition from the penalty spot. Rory Thomson, who was now playing at right back missed a cross and then hacked down the Tone player who had picked up the loose ball. The kick was tucked away in the bottom corner.

A nice win for Westlands to end a very successful league campaign, next stop the cup final !

Man of the Match award this week goes to SAM FULLER for a superb hat-trick, three cracking goals.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.G.Nitecki 3.T.Jarvis 4.P.Park 5.G.Weston 6.D.Ewens 7.L.Trusson 8.J.Tailby 9.S.Fuller 10.S.Goddard 11.B.Pounder 12.I.Storey 14. R.Thomson

Sunday 3rd March, Somerset U18 Lge Cup Semi-Final: BACKWELL ATH 0 WESTLAND SPORTS 5

After a horrendous journey due to accident on M5 the KO was delayed by 20 mins.

Match warm up was short and rushed, there was a 25-mph wind blowing end to end, not enough blue socks, and unable to fill our water bottles as no cold water, it really felt as if was going to be one of those days.

In addition, Sports were still awaiting on a player arriving who eventually made it 15 mins after we started.

After winning the toss Backwell decided to go against the wind. 

Just 3 minutes into the game, after good work by Luca Martin and Isaac Storey, SAM FULLER was played in and with a solid finish put Sports 1 up ! What a start for Westlands. Backwell tried to respond but Sports keeper  Gabriel Cole was in fine form and pulled off a couple of strong early saves.

On 9 minutes Sports doubled their lead with a similar move which set up RORY THOMSON and he buried his shot into the roof of the net from close range.  Backwell were clearly shocked at conceding 2 early goals as they are a team renowned for their solid defending. 2-0 Westlands, 9 minutes gone !

As the game settled Sports short passing game began to pay dividends particularly in the windy conditions.  Dan Ewens and Jacob Tailby took control of midfield with Rory Thomson and captain for the day Isaac Storey a constant threat out wide.  Luca Martin, although not scoring, was causing all manner of problems for the Backwell defence and he was constantly involved and combining well with those around him. 

On 19 minutes Sports made it 3, RORY THOMSON being set up again after good approach work for a tap in to secure his double. Backwell then had probably their best spell of the game, they started to gain possession and cause problems, however the Westlands defence stood firm with Pete Park and George Weston solid in the centre and Kieran Webber and Tom Jarvis giving nothing away  on the flanks as full-backs and also providing a threat going forward when they could.

Half time and a three goal lead for Westlands. The test would be how Sports coped against the wind in the 2nd half and although 3 goals to the good, there was no room for complacency.

Backwell started strongly as expected, however Westlands defence and keeper managed the conditions well and Sports remained a threat going forward. On 62 minutes, after a sustained period of pressure, Westlands scored again after a goalmouth scramble and an unfortunate OG from a Backwell defender, Dan Ewens being the last Sports player to touch the ball. In terms of the game this was a significant goal as it put a real damper on Backwell’s hopes of a fight back and certainly was a blow to their teams morale.

Sure enough, shortly afterwards SAM FULLER scored with a fanatastic effort for Westlands 5th goal to put the game beyond any doubt.

Lewis Trusson, Innes Davidson, Gabbi Nitecki and Ben Pounder came on to see the game out and added much needed energy.  As impressive as it was to score 5, to secure a clean sheet in those conditions was a fantastic effort !  To their credit Backwell fought to the end and were gracious in defeat so we wish them well in the remainder of the season.

Special thanks to Sid and George Storey who drove to a shop and got a bag full of bottled water for the lads, missing the opening goal in doing so ! – much appreciated by the coaches and players.

Manager Rich Goddard said “a fantastic clinical away performance against a strong opponent in difficult conditions.  The lads all worked hard for this result and should be proud of themselves in reaching the final”.

The Man of the Match this week is DAN EWENS for a dominant display in the middle of the park.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.K.Webber 3.T.Jarvis 4.P.Park 5.G.Weston 6.D.Ewens 7.I.Storey 8.J.Tailby 9.S.Fuller 10.L.Martin 11.R.Thomson 12.I.Davidson 14.B.Pounder 15.L.Trusson 16.G.Nitecki

Sunday 24th February, Somerset U18 League: WESTLAND SPORTS 4 WEMBDON 2

A glorious day at Alvington made a nice change from the normal sub-zero temperatures. The first match between these two sides had ended in a 2-2 draw so a good match was expected.

Westlands were soon pressing forward with wide men Lewis Trusson and Rory Thomson leading most attacks down the flanks. However Wembdon had a couple of strong lads in central defence and they were picking off most of the final crosses. The visitor’s were showing no attacking prowess whatsoever and Sports were in control of the match without creating any real goalscoring opportunities. In the 20th minute we eventually opened the scoring. SAM FULLER leapt highest to meet a corner from the right and his looping header went in at the far post. An excellent goal and just what Westlands needed. Lewis Trusson was giving the Wembdon left back a torrid time and another run and cross saw Rory Thomson swivel and shoot just wide. It took until the 40th minute for Wembdon to create a decent opening when Sports gave the ball away in midfield and their player put his shot just wide of the far post. The first half then finished with a flurry of chances. Rory Thomson headed just past for Westlands and then a Wembon player looked to have an open goal but fluffed his shot completely. The half ended with a Sam Fuller shot well saved by the Wembdon keeper.

A decent half from Sports with some good possession but there was just a feeling that we had not cashed in on our superiority in the first 45 minutes.

The second half started with some good play by Ben Pounder who set up a chance for Isaac Storey but his shot went wide. Then in the 48th minute some sloppy defending saw Wembdon equalise. A long through ball was not deal with by the defence and with the keeper seeming to hesitate the opposition attacker stepped in and thumped the ball into the net. Looked like a lack of communication there. Inspired by this Wembdon had another attack 2 minutes later but their player put his shot just wide. Westlands then put together a nice move with Ben Pounder and Malik Kamal setting up Sam Fuller but he shot over the bar. Then another good break by Wembdon saw another shot fly wide of the post.

The game had really opened up now with chances being created at both ends, so more goals were on the cards with 35 minutes still to play. In the 59th minute another good run and cross from Lewis Trusson was laid back by Sam Fuller to Isaac Storey who blasted over the top. A minute later Malik Kamal ran through a confused Wembdon defence, and as he dragged the ball round the keeper it pushed him a bit wide of the goal and a Wembdon defender got back to block his attempted lay back. In the 61st minute the pressure told and Sports went ahead. A throw in on the right set up SAM FULLER and he thumped the ball into the far corner. A clinical finish and only 4 minutes later Westlands scored again. A lovely through ball split the visitor’s defence and LEWIS TRUSSON ran through and, as the keeper came out, deftly clipped the ball over him into the net. A good goal, well set up and expertly finished and with a 3-1 lead things looked good for Westlands. Unfortunately Sports then got hit with the old sucker punch. Immediately after scoring they took their eye off the ball and conceded almost straight from the kick off. Again nobody attacked the ball and the opposition forward ran in and smashed it into the net. That had been an exciting ten minutes with 3 goals and the game poised again at 3-2 to Westlands with 20 minutes to play. The next chance fell to Ben Pounder but he rushed his shot and put it wide from a good position. Then Jacob Tailby tried his luck from about 25 yards but his shot cleared the crossbar. Going into the last ten minutes Luca Martin got a header in from a free kick but it went straight into the keeper’s arms. Finally, in the 87th minute, Westlands restored the two goal advantage. Luca Martin slipped the ball to MALIK KAMAL who took a couple of steps and drilled the ball low and hard into the back of the net from 18 yards out. That was game over and the referee’s whistle soon ended a good win for Westlands which takes them into second place in the league.

Man of the Match award this week goes to LEWIS TRUSSON for a great display of old fashioned wing play. He tormented the opposition full back in the first half, and when they changed him at half time the replacement was subjected to the same treatment. All topped off with a superb goal.

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

Sunday 27th January, Somerset U18 League: WESTLAND SPORTS 9 MINEHEAD 2

The U18s beat Minehead 9-2 at Alvington  in the Somerset U18s League. However, it was a bloodless victory as their opponents only had 9 men ! Fair play to them for coming from Minehead to fulfil the fixture knowing they were 2 men short, and considering the final score, they put up a really good show. Westlands did what they had to do pretty efficiently with SAM FULLER (3), BEN POUNDER (2), LEWIS TRUSSON, JACOB TAILBY, PETE PARK and RORY THOMSON helping themselves to the goals.

Man of the Match award this week goes to GABI NITECKI whose performance was described by manager Rich Goddard as "solid and disciplined". After missing a long period of the season Gabi has just recently returned to the side and is now showing his value to the side.

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

Sunday 20th January, Somerset U18 League Cup, Qtr-final: WORLE 0  WESTLAND SPORTS 2

The pitch was playable but sticky, or as someone described it, a mudbath !

In the first half it was definitely Westlands who were dominating but both teams were finding it hard to create clearcut chances. Having said that Sports should have taken the lead when they were awarded a penalty when Pete Park was impeded. Jacob Tailby stepped up to take it and his sidefoot shot was saved by the Worle keeper. Needed a bit more pace on the shot by all accounts. Half time nil-nil.

PETE PARK  was causing the opposition all sorts of problems with his powerful running and it was Pete who drove into the box and opened the scoring. 1-0 Westlands. There was no stopping Pete now and as he drove into the box once again the only way the opposition could stop him was to wrestle him back. Penalty said the ref without any hesitation. LEWIS TRUSSON had the confidence to take the kick and he drilled it in to give Westlands that crucial 2 goal lead.  Only 10 minutes left now and the home team obviously tried to mount a grandstand finish. However the Westland management's astute use of the 4 subs at their disposal kept the energy levels up on a testing pitch and Sports were able to keep Worle at bay with relative ease.

An excellent result that put us through to the semi-final and a great day for players, management and spectators alike.

Man of the Match award this week goes to PETER PARK who had a hand in everything. Won the 2 penalties and scored the opening goal, great performance.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.K.Webber 3.I.Davidson 4.T.Jarvis 5.G.Weston 6.D.Ewens 7.G.Nitecki 8.J.Tailby 9.S.Fuller 10.R.Thomson 11.P.Park 12.S.Goddard 14.B.Pounder 15.L.Trusson 16.L.Martin

Sunday 13th January, Somerset U18 League: BURNHAM UTD 0  WESTLAND SPORTS 0

Westlands created enough chances to win the game but generally  failed to hit the target at the end of the moves. A good clean sheet as well albeit Sports keeper Gabriel Cole only had a few corners to deal with, no real shots but he punched well to clear the danger.

In the end a disappointing result and the energy levels were a bit disappointing, which all points to possibly some fitness issues. However, cup game next week so need to be at our best for that.

Man of the Match award this week goes to GEORGE WESTON for another solid commanding performance at centre half despite carrying an injury.

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

Sunday 6th January, Somerset U18 League: WESTLAND SPORTS 1 BRIDGWATER WOLVES 2

The pitch was looking good and we had a nice dry day for this important match that gave us the opportunity to claw back some points on the undefeated league leaders.

The first ten minutes or so were a bit of a midfield battle and it took 12 minutes before we had the first shot at goal from Rory Thomson, but it was a rather tame effort that the Wolves keeper gathered easily. Westlands were dominating and it was 19 minutes before the visitors had an attempt on goal, a header from a free kick that went well wide. Then Luca Martin had a long range effort which the keeper tipped onto the post. Eventually the pressure told when Sports took a well deserved lead.

Lewis Trusson crossed from the left, Jacob Tailby flicked the ball on and LUCA MARTIN finished the move with a spectacular overhead kick ! 1-0 to Westlands with 23 minutes gone.

The next attempt from Westlands was on the half hour mark when Lewis Trusson smashed in a shot but it was straight at the keeper. Westlands had looked quite comfortable up to now but in the 37th minute we shot ourselves in the foot. First we gave away a soft free kick out on the right wing about 5 yards out from the bye line. The angle was acute but the keeper asked for a wall of two players. This meant the rest of the defenders had to line up only 5 yards out from the goal line. Subsequently when the ball came over there was an almighty scramble in the goalmouth and the ball eventually was put in the back of the net off a defender ! That made it 1-1. There was a claim for handball by the Westland players and I thought I had seen the ball hit an arm but the referee claimed he was unsighted and the linesman didn’t flag ! Then a long free kick into our box put three Wolves players in the clear but none of them could connect properly and that was the last action of the half.

A draw was probably a fair result at half time as Westlands had looked in control early on but as the half progressed the visitor’s had taken the initiative.

The first action of the second half saw a Westlands defender give the ball away in his own half and that error led to a Bridgwater player thumping a shot just past the far post.

Then Isaac Storey sent a free kick into the box and the Wolves keeper made a great save from Luca Martin’s header. That was several good saves the Wolves keeper had made. He was also on the spot to fist away another free kick that was swung into the box a few minutes later. In the 54th minute came another big moment in the game. Wolves tricky little winger made a good run into Westlands penalty area and as two defenders converged on him he went down and the referee pointed to the spot. The player taking the penalty tried a stuttering run up which succeeded in sending Sports keeper Gabriel Cole diving the wrong way but with the goal gaping he then put the ball past the post. Bridgwater had the next effort, a shot that went over the bar in the 60th minute and a few minutes later we had another major incident. Sam Fuller pulled the ball back from the bye line beyond the far post and the Wolves centre half tried to clear but lashed the ball into his own net.The referee signalled for a goal but the linesman then raised his flag. After a consultation with the linesman the referee then changed his decision and gave Westlands a corner kick. Asked why the linesman had not flagged when the ball had supposedly gone out of play but then did so when the ball went in the back of the net he said he forgot to put up his flag !! Enough said !! That was a crucial moment in the game with both teams looking to get their noses in front and it would certainly have given the Westland players a boost had they done so. Sport players were now beginning to look a bit leggy and Bridgwater were doing more of the pressing now. In the 84th minute Wolves had a corner on the left which was helped on into the box where a powerful header put the ball in the back of the net. So, Sports were now behind 2-1 but in the final five minutes they created a couple of good chances that should have bought the equaliser. First a good cross into the box was met by Ben Pounder who unfortunately put his sidefoot shot straight into the keeper’s arms. Then a great low ball across the face of the goal by Ben was met by Sam Fuller at full stretch but agonisingly the ball flew straight up off his boot and over the bar. It was obvious then that this was not Westland’s day and the final whistle probably saw our slim chance of the title go up in smoke.

It had been a very good game contested in good spirit by two well matched teams so it was a real pity that the final result left a rather nasty taste in the mouth. However it was a good performance from the Westland lads and they can press on for runners-up spot and of course we still have the cup quarter-final to look forward to.

Man of the Match goes to INNES DAVIDSON who was a rock at the back against a team who have scored lots of goals this season.

Westlands squad: 1.G.Cole 2.K.Webber 3.I.Davidson 4.I.Storey 5.G.Weston 6.D.Ewens 7.L.Trusson 8.J.Tailby 9.S.Fuller 10.R.Thomson 11.L.Martin 12.B.Pounder 13.S.Goddard

Sunday 16th Dec, Somerset U18 League: WESTLAND SPORTS 10 FALCONS 0

Considering all the rain that had fallen the previous day, the pitch was in excellent condition as the teams lined up for the start. The rain was falling which made the surface a bit soft but there was no possibility of the game being called off.

Westlands looked to have an attacking 3-4-3 lineup with a back three of Kieron Webber, George Weston and Innes Davidson, a midfield of Isaac Storey, Jacob Tailby, Dan Ewens and Sam Fuller, and up front Rory Thomson led the line with Ben Pounder and Lewis Trusson on the flanks. Seb Goddard and Tom Jarvis gave us a strong bench.

Sports took control straight from the off and in the 3rd minute Rory Thomson had a shot saved by the keeper’s foot. Then Lewis Trusson had a long mazy run through the Falcons defence but he rushed his final shot and screwed it wide. Then Rory Thomson had another chance, but from 10 yards out leant back and skied it over the top. After 10 minutes Isaac Story had a pop at goal from distance but that too went over. It was one way traffic and the opening goal after 11 minutes was no surprise. SAM FULLER was tripped on the edge of the box and took the kick himself, drilling the ball low and hard into the corner of the net. A couple of minutes later Isaac Storey drove through the Falcons defence but missed the target with his shot. In the 16th minute the opposition created their first good chance of the match when they were awarded a free kick out on the right. The ball was swung over and a Falcons player, totally unmarked, put his header past the post. That should have been a goal and was a bit of a let off for Westlands. Sports soon resumed control but the finishing was not clinical and it took until the 24th minute to score the second goal. A corner from the right was picked up by SAM FULLER in a deep position and he turned inside a defender and curled a magnificent shot into the far top corner. Then we had a scramble in the visitor’s penalty box that resulted in Rory Thomson prodding the ball goalwards through the crowd but it bounced off the far post and into the keeper’s arms ! After half an hour of almost constant pressure Westlands grabbed the third goal when ISAAC STOREY picked the ball up on the edge of the box and smashed it into the net. The flood gates were opening now as ISAAC STOREY made it 4-0 when he turned in a cross at the far post and just before half time BEN POUNDER made it five with a superb curling shot from the edge of the box.

The half time score of 5-0 told its own story and for the second half it was really a case of how many, although Westlands needed to keep their shape and not go chasing goals. If they kept up the passing and movement that had been evident in the opening 45 then the goals would come.

Sports started the second half with Tom Jarvis out on the left and Seb Goddard at centre forward. Seb was quickly in the action, turning a cross from Ben Pounder just over the bar. Four minutes into the second half came goal number 6. Rory Thomson had a shot blocked by the Falcons keeper but he picked up the rebound and cut the ball back to ISAAC STOREY who thumped it into the net from 15 yards. Despite the score line the Falcons keeper was having a good game and he did well to save a rocket from Isaac Storey in the 53rd minute. On the hour came goal number 7. A corner from the left fell to JACOB TAILBY in the box and he had time to bring the ball down and prod it into the corner of the net. Four minutes later another corner from the left found JACOB TAILBY again unchallenged in the box and he headed in from about 3 yards out. Two good corners and two good opportunist finishes. That made it 8, and with the opposition out on their feet now, the chances were coming thick and fast. The Falcons keeper then miskicked a clearance straight to Tom Jarvis but he put his shot past the far post. Then a well hit Rory Thomson shot was turned round the post by the keeper. In the 83rd minute Tom Jarvis made a great run down the left and cut the ball back into the path of ISAAC STOREY who rifled it into the roof of the net for the ninth goal. A couple of minutes before the end Isaac Storey cut the ball back to DAN EWENS whose shot found the back of the net via a wicked deflection off a defender. That made it 10-0 and the final whistle put the visitors out their misery.

To their credit, although well beaten the opposition hadn’t thrown in the towel and kept trying to the end but they just couldn’t cope with the slick passing and movement of the Westlands team.

Man of the Match goes to ISAAC STOREY whose four goals capped a good midfield performance.

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

Sunday 24th Nov, Somerset U18 League: WEMBDON 1  WESTLAND SPORTS 1

Westlands played an improving Wembdon side on a small pitch but a decent surface.

GEORGE WESTON rose well on 31 minutes to direct a bullet header into the Wembdon net from an Isaac Storey corner, after good work from Isaac won the corner.  This was just about a deserved lead and Rory Thomson had a great chance to increase the lead just before half only to blaze his first time close-range effort over the bar.

Wembdon started strongly in the 2nd half and took a more direct approach, 20 minutes in this was rewarded as Sports keeper Gabriel Cole came out and clattered the attacker and the ref had no choice other than award a penalty which was comfortably slotted away.

Wembdon then had a good spell where they could have gone into the lead, Gabriel Cole made some fine saves during this period.  Sports then finished the stronger and had several decent chances to secure all the points however a great display by the Wembdon keeper ensured the draw.

This was close game with differing styles, a draw was probably a fair result however both teams could have won it.

Man of the Match goes to ISAAC STOREY for a high energy display which was a constant threat to the opposition.

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

Sun 18th Nov, Somerset U18 League Cup, 1st Rnd: WESTLAND SPORTS 2 NAILSEA UTD 0

Perfect weather for the cup tie, glorious sunshine but a fresh east wind to keep the spectators on their toes. We knew nothing about our opponents as they play in the North section of the league but they are currently second top so are bound to be a useful side. Westlands looked to have a strong squad out but rumours of a birthday bash the night before were a bit of a worry.

Nailsea were the quickest to settle and they had the first attempt on goal in the 3rd minute but it was an easy save for Westlands keeper Gabriel Cole. Five minutes later the Sports defence were caught flat footed when a simple through ball put the Nailsea #10 through on goal. Luckily he rushed his shot and put it wide of the target. Westlands were beginning to settle but were a bit careless with possession and kept giving the ball away. Nailsea were a tidy side and they were passing the ball well but their attacks seemed to die out on the edge of the Westlands penalty box. It was a game delicately poised and in the 28th minute Westlands broke the deadlock with that important first goal. Lewis Trusson charged down the right wing and delivered a good cross into the Nailsea box. Luca Martin challenged for it and the ball fell to SAM FULLER who slammed it in. Nailsea tried to respond straight away with a cross into the Westlands box that was headed over the bar. With 15 minutes of the half remaining Westlands took control and began to play some good football which had the opposition on the back foot. Luca Martin met an Isaac Storey cross flush with his head but the ball slammed off the face of the bar and was cleared. The final chance of the half saw Sam Fuller fire in a strong shot which was saved by the Nailsea keeper.

It had been a tight first  half but the 1-0 lead was well deserved as Westlands had dominated the game since scoring the opening goal. Possibly Nailsea heads had gone down a bit after the goal but their management would sort that at half time so we were expecting a big push from them in the second half.

A sloppy clearance from a Westlands defender presented the visitor’s with golden chance to equalise straight away. Fortunately the Nailsea player failed to hit the target with his shot which slipped past the post. In the 57th minute came Westlands first big chance of the half. Luca Martin got up to head a Dan Ewens free kick just over the bar. It was obvious the next goal was going to be very important and Nailsea were going all out to score it. In the 58th minute a big opportunity fell to a Nailsea player but he blazed his shot over the bar from about 5 yards out ! Then a Nailsea shot was blocked as they kept up the pressure. Time was passing with Sports still in front and in the 66th minute Westlands had what looked a certain penalty denied by the referee. That was the second big penalty shout for Westlands that was waved away as they had one in the first half. Malik Kamal was now on for Westlands and it was Malik who set up the second goal with a strong run into the box where he was upended for a penalty. LUCA MARTIN drilled the spot kick low into the corner to put Sports two up with 20 minutes left on the clock. Two minutes later Malik was yellow carded for kicking the ball away at a free kick ! Westlands created the next chance when Felix Smee had a go from 20 yards but it was straight at the keeper. Then in the 82nd minute, Malik Kamal, having already been booked, got involved in some silliness with a Nailsea player which ended with yellow cards for both. That of course meant red for Malik and Westlands were faced with seeing out the last 8 minutes with 10 men. Nailsea poured forward and Westlands dropped back to protect what they had. Sports were defending a bit desperately at times but were managing to get the ball cleared somehow. Nailsea finally produced a telling pass in front of goal in the 88th minute but their player duffed his shot in front of goal and Westlands escaped again. Somehow, Sports managed to survive until the final whistle which we were relieved to hear.

It had been a bit of a struggle for the 10 men but they had survived and managed to keep a clean sheet as well ! Nailsea had missed a few sitters but having said that Westlands could have scored another couple as well. This was a good result for Sports as the opposition were top class but were just lacking that finishing touch.

Man of the match goes to DAN EWENS, who made a big contribution in both attack and defence.

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

Sun 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

Sun 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

Sun 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

Sun 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

Sun 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