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FOR ALL THE NEWS RELATING TO OUR YOUTH TEAMS, A WEEKLY REPORT WILL BE POSTED HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

..............with a large influx of new youngsters Westland Sports Youth Section are now in need of new coaches and managers. This could be an ideal opportunity for ex-players to put something back into the game or indeed current players or young people looking to take the first step onto the coaching ladder. Enthusiastic parents/volunteers would also be welcomed and all would receive full training. Please contact Dexter on 07816 354210 for further details, these kids deserve our support !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND APRIL 7th/8th

 

Westland Apache (U8s)

Westland Apache v Ilchester Spitfires

A very hard fought game with both teams attacking from the off. Westlands strarted very strongly and scored a couple of great goals from Finlay and Harlem. Ilchester fought back and we had some excellent saves from Westlands goalkeeping ace Jessica. Ilchester fought back before Harlem finished a lovely move to score again for the Apaches. As the game wore on Westlands defended with all their might ending up winners and into the cup semis ! An excellent team performance with some great determination shown.

Player of the match Archie was magnificent !!

 

Westland Wildcats (U9s}

Westland Wildcats v Pen Mill Panthers

A great game for the Wildcats. Very very strong from the start and catching Pen Mill out with two quick goals from Callum and Ben. Our defence turned into a brick wall to deny countless attacks from Pen Mill . Great saves from Phoebe. Pen Mill got a goal which was well deserved . Fantastic effort boys and girls .

 

Westland Lynx (U12s)

Somerton Town 4 Westland Lynx 6

We only had 9 today and Kyle agreed to be in goal.

We started well with a hat trick from Harvey, before Somerton's tall and quick striker pulled one back.

Phoenix made it 4-1 before clinical finishing from Somerton's striker got them back to 4 all.

With only 5 minutes to go and end to end attacks. The ball was slipped through for Fred to run onto.

However, the useful Somerton goalie came charging out of his box, and both players got to the ball at the same time. The ball pinged out of the challenge and rolled over the line to put Westlands ahead.

With 2 minutes left Phoenix made sure of the win making it 6 - 4 to Westland.

A hard fought game in the end.

Player of the match: Fred

Well done all.

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND MARCH 10th/11th

 

Westland Apache (U8s)

Westland Apache v Wells

A very hard fought and close game against a team that has yet to lose a match. Westlands started slowly conceding early goals which seemed to wake them up and start to play football. The team fought hard for every ball and managed to level the score with fine long range efforts from midfielder Archie. As the game progressed on a very big windswept pitch Wells managed shot after shot, but were denied on numerous occasions by goalkeeping ace Jessica who gave a fine performance between the posts.

Westlands conceded 2 penalties but still never gave up , and scored again through midfielder Roman after a fine move. The whole team gave their all and man of the match Ashley was superb.

Well done everyone.

 

Westland Wildcats (U9s}

Westland Wildcats v Ilchester Gladiators

Another great game for the U9 squad in this cup tie. We found ourselves deadlocked after two evenly matched halves and even extra time could not separate the two teams !!!

Eventually after a penalty shoot out we progressed to the next round.

Great match, great spirit. Hopefully we can keep the run going !!!

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND February 24th/25th

 

Westland Pumas (U12s)

Westland Puma 2-1 Wessex

Only our 2nd match this side of Christmas but Pumas took a deserved 2-0 lead into half time with goals from Corey and Charlie. A touch of goal line technology may have made it 3-0 after Corey hit the bar and the ball bounced over the line, or did it ? The team dug in 2nd half and counter attacked Wessex with some excellent work from Ander and Sam in defence and good goal keeping from Dominic making sure Pumas earned another home victory. Man of the Match was Dominic.

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND February 3rd/4th

 

Westland Apache (U8s)

Westland Apache v Merriott Vikings

The U8's were dominant in this game from the first whistle. In muddy conditions, they battled through and started to play some great football. After an even first quarter the game then changed as Westland Apaches stepped it up a gear. Harlem was in fine finishing form in front of goal.

A great strong team performance!!!!

 

Westland Pumas (U12s)

High Holborne Shield Semi-Final : Aller Park 2 Westland Pumas 1

Our 2nd semi final this season and a game of two halves.

The first half saw Pumas with a lot of possession but creating limited chances with Aller only able to counter attack.

In the 2nd half Aller broke early and scored a ghost goal. Nobody was 100% certain the ball had crossed the line but the Aller players celebrated and eventually the Referee gave the goal without consultation.

Then within 5 minutes Aller had a 1v1 and it was 2-0.

That kick started Pumas into some of the finest fluid attacking football they have played all season.

We scored with 10 minutes to go and numerous chances were deflected or blocked before in the end time ran out. I can’t remember a more one sided match, a disappointing day but some excellent performances from Calum, Max S, Max B, Morgan, Charlie and man-of-match Ander.

 

Westland Wasps (U14s)

Westland Wasps 4 Ilchester Tigers 1

Wasps started well with Jay and Mason pouncing on Ilchester defensive errors to give us an early 2.0 lead. We controlled the game without playing fluid football and at times we were slower to the ball than our opponents. Nevertheless Dylan added a third before half time.

The 2nd half performance was improved and we started to connect our passes and control the game. Callum and Kory held centre midfield and Mason, Andrei and Connor worked hard on the wings. Defensively we were strong with Harry, Nyall, Ryan and Luke playing well. Callum Smalley didn’t have much to do but led the team well, building confidence. Dylan capped off a great performance by scoring his second goal. Joseph was fantastic in defence and passed the ball with increasing confidence, a worthy player of the match performance. Ilchester played really well and competed for everything they only had 9 men and got a well deserved consolation goal.

 

Westland Sea Kings (U16s)

Westland Sea Kings 2 Wessex Dragons 5

Tough match for the Sea Kings with the visit of the top of the league to Westfield. Nevertheless they battled hard and put up a good fight.

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND January 27th/28th

 

Westland Wildcats (U9s)

Westland Wildcats v Castle Cary

A very tight game with Ben and Reuben going close but failing to find the back of the net. A great team effort with quality passing and Harry finding a goal in the dying stages of the match . Fantastic team effort well done boys and girls 👍

 

Whirlwinds (U11)

Westland Whirlwinds v Wessex Hawks

Last game in the group stages of the cup, very good close game, with both goal keepers keeping the score low and with Westland applying plenty of pressure with no reward. Great team effort and we have successfully gone through to the semi finals. Proud coaches of the teams achievement ⚽⚽

 

Westland Lynx (U12s)

Westland Lynx 1 Bruton 2

Lynx played the top of the table team today and had we played the 1st half like we did in the 2nd half, the result could well have been different.

1st half we were slow, struggling to move, kept trying to play as individuals and not as a team.

We gave away a penalty in the first 5 mins, then near the end of the first half allowed a Bruton player to run from the half way line past every one and score !

2nd half we passed the ball more, and worked harder. Clipped the post twice before eventually Phoenix scored. We had several opportunities but either wayward shooting or brilliant defending thwarted Lynx from the equaliser.

Still the team are progressing and player of the match was shared between Elise and Fred for their work rate throughout. Well done all.

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND January 20th/21st

 

Westland Wildcats (U9s)

Westland Wildcats v Wessex Wolves

This was going to be a big test for the Wildcats today. We got caught in the early stages of the match by some quick goals but after a few subs we stabilised and started to look like we could hold our own. A great free-kick from Reuben got us back in the game but we then conceded in the final stages. Great play from all the players and we are now showing massive improvement every week.

 

Westland Wasps (U14s)

Westland Wasps 2 Martock Knights 0

The top two battle lived up to expectations with a fantastic footballing display from both sides.

Wasps shared a tight first half with both sides struggling to create clear chances. Defensively we looked strong all game with only 1 or 2 moments of concern. 0-0 half-time.

Our midfield started to impose themselves on the game in the 2nd half, and the chances started to be created. Dylan and Jay combined brilliantly to set up our first goal and Dylan’s precise flick-on was clinically finished by Jay. Two minutes later another chance and another superb finish from Jay to make it 2-0. The game then opened out and we created more chances but couldn't add to the score.

Our midfield and defending was outstanding today, Mason, Kory and Callum played very maturely and kept position and discipline well. Player of the match was Andrei for his outstanding work rate and team work. Special mentions for Connor, Harry, Nyall, Ryan, Joseph and Luke for excellent defensive work. Capt Callum also played a key role in leading and encouraging the team.

 

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND January 13th/14th

 

Westland Apache (U8s)

Westland Apache v Somerton

A great start to the New year for the team.

Every player gave their all and some fine football was on display. Goals today came from Harlem, Roman, Archie and Ashley. Player of the match went to Alfred who was rock solid in defence and a special mention to goal keeper Jess who was excellent. Well done team.

 

Westland Wildcats (U9s)

Westland Wildcats v Martock

A great game for the Wildcats with goals coming from our new left footer Reuben with an amazing turn and shot and Ben who took on the Martock defence and threaded a goal beautifully. Very strong play from everyone but a special mention to Phoebe for her amazing saves in goal. This game was just what we needed, great game, very exciting, well done to all players.

 

Westland Whirlwinds (U11)

Westland Whirlwinds v Merriott Raiders

Great all round team performance, several chances for us, hitting the bar once and post twice, the game was very even and end to end entertainment. Victor made some great saves and a great goal from Tom following in from a shot for a tap in. Also 2 excellent opportunities taken by Sonny. The team performance was excellent today, with the defence holding tight for our best performance of the season. Man of the match went to Harry for another solid display in defence. Great team effort with everyone giving 100%.

 

Westland Pumas (U12s)

Westland Pumas had no match this weekend.

 

Westland Lynx (U12s)

Westland Lynx 3 Stoke 7

Our first game of 2018 against undefeated Stoke who have averaged 9 goals a game! Unfortunately, we only had 9 players so there would be no opportunity for a rest.

We rode our luck and had a few chances to score in the first 20 mins, but Stoke finally found the net and went in half time 2 nil up.

The second half the team battled away and it was great to see such positive attitudes, hard work and effort. Even though you could see that they were all exhausted.

The final score was 3-7, with goals from Phoenix, Harvey and Fred.

Player of the match shared between Logan and Elise.

Well done guys.

 

Westland Wasps (U14s)

Westland Wasps 5 Stoke Glovers 0

2nd V 3rd battle which was key to our challenge for top spot. Stoke played well and were better than the score suggested. We played really well in spells and controlled the game for long periods. Great defensive display from Luke, Ryan, Connor and Nyall (supported by Harry and Joe).

When we moved the ball quickly we created chances, Kory and Callum held midfield together. Notable displays from Mason, Andrei and Dylan. Player of the match was Jay for his work rate team play and goals.

 

Westland Sea Kings (U16s)

Westland Sea Kings 2 Wessex Hurricanes 2 (AET, Sea Kings won 5-3 on penalties)

Westlands moved into the next round of the Yeovil Youth Shield with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win.

 

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND December 9th/10th

 

The weather was the winner this weekend with only one of our teams managing to play. The Pumas braved the elements and kept their good run of form going with an excellent win over the team in second place in the league.

 

Westland Pumas (U12s)

Westland Puma 7 Cheddon 3

Wow, what a day torrential rain, cold and goals galore. Westland knew they were in for a physical match but an excellent team performance and passing game provided the key to success goals from Charlie 3, Sam, Max B, Harry & OG - Charlie terrorised the Cheddon defence second half and deserved his “PLAYA” hat.

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND December 2nd/3rd

 

Westland Apache (U8s)

Westland Apache v Street

Westlands never gave up in what proved to be a very tough game. Great effort by the whole team with great goals from Archie (2), Harlem and Finley. Man of the match going to Alfred who was superb in defence. Well done.

 

Westland Wildcats (U9s)

Westland Wildcats v Aller Park Rangers

This was a game we could have won, but we failed to score on many occasions and were punished for every miss, one consolation goal from Leon

 

Westland Whirlwinds (U11)

Westland Whirlwinds v Aller Park Rangers

A very one sided game, with Aller having 5 JPL players in the team it was always going to be a hard game. Goals from Sonny and Jack J helped bring back a smile to the team.

 

Westland Pumas (U12s)

Westland Puma 10 Westland Lynx 0

A historic day to my knowledge the first time Westland youth teams have been drawn together in the cup.

Lynx started very brightly and an upset was on the cards. 3 or 4 attacks down the right wing caused problems for Pumas however a scrappy goal from a corner that Harry converted set the Pumas on the way. Further goals from Corey 4, Charlie 2, Max B, Sam and an OG sent Pumas into the next round.

Man of the Match was defender Liam. He had one job to help the team keep a clean sheet, sounds easy looking at the score but it was closer than that.

 

Westland Lynx (U12s)

Westland Pumas 10 Westland Lynx 0

I think that all would agree that for the first 10 plus minutes, Lynx dominated and had several opportunities.

Unfortunately for Lynx, from a corner that was not cleared, Pumas were presented with a simple tap in. I believe that goal provided the Pumas with the confidence to play and it was 4-0 at half time.

The second half saw a few simple errors being made by Lynx and with legs tiring against the talented Charlie and Corey up front, the goals came fairly easily.

Although the scoreline was 10-0, I felt really proud of the team for the effort applied.

Player of the match was Fred for his tireless running down the wing and his determination to win the ball in challenges, especially as he is a year younger and a wee bit smaller. Well done team.

 

Westland Wasps (U14s)

Ilminster Giants 1 Westland Wasps 8

A real giant killing performance today from Wasps. A very physical Ilminster side were not able to control the midfield skill and pace of Wasps today. Callum St, Kory, Mason and Andrei were terrific in midfield today. A solid defensive line of Callum Sm, Joe, Harry, Ryan and Luke snuffled out the danger while Dylan and Jay posed lots of threat in attack. Goals came from Jay 3, Dylan 2, Mason, Andrei, and a header from Kory. Wonderful passing game from the midfield and fantastic movement upfront were the cornerstones of success. Kory was at the heart of everything we did today and was rightly player of the match. Coaches very proud.

 

Westland Sea Kings (U16s)

No game this week.

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND November 25th/26th

 

Westland Apache (U8s)

No game this week.

 

Westland Wildcats (U9s)

The Wildcats played Perry Street at Westfield. A very strong start from the visitors straight from the off put us on the back foot , but we battled on and stopped the onslaught with goals from Ben and Callum. Harry hit the bar and post many times but Lady Luck was not with us ! A great game nonetheless!! Our parents player of the match from last week was Phillip ! Well deserved choice !

 

Westland Whirlwinds (U11)

No game this week.

 

Westland Pumas (U12s)

Wessex 3 Westland Pumas 1

The Semi final of the Bill Bissett Cup saw a frantic first half with both teams playing attacking football but unfortunately Westland turned round 2-0 behind at half time. The Pumas continued to play attacking football against a physical side however a consolation goal from Charlie was well deserved. Great performances today from Liam, Morgan, Max, Ander, Charlie, Max and Man of the Match Dominic.

 

Westland Lynx (U12s)

Cup Semi-final: Castle Cary 1 Westland Lynx 6

After 2 minutes we were 1 nil down and it took us a while to equalise.

But goals from Harvey 2, Phoenix 2, Elise & Fred sealed the win.

Player of the Match is Fred for great work both attacking and defending. Well done team.

 

Westland Wasps (U14s)

Perry Street 1 Westland Wasps 10

Westland Wasps won 10-1 against Perry Street U14s. A good team display throughout the team with every player contributing. Goals from Dylan 3, Callum 2, Andrei 2, Mason, Connor and Jay. Player of the match was Nyall for some excellent defending supported by Joe.

 

Westland Sea Kings (U16s)

Ilminster Tigers 4 Westland Sea Kings 0

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND November 18th/19th

 

Westland Apache (U8s)

Westland were behind in the first 5 minutes but regrouped and battled back with goals from Finley and Archie. It was a very close, hard fought game throughout but Westlands never gave up and hit the post on more than one occasion. All in all a fine team performance with maximum effort shown.

Player of the match was goal keeper Jessica Ballam who made some superb saves, keeping the match so tight. Well done.

 

Westland Wildcats (U9s)

Westlands were on top throughout most of the match and played an amazing game in difficult circumstances against a good Ilminster side. Harry, Ben, and Callum all scored goals but many opportunities were missed nevertheless a good result in the end.

 

Westland Whirlwinds (U11)

In a hard fought game against Pen Mill we took an early lead, which we failed to hold onto. Then the crossbar and goal line clearances prevented us adding more goals. In the end Sonny had 2 and Jack J had 1. Well played boys.

 

Westland Pumas (U12s)

Ilchester 2 Westland Puma 5

We were 2-0 down at half time in this league match but it was definitely against the run of play. Westlands came out fired up for the second half and were level at 2-2 minutes after the 2nd half kicked off. Westlands passing game paid off and in the end a it was a well deserved 5-2 victory. Goals from 2 ex-Ilchester players Corey & Charlie, with Sam (2) and Morgan also getting on the scoresheet. Man of the match went to Max B.

 

Westland Lynx (U12s)

The Lynx had an U12 cup game this week against Pen Mill Lionesses and won 11-0 !

These matches can be difficult. The players all want to push forward, stay up and not come back to defend. That's why the MOTM was awarded to 2 players, Elise & Daniel, for being disciplined, remaining in their positions and continuing to do the job they should being doing for the team. So a good effort guys

Our goal scorers were Phoenix 4, Harvey, Liam & Kyle had 2 each and Fred had 1.

Well done team and Castle Cary await in the semi-final next weekend.

 

Westland Wasps (U14s)

Wessex Pumas 2 Westland Wasps 5

An excellent win for the Wasps that keeps them in third spot in the league table.

 

Westland Sea Kings (U16s)

No game for the Sea Kings this week.

Next week it’s away to high flying Ilminster Tigers – a good game to win !

 

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND NOVEMBER 4th/5th

After two weeks out due to half-term the leagues resumed again on Saturday/sunday.

 

In Division 1 of the Under 12s league Westland Pumas took on league leaders Montacute and found it hard going eventually losing 11-2. The Pumas currently sit in 5th place (of 7) in the table with 2 wins and 4 losses from their 6 games.

 

It was better news from Division 3 of the U12s league where Westland Lynx continued their good form with a 10-1 win over Pen Mill Lionesses. This win puts them in 2nd place (of 7) in the table having played 5, won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 so an rxcellent season so far.

 

Moving up to Under 14s league Division 2, the Westland Wasps match was postponed but they remain in a healthy position having won won 3, drawn 1 and lost 2 of their 6 games and that record puts them in 3rd place (of 8) in the league table so they are going along nicely.

 

No game either for the Westland Sea Kings in the Under 16s league so they remain down in 7th position (of 9) in the table with 1 win and 1 draw from their 6 games.

 

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND OCTOBER 14th/15th

 

CUP WIN FOR LYNX

This week's headliners are Westland Lynx (U12s) who upset the odds with a thrilling 3-2 win away to Merriott Eagles in the cup. As the opposition are currently 3rd in Division 2 and Lynx are in Division 3, this was an outstanding win. Manager Alan Pilton reported "After last week's display I was looking for a response from the team and I got one ! Early on the impressive Elise was bundled over in the box but Liam, who had won the Presentation Day penalty competition, had his shot from the spot saved. However, we shortly went one up from a deflected own goal but Merriott equalised just before half time to make it 1-1. In the second half we rode our luck as Merriott pressed. Freddie pulling off several good saves, with some help from the post and crossbar ! We played well on the break scoring two more goals, both from Phoenix, to make it 3-1. During the last 10 minutes Merriott pushed more players forward and after they scored to make it 3-2 we had to battle and defend solidly to avoid extra time. Man of the Match was Liam with some brave and determined defending. Well done team".

 

Westland Sea Kings (U16s) went down 7-3 at home to Merriott Wildcats in a league match. Westlands played well in the first half but a poor second half saw the game slip away until we rallied a bit in the last 10 minutes.

 

Westland Pumas (U12s) picked up their second win with a 7-1 victory over Yeovil Town Ladies in a league match.

 

After their good win last week it was back down to earth with a bump for Westland Wasps (U14s) as they went down 4-1 at home to Pen Mill Predators.

 

YOUTH TEAM ROUNDUP FOR WEEKEND OCTOBER 7th/8th

 

WASPS STUN KNIGHTS

 

Westland Wasps (U14s) took the headlines this week when they pulled off a shock result beating league leaders Martock Knights 3-2 away from home. It was a superb effort with great leadership throughout the team. After going 1-0 down, a 35 yard screamer from Callum drew us level. Then an own goal and a really well taken winner from Kory secured the three points. Superhuman defending from Ryan, Luke, Harry and captain Callum, who took the man-of-the-match award, contained a very fast and skilful Knights attack.

 

Harlem, Archie, Roman, Finley and Jess all got on the score sheet for Westland Apache (U8s) in a great game. All the team played in various positions with no complaints, great effort and attitude throughout.

 

Westland Wildcats (U9s) had a tough baptism this weekend but things will soon improve as the team spirit is there.

 

Westland Whirlwinds (U11) all played really well and managed to score a few goals so an enjoyable game.

 

A 5-0 victory saw Westland Pumas (U12s) pick up their first win of the season so this was an important milestone for the team. It was a good display so hopefully this victory will instil some confidence for the upcoming games.

 

Westland Lynx (U12s)

The unbeaten run since the start of the season (2 wins and a draw) came to an abrupt end when we were taught a lesson in football by a very good Stoke team. So far this season Stoke have scored double figures in every game they have played and sunday was no exception as they beat us 11-1. Phoenix scored our consolation goal.

 

Westland Sea Kings (U16s)

Unfortunately lost 5-3 away to Bruton in an excellent match. Good display by the team who now have 4 points from their five opening matches.

 

SEPTEMBER SNIPPETS

After all the pre-season planning by the hard-working volunteers, the Youth Section teams are now up and running for the new season. For the Under 6 to Under 11 teams the matches are non-competitive so no scores or league tables are recorded however over the course of the season we hope to be able to bring you some news from these teams. For the older sides from Under 12 to Under 16 we will be able to keep you updated with details of their matches plus any rumours, gossip etc.

This first report is just a quick resume of how the teams have kicked off their season so far.

The WESTLAND PUMAS, who had a good season last year, have found it hard going in Division 1 of the U12s League and have yet to pick up a point after 3 games. However, with their next match at home to the bottom side, hopefully they will soon get that first win to build confidence.

In the U12 Division 2, WESTLAND LYNX have had a better start to their season being undefeated with a win and a draw from their 2 games, so a promising start for them.

In Division 2 of the U14 League the WESTLAND WASPS are ‘buzzing’ (!) with an impressive record of played 3, won 2, drawn 1. An excellent start to the season which sees them currently in 2nd place in the table.

Moving up to the U16 Division 2, the WESTLAND SEA KINGS picked up their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw at Stoke on Sunday. Well done to them, hopefully now turning things round after 2 early season defeats.

We will continue with these updates on a regular basis so any snippets of news, match reports, photos etc will be welcomed. Please forward any input to Dexter or Alan (alan@lamont99.plus.com).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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