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MATCH REPORTS SEASON 2021/2022
CUP WIN FOR SPORTS
Sunday 26th September.............Westlands progressed to the next round of the DPL Cup with a 5-1 victory over Swanage Town at Alvington yesterday. Sports dominated the first half playing some neat passing football and it was no real surprise when they went ahead in the 17th minute, FREDDY CHORLEY forcing the ball over the line after two attempts had been blocked. Steve Ormrod was proving a handful for the Swanage defenders and in the 33rd minute he burst through, drew the keeper and slipped the ball to LUCA MARTIN who had an easy finish. In the 39th minute the visitors pulled one back with Westlands again giving away a "gift" goal. Keeper Mark Cuff came out for a ball he was never going to get and was lobbed neatly by a Swanage forward to make it 2-1 ! Sports soon atoned for this error by regaining their 2-1 lead a minute later, DUNCAN McCABE driving in a shot from the edge of the box. Half-time 3-1.
The second half never matched up to the first as both teams got bogged down in the midfield with neither keeper really troubled. In the 88th minute however a FIN CAULDWELL shot was scooped out by a defender with his hand but the referee awarded the goal as he reckoned the ball had crossed the line. A decision which did the Swans defender a favour as the alternative decision was red card and a penalty to Sports. But the action was not finished as STEVE ORMROD thumped in a shot in the 90th minute that took a huge deflection off a defender and looped over the keeper into the back of the net making the final score 5-1.
MoM goes to skipper Adam Barratt who led from the front with an energetic 90 minutes in midfield.
Saturday 18th September............a poor effort from Westlands at Alvington yesterday, drawing 1-1 with Balti Sports in the Dorset Premier League. Westlands again had half a team "unavailable" and this time we didn't get away with it. Balti also had players missing so we should still have been capable of getting a result but we were just not up to it on the day. The problems started in the first minute. Westlands had a goal kick but chose to try and pass the ball around in their own penalty area. Predictably this ended in disaster with a Balti player having a tap in to put the visitors 1-0 up. Crazy start by the home team and things didn’t get much better. Although having most of the pressure in the remaining 44 minutes of the half, Westlands continually had too many touches in front of goal and too many crosses put into the keeper’s arms. Balti defended strongly with good blocking and a little help from the post on one occasion. Half-time 0-1.
Predictably Westlands came out strongly in the second half and eventually the pressure paid off, second half sub FINLAY CAULDWELL scrambling the ball in at the far post off a defender. As we got into the last 15 minutes things got a bit messy. Balti were determined to hang on to what they had and the temperature got a bit heated to say the least. In the final couple of minutes Balti nearly snatched all three points when a shot from about 25 yards out cannoned off the inside of the post. Full time 1-1 with neither side taking much credit from the game. MoM goes to Jon Manley who looked the classiest player on the park.
Saturday 11th September.............Westlands got back on the rails with a 4-2 victory over Bournemouth Sports but it was definitely a game of two halves at Alvington as a late flurry by the visitors brightened up a match that had looked a bit one sided in the first half. Again a much changed Westlands team took the field with unavailables adding to the normal injuries and suspensions. After a an even opening period Westlands opened the scoring in the 14th minute when MALIK KAMAL controlled the ball with his back to goal, managed to turn despite the close attention of the Bournemouth keeper and fire the ball into the back of the net from close range. Westlands quickly followed up with a second goal, a 20 yard dipping free kick from DUNCAN McCABE that flew into the far corner. Westlands were in charge now and a thumping header from STEVE ORMROD from a corner made it 3-0 after 30 minutes. Finally, a minute before half time, DUNCAN McCABE smashed a trademark low drive into the net from 20 yards to make it 4-0 at half time.
In the second half, Bournemouth, with nothing to lose, rolled up their sleeves and upped their game, taking control of the midfield. With a passive Westlands seemingly happy to protect what they had it was the visitors who did most of the pressing. However Bournemouth were unable to convert their pressure into goals although Westlands tendancy to overplay at the back did present them with a few chances. Eventually, with only 4 minutes left, a jersey tug at a corner gave Bournemouth the chance to reduce the arrears and their centre forward Jack Voisey duly slotted in the penalty. Finally in the dying seconds Bournemouth's Jack Voisey scored again with a neat header when unmarked at the far post. That made it a more realistic score line as Bournemouth had played well despite that first half. From Westlands point of view another patchy performance but another welcome three points. Duncan McCabe gets the MoM for two cracking goals and a tidy performance in midfield.
Saturday 4th September...............a 4-3 loss at Merley Cobham saw Westlands suffer their first defeat of the season. Merley came out the traps fast and blew Westlands away with 2 goals in the first ten minutes which gave the visitors a mountain to climb. Nevertheless Sports regrouped and although under constant pressure managed to get through to half time only 2 goals behind. The next goal was vital and when JOSH PAYNE slotted the ball into the corner of the net after 60 minutes it was game on. Unfortunately Westlands soon went 2 behind again when they conceded a header at the near post from a corner. However Sports were getting a bit of a grip on the game now and after some good build-up DUNCAN McCABE drilled in a low shot from 20 yards to make it 3-2. Once again Westlands were unable keep the one goal deficit for long as they conceded a scrambled goal after some indecisive defending to go 4-2 down. Once again however Westlands fought back and another DUNCAN McCABE daisycutter from 20 yards flew into the corner of the net to put Westlands back in with a shout. Unfortunately Sports couldn't find an equaliser and ended up losing by the odd goal which was quite remarkable after the first half when we could have been four or five down at half time. Things improved dramatically in the second half with the pace and movement of Josh Payne and Luca Martin causing the Merley defence some problems. Josh Payne gets man of the match for a lovely goal and two assists.
Saturday 28th August............Another sunny afternoon at Alvington and the supporters treated to another Westlands win with a 2-0 success over Dorchester Sports. The visitors could have gone ahead early on, hitting the woodwork twice, but Westlands always looked the more composed side. In the 30th minute STEVE ORMROD raced clear of the Dorch defence and slid the ball past the keeper to make it 1-0 to Westlands and that was the half-time score. In the second half Westlands dominated the game and after missing a couple of good chances JAMIE GREEN notched the second from the penalty spot to allow Westlands to relax for the remaining half hour. Jake Smeeton, who was tireless in the midfield, gets the MOM.
Tuesday 24th August..............Westlands enjoyed the summer sun last night with a 2-0 win over Bridport Reserves in the DPL. Although enjoying the majority of the possession in the first half and playing some nice football Sports failed to turn it into goals so the match was tied 0-0 at half time. All that changed two minutes into the second half when DAN EWENS drilled a shot from the left wing across the keeper into the far corner to open the scoring. On the hour mark DUNCAN McCABE rifled in a free kick from 20 yards to make it 2-0 and really that was job done. No more goals but a promising debut by new signing Finlay Cauldwell who came on for the last 20 minutes and gave the Bridport defence some problems with his pace. Another good three points and a fourth clean sheet clocked up for Sports keeper Mark Cuff but the MoM goes to Jonny Manley who is back to his imperious best this season, never put a foot wrong !
Saturday 21st August.............With Jon Manley, Dan Ewens, Josh Payne, Adam Barratt, Luca Martin, Jake Smeeton & Niall Woollard all missing our squad was stretched to the maximum but we still felt we had enough quality on the field to win this match. As Sports struggled to settle, the young and enthusiastic visitors were looking lively but couldn’t find a finishing touch. All that changed after half an hour when Westland’s youngster OLLY CRISP headed in a Duncan McCabe cross at the far post to put Sports 1-0 up. Eight minutes later skipper JAMIE GREEN burst into the Hamworthy box, eluded three defenders and stuck the ball in the bottom corner to make it 2-0 at half time.The writing was on the wall for the visitors now as Westlands took control in the second 45 and never really looked troubled from then on. With no more goals the game petered out to a fairly comfortable Westlands win in the end. MoM goes to Malik Kamal who started out wide but once he moved into centre midfield he worked hard and created some openings.
Wednesday 18th August.............Westlands injury problems mounted up with 2 more players injured during the 0-0 draw at Sturminster Newton last night. Josh Payne limped off with a hamstring pull after only 2minutes and Niall Woollard ended up in casualty after dislocating his shoulder after 25 minutes. Add these to the three players (Adam Barratt, Freddie Chorley & Olly Crisp) who were sidelined after saturday's game and it paints a rather grim picture for new manager Paul Murphy. Nevertheless Sports put up a good performance to gain a point against a strong Stur team. Sports looked the better side in the first half but in the second 45 the home team pressed hard but couldn't crack a resiliant Sports defence. A Steve Ormrod shot that slipped past the post and a strong penalty shout when Lewis Howchin was brought down from behind were Westlands best moments of the half and they lived a bit dangerously near the death with the woodwork and a super save from Mark Cuff coming to the rescue. Westlands defence looked well organised throughout and the MoM goes to Tim Trevett who looked composed in the centre of the defence.
Saturday 14th August...........Sports (and new manager Paul Murphy) got off to a winning start in the Dorset Premier League on saturday. Facing newly promoted Poole Borough, Sports got off to a flying start in the first minute when JOSH PAYNE raced through the visitor's defence, rounded the keeper, and stroked the ball into the empty net. Poole rallied after this setback and gradually put Westlands under pressure and could well have equalised before half time, Mark Cuff and a post coming to Sports rescue. In the second half Westlands took control again but the points were never safe until the 60th minute when man-of-the-match JOSH PAYNEsidefooted a low cross from Duncan McCabe into the net. Not a vintage performance from Sports who had a few players missing but it's a decent start and a welcome 3 points.