Westerfield United

So, another season done and dusted. It would have been nice to sign off with a win but it was always going to be hard against this seasons’ champions Cranes. As it was, we put in what could be best described as a lukewarm performance and ended up on the wrong end of a 4-1 score line, which probably flattered us in truth as Cranes were better in every department on the day. After a quality performance midweek against Achilles it was a case of ‘After the Lord Mayors Show’ as we struggled to contain a Cranes side rich in skill and experience. Dean Cooper was forced into donning the gloves against his former club as Beal had a sickness bug. Cranes came at the Swans from the start and after neat play down the right flank, Blades with his hundredth goal for the club put the home side one up. We lost Dunn early on through injury with Wade replacing him. Cranes then doubled their lead when Blades turned provider, his low cross being swept home by Fike. At this time, we were chasing shadows although a header from Wade was only just off target. Ince’s cross-cum-shot struck the inside of the post and bounced back out but less than thirty seconds later the Swans were given a route back into the game when Van Oene inadvertently overhit a back pass that trickled past Fairweather into the net. Dean Cooper denied Fike with a good stop and half-time came with Cranes good value for their lead. Cranes began the second half as they had the first and a timely challenge from Horn halted Blades when he was in full flow. Blades then screwed his shot wide of the upright but then forced Paul Seward into a rash challenge resulting in a penalty which Leggett despatched. Thr Swans had a great chance to reduce the arrears but an unmarked Watson couldn’t guide his header on target and the chance was gone. This was to be the last chance of note for the Swans and Blades outstripped the Swans defence to fire home a fourth and only some heroics from Dean Cooper in the Swans goal kept the score line down, twice denying Fike from close range. Cranes received their league trophy immediately after the game and there are few that would argue that it wasn’t fully deserved. Mo Fike and James Blades were quality all afternoon with the latter having a particularly good game, scoring twice and instrumental in both other goals. Teon Leggett was also a contender for man of the match but at the finish I gave it to Liam Jennings, perhaps a bit of an unsung hero amongst the Cranes ranks. He hardly wasted a pass all afternoon, kept the ball moving quickly and was one step ahead in thought throughout the game with some precision passing. As for the Swans, we looked a bit jaded and most of us hardly got out of second gear but in fairness it was our third hard game in seven days so perhaps there were a few tired legs out there. Dean Cooper got the man of the match award for some great and some unorthodox stops, with Adam Horn one of the few others to come out of the game with much credit. A quick review will see that we have surpassed last seasons’ points total and have reached the last eight of the Senior Cup and Bob Coleman Cup so the club is definitely on the up. A poor league run at the turn of the year saw us finish in twelfth spot, the same as last season but there is little doubt that we have improved as a club and Spreads and Coops deserve a lot of credit for their time and commitment throughout the season as do the squad of players who have always tried to be competitive regardless of the opposition and this has made us a more difficult team to beat than in previous seasons. Onto the reserves now who finished third in the Intermediate ‘A’, a great season and Woodsy and Froudy along with the players can feel justifiably proud of their final position and but for a couple of poor results could well have finished runners up with Trimley the runaway and deserved winners. Off the field I would like to take this opportunity to thank our strong and hardworking committee for ensuring that our club is run on good foundations with everybody playing their part. Thanks also to our loyal sponsors, especially Steve Smith for their continued generosity. The presentation night is this coming Saturday (11th May) at Rushmere, commencing at seven o’clock and I look forward to seeing all those connected with this great club then. The very best of luck to Achilles the Senior Cup final tomorrow evening, I'm sure they will give a good account of themselves. In conclusion I would just like to say I always try to be fair with these notes and say it as I see it, perhaps not to the liking or agreement of some but you can’t please everybody. For those that like to read the scratchings of an old git, I’ll be back next season. Enjoy the summer..!!

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Posted: Thursday, May 9 2019 by PHILIP GREENHALGH

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