Westerfield United

The Swans started their home league programme against a Haughley team who had inflicted a 4-0 defeat on Bourne Vale in their opening game of the season the previous Saturday. With Jack Allen unavailable, Brad Culf was restored to right full back. The Swans were dealt a body blow after just five minutes when the influential Craig Stuart was forced to retire with a calf injury meaning a reshuffle that put Spreads and Deans pre-match plans into disarray. The visitors drew first blood when the Swans failed to deal with a ball into the box allowing Richardson to rifle a shot into the net. The Swans levelled when Gosling left two defenders in his wake before pulling the ball back to North who finished well to register his first goal for the club. Haughley started to get on top ad Beal was certai8nly the busier of the two keepers saving well from Blow and making a tremendous save from Lytees’ close range header. However, he was at fault for Haughley’s second goal when his mis-timed punch fell to the feet of Golding who netted from six yards. Haughley had the bit between their teeth now and Beal certainly atoned for his earlier error with two fine saves although he was beaten by Turners low shot but luckily for the Swans the ball hit the bottom of the upright and rebounded to safety. Half-time came with the consensus amongst Swans supporters that we were a bit fortunate to be only one goal behind. Banthorpe was introduced early into the second half and he soon made his mark, skipping past a challenge before threading the ball through to Keinzley, who controlled well before advancing a finishing past Holland in the Haughley goal to level things up. The Swans had come more into the game but fell behind when Holland was adjudged to have pushed Golding in the back, a decision which from where I stood looked the correct one. Richardson despatched the resultant penalty with aplomb to give the visitors the lead once again. One thing about Westerfield, we never give up and with time running out Gosling arrived unmarked into the Haughley box to get on the end of a deep cross and fire low into the corner. So, from looking distinctly second best in the first half it looked as if we were to gain a point but we were badly caught out when our attack was broken up and Percy, totally unmarked had a free run into our box and although Beal parried his shot the rebound fell to Lytees who gleefully knocked the ball into the gaping net two minutes into stoppage time to give Haughley the points. I suppose that Haughley will think that they deserved the win as they could and perhaps should have been out of sight after the first period but the Swans rallied well in the second half and will be aggrieved that they came out of the game with nothing, especially after the third goal looked to have rescued a point for them. At present we have too many round pegs in square holes and certainly losing Craig Stuart early on didn’t help our cause but we need to take heart from our never say die attitude that nearly salvaged a point. Spreads and Dean are having a bit of a rough time at the moment with the loss of so many players pre-season but I’m sure that they will be working hard to rectify the situation. It’s not much fun as a manager when things are not going well (and believe me, I know..!!) but sometime you just have to knuckle down and make the best of it and hope that the light at the end of the tunnel is not too far away. Brad Culf had a decent game and Aaron Beal made some fine stops, especially in the first half, whilst James North and Isaac Keinzley both worked hard, at times having to feed on scraps and both took their goals very well but Ian Gosling just pipped Bealy for man of the match with an assist and a well take goal, if only we could get him playing further forward. As for Haughley, ex Swan Josh Lytees was a good target man for them all afternoon whilst James Hawkins looked a good player and got forward to very good effect, especially in the first forty five minutes. Will Richardson and Tom West also had good games for the visitors but Reece Golding for me was undoubtedly their man of the match. His ability to go past players and his superb link up play made him a very big thorn in our side all afternoon and he also weighed in with a well taken goal. A word also for Mr Whitley the referee and his two officials, John Hogan and Trevor Standring who all worked well as a team in what was an enjoyable game (apart from the result if you’re a Swans supporter) to watch. Next up is Bramford at home next Saturday with a 2.30 kick off, hopefully we can get our first points of the season though unfortunately I am away for that one but am sure a certain person will keep me up to date with the way the game is going. Cheers Gordon.

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Posted: Monday, September 2 2019 by PHILIP GREENHALGH

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