Westerfield United

With Phil away for a few days in the sin bin of Dublin (scouting mission?) a junior correspondent was called in to pick the bones out of Westerfield v Bramford.
Neither side had so far registered a league win and were anxious to grab a valuable 3 points to kickstart their season. Westerfield were forced to field a makeshift back four, Craig Stuart out with a calf injury. We were dealt a further blow when Berky limped off early doors with a hamstring problem, Ashton Banthorpe taking over for his final appearance before his world tour....good luck with that! We dominated the initial quarter with both full backs, Jack Allen and Ian Gosling, providing pace and drive. Jack burst through on his own to chip the keeper but the ball dropped narrowly wide. Two minutes later there were no takers for his low cross and then Ian combined with Ashton to force a save. Surely a goal had to come......and it did, at the other end. An astute pass was collected wide and crossed for Alex Bowell to finish confidently. We retaliated and Jack Tierney had his shot palmed over before Sam Holland's header from the corner went the same way. James North pounced on a defensive lapse but his angled shot hit the bar. Jack T. shot wide from 20 yards and half time arrived with Westerfield amazingly a goal in arrears.
Westerfield started the second half as they finished the first and were rewarded after only 5 minutes. A superb run by Ian,an exchange of passes with Northy and Jack T. was there to sweep home an accurate cross. Justice had been done and more pressure followed. Harry Evans curled a free kick wide while Bramford produced a similar effort at the other end.We then threw the match away with a kamikaze 4 minutes. First the ball was given away in the box for Jorge Hernandez to smash into the roof of the net. Then we were caught out in a 3 on 3 situation ending with James Bowell ramming in a low 12 yarder to further demoralise the Swans. Efforts to climb back into the match were met with stubborn Bramford resistance and a succession of substitutions made little difference.
Bramford ran out 3-1 winners having converted their few chances. On another day Westerfield could have scored six but suffered in front of goal after some enterprising approach play. Supporter Terry Tricker selected Harry Evans as MOTM for a determined, athletic display in an unaccustomed centre back position. We move on to Old Newton next week hoping tp break the points duck. PETE W.

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Posted: Sunday, September 8 2019 by PHILIP GREENHALGH

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