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23 September 2020

THE EMIRATES FA CUP Round One Qualifying

Westfields 1 Worksop Town 3

Westfields sadly went out of the Emirates FA Cup First Round Qualifying when they were beaten 3-1 at home last night by visiting Northern Premier League side Worksop Town.  Worksop proved to be a tough, strong, aggressive, powerful side and recovered from Westfields’ early goal to record a 3-1 victory at allpay.park. 

However, it was Westfields who opened up the game in a very strong fashion when Joel Edwards burst through the visitors’ defence in only the 3rd minute but his shot cleared the crossbar.  However, Edwards redeemed himself in the 8th minute when he put Westfields ahead with a superb strike from outside the penalty area to surprise the visitors with a cracking opening goal. However, Worksop Town were soon back in the game and Steve Sarkodie twice took high crosses under pressure in the Westfields goal. 

However, the visitors drew level in the 33rd minute when Paul Hurrell was adjudged to have tackled from behind and the visitors equalised from the penalty spot when Vaughan Redford converted the penalty kick.  Five minutes later Worksop Town took the lead when fullback Connor Smythe raced down the left-hand side and hit a fine left-foot shot into the far corner to put the visitors ahead and then right on the stroke of half time Luke Hinsley beat the Westfields offside trap to race through and fire across the diving Steve Sarkodie to give Worksop a 3-1 interval lead.

After the break Worksop’s strong tackling gave Westfields very little opportunity to get back into the game despite both wingers Dan Stoneman and Sid Grant trying to create openings. The game became untidy and littered with free kicks and a number of players received yellow cautions and in the 80th minute Emmanuel Bam was sent off along with Connor Smythe for a tangle which resulted in both players getting red cards. Westfields tried immensely hard to get back into the game but the Worksop big, strong, powerful defence stood firm whilst Westfields at the back also gave a good strong display.

Westfields now go forward with 2 further away games in the Hellenic League Premier Division when on Saturday they visit Easington Sports, kick-off 3pm at Banbury, and then next Tuesday visit local rivals Lydney Town, away, kick-off 7.45pm at Lydney. 

Whyteleafe 2 Binfield 0 (Report from Dave Wright)

Binfield are out of the Emirates FA Cup after losing 2-0 at Isthmian League club Whyteleafe on Tuesday night.
"It was a disappointing performance from us," admitted player-manager Carl Withers. "In the first half we probably showed them a bit too much respect and we didn't impose ourselves on them as much as we should have done. We had chances to change the game with a goal which we didn't take."

The Moles made several changes to the side that had defeated Westfields 2-0 in the Uhlsport Hellenic League the previous Saturday and were also missing Asa Povey, who is nursing a ligament injury.

There was little to choose between the two teams early on, both showing plenty of pace and movement when going forwards. but it was the powerfully-built home No. 9, Omari Hibbert, who offered the main threat, bursting through the Binfield defence before firing just wide of the far post. After having to clear three corners in quick succession, the Moles went close to taking the lead when Gallimore launched a long throw into the danger area, but the ball was scrambled away from in front of goal. Whyteleafe, who had scored four goals in each of their previous two games, continued to look the more dangerous side in the final third and the pressure paid off in the 37th minute.  

There was a claim the ball had gone out of play in the build-up, but Binfield's defence tried to stem an attack, only to concede a penalty which led to Tom Willment being booked and keeper Chris Grace being given no chance by Ryan Gondoh's spot-kick. "I don't think it was a penalty as he won the ball," commented Withers.

Soon afterwards, Grace came to his side's rescue when rushing out to block Hibbert's path as the striker outpaced four Binfield players. The Moles never found it easy to prise open the east Surrey side's defence, but Gallimore's high, dropping throw-in continued to cause problems and, from one of them, Sean Moore blazed over the bar.

Their hopes of getting on level terms ended just after the hour mark when they were caught out by a swift breakaway down their left flank. Grace did well to get down to stop Gondoh, but the ball ran loose and the home No. 11 made no mistake at the second attempt, firing home a left-footer from an angle for this sixth goal of the season. Grace went on to make another fine save, while at the other end Willmett was not far away from pulling back a goal which Binfield would have deserved, but Whyteleafe were still good value for their win.

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Division One East

Holyport 0 Wokingham & Emmbrook 4 (Report by Neil Maskell )

Can there be another set of local non-league enthusiasts who have suffered more than the good burghers of Wokingham over the past twenty years or so? Losing their long held Isthmian League status, losing their quaint old ground and losing for a long period even the ability to host football in their home town.

On the evidence of Tuesday’s night’s decisive win in an all-Berkshire affair at Holyport it seems at least that even at this early stage of the season that the Satsumas have a punchers chance of regaining Step 5 soccer in these embryonic days of their fifth straight season at Step 6. Joint managers Dan Bateman and Matt Eggleston, however, will be far too savvy to contemplate a return to the Hellenic Prem at this stage, let alone a return to Wokingham’s glory days of the 80s and early 90s.

In front of 72 impressed spectators on a sultry evening at Summerleaze the visitors gave the hosts a lesson in finishing. No mean feat also to keep a clean sheet against a ‘Port side who looked well set for promotion last season before Lockdown. The sides exchanged chances in a cagey opening to this derby. Marcus Guest stabbed a presentable opening wide at the near post from a Sumas corner before Gus Burton cut in from the left and let fly for the hosts with a curling effort palmed over by Sean Woodward.

Sumas led inside twenty minutes. Jake White allowed a pass to come onto his right foot before sending a splendid first-time effort into the top corner. White then shot over the top after a pull back from the right and the busy Sumas frontman saw his near post header kept out by a smart save by former Maidenhead United ‘keeper Warren Carter.

The Port ended the half in the ascendancy. Firstly they had loud shouts for an apparent handball in the area waved away before Sam Whitfield smashed an effort over the top after Josh Waldron had headed back across goal. Alan Akerman saw a goalbound shot deflected over on the half time whistle but that momentum dissipated barely two minutes into the second half when a Wokingham corner was bundled into the Holyport net by an unfortunate Holyport player – captain Adam Sharp looking like the guilty party. Midway through the half the game was up when Luke Scope was released one-on-one to finish expertly and there was still scope for a further goal by Luke at the death as he capitalised on an unfortunate fumble by Carter.

Friendly Fixture

Mavern Town Development 3 New Dales Vale 0

Mavern Town Development team ran out 3-0 winners over New Dales Vale in their latest pre-season friendly outing. With a number of first-team players involved to gain valuable playing time, we started the game slowly but eventually got into our passing stride with some neat passages of play, albeit we were guilty of giving the ball away cheaply at times.

We opened the scoring when a great pass from James Febery picked out Matt Tristam whose cross was seized upon by Nathan Chowns Higgs. It wasn’t long before our second goal arrived when a knock-back from James Febery picked out Chowns Higgs who was brave to head home. The back three were looking solid and keeping an attacking intentions from our visitors at bay. We were able to add a third goal before the break when Jack Davies’ persistence paid off and he was able to carve out a chance for Chowns Higgs which he tucked away with confidence to complete his hat-trick.

Multiple changes were made for the second period and we were able to control proceedings for the majority without adding to the scoring. Goalkeeper, James Loader, was very much a spectator as we limited our opponents to very few sightings of goal, whilst both Lanre Giwa and Morgan Skidmore were unlucky not to get their names on the scoresheet as it ended in a 3-0 triumph.

“I was very pleased with the way that we played overall,” said assistant manager, Rich Bray, who was filling in for Peter Daffin who was absent. “We started a little slowly but gained plenty of confidence as the game went on. We scored three good goals and I was also delighted that we were able to keep a clean sheet and restrict them to very few chances. It was great to see young Ben Febery back in action following his super cricketing exploits at the weekend and he looked sharp. We are fortunate to have a number of very talented up-and-coming players on our books at the moment. A lot of them have impressed during pre-season and it is exciting to see what they can go on to achieve. Matt Tristam and Jake Churchill both deserve a special mention for their performances and now we look forward to what will be a tough WFA Saturday Junior Cup tie on Saturday away at Kidderminster Harriers Under-21s.”