25-28 August 2020
Pegasus Juniors 2 Westfields 3 (away view)
Westfields and Hereford Pegasus served up an exciting cup tie at Old School Lane Thursday night in front of a good-size crowd as Westfields retained the Dennis Hartland Trophy with a hard-fought 3-2 win.
During a goal-less first half both sides had opportunities to have opened the scoring but Aidan Thomas and Richard Greaves both went close for the visitors whilst Pegasus were thwarted on two occasions by outstanding saves from Steve Sarkodie in the visitors’ goal who tipped over a fierce drive from Miles Langford and then kept out a low shot at the foot of the post.
However, after the break Westfields took the lead with a cracking goal from 25yds when Umar Basit let fly into the bottom corner of the net to give Westfields the lead.
However, Pegasus came storming back and Miles Langford seized on a hesitant Westfields defence to level the scores from close range.
Westfields then went ahead 2-1 when a cross from the right was headed home powerfully at the far post by Richard Greaves to put Westfields back in front.
Westfields then extended their lead with a cracking goal after Greaves was brought down outside the penalty area and Ben Miller curled a cracking free kick into the top left hand corner to put Westfields 3-1 in front.
However, the home side kept going and again it was Langford who seized on an opportunity to reduce the arrears with another goal from close range whilst Keanu Cooper twice had opportunities to increase Westfields’ lead to 4-2 but he missed from close range when through on goal.
The trophy was presented by Mrs Jacqui Hartland (the widow of the late Dennis Hartland) to the Westfields Captain, Sam Rawlings, after the game.
Bristol Manor Farm 3 Westfields 2 (away view)
Westfields gave a good display at Southern League South & West Bristol Manor Farm Tuesday night but suffered a 3-2 defeat in an entertaining game from start to finish.
Westfields fell behind in the early stages when a mix-up in the Westfields defence allowed the home striker an easy tap-in at the far post. However, Westfields hit back in the awful windy conditions when a Billy Murphy corner-kick high into the Bristol Manor Farm penalty area was nudged over the line by a Bristol defender whilst trying to clear.
Westfields then had a number of chances to have increased their lead when good approach play saw one or two chances go across the box and Richard Greaves was only inches away from putting Westfields ahead from a Basit Umar cross. However, the home side went 2-1 in front just before the interval when a superb through ball caught the Westfields defence square and the Bristol striker went through to score low past Stephen Sarkodie.
However, within minutes of the re-start Westfields drew level when Richard Greaves fired low into the corner of the net to put Westfields on level terms and set up an exciting second half. Both sides had opportunities in the difficult windy conditions but Bristol Manor Farm scored the winner with just ten minutes to go when a clinical finish saw the home side win the match. Westfields gave a good display in very difficult windy conditions.
Westfields now look forward to Thursday night’s Dennis Hartland Trophy match away at Pegasus Juniors, kick-off 7.45pm, at Old School Lane. Westfields’ scheduled home match with Sporting Khalsa on Saturday has been postponed due to preparations for the FA Cup tie with Brocton on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.45pm, at allpay.park. Westfields also have a number of injury doubts which they are trying to recover for the FA Cup.
Lydney Town 1 Malvern Town 1 (away view)
On Tuesday night Malvern Town played out a 1-1 draw in what proved to be a physical battle in the wind and rain at Premier Division Lydney Town.
The first action saw a strike from Matt Turner zip off the turf to bring a save out of the home ‘keeper. Shortly afterwards, George Hayes curled an effort wide as we enjoyed most of the early possession without creating too many clear-cut chances. A corner caused problems for the home side and as the loose ball fell to Adam Sauntson, he failed to make a proper connection and the opportunity was lost.
Our higher level hosts had their first sight of goal on 18 minutes when Kear beat the offside trap only to fire into the side-netting. It sparked a spell of pressure as Rutter stung the palms of James Loader as the resulting corner was cleared from right in front of goal. Next to try his luck was Maguire-Hamblett before the deadlock was broken on 25 minutes when Thompson found the next with a low strike.
As we looked to hit back, Harry Clark delivered an inviting ball into the danger zone where Turner just failed to latch onto the ball and took a knock for his troubles. With the wind and rain making life difficult, the ‘keeper was alert to clear ahead of young Nathan Chowns-Higgs. Loader did well on 37 minutes to save from the lively Thompson who found a way through the heart of our back-line.
At the other end, Joe Billingham was denied by the ‘keeper who then clattered into Turner in our next raid. As half-time approached, Chowns-Higgs dragged an effort wide but for all of our possession, it was the home side who had the best chance as Thompson fired over.
With six changes at the break, we almost fell further behind within minutes of the restart but soon got into our stride with a slick move that ended with Joe Bullock threading through Turner who was thwarted by a block from the ‘keeper.
The ‘keeper was then lucky not to concede a penalty as we won a free-kick on the edge of the area which saw Louis Loader fire into the defensive wall and as the ball stayed alive, Lewis Platt was unlucky. The tackles were flying in from both sides with a number of yellow cards issued as well as James Febery having a spell in the sin-bin for dissent.
We were becoming sloppy with our passing and almost paid the price when Elliott went close. As the clock ticked down, Loader saved well before we got a deserved equaliser when a pinpoint Clark cross was met sweetly by the head of Bullock to give the ‘keeper no chance.
It was to be the last real action of the game as the final ten minutes saw both teams huff and puff without troubling either ‘keeper.