On the first real hot day of 2013 tempers nearly boiled over at times as Westfield drew 1-1 with rivals South Kilburn.
Westfield welcomed back Damien Panter to the squad whilst Jemel Johnson and Gavin Quintyre were back after being cup tied for the midweek cup match at Molesey.
The home sided started well with the Kilburn backline attempting to play a high line but the pace of Johnson and Cheeseman was evident as they both got behind the rear-guard inside the first five minutes. However on both occasions the ball was scrambled to safety. Westfield keeper Tony Davis was called into action for the first time on 18 minutes when Simpson latched onto his own charged down ball and upon reaching by-line crossed for Alabi whose effort from 8 yards was well saved. Westfield started to dictate the play and the visitors were becoming ever more frustrated with the referee, feeling decisions were going against them. 5 players were booked from the visitors in the first period and the manager Jennings given a stern talking too on the line. As the half approached its lengthy injury time Cheeseman’s free kick was palmed away by Ibsion and with Matt Steer nodding the ball back into the mix Jemiele Johnson turned and smashed home from 12 yards out into the corner. This gave the hosts a deserved half time lead.
Westfield looked to take the game to their visitors to secure the points and Damien Panter went close on 51 minutes with an instinctive effort from the edge of the box which looped just wide of the far post. Kilburn through their endeavour and also Westfield’s worrying knack of giving the ball away cheaply got on top for the first time and Steer and O’Connor had to be at their best to deal with the ariel bombardment with Simpson the focal point. They went very close to an equaliser on 75 minutes when a free kick from the halfway line deceived everyone and came back off the inside of Davis right hand post before being cleared away. With the ball seemingly coming back into the danger zone at every opportunity the games equaliser arrived with 12 minutes remaining. A cross from the left was only cleared out as far as Melford Simpson on the edge of the area and his shot was blocked by the feet of Tony Davies, however the rebound fell into the path of substitute Mason who bundled home from 6 yards out. The game then swung end to end as both sides looked for a winner. Substitute Brown set up Cheeseman for a late winner with a wonderful pass but the in-form striker failed to connect properly and the ball bobbled into the grateful arms of Ibsion. Matt Steer headed just wide as the hosts piled on the pressure in injury time but there were to be no more goals as both sides left with a point each.